Next week’s value is Peace
“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11
Dear Parents and Carers
The festive feel is becoming increasingly apparent around school as we hurtle towards Christmas and the end of the autumn term.
This week saw KS2 carol singers practising their songs for next week’s carol service at St Mary’s church on Monday evening (6.30pm start) and a small group of selected singers have been practising their carols for their visit to Surrey Heights Care Home for the elderly next Tuesday afternoon. Thank you to Mr Crocker, who continues to give voluntarily of his time to accompany our singing practices.
We welcome two new pupils (Elena and Madeleine) in Years 5 and 6; both of them are to be congratulated on settling so quickly into the school and we thank their teachers and pupil ‘buddies’ who have helped them cope with the transition from a school outside of the UK.
Thank you to our catering colleagues who provided a wonderful Christmas lunch for children, staff and visitors on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Thank you to all our adult helpers and the school administration team, who coordinated the seasonal dining event.
PTA members have been extremely busy this week, helping children to prepare ‘Secret Santa’ gifts for Christmas and getting ready for the PTA Christmas Fair this Friday, an event which looks set to be great fun! The hall will be in use from 1.00pm for setting up and preparations so there will be no Celebration Assembly this week.
On Thursday, Year 6 pupils staged their class assembly, giving a stunning performance linked to their topic work on World War I. Children are to be commended for doing so well in the absence of their class teacher and my thanks go to colleagues who shared my view that ‘the show must go on’! Well done to all!
Tomorrow (Friday) is ‘Christmas Jumper Day’. Children may wear their favourite festive jumpers over slacks, jeans or track-suit bottoms and we look forward to Rocksteady’s Christmas Concert which starts at 9.00am.
Next week is the last week of term. Term ends after lunch on Thursday 21st December and children should be collected promptly at 1.30pm. Please remind children to bring home their personal belongings and PE kits for washing before the end of this term.
The spring term begins on Monday 8th January 2018. Clubs begin the week commencing Monday 15th January.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend!