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Summer Term 2014

 

We have had some fantastic weather in the second half of this final term, which has made this year’s swimming lessons even more of a pleasure for the children. This leads me on to my first big thank you to all of you who have been able to take the time to support the children and facilitate their changing. Without you, the children would not have been able to enjoy their lessons and gain this invaluable skill. But this has not been the only sport that children have been achieving in this term. Aside from all of our inter-school sporting achievements, we enjoyed four fantastic ‘Sports Days’ that were very well attended. So, thank you very much for your support and a particular thank you to those parents who were brave enough to join in with some of the races. The atmosphere was great and the children loved the experience.

As we reach this time of year, not only do we reflect on all of the exciting times, but we prepare to say a fond farewell to a number of people. Not least our first ever cohort of year 6 children who have been a cracking group of children and whether they  joined us in Reception or have only just joined us this year, every one of them has added something special to our school. They have been an example to the rest of the school and during their time here, they have embraced the school ethos of ‘Learning together, learning for life’. Not only did they work very hard in their SATs tests, with the proportion of children    making better than expected progress way above the national average, but they also wowed us with their full range of talents during their performance of ‘Old School Daze’.

We had a leaving ceremony for the children on the Friday before they spent a week at TGS and the Friends put on a            spectacular treat in the evening, in the form of a school disco exclusively for the year 6. I would like to say a huge thank you to the Friends on behalf of the children, parents and staff for organising this treat and indeed for all of their hard work in raising over £7400 this year.

These funds are often used to subsidise school trips and to allow children to benefit from education both on and off site.     During this final half term, the year 6 enjoyed their residential trip to London whilst the year 4 spent a few days at Thorpe Woodlands. The year 2 children took a trip to Walton on the Naze, year 5 had a day at the Harry Potter studios and right at the end, the year 3 children had an exciting day at Bewilderwood. You may also have noticed that the container in the playground has had an exciting makeover thanks to the Year 6 and the graffiti artist Mr Wortley.

It is also time to say a fond farewell to a number of staff and a governor as they move on to take up exciting new challenges. Miss Whiteley, Mrs Kerry, Mrs McCleod, Mr Ambrose and Mr Southgate are all leaving on Tuesday and Mr Metson left our governing body earlier in the term. I am sure you will join me in not only saying a huge thank you for all of their hard work, but also to wish them the very best for the future. However, as one door closes, another opens and I am delighted to say that a number of new members of staff will be joining us from September. Mrs Collins will be our new year 3 teacher in Moorhens, whilst Miss Johnson, Miss Hibberd and Miss Church join our Learning Support Assistants team. We will also be welcoming Mrs Donnelly to our office team, Mrs Clare and Mrs Bishop-Laggett to our kitchen team, and Mrs Duke and Mrs Judd to our team of MDSAs.

This just leaves me to say a huge thank you to all of you for your support over the past two terms and to bid a fond farewell to the parents and carers of children who are leaving us in Year 6. I would also like to wish you a very safe, happy and enjoyable   summer holiday and I look forward to seeing you all again in the new term.

Very kind regards,

Alastair Robinson

Head teacher