Newsletter 7 – 20th October 2017
Half term is here and although the last 7 weeks have whizzed by, we have seen a huge wealth of enriching and exciting opportunities for our pupils. From welcoming our Reception children and families to enjoying working with our new music specialist teacher, Miss Wakefield. We have enjoyed a range of enrichment opportunities from welly walks to writing in the woods! The harvest themed week was wonderful and the children enjoyed a wide variety of learning opportunities. We all wish you a lovely half term with your children and look forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday 31st October for the second half of the Autumn term. (Monday is an INSET day for teachers)
Get Well Soon Mrs Griggs
Unfortunately, Mrs Griggs has been unwell this week and will not be returning to school for at least 2 weeks after half term. We have been incredibly lucky to have Mr Simon Douglas step in to cover her teaching commitments. He has been a real hit with the children creating some great Blitz silhouettes and even bringing his guitar to school. He has been so taken with the class that he has agreed to return after half term to continue working with the class until Mrs Griggs’ return. We send her lots of love and get well wishes and hope she is back with us soon.
Mr White has also been poorly this week but will be back to his normal self after half term
Welcome to Mrs Pawley
Following Miss Masters leaving earlier this term, we have been looking for a new lunchtime supervisor to join our team. This week, we have been joined by Mrs Pawley who is already learning the ropes and enjoying getting to know the children as a member of staff!
Friends Pumpkin Party
The school was full of fun and laughter yesterday as the Friends’ hosted their ‘Pumpkin Party’. There was a huge array of activities to keep the children amused including games such as marshmallow eating and ‘feely boxes’ full of zombie guts and other gory delights! There were yummy hot dogs and biscuits and the children showed their moves at the disco. A sincere thank you from me to all the Friends’ including all the new parents who got involved. It was a magical evening for the children and we really appreciate the efforts that you all went to in order to create such a fantastic experience for the children.
Please can I remind you to make sure that your child comes to school with a coat. The weather has turned a little chiller and wetter and we do still go outside as much as possible. Thank you.
Colmers Hill Fun Run
Miss J and Miss Prentice “tried” to walk the route around Colmers hill this morning and unfortunately due to health and safety we have had to cancel the fun run today, which is a shame on such a lovely day. We will rearrange for another day after half term.
New Opportunities for Peripatetic Music Lessons for Children in Years 3,4 5 and 6
As part of our growing opportunities for the arts and music at Symondsbury School, we have a very exciting opportunity for our children in KS2. Clive Ashley has agreed to offer private peripatetic teaching for the guitar, ukulele and trumpet. Please see the attached letter from him for more details. Nancy Bowles will continue to offer the keyboard, flute, clarinet and recorder.
Quiz Night Postponed
Unfortunately, due to staff sickness, we have to postpone the quiz night that we were due to hold after half term. Don’t worry though – it will go ahead in January instead!
Non- Uniform Day – Jolly Jar £1 Donation
As Christmas creeps closer, we are preparing for our Friends Christmas Fayre and will be having a non-uniform day on Friday 3rd November. We ask that all children bring a donation of £1 which will be put towards goodies for our jolly jar stall.
Our breakfast club with Miss Turner goes from strength to strength but please remember that you MUST book at the office by 12pm the day before. Miss Turner will only open up breakfast club when there are children booked in so please book to avoid disappointment. Forms are available from the office or on our website under the tab ‘Letters home’.
Please keep us up to date…
Please ensure that you keep the school office up to date with changes in circumstances such as change of addresses and telephone numbers. It is very important that we have up to date information for our records.
Please ensure that you let us know if there is a different adult picking up your child at the end of the day, by either informing the office or adding them to the black going home folder by the office. We will question adults who are not added to the book and would not want to cause offence.
After School Art Club with the Friends – Next Half Term
Emma and Vicky from the Friends will be holding an art club after school each Thursday starting after half term. They are looking for 8 pupils from key stage 2, to create some art pieces to sell at the Christmas fayre. If your child is interested, please add their names to the list at the School office by Wednesday 1st November. Names will be pulled out of a hat by the end of the day on Wednesday, and parents informed of their child’s place by text.
Our attendance award
Congratulations to class 3 who won the award this week – keep up the hard work!
There are no stars of the week this week as we will not be having a celebration assembly. However – you are all stars!