Newsletter 13 – 8th December 2017
Can you believe next week is the final week of the Autumn Term and we grow closer to Christmas? What a busy term it has been with a huge range of exciting and enriching opportunities for our children including: Welly Walks, World Peace Day, Harvest Festival and Workshops, Cross Country Running, Multi-Sports Festival, RoBo day, Philosophy for Children Workshops, Mayan Play in a Day, Friends’ Christmas Fair, Christmas Cheer, Carol Singing and Production to name but a few…
My thanks to all of the staff, parents, governors and children who have worked so hard this term. You are all stars!
That just leaves me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year with your families. We look forward to welcoming the children back at school on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 and we’ll start it all again!
DON’T FORGET TERM ENDS 1.30pm NEXT FRIDAY
Ofsted Report and Feedback
The Governors, staff and I would like to say a huge thank you to those of you who were able to attend the meeting to share the Ofsted report this week. Thank you also to those who have written to me or passed on your thoughts and support. Please remember that if you have any concerns or questions, please do see me. Also remember that parent governors are on the playground daily and are also happy to discuss your questions. They are: Alex O’Dwyer, Ines Cavill, Clive Stafford-Smith, Cat Woolner, Rebecca Hutchings, Lisa Barr, and Corry Provan.
Many of you have shared your strong support for the school and following the news published in the Bridport News yesterday, please consider writing to them with your own thoughts.
For us, life goes on as normal at Symondsbury and we will continue to ensure that we provide the very best learning opportunities and outcomes for each and every one of our pupils – and of course to enjoy the exciting run up to Christmas!
An AMAZING Christmas production!
Words can’t quite describe the pride I felt at the Christmas production last night. Eype Church rang with the sound of laughter, song and huge applause as the children worked so hard to put on a fabulous show! There were surprises galore, tears of laughter and pride as the children performed with all their hearts - what a bunch of talented children! The characters that shone out really did amaze us – each and every one playing their part with skill and enjoyment!
My sincere thanks to all the staff involved but especially to Miss Jenkin and Miss Prentice who directed and organised the whole event. You are all stars and have provided another memorable performance for the children. Thanks once again to the Friends for providing such delicious drinks and snacks at both performances and for the treat they organised for the children at the end.
Well done and thank you to all involved.
Singing in the Community
Last Saturday children and staff from the choir came together at Groves Garden Centre and the Symondsbury Estate Christmas market to sing a variety of songs and carols. We certainly drew quite a crowd and there were lots of positive comments from the crowds of shoppers who felt the children’s singing really helped them get into the Christmas spirit.
On Wednesday, we gathered again at the United Church to sing a selection of carols – again with positive comments about the strength and volume of the singing – Well done all!
Next Wednesday 13th December, we will be making our way around Symondsbury village singing traditional carols and would welcome any parents or grandparents who would like to join us. We will gather in the playground at 3:45pm – please bring along a lantern (or jam jar) and we will provide the candles!
Christmas Party – Wednesday 13th December
On Wednesday 13th we would like all the children to come to school in non-uniform but wearing a Christmas Jumper for the Christmas lunch and party.
Christingle Service – Thursday 14th December - 6pm
Our annual Christingle service will take place next Thursday. We ask that children meet at school at 5:50pm and we will take them over to Church for the service at 6pm with their Christingles. It promises to be another magical evening – we look forward to seeing you there.
Dates for the Diary
- 12 Dec 17 - 14:00 to 15:00 - Reception Nativity Play
- 13 Dec 17 - Choir Singing around Symondsbury 3.45pm
- 13 Dec 17 - 12:20 to 13:20 - Local Food Links Christmas Lunch
- 13 Dec 17 - 13:30 to 15:30 - Christmas Party
- 14 Dec 17 - 18:00 to 19:00 - Christingle Service
- 15 Dec 17 - End of Autumn Term 1:30pm
- 02 Jan 18 - Inset Day
- 03 Jan 18 - Spring Term Starts
Our attendance award
Congratulations to class 3 who won the attendance award this week – keep up the hard work!
Star of the week
Congratulations to our stars of the week – well done you!
Class 1 Amy, Class 2 Faith, Class 3 Daniel, and Class 4 Amelia.