Newsletter 13 – 9th December 2011

Dear Parents

Last day of term is Friday 16th December. We will end at the usual time of 3.00pm. There will be no Sharing Assembly on this day since we have a puppet show in the afternoon. We return to school on Wednesday 4th January.

Dance Club I am delighted to announce that we are able to offer a dance club at school once again. The dance will be contemporary and modern, energetic and fun for boys and girls. It will run on Wednesday afternoons, 3.00pm – 4.00pm. A note went home about this on Monday – if you wish your child to take part, please return the slip. Payments are meant to be made online, but if you need to pay by cheque, please do so and we will make arrangements to pass that payment onto the company. The club starts on 12th January 2012, for 6 weeks in the first instance and then on a rolling programme.

PFA My thanks, as ever, to our wonderful PFA who work so hard to make sure that our children have an enriched experience at school. They organised the Christmas Fayre last week which was a resounding success – marvellous stores, gifts, games and fun for every child. They have decorated the school and will be organising the Christmas party. Without their contribution, our school would be much the poorer. We very grateful for all they do. Please do consider joining the group – the more people involved, the easier it is for these events to be successful.

Extra Tickets for Christmas Performances We will be distributing today the few extra tickets that have been handed in. I am afraid that the requests far outnumber the tickets so they will be handed out on a first come/first served basis, with each applicant receiving one extra ticket in the first instance. Next year, in response to parental requests, we will seriously consider running the performances for two evenings even though we are aware that the children will be exhausted by the end.

Free School Meals A reminder to parents that if you are in receipt of certain benefits, you may be eligible for Free School Meals. Forms are available from the office to complete and send off and you will be informed by the authorities whether you are eligible or not. The information is treated in the strictest confidence.

Cutlery at lunch times We have lost over a third of our school cutlery to children who bring in packed lunches and ask for a spoon or a fork to eat their food. We now do not have enough spoons for the children who eat hot dinners (for whom the cutlery is intended). As a result, we will not be able to give out cutlery to children who bring packed lunches any more so please make sure that you pack a spoon or a fork with your child’s lunch if they need them. If you do have unfamiliar cutlery at home, it might be ours!

New Music Club All parents who are now being offered the Tuesday afternoon club session have been contacted by Mr Gundry. All others can assume that their children will attend the Friday afternoon session that they originally signed up for. There is a small group of families who have not yet paid for this club – please get your money in ahead of the first session.

Christmas Concert dates and times:

Monday 12th December and Tuesday 13th December:  KS1 play at 10.30am, KS2 play at 1.30pm

Wednesday 14th December:   KS1 play at 6.00pm – 6.40pm, to arrive at school at 5.30.

 KS2 play at 7.15pm – 8.00pm, to arrive at school at 6.45pm.

Carol Service Our school Carol Service was held at St Peter’s in Great Cheverell on Wednesday – a wonderful sunny, crisp day for a walk down to the church and back. Children from Avebury and Sarum led large parts of the service very beautifully with other children supporting the music with recorders and guitar. Thanks to all who came along, to Rev James Campbell for leading the worship and to Mrs Wilding for accompanying the service.

Primary Places A reminder that parents of children who are due to start school in September 2012 need to apply for a place by 15th January 2012. Applications are made to the County offices and can be completed online or we have forms available from the office.

Recorder Concert This will be held on Wednesday 14th December at 10.45 am. Do come along and enjoy watching our young musicians perform. 

Taking photographs at school events We have asked parents to sign a form to say that they will abide by the conditions relating to the taking of photos at school, in order to protect images of our children from being tampered with online. Please return these forms to school as soon as possible – we are not allowed to permit parents who have not signed the form to take photos at the Christmas performances.

Christmas Party Our wonderful Christmas party will be held on Thursday 15th December. Children can wear “party” clothes rather than their uniform, but the clothing must be warm and sensible, since the children will be playing outside as usual. Please ensure particularly that their shoes are suitable for running and clambering – we don’t want any injuries just before Christmas. You need not provide lunch for your child on this day since the PFA will supply a range of party food including sandwiches, carrot and cucumber sticks, tomatoes, sausages and so on, and then they will offer some biscuits and sweets for pudding.  Please let us know if there are any special requirements for food. After lunch, the children will come together into the hall to play party games such as Pass the Parcel and the famous Card Game! Then they will return to their classrooms to await a special visitor who might just have a gift for each child.   

Christmas Movie Night – “The Fourth King” will be shown in Erlestoke Church on Friday 23rd December from 6-8pm. A light supper will be provided and children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Donations of £1 for food are gratefully accepted.

Once upon a time three wise kings came out of a distant land and followed a star to the little town of Bethlehem to honour a child who had just been born. But there was another king whom few have heard of. Unlike the others, he arrived too late and empty handed. His name was Mazzel. He was, The Fourth King. Delayed by a cry for help Mazzel misses his appointment with the three kings and so his story begins. With his faithful camel Chamberlin, he sets out in frantic pursuit, but the way is hard and long. Each time they nearly catch up they encounter someone in need, delaying them all over again. Continually torn between conscience and duty, the star fades and their journey seems to be all but over.  Then….             

Best wishes

M Henning

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