Newsletter 38 – 15th July 2016

Dear Parents

Mrs Mehaffy’s retirement Sadly, we have to tell you that Mrs Mehaffy is planning to retire in the coming academic year. Mrs Mehaffy has taught in our school for 18 years – and is the longest serving teacher on our team. Her inspirational teaching has ensured that our Year 2 children always achieve at the highest levels when compared with national figures. But far more importantly, her commitment to a broad based, fulfilling curriculum has meant that generations of children have been inspired to become outstanding learners, curious, excited, independent and aspirational. Her amazing gift of forming a rapport with each person in the school, whether adult or child, has helped our community to bond into the wonderful team that we enjoy so much. Her sense of fun, her courage, her ready compassion and her implacable commitment to provide the best for every child, will be sorely missed. Ultimately, Mrs Mehaffy plans to move to Northern Ireland but we hope that she will be able to continue to support our work for a little longer, focusing on those children who need extra support and on special projects which require her skills and experience.

We have been very fortunate to recruit Mrs Twentyman to take over as the full time teacher in White Horse class from September. Mrs Twentyman has worked in our school for many years, as a Year 3/Year 4 teacher job share and as our French specialist teaching across all the classes every week. She is an outstanding teacher, very experienced, very aspirational and very kind! We know that the children in White Horse class will thrive with her as their teacher. They know her well, as she has taught them French since their first year in our school. We invite parents of children in White Horse class next year to come to a meeting at 9.00am on Wednesday 20th July, where you can chat to Mrs Twentyman and ask her any questions you may have. By this date, parents in Year 1 will know which classroom their child will be in next year – these letters will go out on Tuesday 19th July.

We extend to Mrs Mehaffy great and heartfelt thanks for all her outstanding work in our school and to Mrs Twentyman, a welcome to her full time class teacher position.

New Forest and Mosque trip We had a wonderful trip on Tuesday and our children were commended by the team at the mosque and at the New Forest for their exemplary behaviour. It was lovely to read some of the comments about the trip from the children who clearly enjoyed all aspects, from the quiet time in the mosque to the busy activities in the forest. (Children often say that the ride on the coach is the best part of a trip, but on this occasion most children remembered other things as well!) Our thanks to the volunteer helpers who came along to support us on this trip.

Sports Day Our thanks to Mr Amor who once again organised a brilliant sports day for our children, managing to insert some new events and still completing by 12.00pm! Thanks also to our other staff who worked hard to ensure the children were well prepared and to the PFA for providing refreshments. And most of all, thank you to the children who showed such determination to win, a great attitude to both losing and winning and a sense of caring for each other throughout the whole day. Our Year 6 children deserve a special mention for the outstanding way in which they had equipment ready to use at the right moment every time, and how they looked after the younger children who needed support.

Eucharist We had a moving and peaceful service on Thursday, led by the Bishop of Ramsbury, in the school hall. Children sang, danced, read and spent time in quiet reflection. It was lovely to have a few parents and governors present as well – thank you!

Avebury Art Gallery We are very proud of our children in Avebury class who have produced some tremendous pieces of art work and have organised a very effective art gallery, using some impressive IT skills to enhance the presentation. Thanks to Mr Gyllenspetz and Mrs Andrew who have worked very hard to help the children make such a success of this event.

Year 6 Leavers’ Trip This event takes place on Monday 18th July. Please remember to bring a packed lunch.

Class Splits The teachers are making their final decisions about which classroom will be best for each child in the split year groups – Year 1, Year 4 and Year 5. Parents in these year groups will receive letters regarding their child’s destination classroom on Tuesday 19th July. We do ask parents not to put pressure on their child to be in any particular classroom – this does cause anxiety and stress in the children if they feel that they have somehow let you down. Every child will be taught at the very edge of their learning, and our results and statistical analysis show that there is strong overlap between the outcomes for children of the same age regardless of which classroom they are in.

Leavers’ Assembly On Wednesday 20th July, Year 6 children will reflect on their time in primary school and school trophies will be awarded. Parents of Year 6 children are invited to come to this event. 2 seats will be allocated to each family – there may be a few extra for other people but these will not be reserved and there will not be many extra. We have had a truly exceptional year of Year 6 children this year – we shall all be sad to see them go.

Please remember that Thursday 21st July is the last day of term (usual time for the end of the school day), and children return to school on Friday 2nd September. Our last newsletter will go out on Thursday next week.

School Facebook If you have a Facebook account, do “Like” the school page. We post photos on there regularly and it is a good way of keeping in touch with the things that go on in school.

Newsletter As well as sending out hard copies to each family, the weekly newsletter is sent out by email and also is published on our website every week – please do read it through as you will find important information and diary dates there.

Ukulele and brass instrument tuition have finished for this year.

Judo The last session will be on Thursday 21st July.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Monday 18th July Y6 Leavers’ trip All day
Wednesday 20th July Y6 Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Thursday 21st July Last day of term
Friday 2nd September First day back for children Year 1 – Year 6

No Sharing Assembly on this day!

Tuesday 6th September Year 1 and Year 2 children to visit Stonehenge – packed lunches please! Within the school day
Wednesday 7th September Foundation Stage children start – half days only 8.30am – 11.45 am
Wednesday 7th September Sarum and Avebury classes to visit Stonehenge – packed lunches please! Within the school day
Thursday 8th September Silbury class to visit Stonehenge – packed lunches please! Within the school day


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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