Here’s the Autumn 1 Newsletter – the children will be bringing a copy home on Monday!  Our printers have had a technical glitch which the technicians are busy resolving.

Dear Parents and Carers,

I can’t quite believe we’re already at the end of the second week of term but I have to say that the children have made an excellent start to the new school year. All of the teachers have told me how impressed they have been with their children and it has been lovely to see so many smiling, happy faces around school!  Can I also thank you for your understanding at the start of term – I am aware that school having two training days may have caused some child care issues.  Those days were invaluable, especially with us having a number of new teachers joining school, so thank you.

There will be a newsletter each half term and it will include news, updates and important dates for the weeks ahead. All our weekly letters and newsletters can also be found on our website so even if your child is absent, you can still find out what is happening.

As always, please do not hesitate to speak to us if there is anything at all that we can do to help.

Upcoming Events and News …

Meet The Teacher – 21st September at 3.30pm and 4.00pm

As mentioned last week, we hope you’ll be able to join us on Thursday 21st September at either 3.30pm or 4.00pm in your child’s classroom.  The teachers will talk about the routines and topics your child will be covering this term and also answer any questions you may have about school.  Nursery’s Meet the Teacher sessions will be at 11.45am and 4pm.


Do follow school on Twitter – our account is @OffWhiteMere and we will be posting more and more news and pictures over the term – just ask if you need help getting onto Twitter.

Harvest Assembly – Friday 6th October at 11.10am and 2.45pm

Mrs Titterton and Year 6 will be leading our Harvest Assembly in a few weeks’ time – this year the assembly will be in the school hall and will be performed twice to allow as many parents as possible to attend.  We will be supporting a local homeless charity and any donations will be handed to them after our assembly to support the good work that they do.

Residential Trips for Yr 5 and Yr 6

I am very pleased to let you know that we have provisionally booked two residential visits for our older children.  Our Year 6 pupils will have the chance to go on a 3 day trip to Ford Castle in late June and our Year 5 children will have the opportunity to spend a night away at Gibside in April.  Both trips will be very enjoyable I’m sure and give the children the chance to be involved in many exciting activities.  If you would like to find out more about the trips, I will be holding information meetings for parents on Tuesday 26th September. The Year 5 parents’ meeting will be at 5pm and the Year 6 parents’ meeting will be at 5.45pm.

School Photos – Wednesday 11th October

The school photographer will be in school on Wednesday 11th October, taking both individual, family and class photos – the office are sending a letter about photographs with siblings.

After School Clubs

Our after school clubs are now underway and I wanted to mention Dance Club.  We are offering Dance Club to Years 3-6 until half term to allow our younger children time to get settled into the new term.  After half term we will have two Dance Club sessions, one on a Monday for Reception to Year 2 and a second on Wednesdays for Years 3-6.  We didn’t want our younger children to miss out and this way, we can make sure that as many of them as possible can take part.  There will be several additional clubs on offer later this term and letters will be sent home nearer the time.

World Book Day Update

Following the school’s celebration of World Book Day earlier in the year, Mrs Hutchinson has been able to use some of the funds raised to purchase a number of excellent resources, including a range of reading books, new teaching materials for every year group and also a set of new dictionaries.  Thank you to everyone who helped school raise money to allow us to improve our reading resources.

Ear Piercings

As you will be aware, many of the children in school have pierced ears.  To ensure everyone’s safety, can I please ask that only small stud ear rings be worn to minimise any risk of them being caught or knocked, especially during PE sessions.  If you are concerned about your child wearing their stud ear rings in PE, please provide a plaster for your child to apply themselves before PE. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.


Our lovely Toddler Group started again today and we would love to welcome anyone who might be interested in coming along, whether they have a child in school or not, so do spread the word if you know of anyone who might be interested.  It takes place every Friday morning in the school hall from 9.00-10.30am.

Finally, just a few reminders for the year ahead …

  • If your child has medical condition which requires medication (for example, asthma), can you please ensure that school has the medication (with the prescription label on it) so we can support your child.
  • Please name all items of clothing – we already have a growing pile of lost property!
  • As the teachers will discuss at Meet the Teacher, PE will be taking place twice a week and all children are expected to wear the correct PE kit for lessons – a red T-shirt and navy blue shorts.
  • The atmosphere in our lunch hall is lovely, with the children enjoying a balanced school dinner or their packed lunches from home.  As is the case with our school meals, sweets are not permitted in packed lunches to ensure the children have a healthy meal at school.

I will be sending out a short Parent Questionnaire later this month and we will also be having a parents’ evening just after half term.  If, in the meantime, there is anything at all that you would like to discuss with me, do not hesitate to get in touch.  I am in the yard every day or can be reached by email on

Best wishes,

Chris Boddy

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