Dear Parents and Carers,

I can’t believe that December is almost here and that I’ll soon be sending out my Christmas Newsletter – the term is going so quickly!

Despite the awful weather, we’ve had lots of exciting things going on in school this week.  Year 3 went on their trip to Newcastle and had a lovely time despite the rain – I’m fairly sure that the cakes the children bought helped them enjoy the day!  Thank you to Miss Grant for organising it.  We also had very informative e-safety sessions for both pupils and parents, as well as a great afternoon of theatre on Wednesday when the children watched ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ in the hall.  It was a very impressive show and even featured Miss Henderson and Miss Grant in a dance-off!

Here are some other updates and news for the coming weeks…

Children in Need

Thank you very much for your support with this event – the children looked great and their generous donations helped us raise £145.

Advent Assembly – 4th December

On Monday 4th December Reverend Raine will be in school to deliver a special Advent Assembly to the children as we enter the Christmas period.  This is his first visit to school this year but he will be coming in once a month from now on, something I’m sure the children will be very pleased about as his assemblies are always very interesting.

Refurbishment News

I am delighted to inform you that our plans to refurbish several areas of school are now moving very quickly.  Within the next two weeks we will have agreed dates or schedules to have part of the roof repaired, the main corridors and entrance to school repainted and also a number of the ceilings in school either replaced or refurbished!  I’m sure you’ll agree that this will be very welcome!  As you know, we will also be replacing the signs at the front of the building – we are going to give those children who did not complete their designs a chance to do so next week before announcing the winning design!

Foundation Stage Christmas Crafts Stay & Play – 6th December

Mrs Lowrie and Miss Allsopp will be holding a festive Stay & Play Session on 6th  December!  This event will take place in the school hall between 9.15-10.30am – everyone is very welcome but could you please let the office know that you would like to come so we can ensure we have enough resources for everyone.  Entry will, as usual, be through the main school entrance.

Safeguarding Updates

As we review our safeguarding procedures in school, I wanted to ask for your support in terms of using mobile phones.  Could all parents/carers please refrain from using mobile phones in school, even when waiting in the lobby area near the main office.  Obviously, when we have events in school such as the upcoming Christmas shows, parents are welcome to use phones to take photographs.

Could I also remind all parents and carers who use Kids Club that they need to use the KS2 door (leading onto the KS2 yard) for both drop off and pick up times.  I’m sure you all appreciate that we want to ensure school is a welcoming but safe environment, so I do thank you for your understanding in these matters.

VOICES Project with The Baltic

Finally, I am very pleased to say that we’re one of twelve schools who will be working with artists from The Baltic to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s visit to Newcastle.  The project will mean that one lucky class will be going to The Baltic for a workshop before having another session with the artist here in school.  The project will take place in the Spring Term so more news will follow then!

As usual, if there is anything at all that you want to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.

Chris Boddy

Head Teacher

chrisboddy@whitemereprimary.org

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