Dear Parents and Carers,

As mentioned in my last email I wanted to share the key dates for the Summer Term.  We will send out more information about the dates and events mentioned in the list at the end of this newsletter nearer to the date in question.

In addition to the dates, I wanted to mention a couple of matters…

Water Bottles & Sun Cream

As the weather is warming up and the sun is finally making an appearance (!) I wanted to clarify the situation on water bottles and sun tan lotion.  Children are encouraged to bring a full water bottle into school each morning which they can use during the day.  If it needs to be refilled, we will do this during the day.  The children should then take their bottles home again at the end of each day so they can be washed out properly at home.

Regarding sun cream, if at all possible could you apply sun cream at home in the morning before school – we will have some spray on sun cream available in school if required, but we are aware that some children are allergic to certain types/brands.  If possible, can you apply it at home (or send it into school with your child in their bag), that would help us ensure all children are protected over the coming months.  If  you send in cream with your child, please write your child’s name on the bottle and be aware that they should be able to apply it themselves where possible – if they can’t, we will help them apply it to their arms and neck.  If you would rather we didn’t do so, please let us know.  Obviously, if your child can wear a cap or hat in the sun, this would also be very much appreciated.

Year 2 and Year 6 SATs information sessions

We will be holding two short information sessions about the upcoming SATs.  For Year 2 parents this take place on Tuesday 1st May at 5.15pm and for Year 6 this will be on Wednesday 2nd May, again at 5.15pm.  If anyone can’t attend, we can send a brief summary of the points by email.

Key dates for the term…

26th/27th April      – Year 5 Residential

w/c 30th  April        – Take One Picture Creativity Week

1st May                 – KS1 SATs Information Session (5.15pm)

2nd May                  – PTA meeting with Mr Boddy and Miss Orrock

2nd May                  – KS2 SATs Information Evening (5.15pm)

4th May                  – Yr 1 & 2 at Tyne & Wear Summer Safety Event (pm)

w/c 14th  May          – KS2 SATs week

14th-24th May         – KS1 SATs Tests to be completed

24th May                – Take One Picture Art Gallery & Coffee Afternoon

25th May                – Gateshead Fun Run for Yr 1-6 (am)

18th June               – Occasional Day (School closed)

19th June               – Transition Evening for new Reception pupils

27th-29th June       – Year 6 Ford Castle Residential

w/c 2nd July           – Heworth Transition Week for Year 6

3rd & 5th July         – Nur to Yr 5 Parents’ Evenings

11th July                 – EYs Sports Day (am) & KS1/2 Sports Day (pm)

10th & 12th July      – Yr 6 Parents’ Evenings

13th July                – Summer Fayre (pm)

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

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