Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you’ve had a lovely half term – it was great to have a break after such a busy first half term! We’re starting our final stretch of the school year and there will be a number of exciting events, including the Summer Fair, the Year 6 residential, Sports Day and parents’ evenings. As usual after a break, there are some updates and information to share…

Year 6 Residential to Ford Castle Just a reminder about our Year 6 residential – we will be holding an information session for parents when we will also give out a suggested kit list. The meeting will be on Thursday 14th June at 5.15pm. If any parents can’t attend, I can email them any information. Also, just a reminder for any outstanding payments – if we could have them by Monday 11th June that would be greatly appreciated.

Take One Picture Project In the week before half term we held our ‘White Mere Gallery’ and I’m sure that everyone who came along would agree that it was a lovely afternoon. The children’s work looked fantastic and it really showed that we have some very talented artists here at White Mere! Thank you to Miss Grant for organising the whole project and co-ordinating with the artist who helped set up the gallery itself.

Summer Fayre It won’t be long before the Summer Fayre is here. This year it is taking place on a Friday afternoon – 13th July – and will run from 2.30-4.30pm. Each class will be preparing things to sell at their stall and the PTA are already planning and organising a range of other exciting stalls and activities. There’ll be more information nearer the time.

New Appointment We were very pleased to appoint Mrs Catherine Devenport just before half term. She will be joining our staff in September when she will fill the vacancy left by Mr Stanton’s departure and we are sure Mrs Devenport will be an excellent addition to White Mere. One of her passions is teaching music and she has already said she is keen to establish a school choir!

Sticker Swap! I’m sure that we’re all aware that the World Cup will be taking place in Russia in the coming weeks and we have noticed that a lot of our children are collecting the Panini football stickers of the players for each team. To help those children with their collections, we will be having a ‘Sticker Swap’ in school this Thursday lunchtime, so if your child is interested, make sure they bring in their swaps (and their album if they need to).

Year 1 Our Year 1 children will be completing the phonics screening assessment in the week commencing 11th June so it is very important that the children are here in school that week. If anyone is unwell, they will be able to do it the week after. This is a mandatory assessment but we do it in a very low key way so that the children simply see it as one of their weekly activities that week – good luck to them all!

Year 5 – Bikeability Sessions Our Year 5 children will be taking part in their Bikeability training each Friday from this week (8th June). I just want to remind parents of the Year 5 pupils that the children must wear a bike helmet for the sessions, as well as bringing their bike along to school. Hopefully the weather will improve a little for the first session!

Over the coming half term you may also spot Mrs Richardson in school – she is completing some of her ‘Keeping in Touch’ days as she begins her return from maternity leave. It will be very nice to see her back in school. Finally, I wanted to say a big well done to the Year 1-6 children who completed the Gateshead Schools Sports Partnership Fun Run on the final day of last half term. The children did so well and they even managed to get the teachers running too! Thank you also to the adult volunteers who accompanied the classes to the event – your help was invaluable!

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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