Archive for December, 2004

17th December 2004

Friday, December 17th, 2004

School Association News

Our grateful thanks go to the following local shops and organisations for giving so generously to the Christmas Fayre and Raffle:



Body Shop

Cactus Worldwide Ltd

Clarkes Stationers


Donatello Restaurant

Edwards and Hope Electrical



Friends for Leather

Glazed Expressions

Global creations


Kall Kwick

Kings Road Rock

Kissing Fish


Lee Stafford Hair Salon


Marks and Spencer

Potters Children’s Shop

Pure South


Steamer Trading

Sue Pearson’s Teddy Bear Shop


The Brighton Centre

The Co-Op

The Dome Theatre

The Odeon Cinema

The One Stop Christmas Shop

The Real Eating Company

The Theatre Royal

Toni and Guy


Webster’s Pen Shop

Wild Fruit

Winfalcon Healing Centre

The final tally of funds raised at the Christmas Fayre was £950.The Raffle made £260, bringing the grand total of Christmas fundraising to £1215. That is a magnificent amount, and thanks must go to the hard-working team of parents and carers of the School Association.

Christmas Shows

I am sure that you will all agree that the Christmas shows were absolutely wonderful. All of the children in the school from Nursery to Year 6 were involved, showing off their skills, talents and enthusiasm. It was a real joy to see them all shine in what ever they were doing. It was very special to have the music sung and played live for both shows.

£345 was made in the collections, with a further £100 donated by our friends at Family Assurance. This will go towards buying some more musical instruments for the children. It takes a lot of work and dedication from the staff to put on such ambitious shows, and I know that you will join me in thanking everyone involved for their hard work and dedication. Thanks also to all the parents and carers who provided those fabulous costumes – it helped turn the performances into real shows!

St Patrick’s

This morning, Julie Aldous and I took four children from Year 6 to St Patrick’s Church Night Shelter to deliver some presents donated by Staff at Family Assurance. We also took 60 Christmas cards, made by children from Reception to Year 6 and a cheque for £105, raised through our Big Bake. Father Allen gave us a very interesting tour of the church, hostel and shelter. He thanked the children for the hand made cards, and explained that they would help make Christmas special for the people they help. He said that the generous donation would keep the Night Shelter open for a night during this winter.

Cinema Visits

The children in Years 5 and 6 are off to the cinema on Tuesday to see “A Series of Unfortunate Events”.

Term Dates

The school breaks up for the Christmas holiday on Tuesday 21st December, so the first day of the holiday is Wednesday 22nd. There is a training day on Wednesday 5th January, and the school will be closed as a result of a strike by Education Assistants on Thursday 6th January. Children return to school on Friday 7th January.

3rd December 2004

Friday, December 3rd, 2004

Christmas Fayre News

The Fayre organised by the School Association is very nearly here – it will be held tomorrow, Saturday, 4th December between 12.00 and 4.00 p.m.

The preparations are going very well, several parents and carers have been very busy organising the stalls and events. We do hope that as many of you as possible will turn up to the Fayre. Please bring your friends and relatives too, the more the merrier!

There will be so much to buy and to do, including:

Christmas Raffle


Bottle stall

Craft stalls

Cakes and biscuits

Fun and Games stalls

Craft making

Toys, games and book stalls

Make over stall

Name the Teddy

Guess the weight of the cake

And entertainment including:

Christmas carols by the choir at 3p.m.

Live music

And our very own café with food and drink, including festive mulled wine.

And a magical Santa’s grotto!

Have a great time at the Fayre – get into that Christmas mood, and support the school too.

Well done…..

I have been told that Dillon Bartelds, who is in Year 2, has gained an award for swimming 50 metres. That’s a wonderful achievement Dillon, we are very proud of you.

I have also been told about Unity Eubank in Year 4 who has gained her purple belt in Karate. That’s excellent Unity, congratulations and keep it up.

Also, well done to Ben Guilford-Pearce in Year 1 who has been awarded a trophy by Preston Park Soccer School. Not only was Ben named “Man of the Match” on Saturday 27th November, but he was also recognised for his enthusiasm and focus during his 9 months with the club. That’s something to be very proud of, Ben.

We are always delighted to hear about the children’s achievements outside school – it is nice to be able to share their good news with others in the school, so do let us know what they have been up to.

Head Lice

Oh dear, they are back again. There have been quite a few cases of head lice recently, especially in Years 3 and 4. Please check your child’s hair, and treat as necessary.

Christmas Shows

A letter has been sent home about the children’s Christmas performances. The dates for the shows are:Tuesday 14th December

9.30 – 10.00 Nursery -Year 2

10.15 – 11.15 Years 3 – 6

Wednesday 15th December 2.15 – 2.45 Nursery -Year 2

3.15 – 4.15 Years 3 – 6

There are some reply slips attached to the letter, please return these as soon as possible to help the teachers to organise the shows.

Tickets for the shows are available now from the office – initially two per family per show, although there may well be some extras available nearer the time.

Does anyone have a jacket with tails that we could press into action for the Junior Christmas show? Please let Ms Hadgkiss, or the office staff know if you do.

Important Dates – Strike Action

The last day of this school term is Tuesday 21st December. There is a training day for staff on Wednesday 5th January and the children were due to return on Thursday 6th January. There has been a strong indication from Unison and GMB unions, however, that further strike action by the Teaching Assistants has been planned for next Friday, 10th December and Thursday 6th January. It is likely that the school will, therefore, be closed on those two strike days, so please make contingency plans in case the strike does go ahead. I will inform you as soon as I know for certain whether or not the school will close on those dates.