4th December 2020
This week all pupils have had a valuable session with Wiltshire Air Ambulance who provided Emergency Awareness Training. Pupils have been taught various skills (depending on their class), including calling the emergency services and CPR. We hope that these great sessions will go on to help save lives in the future. You can see photos from the sessions and other activities this week on our school website.
Food parcels for struggling families this Christmas
As we approach the Christmas holidays, following what may be a difficult year for some families, some parents have offered food packages for those that would otherwise struggle. If you are concerned about feeding your children this Christmas holiday, please call Sarah Hamilton on 01672 540434 so we can make appropriate arrangements. This will be treated in the strictest of confidence and this is regardless of whether you are in receipt of free school meals.
Chocolate Oranges & Selection Boxes for Swindon Food Bank
Following last week’s request from the School Council for selection boxes and chocolate oranges for the Swindon Food Bank, we have received a number of donations already, which is fantastic. There is, however, still time to donate. The chocolate oranges and selection boxes can be placed into collection boxes at the school gates until Tuesday 15th December. These donations will help struggling families enjoy Christmas this year.
Forest School – There will be no Forest School during the last week of term.
In preparation for the last week of term, could we please ask for your old newspapers to make crafts. Please bring them to the school gates next week, ready to be quarantined over the next weekend.
Technology available at home
Yesterday, a form was shared with you in order for us to understand what technology children have available at home. Can we please ask that you complete this Technology available at home form ASAP as it will help us in planning home learning should the children not be in school due to COVID-19. Please complete one form per child.
Parent/Carer communication survey
We would also like to hear your current views on parent/carer communication from the school. Please complete the parent/carer communication survey so that we can look to make improvements where possible. Please complete this once per family.
At the end of term our school Christmas tree will be available for another family to enjoy. The tree this year is approximately 8/9ft tall. It will be available from 2pm Friday 18th December, for a small donation to the school. Please call the School Office on 01672 540434 if you are interested.
Christmas celebrations in school
As we shared in last week’s post, we have a number of activities planned during the last week of term, as below. On Monday 14th December and Friday 18th it will be lovely if children bring in a hat, gloves and scarfs, if they have them, for the carol singing.
Monday 7th – Oak Class to decorate the school Christmas tree
Monday 7th – Friday 11th – All children will be learning and singing the songs for our nativity play and carol concert
Monday 14th – Each year group will perform and have their nativity songs and Christmas carol filmed in church
Tuesday 15th – The school will perform the nativity story which will be filmed
Wednesday 16th – Christmas lunch and Pantomime ‘Jack in the beanstalk’. If you haven’t already booked your child/children in for Christmas lunch and would like to, please do so via Lataca.
Thursday 17th – All children will take part in a Santa festive fun run, wearing a touch of Christmas – a hat, jumper or a touch of sparkle (along with their school uniform). Throughout the day they will have the opportunity to play some Christmas games.
Friday 18th December – The whole school will take part in a socially distanced carol concert on the field.
As mentioned last week, we will be asking for a contribution of £5 to cover the cost of some of these festive activities. We will share further details next week.
School closes after lunch on Friday 18th December – If your child is normally collected at 3:10pm then please collect them at 1pm. If you normally collect your child at 3:20pm then please collect them at 1:10pm. There will be no Willows Afterschool club on this evening.
There will be no Brass Ensemble on Thursday 17th December.
Pupil Data Collection
Thank you to those of you who have completed our Pupil Data Collection form, if you are yet to do so, please complete the form using this link.
As a reminder, should your child need to be away from school due to sickness can we please ask that you call the school office on 01672 540434 before 9:15am each day, rather than messaging the teacher on ClassDojo or sending an email. Thank you.
Diary Dates – Term 2
|Monday 7th December||Birch Class Forest School||Birch|
|Thursday 10th December||Brass Ensemble session||Brass Ensemble|
|Monday 14th December||Children will perform nativity songs in the church (filmed)||Whole school|
|W/c Monday 14th December||No Forest School||Whole school|
|Tuesday 15th December||Children will perform the nativity story in the church (filmed)||Whole school|
|Wednesday 16th December||School Christmas lunch & virtual Pantomime||Whole school|
|Thursday 17th December||Santa festive fun run (wearing a touch of Christmas)||Whole school|
|Thursday 17th December||Last evening of Willows Afterschool club
|Friday 18th December||Children’s Carol Concert on the school field||Whole school|
|Friday 18th December||Last day of Term 2 – Early finish – If normal collection is at 3:10pm then please collect them at 1pm. If you normally collect your child at 3:20 then please collect them at 1:10pm||Whole school|
Diary Dates – Term 3
|Monday 4th January||Term 3 starts – TD day (closed to pupils)||Whole School|
|Tuesday 5th January||Pupils return to school||Whole School|
Monday 4th January 2021
Monday 22nd February 2021
Monday 28th June 2021