Friday 6 September 2019

Dear Parents

A very warm welcome back after what I hope was a lovely summer for you all. The staff and I extend a particularly warm welcome to our new children and their families. The children have all made a very good start to the new school year and there has been a happy and enthusiastic atmosphere in school when I have visited each classroom.

On Tuesday 10 September, we will be holding our annual ’Open classroom’ session after school from 3.30-4.10. This is an opportunity for you to come into school at the end of the day to visit your child’s new classroom so they can show you where they sit etc and meet their new teacher. This does not replace the Parents’ Evening which will take place in November and will provide an opportunity for parents to have a discussion with their child’s teacher about progress and attainment.

There is great excitement today as Year 5 depart on the annual residential weekend to Manor Adventure. This is always a memorable experience and I am very grateful to Mrs Tasker, Mr Tasker and Mrs Freitas for giving up their weekend. The children always have a wonderful time as they face new challenges with great courage and enthusiasm. We look forward to sharing their experiences with you on their return.

The week continues excitedly for Year 5 as we welcome Mr Mallinson to school to start preparations for the annual Hagley Pyramid concert at Birmingham Town Hall. This year the concert will take place on the evening of Thursday 13 February. Please make a note of this date as it really is a highlight of the Year 5 calendar as I am sure last year’s class will agree!

On Monday 23 September , Year 6 will be leaving for their residential visit to Alton Castle where they will be able to take part in some challenging and adventurous activities and will have the opportunity to learn more about their faith, before receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation later this academic year. The children will be accompanied by Miss Hill, Mrs Mound, Mrs Warnett and Mrs Jones. They are very much looking forward to this visit and hoping for fine weather. Final payment is now due via Parentpay.

Following the success of last year’s “Afternoon tea” we will be holding another one on Thursday 26 September in the school hall. Year 6 will be on hand to serve you and all monies raised will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. Staff will donate cakes so we will not call on your generosity .Please come along, all are welcome.

Please refer to the school website where the calendar has been updated with further events this term.

On Monday you will receive an envelope containing data collection forms via your child’s book bag. Could I please request that these are completed and returned by Friday 13 September so we can update our records. It is vital that we have up to date and correct medical and contact details on file for your child’s well being and safety.

Thank you to the many families who joined us for Mass at St Wulstan’s church this morning. It was a lovely celebration to start our school year and my thanks to Fr Richard and Deacon John for their ongoing support to us all. We were extremely proud of all our children and especially to Year 6 who read so reverently. They are already demonstrating that they will be excellent role models and ambassadors for  school. Well done children!

We are presently advertising for a lunchtime supervisor. If you are interested in this post please contact the school office who will supply you with further information.

 A reminder also please the children can only use school water bottles for their classroom water. Several children have brought in different style bottles which have leaked not only on their work but other children’s work. School water bottles can be purchased from the school office. Thank you for your support.

I would like to end by thanking you again for your kindness and generosity shown in words, cards and gifts at the end of last year. It was very much appreciated by all the staff on whose behalf I thank you again. There is much planned this year to enrich our children’s childhoods and learning and we look forward to another exciting year. If at any time you have any concerns at all about your child, be they educational, social or emotional, please do not hesitate to contact their class teacher or myself.

I hope you enjoy a lovely weekend

K E Savage

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