Friends:

The School disco on Saturday the 27th of January was very well attended by children from all year groups.  Our thanks to all of the members of the Friends, and those members of staff, who made sure the children had such a good time.

The next Friends event will be a film night on Friday 23rd March, running from approximately 5pm.  There will be two films, split by age and the choices of films and exact timings will be revealed closer to the event.

Sign to Sing:

For the second consecutive year, we took part in Sign to Sing.  The children learnt the official song and the signs to go with it in their singing assemblies (led by Mrs Nicholas) and the whole school came together to perform it, along with hundreds of other schools across the country on Thursday afternoon.  It is not too late for your child to bring in their £1 donation!

Talent Show:

Congratulations to our talent show winners!  Sasha took the KS1 prize with her ribbon dance and the KS2 winners were Hollie, Grace and Lily with their dance routine.  All of the acts also performed in the second show this afternoon, entertaining an audience of parents, volunteers and senior members of our community.

School Sport:

As I wrote to you about last term, Mr Cartwright-Jones has been working with Charlie Askew from Premier Sport in preparation for taking on the role of our sports instructor from the summer term.

Mr Cartwright-Jones has already taken on responsibility for organising the teams that we send to various competitions; the most recent of which was the indoor athletics event held at Alde Valley a couple of weeks ago.

We sent a team of year 5 children (and one year 4 to this event) and against teams of children in year 6, they acquitted themselves very well, finishing third overall.  The experience they gained will be very useful as they enter further competitions this year.

World Book Day:

We will be dressing up and celebrating World Book Day on Friday 23rd February and not waiting until the Thursday this year!  

What will you come as?  

All the children will also receive a World Book Day £1 voucher which can be used at the book fair.  The book fair will be with us from Wednesday 21st until Tues 27th February 2018.

Pebbles:

We are planning to display our fish pebbles on one of the outside walls of the school.  Are there any bricklayers amongst our parents who might be able to offer some advice or even help to do this?  If so, could you please speak to Mr Cartwright-Jones or Mr Pearson-Shaul

Parent Governor Elections:

The nomination forms have now gone out for parent governors and the closing date is today.  At the time of writing, no-one has put themselves forward to be nominated.

If you were intending to be nominated and have forgotten, please speak to Mr Pearson-Shaul as soon as you can after the half-term break.

Attendance:

At the end of this half-term, our attendance is 96.5%.  Good attendance is so important to your child’s education so thank you for your support!

Poor weather

Thank you for your understanding recently as the playground has been icy in the mornings.  I am sure we have not seen the last of the wintry weather so please remember warm coats, hats, scarves and gloves!

Parents Evenings:

These will take place on  Monday 26th February and Tuesday 27th February; you should already have received  a letter about this.

At your meeting, you will also receive your child’s mid-year progress check which gives a snapshot of their current attainment, along with an indication of their effort in class.  This progress check is intended to be a discussion starter at this important meeting and a means to generate further actions to be taken (by your child, your child’s teacher or yourselves) to help promote further progress.

If you have not had a letter about these meetings, please check your child’s book bag or ask at the school office.

Book Fair:

The book fair arrives on Wednesday 21st of February and will remain with us until Tuesday 27th.  There are always lots of great books to choose from, many at discounted prices and your child will be able to use their World Book Day voucher to get £1 off a book of their choice.  

All purchases from the book fair support us to provide more reading books for your children at our school.

Clubs:

After school clubs are going well, but there is still space available in most of them and at just £1 for a session, they are an absolute bargain!

We also have a sports camp being held at the school over the Easter holidays.  It will run from Tuesday the 3rd of April to Friday 6th  April and is being run by Premier Sport.  Further details will be available after the half-term break, but it will run from 9 - 3.30 daily and feature a number of different activities.

Belsey Bridge:

Just a reminder that the balance of payments is due by Friday 9th of March, 2018.  The total cost for the trip is £290.  Thank you for your support with this.

Music:

The choir is rehearsing hard for their appearance at the Celebration of Schools Music, being held at Snape Maltings on Saturday the 10th of March.

If your child is part of the choir, you will already have received information from Mrs Nicholas about the 10th.  Unfortunately, it appears that the 10th is now sold out although there are tickets available on all the other nights for what is always a very good show.

Key Dates:

Monday 12th February - Friday 16th February - Half-term

Thursday 22nd February - Girl Guiding World Thinking Day

Friday 23rd February  - Book Dress Up Day

Wednesday 21st February - Book fair arrives

Monday 26th February - Parent’s Evening

Tuesday 27th February - Parent’s Evening

Thursday 8th March - Quick Sticks Hockey Tournament

Monday 19th March - Year 3&4 production

Tuesday 20th March - Year 3&4 production

Wednesday 21st March - Year 3&4 production

Thursday 22nd March - Tag Rugby Tournament

Friday 30th March - Easter Holidays Begin

Tuesday 3rd April - Premier Sport Easter Sports Camp begins

Monday 9th April - Church Easter Club begins

Monday 16th April - Staff PD Day

Tuesday 17th April - School opens for the summer term

The best way to keep up to date with everything going on at our school is through our facebook page: facebook.com/saxmundhamprimaryschool and by adding our parents calendar to the calendar app on your phone.  All you need is the email address: parents@saxprimary.co.uk

Saxmundham Primary School News

Issue 14 - February, 2018

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Well, the snow has come at last, unfortunately it is a bit late for a White Christmas and as yet not in sufficient quantities to make a decent snowball!  However, as I write this the snow has started to fall heavily again, as if in defiance of me!

At the same time nature, as so often seems to happen now, is a bit confused.  Trees are showing early buds, bulbs are shooting up through the soil and I have even seen a few Snowdrops in full bloom.

Very often, this time of year can feel like we are just waiting, as nature is, for the sun to come out and warm us up.  Indeed, being active when it is snowy and icy outside can be perilous.  However, it seems to me that if we only wait for the good times to be really active, we could be waiting a long

time and be missing out on some fun experiences.

When I talk to the children about the half-term holidays, I am struck by how many tell me of plans for special events; whether it be a birthday party, relatives visiting or a day out.  I am equally struck by how many simply value the extra time they get with their family, playing with their siblings or just being around the house with their parents and carers.

A short break gives us the chance to refuel and re-energise in preparation for another intense half-term ahead which promises to be much busier than this one.

Enjoy the break!

Edward Pearson-Shaul