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Headteacher Update - Friday 9th December 2022

Welcome to this week's Weekly Update!


I'm not sure how, but next week is the last school week of this term and of this calendar year. We have really enjoyed celebrating the run-in to the end of 2022 in school, and our festive events and celebrations in school have been truly incredible and inspirational.


Our week kicked-off with our lovely Nursery children who sang some Christmas rhymes and songs, in front of parents on the big stage in the hall. There were big smiles on their faces and I know that the parents who came along enjoyed it too.


Our pupils in Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 and 6, put on four, spine-tingling performances at St. Mary's Church in Willingdon this week. Our afternoon performances were very well attended but it was brilliant to perform in the church across some very wintry and evenings...the children definitely brought the spirit of Christmas to us all!


I am immensely proud of all the children who have performed so far and it has felt truly special to have been able to share these inspiring performances with you. I hope you have enjoyed coming to see your child perform. Next week, our children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are performing their Christmas play - 'Christmas Donkey For Sale'. We're really looking forward to that! 


On Thursday, Mrs Wood and Miss Mundy took a group of children in Years and 4 to the community centre to complete a community litter-pick. The children were incredibly well behaved and helped collect several large bags of rubbish, and clear some of the areas we all share. 


Well done to all of our certificate winners this week. Our full list of 'Stars of the Week' can be found on this week's Bulletin. As always, there is lots of information about school events next week, so please take the time to read this.


Ahead to next week, on Monday we have our annual 'Reindeer Walk'. It's a great event. We're looking forward to seeing 300 reindeer - we're expecting it to be cold, so please ensure your child has their coat, scarves and gloves.


Our Christmas Lunch is being served on Thursday - this is also the last day of term. The usual favourites of roast turkey, and all the trimmings are on the menu. Children are invited to wear a Christmas jumper if they would like to. We will also be finding out who this term's 'Stars of the Term' are. We are all looking forward to next week, and the fun and festivities. We also know that the routines are different and for some children this can be hard...so we'll do our best to keep as many things as normal as possible.


Enjoy the football if you are watching this weekend, and I will look forward to seeing all of the pupils on Monday.


Have a good weekend.


Mr Laker




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