|E-Newsletter Issue 109: Friday 24th November 2017|
A Little Baby Gookey!
I realise that many of you will already know this brilliant news but, for those of you who don't, I am delighted to report that Mrs Gookey gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on Thursday 16th November. Scarlett Rose Gookey weighed 7lb 1oz. Mum, dad and baby are all doing very well.
Children in Need
The school raised £115 for Friday's Children in Need mufti. Many thanks for all of your donations.
Alice in Wonderland
Our Year 1-6 pupils are already flexing their vocal chords, learning the words to the songs from the show and rehearsing scenes. Props and backdrops are being created and the general show excitement is building...
The deadline for ticket bookings for the Year 1-6 production of Alice in Wonderland is Friday 1st December. After this time, tickets will be released to those families who have requested additional tickets (over and above the initial allocation of 4). To avoid disappointment, please ensure that your child's consent/ticket request form is returned and that payment for tickets has been made in full.
On the afternoon of the 13th December (the peformance date), Year 1-6 pupils will be transported to Wollaston School for a final rehearsal so that we can place the scenes/props and allow the children to get used to the massive space. In order to save on coach costs, the school are asking parents to arrange for their child(ren) to be collected from Wollaston School at 3.30pm on 13th December.
Following on from Cedar's Lantern Making workshop last week, the children have been invited to attend the Yardley Hastings Lantern Parade next Friday. Participating children meet at The Old School Hall in Yardley Hastings from 5.30pm on Friday 1st December. As far as I understand it, the procession then leaves at 6.00pm and goes around the village. Rumour has it that there might also be mince pies and mulled wine.
It would be great if as many Cedar Class pupils as possible joined us. If you would like your child to participate, simply bring them along to Yardley from 5.30pm, collect a lantern (these will already be there) and walk with our school group. Please remain with your child throughout.
Royal Albert Hall
Three of our pupils were in the privileged position of performing at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the NMPAT massed ensemble. Composed by Benjamin Till, the music was inspired by his journey along the River Nene and the performance was utterly spectacular!
Junior Strictly Competition
Once again, Miss Steed and her Junior Strictly dancers took to the stage and gave a fantastic performance, dancing both the quickstep and the samba. As you can see, despite a few nerves, the children had a wonderful time and beamed throughout.
Further to the previous e-newsletter, I have uploaded the Attendance Policy to the school website and have included below an excerpt from the section on punctuality. I hope that this will help to clarify the school's position. There has been a marked improvement in pupils' overall punctuality; many thanks for your support.
The school day begins at 8.55 a.m. when the bell is rung and the children line up on the playground. Children arriving after 9.00 a.m. should report directly to the school office.
If a child arrives after the morning session has begun, with no reason given by their parent, this will constitute an unauthorised absence.
If parents know their child is going to be late for any reason, they should let the school know.
Repeated, unexplained lateness or persistent lateness without an acceptable reason will be referred to the Education Welfare Officer and/or Social Services where relevant.
Persistent lateness is defined by the school as 4 late arrivals within any half term period.
The Chocolate Expert!
Having sent letters to Mr Shutt (our local chocolate expert!), the children were thrilled when he responded and offered to visit the school to pass on some of his expertise and provide a fantatstic stimulus for the children's work on chocolate. Mr Shutt explained the chocolate making process from cocoa pod to chocolate bar, brought in various chocolate moulds and also some actual (very special) chocolate for the children to sample. Thank you, Mr Shutt, come back anytime!
Hard copies of the information previously signposted on the last e-newsletter have been sent home this week. There is a small error on the information - the afternoon wraparound care session begins at 3.30pm and not 3.00pm as stated on the letter. All other times and pricing information remains the same.
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