Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,
Welcome back to St Paul’s Primary School for another year of exciting learning and fun with our staff and friends. I hope you have had a lovely summer break and are feeling refreshed for the new term ahead.
I would like to take the opportunity to remind you of a few key dates and information that may be of interest to you.
The teachers would like to invite you to an Autumn Term parents evening for Yr 1 - 6 on Monday 30th September or Wednesday 2nd October. This parents evening is an ideal opportunity to discuss how your child is settling into their new year group and to chat about any thoughts or concerns you may have. A letter will be sent home very soon offering appointment times.
On Tuesday 15th October, Tempest photography have been booked to take formal photographs of the children individually and with their siblings.
After the success of last year’s change, Harvest Festival will again be split for KS1 and KS2 and will be located in the church. KS1 will be held on Thursday 17th October and KS2 Friday 18th October. Again a letter outlining these services will be sent home very soon with more details for you. We hope you are able to join us to celebrate the harvest.
Dropping off and parking outside school
Due to the geographical nature of where our school is positioned, we understand that it makes dropping off your children for school incredibly difficult. Over the years, we have tried many ways to make it less congested and safer for all but the issues are still the same. We often ask our Community Support Officer to drop by during peak times to see if they can help and we also send regular reminders about parking in our newsletters. Unfortunately, the problems still seem to continue.
To prevent any of our children or families being hurt by cars or cyclists on entry to our grounds, please could you not park on the yellow zig zag lines or pull in to the entrance of the car park to drop off and turn round. We open our doors at 8.35am with a hope to avoid a build-up of congestion in the morning and we have asked our caretaker, Mr. Quarterman, to monitor the situation closely during our busiest times. Thank you for your understanding, we will continue to monitor the issues closely and welcome any practical ideas as to how to improve the situation further.
School Buildings and Grounds
I would like to say a very big thank you to all of the friends in our school community who have helped to maintain and update our school grounds through painting, planting, digging and tidying over the Summer break. We all really appreciate your hard work and know the children are going to thoroughly enjoy learning and playing in the spaces you have transformed.
Inside our building we have seen a new projector fitted in the hall. This projector has been paid for by the money you generously donated during the many projects the Friends committee kindly organise for us.
There have been 8 new interactive whiteboard projectors also fitted in classrooms over the Summer break making the exciting lessons planned for the children more accessible for all.
Get Set to Eat Fresh
From 6th September to 3rd November, Aldi are running a competition where 20 schools will be chosen to win £20,000 along with a sports pack for schools. When a member of our school community spends £30 in store, they’ll receive one sticker. All we need to do is collect 300 to be in with a chance of winning the grand prize.
There will be a sticker collection bucket in the Year 5/6 link corridor by the bell tower for the children to pop in any stickers they have collected. Totals will be updated weekly and we will keep you informed as to how we get on.
My passion has always been for teaching and learning and I am very proud to be in this position of Head teacher.
I will be aiming to teach and support in all year groups throughout the year. I am thoroughly looking forward to getting to know all of your children in and outside of the classroom, while still helping to sustain the greatness we have achieved and leading the school into our next exciting chapter.
I look forward to meeting with as many of you as I can over the coming months.
Mrs E Vautier-Thomas