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New school year, new era...please read!

Welcome back to all our children and families and an especially warm welcome to our new children joining us this term.  We are really looking forward to you being part of our lovely school.  


Well it has probably been the busiest summer in school for many years; I don't think there has been a day go by without staff being in school preparing for the year ahead.  It has been a mammoth task to be up and running for our new look six-class school!  I would like to start by saying a HUGE thank you to all the staff who have given up a lot of their holidays to help with the project, and especially to our site manager Mr Dickens who has project-managed the entire 6 weeks - not an easy task when you have only been in post a few weeks! He has done a fabulous job and we couldn't have managed without him.


The building work at the far end of the school started as soon as the children broke up for the holidays; this has created a fantastic Upper Key Stage Two unit for Years 5 and 6 and I know that Miss Walker and Mrs Stewart are really excited to get going with their new classes.  Class 5 and 6 have brand new tables and chairs, lovely new blinds and of course their very smart interactive screens.  The classrooms look very grown up and provide a perfect learning environment for the oldest pupils in school.


Miss Gale has spent most of the summer in school preparing Class 4 (Mrs Stewart's old room) and it looks amazing!  This classroom also has one of the new interactive screens installed so I am sure the children in Class 4 will enjoy using it. 


Miss Leake has worked her socks off to turn the old Class 3 into the new Class 2 and it looks brilliant! It is a lovely bright room with lots of different areas of learning, perfect for Key Stage One children.  


Mrs Springall and Mrs Hoar have been busy changing the old Class 4 into the new Class 3 and it looks very different to how it did before.  We are really looking forward to having Mrs Hoar back with us after maternity leave and it already feels like she's never been away.


Miss Ingle, although she hasn't had to move classrooms, have been really busy setting up and reorganising Class 1 for a straight Reception class.  There are quite a few new things to see and do in Class 1 and I am sure the children will have lots of fun learning in there.  Miss Ingle has also been really busy helping everyone else with their classroom moves.


Class 2 and 3 will be able to use the new outdoor learning area at the back of the school.  We are still waiting for a few of the items to arrive for this section and we had a delay on the fencing so you will be able to watch this area evolve as the term goes on as it is very much a 'work in progess'!  I think the children in Classes 2 and 3 will really love being able to get outside more and they have so much space compared to their old classroom.


As well as all the classroom moves, lots of other exciting things have been happening over the summer.  We have completed a full audit of our computing equipment and have a full trolley of brand new, latest spec laptops.  This means that the classes now have access to much better (and more) of their own computers for general use.  Thank you especially to Mr Hughes for donating a brand new desktop machine and monitor which is all set up and ready to go for Class 1. 


If you have driven past the school in the holidays you will also notice that we have installed barrier fencing along the grassed play area. This has created a designated waiting space at the top of the drive for parents and shortly will also have some smart new seating courtesy of a locality grant from Mr Thake.


We still have a few jobs to be completed over the coming weeks.  The new gate and fencing at Class 6 will be going in soon, as will the gate and fencing by the Class 2 outdoor area.  We are awaiting our playground markings being refreshed and are having some new markings put on the ground outside Class 2 so keep a look out for those.


On top of all that, we also have a brand new system for homework, new style curriculum information leaflets for parents and are going to be introducing a house point system.....watch out for information coming home in the first week. 


However, we are raring to go on Monday! Here is a reminder of which doorways to use:


Classes 6 and 5: Front doors by their classrooms (old Class 2)

This is where the children will also leave from at the end of the day.  Mrs Stewart and Miss Walker will be around to supervise them leaving the building.  Year 5 and 6 children may walk up the pavement independently to meet parents at the driveway OR wait to be collected in the yard if parents prefer this. Please decide with your child which you would like them to do. 


Classes 4, 3 and 2: will use the back doors.  Children will wait by the outdoor play area until it's time to go in.  There will be members of staff there on Monday morning to help you know where to wait.   These classes will exit the building at the back at hometimes and will come up the driveway.  Classes 2 and 3 will be supervised by their teachers as before.


Class 1: no change! (phew!) Usual door and gate. 


A few other reminders for you:

  • the autumn term is winter uniform please
  • children will need PE kits in the first week so it would be a good idea to bring them straight away on Monday
  • there are still a few places in Early Bird Club so do book in if you need one
  • pencil cases: children in Key Stage 2 may choose to bring a pencil case (not compulsory at all as all necessary equipment is provided), however this must be small enough to fit into your child's tray.  Please ensure all items are named.
  • Please make sure your child has a water bottle in school - plain, still water only

And finally...

The teachers have been busy putting the finishing touches to their classrooms today; there are a few 'teaser' photos in the gallery, can you guess or work out where they are?!


Look forward to seeing you all on Monday, enjoy the weekend!

Mrs Peddie 




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