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Whole School Letter 07.04.17

Friday 7th April 2017

Dear Parents,

It has been a long and busy term for all of the children which has been filled with amazing successes and many wonderful learning experiences. I know many of you were able to join us for our performances of ‘What a Knight!’ at Number 8 last week and were as proud of the children as we were. They put on two extremely enjoyable performances and I know they were delighted to receive all the positive comments about how well they performed in both of the shows. We are fortunate to have such talented children at this school and are committed to providing them with the chance to let their talents shine by providing the children with these opportunities. Of course, as always, there was also a huge amount of hard work going on behind the scenes too resulting in those superb costumes, props, musical accompaniments and memorable dances. I wish to thank all the staff and volunteers who helped with the production in supporting the children to achieve so successfully.


The school’s PTFA have also been working extremely hard too. They were busy selling raffle tickets at Number 8 and put on a great Fashion Show recently. I am sure if you asked the children if they enjoy working on their new laptops or playing in the Pirate Ship area on the playground they would give a resounding ‘Yes’! It is important to remember that both these improvements were made possible as a result of the PTFA’s fundraising efforts. If you think you would be able to support the PTFA in any way, large or small, please see Sue Kelly or Joy Haywood who would really welcome any help you may be able to offer. We thank all of the PTFA for their on-going efforts.

The Walkabout

The annual Cropthorne Walkabout will be taking place during the Bank Holiday Weekend shortly after we return following the Easter break. We would like to congratulate Adi Clive and Alfie Freeman who won prizes for their excellent Walkabout poster designs. These will be used to advertise the Walkabout in the local area, so be on the lookout for them appearing near you! School will be open for tea and coffee on Sunday 30th April from 1pm-4pm. School will also be open on Monday 1st May from 12pm – 4pm with stalls and a variety of refreshments available. This year, a choir led by Mrs Komor will be singing at St Michael’s Church at 1pm before the traditional Maypole Dance takes place on the school playground at 2pm. We look forward to seeing you there.


Sadly we have received complaints from our neighbours recently about some very inconsiderate parking from a small minority of drivers. Please remember that there should be no parking on the yellow zig-zags and to park responsibly at all times.


Cropthorne Plus

As you are aware we are extending our wrap-around care until 4.15pm following the Easter break. Please contact Mrs Evans in order to secure a place. As we will now have pupils on site every day after school we will need to lock the school gates at 3.20pm. All after-school collections will now take place from the back gate.

A wonderful week…

It has been a busy final week in school which saw Year 1 enjoying a sports workshop afternoon at the Sheppey, Cats class attending the Duck Race at Charlton, the Chimps heading off to Berkeley Castle, and a superb Piano Concert taking place too! The Year 4&5 football team are also representing the school at a tournament in Evesham on the final afternoon! Again we are so pleased to be able offer these opportunities to our pupils and wish to say thank you to all the parents who support us in doing so. We would also like to thank all of our parents who support pupils’ learning through listening to them read regularly and supporting them with homework when required. It is crucially important and appreciated by all the staff at Cropthorne who endeavour to ensure our pupils achieve the best possible start in life.

Finally I hope that all of our pupils and families are able to enjoy quality time together over the Easter Break before returning (hopefully) refreshed and recharged for the Summer Term ahead on Monday 24th April. We look forward to seeing you all then.

Yours sincerely,



Rob Bothma

Head teacher