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Whole School Letter 17th January

Tuesday 17th January 2017

Dear Parents,

It is wonderful to see the new spring term very much up and running this week. We hope that all of our pupils and families enjoyed the holiday period and were able to spend some valuable quality time together. Everyone at the school were touched by the generous Christmas gifts and warm wishes received at the end of last term, they were much appreciated, thank you.

This term begins with high anticipation as we begin auditions and following those, rehearsals, for our traditional spring term production at Number 8 in Pershore. This year we will be travelling to the legendary castle of Camelot to perform ‘What A Knight!’, a tale of Dragons, Princesses and heroic deeds! The afternoon performance will take place on Thursday 30th March, with the evening show taking place on Friday 31st March. Further information on times and ticketing will be made available close to the half term break.

Much of our classroom learning will link into the theme of our performance over the course of this term and I have already seen a staggeringly impressive array of castles begin to take pride of place in Mrs Komor’s classroom! Well done Chimps! Information about some of our upcoming educational visits has also already been issued through our weekly class newsletters and as always we will aim to give you as much notice as possible. We have already received some of our voluntary termly contributions of £25 which help us to supplement activities such as these which provide the children with such exciting and memorable experiences to enhance their learning. We really would not be able to run anywhere near as many without your continued and valued support.

We welcome back the Open the Book team to school this week, who will be continuing to regularly involve children in leading our whole school worship sessions, putting on their brilliant and very enjoyable adaptations of many of the stories from the Bible. Swimming for Years 2 & 3 also gets underway this week, with Year 1 looking forward to heading off to Sandfield Farm on Friday.

Following the success of our breakfast club, Cropthorne Plus, we have also been continuing to explore the possibility of providing a longer, daily after school club. To help us gauge likely usage of any such club, please complete the form in your child’s book bag and return to us as soon as possible.

In other developments, and following the uncertain weather forecast last week, we will be introducing AMBER days at Cropthorne with Charlton First from now on. In unusual weather conditions we will do our best to ensure the school remains open. In order ensure children are as well prepared as possible for changeable or challenging conditions we will aim to send you a text message and update the school website indicating that it is an AMBER day and that all children should come dressed not in school uniform, but in warm outdoor clothing. Years 3, 4 & 5 children should also bring in wellies (Years R-2 normally have these in school anyway due to Forest School) and a change of footwear that day. This will mean that children can still be comfortable when outdoors. We do not take school closure lightly and if we are forced to do so please follow the information previously issued in our weekly newsletters in order to stay informed. Please also make sure Mrs Evans has your up to date contact details, especially if Santa Claus delivered a new mobile phone at Christmas!

Finally, after school clubs begin next week with a range of activities on offer. Both Cooking Club and Lego Club were specifically requested by our pupils at our School Council meetings and we expect them to be very popular! Unfortunately numbers at clubs are limited, and this will inevitably lead to some disappointment. Therefore we do ask that if you have been allocated a place at a club and decide not to take it up or to no longer attend for any reason, please let Mrs Evans know as soon as possible so we can quickly allocate the place to another child.

We all look forward to an exciting term ahead.

Yours sincerely,


Rob Bothma

Head teacher