Head Teacher's Blog 08.01.24

7th January 2024

Happy new year! I do hope that everyone has had a wonderful Christmas break.Thank you for all of the good wishes you sent us in the run up to Christmas - staff felt very appreciated! We are looking forward to welcoming the children back to school in the morning and hearing all of their holiday news. 

Quite a short blog from me this week but the half termly newsletter will be with you soon, with details of events to come and feedback from the parent/carer survey that we sent out, amongst other things. 

If you haven’t already done so, please remember to book school dinners / packed lunches on the app. This system seems to be working well now, thank you for your co-operation while we ironed out teething problems. We are looking forward to welcoming our Larch class families on Wednesday at 11.45 for lunch. If you haven’t already booked in, please do so by the end of the day on Monday. 

Larch and Sycamore classes will be swimming this half term, starting this week, so don’t forget to bring your kit!

For information about class PE this half term, please refer to PE letters sent out. 

NUF sports clubs start this week and teacher-led clubs will begin in the week beginning 15th January. Messages will be sent early in the week to confirm places that have been allocated. 

As part of our on-going work to support and value inclusion and diversity, our UKS2 children are looking forward to a visit from motivational speaker Loti Mambombe on Thursday afternoon. Look out for updates on class web pages to find out more. 

Thank you for your ongoing support in keeping The Avenue ‘car free’ wherever possible in the mornings and afternoons. This really does make our school a safer place. Please can I ask that anyone travelling by car, either approaching school by Swansfield Park, Prudhoe Street or any of the neighbouring streets, keeps their speed down. Many parents report that traffic (which may likely not be for our school) is often travelling faster than is sensible and have concerns for the safety of our children, particularly those in UKS2 who come to school on their own. Thank you!

So, let’s get the new year underway! Here’s a rousing piece of music to get us all up and on our way in the morning - it’s the Radetzky March by Strauss. Quick question for the children - as you watch the conductor, can you see what he does to get the orchestra and the audience to play and clap loudly and more quietly? If you see me in the morning on any day this week - let me know and you’ll get a sticker or a smiley!


See you in the week, 

Mrs G

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