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July Newsletter

Dear Parent/Carer,

We are now heading fast towards the end of another school year, and as I write this it would seem the sun might actually shine for some of the summer!  We still have a number of exciting events to get through before the long summer holiday starts so I will begin with the remaining dates and events for this term.

Dates/Events

Wed 3rd July                  KS1 Sports day 1.30pm

Sat 6th July                    KS2 Carnegie Athletics Festival

               PTA BBQ and summer fair (11.00 until 3.00 – food available from 12pm)

Wed 10th July                KS2 Sports day 1.30pm

Thurs 11th July               KS1 Garden Party

Wed 17th July                Horsforth Prom - St. Margaret's Church 1.45pm

Fri 19th July                   Quasimodo production in school for Y2-6

              Reports to go out to parents

                                    Nursery closes – 11.45am

Tues 23rd July                Leavers’ assembly - 2pm

                                    School closes for the summer – 3.05pm

Wed 24th July                Staff training day – school closed for pupils

Mon 2nd Sept                 Staff training day – school closed for pupils

Tues 3rd September        School opens for Y1-6

 

Farewell

We are sorry to be saying farewell to a number of our staff this term.  On 28th June, Mrs. Addison left us in order to move to her new home in Scotland.  Miss Robson also left us to begin her maternity leave (although she will be coming back!).  I am sure you would want to join me in wishing both these members of staff well for the future.  At the end of term we will be saying sad farewells to Mrs Akhtar, who is leaving us in order to begin her teaching career, Miss McCowie who is relocating back to her family home town and Mrs. Hickling who is setting up an exciting new business venture.  All of these staff will be missed and I hope you will join me in wishing them luck.

 

Welcome

We have clearly been busy recruiting to replace the staff who are leaving us.  I am delighted to say that every post we advertised had large numbers of high quality candidates applying, and that all the successful candidates faced strong competition.  Our new staff are listed below:

  • School business manager – Mrs. Sheard
  • Class teacher – Miss Maman
  • Class teacher – Mr. Donnison
  • Teaching assistant – Mrs. Burgin
  • Teaching assistant – Mrs. Conlon (who some of you may already know as one of our lunchtime assistants)

Please join me in giving them a very warm welcome when they start in September.  You will have plenty of opportunities to get to know them, and we are hoping that we will see some of them briefly before the end of this term.

We are also really happy to be welcoming back Mrs. Freeman, Miss Howard and Miss Gordon from their maternity leave.

 

Summer Fair/BBQ

Our annual Summer Fair and BBQ will be held on Saturday 6th July from 11.00am to 3.00pm.  Food will be available from the BBQ from 12.00pm.  The event is being held to coincide with the Horsforth Walk of Art and there will be lots of events and activities that link to this, including a world record attempt for making origami whales!  One of our parents, Richard Byrne, is also participating in this year’s Walk of Art with his children’s book “Charlie the Comedian Chameleon”.  He wrote and illustrated the book for his daughter’s birthday last year and the central character is a very cheeky chameleon who plays tricks on all the other animals!  On the WOA weekend he will be doing activities based on the animals in the book like the poor cheetah who has her spots covered up with cheese slices! We will also be reading the book hopefully outside on the lawn.

The event is aimed at foundation stage children, but all are welcome and there are prizes to be won for the animal hunt! 

We hope the sun shines and that we will see you at some point on the day.

 

Carnegie Athletics Festival

Also on Saturday 6th July some of our KS2 children will be taking part in the Carnegie Athletics Festival.  Our children always enjoy this event and also do very well.  If your child is participating we hope you enjoy the event and cheer them on to great success!

 

Parking on Chaddlewood Close

Earlier this term, following another complaint from a resident on Chaddlewood Close, I witnessed for myself some of the extremely dangerous parking that is routinely taking place on this small and quiet road.  Residents driveways are frequently being blocked and there are so many cars that it is dangerous to get out of the street without putting people or property at risk.  I would like to request that parents and carers do not park on Chaddlewood Close, as, from my observations, it is only a matter of time before somebody is seriously hurt.  Thank you.

 

Leaver’s Assembly

Our Y6 leavers’ assembly will be held at 2pm on Tuesday 23rd July.  As you may know, this assembly is very well attended and due to increasing pressure on space in the school hall, sadly, I am going to have to limit the invited audience to Key Stage 2 parents only.  There may be some special invitations for parents of children lower down the school who may be winning a prize and they will be contacted the week before the assembly.  Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

 

Finally I would like to close by once again thanking you for your continued support over this school year.  It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with you and your children, and see the fantastic progress they make over the year.  We would like to wish our Y6 children lots of luck as they leave us and move on to the next stage of their education.  We know they will be brilliant!  I hope that you all have a wonderful summer and enjoy any holidays you may have planned.  We look forward to seeing you all again in the new school year in September!

 

Warm regards,

Elaine McLellan

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