It’s that time of the year again, with excited children experiencing the joy of the season. Christmas is beginning to appear around the school, decorations are going up and a range of activities are beginning. More than ever this year, we appreciate the warmth of community, giving and being together and we have a range of activities planned for the children – some which we have adapted.
Christmas Activities and Dates
Foundation/Year 1 and 2: The Nativity Movie
Year 3: Bell Ringing
Year 4: The Nativity
Year 5: A Christmas Poem
Year 6: A Christmas Song
Class celebrations/performances will be performed and recorded in school and then posted on our class pages on the website for you to enjoy.
Class Parties: These will take place on different days. The children can wear mufti to school on those days and snacks and drinks will be provided by school.
Wednesday 16th December – Foundation
Thursday 17th December - Y2
Friday 18th December – Y1/Y3/Y4/Y5/Y6
Christmas Lunch: Tuesday 8th December (EYFS/KS1) and Thursday 10th December (KS2). Children and staff are looking forward to tucking into their Christmas Dinners next week to kick start the festivities. A big thank you to FROWS for providing children with festive treats.
It’s Panto Time! We have organised for Jack and the Beanstalk to be streamed directly into each class before the end of term. The children should be in for a lovely treat, with boos, cheers plus all the classic panto antics that we love!
Christmas Cards: To keep the Christmas card tradition alive this year, we will be inviting children to post cards in a designated bag in their classroom by Friday 11th December. After 3 days of quarantine, the cards will be distributed to the children. Please could we ask that children only send cards to children in their class this year.
Whole-School Christingle Celebration for the Children: The whole school will be joining in a virtual service with Reverend Alan Ryan on Thursday 10th December. Children will be making their own Christingles in class and singing Christmas songs to start the festive season. Many thanks to Reverend Ryan; we are so pleased to strengthen the bond between our two communities.
Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day: Friday 11th December – ‘Make The World Better With A Sweater’. We would like to invite all children and staff to support this wonderful charity by wearing a winter or Christmas jumper. Upcycle an old jumper or get crafty – new jumpers are not needed. A small cash donation can be made on the day.
Christmas Carols for the children: Thursday 17th December - These will take place outside (weather permitting) and the children will be able to sing along.
Christmas tree full of ducks: Our real Christmas tree now stands proudly in our hall displaying the amazing talents of the children and families in our school. Thank you to Mr Clarke for oragnising this for our children and for all those who took part.
‘Feed a Family at Christmas’: We know that this has been a difficult year for everyone and have been asked to pass on some information for you from a group who are helping families across Plymouth. If you feel that you could benefit from a Christmas hamper this year, please email in to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 pm Friday 4/12/20 and we will pass on your details to the organiser of this fabulous scheme. This is completely confidential. All you need to include in your email is your phone number, the family structure (eg. Dad, Gran, Grandad and pets). Hampers will be delivered on Christmas Eve. Thank you to 'Feed a Family' for your amazing support.
Booking system for school bus travel: A new booking system on ParentPay is now in place for children travelling on the school bus. From Monday 7th December, only pupils who have booked via this system will be put on the bus at the end of the school day. Parents of children travelling regularly on the bus have been contacted, however if you would like further information, please contact the office.
Free piano in need of a new home: Thinking of learning a new instrument or know a budding pianist? We have a fully functioning piano in school which is now surplus to requirement. Please contact the office if you, or anyone you know are interested (collection will need to be organised).
Tik Tok: Please could we make you aware that some children in Key Stage 1 are being included in Tic Toc videos created by older siblings at home. We know there are age limits on this platform so we just wanted to keep you informed.
Stars of the week: Many congratulations to the following children for being our superstars:
20th November: Mae Caffell, Clover Isaacs, Indi Kohary, William Higgs, Indi Lark, Joe Walsh, and Sam Stansell.
27th November: Sophia Gibson, Digby Hawkins-Ward, Barny Withers, Joseph Knight, Tom Marshall, Margo Adlard and Harrison Wheatley.
All of these children have demonstrated great commitment and enthusiasm for learning across a range of curriculum areas which is fantastic to see.
On a final note, please may we remind you that there is an early finish of 1:15pm on our last day of term (Friday 18th December).
Lyn Chamberlain and Susie Jackson
Joint Acting Headteachers