It may be one of our shortest half terms but it feels as though the end has taken a long time to arrive! There have been many bugs that have struck both children and staff alike over the past 5 weeks and I think everyone is in need of a much earned holiday to recuperate. Yesterday, we wished Miss O’Neil farewell in assembly and we look forward to welcoming her back as Mrs Stubbings after the break. Mr Stubbings is a farmer and Miss O’Neil faced 4 challenges in assembly to see if she had the right skills set to become a farmer’s wife. The children enjoyed watching the wellie boot, tractor driving, farm building and cow milking tasks with staff scoring her efforts from the edge of the hall. Hopefully, the weather will be kind on Saturday and Mr and Mrs Stubbings will have a memorable wedding day.
Our final week of this half term has been Maths Week. In this edition of the newsletter you will read about many of the exciting activities staff planned for the children. It has been wonderful to see so many parents able to join us at 2.30 to work alongside children in their maths learning. Thank you for supporting us. The PTA funded the Happy Puzzle Company and the Problem Solving Company to work with the children and I hope they have shared their enjoyment with you. I’m really grateful to the PTA for all that they do to support the enrichment activities of the school and I hope that parents are able to continue to support their good work by attending the PTA AGM on Friday 24th February at 9am and stepping up to the vacant positions. I will be sending a separate letter about this.
Once again, I’m proud to say that our pupils who have been out and about this past week have received many compliments about their behaviour when representing the school off site. The year 6 pupils were exemplary whilst at the O2 on Monday. Their enthusiasm for dancing along with singing was great to watch and listen to. I’m so grateful to Mr Jess and Mrs Phillips for stepping in at the last minute so that the trip could go ahead. Mrs Hogan and Mrs Dawson also gave up a good proportion of their day to ensure that the children were looked after brilliantly during the trip, thanks to them too. In addition, the year 3 children were at Colchester Zoo and also received some delightful feedback around their thoughtful questions posed and their range of knowledge about the animals. There were also several super map readers in the group.
Have a wonderful half term break and I look forward to seeing you all back on Monday 20th February at 8.50am.