Of all the Christmas festivities we enjoy at Summercroft, one of my favourites is the annual town Carol Service. Schools across Bishop’s Stortford are represented with traditional readings and carols sung with each school choosing a song to showcase. Well, I may be accused of being slightly biased but this year our children were exceptional; they were by far the smartest school on Monday evening and, in my opinion, sang the best! Mrs Stubbings’ attention to detail ensured that our children knew how to present themselves in the most professional manner. It really did give me goosebumps and it was certainly the send off that we’d hoped for Mrs Stubbings. Thank you children, Mrs Stubbings and Mrs Anderson—it was a real treat. I’m sure our own Carol Service will be equally as good.
On Friday the children were treated to a traditional pantomime courtesy of the PTA. It was lovely to see the range of year groups thoroughly enjoying the performance. The children I spoke to claimed, ‘It was the best ever!’ A big thank you to the PTA for funding this.
In our final assembly on Tuesday, we shall be saying a fond farewell to Mrs Davey, Mrs Stubbings and Ms Lanario. All three have played key roles in the success of the school over the past few years and we couldn’t have achieved our ‘Good’ Ofsted outcome without them. Whilst we are sad to see them go, I should like to wish them every success in the future and hope they will be happy and successful in their new ventures.
Joining the team in January will be Miss Louise Jameson who will be teaching in Beech class and Mrs Joanne Vaughan who will teach in Chestnut class on Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs Bugg will be moving into the Key Stage 2 building and teaching Maple class. I’m sure that the whole Summercroft Community will ensure that staff will receive a warm welcome in their new roles and that they will be really happy here.
Our new School Business Manager will not be joining us until later on in the Spring Term which means that staffing in the office will be stretched for a while. As ever, I’m extremely grateful to our lovely volunteers: Mrs Haque, Mrs Higgins, Mrs Crowther and also Mrs Davey (Mrs Richardson’s mum) who are giving their time to help us out. Mrs Wheatley is also joining this merry band in the new year—a huge thank you to you all! We hope that Ms Godfrey will be able to join us when she is fully fit.
Are you able to offer an hour and 15 minutes to support our young people at lunch time? Our MSAs play an invaluable role, keeping children safe and productively busy during the middle of the day. If you would like to find out more, please contact the office and come and shadow one of our MSAs to see how rewarding it can be! We look for people who enjoy organising games with the children and who don’t mind being outside in all sorts of weather!
Finally, I should like to thank all the staff for making Summercroft such a lovely school for our children. They have an enormous sense of fun which the children enjoy on a daily basis—we’re lucky to have them!
Thank you for your continued support and I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas break with your families. I look forward to seeing you back at 8.50am on Thursday 4th January 2018.