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Newsletter 16
5th January 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back after what I hope was a very enjoyable Christmas and New Year break.
This term always seems to disappear in a blink and before we know it we will be heading into the summer!

Please find below advance notice of dates for your diary. These will be added to as the term progresses and you can find details here or on the website at

Dates for your diary:
Tuesday 12th – Viking Visitor morning for Year 6
Wednesday 13th – Dog Safety assembly
– swimming restarts for Year 3
Wednesday 20th – The Mill Youth Centre assembly for years 5 and 6
Friday 22nd – Year 3 Stone Age morning

Tuesday 9th – Safer Internet Day
Friday 12th – finish for half term at 3:20pm
Monday 22nd – school reopens at 8:50am

Wednesday 2nd – last swimming session for Year 3
Wednesday 9th – swimming starts for Year 5
Thursday 17th – Year 4 to visit the Easter story trail at Bramhall Methodist Church
Friday 18th – Sport Relief Day
Monday 21st – Year 4 trip to Chester
Wednesday 23rd – basketball assembly
Friday 25th – school closed – Good Friday
Monday 28th – school closed – Easter Monday
Tuesday 29th – Parents’ evening 4-6pm
Wednesday 30th – no swimming for Year 5
Thursday 31st – Parents’ evening 4-7pm

School closes for the holidays at 3:20pm on Friday 1st April and reopens on Monday 18th April.

Clubs and assembly certificates will return to normal from Monday 11th January with information going out in newsletters and via the website.

Attendance and office times
Please remember that school starts at 8:50am with registers closing at 9am. Any child who arrives after 9am will have that session marked as an “unauthorised absence” and this WILL impact on their overall attendance figure for the term. The office staff work from 8:30am until 4pm (3:30pm on a Friday) and there is an answerphone at all other times so that you can leave a message regarding any absences.

Leave of Absence
Please remember that any requests for leave of absence should be made at least 2 weeks in advance of the start date. Leave of absence will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances.

Changes from January 2016
Before Christmas I informed you that we had decided to stagger our lunchtimes from today, with Years 3 and 4 having their break from 12pm-1pm and Years 5 and 6 from 12:30pm-1:30pm. We hope that this will have a positive impact on lunchtimes for the children but would welcome any feedback – both positive and aimed at continuing to develop school. Please bear with us while these changes are embedded.

Mrs Jordan will be teaching in Year 5 in the mornings while Mrs Pratt has another operation on her throat; the class will be covered by supply in the afternoons during this time. We hope that this will enable Mrs Pratt to return to her role in two weeks’ time. After that Mrs Jordan will be teaching the class on a Thursday and a Friday.
Unfortunately I do not currently have a further update on Mrs Lamb but I know that she is hoping to be able to begin a phased return at some stage this term. Until such time, Mrs Maloney will continue to teach the class.

Miss Wilson is taking over as Upper Key Stage 2 phase leader until the end of the summer term and this will help Mrs Jordan with her return to class 2 days per week. If you have any concerns please always contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance. Should they be unable to resolve the issue then it can be escalated to the phase leaders – Mr Kinnear for Years 3&4 and Miss Wilson for Years 5&6 – before coming to Mrs Jordan and finally to me.

Mrs Sheldrake will be going on maternity leave at February half term. Following that her class will be taught by Mr Glennon, who is a teacher with 6 years’ experience. His interests are sport and music and he comes with excellent references. Mr Glennon will be joining school from February 1st which will enable him to spend 2 weeks working alongside Mrs Sheldrake and getting to know both the children and the school’s routines before taking over the class.

In addition we are delighted to have both Mrs Lane and Mrs Dodd back in school following their absences.

New parent governors
Many thanks to all of you who submitted ballot papers for new parent governors. The results were extremely close, however the 2 elected parents are Marion Ridd and Elizabeth Owen and I look forward to working alongside them on the school’s governing body. Additional thanks to David Kay for standing as a candidate. It is always good to know that parents are keen to be involved with helping to move school forward.

Best wishes,

Miss Sheila Harrison


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