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Spring Newsletter – 4 March 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,



Thanks to all those who bought red noses, wore red and donated on the day. We ordered several boxes of red noses and quickly sold out! Through donations and red noses, we raised almost £300 to support this very worthwhile charity.


Our project to raise money for solar panels on the school roof took another step forward with our recent coffee morning organized by Mrs. Bloor and our wonderful PTA volunteers. We raised just under £100 which will take us closer to the total needed. This will help both school and the environment. If you are interested in this project and would like more information or wish to donate, please contact Mrs. Bloor for more information. Please remember that all parents are automatically members of our PTA and we would welcome your help and ideas.


Many schools experience a change of teachers in July as people move on for the new academic year. Ours has come early, with the arrival of spring! As you will know from letters sent to each class, we will be saying goodbye to several class teachers at the end of term. I would like to thank them all for their time at Glenaire and wish them the very best for the future. Mrs. Metcalfe will also start her maternity leave at the end of this term and we wish her and her husband every happiness.

Moving forward, we have some excellent new teachers starting after the Easter holidays who are very excited and keen to join the Glenaire team. I hope you will join me in welcoming them. We will arrange a ‘meet the teacher’ session soon after the holidays so that they can introduce themselves and you can put faces to names.

Mrs. Legg in the kitchen has also moved on to new cooking challenges elsewhere. She is sad to leave and we are sorry to lose her as she has not only provided your children with delicious, healthy food but entertained us all with theme days and costumes. We wish her luck – she will be missed even more than her amazing flapjack!.


The national average attendance is around 96%. Our whole school attendance is currently below 93%. Every day a child is absent is a day of missed learning and progress. There is no reason why children in our community should have worse attendance than other children across Britain and I feel as a community, we must make sure our children have the very best chance for success they can! We need your support as parents to help us improve our school attendance quickly. If you would like support with improving your child’s attendance or you have ideas to help us with this, please contact Mrs. Bloor. Please remember that the regulations state I am unable to authorise any absence in term time unless under very exceptional circumstances.


Following the success of our Christmas Craft open afternoon in December, we would like to invite you to a ‘Spring Crafternoon’ on Friday 7th April. As previously, it will run from 1.30pm to 2.30pm and parents can move between the classrooms doing spring activities with their children to get everyone in the mood for a lovely fresh spring break!


Speaking of spring, Glenaire is a school built in the 1960s and could really benefit from a freshen up both inside and out! Having looked into the cost of redecorating the whole school, it is clear we will never be able to afford to do more than a small area at a time. If you have any contacts in the decorating business or perhaps links with landscaping who might be able to help us with freebies, resources, grants or sponsorships, we would be happy to come to an arrangement. If you have a love of gardening and would like to come and volunteer to spruce up the school grounds, we would be very grateful! WE NEED YOU!


  • We break up on Friday 7th April after the ‘Spring Crafternoon’.
  • Monday 24th April is a training day so school is closed to pupils.
  • Tuesday 25th April – children return to school.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Jo Wilkinson


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