As always, our families have been very generous in supporting good causes. The Poppy Appeal raised £249.17 and Children in Need raised £291.71. We are grateful to parents for supporting these good causes as the children learn a lot about citizenship and helping others through these appeals.
A huge thank you to all who gave their time to make our Christmas Fair such a success. We are very grateful to all those who organised and ran stalls, donated or helped in any way. Thank you also to Father Christmas, for making time for us in his busy schedule. A special thank you goes to Mrs Bloor, who is the mastermind behind the Fair and also to Mr Tait, who made sure school was ship-shape again, ready for Monday. We raised around £1200, and this money will be put to good use in enhancing the school environment and providing resources and experiences for all the children.
We have been informed that following the yearly review by catering services of school meals prices, the cost of meals from the start of January will be £1.70 per meal. If you think your child may be entitled to a free school meal, school can help you to check your eligibility and apply. This not only covers meals, but also brings extra money into school to help with your child’s education.
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT UPDATE – ATTENDANCE
We are all working hard to build on the achievements recognized by Ofsted in July and to address the areas for development. Our Local Authority Improvement Partner visited this term and was very positive about the progress we are making and as always, commended our wonderful children.
Attendance is a major and continuing area for improvement and I am pleased with how the children have got behind this and eagerly wait for their class attendance to be announced in assembly. I am pleased to say that punctuality has definitely improved overall and we have had some better class attendances recently, including some weeks with 100%. Further information on how we are addressing attendance and how you can help will follow in the New Year.
Are you on Twitter? In the last newsletter I announced our new account, but so far very few parents have followed us. You can find us @GlenairePS. We will use this account to let you know when there are updates to the class blogs and for sharing news. Important information will still be sent by letter and posted as news on our website. Please follow us!
Christmas is a magical time of the year for children and adults, and especially in a primary school! We have continued full learning timetables and kept the build-up to a minimum in school, as term ends early this year and we didn’t want the children to become over-excited too soon! Next week Christmas at Glenaire gets into full swing, with something fun happening every day of the week.
MONDAY: KS2 Christmas Singalong – get your best voices ready to join us at 3.30pm in a rousing Christmas chorus!
TUESDAY: Christmas Dinner Day – yum yum!
WEDNESDAY: KS1 Nativity performances morning and evening
Year 4 Party
THURSDAY: Nursery and Reception Carols @9.30am, followed by Nursery craft morning
Class parties for years 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6
FRIDAY: Christmas Jumper Day – please bring a donation (suggest £1) for Save the Children. Fancy or favourite tops can be worn for those with no Christmas jumper
Foundation Stage parties in the morning.
Christmas Crafternoon – you are welcome to join us from 1.30pm. Crafts will finish at 2.30pm and you are welcome to take your child once you have finished ‘crafting’ if you wish.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all those celebrating, a very Merry Christmas! I hope all our families have a lovely cosy and relaxing time together over the holidays and wish you a Happy New Year.
School opens to pupils for the Spring Term on Wednesday 3rd January.
Finally, many thanks for the positive comments we have received recently from parents/carers about the improvements in school, and as always, thanks for your continued support,