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After the gloomy weather of the past few days, the most beautiful sunrise greeted us as we arrived at school this morning. Lots of excited children struggled in with their heavy sports bags, all looking forward to catching up with their friends! A special warm welcome to all our new pupils.

Teachers were actually all back in school yesterday for staff training. It was a really useful event with a special focus on how to look after children that may be struggling for any reason.

Kerry and her team in the kitchen rustled up a special lunch to welcome us back today. A delicious Thai chicken curry with prawn crackers was topped off with warm jam sponge (on different plates of course). Perfect for a cold, crisp day!

A belated thank you to Mr Sleightholme, who is a parent here, for making time to record the Nativity play for us. You should have already received a link to this fabulous Christmas production via School Ping or you can click on the link below.

Covid has not gone away and we have been fortunate to have a relatively low level of absence in school at present. That said, there are positive cases and the situation could change quickly. We have re-introduced additional measures (as recommended by the DfE) and Forms 7 and 8 are wearing face coverings in classrooms for the time being. Measures will be reviewed again in three weeks.

Lastly, thank you to Miss Sawyer for running another fun-filled holiday club for us just before Christmas.  Children enjoyed a wide variety of crafts and activities. The timing was perfect as the rooms had just received a complete makeover by some of our PTFA Form 4 parents. I must publicly thank the parents for giving up their holiday time, Mrs Armitage as ‘chief coordinator and designer’ was ably supported by Mrs Graja, Mrs Constant and Mrs Flux. You can see the transformation from the before and after photos, and I am sure the children in after school club tonight will be pleasantly surprised by the bright new look and woodland animals’ murals. Phase 2 in the spring will see the development of the outside area!

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