February 13th Newsletter

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February 13th Newsletter
by Mrs Doran - Friday, 13 February 2015, 4:58 PM


Mrs Foote would like me to remind parents of KS 2 children that swimming for years 3 and 4 starts again on Monday 23rd February, our first day back.  Year 5 and 6 are now finished for the year.


Nativity Photos

Almost all the nativity photos have been collected now.  If you still have not picked up yours then can you collect it from school.  I would just like to say a huge thanks to Mr Kilty for all his efforts in taking and producing the lovely pictures and also to members of Friends of LAMPS who have organized orders and payment.  Your continued support is very much appreciated.



There has been a very good response to the KS2 residential which will go ahead as planned.  I have had some queries from parents as to why the cost has increased so much this year.  Previous residential trips have been heavily subsidized by school from various different funding streams.  As a new headteacher with a different perspective, there are many areas of school that I would like to invest in and improve which will impact on teaching and learning directly.  Therefore my priorities are to update resources, increase teaching space and enhance the delivery of the curriculum through investing in ICT.  For this reason, school will not be contributing to the cost of the overall trip although Friends of LAMPS have kindly offered to pay for transport.  However, residential trips provide many benefits to children and, as a school we do not want any child to miss out due to financial restraints so if this is an issue then please do come in for a discussion about how we could possibly help.



Miss Bleasdale has recently completed a training update for the Kidsafe programme which she will be delivering to all year 2 pupils after half term.  Parents of year 2 pupils are invited into school to discuss the content of the programme with Miss Bleasdale and will also be sent a letter each week that provides an overview of what the children have discussed.


Breakfast and After-school Club Provision

It is extremely important to me that the current arrangements for before and after school childcare meet the needs of our pupils and parents.  I will soon be meeting with Mrs Parton who manages the provision to review the existing set up so please do contact me with any comments, either positive or constructive, that would assist me in ensuring the service is what you need it to be.


On a final note…

As we come to the end of my first half term, I would just like to thank you all for the wonderful welcome that I have had to the school.  The past 6 weeks have flown by but I have enjoyed every second and feel as though I have been here forever.  I look forward to working closely with you now and over the years to come to take the school from strength to strength.


Diary Dates

I will add to these each week whenever new events or activities are arranged.  More information about each event will be provided near the time.


Weds, 25th February:            Sports Hall Athletics Final at Penrith

Thurs, 26th February:           Gymnastics Finals (Key Steps 1,2,3) at Penrith

Fri, 27th February:                Years 3/4/5/6 Cross Country at Dowdales after school

Mon, 2nd March:                    Young Voices

Mon, 9th March:                     Friends of LAMPS meeting

Thurs, 12th March:                 Year 4 Cyclewise (one off session)

Fri, 20th March:                     Year 5 Taster Day at UVHS



We sang to a number of children who will be celebrating their birthdays this week and next.  Katy Mason is now 10, Lloyd Hefferman and George Kilty are both 8 tomorrow, George Hughes is 6 next week, Abigail Darby will be 8, Jamie will be 10 and finally Evie Parton celebrates her 9th birthday the day before we return back to school.  Have a fantastic time celebrating everyone!


Weekly Achievements


Maths Awards:         Maddison DeBeaux                Darwin Kitchin                       Esmee Pybis                          

Writing Awards:       Noah Seath                            Briony Murray                        Harry Slater 

Merit Awards:          Elijah Stable                           Olivia Cooper                         Libby Powell