December 16th Newsletter

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December 16th Newsletter
by Mrs Doran - Wednesday, 16 December 2015, 2:37 PM

Last Day

We will finish school tomorrow at the usual time of 3:15pm.  However, the Friends are working with After School Club staff to provide the children with a ‘Social Night’ and, if you have purchased a ticket, this ends at 5:15pm. 


The children are free to bring in a toy or activity of their choice tomorrow which they can play with in place of the typical Christmas colouring/craft activities which will be available.  If they choose to bring in their own toy, they are responsible for looking after it.


The children return to school in the New Year on Tuesday 5th January at the usual time of 8:50am and Breakfast Club will be available for those who require childcare before school.


Extra-Curricular Clubs

I have included a copy of the extra-curricular activities that are planned for school next term.  They will resume the week commencing 11th January 2016.  I will be sending a timetable out again in the first week which will include a permission slip.  Parents will be asked to indicate which clubs children will attend and then sign ONE slip.  Please ensure you read all details on the timetable as some clubs are only available to certain year groups and the club provided by Tom, our coach, has a cost of £1 per session.  A copy of the timetable will also be available on the website.



Swimming lessons will begin on January 11th for pupils in Year 3 and Year 4.  They will be accompanied by Mr Procter and Mrs Thompson.  Swimming costs £3 per sessions and parents can pay weekly or £30 for all 10 sessions in advance.  If any sessions are missed due to weather/travel/pool problems then parents will be reimbursed.


Lost Clothing

Following one of the performances last week, a bag of girls’ clothes has gone missing.  We have searched school and have not been able to find them so please could I ask parents to look through any bags that were brought home during that week in the hope that someone has taken them by mistake.  Could I also take this opportunity to thank the parents of those younger pupils who have a tendency to take home other children’s clothing?  Whilst this is not uncommon in children this age, we really appreciate the fact that our parents use facebook and other means to return/swap clothing.



Mrs Hoekstra was very proud of the choir on Saturday and how, once again, the children gave up their own time at the weekend to come together and represent the school so well in their beautiful singing for the Senior Citizens Christmas Party. 


A HUGE Thanks

This is my absolute favourite time of year in school and I have loved being part of the Christmas celebrations at LAMPS and look forward to many more to come.  This week has been a wonderful way to end what has been a fantastic first year.


There are so many people to thank for their support and contribution to school this term.  I will start by thanking Ms Sue Bennett.  Ms Bennett is a much loved Grandparent of two of our pupils and she has given up a great deal of time over this term to volunteer in school.  One of the many ways in which she supports us is by listening to readers and Ms Bennett has donated a very generous £200 to Friends to contribute the money being raised for a new reading scheme.  This is very much appreciated. 


We are also very thankful for all the work that Jane Smith does with the Friends and their time taken to acquire raffle prizes, selling tickets and the hours spent folding them!  The raffle raised £1023 which I believe is one of the best years they have had.  We are very much looking forward to starting the spring term with a new reading scheme and also a new competition sports kit which has been purchased using donations from Glaxo and the Keswick 2 Barrow.  This is due to Mr Barnes, a parent, who has supported the school for a number of years. 


Thank you also to Mr Jackson who helped us with lighting and sound for the performances.  Thank you to Mrs Heap who has been helping us prepare for our Health and Safety audit next term.  Thank you to Mrs Satterthwaite who organized Santa’s arrival today.  Thank you to our lovely middays who decorated the hall for Halloween and Christmas and assisted Santa in providing gifts for the younger children.  Thank you to all of those individuals and businesses who donated raffle prizes which helped make it such a success.


Thank you also to all of the staff for their dedication and willingness to go above and beyond the expected in order to ensure that the children get the very best opportunities and experiences that we are able to provide.


Finally, I would like to thank all the parents.  The food provided for the children’s party today, the lovely costumes for our productions, selling and buying raffle tickets, helping out in school and continuing to support the children in their learning.  This wouldn’t be the successful school it is without the strong partnership we have with parents.


I hope you all enjoy the Christmas break and enjoy the time spent with family, friends and loved ones.