March 4th Newsletter

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March 4th Newsletter
by Mrs Doran - Friday, 4 March 2016, 12:04 PM

Thank you for the fantastic effort given to World Book Day yesterday and all the wonderful outfits that the children came dressed in.  They all looked amazing!


Possible School Closure

We have received a notice this week that the electricity supply will be turned off on Tuesday 8th March between the hours of 8am and 5pm so that essential maintenance work can be carried out.  With no light, heat, or power to our alarm systems we would need to close the school for the safety of staff and pupils.  I am in the process of negotiating a generator with the supplier but again this will depend on health and safety practicalities.  I intend to do my upmost to keep the school open but want to give you as much notice as possible as it is likely we will not know for definite what will happen until the weekend.  You will hear by letter and text on Monday whether the school will be closed on the Tuesday.


Friends of LAMPS

I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Friends who have been very busy raising money for the school this term.  They arranged the Race Night which took place last week and was a great success.  It was a very relaxed and fun night which was thoroughly enjoyed by adults and children alike….and they raised over £1100 to be shared between LAMPS and the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group.  Thank you to all who attended.


Also, yesterday, The Friends organised a Coffee Morning held at Ulverston Coronation Hall raising the fantastic sum of £423.  The morning was well attended by approximately 150 visitors who enjoyed drinks, cakes, took part in the raffle and tombola and bought from the Bric a Brac and Book Stall.  Thank you so much to Mrs Smith, Mrs Simpson, Mrs Hutt, Mrs Slater and her mum, Mrs Marshall, Mrs Fisher, not to forget Jane who organised the event and some of our Year 6 pupils who also gave a hand.  Thank you also to those parents who donated cakes and items for the stalls.  Your continued support is invaluable and very much appreciated.


School Trips

I would like to ask you to seriously consider school trips, both the arrangements and the cost, before you commit to your child attending.  As you will know it has been my aim to increase the number of extra-curricular visits because I believe that they are very beneficial to every child and they significantly enhance the learning that happens in the classroom.  A decision to proceed with a trip is based on the number of participants which then determines the cost.  More often than not, the trips planned are already subsidized by school to keep the costs down for parents.  If a decision to take part in the trip is then reneged then the cost falls back onto the school.  If this happens in more than one case, we need to seriously consider whether the trip is viable.  Cancelling a trip would always be the last option but we may have no other choice if it comes at a serious cost to the school’s budget.  To have to cancel after investing a significant amount of time in planning and making arrangements would not only cause a great deal of disappointment but deter future trips being planned.  Please do not commit to a trip, particularly a residential, unless you are certain that your child will attend.

I realise that residential trips can be quite expensive and can sometimes cause parents to worry but we would always endeavor to work with and support anyone who has any difficulties or concerns.



Spring Chicks

Year 2 have been learning about life cycles in their science topic this term and we are very excited to have some eggs in school which we are hoping to hatch.  Mr and Mrs Brettle have been kind enough to supply us with the eggs and Mrs Heap has very generously leant us an incubator.  We have named our 6 eggs Pixie, Unicorn, The Dragon, Griffin, Linda and finally, Martin.  We have our fingers firmly crossed that we will end up with 6 chirruping chicks by Easter.








Dojo (merit)


Kain Brown Hornby

Archie Slater

Imogen Bravery Matheson


Lucy Hope

Harry Slater

Ezri Kitchin


Dylon Whitehead

Abi Darby

George Kilty


Corey Clark

Paris Darby

Sam Jessett


Diary Dates




Year 5 Taster   Day @ Dowdales, 9-12:30pm


Dowdales Fun   Sports event for Year 1 pupils, 1:15 – 3pm


Friends of   LAMPS meeting, 7:30pm


Pre   Residential Outdoor Ed. Lesson, Yr 3/4, Burlington School


Year 5 Taster   Day @ UVHS


Year 3/4   Residential to Waterpark


Yr 5/6 at   Forum 28 for UDance


Penrith   Gymnastics Final