September 9th Newsletter

Picture of Mrs Doran
September 9th Newsletter
by Mrs Doran - Friday, 9 September 2016, 2:05 PM

Firstly can I welcome you all back to school life with a special welcome to our new reception parents and their families.  We have 13 pupils joining us this year and they are already settling very well and adjusting to the new environment and new routines.  We also have Miss Whyte, our new Year 5/6 teacher, who has also made an excellent start.


Thank you

Myself and all other staff would like to say a heartfelt thanks for the gifts and cards we all received at the end of last year.  Your generosity and kind words were very much appreciated.  Mrs Hoekstra has also asked me to include a special message from her:

Dear Parents,


I hope you have all had a wonderful summer.  It always seems to go so quickly and, before you know it, school starts again!


At the end of the summer term, the children and staff all gave me a wonderful send off and I wanted to thank you all for your kindness, gifts and cards.  Having worked at the school now for 16 years;  I count myself lucky to have been able to do a job I have thoroughly enjoyed for so long.  It has been a privilege to work with your children getting support from both  parents and staff.  I shall miss the children but will continue to follow their progress through my position on the governing body.


Once again, many thanks and my very best wishes to you all.


Yours sincerely,


Sue Hoekstra


You will continue to receive a weekly newsletter every Friday which will contain news on any events happening in school, awards/certificates that are presented, diary dates and children’s birthdays.  The newsletter is also available on the school’s website and is usually published on Friday afternoon.  Class teachers also send out a termly newsletter which gives details specific to their class such as topics studied and class trips.  Look out for these on Monday.  They will also be published on the class pages of the website and these pages are being updated over the next week.  The school website also displays useful information such as the Extra-Curricular Club timetable.


The children’s entrance is also an area where you will find lots of information.  There is a notice board which displays dinner menus, recent letters, clubs timetable and diary dates together with any events that are taking place in the community.  If you would like to advertise an event then feel free to send in a leaflet or poster.


In this entrance we also have a book for each infant class for any messages regarding collection at the end of the day.  You can record in these books whether your child is to be collected by another parent or is attending the After-School club etc.  Please note that these message books are not a method of booking places in the Breakfast and After School Club as parents need to use Lindal Pre-School’s own booking system for this.


Teachers are also available to chat briefly with each morning or after school, although, we appreciate that most of our parents work so please feel free to use email, Reading Records or Homework Books as a method of communication.  If you do need additional time for a discussion or have any concerns you would like to discuss then please contact your child’s class teacher who will be happy to arrange a time for a meeting.


Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for regular updates and pictures celebrating everything that goes on in school.  If you do not have a Twitter account, the Twitter feed is displayed on the school webpage.


Golden Apple Awards

Before the summer break, Mr Procter had been nominated for a Golden Apple Award for being an outstanding new teacher and Miss Hair also nominated the school for our achievements in sport.  We were thrilled to hear this week that Mr Procter and the school have both been shortlisted with a chance of winning an award.  The results will be announced during an awards evening at Carlisle Racecourse, Oct 7th.


Brass Lessons

We are very lucky to have music teacher, Cyril Stoneham, in school every Tuesday morning this year.  He will deliver a whole class brass lesson to 30 pupils (Year 3/4) for 1 hour and is also available to tutor any interested Year 5/6 pupils for a half hour session afterwards.  As we are investing in our music provision this year, school will meet the cost of the tuition and the cost of loaning instruments for Year 3 and 4. However, because this opportunity is optional for Year 5 & 6 pupils you will need to provide your own instrument or meet the cost of leasing one.  A letter for Year 5 & 6 pupils who have already expressed an interest will be sent separately.



Friends of LAMPS AGM will be held on Monday 19th September. Parents old and new are welcome to join us for cheese and a glass of wine and to hear a rundown of last year's finances and planned events for 2016/17. 7.30pm in school.


Parents are invited to join the Friends of LAMPS Facebook page at


Diary Dates

These are useful dates for your diary that will be added to each week.  More information about each event will be provided nearer the time.




Swimming   starts for Year 5/6


Brass tuition


Jester 4   Jesus Assembly


Cyclewise,   Year 6


Friends AGM,   7:30pm


Wizard of Oz,   7:30pm, Ulv, Coronation Hall


Harvest   Afternoon Tea (grandparents only)


Harvest   Festival, Lindal Church, 1:30pm


Scholastic   Book Fayre


Finish for   Half Term