YV24 Concert Video Pre-order

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please use this link** *yv24film.co.uk

along with the discount code of ‘ PREORDER‘ to order the YV Concert Video which will become available to download the day after the actual concert. The pre-order price is £9.99 (instead of £12.99). All the details about the video are available through the link.

Kind regards

Chris Hughes

Deputy Headteacher


Dear Parents and Carers,

What a bright start to our week! World Kindness Day created a beautiful ‘yellow’ across our school. The theme for World Kindness Day 2023 is ‘Acts of kindness start a ripple of change that can transform the lives of children, families and entire communities. In our Worship we reflected on this theme and that of the Dalai Lama who wrote ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible’. We explored the story of how Jesus publicly displayed kindness to a man called Zacchaeus, by calling him down from the tree to meet with him. Zacchaeus was a tax-collector, a role that was despised in the time of Jesus. He was extremely short, so had climbed the tree in order to see Jesus over the crowds that had gathered. We considered our THINK values, the last of these being kindness. We named ‘kindness’ as our ‘super-power’. In order to create a ‘ripple of change’ we have made a ‘chain of kindness’ which we will display in school.

Moving on from World Kindness Day, we reflected on ‘Anti Bullying Week’ and talked about when kindness doesn’t happen and how this might make us feel. We talked about the difference between falling out with a friend and ‘bullying’. In school. we refer to STOP – Several Times On Purpose – as bullying behaviour and that children must Start Telling Other People. Each child has two GO-2-GROWN UPS that they have identified as their two people at school that they can go to if they have any worries. In our youngest classes this tends to be the classroom adults. As the children move through the school and become familiar with more of our school grown ups then they may choose any two of those adults including Mrs Barwick, Mrs May, Mrs Browning, Mrs Emery-Winter, Mr Floyd, Mr Hughes or myself.


Thank you to Lorena D, Ethan S, Bonnie F, Tommy S, Isla Mc C, Alex M, Andrea V, Oliver S, Isla W-B, Harry W and Logan A for both their exemplary behaviour and their careful considered selection of books for their class. They visited the Library Van which came to school this week. The new books were excitedly received by their friends.


Our ‘book share’ for this half term will take place next week. This will be on Friday 24th November at the end of the school day in our school hall. Please have a look this weekend to see if you have any books that you would would be able to bring to school to share. Thank you.


Following the successful launch of our Fencing Club on a Thursday afternoon with JC Sports, we are excited to announce that they will be running our ‘Holiday Camp’ in the Christmas Holidays. I have attached the information for the booking instructions. There are free spaces for families who are in receipt of free school meals.


We are excited to announce that our Young Voices Choir will be performing a ‘Showcase’ of selected songs that they are due to perform at the O2 Arena in January. We warmly invite our school families to attend. This will be on Thursday 7th December at 6pm. Please see the attached flyer for further details.


It has become a tradition to hold a Christmas Hampers Raffle at the end of term. This is a lovely way to raise a little more money for the school. This year we would like to use the funds raised to buy some new books for our class book corners. If you would like to be involved in the organisation of the hampers, you are invited to a meeting on Monday 20th November starting at 9am, after the school drop off. Please come around the school office.


We have been contacted by the West Sussex Music Service who have many amazing musical opportunities over the Christmas holiday. West Sussex Music Hub are running a series of music activity sessions for 8 to 16 year-olds in the winter holidays in Bognor Regis, Crawley, Littlehampton, and Worthing, with many places available free or at low prices. The hub have co-designed these courses with young people to give music-making opportunities during the school holidays. Lunch is provided as part of the experience! There are sessions in DJ-ing, Sound Production, Rap and Lyric Writing available from 18 to 22 December. Whether your child has advanced skills or just wants to give something new a try, there is a workshop for everyone. Please follow this link for further details.


Have a fabulous weekend.

Take care

Kim Huggett

Young Voices Choir Showcase

Dear Parents and Carers,

Last year, the costs of the Young Voices experience (t-shirts and coach travel) were covered by a grant from the Young Sparks Foundation.

This year, funding such as this is not available. To help cover the costs of this year’s experience, we are going to hold a fundraising event on Thursday 7th December. In the hall, starting at 6pm, the Key Stage 2 Choir would be showcasing some of the songs they have been learning and practising for the Young Voices Concert in London. It will last for about 45 minutes.

This wouldn’t be a ticketed event, but we would like to receive donations on the door. Please put these in a plain envelope to bring with you. A warm festive (non-alcoholic) drink would also be available.

As well as raising some money, this event would be the perfect opportunity for any family members who are not able to go to the O2 Arena, as well as providing the children a chance to sing in front of a live audience.

This event is also going to be advertised in the weekly newsletter.

Please can you complete the form which will be sent out to indicate whether or not your child will be able to attend the showcase by Friday 1st December.

I am sure it will be a brilliant evening and a true celebration of the amazing sounds the children make!

If you do know of any company or organisation that may be able to offer any financial contributions, please let me know.

Kind regards

Chris Hughes

Deputy Headteacher


Dear Parents and Carers,

unfortunately, once again the weather has disrupted our plans for our ‘Outdoor Classroom’ Day tomorrow!

We are looking to move the event to the week beginning 27th November 2023.

We will let you know the new date (if the weather allows!).

Kind regards

Kim Huggett

Reminder: School Photographs, tomorrow 15/11/2023

Good afternoon,

This is a friendly reminder that individual and sibling photographs are being taken in school tomorrow, 15/11/2023, by Yellow Photography.

If it is your child’s normal P.E. day, please ensure that they come to school in full school uniform, with their P.E. kit in their bag to change into.

With thanks,

The School Office.

Weekly News For Families 10.11.2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

Through the mix of the sunshine and the showers (some rather heavy), another week of brilliant week full of engagement and brilliant learning has whizzed by!

In our Worship on Monday, the children learned how the poppy, which is worn at this time of year, has changed. Although the they have changed from being made out of cotton in the 1920s, to fabric in the 1960s, to the new plastic-free poppy which is the first new design in just under 30 years, the meaning and significance of them has always stayed the same. The children then thought about a beautiful poem – the first lines are:

‘Why are they selling poppies Mummy?

Selling poppies in town today…’

They also thought about how the verse from the bible, ‘There is no love greater than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’ (John 15:13) is significant at this time of year when we are encouraged to remember those affected by conflict.

On Tuesday, Rev Richard encouraged the children to think about how light from a candle can represent hope. He talked about from darkness, the light from one candle can bring so much light.


That theme of hope was also reflected in our act of remembrance this morning. Our whole school family came together at the front of the school where our field of poppies stands. Our time together was led by Maddie and Rosie (two of our Year 6 girls) sharing their beautiful poems they had written. A minute’s silence was impeccably observed by all the children before they went back to their classes to continue their learning. Maddie’s and Rosie’s poems, along with a photograph of the poppies is attached.

Thank you, also, for all your donations towards the British Legion Appeal this week. Very few items were left and the donation box is very heavy! We will let you know the amount of money raised once we hear back from the British Legion.

Class Visits

Children, staff and some extra volunteers in Pevensey and Arundel Class all had a great time when they visited the Military Aviation Museum in Tangmere this week. They all enjoyed hearing some amazing stories people doing inspirational things not just during period of conflict but in other times as well. The children also felt proud earning their wings by flying a plane on a simulator. Thank you to all involved in enabling these visits which have brought the children’s learning to life to take place.

Football Teams

Earlier this week, a team of Year 3 and 4 boys and girls represented the school in a football tournament at the The Arena, in Bognor Regis. Well done to Scarlett, Olivia, Maisie, Skye, Spencer, Charlie, Jack, Eli, Leo and Oliver who were brilliant ambassadors for the school. This afternoon, Mr Coyle has made his second visit to The Arena in a few days – this time taking our Year 5 and 6 girls’ football team to take part in another event. More well-dones need to be given to Lilli, Maddie, Indi, Brooke, Chloe, Lilyana, Alexus, Mia, Rosie and Bethany for once again representing the school so well.

Next Week

Here are a few reminders about next week:

Monday 13th November – World Kindness Day (kicking off Anti-Bullying Week) The children do not need to wear school uniform but wear something yellow.

Wednesday 15th November – School Photograph Day The children will need to wear their full school uniform, even if it is normally their P.E. day.

Thursday 16th November – Outdoor Learning Day (re-arranged from a couple of weeks ago) Another non-uniform day, but the children need to be wearing clothes that are suitable for being outside.

It was lovely to see so many children wearing a different uniform today. I counted forty-six members of Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs or Scout groups. If you are taking part in any Remembrance Parades over the next couple of days, I hope the weather stays kind for you.

Enjoy the weekend.

Take care

Chris Hughes

Deputy Headteacher

Emerald Explorers Bookings

Good afternoon parents and carers,

This is a gentle reminder that the cut-off day for booking Emerald Explorers is the Thursday evening of the week before. For example, booking for next week, (W/C 13th November) closed last night, (Thursday 9th November). This is via ParentMail, under Payment Items, and Shop.

We kindly ask that parents ensure that they make their bookings well in advance. Manual bookings will now only be made at the very latest on the Friday before, if the Office is contacted directly by the end of the school day at 15:20. Requests for bookings after this will not be accepted.

This is to ensure that sessions can be planned accordingly, in good time and so that sufficient staffing can be arranged.

Bookings can now be made right up to the Easter Holidays and we will soon release a list of the cut-off dates to help with bookings.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding with this.

Kind regards,

School Office.

Remembrance at Yapton C. of E. Primary School

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for all the plastic bottles that have come into school. Over the next couple of days, an amazing field of poppies is going to appear…!

Just to remind you as part of our school act of remembrance, any children who are a member of an organisation such the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts or any kind of cadet group are invited to wear their uniform in school on this day.

Take care

Chris Hughes

Deputy Headteacher

World Kindness Day – Monday 13th November

Dear Parents and Carers,

As indicated on the list of term dates, Monday 13th November is World Kindness Day. This is a perfect way to start Anti-Bullying Week.

We would like the children (and staff) to wear something yellow. The children do not need to wear their school uniform on this day. I wonder how much yellow there will be…?

Take care

Chris Hughes

Deputy Headteacher