Dear Parents and Carers,

There’s a distinct seasonal chill in the air and there is also a seasonal feeling of a different kind in the school. This week we have begun thinking about the season of Advent and what is means within the Christian calendar: a time of waiting and preparation for the Christmas celebrations. Lily and Sophia in Year 6 had already been thinking about this time of year and have written our December prayer. Attached is a copy of it. Thank you girls for creating such a thoughtful prayer.

Christmas Hampers

Here’s a reminder that we will start collecting donations for our Christmas Hampers Raffle on Monday 5th December. Please can the children take the donations to their classrooms. All the proceeds from the raffle will go towards the development of our school library.

Christmas Celebrations at Yapton C. of E. Primary School

The key Christmas dates were sent out a few weeks ago. But here a a few reminders:

Our EYFS and Key Stage 1Christmas Celebration will take place on the playground at 3pm on Friday 9th December. The children will be performing some festive songs, poetry and dancing which has been part of their learning over the past couple of weeks.

The same day sees our after school Time to Shine where every child will choose three pieces of work from this half term they are most proud of for you to come and have a look at.

Our Christmas Carol Services will be in St. Mary’s Church on Tuesday 13th December (EYFS and KS1 at 9:30am; KS2 at 10:30am). You are all welcome to join your children for these services. If you are able to offer your help walking th children to and from the church, please can you email your child’s class teacher using their class email address (e.g. lewes@yaptonschool.org).

Friday 16th December (the last day of term) is a very busy day! It is going to be our Christmas Jumper Day so instead of school jumpers, the children can wear a Christmas jumper. The Rock Steady Gig will be at 9:15am in the school hall. Parents of band members are very welcome to come along.

As well as wear their Christmas jumpers, the children will be given a pair of reindeer antlers to take take in the Reindeer Run in aid of Chestnut Tree House. Caroline from the charity came and talked to the children about the amazing work they do supporting very ill children and their families. The Reindeer Run is an annual event here at school. The children have brought home sponsorship envelopes. Please can these be brought back into school on the last day of term.

The School Run and the Local Community

We are proud to be a integral part of the village of Yapton. Recently, we have unfortunately received some complaints about the way cars have been parked in St. Mary’s Meadow and how other families are using window sills of houses close to the school as a bench. Please can you play your part in this by being considerate to residents to live close to the school. Also, please can you make sure you do not park on the yellow zig-zags at the front of the school. They are there for the children’s safety at the beginning and end of the school day.

Christmas Fair at Edgcumbes

Ending on a positive note, here’s a big thank you children of the the Key Stage 2 Choir, along with Mrs Bayliss and Mrs Huggett, who will be representing the school at the Edgcumbes Christmas Fair singing some Christmas Songs tomorrow morning.

Have a lovely weekend.

Take care

Chris Hughes

Deputy Headteacher