Dear Parents and Carers,
at last we can see some sunshine today! Looking ahead to the end of term, there is a lot of information to share with you.
To the Boyd family, the Laird family, the Signorelli-David family and the Vann family. Some of their road name suggestions for the new Dandara ‘Paddock View’ estate have been chosen. The children from these families will be photographed by the Dandara press photographer on Monday. Congratulations and thanks are due to the following year 5 children; Betsy, Michael, Rocco and Toby who successfully persuaded Mr Betteridge from Dandara Homes to donate us some ‘mud’ for our Mud Kitchen. They will also be photographed on Monday. The children will need to be in smart school uniform please. Thank you.
I have attached our staffing arrangements for September to this Parentmail. We will sadly be saying goodbye to some of our staff members at the end of this term.
From our teaching team, Mr Thompson has made the decision to take a break from teaching in order to persue other career paths. In talking to Mr Thompson about his decision, he reflected on how special Yapton School is and how much he has enjoyed his time here. He is excited for the new opportunities that are ahead of him. I am sure you will join me in wishing him the very best and thanking him for his service to the school.
From our support staff team, we will be saying good-bye to Mrs Jacobs, Mrs Lavill, Mrs Mossop and Mrs Rawlinson. They have given an amazing amount of support to the children over many years. We will miss them but are excited for their new adventures. We thank them for all that they have done for the school.
Information about your child’s class for next year will be with their School Report. You will receive the reports on Wednesday 14th July.
Please can I remind families to pay the outstanding balance from the Residential.
The play-list requests from the Y6 children have been sent to the DJ ready for the disco! Please can the Y6 children return their permission slips for the rounders and disco with their menu choices by Wednesday 14th July. Please can the Y5 children also return their disco permission slips by Wednesday 14th July. There is no cost to families for this. We have arranged it as a treat for the children, in particular the Y6 children who have missed out on so many of the traditional Y6 events and responsibilities.
Thank you for the many donations that we have received for the hampers. I have attached a flyer that shows you the amazing hampers. In addition to the hampers, there is also the chance to win a Cream Tea for four people at the Avisford Park Hotel!! The raffle tickets will go on sale on Monday morning (12th July) before school. They will be available to buy at the beginning and the end of the school day until Wednesday 21st July. They will cost £1.00 each. We will draw the winning tickets at our ‘Country Dancing Festival’ on Thursday 22nd July.
We have planned to hold our ‘Country Dancing Festival’ on Thursday 22nd July at 1.30pm.The children are busy learning their routines at the moment. We still plan to be able to have families to watch. The restrictions are due to lift on Monday 19th July. We plan to hold this outside and are currently working on ways to hold this event on the school field in order to create more space. It may be that families sit in class groups. We will make sure that everything is clearly sign-posted and you will be clear about the arrangements.
I have put in a link to the DFE information about Stage 4 and its implications for schools and families. As a school, we will NOT be changing our staggered starts and finishes, staggered playtimes or staggered lunchtimes in the last week of term. The only changes that we will be making will be inviting families to the Country Dancing and mixing the Y5 and Y6 bubbles for the disco to say good-bye to the Y6 children. This will all happen on the very last day of the term on Thursday 22nd July.
There has been much excitement and anticipation in school since the Euro semi-finals. There are many families who will be watching the final on Sunday with supporters from our school families for both Italy and England. We will be open at the normal times on Monday morning and expect everyone to attend. We are prepared for tired children (and staff) on Monday and will adjust our lessons and teaching accordingly. After the unsettlement of the last 18 months it has been lovely to hear the chatter and feel the buzz about the games over the last few days (even for the staff who are not football fans!).
Have a great weekend.
Take care
Kim Huggett

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