Dear Parents and Carers,

There may have been a few flurries of snow at the beginning of the week, but there has been an avalanche of learning taking place here at school! It is always so pleasing to walk around the school and see every class fully engaged in their learning.

Our Whole School Worship on Monday continued exploring theme of ‘Hope’. The key question was ‘How can we have enough hope for tomorrow?’ The children thought about if what they know was going to happen the next and what they hoped would happen. They also thought about when sometimes some people think that because they have a bad day, the next day will be just as bad. Through watching a short film version of the Bible story called ‘On the road to Emmaus’ (Luke 24:13-15) when two people who were feeling sad didn’t realise the person they met was actually Jesus, the children were able to think about how Christians believe that Jesus provides the hope for tomorrow, even when they can’t see past the problems of today.


Don’t forget our next Book Swap after school on Thursday 18th January. As long as it is dry, it will be held on the playground. If not, it will be in Bodiam Class. Wherever it happens, it will be a great way for the children to find some books to take home and enjoy reading.


Here is a message from Dame Rachel – the Children’s Commissioner for England:

I hope everyone at Yapton CE Primary School has enjoyed the much-needed Christmas break. I just wanted to offer my final thanks for your support with my national campaign ‘The Big Ambition’ which will be closing on Friday 19th January.

I have been overwhelmed by the response the survey has received. Over 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers have participated, making it one of the largest surveys of its kind!

This is the final push to hear from even more children before the survey closes, it is so important that every child in England has an opportunity to tell policy makers what they want and need ahead of the General Election.

By sharing my survey with your pupils and parents or carers, you can make sure that the children and young people of West Sussex are fairly represented in the results.

Children and parents or carers can complete the survey here: www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/thebigambition

I am so very grateful for your support, and I am beyond excited to share the findings.

Please enjoy your weekend, whether it is an action-packed one, or has a more restful tone.

Take care

Kim Huggett