Owslebury School Newsletter - 2017 December

Owslebury School Newsletter - 2017 December

Hello from Mrs. Smith

I cannot believe how quickly the autumn months have passed and that we now find ourselves not far from the end of another busy and productive term. As usual Owslebury School is a hive of excitement and activity, there is a lot of beautiful singing coming from across the school as the infants are busy rehearsing for their nativity performance and the juniors are in hearty voice rehearsing for their carol and music concert. We hope you will be able to join us for what I am sure will be super performances.

It was lovely to see so many of you at our parent consultation evenings, I hope you enjoyed looking through your children’s work with them and reviewed their successes and next steps in learning with their class teachers. Mrs White hopes to complete the remainder of her parent evenings before the end of term and will be in touch to arrange convenient times.

I know we still have lots more exciting events to fit in yet in the last three weeks of term and I hope to see you at some of those. I would like to thank you all for your support and kind words this term. It has been very much appreciated. On behalf of all the staff, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Christmas Events

Father ChristmasThere are lots of events happening in the last few weeks, so please check the dates at the back of the newsletter to make sure you don’t miss any.

The post box is now in the front foyer. Cards need to have the child’s full name (Forename and Surname) and class to help the little elves who will be delivering them!

The last day for posting is Monday 18th December 2017.


Attendance

Attendance Matters Logo Thank you for your support in ensuring your children attend school regularly. We understand that illness is unavoidable and there will be times when your child is unable to come to school. It is also important that any medical appointments are made out of school time where possible. As previously mentioned, the target we are aiming for is all children to have an attendance rate of at least 97% over the year.

Our current school attendance figure is 97.42% which is above our target and we currently have 55% of our children with 100% attendance which is fantastic.


Thank you

On behalf of all the children and staff, I would like to express our gratitude to Miss. Church and Mrs. Archibald who spent two days clearing our pond area and to Miss. Cesarion who assisted them. I am sure you will all agree that it is fabulous to actually now see the pond! The bird feeders are beginning to encourage a range of birds and it is lovely watching them from the staff room. Daffodil bulbs have been planted and we look forward to seeing the flowers grow in the Spring. We are in the process of ensuring all health and safety procedures are in place and we look forward to a grand opening in the Spring.


Friends

A huge thank you to all parents who have been thoughtfully filling boxes in the hall in preparation for the Christmas fair and to Mrs Archibald for co-ordinating the whole event. On behalf of the school, I would like to express our thanks for all of your support and contributions in fundraising which enables us to work together to provide additional opportunities for the children. The Christmas Fair is always lots of fun and I look forward to seeing you there tomorrow.

Book Fair

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the recent Scholastic Book Fair. It was a busy two nights but you have raised an amazing £557.57 which will go towards new books for the school.


November Star Learners

Stars
A huge well done to all the children who have been awarded star learner and have been celebrated in our Friday celebration assembly.

Marwell Class

  • Willow
  • Annabelle
  • Owne
  • Madison

Morestead Class

  • Felix
  • Oliver
  • Alaia
  • Eva
  • Anna
  • Bea
  • Laoise

Baybridge Class

  • Polly
  • Saskia
  • Evie
  • Jamie
  • Lilly-Grace
  • Jacob L
  • Terrance

Hensting Class

  • Will J
  • Will S
  • Aaron
  • Ava
  • Lily
  • Jen

Health and Well-Being Week

Health & Well being ExercisesWe had a very successful Health and Well-being week and it was great to see some of you at our community events. The week began with a super whole community wake up/shake up session on the playground, ably led by Mrs. Aylward. I’d also like to extend special thanks to Mrs. Lane and Miss. Church who lead some mindfulness sessions with the children which they thoroughly enjoyed. We all completed gratitude diaries and it has been lovely to read about all the things that enrich our lives and make us feel grateful.

Coming Soon—New School Website

We are very excited that we will be able to launch a much needed new school website in the New Year. Our school is such a fabulous place to learn and it will be brilliant to use our website to showcase what we do so well at Owslebury. We are extremely grateful to Mr. McMillen, one of our school governors and parent of Lillie, Max and Evan for designing and compiling our new website for us. He has already spent many hours of his time in order for the school community to have this fabulous new resource and we can’t wait to launch the new look Owslebury School Website.

If you have a quote about our school that you would like included on our website, please let me know. It would be lovely to have some parent views on the new site.

E-Safety

With the Christmas period quickly approaching, I hope that you will be able to spend lots of quality family time together. However, it is also a time when children need to be safe when using the internet and computer games. Please make sure that you have appropriate security settings in place for your children if they are using technology and that you are aware of the programmes especially the online gaming sites that children are using. The websites below are very useful for advice to help you to keep your children safe.


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