Dear Parents and Carers
You may have noticed our lovely Christmas trees, spreading a little cheer around our school. They look very sparkly, and the children love them! Our huge tree (slightly taller than we thought it was going to be-usual story whenever I get a Christmas tree!) was from Joymount Farm, Curdridge. It was cut down especially for us and delivered to our school on Tuesday. Our governors and PTA have generously paid for the tree and lights, and myself, the office team and a little help from the builders at BWJS all worked together to get it erected and and decorated.
The tree outside the hall was donated by' 'First Choice waste and Removals, Titchfield Road, Stubbington' and delivered by Mr Ely. Mrs Ely and Miss Ely then decorated it beautifully!
Next week, when the weather is a bit brighter, we will set aside a time when picking up for each year group's parents to take a picture by the tree.
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If it is raining on your day, don't worry we will put it on another day.
We ask that children stay close to parents when waiting for their picture to be taken. Remember to bring your cameras on your day.
We also need everybody to bring in their Christmas tops tomorrow (Friday) for our Christmas filming next week. If you haven't got a Christmas top, a bright colured t-shirt/jumper and some tinsel to wrap around will do. Please put it in a clearly labelled bag.
Thank you to Katie Harrison from St Peter's Church for the lovely advent assembly she sent us. The children really enjoyed it, and I know there are a few more to come.
The PTA have been really busy organising our grand raffle and teatowel orders for Christmas. Please look out for deadlines for these. We will have buckets out collecting for Christmas contributions for our Panto and Treat day in the last week of term.
We also had some good news from the DFE today. At the end of KS1, there will be no testing in place, only teacher assessments. These are something we have always completed alongside the tests, and are a better reflection of your child's abilities. Ofsted have also announced that they will not resume inspections of schools until Easter. This is also welcome news, as schools are still working under covid guidance from the DFE.
Mr Jonathan, from Swanmore Secondary, has let us know that due to the risk of COVID spread being greater amongst teenagers, he is letting parents choose whether to let pupils at his school study from home in the final week. We are not doing this and it will be school as usual for us, in line with current guidance. If this changes, we will let you know.
Please see the November newsletter for the full 'Christmas Countdown'.
(Joymount Farm Trees, Curdridge. Any Tree, Any Size £20, pick your tree and they will cut it down! )