Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,
Welcome back to the last half of the school year. It is only 5 weeks and 4 days until we break up for the summer holiday so we need to make the most of every minute of it!
We had a really super end to the last half term. The trip to Bath and West Show was fantastic and a truly memorable occasion for all the children. The Jubilee celebrations were also very successful and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff who worked like Trojans especially during the last week of term. Also I would like to thank all the teaching assistants for the over and above amount of work they did to ensure that our children have the best possible opportunities both inside and outside of school. The sheer amounts of high quality and tasty food produced from the school kitchens was very impressive indeed.
Now we return to many sporting activities over the next few weeks. Please ensure that your child has a tee shirt, shorts and trainers in school every day, as well as their swimming kit on the necessary day. We are experiencing large amounts of children with no kit regularly and it is frustrating for them and the teachers who spend a lot of time organising super PE lessons.
As you are aware the Governors of both Grass Royal and Pen Mill voted to apply for academy conversion, which is the initial step needed to enable the DfE to decide whether we can convert to become an Academy. The planned intention to convert is October 1st 2012. There will shortly be a letter coming out to you with more information and to gather your views. A meeting is planned for 19th June at 6pm at Pen Mill for the parents of both schools. This will give you an opportunity to find out more and raise any questions. Please put this important date in your diary and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the meeting.
Well done to:
for representing our school so well in the Birchfield Football Tournament.
who represented our school at High Fives and won the tournament!! How fantastic are they. Also the wonderful coaching from Mrs Court and Miss Stringer deserves a mention as do our supporters club. Mrs Williams and Mrs Miller have attended just about every match and their support has been much appreciated.
Also a special mention must go to the school choir who have been selected to sing with The Drifters at the Octagon theatre when they are on tour in the autumn. They were so impressive singing at the Music Spectacular that they will be given pride of place on the stage. We will let you know more details in the future.
A big well done.
We seem to have a bit of a plague of creatures at the moment. We are crawling with head lice and threadworms at the moment and we need some help with regard to clearing up both ends!! Please use half term as an opportunity to check every one's hair and stools. Both conditions are very contagious but easily remedied. We are also having reports of an increase in verrucas. Children can still swim with them but they need to be treated and then covered. It is possible to buy latex boots to wear for swimming and we are happy for children to wear them if that helps.
Some dates for the diary:
Tuesday 12th June.
30 children will be attending the Area Athletics. Separate letters have been sent out.
Wednesday 13th June.
All Year 5 children plus the Year 6's not going to London will be attending a Safety day at Bath and West showground. We will presume that you are happy for your child to attend unless we hear to the contrary.
Starting today Mr Mapletoft is very kindly starting a football club after school for Year 3 and 4 children. Separate letters have gone out. It will run from 3.30 until 4.30pm.
Year 6 children have left to go to London today. I am sure they will have a wonderful time and a big thank you on your behalf goes to Mrs Lancey, Mr Edwards, Mrs Harris, Mrs Court and Miss Stringer for giving up their free time.
Thursday 14th June.
We have an artist in residence working alongside all our children on a mural to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.
Friday 15th June.
The Year 6 children will be back. Jane Bell, a gymnastics coach from Bucklers Mead will be working with the children on a routine for the Somerset Games at Millfield on July 6th. A further letter nearer the date will be sent.
Tuesday 19th June.
We are holding a joint meeting regarding Academy status at Pen Mill Infant school at 6pm. All parents welcome. Do use this as an opportunity to come along and find out as much as you can towards this important decision making process for the future of our two schools.
Wednesday 20th June.
We are holding a new parents information evening for all the pupils and parents beginning their school life at Grass Royal in September.
Monday 25th June
sees the beginning of Health week. A separate Health week bulletin will be sent out on Friday 22nd June. Please can the children come to school every day in SMART PE KIT please.
Monday 2nd July.
My Money week for Year 6 pupils.
Tuesday 3rd July.
Some of pupils will be taking part in the Paralympics at Fiveways. We will be taking 20 year 5 and 6 children to the Swimming Gala at Goldenstones. Separate letters will follow.
Wednesday 4th July.
Transition day. This is the day when all the children go to their new classes to spend a day with their new teachers. Class lists will follow shortly. Year 6 pupils will go to their new secondary school. If you have not yet secured a secondary place for your child they will have to stay at home.
Thursday 5th July.
There is a maths challenge for Year 6 children. A separate letter will follow.
Friday 6th July.
End of year reports go out today. Mrs Lancey and staff will be taking a coachload of children to Millfield School in Street to take part in the Somerset Games in honour of the Olympic games. A separate letter will follow.
Monday 9th July.
Year 4 children will leave today to go to Kilve Court for their residential trip. Our thanks go to Mrs Seaby, Mr Nation, Mrs Compton Foster and Miss Arnold for giving up their time to go with them. The children remaining in school will be taught by Mr Reid and Miss Coates.
Wednesday 11th July.
Year 4 pupils and staff return from Kilve.
Thursday 12th July.
Year 6 Talent show at 6.30pm. Do come and watch.
Tuesday 17th July.
The choir will be singing at Sunningdale Lodge.
Wednesday 18th July.
Year 6 pupils to Crealy Wildlife Park.
Thursday 19th July.
Year 6 Leavers service at 2pm.
Friday 20th July.
Year 6 Skateboard workshop.
We break up today for the summer holidays.
This letter will be posted on the website so please refer to it for arrangements. I have tried to give you as much notice as possible in order that you can book time off work if necessary.
There will be the normal amount of change to staffing again this year. We a happy to announce the second pregnancy of Miss Clements, so she will be leaving at the end of term, as will her job share partner Mrs Chant. Temporary staff Mrs Fysh and Miss Arnold will also be leaving, as will Mr Edwards who has secured a teaching post nearer to home in Taunton. We wish them all much luck and thank them so much for all they have done for the children of Grass Royal. On Tuesday we interviewed and appointed Miss Rebecca James who will teach in Year 5, Miss Jenna Coates and Mr George Callaghan who will teach in Year 3 / 4 and Mrs Rachel Harris who will teach in Year 6. We are confident that team Grass Royal will go from strength to strength.
We will be issuing class lists in the next few days so that all children will know their class teacher in readiness for Transition day on the 4th July.
I know that this last half term of the school year will be wonderful, please come and join us at as many events as possible.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012