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Dear Parents and Carers,

We are definitely in full Christmas mode at school now. Decorations are up, the stage is set for our Christmas productions and the children are busy singing carols for their visits to residential homes and our end of term Carol Service. It is a very busy time, please read on to make sure you are ready for everything coming up.


Christmas Plays

This week the children from Years 2, 3 and 4 will be performing their play. The dress rehearsal is today (Monday) and performances are at 2pm and 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday).

Next week it will be the turn of our Reception and Year 1 children to take to the stage on Monday 17th December for their dress rehearsal and Tuesday 18th December at 2pm for their performance.


Christmas Times Tables Challenge – The Finals

The children from Year 2-6 have been enjoying the Times Tables Challenge in their classes over the last couple of weeks. In assembly on Thursday we will hold the finals for children from Years 3-6. The Year 2 final will follow before the end of term.


Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 14th December, £1

If the children would like to wear a Christmas jumper for the day they can, for a donation of £1. If they don’t own one, they could wear red or green or a Christmas accessory instead.


Snow Closure arrangements

We will always try to keep the school open in poor weather if we can, but we have to consider the safety of the children on site and on their journey to school, the availability of hot lunches and the number of staff who are able to get in to look after the children. We will notify parents by email, on our website and on the Dorsetforyou website if we have to close the school.

Sometimes it is possible to open the school a little later in the day when the roads have become safe to drive on. If we do open on a snowy day, please make sure the children have extra warm clothes and wellies so that we can get outside to play in the snow during the day!


Checking for Nits

A case of nits has been reported to us. Please make sure you check for nits every week and treat them if found. It is really important that all families are vigilant about this as the nits will spread if not dealt with.


Carol Service – Thursday 20th December at 2pm

We are very pleased that we will be able to have our Carol Service in the newly refurbished St James’ Church at the end of term. Please join us if you can, children can be picked up from school straight after the end of the service (around 3pm) if you wish.


Last Day – Friday 21st December

We will be sending out a letter to ask for food contributions for a Christmas party lunch for all the children on the last day. Children can be picked up at 3pm, but we are also happy to keep them until 3.30pm if needed!











Michael Salisbury, Head teacher



Term Dates 2018-19

Autumn term ends at 3pm Friday 21st December2018

Inset Day Monday 7th January 2019

Half term 18th-22nd February 2019

Spring term ends Friday 5th April 2019

Inset Day Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Half term 27th -31st May 2019

Last day of summer term Friday 19th July 2019

Inset Days on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd July 2019

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Dear Parents and Carers,


Over the next two weeks we have Parents Evenings on Wednesday 7th November, Tuesday 13th November and Thursday 15th November. Please check that you have been sent a time to come. These meetings are an essential part of your children’s education, I hope you find them useful.


Book Fair – Monday 12th –Thursday 15th November

Please visit the Book Fair during parents evenings or at the start or end of each day. It will be open from 8.30-9.30am then from 3.30-4.00pm. Getting a book or two from the Book Fair is a great way to encourage your children to read at home, and raises money for the school to buy more books for the children to use. Please support it if you can, it’s another way that we can help the children develop a life-long love of reading.



Please could anyone bringing a dog at the start or the end of the day keep them by the old front door at the top of the school and not take them down the side path.


PTFA meeting – Ye Old Two Brewers, Thursday 8th November at 7.30pm

Please come along for a nice chat with other parents, and to support the PTFA in their projects for the good of all the children. Everyone welcome!


Children in Need – Friday 16th November

The children can come in non-uniform on this day, wearing something yellow and/or spotty if they can. Each child should be a donation of £1 or more which we will send to Children in Need.


Picking up from School

If you need to pick up children early please come at 3.25pm.  Getting children out earlier than that is disruptive to the classes.


School Reading Challenge – One Thousand Books in One Hundred Days – 1st November 2018 – 8th February 2019

The children have made a great start to our challenge with 105 books completed in the first week. Keep encouraging, enjoying and recording their reading please.


Flu Vaccinations are on Wednesday 21st November

(for children in years Reception, 1,2,3,4 and 5)

Please note your Flu Immunisation Consent Forms need to be completed and returned to the school office by 9am on Wednesday 14th November. Any consent forms returned after this date cannot be accepted for the session at school on 21st Nov and an alternative clinic will be offered.


Bags for School
Just a reminder that your filled bags need to be returned to school by 9am on Thursday 8th November.


Christmas Shoebox appeal

Please return shoeboxes for the Rotary Club appeal by Tuesday 13th November. This is a new date, extended by a week. Thank you very much to all of you who have already put together shoeboxes for the children.


Tesco Tokens

The PTFA have put forward the pond renovation project to the Tesco Bags of Help customer vote in store. It will be included in the vote from 1st November to 31st December and we are guaranteed £1000 even if we come third, £2000 for second and £4000 for first place.

Please get your tokens in there and encourage friends and family to do the same.








Michael Salisbury, Head teacher



Term Dates 2018-19

Term starts 4th September 2018

Half term 22nd -26th October

Autumn term ends at 3pm Friday 21st December2018

Inset Day Monday 7th January 2019

Half term 18th-22nd February 2019

Spring term ends Friday 5th April 2019

Inset Day Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Half term 27th -31st May 2019

Last day of summer term Friday 19th July 2019

Inset Days on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd July 2019

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