Newsletter: December 3rd 2010

I wanted to thank everyone for their support, understanding and patience following our two day closure this week. Please let me assure you, as Headteacher, closing the school, for whatever reason, is one of the most difficult parts of the job. As a parent I know the implications of closing a school and, very often, the circumstances around the closure are beyond your control. This morning (Friday 3rd December) I spoke to our Site Manager, Phil Randall who reported that road and footpath conditions had deteriorated overnight due to temperatures well below freezing. Finally, after discovering that just two of our teaching staff could definitely get to school, I was left with the disappointing prospect of closing the school for a second day this week. Please, accept my sincerest apologies, but I am convinced it was the right decision for our 160 families and nearly 50 staff.

School Christmas Dinner is next Wednesday (08.12.10). Please order your dinner as soon as possible to avoid missing out! On the subject of food, next week we welcome our new catering manager, Mrs Carol Crisp, who will be joining our team on Monday.

Sadly, today’s school closure also means the postponement of the 2010 PTA Christmas Bazaar. I discussed this prospect with Barry Poulter, the PTA Chairman, on Thursday evening. We will do our best to rearrange the Bazaar so please keep an eye on our website for the latest news.

The snow closure also means that we will miss the opportunity to say goodbye (temporarily!) to Mrs Sibley, who starts her maternity leave at 3.15pm today! Mrs Sibley will be sorely missed, but we will look forward to her return sometime in the 2011 Summer Term. Our best wishes, go with her…

On Monday, I will returning, part-time, to the classroom to, along with Mrs King, teach Mrs Sibley’s Class for the next two terms. I will be teaching every Tuesday and Friday, so if you need to see me please understand that I may be a little busy on these days! I am really looking forward to going back into the classroom, it’s the very best part of the job!

Have a good weekend, take care, keep warm and travel safely…

Jon Smith, Headteacher

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