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2nd December 2022

Dear parents/carers

It is the end of another busy week at North Town and we are now in December. The Christmas trees have arrived and we have the Christmas Fair to look forward to tomorrow.

With the news of Mr Kerton’s exciting new opportunity at North Town, Mrs Screech has kindly agreed to go back to full time hours. We have also appointed Mrs Richards as an Early Years Phase Leader, Mrs Hayes as a Key Stage One Leader and Miss Newstead as a Key Stage Two Leader. Many congratulations to them all.

Christmas Fair

The Christmas Fair will be taking place from 5.30 pm until 7:00 pm this evening with the choir singing to open the fair. It would be lovely to see you there!

Wellington Maths Challenge

A huge well done to our year 6 pupils, Flora and Panos, who competed in the Wellington Maths Challenge 2022 last Saturday, 26th November. These children were selected for their excellence in maths, to compete in this regional event against almost 60 other schools from the Southwest area. They were tasked with answering 25 extremely challenging questions that aimed to stretch the mathematical thinking of our children to its limits. Unfortunately, two of our four incredible mathematicians were unable to make the event due to illness but even with half a team, Flora and Panos worked brilliantly together and very respectably answered over half of the questions correctly. As not all of our children were able to make the event, we will be giving these children another chance to have a go at the paper before the term finishes. A final well done to Panos and Flora!

Mini Police – Passing Out Ceremony

At 2.30 pm on Tuesday 13th December, the Mini Police ‘Passing Out’ Ceremony will be taking place in the hall. Parents and family members will be invited.

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

We received a thank-you from the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal for our donations, please see below:

KS1 – Dress Rehearsals

The dress rehearsals for all performances will be taking place on Monday (5th December) and this will be filmed and shared with parents at a later date. Filming will not be permitted during the actual performances on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

KS1 -Performances

A reminder of the timings for the Christmas performances:

Tuesday 6th December – at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm – New Rock Pippins & Golden Pippins (Reception)

Wednesday 7th December – at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm – Kingston Black & Court Royal (Year 1)

Thursday 8th December – at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm – Golden Russets & Royal Russets (Year 2)

On all of the performance dates, our Year 6 House Captains will be welcoming you in via the front entrance 10 minutes prior to the start of each performance. We would like to remind you that no filming will be permitted during the performances for safeguarding reasons and we would like to all to enjoy them. We will be filming the dress rehearsals and making them available for you all.

Festive mince pies will be on offer after the performances and we will also be passing a collecting bucket around for any donations, please bring your pennies!

Christmas Jumper Day – Save the Children – Friday 9th December 2022

Friday 9th December will be Christmas jumper day in aid of Save the Children. If your child has a Christmas jumper, they may wear this along with their normal school uniform and donations received will be going to Save the Children.

We have a selection of second-hand festive jumpers (various sizes) in school – if your child does not have a jumper to wear, please let us know. You can contact the school Office or ring Elaine our PFSA on 07522 237006. All requests will be confidential.

Class Christmas Parties

Christmas parties are taking place on the afternoon of Monday 12th December. With coughs, colds and viruses, we have made the decision not to have party food this year and leave the parties to focus on games and activities. Children will be allowed to bring in party clothes to change into after lunch.

House Treat – Wednesday 14th December

The House treat winners will be announced in the final Celebration Assembly next Friday 9th December and the winning house will be watching a film in the hall and having popcorn on Wednesday 14th December. The winners are able to wear mufti for the whole day.

KS2 Carol Service

The KS2 Carol Service takes place at St James Church on Friday 16th December 2022 at 10:00 am, with parents and family members welcome to attend.

Vocabulary Day

On Thursday 12th January, we will be taking part in Vocabulary Day. This will be a day to immerse children in the wonderful world of words! Alongside the other Richard Huish Primary Schools, we will be inviting the children and staff to dress up as a word (a verb or adjective in particular) such as spotty, starry, mischievous, sprint, illuminate, festive or even ridiculous!

Have a lovely restful weekend everyone!

Mark Braund

Head Teacher