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Newsletter No.12, 30 November 2018


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NEWSLETTER No.12 – 30 November 2018


Dear Parents


The whole school joined together today for our Advent Reconciliation assembly. As we enter into the season of Advent and prepare for Christmas it is important to take time to remember the real reason for Christmas. The classes have each made promises to work on throughout Advent which are displayed on our front board in the Reception area.


Thank you to the children and parents for bringing in gifts for the Children’s Christmas Fair. Next Friday donations of Toys and Games would be very much appreciated.



All teacher led school clubs will end next Friday. Msporti after school clubs will continue until Thursday 13 December and Gym and dance club will finish on Tuesday 11 December.



On Sunday afternoon our school will be leading some of the carols and acting at this service. We look forward to seeing as many children as possible at the service, and ask that they join us as we sing from the sanctuary steps. With this in mind, we ask that all our pupils wear their school uniform to represent our school. As part of the service, we also look forward to hearing our school choir regaling us with their rendition of ”Feliz Navidad”.


RECEPTION CLASS NATIVITY PLAY Wednesday 12 December – 2.30pm

Our Reception classes will be performing their Nativity Play on the above afternoon. We can allocate a maximum of 3 seats for each family in Reception for this afternoon production. These tickets will be given out to families shortly. If you do not need 3 tickets please return unused tickets to the school office so they can be given to families who may have requested an extra ticket. Older children in school will have seen the dress rehearsal and will not be joining you for the play.


Once the “theatre” is ready parents and families are welcome to go into the hall via the front entrance – this will not be before 1.50pm. Refreshments will be available. Please park outside the school grounds – there is no parking on site. Thank you.


KS1 proudly presents: THE CHRISTMAS CODE: MONDAY 10 and WEDNESDAY 12 DECEMBER at 6pm.

We are holding two evening performances this year. Due to numbers, we can only allocate a maximum of 2 seats per performance per family in KS1 (total 4 tickets over the two performances). For Health and Safety reasons, any children coming to watch with you will each require a ticket and will be allocated a seat, children are not permitted to sit on laps. Children at school will have seen the dress rehearsal in school.


Children should arrive back at school via the front entrance from 5.15pm and should assemble in their classrooms. Refreshments will be available before the performances in the gallery when the doors open at 5.15pm. As you are aware there is very limited parking on site and the lower part of the driveway does not accommodate two cars passing each other. If you are dropping your child and leaving, please park off site and walk your child down to the office. If you are bringing your child and remaining for the production, you are welcome to drop your child and park (after 5.15pm) on site, but you will not be able to move your car until the end of the production when everybody is leaving. We will monitor the playground and close the gates when the playground is full. Please be considerate at all times. You may want to park off site, remembering not to block driveways or access, as this will probably make your arrival and leaving easier. If you are not staying for the production you will need to collect your child at about 7.00pm.


  1. can choose the performance that you would like to attend using our online ordering. If you have selected the maximum of two seats for a particular performance and would like to request an extra ticket, please contact the school office. We will monitor the system and send home paper tickets before the performance, depending on availability.


Parents can take photographs and record the production for their personal use. Please do not upload images onto the internet.


Due to health and safety and fire regulations pushchairs should not be brought into the school, therefore we would request that pushchairs are left outside the buildings. Thank you.


Several of our parents are holding an International Christmas Lunch on the 7 December from 1-3pm in the Fisher Hall, Tonbridge. This is a very informal lunch, where each person brings a favourite dish from their own country, to share with all, creating a truly international feast! If you would like more details, please contact the office and we will put you in touch with the organisers.



An enormous thank you to everyone who contributed to the Poppy Appeal this year! As a school we raised an impressive £384.67 towards this important charity appeal.



We were very excited to welcome our local MP Tom Tugendhat, who was here to present the runner up prize for the Christmas card competition. He followed this by taking questions from Year 5/6 on his role as an MP and the workings of Parliament. The children showed a keen interest and he was most impressed by their thoughtfulness. This was a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn more about democracy, and understand why we value it.


Yours sincerely




Caroline Ryan

Academy Principal



Today we welcomed our local MP Tom Tugendhat to school, to present the prize to the runner up in the Christmas card competition. Mr Tugendhat also stayed to answer informed and thoughtful questions from our Year 5/6 pupils.