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Weekly News – Friday 8th March

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

This week, the Year 10 Sports Leaders have continued their training by delivering a sports session to Key Stage 3 children. What an experience this is! Our staff have continued the dynamic extra-curricular sports programme with cross country, netball and football fixtures this week.

On World Book Day, whilst seniors didn’t dress up and look as fab as the junior children, they were given the first chapter of a new novel called ‘The Stolen Ones’ in bite-sized pieces read by subject staff each lesson. The bonus of having a fire practice on this day was adding interest to the general public and the older pupils who got a glimpse of all the little mermaids, Harry Potters and pirates (and some children who were unrecognisable behind their beards)!

We have made a successful appointment to the Pupil Development/EHCP role: Kate George, who will be joining the staff after the Easter holidays. She is moving to us from a larger school in Mansfield and I know she will be a fabulous addition to our team.

Next week we are looking forward to our Open Day and have a lot of people visiting the school for the first time to see what we do. Most come on recommend from families who are or have been at the school who love it. This is where you come in. Please talk about us to your friends and family. Coming on a tour on Open Day or for a personal visit is the best way for any family to get a feel for our lovely school. Open Day is on Wednesday with pupil led tours at 9.30am and 2.00pm. Prospective families should book in by contacting our Registrar, Mrs Wilkins, on

All the school is looking forward to Red Nose Day on Friday and there is lots going on. The choice of red noses this year is vast! Which one will you get? Year 7 appear to be beating the odds by buying multiple noses…not sure where they are going to put them!

I wish you all a lovely weekend, let’s hope the drizzle stops and the sun shines on us.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

Our EYFS children are very excited as their chicks have hatched and they are just gorgeous!  All children in juniors have or will have a chance to visit the chicks. EYFS children are keeping a close eye on them and looking after them extremely well.

It was great to see so many of you at Parents’ Evenings this week. If you were unable to attend, or wish to have a subsequent meeting, please make appointments with Form Teachers at a time of your convenience.

Our cross country teams, once again, visited Twycross House School this week to compete in competitions. They all ran very well and although the weather wasn’t perfect, the children all put in impressive performances and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Today, Mr Goodhead is taking his under 11 football team to a tournament; the under 9 team play on Monday. Good luck to all involved.

Thank you to Mrs Keyworth for organising the Booky Breakfast on Wednesday.  It was lovely that so many parents could join us and share a story with their children. I have received so many positive comments from parents about the morning.

The children looked fantastic yesterday dressed up for World Book Day. I loved the variety of characters and a great deal of effort had obviously gone into creating these. In the afternoon, Year 1 welcomed their parents in to school and had a lovely afternoon working on Hansel and Gretel and creating funny stories. To continue our World Book Day activities, Councillor Mellen will be visiting on Thursday, spending some time in each of the classes to read to them.

Today is the beginning of Science week and teachers will be incorporating additional Science activities into their lessons; keep an eye on social media for photographs.

On Wednesday, it is Open Day and we are expecting lots of families to come and have a look around. If you do know anyone who is looking for a place for September, please ask them to contact Mrs Wilkins to book a place on a tour.

Next week, it is Comic Relief and on Thursday, the Junior School Council will be hosting a quiz. Children are asked to bring 20p to participate in this. After lunch, Year 6 will challenge a staff team to a game of netball which should be really good fun!

On Friday, it is non-uniform day with a red theme and children should bring £1 for this. Any other donations for Comic Relief can be given to Form Teachers. Additionally on Friday, Mrs Wand has organised a Drone Day with all children in juniors involved in workshops; it sounds very exciting.

Have a good weekend

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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