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Weekly News – Friday 9th February

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

Does anyone else keep slipping into March by mistake? It is like this 3 years out of 4 when the days/dates are the same! I like February, for its shortness but it can get confusing when this fusion with March happens.

This week in Senior School, Year 10 pupils had their Conference Day and their Parents’ Evening.

Next week, the last week before our much needed half term break, we are looking forward to the Year 7 Conference Day (on Monday) and a further Stay and Play Session for our potential Early Years pupils on Tuesday (which is now full).

Year 11 reports, following their mock examinations, will be sent home on Thursday.

Following some late applications for entrants to Year 7 parents, we will be putting on a further assessment date on Monday 19th March – so if you know parents who are still in a quandary about secondary education, let them know. We will also be hosting an Open Day within the school day on Wednesday 14th March which is a great opportunity for parents of prospective pupils of all ages to look at the school on a normal day.

We are still recruiting for some Senior School teachers, Spanish and ICT, and would ask you to direct to our website anyone you know who might be interested in these.

Many senior parents will be aware that Mrs Atherton (Biology) has been absent this term. We look forward to her phased return to work after half term. In the meantime, our supply cover has been ill. We have now secured additional cover for most of next week. We are sorry for the upheaval this has caused and are working hard to ensure it does not to adversely affect the children’s continuing education.

I wonder if you have spotted our new posters requesting that engines are switched off in the vicinity of the school while you are waiting for the children to finish school. This is a great initiative from the Junior School Eco Club. Thank you to them. Our battery boxes in school are filling up – remember to send in your used batteries so we can ensure their safe disposal. This is also part of a raising awareness campaign.

Did you see the Junior School snowman earlier in the week? Good to see it was properly attired!








Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

Dear Parents,

Well done to Mrs Keyworth and the hockey team who competed at Worksop on Monday. Thank you to Mrs Giacone who helped with transport and cheered the team on in the cold!  Today, Mr Goodhead is taking Amara, Angele and Brook to participate in a cross-country competition at Wollaton Park- the best of luck to all of them.

On Tuesday, Mrs Wand gave a very informative assembly on internet safety. We encourage you to also discuss this with your children at home to reinforce these messages.  Later this term, we will invite the NSPCC in to deliver workshops to the older juniors.

This afternoon, the juniors are taking part in a Sign to Sing assembly; thank you for all the donations for this important charity.

We now have a friendship bench in the junior garden so that everyone has somebody to talk to or play with. This is something the children asked for via School Council and will encourage new friendships. Year 2 have decorated it beautifully with their handprints.

It may be a little early to talk about summer but I know parents usually order uniform quite early.  Please can I remind you that although there are many variations of red and white dresses, our School uniform one is only stocked by Schoolwear Solutions. There will also be a supply in the Second Hand Uniform Shop.

A reminder that supervision in the mornings does not start until 8.00am. Please makes sure you bring your child into School and sign them in with one of the morning staff (Mrs Nicholson, Mrs Mahl, Mrs Mason or Mrs Swift).

Have a good weekend,

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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