DECEMBER NEWSLETTER NO.2

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CHANGES NEXT YEAR- 2008


I am very sad to announce that at Easter time I shall be leaving Abbey Park First School, to take up another headship in Worcestershire. I shall be extremely sad to leave such a wonderful school, but I was presented with the opportunity to take on another exciting new challenge, and to further my career in leading a larger school – Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School. I shall take up the post just after Easter, in the Summer term 2008.

The governors will be meeting early in the new year to decide what will happen in the Summer term when I leave, and of course we shall keep you fully informed about all future plans and when we will appoint a new headteacher to lead Abbey Park.

MRS CAINE


Congratulations to Mrs Caine, who is expecting a baby in early March 2008. She will be commencing her maternity leave just after February half term on the 18th February. We are delighted to announce that Mrs Mitchell will be covering Mrs Caine’s maternity leave during this period. Mrs Mitchell is very well known to all our children, and has been working as a supply teacher at our school over the last year. I know that she will work closely with Mrs Witts, and carry on the wonderful work in the early years with the reception children. Early in the new year we shall invite all the reception parents into school to meet Mrs Mitchell.



A BIG THANKYOU!

Thankyou to all the parents that supported us at our recent bingo evening. We had a super evening and we raised £300! Thankyou to the ‘Friends’ of the school who constantly give up so much of their time to arrange these events.

We also raised £ 89.93 for the last non uniform day.  All this money will go towards new stage and lighting for the school hall, so please keep on supporting us!


LAST WEEK OF TERM!

PANTO- Tuesday 18th

We are all really looking forward to the pantomime trip to see Aladdin at the Swan theatre in Worcester on Tuesday 18th December. We hope to leave very promptly at 9.00 a.m from school. Please don’t forget the labelled carton of drink. We shall be back to school around lunchtime. Thankyou to all the parents that contributed towards the cost, and I thankfully did not need to cancel the trip.

PARTY DAY – Thursday 20th

You will have received the letter requesting food for the party day. Please send the food in on Thursday morning, so that our volunteers can start to arrange it ready for lunch time. If you are able to come in and help we would be so grateful. Please come to the office and we shall let you know the times. The children can of course wear their party clothes. It should be good fun!

NON UNIFORM DAY- FRIDAY 21st

As the children will not be wearing their uniforms on Thursday for the party, it seemed sensible that on the last day, Friday, the children could have another non uniform day! Please could the children bring a £1 for the privilege, and this money will go towards more  forest school equipment that we need. If you have more that one child in the family then make  it £1 for the whole family.

GAMES ON THE LAST DAY!

As another special treat, the children may bring in a favourite board game, toy or cards that they can share with their friends on the LAST DAY OF TERM. We would rather they did not bring electronic ‘game boys’, but some game they can share with others. Please make sure they bring it in a named bag.


BOOK STAMPS

Mrs Gordani has very kindly offered to sell book stamps for us after Christmas. You will find her in the reception entrance area. We have not confirmed which mornings yet, but I shall let you know in the January newsletter.


LUNCH TIME CHATS!

I have been delighted with the response for parents to join the children at lunch times for a chat and enjoy eating with the children! We have had many parents come in and it has been lovely to observe the parents with the children. The children also think it is wonderful!
I shall be putting more dates on the January newsletter for you to sign up to if you wish to join us at lunchtime and sample the lovely healthy hot meals that Pershore High School provide. Oh and you have to do lots of talking with the children too!

TALK TIME FOR JANUARY 2008

TALK TOPIC IS:


What would be your new years resolution, and for the school and for the world?

ANTI BULLYING WEEK

I shall let you know the outcome of our anti bullying week in the January newsletter.

A FOOTBALL REPORT FROM ABBEY PARK FOOTBALL TEAM.


On Tuesday 4th December, the school football team played its toughest match yet, against the Year 5s from Abbey Park Middle School.  The match was incredibly fast paced and full of action!  Straight from the off, Scott and Jordan worked extremely hard in midfield to provide some fantastic opportunities for strikers Michael and Harry to break through the Middle School’s defence.  George and Layton defended superbly and managed to stop the ball getting anywhere near goalkeeper Shae for a long time.  Unfortunately, the Middle School did eventually find a way through and managed to slot the ball past Shae, putting them one goal up.  However, the First School did not lose heart, and using the fresh legs of Megan, Liam and Ben they brought themselves right back into the game.  The turning point of the match came when Jordan was awarded a free kick very close to the half way line.  Jordan stepped up and sent the ball flying over the heads of the Middle School defenders and into the top corner of the goal, bringing the score all level at 1-1.  The match continued in this way, until Harry found his way into space and struck the ball past the goal keeper...and onto the hand of a Middle School defender!  Penalty to the First School!  Harry took the spot kick, but some excellent goal keeping denied him the goal.  The match ended 1-1, with both teams very tired!  It was an incredibly close competition, where the strength and size of the Middle School players was finely balanced by the skill and determination of the First School.  Watch this space for news on the rematch!



We were all so proud of our football team who did a fantastic job on the football field. My thanks also go to Mr Perry and Mrs Hill who give up their time every Tuesday to support the children at football club. I look forward to more fixtures next year.

WELL DONE EVERYONE!


DATES FOR THE DIARIES


Monday 7th January        Back to school
Monday 14th & 15th January Cycling proficiency for year 4
Friday 25th January @ 9.00 a.m Welcome assembly
Monday 28th February MUSIC WEEK
Friday 1st February Disco & games night
Monday 4th February Class Photographs
Friday 8th February  End of term.

MERRY CHRISTMAS
AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR