School Newsletter

Welcome back to school everyone! And what a start to this academic year with every year group having launched their new topics with great style this week!

In early years they are off to the cinema today, to watch Toy Story as part of their topic on toys of the past! They have settled in amazingly well after the four week break and have loved making play dough and learning the routines this week. What’s more the Reception class even achieved the whole school attendance award as all the children got into school every day and were on time too! Well done Reception!

Years 1 and 2 were responsible for initiating the circus theme in school this week! The children’s passion for ‘The Greatest Showman’ inspired us to plan a trip to the circus, but the circus weren’t performing anywhere close to us this half term, from Darlington to Dundee! So we decided we needed to source a circus to come to us and that’s what we did! Happy’s Circus created lifetime memories for some of the children, with highly professional circus artists – acrobats, escapologists, clowns, and an amazingly gifted Ringmaster who taught us to laugh, be inspired, and to show our appreciation for the circus artists! Who will ever forget the children’s beaming faces as the clown’s trousers fell down at the end when they were squirted with water? Priceless. And thankfully, the costs to the school are just about covered by those from school and in the local community who bought tickets. A special thanks to Angela Hall, our school business manager for doing such a great job coordinating the event. The event couldn’t have happened without her expert coordination.

Years 3 and 4 were off to York on Tuesday to visit Jorvik as part of their exploration into the depths of Viking life in Saxon England. We were delighted to hear of the sights, sounds and smells that they experienced as part of the interactive ride through a viking settlement. They couldn’t wait to tell our visitor from the local authority on Wednesday morning as I took him around school!

And finally Years 5 and 6 have launched themselves into their topic on Greece as they enjoyed an interactive workshop on Tuesday this week, delivered by a specialist theatre company. They were even able to reenact a short play to their families by the end of the day! They acted out the characters and could reel off many of the Greek Gods and what they were famous for, by the end of the day!

Our newly revamped forest school discovered lots of baby and adult newts with eggs recently laid. The children learned about the new badges (not badgers!) that they can work towards and were told about a new family of hedgehogs that has nested unexpectedly in the outdoors. With so much excitement and fabulous tailored learning experiences, it’s not surprising that four of our classes had 100% attendance this week. Well done to our fantastic team of committed staff for making it all happen – we really are so privileged to have you all with us!

I cant wait to see what’s going to happen next week – how do you build on all the things listed above? We are finalising a couple of dates for the diary for next week so we will share the key dates next Friday 14th Sept including dates for harvest, parent consultations, and Christmas to give as much notice as possible to those parents who need it.

Welcome back new Mums…

We are delighted to welcome back both Ashleigh Galloway and Debbie Thompson this half term, following their maternity leave. Ashleigh is leading our forest school this term for both afternoons, and Debbie returns to work alongside Nicole Weatheritt in Y5 as assistant teacher. We are delighted to have them both back on our team.

Kits and correct uniforms

At CVPS we are committed to support inclusivity and health and safety issues by adhering to a strict uniform code. We ask that no earrings are worn in school, and that children have plain black shoes or boots, that are shoes rather than trainers. Hairstyles that are braided or shaved with lines and patterns are not allowed. Please ensure that your children have kit in school as follows: PE kit left in school from Monday to Fridays, with sand shoes, black shorts/joggers, white T shirt. Forest school kit that is warm and appropriate for the weather, again left in school from Monday to Friday.

Canopies in school

We love our new canopied areas around school! Thank you to Carla and Angela for supervising their installation when we were all off
school! Please ensure that children walk on the pathways to avoid bumping into the new spaces.