Welcome back to the new school year!
For those parents who are new to school, I send out regular Principal’s Messages through Seesaw (usually every two weeks) to celebrate successes and keep you up to date with what has been going on in school. I also put a copy on the school website which can be found here:
The children have all settled back into our school routines and it is like they have never been away. It’s been lovely to hear all the things they’ve been up to over the summer and to meet our new reception children and their families. This afternoon will be our first celebration assembly of the year and I know the teachers have really struggled to pick just one child to receive a certificate as they have all returned so impressively.
You should all be able to access your child’s Seesaw account so that you can keep up to date with what is going on in school and what your child is learning. Just a polite request that parents do not send teachers messages on Seesaw in the evening and at weekends. The school office email should be used for this purpose. I’m sure you’ll all agree that our staff work extremely hard and they should not be expected to receive and respond to messages outside their working hours.
Today you will all receive the first Learning Launchpad of the year via Seesaw. These let you know what your child will be learning over the upcoming term and also highlight key dates.
Over the next few weeks we will be working on our clubs plan for this term. Watch out for a letter in the future about our clubs offer and the details on how to request a place for your child.
Next week our Year 6 children go on their residential trip to Edale and I know they are all really excited about this- hopefully the weather will improve! The children will leave at 11:30 from the top playground. Parents are welcome to come through the gate in the top playground from 11:15 to wave them off ( I will be there with you).
As the cost of living increases, I fully understand the pressures on everyone’s household budget. FOGS offer a pre-loved uniform service at most school events and we can also accept requests via email. You will see in our uniform policy that there is also no expectation that you purchase the jumpers and t shirts with our logo on- a plain red jumper or plain white polo shirt is absolutely fine. If you do have any issues with sourcing the correct uniform, please do let us know: we do understand that sometimes things cannot be avoided. I am aware that the YMCA also has excellent quality pre loved uniform. Please note that children should not wear any jewellery or watches (including fit bits). One pair of plain studs can be worn but the child must be able to take them out themselves for PE.
I’m happy to announce that over the summer Mrs Walsh had a little girl named Ada and she is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations also to Miss Simpson who got married over the summer and will now be known as Mrs Graham.
Finally, I would like to take a moment to remember our Queen who, as you will all know, sadly passed away yesterday at the age 96. We will always remember fondly as a school our Jubilee celebrations last term. We will of course take time to celebrate her life in school.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend and we’ll see you on Monday.