Happy New Year

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy 2017, let’s hope that we all have a fulfilling year ahead. From all the conversations I have had with the children it appears that the Christmas holidays have been very eventful and filled with lots of joy.

The term ahead is looking to be a busy one, the themes for the children are very exciting, Foundation- Chinese new year, People who help us followed by We are readers, year 1 and 2: Dinosaurs, followed by All about me, year 3 and 4: Robots, followed by Earthquakes and volcanoes, year 5 and 6: Dear Architect and Who are you? You will receive the termly curriculum newsletters by the end of next week.

Welcome to Mrs Chikola, who is our year 3 teacher for the Spring term and to Mrs Russell who has joined the foundation teaching team. She will be working alongside Miss Endicott and Mrs Benney. They have already settled in beautifully with the staff and children.

Newsletters- You will notice that the structure of our newsletter has changed, we are also going to be making some more changes this term. As a school we are really considering the environment and our carbon footprint- this links to the amount of paper we use, printing and the electricity. To reduce this we are going to start only producing the newsletter in an electronic form. When the letters are finished they will be emailed to you, this will still be fortnightly on a Friday.

If we don’t have your email address please can you let us have it as soon as possible as we are going to make this change by half term. If you cannot access the letter electronically, please can you speak with Mrs Clark in the office who will print you one off and send it home in the same way. All letters are on the school website, www.stpaulsplymouth.com together with the term dates and all other key information.

‘Cribfest’ and Epiphany Mass- A huge thank you and well done to the children who made cribs for our first ‘Cribfest’, these were really wonderful and we were able to share them with our friends and parishioners at Mass yesterday morning.

Thank you to all of you who supported us with our Epiphany mass in the school hall, it was superb to have so many of you sharing in this beautiful mass. The children love having you there with us. Thank you to Mr Neville Allan who played the piano for the mass, Mr Sullivan, Mr Pearce, Mrs Stevenson and Miss Hill who set up the hall ensuring we had everything that was needed for it to run smoothly. Having it in the hall created a wonderful atmosphere and this was a special way to start the new year and celebrate Epiphany.

Cold weather- As the weather is much colder now please can you ensure that your children are coming to school with a thick coat to keep them warm. It is really important that they have some time outside during the lunch period but essential they don’t get cold.

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