24th November

This past week has been a challenge! Many staff, pupils and parents have been affected by the sickness virus which appears more prevalent than usual. Thank you for your support and understanding with the classes that we had to close to enable the remainder of the school to function efficiently – it’s never an easy decision but we need to ensure that we continue with our high standards of education and care at all times. We are not the only school  that has been affected by this, many other schools have had to fully close.

We were pleased to see so many parents and carers at school for our parent’s consultation afternoon last Monday. Your positive comments, feedback and support for the school is very much appreciated.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our ‘Gathering Drum’ fund. I am pleased to say that thanks to everyone’s donations that we have this week been able to order two new gathering drums and some smaller drums. A local drumming group heard about this and are coming into school as a result to work with groups of pupils, which we know they will benefit from and enjoy.

Our Open Morning on Friday was well attended. We welcomed the Mayor, staff from Caldecotte, our friends from St Mary’s as well as colleagues from other schools and organisations. We had lots of positive feedback from all who attended, who found the morning to be informative and a true learning experience.

The new classroom building is developing well – the rooms now have their sink units fitted – we are just awaiting the windows to be delivered as there has been a slight delay but everything else is on time. Hopefully they will be completed as per the schedule and ready for opening after February half term.

Our new immersive room (the old MiLE Room) is almost complete, some pupils and staff have already had an immersive experience during its testing, with some positive outcomes. We now need just to ‘tweak’ a few things before it is fully operational. I have no doubt at all that there will be lots of positive responses and reactions from everyone when it is fully in use.

This next week we have a special day in school on Tuesday when we have a story telling day with a visit from colleagues of Book Bags who will work with small groups of pupils telling stories. They are also going to donate some new story bags to school.

Christmas is fast approaching and we have been planning our concerts. On Wednesday we held our first band practice, and all went well. We have another this week as well as sing a longs within classes and assemblies of our Christmas songs.

I have to say on behalf of the staff, governors and pupils a huge ‘Thank You’ for all the donations of Christmas Trees and decorations – it is very, very much appreciated. As you are all aware, we always endeavour to make sure that Christmas is a very special time for all our pupils at The Redway. It truly is a magical time of year.

Our Christmas Fayre is on Monday December 9th from 1pm – 2:30pm and like last year we will have stalls in different areas across school as well as Santa’s Grotto. We welcome donations of toys, games, bric a brac, bottles for the tombola and any cakes to sell on the day itself. Raffle tickets are already on sale and we have a wealth of prizes, as always. We look forward to seeing you there. All funds raised will go towards completely updating our soft play room, which is looking very sad at present. Any contributions towards this would be amazing!

Class activities about Christmas and winter will begin on Monday December 2nd. Our story book for this year is ‘One Snowy Night’ by Nick Butterworth, which you may like to share with your son / daughter at home.

Please remember that next Friday is our staff training day so school is closed for all pupils.

Hoping that everyone is having a wonderful weekend and feeling well!

 

Ruth

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