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Dear Parents and Carers, Christmas is upon us! It seems no time at all since September, when our new Year 3 pupils started at Cordwalles, and the children moved up into their new year groups. So much has happened across this term and the children continue to make leaps and bounds of progress in all aspects of school life.

Our Christmas production, Peter Pan, demonstrated just how far our children have come this term. We were so impressed with the performances of all the children. The actors did themselves proud, learning a huge amount of lines and delivering them with such enthusiasm and personality.  The singing in every year group was excellent; children worked hard to learn all the lyrics to each song and sang beautifully. Thank you to everyone involved in putting on such a high-quality production and for all your support as parents; the performances were very well-attended and you provided great audiences for the children. Huge thanks you to Miss Egan and her team for a truly professional production this year. Miss Egan has a passion and talent for performing arts and this shone through in this production – we are delighted to have her leading the Performing Arts at Cordwalles!  We very much appreciated the generous donations you gave, which will go towards updating the sound system for our hall. Thank you.

The Christmas Fayre was festive, fun and successful! You helped us to raise just over £500 for the school and we are delighted. Thank you to those parents worked with our children to organise and run a stall this year; we are grateful for your support. Everyone who volunteered has directly helped to raise funds for our school, so thank you. In the New Year, we are going to work with the PSA to decide how best to spend the money raised for maximum benefit to our children.

We are always looking for people to join our team of volunteers; thank you to parents who have come forward and offered support already. If you would like to listen to children read, help in class, be a parent helper on school trips, work with the school to support fundraising events and so on, please contact your child’s class teacher, or come to the school office; we would love to hear from you.

I am always really proud of pupils who represent our school in the community and beyond, either on the sports field, at Pupil Parliament events and performances. Competitive sport at Cordwalles has raised its status in the last couple of years, and I am delighted that our teams and squads are taking part in local events and competing against other schools. We have also been hosting events at Cordwalles, which brings these competitions onto home turf. Many of you have been supporting us on the touchlines at these events which is great to see. We are looking forward to the Spring Term has to offer! Well done to each child who takes part and does their best for themselves and our school – we are really proud of you!

The school trips this term have been really interesting – Hampton Court Palace, Surrey History Centre, Reading Museum, to name a few. In every case, it is reported to me that the children’s behaviour and the way they have conducted themselves has been exemplary, which makes me feel very proud of our young people. We believe that school trips form an important part of education. Sadly, due to government funding cuts to schools, many schools are taking the decision not to run school trips. We hope to be able to continue to provide what we believe are excellent opportunities to enrich children’s lives; thank you for supporting us to keep this going by offering voluntary donations for your child’s trips.

As you will have heard, the leadership across Cordwalles, the Federation Infant Schools and Pine Ridge Children’s Centre is changing in the New Year. Mrs Sangwine will be moving on to new and exciting opportunity at a new school in January. I would to wish Mrs Sangwine the very best of luck in her new role and hope she will be very happy as she takes on this new challenge. The Leadership teams in all three schools have been working closely this half term to ensure a smooth transition for January. Please do not hesitate to contact me, Mrs Nottrodt or Mrs Freshwater if you have any questions – just pop in and see us.

Christmas lunch, Christmas Jumper Day, the Christmas Disco, Christmas Parties and the annual Christmas Quiz are still to be enjoyed as the term comes to a close! Amongst all of the festivities, it important to say a huge ‘thank you’ to staff who help to run our school behind the scenes, without whom we could not function.  Thank you to our catering team, who work tirelessly to provide healthy, tasty and nutritious meals for the children every day, to our capable and professional office staff, who run the administrative and financial aspects of the school with such expertise, and last but by no means least, to Mr Budd, who we have decided is simply the best Site Manager in the world! He helps everyone one of us, every day and works so hard to keep our school looking beautiful, bright and welcoming.

May I remind you to ensure that PE kits are taken home, washed and returned in the New Year, along with coats and hats whilst the weather is still cold. Please ensure your children’s uniform, coats and PE kit is named to minimise losing items of clothing.

Lastly, I would like to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year! Thank you for your continued support for Cordwalles Junior School.

 

Mrs C-L West, Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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