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Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to another busy academic year at Cordwalles Junior School! We have been delighted to welcome back the children to years 4, 5 and 6, and to meet the new pupils in year 3. We have all been so proud of the year three children, and children in other year groups who are new to CJS. They have settled beautifully into junior school life. We recognise that the transition to junior school is a significant change and are delighted with the positive attitudes and behaviours of the children. Thank you to parents and carers for helping to make this transition so smooth for the children.

We have also welcomed new staff to Cordwalles and congratulate others whose roles within the school have changed. Miss Egan (Yr. 6), Mrs Davies (Yr. 3) and Mr Moloney (Yr. 5) join us as class teachers and Mrs Stoves, Mrs Moloney and Mr Nottrodt join the LSA team. Mr van Vuuren joins our Senior Leadership team as a Teaching and Learning Leader – we also enjoyed his fantastic singing assembly this week with Miss Egan! We now have two Executive Deputy Head Teachers working across Pine Ridge, Lorraine and Cordwalles; Mrs Freshwater and Mrs Nottrodt. If you have children at either of the Infant schools, you will see them on the gates some mornings so do say hello.

Clubs begin w/c 25th September and we have a wide range of exiting activities for the children to enjoy this Autumn term. Most clubs are run by teachers and are therefore free of charge – thank you to our teachers for these enrichment opportunities.  Do look at the website for all key diary dates. Coming up this half term, we have the Parent Consultation Evenings on 10th and 12th of October, which are valuable opportunities to discuss your child’s progress across this first half term and to get to know your child’s class teacher better.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with providing HEALTHY snacks for your children at breaktimes, and to avoid all products with nuts. We have a child with a serious nut allergy in school, so we need to be extra vigilant. Within the school curriculum, we promote healthy eating to children and teach them about healthy lifestyles. Dan also teaches this in his Gugafit sessions. Thank you for all you do to support this by providing healthy snacks for your children for school.

E-safety news: as part of our continued mission to teach children how to stay safe on the internet, do have a look at this link on the NSPCC website which has some useful information: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

There are ideas for parents about keeping your child safe when they're using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.

Please come in and see us if you are able to spare any time to support the school – listening to readers, coming on school trips, helping at events and so on. Any time you can give is so helpful and the children benefit the most. We are busy planning our Christmas Fayre which will be on Friday December 1st immediately after school. We have big plans! If you would like to help us in any way with the fayre, do let the office know.

Best wishes,

 

 

Claire-Louise West — Head Teacher

 

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