Advent Calendar, Book Fair, School Trip & Christmas Fayre


Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been another busy week at school and we are very glad of you continued support. The children were especially thrilled with the large advent calendar in the hall, and the opportunity to light the candle on the advent crown.

Years 1 and 2 had a brilliant trip to Walton to find fossils. I must say I was especially interested in Mrs Tattersall’s collection of fossilised twigs. The detail is amazing—it’s very hard to believe that they are 12 million years old.
Thank you so much for all your support of the ‘Book Fair’ this week. You will be aware that there was a competition to design a book cover . The following children won a £5 book token to spend at the fair:Overall Winner: Charlie Down, Upper school: Gabriela Goldsmith, Middle School: Lucy Baker , Lower school: Max Marsham, EYFS: Florrie-Belle Cullip.

Doubtlessly, many requests will have been made to you and Father Christmas this year for electronic toys, games and devices.   Recently there have been several useful articles that will help us all keep our children safe when they are using these devices, since many toys include microphones and cameras which can record the children’s environment and play. This article from the Information Commissioner sets out the risks from such toys and devices to our children, and sets out how they can be enjoyed more safely:https://iconewsblog.org.uk/2017/11/23/the-12-ways-that-christmas-shoppers-can-keep-children-and-data-safe-when-buying-smart-toys-and-devices/

Further more ‘Which?’ Magazine surveyed many of the connected toys and found just how easily they can be hacked by almost anyone—not just skilled hackers.
https://www.which.co.uk/news/2017/11/safety-alert-see-how-easy-it-is-for-almost-anyone-to-hack-your-childs-connected-toys/

Don’t forget the School’s Christmas Fayre next Friday after school. There will be a ‘partly’ non-uniform day that day too. The PTA ask that in exchange for a donation of £1 that the children wear a Christmas jumper with their uniform instead of their usual school jumper or cardigan. Payments can be made online in the usual way at ‘Schoolmoney’.

Yours faithfully,

Abbie Fairbairn

       Deputy Headteacher