Information from Mrs Driver

Suddenly we have reached the end of another term and the Easter holidays are upon us!

It has been another exciting term in school with lots of different things happening and all of the children have been involved in a wide range of experiences. There have been an amazing number of different activities going on and I am extremely grateful to the staff who give up their own time to organise and run these activities. Clearly not everyone can have the opportunity to represent the school in a team or have a main part in a show but we are delighted with the number of pupils who access the extra-curricular activities.

Now that many of the sporting activities for the winter season are over we would like to ensure that all school kits are returned to school. We are concerned about the number of kits that go missing and the state in which they are returned. School kits need to be rinsed through and left to dry. Please do not tumble dry any school kits as they will shrink. I would hope that pupils are proud to be asked to represent the school and would therefore look after any school kit they are given. Please return any outstanding kit on the first day of term and we would ask that you look around for anything extra you might have at home.

However, the lacrosse has not yet finished and we are building up for the national Finals in June. For the last couple of years we have been fortunate to secure sponsorship for the lacrosse shirts and hoodies so that the team have something to remember and they look like a professional squad! If you think you or your company might like to help us out this year with sponsorship please come in and have a chat with me or Mrs Light and we can arrange to give you as much publicity as you would like.

Could I give you another reminder about naming all items of uniform? With the warmer weather, we always have a multitude of red jumpers left lying on the field and if they aren’t named we have no hope of identifying them! If you are buying new school shoes for the summer, please ensure they are sensible sandals. The children should not wear shoes without a strap and closed in sandals are much safer for playtimes. Also the holidays are an ideal time to have hair cut! It might be fashionable to have hair over their eyes but children do struggle to read the whiteboards if their hair is too long! If you have any uniform queries please contact the school.

I am delighted to tell you that Mrs Fiona Waite will be joining the teaching staff in September to replace Miss Cottee who is leaving us in July. I am sure you will all join me in wishing Miss Cottee well in her new venture.

With the summer term approaching, we are mindful of the inhalers we have in school for various children. Does your child need an inhaler? If so, do we have one in school? Have you signed a form at the school office? Is the inhaler still in date? Is it named? Are there any other factors we need to know about? Please let us know.

We have been given information about a few holiday activities:

Over the Easter Holidays, Letchworth Sports and Tennis Club is providing an array of activities. We have our Mulitsports Camp (ages 5 – 12), Tennis Camp (ages 5 – 14) and Toddler Tennis (ages 3 – 5). Check out our website for more information or call Reception on 01462 675444.

Please encourage your children to remember all their necessary items when they come to school in the morning. The office staff are increasingly inundated with bags, bottles and PE kits during the day which then have to be delivered. The children should be responsible for remembering all their own equipment.

The SPA are running a World Cup sweepstake during the summer term. You will be receiving all the necessary information today. All you have to do is predict all the first round World Cup scores and predict who you think will be in the final and then pay £2 to enter the competition. There will be prizes for the class winners if enough members of each class take part. We will have a school league table and a class league table. All forms need to be returned to school by the beginning of June. This provides a bit of fun during the World Cup and also raises funds for the school. Thank you to Ross Henderson for arranging this.

We still have a few people bringing scooters to school and using them in the playground. There are too many people around at the beginning and end of the school day, so please do not use scooters on the school playground.

Congratulations to our Girls’ Football Team for reaching the final round of the Wix Tournament. They won through last night as the best runners up and will now play in the final at St Albans City Ground on Wednesday 7th May. Well done to them and Mrs Light!

I hope you all have a lovely break over Easter and we look forward to welcoming the children back on Wednesday 23rd April 2014.

Yours sincerely

Mary Driver