Latest newsletter from Mrs Driver

Dear Parents,

As we creep ever closer to the end of term I thought I would keep you informed about a few details:

Rehearsals are in full swing for the Christmas performances and everyone is looking forward to performing in front of an audience. Class R are presenting their Origins of Christmas on Friday afternoon at 2.00pm and all parents are asked to be seated by 1.55 as the stairs to the hall is also the entrance and exit on and off stage! There will be refreshments for parents whilst they wait to collect their children at the end of the show, from about 2.30pm.

The School Show – A Christmas full of Eastern Promise is next week on 16th, 17th & 18th December at 6.30pm. This is a new starting time for us but is intended to help our youngest performers cope with all three nights! We have suggested that Key Stage 2 pupils come back to school after 6.00pm and Key Stage 1 after 6.15. The People of Kasbah can return ready dressed which means no-one needs to be back at school too early. We will open the doors to the hall at 6.10 and ask that all parents are seated by 6.25. Latecomers will not be admitted.

The Dress Rehearsal for this show is on Friday 13th at 10.30. Doors will open at 10.15. Again we would ask that everyone is seated by 10.25.

I am afraid there are no remaining tickets for any performances.

After the performances each evening the children must be collected from school by an adult. Class 1/R will leave from their normal school door, Classes 1/2, 2, 3 & 3/4 will all leave from the door by Class 1/2 and Classes 4/5 & 5/6 will all leave from the back door of the school.

We are aware of how tired the pupils get during these performances so we will not be closing the registers until 9.55am on Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th for pupils in all classes other than Class R. However, if Class R have a sibling higher up the school we understand if the family all come in late. This will allow pupils a little longer in bed should it be necessary. If they arrive after 9.55 they will be registered as late.

The Attendance Improvement Officer has been looking at registers recently and is aware of all pupils with attendance less than 95%. Where there is a high number of unauthorised absences, the local authority are looking to issue fixed term penalties. We are told that pupils with an attendance of only 90% have only a 34.7% chance of getting 5 A* – C at GCSE so school attendance really does matter. As always at this time of year we have a number of sickness bugs in school. Please remember if your child has suffered from vomiting they must stay away from school for 24 hours.

I look forward to welcoming you into school for the performances!

Yours sincerely

Mary Driver