Looking ahead to Christmas, our younger pupils (5 to 7 year olds) will be performing A Sleepy Shepherd as a musical nativity. If you are a Senior Citizen in the village, there is an open invitation to attend the dress rehearsal in school at 2 p.m. on Tuesday 5 December. Seasonal refreshments will be served to you by our older pupils. Our Christmas Fair will be held at the school on the evening of Friday 1 December from 6.00-9.00 p.m.
You may be pleased to know that, after a long search, we have been successful in finding a ‘handy person’ for the school. Mr Tony Tiscornia comes each Thursday to carry out essential health and safety checks and minor maintenance work. He’s a very nice man! We said a sad farewell to Miss Sam Molyneux, one of our Teaching Assistants, when she chose a new career as a Fitness Trainer. She will be replaced by Mrs Denise Hooper later this term. Mrs Pretty, one of our long-standing Lunchtime Supervisors left us this term due to family commitments. She provided loyal and unstinting service over the years and the children will miss her. We wish Mrs Higgs, our Senior Lunchtime Supervisor, a speedy recovery from a recent operation and hope she’s back with us soon. Thankfully, their invaluable role has been filled temporarily by two parents. Two very nice ladies!
We celebrated Harvest Festival at St Agatha’s Church with the Revd Chatfield. The children performed songs and presented various activities around the theme of ‘Growing and Sharing’. Parents who attended said the children were great (but we knew that already). Heaps of rice, pasta, pulses and other dried foodstuff, generously donated by parents, were delivered to the Save the Children depot near Reading for shipping to Angola.
Our Year 6 pupils spent a super morning at Wallingford School doing a range of PE activities, including wall climbing, and we welcomed The Globe Theatre into school with their production of Beauty and the Beast.
I must give an enormous thanks to the parents and villagers who contributed to our collection of Tesco and Sainsbury vouchers. As a result of your kindness we purchased electronic keyboards, a webcam, and other support materials for ICT together with some PE equipment.
It’s becoming a familiar feature of my articles, but I have a special plea from our very young pupils for large cushions, beanbags, pillows etc for their ‘comfort zone’. Please contact the school if you can help.