Dear Parents/Carers,

We have reached the last day of the first term and what a busy term it has been! It has been full of exciting new topics; dress up days, plenty of learning opportunities and of course the fun of Christmas week. As we break up for the holidays, I wish all St Peters’ families a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing you all again in the new term. Merry Christmas!

Y5 Ancient Greek Museum – Y5 were really proud of their ‘Greek Museum’ which opened their doors to visitors for a one-off show on Friday 8th December. With meze to tempt, and the spectacular Parthenon to see, it was a truly amazing display to be admired.

Christmas Lunch – Thank you to our Class Reps who kindly came into school to assist with the serving of our Christmas lunch last Wednesday. With festive music, delicious food, crackers and chocolate coins, the children seemed to enjoy the celebrations, particularly being waited on by Class Reps and staff. Your support was really appreciated.

Last Friday, we held our Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children with a brilliant £261.79 raised for the charity.

Our Maths Investigators , w/e: 8th December
Y3: Bethany Ratcliffe
Y4: Evie Francis / Henry Newland
Y5: Niamh Williams / Isabelle Griffiths
Y6: Finlay Hutchinson / Ashtyn Roworth

Attendance – A big WELL DONE goes to the 106 children who have maintained 100% attendance this term. Children were given a 100% gold attendance sticker in assembly today as well as earning points for their house.

Driving to School – please could I ask all Parents who drive their children to school, to be mindful of pedestrians, local residents and other car drivers around the vicinity of St. Peter’s. We continually receive complaints about unsafe driving and parking at the beginning and end of the school day. There is a voluntary one way system which we kindly request is used by approaching school down Fabians Way and exiting around Staples Barn, turning left onto Upper Station Road which then brings you back to the roundabout at the top of Fabians Way.

Core Values - Congratulations to the following children for being ‘Animal of the Week’:
Week Ending: Friday 1st December
Y1 Isabelle Smith – Respectful & Aiming High
Luke Bishop – Aiming High
Y2 Benjamin Smith – Resilient
Jacob Defley – Aiming High
Y3 Bailey Pinnell – Resilient
Megan Eastaff – Aiming High
Y4 Gunar Konnen – Resourceful
Amelia Mackay – Aiming High
Y5 Abby Lake – Aiming High
Maisie Ridley – Aiming High
Y6 Fraisie Ellis – Resourceful
Edward Robinson – Aiming High

Census Day – Thursday 18th January - ‘The Great British Brunch’ is the menu theme for the second census day of this academic year:
Chipolata Sausages, Omelette, Baked Beans, Mini Potato Squares and Bread OR Quorn Pattie, Omelette, Baked Beans, Mini Potato Squares and Bread
Blueberry Muffin OR Cherry Yoghurt & Granola
All children in EYFS/KS1 will be served this meal, as part of the UiFSM scheme, however for KS2 children, it will need to be booked

Core Values - Congratulations to the following children for being ‘Animal of the Week’:
Week Ending: Friday 15th December
Y1 Harmony Sommer-Verrall – Aiming High
Kyra Cox – Aiming High
Y2 Indigo Little – Aiming High
Jack Cannon – Respectful
Y3 Jensen Pang – Aiming High
Y4 Henry Newland – Aiming High
Joshua Constable – Aiming High
Y5 Libby-Rose Slaughter - Respectful
Dexter Johnstone – Resilient
Y6 Hugo Cina – Respectful
Sophie Ray - Resourceful

PTA Update – Thanks again to everyone who has helped us this term. Your amazing efforts with our fundraising are so gratefully received. As usual we are after your help! Once you've polished off the last of the turkey and finished all your extra recycling, no doubt you're minds will turn to new year's resolutions. Look no further....why not volunteer for the PTA. It's great fun and very rewarding and we promise not to take up any more of your time than you want us to! If that's not your cup of tea, there is another way you can help us. We have a bit of a gap in our events calendar next year and we'd love your suggestions for a new event that is focussed on the children specifically. Any thoughts on that would be brilliant. Please contact Jo on 07747 065770. That is all for now. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from all of us at the PTA

House Cup - Congratulations to Kestrel for winning the house cup for this term. The final points were: Phoenix: 1654 , Eagle: 1688 , Kestrel: 1785 , Hawk: 1321

Kind regards,
Laura Roberts
Acting Headteacher

Wed 20th: Last day of Autumn Term
January 2018
Thurs 4th: Spring Term starts
Fri 12th: Class Reps Meeting, 2.15pm
Mon 15th: After School Clubs start
Thurs 18th: Y6 SATs Evening (details to follow)
Fri 19th: Y1 Phonics Workshop (details to follow)
Fri 26th: Y3 Assembly for Parents, 9.00am
Fri 2nd: Y6 Young Voices Concert, O2
Y2 Assembly for Parents, 9.00am
Mon 5th: YR visiting Henfield Library (details to follow)
Open Afternoon, 2.00 – 4.00pm
Tue 6th: Parent/Teacher Consultations, 3.30 – 5.30pm
Thur 8th: Parent/Teacher Consultations, 4.30 – 7.30pm
Fri 9th: INSET Day
w/b 12th: Half-term
Fri 23rd: Y5 Assembly for Parents, 9.00am
Fri 2nd: Y4 Assembly for Parents, 9.00am
Tue 6th: Y3 Swimming lessons start (details to follow)
Fri 9th: YR Assembly for Parents, 9.00am
Fri 16th: Y1 Assembly for Parents, 9.00am
After School Clubs finish
Thur 29th: End of Term
Mon 16th: Summer Term starts
Tues 24th: Y5 Music Festival
w/b 14th: KS2 SATs Week
w/b 21st: Y6 Isle of Wight week
w/b 28th: Half-Term
Tues 5th: Class Photographs
Mon 25th: Henfield Cricket Tournament
We are looking for a new Clerk to Governors: This role involves a high level of confidentiality. The successful candidate will be required to prepare paperwork for and minute meetings, but the majority of the administration work can be done from home and circulated electronically. Further information is available on our website under the vacancy tab or alternatively you can contact Jodie in the School office for further information.
We have a vacancy for a Relief Playgroup Assistant working on an as required basis during playgroup hours, term time.
You would
• Provide the children with a safe, secure environment
• Plan, organise and implement a programme of activities to meet the needs of this age group
• Work as part of a highly-motivated and professional team
You must
• Be interested in Early Years Foundation Stage
• Have some knowledge and experience of working with 2-4yr olds
• Be prepared to undertake essential training and development when required
• Be able to promote good practice and provide first class childcare
• Be very flexible at short notice
We offer
• A variable rate of pay ranging from £7.50-£7.83 depending upon experience
• Training and development
• Opportunities for career progression
Please email Lesley for further information
Warren Playgroup is an Equal Opportunities Employer
The Protection of Children Regulations apply to this post