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Blandford St Mary Primary School Newsletter Headteacher: Mr Paul Lavis Deputy Headteacher: Mrs Sam Harris

14th December 2010 Volume 4, Issue 5 Contents:

Christmas Tree Festival

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KS1 Nativity Play

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Lantern Parade

2

Christmas Parties

2

Back Pack donations

2

Lulworth Castle

2

After School Clubs

2

Little Red Riding Hood 2 School Profile

3

Admission arrangements

3

Diary Dates

4

• Wed 15th Christmas Lunch • Thursday 16th Christmas Parties • Fri 17th Celebration Assembly 2pm • Fri 17th School finishes 3.15pm • Tues 4th Jan : Staff training Day • Wed 5th Jan : Children return to school

Dear Parents Dear Parents, ‘Tis the season to be jolly tra la la la la (lal la la la!) There are members of staff and children with match-sticks keeping their eyes open at the minute. They’re fighting colds and sore throats just to get through to the end of term and they’re all heroes (well heroines and one hero) for it. It seems like an ideal opportunity for me to pay tribute to our wonderful school staff as they head-off for a well earned break. I’ve never been involved with such a hard-working group of people, so committed. So—thank you to them.

you would find it hard to pick faults. However, with Niki it is impossible. She is conscientious, committed, unflappable, an excellent role-model and a genuine ‘nice-person’ and it won’t be until she’s not here that we realise, I think, just how much we respect and appreciate those values. I’m trying not to think about it too much to be honest—the time is fast approaching. Good luck Mrs Roberts—we’ll all be saying goodbye in our Blandford St Mary way over the next week or so— but on behalf of everybody: a heartfelt ‘Thank you and good luck’ from us all. Sniff... ... Anyway:

Of course—we’re very excited to have a new addition to our number—Emma Barton has begun her role in the office this month and has started brilliantly— she will, no doubt, be a fantastic addition to the school. But of course—we are about to lose one of our number and it would be sad whoever that was. But, I think we are all aware of the impact that Niki Roberts has had on school and the impact it will have in her leaving. There are very few people in the world today about whom

As for the rest of us: Have a merry Christmas—enjoy the break (and more snow?) and we’ll see you rested and ready to go in the New Year. You never know—we may have some school inspectors here ready to welcome us when we return (hurrah!) - we’ll keep you informed in the new term. All the best...


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Volume 4, Issue 5

Blandford St Mary Primary School Newsletter

Christmas Events F.O.S. Christmas Tree Festival The Friends of School Christmas Tree Festival was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thank you to the Parents and Friends of School for their kind donations which enabled the F.O.S. to raise ÂŁ225 for school and ÂŁ160 for Little Birch Pre-School.

Christmas Tree Donation We would like to say a very big thank you to Dorset Wildlife for the kind donation of the Christmas tree which is in our reception area.

KS1 Nativity plays Our KS1 Nativity play has been a joy to watch, well done children and thank you to all those involved.

Christmas Parties The children's Christmas parties will be on Thursday 16th December

Lantern Parade We are also delighted to be taking part in The Lantern Parade in Blandford town on Wednesday 15th December from 6.20 pm where we will be joining our colleagues from the other Primary schools. A separate letter has gone home about this event today!

Children may come to school in party clothes.

Christmas Fun at Lulworth Castle & Park

Back Pack Appeal

Sunday 19th to Friday 31st December

Many thanks to all our parents and children for their kind donations to the back pack appeal, we were thrilled to pass on over 40 back packs.

See www.lulworth.com for more details

10.3010.30-4pm


Volume 4, Issue 5

Blandford St Mary Primary School Newsletter

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Little Red Riding Hood Congratulations to all of the children who were involved in the KS2 production. ~ It was a resounding success! We are pleased to say that the collection for The BBC Children in Need Appeal over the two nights totalled £64.09. Thank you to all for your generosity.

School Profile We have recently updated our School Profile. A link to the profile can be found on the ‘about us’ page of our school website.

After School Clubs Please note there will not be any after school clubs this week.

Admission Arrangements


Blandford St Mary Primary School Newsletter Blandford St Mary Primary School Birch Avenue Blandford St Mary, Dorset DT11 9QD Phone: 01258-453331 Fax: 01258-455865

Website : www.blandfordstmary.dorset.sch.uk

Diary Dates:

Wednesday 15th December Thursday 16th December Friday 17th December Friday 17th December Tuesday 4th January Wednesday 5th January

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Christmas Lunch & Lantern Parade Christmas Parties End of term Celebration Assembly 2pm School breaks for Christmas 3.15pm Staff Training Day Children return to school

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