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Earl Soham Community Primary School Caring, sharing and learning; because every child matters Headteacher: Karl Pearce Earl Soham, Woodbridge, Suffolk. IP13 7SA Tel: (01728) 685359 Email:

DECEMBER 2011 - NEWSLETTER END OF TERM ACTIVITIES Here is some further information regarding the last week of term: Monday 12th December – Carol Service (6.15pm) There will be a more detailed letter regarding this early next week. We are currently in the process of organising readers. We are hoping that every child will be able to attend. The service will be followed by refreshments in the school hall. Tuesday 13th December – Christmas Lunch – Thank you to the parents who informed us of your child’s request. Please could parents now start paying for this – cost £3.00 per child. This is followed by THE TALENT SHOW!!! Children will need to sign up for a ‘slot’ in the hall and organise any costumes/music/props that they require. Thursday 15th December – Whole School Christmas Party (1pm onwards). This is being very kindly funded by the PTFA who will also be providing refreshments during the afternoon. Children may wish to bring a change of clothes. This is due to FINISH AT 3.30pm. After a quick clearup, there will be a screening of ‘THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL’ (U) – due to re-organising the hall, this has an amended finish time of 5.30pm Friday 16th December – LAST DAY OF TERM ‘Come as You Please’. We hope that you will be able to join us for our final assembly which will be a good ‘old fashioned’ sing-a-long of carols and Christmas songs. At the end of the day, there will be a screening of ‘ELF’ (PG) 5pm finish Saturday 17th December – Ipswich Town v Derby – PLEASE NOTIFY MR PEARCE OF TICKET REQUESTS BY THURSDAY 8TH DECEMBER

OTHER NEWS Thank you very much to everybody who sent in Morrison’s ‘Let’s Grow’ vouchers which has enabled us to order more gardening equipment. The school now has a new ‘Eco-Team’ consisting of previous members and some new recruits. They have created a new ‘eco’ board in the hall which is ready to display the school’s Green Achievements. Look out for the re-used questionnaire appearing in book bags soon…

CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS We have been asked by St. Mary’s Church if the children could provide the decorations for the Christmas tree which will be in the church during our carol service. So, if you’ve got a spare moment over the weekend, we’d be delighted if the children could make a decoration which could be hung on the tree. If they could be brought into school by Wednesday 7th December, then a small group of children could go over to the church and decorate the tree. This is also a lovely way of the local community getting to see what the children can produce.

‘ROBIN HOOD’ & ‘PENGUIN’ Children in Red Class are all due to attend the ‘Penguin’ puppet show on Wednesday 7th December at the Wolsey Studio in Ipswich. The show starts at 11am and afterwards the children will get the opportunity to ‘meet the puppets’. The children will have their lunch upon return at approximately 1pm – school dinners will be available. Children in Yellow and Blue Class are all attending ‘Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood’ at the Wolsey Theatre on Wednesday 14th December. We will be leaving school at 12.30pm, returning at approximately 4.45pm – the show lasts for 2 ½ hours (including interval). An early lunch will be taken on the day, so school dinners will be available.

PTFA NEWS Christmas Fayre – Thank you to all who supported us at this event last week and well done to the school choir on their first public performance.. 1980s Evening – Yet again, many thanks to all involved in organising a fantastic event. School Calendar – Our first ever calendar will be ready by Friday 9th December. The cost is £5 for one or £12 for three. There is a ‘PROOF’ copy in the office please place orders with Tracey. Family Film Night – As you are hopefully aware, we will be watching ‘Home Alone’ on Friday 9th December. Please buy your tickets (£1 per person) in advance so that we know how many we are catering for. Hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream will all be available.