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Issue 24 Friday 29th November 2019

WEEKLY BULLETIN Dear Parents and Carers,

Book Fair Reminder!

It was great to see such a fantastic turnout at our Christmas Fair on Sunday! It was busy throughout the whole afternoon and the atmosphere around school was very festive! Thank you to everyone who came along to support, to the choir for their lovely carol singing and, of course, to Friends of Lower Heath and their helpers who made it all possible. A lot of work went into the preparation for the day, as well as into the setting up, running, and clearing up on the day. Thanks also to Holly Farm for the loan of the Christmas trees, which were used to decorate the grotto. A grand total of £1125 was raised by the Christmas Fair and the Festival of Lights stall the previous weekend. These profits will go towards the forest school fundraising project as well as funding the Christmas trips to Holly Farm and the panto. We also had an enjoyable morning on Monday, when children’s author Sarah Griffiths visited school. She worked with all of the children for 45 minutes in an assembly, where she talked to pupils about her book, “Jack and the Genie”, read them the story and discussed the process of writing books. All of Sarah’s stories raise awareness of the importance of good mental health and teach children about the importance of self-esteem and self-belief. This fits in brilliantly with our Rest Easy ethos, which is all about children recognising their emotions, learning how to deal with them positively and learning how to help themselves to feel happy and positive. Lots of children purchased a copy of Sarah’s latest book, and we hope that they all enjoy it!

Mrs Deborah Sadler, Headteacher

Thank You for Your Patience… If you have visited the school during the day throughout this week, thank you for your patience, as the work to our new exit gate has caused a little disruption for daytime visitors. The new gate does not change our car park system in any way. It has been installed to provide a safer system for opening and locking the premises, especially during darker months, with an off-road space to park whilst doing so. In order to improve site security, other gates and fencing will be upgraded in due course.

The Book People book fair is still in school, and will be until Tuesday 3rd December! The book fair will be open on Monday and Tuesday mornings from 8:45 until 9:15am, and on Monday afternoon from 3:15 until 3:45pm each afternoon, for parents to choose some books with or for their children, with TUESDAY MORNING being the last opportunity to make purchases. Come along and visit the book fair if you can!

Christmas Events 2019 Letters will be sent home with more details very soon, but we thought it would be helpful to provide advance notice of the Christmas events taking place at the end of term. Firstly, each year our Year 5 and 6 children organise a Christmas tea party for any grandparents and local senior citizens. Our choir perform Christmas songs for our guests. This year, the party will take place on Monday 16th December and start at 1:45pm – please do invite any relatives who might like to attend. On the evening of Monday 16th December, from 6-8pm at Fauls Church Hall, Years 1-6 will be performing two short Christmas musicals. On the afternoon of Wednesday 18th December, at 2pm at Fauls Church, we will be holding our Christmas service where our reception and nursery children will perform the Nativity. The rest of the school will sing songs to accompany the performance. On this afternoon, there will be no clubs after school, including Activity Zone, and children will need to be collected from church at 3:15pm. The performances at both the church and church hall will be ticket-only events (free of charge) due to the limit on the number of people we can fit in each venue. Letters will be sent home to order these tickets in early December.

Worship Our theme for this half term continues to be the Christian value of hope. We will be looking at this value in the context of advent and Christmas. Next week, we will be exploring advent. If your child(ren) would like to prepare a prayer or something to share during worship linked to this theme, they would be very welcome.

Lower Heath CE Primary School

Lower Heath, Nr Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 2BT T: 01948 840524 | E: head@heath.shropshire.sch.uk | W: www.lowerheath.co.uk


Celebration

Christmas Trees!

Happy Birthday to: A huge thank you to Holly Farm Garden Centre for the loan of the Christmas trees for our grotto on Sunday, and also for the kind donation of a beautiful tree which we will decorate and display in our school hall!

Isaac who celebrates his Birthday this week! Award Winners Congratulations to this week’s Headteacher Award winners, who are: Robin Class: Freddie and Tate Skylark Class: Tilly, Sam, Mia G and Poppy H Kingfisher Class: Thomas, Evie, Guy and Emilia

Term Dates

Owl Class: Sophie, James, Brendon and Charlie

Autumn Term 2019 Tuesday 3rd September to Friday 20th December 2019

Letters to Parents To try to save on paper and printing, we send letters and newsletters home via email to any parents who are happy to receive communications in this way. Occasionally, we have to send communications in book bags, and this is usually when there is a reply slip attached for parents to return. Following feedback from some parents, who have told us that they don not always find it easy to check their child’s book bag for letters, we have been sending out text messages to let you know if we have sent paper communications via your child’s bag. I am also now aware that this has been unpopular with some parents, especially if we send the text message before the children come out of school. I apologise if there is any inconvenience caused, however, we are trying our best to make sure that we send information home in as many forms as possible, so that nobody misses out. We always try to put as much information as possible in our newsletters, and whilst we understand that text message reminders are also helpful, if at any point you would like to opt out of our text message reminders, please let us know and we will remove your number from our records. Please do also check your child’s book bag regularly for communications – there will be lots of letters sent home over the coming weeks relating to Christmas events, which all require reply slips, and it would be disappointing for any children to miss out unnecessarily.

Spring Term 2020 Monday 6th January to Friday 3rd April 2020 Half term Monday 17th to Friday 21st February 2020 PD day Monday 24th February Summer Term 2020 Monday 20th April to Friday 17th July 2020 Half term Monday 25th to Friday 29th May 2020 PD day Monday 20th July Please note that the early May Bank Holiday in 2020 has been moved from Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

Academic Year 2020 – 2021 Autumn Term 2020 Wednesday 2nd September to Friday 18th December 2020 Half term Monday 19th October to Friday 30th October 2020 PD days Tuesday 1st September, Monday 19th October, Tuesday 20th October and Wednesday 21st October 2020 Spring Term 2021 Monday 4th January to Thursday 1st April 2021 Half term Monday 15th to Friday 19th February 2021 PD day Monday 22nd February 2021 Summer Term 2021 Monday 19th April to Friday 23rd July 2021 Half term Monday 31st May to Friday 4th June 2021

Diary Dates: Tuesday 26th November to Tuesday 3rd December Thursday 5th December Monday 9th December Tuesday 10th December Tuesday 10th December Thursday 12th December Monday 16th December Monday 16th December Wednesday 18th December

Book People Book Fair Parent Drop-In (9:00-9:30am) Owl Class Community Lunch Christmas Panto Trip – Years 3-6 Holly Farm Christmas Cinema - Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2 School Disco Senior Citizen’s Tea Party (1:45pm) Christmas Performance at Fauls Church Hall (6:00-8:00pm) Christmas lunch for pupils (order forms will be sent home)

Wednesday 18th December Friday 20th December Saturday 21st December

Christmas Service (2.00pm) Last Day of Term: Christmas Jumper Day Crib Festival at Fauls Church

Lower Heath CE Primary School

Lower Heath, Nr Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 2BT T: 01948 840524 | E: head@heath.shropshire.sch.uk | W: www.lowerheath.co.uk

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Lower Heath CE Primary School Parent Bulletin - 29.11.19  

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