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					                       Stoke Holy Cross Primary School
                          Long Lane Stoke Holy Cross Norfolk NR14 8LY
                                    Tel/Fax 01508 493132

8 January 2009

Dear Parent
This first letter of the calendar year gives me the opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year.
You are always welcome in school and I hope that you will find time to support our School
Association events this term.
We are making a real effort to reduce our photocopying bill so this newsletter is also available on our
school website which we hope will prove useful as a reminder later in the term or if you lose this
piece of paper!

Green Team Charity Collections
We were all delighted with the children’s response to the Green Team plan to donate money instead
of giving cards this Christmas. I am delighted to tell you that £276 was collected and donated to
Oxfam. Details will soon be available on the display board in the school entrance.
There is also a collection point outside the school office for recycling Christmas cards. This has been
organized by the Green Team in conjunction with Shotesham Rainbows.

Severe Weather
Should there be severe weather conditions this term, every attempt will be made to keep the school
open, but any details of school closures or changes to the school day can be heard on Radio Norfolk
and Heart Radio. May I also remind you to send children to school with warm outdoor clothing and
rubber boots for snowy play times!

Late Arrivals
If your child is late arriving at school or is returning from a medical appointment please bring them
into school and notify the school office of their arrival. For fire safety reasons it is important that the
class register is amended to show late arrivals. The governors and I are monitoring lateness closely
this term and, as part of that initiative, I shall be writing to parents of children who persistently arrive
after 8.45 am.

Parents in School
It is always good to see so many parents and grandparents working in school with the children.
Please can I ask that anyone helping in school reports to the school office on every occasion to
sign the visitors’ book and to sign out at the end of their session.

Please join us again for another series of community assemblies on Tuesday afternoons at
2.55 pm. Dates will be spread out over the next two terms and are as follows:
Class 6 on 27 January, Class 4 on 3 February, Class 3 on 3 March, Class 1 on 17 March,
Class 5 on 5 May, Foundation Class on 19 May and Class 2 on 16 June.

                                         Headteacher: Mr M Webb
School Association
The next open meeting is on Tuesday 20 January at 7.30 pm and everyone is welcome!
We still have a few bags left for sale which are available from the school office.

Parent/Teacher Interviews
Interviews for all classes including Foundation are scheduled for Tuesday 31 March and
Wednesday 1 April beginning at 3.20 pm. Class teachers will circulate specific details nearer the
time. Because of demands on time, it would be helpful if each teacher could restrict interviews to
one per child. I know this can be difficult for separated parents but if information is shared it
would make the process more efficient and less time consuming for everybody.

School Focus
Our focus for the term is ‘Going for Goals!’
During the term we will be promoting activities relating to the SEAL initiative (Social and
Emotional Aspects of Learning). These activities will be linked to our established PSHE
curriculum and will include class work and assemblies.

School Choir
Mrs O’Grady is kindly giving of her own time again to prepare the choir for a cluster outdoor concert
this term. We think that this presents an excellent opportunity for the children to sing as
part of a massed choir and will be at Framingham Earl High School in the summer term.
Details about the choir after-school club will be circulated in a separate letter.

House Matches
House competitions in netball and football will be held towards the end of the term, week
beginning 30 March. There is likely to be little notice given as the matches will be played on the
best available day.

Class Projects
I know many parents are interested in the projects that are being studied this term so please find
below a full list. I am sure teachers would appreciate any resources or artefacts that you may have.
All lower school classes are studying materials, with Foundation looking at ‘People Who Help
Us’, Class 1 studying buildings and Class 2 studying famous people and looking at special
buildings. Class 3 is studying the Ancient Egyptians and Africa. Class 4 is looking at an Indian
village in geography, with solids, liquids and keeping warm in science. Class 5’s work is on
keeping healthy, the Greeks, Earth and Space, and their geography will be about contrasting UK
locations. Class 6 will be studying light and electricity in science, mountain environments, and
World War Two.

Key Stage Testing
As you are probably aware, children in Years 2 and 6 will be involved soon in national testing
and I thought it would be helpful if you were aware that Year 2 will be starting immediately
after the Easter break and Year 6 will have an intensive week beginning 11 May. It is very
important that absences are avoided during those periods.

School Library
There will be a meeting on Thursday 8 January at 9 am for parents who feel they may be
available to help in the school library.

                                       Headteacher: Mr M Webb
Parent Questionnaire
As part of our consultation process, we will be asking parents to complete a questionnaire early
this term about the internet at home which will enable us all to have access to a virtual learning

School Business Club
Mrs O’Grady is organizing this extra-curricular activity for Year 6 children. It is a new venture
which we hope will promote aspects of economic well-being and give children a better
understanding of business and work environment demands. Further details will follow in a
separate letter for Year 6 children.

School Dates
Spring Half Term              Wednesday 11 February 2009            School Closes 3.15 pm
                              Monday 23 February 2009               School Opens 8.45 am

School Development Days       Thursday 12 February 2009
                              Friday 13 February 2009               School Closed

End of Term                   Friday 3 April 2009                   School Closes 3.15 pm

Summer Term                   Monday 20 April 2009                  School Opens 8.45 am

May Day Holiday               Monday 4 May 2009                     School Closed

Half Term                     Friday 22 May 2009                    School Closes 3.15 pm
                              Monday 1 June 2009                    School Opens 8.45 am

School Development Day        Wednesday 1 July 2009                 School Closed

End of Summer Term            Friday 17 July 2009                   School Closes 3.15 pm

School Development Day        Monday 20 July 2009                   School Closed

Yours sincerely

M Webb

        This newsletter is also available on the school website

                                       Headteacher: Mr M Webb

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