Netherthorpe Primary School
Dear Parents, Carers and Governors
It's been a busy half term with lots of exciting trips and learning throughout school. There have been a few changes since September that I would like to update you about:
This half term starts with a very exciting week for Year 2. On Friday they will be going to the theatre to take part in a filmed for television production of CBeebies version of 'A Christmas Carol'. If you haven't sent back your permission slip yet, please do so as soon as possible. One of our key stage 2 classes will be visiting Sheffield University to take part in a drama workshop and I am sure there will be other exciting events for everyone (apart from the excellent learning that takes place in class all day every day)!
During this next half term we will be opening a tuck shop for Key Stage 2 children. Year 6 will be running it and will send out more information and details very soon. We are hoping to use a local greengrocer to stock our tuck shop and help us to run it using fair trade principles.
We have just completed our first set of assessments for this year and will be holding one to one Assertive Mentoring meetings with every child from Year 1 to Year 6 over the next few weeks. We would then like to meet with you to share the targets we have set for the children. These parent consultation meetings will be on Tuesday 26th November and Thursday 28th November. (There will be no after school clubs run by the teachers on these days.)
There will be another Winter Café on Tuesday 17th December that we hope you will all come to. If you would like help us with this, please talk to Mrs Ainsley - we would be really grateful for any help you can give.
We will also be having an end of term concert on Wednesday 11th December. This will be performed by Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage concert. We are also hoping to have a violin concert on Thursday 12th December.
I would like to finish this newsletter with a request. It is the time of year when we ask parents and children to share their opinion about how things are going in school. Last year most parents said that they were happy with school and the education that is provided. However there were a couple of areas to improve: A few of you said that there weren't as many trips as you would like. We have worked hard to have also many relevant trips and events as possible. Some of you also said that you didn't like the outside of the school. I'm afraid that I can't make the playground bigger (believe me, I wish I could) but we have started using the Sports Hall at lunchtime as well as the Ponderosa in good weather. The younger children also use the Early Years' playground at lunchtime so that they have as much space as possible to run around and play.
I would be very grateful if you would fill it in the questionnaire we are sending out with the printed version of this newsletter and send it back as soon as possible. Your comments are really important to us and we are trying to improve our school still further.
Thank you for your continuing support,
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