Newsletter – End of Term Dec 2019

Dear Parents


With only a week to go, I thought I would bring you up to date with what is happening on these last few days of school.


Thursday 12th December

From 12.30 onwards we will be holding the Children’s Christmas party in the Chapel.  Robert has again been very active, persuading people and businesses he knows to donate towards the Christmas Party.  Yesterday and today many children decorated a T-shirt to wear to the party, again provided through Robert and his fundraising. They are looking really good and will all be finished by tomorrow lunchtime.

My thanks on behalf of everyone at school to Robert for his work towards achieving this goal again this year.  His dedication and commitment to our wellbeing is greatly appreciated by us all.


Monday 16th December

After a normal Monday morning’s timetable, many of the children are departing for the Manor Pool in Whittlesey for a fun swim afternoon. Tony has negotiated with the pool to enable us to have the large inflatable for the afternoon, so there will be lots of fun and laughter together. These are always very popular sessions with many of our children and they all enjoy it greatly.


Tuesday 17th December

Most of the children are heading off-site for the day to a variety of different places of their choosing.  These include, a trip to see the seals off Blakeney Point, ice skating, the cinema to see Frozen II, tobogganing at either the Milton Keynes Snowdome or Tallington Lakes, dog walking on the beach at Hunstanton, a walk around the woods at Sandringham.

The children will need their packed lunches as usual, unless you are told specifically otherwise by your child’s keyworker.  If you would like to send them with some spending money for themselves next Tuesday, please limit this to a maximum of £5.00.


Wednesday 18th December

After a normal morning timetable, the children will be offered a number of different options of the Park House Cinema in the afternoon.
The children in the Vinery are having afternoon tea instead of the cinema.


Thursday 19th December

Our last day at school for 2019!

Kat has been very busy, once again, compiling highlights of school life over 2019 to share with you at the DVD presentation at 11.30 down at the Chapel. You are welcome to come along anytime from 11.00 onwards, for refreshments and to look around the stalls that will be set up in the smaller room, and of course can stay afterwards to enjoy these as well.

We finish at 12.30 on Thursday and parents are able to take their child home with them any time after 12.00.
If you are unable to be with us on that Thursday morning, it is essential that we know this so that arrangements can be made for your child to be picked up by their taxi


Looking After Myself – Eating With Others

This half term, in preparation for the Christmas season and because these are important social skills, we have been focussing on laying a table and using cutlery confidently.  By the end of term, most of the children in the main school will have had the opportunity of sitting down to a home cooked 2 course meal at a table set for a Christmas dinner that they have laid themselves with a small group of their friends.

Yesterday, George, Max, Archie, Tracey and Kirsty sat down together and today Connor, Meredydd, Tyler, Adam and Hannah had dinner together.  More groups are planned over the remaining days of this term.


Staffing Update

As I informed you in my last newsletter we will be saying goodbye to Alison and Danielle as employed members of staff next week.  They will both be continuing to work with us in an independent capacity until August, so they will be in and around school at different times.

Brian Winterton, Nataniel Tomasewski, Claire Clark, Pip Herbst and Hannah Bamforth, all new Keyworkers have now started with us and, until the end of term, are working with different children across the school before beginning work as nominated keyworkers with specific children in January.

Charlie Edwards has been appointed as Administrator and will be starting full time in January.  She will be in for a couple of days next week for a handover period with Danielle


Pupil Absence

Please can I ask parents and carers to telephone school between 08.00 and 08.30 if their child is poorly and will not be in school that day.  I am invariably in school by 07.45, but if I do not pick up the phone, please leave a message on the answerphone.

This will help us immensely when we are finalising any changes that are needed to adults working with children that day due to staff illness or absence on training


Spring Term 2020

The new term starts on Monday 6th January for both staff and children.  If I do not see you next week, I would like to wish you a very happy and peaceful holiday and a prosperous and gentle 2020



Yours truly

Tim Howley