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December 2018

  • Seasonal Spectacular!

    Published 12/12/18

    As we head towards the Winter Equinox, the shortness of the days becomes more apparent. Seeing all of the festive lights and woodland decorations around the academy does help to brighten the day but in truth, it is the children who bring the brightness and sparkle to this somewhat darker time of the year. There have been many examples of this, this week including being charmed and entertained by the KS1 presentation. I know that the wider school enjoyed watching their friends and siblings in Years 1 and 2 perform Born in a Barn and I hope the parents and family members did too. They not only sang and performed brilliantly, they also used Makaton signing in all of their songs to ensure that they could be enjoyed by all. Getting up onto the stage and performing to a large audience does require courage (one of our Priory Values) and we couldn't have been more proud. Well done to the children and also thank you to parents and family members for producing such amazing costumes. The contributions of the tickets will also be donated to a local charity, Dr Frier's Holiday Fund whose focus is to ensure that all children have equal opportunities to experiences.

    We also welcomed again the Rotary Sunshine Group who came to present the Rotary Star awards at our Celebration Assembly on Thursday. These awards are focused upon our Understanding Others element of our Personal Development curriculum. These children have demonstrated over and over again a generosity in spirit and actions that must be commended. 

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  • Wintertime Wonders!

    Published 06/12/18

    The first week in December is one of my favourite weeks in the academic year. To brighten these gloomy winter days, the children and staff have decorated the academy with woodland animal decorations. The overall effect is both eye-catching and energising. We hope you enjoy seeing them at the Winter Fayre on Friday! The children have been equally busy preparing for the enterprise element of the Fayre. They are looking to make the maximum profit for their class by selling their products. All profit can then be used to purchase items of their choice for their classrooms. Good luck to all of the classes.

    As with any busy establishment, there are often changes to staffing. At the end of last week, Mrs Giles began her maternity leave for her second child. Mrs Goddard-Tate who already class-shares with Mrs Giles will continue to teach the Kangaroos full time until her return. Mrs Giles is also the Leader for Early Years phase and in her absence Mrs Cradduck, our SENDCo (and Early Years’ specialist) will be leading this team. We will let you know when baby Giles arrives!

    We are also looking forward to welcoming back Miss Anderton, class teacher and Mrs Maxwell, Teaching Assistant from their maternity leaves next week. Mrs Maxwell will resume her class role in Lemurs with Mrs Lord and Miss Anderton will be getting to know the Panthers class all ready for January when Mrs Hand leaves us temporarily to go on Sabbatical. We wish Mrs Hand every success during this time and look forward to hearing about her adventures when she returns to us in September 2019.

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