The children have been designing some amazing Christmas cards for you! Before half term your child will bring home a completed Christmas card design sheet that they have done at school.
If you would like to order Christmas cards with your child’s design on the front please return the order form with the details completed to the school office by no later than Monday 30th October. Payment for the cards also must be made by this date to the payment details stated on the bottom of the order form.
Rotary Shoe Box Appeal
This year we are supporting the Rotary Shoe Box Appeal which aims to help disadvantaged and displaced children in Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and Ukraine. We would like to thank those of you who have donated items so far, it is much appreciated.
The items that can be donated are: Small soft toys, picture books, hats, gloves, socks, soap, hairbrushes, flannels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, crayons and colouring books, small dolls, sports items, hair accessories, wash bags or card games.
Items need to be in new or new condition to be donated.
Please can we ask, if you can, that you make any donations you are able. Thank you in advance for your generosity with this.
The school is having an open day for prospective Year R parents for 2024’s intake on Wednesday 18th October. We also have another Open Day planned for the 7th November so please pass on the word if you know anyone looking to join us in 2024!
Parent meetings follow up
Thank you to those of who attended the parents consultations last week. Please if you were unable to attend for any reason, it is really important you talk to your child’s teacher to find out how they have settled in. Please contact the school office to arrange an appointment with your child’s class teacher.
On Monday 16th October we are very lucky to have a theatre company joining us to do a Pantomime of Oliver Twist. We are very much looking forward to this and we hope the children are too!
School times change to 8.45am register close
Our attendance has recently been updated. To comply with governmental guidance about the length of school days, all of the Priory school registers will now close at 8.45am in the morning. This means the school day will be 8.45am-3.15pm from Monday to Friday which gives a school week of 32.5 hours.
This does not change the timing that the school bell goes in the morning. Y3-6 will still line up after the 8.30am bell and YR-Y2 will still line up after the 8.40am bell. It’s just that the registers will close at 8.45am, so any pupil arriving to class after 8.45am will be registered as ‘Late after the register closed’.
NEWS FROM THE SPORTS DESK
On Monday, some Year 5 and 6 pupils were selected to represent The Priory at a table tennis tournament being held at Aldworth School in Basingstoke. We have a new all-weather table tennis table in the back playground and many pupils have been learning how to play the game since September.
When we arrived at Aldworth and saw other schools warming up it was clear that we were facing very strong opposition. However, every one of the Priory Year 5 and 6 students tried their absolute best and all won at least one game. Their attitude was exemplary, especially against such a high standard of opposition and they were applauded for this in assembly this week. Even though we didn’t win, every player came back wanting to learn more about table tennis. Well done!!
As always, direct any news, views, offers and ideas to Mrs Marzetti at the Sports Desk.