Friday, 21 December 2012

End of Term Letter from Mrs Picton

Dear Parents/ Carers                                                                                       21 December 2012   
Christmas is nearly here and what a magical time it is at school.   We have been treated to our little ones in Nursery and Foundation sharing the Christmas story at Church, our Key Stage 1 children sharing their Christmas celebration wonderfully at school and our Key Stage 2 children performing ‘Tinsel and Tea Towels’ with such talent at Church following on from their ‘Waiting for Christmas’ involvement. We are so proud of all of them and grateful to our talented staff who have so often given freely of their time this season.   Everywhere you look there are signs of the imminent arrival of Christmas; there is glitter, sequins, tinsel, angels, and wise men.  Christmas cards are being shared, carols sung, Christmas music played, Christmas dinner has been eaten, class parties and discos enjoyed.

The children have also sent their prayers and thoughts to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut as they paused for a moment before singing Away in a Manger in a whole school assembly.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay, close by me forever, and love me, I pray!
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care and take us to heaven, to Live with Thee there.
We cannot understand such tragedy, but all of us will pray and reflect on those who have lost loved ones during this Christmas tide and give thanks for the joy of children.

So, as we look to 2013 we think back on 2012.... the dressing up and playground party for the Diamond Jubilee; the joining of all the pyramid schools to see the Olympic torch come through Wickham Market; our Olympic themed sports day; our new front school entrance being completed; our ‘new look’ website and blog; the launch of the Governors newsletter; new toilets for the children; the reception canopy extension;  our new crossing patrol lady taking up her job; competitions won by individual children and school teams; the musical, artistic and sporting successes; the Gold award for the Junior Road Safety Officers; celebrations of Festivals with St Michaels Church;  the development of outdoor learning with the support of Suffolk Wildlife Trust; the liaison days with Thomas Mills High School especially in music and technology; the children who left us this year and those children and adults  who joined our school family.

Throughout all of this, which only scratches the surface of what happens within a year at school, the children are learning and progressing as individuals through the direction and support of their teachers and other adults.  We are so proud of all their achievements, which are made possible by the time, dedication and support of the staff and Governors at Sir Robert Hitcham’s CEVA Primary School and yourselves as parents.

I wish all our families a very happy and peaceful Christmas.
I am delighted to advise you that the following parents have put themselves forward to represent the parent body for the following classes:



Sarah Mackenzie
jointly with
Sophie Finch

Tessa King


Sally Seeley
Jointly with
Jem Seeley

Jessica Berry

Mark Johnson


Corinne Maunder
jointly with
Lisa Waelend


As you can see there are still classes without representation, please do put yourself forward if you feel you could contribute, just contact the school office in the first week of term.

The council will act as a conduit for news and ideas so that we can move into 2013 together, with a shared understanding, in order to continue to give the very best opportunities for all our children.  We will meet twice per term, during the school day, and this membership would be reviewed annually. The parent/carer members will represent the views of their fellow class families and feedback to you in a timely manner.

The first meeting will be on Thursday 24 January 2013 at 9am at school.