Wednesday, 22 July 2015

End of Term Letter from Mrs Picton

Dear Parents/Carers                                                                                                                                                    
As we come to the end of another year at Sir Robert Hitcham’s CEVAP School I would like to take a moment to reflect on what has made up this highly successful year for our school.
Academically our standards remain high due to the dedication of our Staff, supportive parents, Governors and of course really engaged and motivated children. The new Government freedoms from the curriculum have allowed for the majority of children to explore their learning in a variety of ways helping them to achieve their very best.   Other successes are quite simply amazing:
Our sporting achievements continue to be a talking point with medals and trophies in abundance. The children have yet again excelled themselves at swimming, cross country, hockey and cricket. Musically the children have been involved in the BBC ‘Ten Pieces’, Friday Afternoons at Snape, singing with the Phoenix Singers, performing in Church, at school and in Framlingham. Artistically and dramatically the children have been involved with many competitions both locally and nationally, have performed in front of parents and the local community in a variety of forms, for Year 6 culminating in our performance of ‘Hoodwinked’ at Framlingham College. Cookery has been a key theme this year with the opening of our new curriculum kitchen being utilised through lessons and the extremely popular cookery club.
Our School Arts Festival this summer was a tremendous opportunity for all children to be given the choice in performing as a group or as solo performers in front of an audience. The quality of the performances was outstanding and despite the weather you were a wonderfully supportive audience and gave it a real festival feel. Due to the positive feedback we have received we intend to run the festival every other year. The involvement in our Festival and the Celebration of Framlingham held at St Michael’s Church gave us case studies for the new Artsmark Award of which we are awaiting news.
The Schools Council, Eco Council and the newly formed Worship Group have worked hard this year to help increase everyone’s opportunity to learn. Our House Captains have been very busy organising sports, arts and inter-house experiences and we are very grateful for their contribution to our school.
Once again it has been a very positive year for the Parent Council who work hard to ensure communication remains of a high quality and for the ‘Friends’ who work tirelessly to support the school and enable us to give the children opportunities such as the terrific ‘Bassistry Arts’.
I would like to especially thank our wonderful team of volunteers who regularly give so much for our children. You add a richness to the lives of the children you help.
Particular thanks must be given to the staff who are leaving us this year. Mrs Dwyer, Miss Ashberry, Mr Vaughan, Mrs Spencer, and Mrs Seaward together, have influenced the lives of a generation of children from our school in their own inspirational ways. I know that they will be missed by the whole school community and we wish them every success for their futures.
Finally I would like to thank all the children of whom I am so proud  who have contributed so much to make sure that this has been another amazing year for Sir Robert Hitcham’s  CEVAP School.

I wish you all a very restful and enjoyable summer break.