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December 14 Newsletter

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What a busy term we have all had and again one that has simply flown by.  Exciting things have been happening in all the classrooms throughout the term and the children have achieved so much throughout the school.   We work together as one school now in very many ways and I know the children certainly feel part of one Arthur Bugler School.   Our ‘official’ amalgamation will happen on April 1st 2015, on which date we will legally become Arthur Bugler Primary School.  Our new Headteacher, John Bryant, will start on that date but he has already commenced weekly visits to the school so that we can ensure a very smooth transition and handover.  Sadly, there has been a delay with our building works because of a few further complications with planning and awarding the contract.  However that has now all been resolved and building should start just after February half term and is due to be completed towards the end of the Summer term.  We will of course keep you up to date with any further developments.

Thank you to all of you who came along to St Margaret’s Church to join in the Years 5 and 6 Christmas celebration and those of you who came along to the school to join in with all the other year group Christmas celebrations.  The children certainly did a wonderful job with all their productions and it has certainly helped to put us all in the Christmas mood.  Well done to all the children, as always they do the school proud!

 We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff for their continued hard work and care for the children at our school.  Thanks too to all of you for your support throughout the term.  Once again we have been busy showing prospective new parents around our school and we always tell them how lucky we are to have such good support from our parents and carers and at Arthur Bugler we really do have a whole school community working together for all the children.

 Thank you too to all the members of the Arthur Bugler Carers and Friends of Arthur Bugler.  Our PTAs have worked very hard throughout this term in their efforts to raise money for our schools.  Once again they have made this Christmas at school very special for all the children.  They have organised the Christmas Shopping Day in the Infant School and the Christmas Shopping Week in the Junior School and have organised and helped out at the Christmas parties and discos.  In the Infants they even asked Santa if he would come and visit our school.  From the monies raised from the Adventure Island wristbands, the PTAs were able to fund the Christmas Panto visit in both schools.  Thank you to all of you who have been involved with ABC and FAB this term – all of us really appreciate everything you do!

 Thank you too to our School Governors.  We have a brilliant Governing Body who work behind the scenes for both schools.  They have been very busy meeting about our future amalgamation and supporting the schools in a wide variety of ways in their monitoring role – thank you to all of them for the time they give up to carry out this important role.

 We must also say thank you to those parents, grandparents and family friends who come into school every week to support the children with their reading or who come in to help with the library and other activities.  Thank you too to all the parents and grandparents who have helped with sporting events and have come along to cheer our teams on.  Again we really appreciate your support.

 Well done too to the Junior School Choir who have represented the school around the local community so well and brought many smiles to those who have been able to listen to them sing.  Well done also to all our sports teams and our cross country runners who have achieved great things this term.

 As we have said, it has been a very busy term with great things happening around the school.  Each class teacher and Learning Support Assistant were asked to choose their ‘Achievers’ for the whole term.  Do have a look at both school websites to see which children were chosen and which children were our Lunchtime Award winners too.   Also on the Website is the list of the children who achieved 100% attendance this term.

 As you all know, it is very important that children attend school at all times.  The Government consider 95% attendance to be satisfactory but it is important that we aim to make attendance the best we can.  In the Junior School the whole school attendance is 96.3% and in the Infant School 95.9%.  The classes with the best attendance are Moonstone (Y3) with 98.3% and Jade (Y2) with 97.5%.  Well done to both classes.  Please do encourage your child to try and achieve 100% attendance. In the Junior School this term we have 66 100% attendance achievers and 55 in the Infant School.  Well done to 4LTC and to Mrs McAllister’s class and to all of our 100% attendance achievers. 

 Fingers crossed that in the New Year we will not have any extreme weather conditions this year but just in case!  When the weather is severe we do everything we can to stay open but try to make our decision as to whether the schools will be open as early as we possibly can.  We will always make a joint decision for both schools and will then update the School Websites as soon as possible.  We will also let you know by Parentmail or by Text in the Infants and by tweet in the Juniors.  If the schools are closed this will also be reported on BBC Radio Essex 95.3 or 103.5 or on SX Heart 95.6 or 102.6.  If the schools are open, please do try to bring your child to school if it is safe to do so.  If you need a little more time to get here, don’t worry, we would rather see you and your child arrive safely.

 When we get back after the school holidays, please remember that you can only drive into the school premises in the morning if you are using the morning ‘drop off’.  There should be no parking on the school premises at any time unless you have arranged to do so.  At the end of the school day please remember that only those carers who have disabled blue badges will be allowed access to the car park.  Please do not follow other vehicles into the school car park at the end of the day if you are not in possession of a relevant blue badge.  Please also remember at all times to drive safely in the car park.

 Just a reminder that the children return to school on Tuesday 6th January 2015 at the normal time.

 Finally ….

 Happy Christmas holidays to everyone and very best wishes for a happy and healthy new year from all of us at the Arthur Bugler schools.




Ms K Phillips, Mr G Thomas and Miss L Glandfield