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End of Term Newsletter April 15

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END OF SPRING TERM NEWSLETTER

Here we are at the end of yet another term, a term that brings to an end the old Arthur Bugler Infant and Junior Schools and one that brings us to the threshold of the new Arthur Bugler Primary School which will officially come into being on April 1st.  How exciting! 

This term has been a very short one and time has flown by but the children have achieved many things, both in their learning and in extra-curricular activities.  As always, all the children continue to be such a credit to the Arthur Bugler Schools in whatever they do.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff for their hard work and care for the children at our school.  Thank you too to all of you for your support throughout the term, the school community continues to be a real strength here at Arthur Bugler. 

There are a few things to share before we break up for the holidays:

Parent/Teacher Meetings:  Thank you for attending our Parent /Teacher meetings on the 18th March.  Almost every parent and carer came along to meet with the class teachers and to have a look at the children’s work in the classrooms.  We hope you found the sessions helpful, we certainly did.  We know also that the children enjoyed sharing all their work with you.  We are sure that you were all impressed by the work the children have done and by the progress that children have made – the school was certainly full of very proud children the next day!  There were also some delightful comments shared by parents and carers following the meetings, a big thank you for those as well.

Easter Activities:  Once again, we have had a very ‘eggsciting’ Easter time in school.  Easter Bonnets from Early Years to Year 3 were shared in a special assembly and those children from Years 4, 5 and 6 who made bonnets shared them with the rest of the school.  There was also an Easter Egg Hunt for children in the Infants, followed by an Easter party.  Well done to the children in both schools who were the winners of the Easter Bonnets competition.  The names of all the winners will be displayed on the School Websites.  It was a VERY difficult decision to decide upon the best ones because there were so many wonderful creations – so well done to every child who made a bonnet.  

PTA:  Thank you to the ABC and FAB for their continued hard work on behalf of us all.  They have helped to make this week special for the children in both schools by providing the party food for the Easter parties and the prizes for the Easter Raffle and the Easter Bonnets.  They also organised the discos in the Junior School and the visit from the Easter Bunny in the Infant School.  On behalf of all the children – thank you.  Thank you also to all of you who have given up your time and energy for fundraising on behalf of our schools.  Please do come along to get involved in PTA events for the new Primary School, it will be an ideal opportunity to get involved for the first time.

Attendance:  The class in the Junior School with the best attendance since the beginning of the school year is Moonstone Class (Mrs Cooper’s Year 3 class) with 97.9% attendance.   In the Infant School the class with the best attendance is Jade Class (Mrs Green’s Year 2 class) with 97.3%.   Attendance so far this year in the Junior School is 96.2% and in the Infant School it is 95.9%.   In the Juniors there are currently 38 pupils with 100% attendance since the beginning of the school year and 27 pupils in the Infant School – well done to all of those children.  Again, names will be put on the school websites.

School Football:  We are well known in Thurrock for having brilliant football teams, both boys and girls, and this term our teams have scaled dizzy heights.  The boys rounded off a great year with an emphatic victory over Stanford Primary and finished third in the league.  The boys also participated in a premier league event where they qualified for the finals tournament in London at the West Ham training facilities.  Every member of the team continually showed their impeccable core values throughout, for which they received many compliments from school staff and the tournament organisers themselves.  The Arthur Bugler girls have had their most successful season where they have once again become the Thurrock schools cup winners.  The girls have had some nail biting conclusions to their games, keeping all staff and parents on their toes.  They finished second in their league.  Well done to all our football teams and thanks to Mr Armstrong and our team of helpers.     

Building Works:  The Easter break will be a busy time for our building contractors.  The work between the schools will continue and work inside the school will get underway.  The internal work will all take place in the Infant School building, with a remodelling of the kitchen area and the foyer area next to the Infant School office.   However, there will be no changes to the temporary arrangements we have put into place during this half term and we will continue to use the Infant School building as the main entrance into the school and no cars will be allowed into the school premises, other than at the morning ‘drop off’ time.   

School Clubs:  School clubs will start once we are back to school after the Easter break.  Year 2 clubs will start on Monday 13th April.  God Story Club (for two weeks only) and Italian Club will also commence that week.  All Junior School clubs will commence with the exception of Gym Club (usually held on Wednesdays and Fridays) and Art Club.  We will let you know when these clubs are due to get underway once again. 

Finally … this is my last Newsletter and my final day at Arthur Bugler.  I want to say a huge thank you to everyone for making my time here the wonderful experience it has been.  Arthur Bugler is a very special place with a wonderful school community and I have had the privilege and the pleasure of being part of that over the past six and a half years.  I want to say a huge thank you to every pupil, member of staff, parent, carer and governor who have helped to make being Headteacher of Arthur Bugler Infants and Juniors the wonderful role it has been.  I am very sad to go and to say goodbye to all of you but I know Arthur Bugler Primary School will be an outstanding school and I know that in passing on the Headteacher baton to Mr Bryant, the school will be in very safe hands because, like me, he is going to be working alongside the whole Arthur Bugler school community team – and what a team that is!    Goodbye everyone, thank you for absolutely everything.   I expect to hear great things!

Have a great Easter break.  School opens again on Monday 13th April.

Ms Phillips 

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