Weekly Update : 17 September

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Dear Parents/Carers,

With it being a shorter week this past week there is little new information in this week’s update. 

Volunteer surveys were issued yesterday and we would really appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete these if you are able to.

Tomorrow is the final Soccer 7’s event of the year for P5-7 pupils and this is being held at the KGV in Portree.  All those participating will receive their letters and strips today.  We are very grateful to Mischa Constant, Mark MacLeod and John Urquhart for helping out with this event.

Next Saturday, 25th August, the Community Fling event is being held in Portree, hosted by the Light Up Portree Committee.  This is an event for the whole family and our Parent Council will provide a stall to start off their fundraising for the year.  Posters with ticket information were emailed to parents earlier in the week.

Flu vaccinations will take place on Friday 29th October.  Any outstanding forms should be returned to the school as soon as possible.

Please continue to notify us of all of the many achievements being made outside of school no matter how small.  If they are important to pupils, they are important to us.  Each of these is recorded on a WOW certificate and 5 house points given out.  As many out of school activities resume, we love to hear what everyone is up to!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 10 September

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Here we are at Friday again.  In addition to separate emails that have been sent out this week, there are a few reminders included below;

Long Weekend

This coming Monday, 13th September and Tuesday, 14th September are inset days.  While staff will be taking part in training, there will be no school for pupils.  We look forward to welcoming you all back on Wednesday 15th September.

Flu Vaccinations

Our date for flu vaccinations has now been confirmed as Friday 29th October.  If you have not already, please return these permission forms to the school office in order that they can be sent on to the school nursing team.

ASN

We are fortunate at Portree Primary School to have a variety of support in place for pupils with Additional Support Needs.  Pupils who are receiving additional support are being contacted by teaching staff to provide you with information around the nature of support that pupils are receiving and also the staff who are delivering that support.  For information around the Highland Council Additional Support Needs policies, please visit the Highland Council website; https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/886/schools_-_additional_support_needs

Water Bottles

It remains essential that all pupils have a water bottle with them each day.  Please note that only water is to be consumed in classrooms throughout the day.  While juice is permitted at lunch and snack time, bottles in class should contain water only.

PE kit and Football Strips

Just a reminder that with the exception of National Strips, Football colours are not to be worn in school.  We appreciate that pupils are keen to wear these but thank you for your understanding that these are not permitted during the school day for PE etc.  We are still asking that pupils come to school in their kit on PE days but also remind parents that school jumpers must still be worn.

Makaton Sign of the Week

As part of our whole school initiative to learn Makaton, we continue to introduce three new signs each week.  The signs this week are: home, school and wash hands and graphics for these are attached above.

Please continue to get in touch with any questions or concerns that you have. We wish you all a lovely long weekend.

Regards,

Sara

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Weekly Update : 27 August

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Dear Parents and Carers,

The priority of this week’s update is to remind everyone that we are currently facing a very challenging time in regards to COVID in Highland Schools.  You are aware that our own school has been affected this week and we endeavour to keep you as informed as possible.  As a school, our first port of call with any suspected cases is the Highland Health Protection Team.  Once we have passed over to them, we take all of our actions at their guidance.  As you can appreciate, they are completely inundated at the moment, however, our guidance is very clear that we cannot proceed with advice or actions that have not been approved by them.  I appreciate that the current spike of cases in general and particularly in our local area, causes concern.  Please be reassured that we share those concerns and are following our protocols entirely in our responses to this.

We thank you for your ongoing cooperation in adhering to both the school risk assessments and the national advice.  The Highland Council, this week, issued the following reminder which includes information about wider symptoms;

As well as being vigilant for symptoms, families and school pupils and staff are advised to remain cautious and continue to take all necessary precautions as directed by NHS.

  • Wear face masks (unless exempt)
  • Regular handwashing
  • Testing using LFD tests when you have no symptoms, twice weekly is recommended

No one should attend school if they are experiencing symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms are typically:

  • A new continuous cough
  • High temperature or fever
  • Loss or change in taste or smell

People with COVID-19 can present with a wide range of symptoms including headache, sore muscles and joints and tiredness, sore throat, cold like symptoms and diarrhoea and vomiting. Anyone that becomes unwell should isolate immediately and seek a PCR test.

The full statement can be found at https://www.highland.gov.uk/news/article/13899/localised_covid-19_outbreaks_affecting_many_schools_across_highland

Emergency Contact Forms

Update forms were issued to all pupils earlier this week and we ask for these to be returned with any corrections as soon as possible.  At any point in the year, should your contact details change, please notify us so that our records can be kept up to date.

Flu Vaccination Forms

The annual flu vaccination programme in schools will soon be getting under way and pupils have been sent home with consent forms this week.  The school nursing team will be collecting these from the office next week and we would appreciate having them back as soon as possible.

Crossing Patrol

We continue to have staff shortages for Crossing Patrol and are now always able to ensure that these location are manned. We ask that you continue to use vigilance and extra caution at all crossings.  A huge thank you to Simon Fraser who volunteered to help us out this week at the Home Farm Crossing – this have been a tremendous help and is very much appreciated by the entire school community!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 20th August

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Dear Parents/Carers,

And just like that, week one is done!  It has been an absolute pleasure to welcome pupils back to school this week and to see their enthusiasm in starting a new school year.  There are just a few items in this week’s update;

Personal Belongings

For at least the next 6 weeks, we are to adhere to the mitigations that were in place in June which includes limiting items brought from home to school to only essential items. This includes toys and pencil cases. We appreciate that this is disappointing for pupils and are hopeful that restrictions will allow this in time.  We thank you for your cooperation with this in the meantime.

Soccer 7’s

Several of our P5-7 pupils will represent the school at the Soccer 7’s tournament in Kyleakin tomorrow and we wish them well.  We are grateful to Mischa Constant and Brendan Clancy for volunteering to coach the teams at this event.  The next tournament takes place in Portree on Saturday 4th September and we will be looking for a parent volunteer to take on a coaching role at this event. If anyone would be happy to help with this, please get in touch.

Friday Arrangements

Just a reminder that we will now finish at 12.45 on a Friday with the exception of pupils who take school transport.  Grab and Go lunches will be available from the canteen for pupils to take away with them, however, there will not be a lunch hour at school on a Friday.  Pupils who travel on school transport will be supervised to eat their lunches at school until the buses and taxis arrive to collect them.

School Improvement Plan

While attainment and recovery continue to be our upmost priority, we are required to submit our annual improvement plan to the Council.  This plan is currently being drafted, however, our three areas of priority above recovery will be our Eco agenda (including our quest for a Green Flag), Community Engagement and Digital Technology.  We look forward to sharing further plans on these priorities with you over the coming term.

For those of you who are new to Portree Primary School, we welcome you and hope to soon be in a position to offer opportunities for you to visit the school and to become involved in the school community.  In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or queries you may have, either with class teachers or directly with myself.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Regards,

Sara

Update : 11 June

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Dear Parents/Carers,

First of all, a huge well done to all of our pupils and thanks to all of those who supported our Race for Life Event yesterday.  As usual, pupils embraced this challenge with enthusiasm and it was a joy to see!  Over £1000 has been raised for Cancer Research UK which is fantastic!

As is often the case in June, there are several events happening over the next couple of weeks that we wish to highlight;

30th Anniversary Celebrations

On Monday, we will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of PPS.  We are hoping, weather permitting, to celebrate with a playground party on Monday afternoon.  Pupils have been learning a dance, choreographed by Ailsa at Skyedance which we will all perform as part of our celebration.  Cake and Ice cream will be served and everyone is encouraged to wear their party clothes on Monday.  RadioSkye will be featuring the celebrations as part of their drive time show on Monday which will feature interviews by staff and pupils.

School Picnic

On Thursday 17th June, we hope to hold our school picnic.  The canteen will provide a picnic themed lunch at the school and we will then take each class down to the King George V pitch for an afternoon of games.  Pupils will remain in their class groupings for the duration of the event to adhere to our risk assessment.  We wish to use this day to support the work of the local foodbank and pupils are encouraged to take in a food donation if they wish.  We have been in touch with the Foodbank to see if there are particular items they are short of at the moment and will share that information as we get it.

End of Term

A reminder that we will break up for the summer holiday on Friday 25th June at noon.  Transport providers are not able to adjust schedules and parents are asked to make arrangements to collect children at noon.

Summer Payments to Families

Eligible families will receive support to help with meals over the summer school holidays. The payment will be made to the Parent or Carer whom is noted as first point of contact by the school,  as shared by the Parent or Carer. Please contact the school if you need to update any information previously shared with the us.

Transition

We were very disappointed to have to cancel our transition activities again this week and are very understanding of the anxiety that the uncertainty around classes for next year is causing.  I have been in touch with our Area Education Manager again today and he has confirmed that this is council wide and that no schools have been able to confirm staffing yet for next year.  The only guarantee is that staffing will be known by the end of session.  You will be aware of our current circumstances in regard to composite class possibilities and what I have agreed this morning is that we will issue letters on Monday indicating which class your child/ren will be in should we have to go down the composite class route.  Please note that this is not yet guaranteed but I feel that you should have as much notice as possible of what the change, if required, might entail.  This is an ever changing situation and we will keep you informed as this develops.  We thank you for your understanding and support through this.

Please be in touch with any questions or concerns you may have.

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 4 June

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Just a couple of items to bring your attention to this week.  We are hopeful that we will have further information around staffing and classes for next session over the course of next week.

As a reminder, Monday is an additional inset day and pupils will not be in school.

Next Wednesday we will hold our Race For Life to raise money for Cancer Research.  As with all fundraising organisations, there has been a significant impact on their ability to raise money over the past year and we are hopeful that this event will help in that endeavour. Pupils can choose to walk or run the course which will be set around the KGV pitch in Portree and are encouraged to dress as “heroes” to help us mark the year that has passed.  Pupils will have the opportunity to run in honour of someone special and will have the opportunity to  write a race card to wear on the day. Donations are very welcome and can be brought in on the day or donated online via https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/portree-primary-school

All pupils will receive a medal on completion of the course.

Monday 14th June is the 30th Anniversary of PPS.  Pupils are encouraged to wear their party clothes to school and we will celebrate with a playground party in the afternoon.  Skyedance are preparing a dance for us all to learn to a top hit from 1991 (the year the school opened)and this will be performed all together as part of our celebrations.  Radio Skye will be helping us with their PA system in the afternoon and will feature the celebrations on air later in the afternoon, including interviews by pupils.

We will issue 3 new Makaton signs early next week once these have been introduced to the pupils.

Again, we hope to issue further information next week and in the meantime we wish you all a lovely long weekend!

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 28 May

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Dear Parents/Carers,

As hard as it is to believe, this is our last May update.  There no new items to make you aware of this week and the dates for term are highlighted at the bottom of this email.

Sports Day was held on Wednesday and pupils are all to be commended on such a fantastic day.  Their enthusiasm and enjoyment were evident throughout the event and it really was a great day.  A special thanks to Miss Deplano, Mrs Murray and Sarah Ross (Active Schools) for coordinating and also to the P7 helpers who assisted so ably with the infant event!

Reports will be sent home to all pupils today and parents are asked to complete parent comment sheet and return these to school as soon as possible.

We are hoping to have updates on staffing and classes for next year shortly and will share these as soon as they are available.

As always, please be in touch with any questions or concerns

Regards,

Sara

Known Dates for Term 4

Friday 28th May                 Reports Home for all pupils

Saturday 5th June              Soccer 7’s Broadford

Monday 7th June               Additional inset day

Wednesday 9th June        Bikeability (P7)

Race for Life

Fridays  11,18 June          In School transition days

Monday 14th June            30th Anniversary Celebrations

Wednesday 16th June      Bikeability (P7)

Thursday 17th June           School Picnic

Tuesday 15th                       Profiles sent home

Friday 25th June                 Last Day of Term 12noon finish

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 21 May

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Dear Parents/Carers,

As another quick week passes, please see notices below about upcoming events and arrangements.

Makaton

In order to prepare for a new pupil joining us in August, we are taking a whole school approach to learning Makaton.  All staff at school have recently been trained and each week, we will be introducing three “Signs of the Week”.  Each week, we will use our parent update to inform you of which signs we have focussed on.  Graphics will be attached for your reference and YouTube is a fantastic resource for demonstrations of the signs.  This week’s signs are sit down, help and finished. Please ask pupils about this and encourage them in this new form of communication.

School Trips

It was our intention to run school trips for all classes on 1st June, however, due to COVID restrictions, we have had to cancel the coaches that were arranged as transportation.  We very much hope that we can postpone until sometime next session and realise how disappointing this is.  We will endeavour to find something more local to give children an end of term treat in a different context.  We are very grateful to the Parent Council who had agreed to fund the transportation and look forward to planning something once the circumstances allow.

Parent Council

Due to technical difficulties (on my part, completely), the Parent Council meeting that was scheduled for this past Tuesday, has been rescheduled for Monday 24th May at 6.30pm.  All are most welcome to join the meeting via Mircosoft Teams Click here to join the meeting

Sports Day

Sports Day will take place for all pupils this coming Wednesday 26th May.  Due to current restrictions this event is not open to spectators.  Please ensure that all pupils come to school in PE kit, with a water bottle and waterproof clothing or suncream, if required.  A rain date of 2nd June is in the diary  just in case.

Transition Mornings

In school transition morning will take place on 11th and 18th June.  We had hoped to run this over three weeks but have been advised by the Council that staffing will not likely be confirmed in time for the 4th of June.  On these mornings, pupils will spend the mornings in their new classes.  Current nursery pupils, who are joining P1 in August will also attend on these days.  As previously stated, there is a strong possibility that we will be moving to composite classes next session and will update you as soon as we have further information about this.

While Portree High School are still hopeful to be able to offer in person transition for our P7’s, they are awaiting confirmation of this.

Race for Life – donations and sponsor tags

We will be holding a school wide Race for Life event on Wednesday 9th June to raise money for cancer research.  Pupils can choose to walk or run the course which will be set around the KGV pitch in Portree and are encouraged to dress as “heroes” to help us mark the year that has passed.  Pupils will have the opportunity to run in honour of someone special and will have the opportunity to  write a race card to wear on the day. Donations are very welcome and can be brought in on the day or donated online via https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/portree-primary-school

Reports

Annual reports for all pupils will be issued next Friday.  The reporting format is slightly different from last year and a letter explaining the format is attached above.  In the absence of Open Afternoon opportunities this year, we will be sending profiles home on Tuesday 15th June for parents to view and comment on before returning them to school.

Soccer 7’s

Well done to everyone who took part in last week’s tournament.  It was fantastic to see so many young people getting back out there with such positive attitudes and enthusiasm! The next soccer 7’s take place in Kyleakin on Saturday 5th June and we still require volunteers to help coach teams on the day. Please get in touch if you would be able to help out with this.

Camanachd Association Cup

Skye Camanachd have entered a primary school team into the upcoming Camanachd Association Cup.  A team made up of players from around the Island will compete in the first round of this tournament on Monday 24th May. Harry Speed, P6 will be representing PPS on this team.

With school led activities not yet able to start, Skye Camanachd have also invited P5-7 players to join in training sessions to open up the opportunity to get back to shinty.  P5-7 parents have been emailed with further details about this. We are very grateful to Skye Camanachd for this opportunity!

Friday Finish Next Session

From August, school will close at 12.45 for all pupils each Friday.  Grab and Go lunches will be offered for those who wish to take one home with them and bus pupils will be supervised until their normal collection time.  These details are still to be worked out with the transport companies.

Important Dates

Monday 24th May            Assembly –  P6 leading

Wednesday 26th May      Sports Day

Friday 28th May                Reports Home for all pupils

Wednesday 2nd June        Sports Day (Rain Date)

Monday 7th June               Additional inset day

Fridays  11th,18th June   In School transition days

Wednesday 9th June        Bikeability (P7)

Race for Life

Monday 14th June            30th Anniversary Celebrations

Wednesday 16th June      Bikeability (P7)

Thursday 17th June           School Picnic

Tuesday 15th                     Profiles sent home

Friday 25th June                Last Day of Term 12noon finish

As always, please feel free to get in touch with any questions you may have.

Regards,

Sara

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Weekly Update : 14 May

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Dear Parents and Carers,

As we come to the end of another week, there are just a few items to make you aware of;

Notice of Absence

Pupil absences are now required to be followed up on a daily basis.  Where we have not heard of a reason for absence, these will now be recorded as unauthorised absences.  Please continue to use email with class teachers or by phoning the office to notify us of each absence.  Where we have not heard, staff will be in touch to follow up.

PE Provision

The most recently updated position statement has indicated that indoor non-contact PE can now take place indoors.  While we will still endeavour to have pupils outside as much as possible, this is very welcome news to staff and pupils.

Staffing

Today we will wish Sonia, our school cook, well as she leaves PPS to start her new job.  We will miss her terribly but look forward to welcoming Corinna Campbell who will be with us until the summer term while the post is recruited.

Below you will see an update list of events for this term and there are a few that I would like to highlight and provide further information on;

Parent Council- The parent council meet on Tuesday at 6.30pm via Microsoft Teams.  The link for joining the meeting is below.  All parents are welcome to attend. Click here to join the meeting

Race For Life – We will be holding a school wide Race for Life event on Wednesday 9th June to raise money for cancer research.  Pupils can choose to walk or run the course which will be set around the KGV pitch in Portree and are encouraged to dress as “heroes” to help us mark the year that has passed.  Donations are very welcome and can be brought in on the day or donated online via https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/portree-primary-school

PPS 30th Anniversary – Monday 14th June will mark 30 years since Portree Primary School was officially opened.  While we hoped to mark this with a  large event, current restrictions have dictated otherwise.  We will be holding a birthday party in school that afternoon with cake, ice cream, bunting and some dancing.  All pupils will be encouraged to wear party clothes that day.

Soccer 7s – This Saturday the Skye and Lochalsh Junior Football Association are holding the first of this years Soccer 7’s at the King George Pitch in Portree.  This is for pupils in P5-7 and those involved have received notices home.  While we have not yet been able to start after school activities as usual, we will be relying on parental support for “coaching” at events such as these.  The next event takes place on Saturday 5th June in Broadford and I would be delighted to hear from any parents who would be willing to coach a team at this event.  Spectators are currently not permitted at these sporting events.

End of Term – While it is still awhile off, school will close on Friday 25th June at 12noon.  Stagecoach are not able to alter their bus timetables on this date so parents are asked to make arrangements to collect their children.  Grab and Go lunches will be available from the canteen for those who wish.

Wednesday 18th May      P7 Outward Bound afternoon

Monday 24th May            Assembly P6

Wednesday 26th May      Sports Day

Friday 28th May                 Reports Home for all pupils

Tuesday 1st June               School Trips (TBC)

Wednesday 2nd June        Sports Day (Rain Date)

Fridays 4, 11,18 June      In School transition days (TBC)

Monday 7th June               Additional inset day

Wednesday 9th June        Bikeability (P7)

Race for Life

Monday 14th June            30th Anniversary Celebrations

Wednesday 16th June      Bikeability (P7)

Thursday 17th June           School Picnic

Tuesday 15th                       Profiles sent home

Friday 25th June                 Last Day of Term 12noon finish

As always, please be in touch with any questions or queries you may have.

Regards,

Sara

Weekly Update : 7 May

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Following on from meetings held during yesterday’s inset day, there are quite a few items to bring to your attention this week;

In School Transition

We feel that is very important to create opportunities for a thorough transition this year in preparation for next session, especially seeing as many pupils have been in their current classrooms and with their current teachers over the past two sessions.  With this in mind, we intend to run 3 transition mornings on 4th, 11th and 18th June.  On these dates  pupils will spend the mornings in their proposed classes for the start of next session.  We currently await final decisions around staffing and allocations for next session but there is a possibility that we will require to move to composite classes and information around this will be shared as soon as it is confirmed.

We are also hopeful that it will be possible to nursery pupils to have an in person transition this year and also that P7’s will have a chance for a transition visit to Portree High School. Further details will be issued as these are confirmed.

Homework

In normal circumstances, we aim to reduce homework for all pupils during this summer term.  While we will reduce homework this term, certain tasks will continue to be assigned due to the large amount of time lost due to lockdown.  As a whole school, reading will continue for all classes and in addition, class teachers will determine other areas of focus for homework that they feel is most beneficial for the learners in their classes.  This will differ across classes and will continue to be assigned through Google Classrooms.

RSHE

Pupils in Primary 5-7 will take part in Relationships and Sexual Health lessons as part of their Health and Wellbeing Curriculum this term.  Further information around this will be shared with parents next week.

Additional Summer Dates

You will find below, an updated list of upcoming dates for this term. 

Tuesday 18th May – Outward Bound session for P7 – Given that all P7’s have missed out on transition activities this year, the council are providing a half day of activities for all pupils.  These sessions will combine pupils from other Skye schools.  Our session will take place on Tuesday 18th May, combined with Knockbreck Primary School.  Further information will be sent out to P7 parents next week.

Tuesday 19th May – The Parent Council will hold their termly meeting via Microsoft Teams.  A link will be shared with parents closer to the time and all parents are welcome to attend.

Monday 7th June – the council have confirmed an additional inset day for the 7th June and schools will be closed to pupils.

Wednesday 9th June – Race for Life – we have registered to hold a whole school Race for Life event in support of Cancer Research.  We will set up a Just Giving page where pupils can be sponsored for their participation.  This is an optional event and pupils can choose to walk or run the course which will be set up around the King George pitch.  The theme for the day will be Heroes and pupils are encouraged to dress up accordingly.

Monday 14th June  – this date marks 30 years since Portree Primary School was opened.  We plan to hold an afternoon birthday party in the playground with ice cream, cake, dancing and bunting.  Further details will follow and pupils will be asked to come to school in their party clothes to help us celebrate the occasion.

Thursday 17th June – School Picnic – Each year the canteen have a summer theme picnic day.  While this date is yet to be confirmed, we plan for the pupils to have their picnic themed lunch at school as per usual and then to take them down to the King George for the afternoon.  We would encourage pupils to take in a food donation for the Foodbank on this day, if they wish.

Thursday 24th June – Prize giving – while we will still not be in a position to have parents in school, we plan to hold our Prize giving on Thursday 24th June at 2pm.  While this will be held in person for pupils, parents would be welcome to join us, virtually via a Google Meet link.

Friday 25th June – Last Day of Term – school will finish for the session on Friday 25th June at the earlier time of 12noon.  Stagecoach are not able to provide earlier buses that day.  Pupils who normally travel on a Stagecoach service should make alternate arrangements for collection that day.  This is the same for all three schools in Portree.

Known Dates for Term 4

Monday 10th May            Assembly P5

Tuesday 18th May            P7 Outward Bound afternoon

Tuesday 18th May            Parent Council meeting (virtual) 6.30pm

Monday 24th May            Assembly P6

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Wednesday 26th May      Sports Day

Wednesday 2nd June        Sports Day (Rain Date)

Monday 7th June               Inset Day

Fridays 4, 11,18 June      In School transition days

Friday 28th May                 Reports Home for all pupils

Monday 7th June               Assembly P7

Wednesday 9th June        Race For Life – Heroes theme

Monday 14th June            30th Birthday Celebrations

Tuesday 15th June           Profiles sent home

Thursday 17th June           School Picnic

Thursday 24th June           Prize giving 2pm (broadcast virtually for parents)

Friday 25th June                 Last Day of Term – 12noon close

As always, please get in touch with any queries or concerns you may have.

Regards,

Sara