Dear Parents

It was so lovely seeing everybody come into school looking extremely smart on Monday morning ready for their school photo. We are sure that these will make lovely gifts for your families.
House meetings also took place on Monday with each of the House captains talking about what it meant to be in their house. They also voted on which charity they would like to raise money for this year. Each house will hold two fundraisers across the year. Herstmonceux are the first to announce their fundraiser. They have asked us all to wear our Halloween costumes next Friday, not scary please, and to pay £1 which will go towards their charity, RNLI. We have also organised a pumpkin hunt within school with a treat as a prize.

‘Teach on the Beach’ continued on Tuesday with a trip with Year 3. It was incredibly windy and the children found it exciting seeing the crashing waves. They collected different materials from the beach and in their groups created pictures with them. They were very imaginative and we had lots of fun although we got a little wet on the walk back to school!

Herstmonceux Science Centre are visiting today and Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are attending workshops with lots of exciting exhibits. I’m sure they will have lots to say about it at the end of the day so please do ask them about it.

My library team met with me today to put our first author feature display up in the library. As we are celebrating Black History Month at school next week our first author will be Malorie Blackman. We have some of her fantastic books for the children to come and borrow from the library and our display will be up for the rest of the term for the children to find out about this great author.

The winners of the Michael Morpurgo reading challenge from last year were finally celebrated in our Good Work Assembly this week. Anya Price read 56 books and was awarded a special prize of a lovely hardback copy of the Railway Children by E. Nesbit for this amazing achievement! Well done Anya. She and Freya Hollis (who read 25 books, her prize will be sent to her) won a £10 book token each. Runners up were Fraser Price and Isabella Kreel who read four books each.

We are thrilled to be joined by the outstanding multi-instrumentalist, Charlotte Glasson, next Monday morning, who is offering instrumental lessons on the violin, flute, clarinet and saxophone. More details to follow.

I was approached this week with an excellent piece of poetry created for National Poetry Day from Fraser, our Head Boy, in Year 6, which I would like to share with you ….

Harvest Moon Equinox
As I look upon the illuminous sky I see the angelic glowing orb that
sits upon the moonlit sea and rises to meet the stars who fly
across the black abyss of space. I am submerged in its glow.
I float up to its face of blinding light to meet its glare…I am gone.

We wish you a great weekend.

Best wishes

Mrs Gane and Ms Hayward