Friday 20th November Newsletter

20 November 2015

~~Welcome to this week’s newsletter.

Firstly, the bad news…

As you will be aware we are planning to open a Nursery Class for three year olds and upwards, and as you might be aware our application has been with the DfE since June. Well we have received word this week that strongly indicates that we will be given permission to open the Nursery, unfortunately it won’t be in January 2016 as we had hoped. We have to provide some additional evidence to the DfE that means we won’t have final word until December or possibly January. We will now be looking to open our Nursery as early in 2016 as we possibly can, and we will give you the exact date as soon as we have it.

It has been a wet and windy week but the children’s spirits haven’t been dampened.

On Wednesday the children from year 4 represented Belthorn at a Sing Up event and St. Thomas’ school. The children looked great in their black and gold outfits and performed brilliantly.
 Poppy: “Our song was called Black and Gold and we had to sing it on our own. I think we were slightly better than the others because we knew our song without the words.  I really enjoyed the warm up songs. “
Dara: “I enjoyed being with other schools and singing. Everyone was good, but I agree with Poppy. I liked the songs where you had to sing different parts.”
If you heard the children singing in assembly today, I’m sure you’ll agree that they were wonderful. Well done Year 4

PTFA news
There will be a PTFA meeting on Tuesday 24th November in school. The meeting will begin at 7pm and shouldn’t last more than an hour. We will be discussing the Christmas fair, and welcome any new parents.
On 27th November we will be having a non-uniform day in return for an item of chocolate for our chocolate tombola.
If any parents, grandparents or family members are willing to help on the day of the fair (Saturday 5th December) we would be very grateful. You don’t have to stay for the whole event; an hour of your time would be wonderful. If you are not available on the day, but could help set up on Friday 4th December, or could wrap presents at home, please come and see us. All the money raised will be put back into the school to enhance the children’s learning experiences.
Gift shop and coffee morning will be next Friday – 27th November. Everyone welcome.

~~And finally…

School closure in the event of bad weather.

Our school policy is to keep open in bad weather. However, if the conditions present a danger to staff and pupils getting to school, then we have to close. In the case of extreme weather and a forced closure, please listen out for announcements on The Bee and 2BR local radio stations, along with BBC Radio Lancashire. In addition all parents should receive a text message through the school messaging service and a updates will be posted on the school website. It is very important we have your up to date information and contact numbers to help us get information to you as efficiently as we can.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs Rowan and Mr Tilley