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5th December 2022
Dear Parents and Carers
I write with news of some extremely hard work from so many of the children. They have made us so proud with some excellent learning behaviours and their own determination to do extremely well in all areas of the curriculum. It was lovely to see so many parents and carers take up the opportunity to meet their child’s teachers during the consultation evenings, so that you could share in the progress that your children have made since September.
I would also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of our staff and governors. Without all of their hard work and dedication, the children would not have had the range of opportunities they have had this year or made the levels of progress that they have.
We wish all of our families a happy and restful Christmas break. Please remember that Tuesday 3rd January is an INSET day so the children will return on Wednesday 4th January 2023 after the Christmas break. Monday 20th February is also an INSET day.
At the end of term we will sadly be saying goodbye to some members of staff who have contributed a huge amount to Kingsham Primary School.
We say a huge thank you to Emma Bruce who has made a significant contribution to the school in her two years with us. Emma will remain with us as a governor and we are very grateful to retain her passion and dedication on our local governing body. Miss Johnson joins us as the class teacher in Birch class from January. I am sure you will join me in giving her a warm Kingsham welcome.
Lisa Kirby is leaving to go and work for the NHS. Her smile and her joy with the children will really be missed. She has made a significant impact on so many children and staff over her 5 years with us. We have been very lucky to have had her work at Kingsham Primary School.
Davina Key will be working with families at the local authority from January. In the short time she has been with us, Davina has worked wonders with the children in Ash class. We are extremely grateful for everything she has done.
Finally, Lucy Goman leaves us at the end of the term. Following a period of time with us on a college placement last academic year, we have been really lucky to have her work with us this term in Beech class.
We wish all of them the very best.
Year 5/6 Football team can be incredibly proud of themselves. They won their group in the Chichester locality football tournament and played beautifully. They missed out on the final by conceding a goal in the very last minute but represented the school so well. We are very proud of the whole squad.
The children loved their skipping opportunities with Dan the Skipping Man. It is lovely to see so many children skipping in the playground during their break and lunchtimes.
Year 5/6 Dodgeball team gave a great account of themselves and came 6th out of 14 teams at their tournament at Westgate leisure centre.
From Monday, the children will be able to bring their Christmas cards into school for our elves to deliver to the children across the school. The letterbox will remain outside of Mr Williams’ office for the children to post the cards. Please make sure the recipient’s full name and class are written on the envelope.
School Trip to the British Museum
On 8th November, Year 3 and 4 enjoyed an incredible trip to the British Museum in London. The discussions that I have had with children about their learning of Ancient Civilisations, having visited the museum, have been unbelievable. I am so pleased they have taken so much from the opportunity. Well done Year 3/4 team.
Thank you to all of our families who donated to Children in Need for our sponsored walk on the 18th November. We all had such a wonderful afternoon completing our laps of the field and raising money for a good cause too.
Thank you also for your generous donations to the JDRF – Sweets in the Jar. I am very proud that we can support this charity that means so much to one of our families in particular.
Thank a member of staff
As I am sure you are aware, we have an incredibly hardworking team of professionals at Kingsham Primary School. I am incredibly proud of all of them and what they achieve for our children every day. If you would like to say a particular thank you to any member of staff, you can click on this link to send a message that I know would be hugely appreciated: https://thankateacher.co.uk/thank-a-teacher/thank-a-teacher-form/
If you use the email@example.com email address, they will happily forward any virtual thank you cards on.
Parking at School
We have received some complaints from parents and local residents about the parking in front of the school. Can we please encourage all of our families to park responsibly and to never occupy the yellow lines in front of the school? We must prioritise the safety of our children and ensure we do everything to ensure that childrens’ journeys to and from school are as safe as they can be.
We have contacted the parking enforcement wardens in Chichester who will patrol the area regularly.
Just a reminder that there will be no clubs in the last week of term so the last club will run on Friday 9th December. We will let you know early in the new year about Club opportunities for the Spring Term.
As you know, last year the children of Kingsham Primary School read over 101 million words!! We are currently up to 27 480 752 words.
Please continue to support us by:
When this is done five times a week, it makes a massive difference!
Christmas Carol Singing at the Market Cross
A huge well done to all of the children who represented the school so well by singing at the Market Cross on 30th November. Mrs Hennessy was extremely proud of the children and we were very lucky to have had the support of a number of parents – thank you to you.
I received this message from someone who saw the children:
“I was walking through town yesterday and stopped to listen to your pupils singing carols.
Please pass on to them a huge WELL DONE !
They were amazing with joyful expressions, moving to the rhythm and spreading joy.
Wishing you all a lovely Christmas and well done to everyone involved!”
Here are the dates in the lead up to Christmas for our families to be aware of:
Tuesday 6th December
School Christmas Disco (EY and KS1 4pm – 5pm, KS2 5:30pm – 6:30pm)
Thursday 8th December
Christmas Jumper Day
Year 3 and 4 Carol Concert straight after school.
Friday 9th December
Year 5 and 6 Carol Concert at St George’s church, Cleveland Road
Monday 12th December
Reception children’s nativity 2pm
Tuesday 13th December
Key Stage 1 Christmas performance – 9:30am
Wednesday 14th December
Reception children’s nativity – 9:30am
Key Stage 1 Christmas performance – 2pm
Thursday 15th December
Non-uniform Day for all. Class parties.
Friday 16th December
Final Day of Term. Finish time 3:05pm
With my very best wishes and Merry Christmas.
Mr Lee Dallinger