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Newsletter – 20 December

21st December, 2021

Message from the Headteacher

Thank you very much to everyone who volunteered, donated or attended the very successful Christmas Fair last week – the PTA raised an impressive £1,100.

We are also very grateful to the Harrison family and the Higginbottom family for their sterling work filling the skip on Friday! After numerous trips back and forth with arms and wheelbarrows full of rubbish (and judicious use of an angle grinder) the huge pile of discarded items has disappeared and the skip is full!

As you will have heard by now, my submission for the Rights Respecting School Bronze Award has been successful, and Long Wittenham is now officially a UNICEF Bronze: Rights Committed School. I am delighted that we were able to get this fitted in before the end of term!

In our final assembly on Friday, we said thank you and farewell to Jo Kane who has been such a key staff member over the course of the last year. We are very grateful for her outstanding dedication to the school and we wish her all the very best for the future. There will be an interim job-share in Penguins Class whilst we’re advertising for a permanent full-time class teacher. Mrs. Sally Jarman, a very experienced teacher who knows the school well and provided cover in Key Stage 2 during the summer term; and Mr. Charles Montier, a fluent French speaker with a wealth of experience in outdoor education leadership, who originally trained as a maths specialist.

This is my final newsletter as headteacher here and I would like to take this opportunity to thank governors, parents, pupils and staff for making me feel so welcome and for their tremendous support for this very special school.

Warm regards, Gillian Seymour

More Information

The nativity play this year, Born In A Barn, had a run of three very entertaining shows this week, with audiences particularly enjoying the enthusiastic singing! Many thanks to Miss Clarke, Miss Green and Miss Winterbourne – and of course to all the pupils in Owls Class and Parrots Class who worked hard to make it such a success!

Upcoming Events

4th Jan – Inset Day – no pupils
5th Jan – Pupils return to school
10th Jan – Forest School Years 2 & 6 11th Jan – Forest School Reception & Year 4
21st Jan – swimming re-starts for Eagles Class

We are a nut free school.

Families please note that we are strictly a nut free school. Please ensure that no nut products are brought into school or included in packed lunches (even on school trips). Please also ensure that no nut products are consumed within the school grounds at any time of day. Thank you.