Headmaster's Newsletter, 26 November 2015

26 November 2015

We are writing slightly earlier this week to give details of the …..

Charity Christmas Fayre – Friday 27 November

This is only the second time we have attempted a Christmas Fayre on quite this scale, with over 35 stalls and sideshows in the Sports Hall and Assembly Hall, festive music, hot food, Santa’s Grotto, children’s workshops, reindeer rides (Shetland ponies in disguise), glitter tattoos, snow machine, Laser Quest and more. There are a few spaces still available for the Grotto and children’s workshops. These can be booked at the Front Desk.  Nursery and Pre-Prep children have come together to design class tea towels and aprons which can be viewed just outside the classrooms and purchased from the FODs stall.  The plan for the afternoon is as follows …

3.30pm                  

Christmas Fayre begins

3.40pm

Santa’s Grotto opens

3.45pm

Children’s Christmas Workshops - will run for 30 mins at: 3.45pm, 4.30pm, 5.15pm, 6pm & 6.45pm

 

Pampered Chef Demonstrations (in Food Tech Room) start at 3.45pm, 4.30pm, 5.15pm, 6pm & 6.45pm

4.15pm

Laser Quest opens (until 7.15 pm)

 

Year 3 Carol Singing in Outdoor Classroom

4.45 pm

Year 4 Carol Singing in Outdoor Classroom

5.15 pm

Year 5 Carol Singing in Outdoor Classroom

6.15pm

Santa’s Grotto closes

7.15pm

Raffle drawn on Assembly Hall Stage

7.30pm

Christmas Fayre ends

 

Funds raised will go to Julia’s House.   I should just emphasise that children who attend the Charity Christmas Fayre must be supervised by their parents at all times.   The normal Prep School day will continue until 5.45 pm as usual.  Years 4 to 8 can be signed out with their parents at 5 pm to join in the fun slightly earlier.  

Message from the Pre-Prep

Can you please collect your child directly from their classroom from 3.30 pm on the day.  Book bags can be left on pegs for collection when you go home.  Please use the entrance door by the steps as the Shetland ponies will be in the Nursery Courtyard!

Gala Concerts

Well done to all the pupils who played in the delightful Junior Gala Concert last Friday.  There was a range of instruments on show and impressive ensembles and solo pieces.  Thank you to the peripatetics and Sue Watkiss, the Director of Music. Thank you also to all the parents who made such an appreciative audience.  We now look forward to the Senior Gala Concert next Friday (4 December) from 5.30 pm.

Christmas Plays

Due to popular demand we have again made plans to film all five Christmas performances with Curtain Call Productions.  

Tuesday 1 December

9.15 am

Nursery

‘Christmas Singing Concert’

 

9.40 am

 

Coffee and festive refreshments for both performances in the Dining Hall

 

10.15 am

Reception  

‘A Miracle In Town’

Thursday 3 December

2.30 pm 

Year 1 and 2

‘A Lawfully Good Nativity’ for Year 1 parents

Friday 4 December     

2.30 pm 

Year 1 and 2

‘A Lawfully Good Nativity’ for Year 2 parents

Tuesday 8 December

2.30 pm 

Year 3

‘Hansel & Gretel’ for Year 3 parents

 

The Year 1, 2 and 3 productions will be followed by tea/coffee and festive refreshments for the parents in the Dining Hall.  

EYFS Parents’ Afternoon

This will take place next Wednesday (2 December) afternoon.  The Reception teachers are looking forward to seeing parents and reporting the children’s progress.

FODS

Thank you again to the 80+ parents who are supporting the FODs Christmas Party at the Branksome Beach Bar next Friday (4 December). Final preparations are now being made and detailed arrangements for the evening are on their way.  Apologies that Jo and I will be unable to join you as we are hosting our own Staff Christmas Party at school that night, which has been booked for some months.

End of Term Arrangements

Mr Nye will write to you separately, outlining arrangements for the last day of term including the seating plan for the Carol Service.  There are still two weeks to go, but it is good to plan ahead!

PS

E Photos were on site yesterday taking shots around the school, particularly on the gamesfields.  Do please log on (from tomorrow) at www.dephotos.biz  if you would like to see the photographs that were taken.  

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