It’s been a heart-warming and uplifting end to the term and for the first time in 3 years, the children have been able to put on their performances to all of you parents – it has definitely been worth the wait! I am always astounded by how well the children perform in front of a large audience and this year, as well as the acting, dancing and reading, the quality and beauty of the singing has been outstanding. I hope you all managed to get to one of the shows (we still have Y3 and 4 tomorrow) and enjoyed this celebration of Christmas with us. As ever, a big thank you to all the staff who work so hard to make these events so memorable for the children.
Our lower and upper choirs have had a jam-packed few weeks. First they took part in the schools concert at the Guildhall last Tuesday evening, performing to a packed house and where some of our Y2 and 3s had to perform solos reading and singing. They followed this by superb carol-singing at Sainsbury’s, Hedge End and then at West Quay, where they sang to large crowds and raised several hundred pounds for children in care. Well done to all of them and thank you to the Christmas Choir Team: Miss Flanagan, Miss Chambers, Mrs Thomas, Mrs Hales, Mrs Viney, Mrs Travers and of course Mrs O’Toole for all her great admin work.
The end of term brings us the exciting news that both our boys and girls football teams have won their leagues for the second time running, both teams being unbeaten and conceding 0 goals all term! This is a great achievement for the children and a real testament to the skill of coach Mr Porter. Well done – we are proud of all of you!
To Mrs Taylor and her husband who welcomed their new baby Finn into the world last week – we hope they will bring him in to visit us soon!
Site Manager – Stuart Homer
Stuart will be leaving us at the end of this term to pursue his second career in the leisure industry. We have been very fortunate having somebody of his abilities to keep the school safe and tidy and many of you will have seen and spoken to him at the start of the day as he opens the Porchester Road gate. We thank him for all his hard work and wish him well for the future.
We have not been successful in recruiting a replacement for Stuart, so if you do know anyone that is interested in a few hours a day of caretaking work, please let the office know.
The SPSA have been working hard behind the scenes and we want to thank them for organising a highly successful Elfridges shop once again, a wonderful personalised Christmas products offer and their special surprise for the children which will arrive tomorrow!
Burst Pipe and Flooding
Thank you for your understanding over our unexpected closure last week. The damaged areas have now dried out and are awaiting professional cleaning. There is still some investigation to be done by the insurance company, but the affected rooms will all be back in use by the start of next term.
CAFOD Advent Appeal
All the money collected from our shows and anything you wish to donate will go towards buying World Gifts from Cafod for communities in need. You can see what they offer here: https://worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/ You can still donate either by sending in cash or via Arbor by going to School Shop-Advent Cafod Donation. We’ll let you know the total raised after the holidays.
Cost of Living
We all know how difficult things are getting and with the winter and Christmas coming, bills can get very expensive. The council has launched a new website with information and links to all sorts of sources of support. You can access it here: https://www.southampton.gov.uk/life-events/getting-help-with-the-cost-of-living/
Have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas break from all the staff.
School finishes at 1.45 on Friday (1.30 for YF)
School restarts on Tuesday 3rd January at the normal times.