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Head teacher’s Newsletter: Term 1 Week 15, Friday 15th December 2017

Posted 18/12/2017

As Michael Buble would say…’It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’! This week has just been another quiet week at Carlton…. a heating breakdown and a school closure, 4 performances of ‘The King is Born’ Key Stage 1 production, Choir performances for elderly members of our school community, and whole school Panto trip! Oh and a heap of teaching and learning thrown in for good measure. Next week we have Christmas parties and our Carol Service/Christmas Celebration to look forward to – Christmas is certainly a particularly lovely time to be in a primary school!


Looking back

Closure: Sorry for inconvenience caused when we unfortunately had to close school on Monday. The heating system failed and school was simply too cold for the children to be in. I am fully aware this has knock on consequences for people, but please rest assured it was not a decision I took lightly. It truly was the only option we had, with the children’s safety and welfare central to any decision made. Thank you again for your understanding with this matter.

Thank you for the vast majority of people for the kind words of support and understanding on social media too!

KS 1 Production. A HUGE WELL DONE to all of the cast and crew of the King is Born KS1 production week. I was very proud of the children and their performances. The children performed with confidence and smiles, they sang with gusto and remembered lots of actions and their lines. Well done KS1 folk! So many magical moments, when individuals stepped into a new found confidence or challenged themselves and shone.

A big thank you to the wonderful support and attendance – the show has never been more popular and tickets were in high demand. Next year I think we will have to limit ticket numbers per family! It is lovely to see so many families supporting our school and the children.

It is important to give a big thank you to all of the children who came to the performance each time – we missed several important members of the cast on the evening performances, which was disappointing for all and caused disruption to the other children. Thanks to everyone who ensured your children were part of the team!

Finally a special mention to the staff team who put a lot of time, energy and passion into making the performance happen. Notably Mrs Smith, Mrs Bramley, Mrs Scott and Mrs Stones, who auditioned, cast, produced, directed and generally made the magic happen. Thanks to all of the other staff members who helped out with props, back drop, staging, tickets, letters etc. A great team effort! Thanks everyone!

A huge thank you too to Mrs Pierce for her fundraising efforts, taking photos, making the programme, sorting the great raffle prizes etc. As always her fabulous efforts are appreciated.  As a result and through your generous support we raised just over £400 from raffle tickets and photos sales. This is incredible! Please note that every single penny of this goes back directly to the children e.g. towards the costs of Christmas treats, and a further contribution to the whole school pantomime trip. THANK YOU for your support.

Staffing update

As a small school, each staff member is a big percentage and as you know we have been without a deputy Headteacher in real terms since March 2017. Through nobody’s fault we have lacked a key member of the school leadership team. This brings strains and capacity issues for me and the team, sometimes meaning that things cannot be responded to in the timely fashion we would like. Your understanding with this is appreciated.

However, I was delighted to finalise arrangements this week for additional leadership support to school. In term two, Miss Stringer will be joining the staff team, two days a week as acting Deputy headteacher. Miss Stringer has spent time with us on a couple of occasions this week and last, and I know she will add further quality to the team for this interim period. I am very grateful to the Headteacher and governors of Foston Primary school for supporting this secondment.  Miss Stringer will not be class based but will be working with me and providing leadership support across school. Welcome to the team Miss Stringer!

Changes to the newsletter

In the New Year we will be changing the newsletter format. You will now receive a parent mail version of the weekly bulletin (including important dates, menu information, class highlights and key news), and then a half termly celebration newsletter explaining all of the exiting things that have been going on in school.

Next weekend and beyond:

  • Monday 18th December:   After school we have our Friends Movie Night (optional) when we are showing Santa Paws   3.30-5.30pm. This costs £3 which includes a hot dog and drink. 
    Payment should be brought in a named envelope on Monday morning please.
  • Tuesday 19th December: Key stage 1 Party – please see letter sent earlier this week (party food & clothes required -  boys Savoury and girls sweet)
  • The WI (Women’s Institute) are holding a lovely ‘Christmas in The Community’ event on Tuesday 19th December at 7.00pm. All members of the school community are invited to join the carol singing around the Christmas tree in Carlton village.  I will look forward to seeing as many people there as possible.
  • Wednesday 20th December Key stage 2 Party – please see letter sent earlier this week - (party food & clothes required -  boys Savoury and girls sweet)
  • Thursday  21st – Christmas Jumper day and School Christmas dinner
  • Friday 22nd Carol Service - 10.00 at St Marys Church Carlton.  All welcome. Please do let us know if you have any special requirements or need any assistance/ access arrangements.
  • Friday 22nd – end of term – break for the Christmas holidays
  • Sunday 24th – get excited
  • Monday Enjoy a wonderful Christmas day!
  • Tuesday January 9th  - Children return to school



Can you spare some time to help improve our school? Do you want to make a positive contribution that will improve our school environment? Over the next few months I will be putting our pleas for parental/family volunteers to support us.  We have super plans in place for a canopy outside of our Reception classroom, which school is funding. The canopy has been ordered and we are awaiting confirmation from NYCC for a date for the work. In order to keep costs to a minimum we need help in removing the  tired, worn and old resi –cushion/ soft flooring that is currently down. If anyone is free to help for an hour or 2 on Friday 5th or Saturday 6th January at 10.00am then your time and help would be greatly appreciated? Please let me know or the school office know! THANKS in advance.

We will be ordering a skip and simply need some willing workers to help remove and carry the flooring. Many Hands make light work!

Important Reminders:

  • Please ensure that all dinner money payments are up to date. Thanks for your cooperation with this.
  • Reminder to all parents of children in Year 4 & 5 to consider Robin Wood payments, the deadline for payment is the beginning of February.


Golfing Success out of school.

As always it’s lovely to share with the community achievements of our young people, both in school and out of school. This week I very much enjoyed reading about the achievements and promising golfing future for Lucas S (Neptune class) in the recent Drax Journal.  Well done Lucas! Keep it up!



For further information please remember to check out our school website:

Have a great weekend! Thank you for your continued support of our school!  We hope to see you at the Carol service next week!


Regards and best wishes

Jon Watson, Head teacher



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