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Headteacher’s Newsletter, Term 1 Week 16: Friday 22nd December 2017

Posted 22/12/2017

A Merry Christmas from Carlton in Snaith Community Primary School

Welcome to the last newsletter of the term and of 2017.  It has been a really busy, enjoyable and successful term in school, with this last week of term being no exception.

Thank you all for your continued interest and support of our school.

Last week:

Beauty and the Beast Pantomime review - What a super day! (Oh yes it was!)

Last week ended in splendid style with a superb whole school trip to see the Pantomime at Cast in Doncaster. We loved the venue, the show and the easy access and in general it was an excellent day out for all of the school. The feedback from the children, staff and from many parents has been so incredibly positive.

The children’s faces during the show and enjoyment made the whole experience truly wonderful and magical.

Thank you to Mrs Violet for helping to organise and fundraise for this event. A huge thank you to Friends of Carlton for their contributions (both financially, to subsidise the cost of the trip and for snacks and drinks for the children too). Thank you too for your support of the trip. A huge thanks to all of the staff team who attended and ensured that the trip ran successfully, safely and without incident.

A great whole school trip – so good I have provisionally booked next year’s already! Robin Hood and Babes in the wood here we come!


This week:

This week we have managed to squeeze in the school Christmas lunch and Christmas jumper day, a good to be Green celebration, a Friends Movie Night, KS1 & KS2 Christmas party afternoons, a busy week in school. I am sure that we will be ending the week and term with a  lovely Carol Service at St Mary’s C of E Church in Carlton, too.

Another great Friends event saw 70 children enjoy our Christmas Movie night afterschool on Monday. Thanks to Mrs Pemberton and all of the friend’s team for their efforts – we are so grateful for all you do!

On Tuesday I was delighted to join many members of our school community in attending the W.I. Carols around the Christmas tree event in Carlton village. It was a lovely community event and a super turn out. Thanks to all who attended and sang and performed!

Christmas Parties: A special visit from Santa topped a lovely party afternoon for our Key Stage 1 children on Tuesday. On Wednesday afternoon is was the KS2 children’s turn for the festive celebrations.  THANKS to everyone who contributed with food to support these special celebrations.

Christmas Lunch & Christmas Jumper day: Thank you to our Kitchen team for all their hard work and particularly for such a great Christmas lunch. Mrs Thompson and team and all of the Midday Supervisors helped make this a lovely lunchtime in school. A great Carlton in Snaith CPS team effort! Everyone in school looked fantastic and so festive in their Christmas jumpers too!

We squeezed in a Good to Be Green celebration afternoon after Christmas Lunch too – with children enjoying movies of their choice as celebration of their super behaviour over the past few weeks! I was delighted to award a bonus 5 leaves to the whole school as each and every class last week got the maximum number of Green leaves! We already have Green leaves totals to carry over for next term too.

We also ended the week with a lovely Carol Service at St Mary’s church in Carlton. It was lovely to see so many families able to join us, all in fine voice. I was proud of the children and their contributions to end the term in such a lovely way. Thank you Reverend Burr and the team at St Mary’s for their lovely welcome and warmth. The songs were lovely and Year 6 led the service confidently and well. A lovely formal end to term!


Best wishes and farewells

Best wishes are extended to Mrs Link (School Business Manager), and Mrs Violet (Administrator) who leave the team at the end of term. As previously mentioned Mrs Link has been part of the school team for an incredible 31 years and Mrs Violet an amazing 28 years.  A monumental achievement by both of our reliable, trustworthy and committed admin team.

On Wednesday 21/12/17 we celebrated in assembly Mrs Link’s and Mrs Violet’s efforts and contributions and thanked them for their years of loyalty and dedicated service. Both received ‘Red Book’ entries, making sure they go down in Carlton history in yet another way.

I was confident in using words such as loyalty, trust, commitment, reliability, honesty and   dedication - words that epitomise both of these two valued staff members.

We reflected on how many phone calls, lunch orders, trip letters, bills paid, cheques written etc, have been completed over this incredibly long period, and how many pupils, families and staff members both have worked with.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and to thank both Mrs Link and Mrs Violet for their valued contributions to our school.  I know that Mrs Clarke and Mr Holgate, previous head teachers at Carlton, will agree with me that they have both contributed significantly to the success of the school.

On behalf of all of the Carlton in Snaith C.P.S team (past and present) and from all of the school community I would like to thank Mrs Link and Mrs Violet. You will be missed and not forgotten. Please see photo further on in the newsletter.

Staffing update.

After Christmas we welcome to school:

  • Mrs Scrafton, our new School Business Manager who officially starts in January, although she has already been in school lots already.
  • Miss Stringer – 2 days a week Leadership support/acting Deputy Headteacher in school each Thursday and Friday
  • Miss Newstead – Student teacher in Year 6, working with and alongside Mrs Longfield.


REQUEST FOR HELP - Can you spare some time to help improve our school? Do you want to make a positive contribution that will improve our school environment?

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 at 10.00am on Friday 5th January 2018 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! We have booked a skip!

Next term and beyond:

  • Return to school: Please note that the children are due to return to school on Tuesday 9th January 2018 – we look forward to seeing everyone back safe and well after an enjoyable holiday.
  • Clubs: Please note that there are no after school clubs the first few weeks back in the new year – a letter will be sent early in the term informing you about dates, times etc. for clubs to resume for the rest of the new term ahead.


Personal reflection

As usual I end our calendar year with a pause for thought and reflection.

In some ways it has been a challenging year in school, with some staff changes and absences. We also see some long serving staff move on. As Dylan would say ‘the times they are a changin’! In the current political climate and harsh realities of funding issues for schools we do face difficult times ahead.

Overall however I am very proud of our school and what we achieve.  Most notably I am proud of our wonderful children and the super young people they are. It is a pleasure to work with them and for them.

I am so incredibly grateful and appreciative of the challenging yet incredibly supportive Governing body who believe in me, my vision and quest for school improvement. They give up so much of their time, energy and skill purely on a voluntary basis, to make a difference to our school community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our super Board of Governors for their commitment and passion for our school – it is so appreciated by me!

I also of course have to say a huge thank you to the hardworking team I have around me. Their efforts, care and passion help make our school a special place.  The end of term has again brought out so many extra little magical moments and super efforts. I am always so appreciative of their commitment to the pupils and school in general.

The incredible ‘Friends’ group who work tirelessly to raise money for the children also deserve a huge thank you and special mention.

I look forward to continuing to build on this term’s successes as we move into the New Year!

Finally thank you too, for your continued support of our school – it is always appreciated.  


Christmas wishes:

Season’s greetings and happiness to you and your loved ones. May your home be filled with love and laughter this Christmas. On behalf of everyone at Carlton in Snaith Community Primary School, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas.  We hope you have a very happy, peaceful and relaxing holiday. See you in 2018!

Kind regards

Jon Watson



Local information & Events

  • A reminder:  that St Mary’s Christingle Service is in Sunday 24th (Christmas eve) at 6.00pm – all welcome!
  • A reminder that our friends at King’s Church Selby are holding their Family Christmas Service on  Sunday 24th December 10.30am  - all welcome

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