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Dear Parents, 


Just when we thought we had managed to escape the snow, it appeared, as predicted by the met office (which is unusual, to say the least!) Although “The Beast from the East” was somewhat of an exaggeration, the sudden snowfall did create enough mayhem to cause me to close school. I do hope this did not present you with too much disruption as I know it must have been extremely difficult to find childcare at such short notice and I did do a great deal of heart searching before making the decision. However, in typical Carr Manor fashion, parents were extremely supportive, and a number of very kind mums even took home other children to look after when the decision was a very last minute one. Unfortunately, as regularly is the case, the team who publish emergency closures muddled us with Carr Manor Community School and it took a very long time for our message to appear on the site and to be passed to the radio stations. Having the same name continues to be a challenge for us and it appears that many agencies don’t know we still exist!  


Just in case you were thinking we were all tucked up warmly in bed, all staff did arrive at school at various times, many on foot! I made the decision, very early, on Thursday when it was clear that I couldn’t get out of my street, most schools had closed in Leeds and we were advised by the LA to let parents know ASAP. Hopefully, all will now be well, and we won’t have to close again for another 6 years! I would like to say a huge thank you to our Superintendent Paul and Vince Isaac for all the work they put into clearing the site from the crack of dawn this morning, enabling us to re-open today. 


As you know we also had to cancel parents’ consultations for Years 1 – 5, which will be rearranged for Thursday 15th March. Times will remain the same unless it is now difficult for you to attend. Please contact us if you require a change of date and we will get that arranged. However, if the appointment suits you need not let us know and we will assume you are coming.  


Most importantly for the children, who will have been torn between a snow day and dressing up for World Book Day, we will arrange another date so as not to disappoint. As you know reading is one of the key areas we are working on here and so we would hate to miss out on an opportunity to celebrate books as a school. The Foundation Stage “Book Breakfast” will be rearranged for next week and Hilary will confirm the exact day via a flier. On the subject of reading, last week Mrs Robson and I and two of our intrepid Friends of Carr Manor, Mrs Dodds and Mrs Mischendahl-Hale visited an amazing shop called Grimm and Co in Rotherham which I can only describe it as a magical experience for adults and children. We returned to school with some great ideas for involving parents and the local community in the development of our reading pod. I will keep you updated.  


Congratulations to Phoebe Connolly who, after 2 grueling auditions has been offered a place at the national Youth Musical Theatre and has been cast to appear in “Sleepy Hollow” at a theatre in London. This is an amazing achievement and we are so pleased for Phoebe who has obviously been successful against so many other young hopefuls!  

Diary Dates:  

Monday 5th MarchCelebration assembly for children in KS1 at 2.45pm. (All friends and family welcome.)  

Full Governing Body meetig at 6.30pm 

Arooj Debating Competition involving our team from Year 5 

Monday 12th MarchCelebration assembly for children in KS2 at 2.45pm. (All friends and family welcome.)  


In the past week two colleagues have embarked on their maternity leave, Nim Matharu our Learning Mentor and Carmel Barton our Children’s Centre, Baby Nest and Pre-school Manager. We wish them lots of luck in their last few weeks of new baby preparation and hope the patter of little feet don’t take too long. Both Nim and Carmel will return to Carr Manor next year, which is great. In case you don’t know, Carmel’s replacement is Vanessa Jacobs our TA and Out of School Club Manager and her role is being covered by Darlene Francis, our Safeguarding and Attendance Officer. We like to keep things in the “family” to ensure consistency and are very lucky that our staff always step up to the plate when needed! Nim’s work will also continue via Darlene and other members of the team.  


Good luck to our newly formed Debating Team (Edith, Naomi, Belle, Sai Ling, Beatrice and Maryam) who are taking part in their first inter-school competition on Monday and big thank you to Mr Hill for preparing them.  


Finally, a very happy New Year to our Chinese Families  


Have a wonderful and hopefully less snowy weekend.  


Yours sincerely,