This is my last newsletter of 2017 and, yet another year has passed in the blink of an eye! Clearly, as I get older time seems to speed up and I really don’t like the idea of having a son of 24 and wrinkles. However, it’s wonderful working in schools at Christmas as we are transported back to the days when Santa was eagerly anticipated, and life couldn’t be more exciting. Over the course of the last couple of weeks we have been treated to a wonderful concert performed by our musicians and choir, a magical seasonal assembly from Year 5, a highly entertaining nativity presented by KS1 and several delightful nativities and songs delivered by our Early Years children. It’s been a real pleasure to attend these concerts, to witness the amazing talents of your children and celebrate the festive season together. I really do feel proud of the many and varied cultures represented at Carr Manor and the inclusive manner in which the children celebrate each other’s views and beliefs. However, all of this pails in significance in comparison with the staff nativity, which was of the highest quality imaginable (not!) I am still sulking from not having the main role and only one word to utter! I Don’t worry I expanded it and adlibbed! Thank you to Mrs Hayes who masterminded the nativity, Mrs Taverner who made the props and all the staff who entertained the children enormously.
In the spirit of Christmas, children from the Foundation Unit, pre-school and baby next visited Billingley Farm to choose Christmas trees, stroke reindeer and take part in other exciting activities. They returned to a delicious Christmas dinner and each of the visits was magical. Thank you to Hilary and her team for organising such an exciting day and to parents for accompanying the visit.
Last week a number of our children who have taken part in the “Kids At Uni” initiative attended their graduation ceremony at Trinity Leeds. This is such an exciting event and I would like to thank Mr Hill and parents for supporting it. Our children wore caps and gowns and were presented with certificates in a very formal and impressive ceremony. Hopefully, this will be only the start of their link with university and they will do it all again when they are 21. (Better get saving now!)
Last Wednesday we held an open morning in school for prospective new parents to Reception next year. As always, we asked some of our Year 5 children to show them around and they received rave reviews from the visitors. I was extremely proud of our ambassadors and who wouldn’t want their child to develop into the confident, well-mannered and thoughtful children they saw before them? I have no doubt that we are regularly over-subscribed as our children are the best advert for this school ever! We also received extremely positive feedback regarding our children and the school overall from our Advisor and local HTs who visited to undertake a peer review and an HMI who I had asked to come and corroborate our views of the school in terms of self-evaluation. It was a very interesting and useful, if slightly stressful week!
Congratulations to Holly Johnson and the All Year-Round team who raised money for St. Gemma’s by holding a pyjama and Christmas Jumper Day and to Mr Hill who also supported St Gemma’s by selling some of their fundraising products in school. The two initiatives together raised a magnificent £300 for a wonderful cause.
Unfortunately, we have a mound of lost property which seems to increase on a daily basis. Please do pop in and help yourself to anything you might like as it is going in the bin or to a charity shop on the last day of term. Names in clothes would be most appreciated, as always.
I have been asked to bring your attention to this link below as many of our children suffer from Asthma.
Thank you so much to parents who attended our various concerts and generously donated to our latest charity and reading pod fund. Over £150 was raised.
Monday 18th December Key Stage 1 Wall of Fame at 9am
Tuesday 19th December 100% attendance assembly for children in Key Stage 1 from 9am
School closes for the holidays
Thursday 4th January Children return to school after the holidays
Please pop along (tomorrow) to our festive coffee and cake afternoon from 3 – 4.30pm organised by the Friends of Carr Manor. There will be crafts for sale, (some of which are hand-made by our parents) convivial company and festive music. Come and have a quick coffee before you collect your children at 3.15 and then bring them along.
I would like to finish my letter by saying a huge thank you to all the staff here for another fantastic term. I am very aware that I work with an amazing and committed team and hope they all get their feet up and have a well-deserved rest.
Finally, I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas. I look forward to seeing you in 2018!
Deborah Kenny (Headteacher)