The Scoop 8th November

It’s been a great first week back after the October half term. Across the school pupils and staff have been settling back into old routines. I’m delighted that so many families are still arriving to school on time (remember the bell goes at 08:55 and the gates close at 09:05) and with suitable jackets—this is so important with our current wet weather.  Staff at Lyndhurst, rounded off what was already a busy week with a Challenge Anneke style refurbishment of one of the spaces in our school. I can’t express enough how proud I am of the teams of adults who stayed until gone 10pm on Friday painting and moving furniture. Here are this week’s notices.

International Evening:

We had planned to hold our international evening in a few weeks. For those of you who don’t know this is considered a highlight of our social calendar where families make food from that either represents their heritage or a heritage they associate with and we come together to celebrate and share in the traditions of different cultures. The event depends on the generosity of our community in preparing food for other people.  We spent a long time discussing this and felt that it wouldn’t be appropriate in this period of ‘cost of living crises’ to put families in the position where they might feel guilty for not participating. We plan to explore how we can retain this event without it impacting negatively on our families and hope to run it in the summer term.

Parent Sessions:The Charter Schools Educational Trust have asked Emma Gleadhill to run a session on ‘Building resilience in 2022 – what it’s like to be a teenager now… And how parents can help’. You can register in advance for this webinar using the link in the transcript. Spaces are filling up quickly  .

Website:We had hoped to be beta-testing our new website this month however - due to circumstances beyond our control this will be pushed back a month. We will continue to ensure that key information is published in this newsletter and in separate letters if needed.

School Council Speeches: By the time you receive this newsletter, year six children will have read their speeches to be School Council Representatives and their peers in year five and six will have voted. I’m very much looking forward to announcing in the upcoming weeks who our new school councillors are.  We are delighted that Friends of Lyndhurst have agreed to provide us with £1200 to spend on additional playground equipment and storage so their first official act will be to help spend that money!

Parent Governors: I am pleased to announce that we have had three nominations from parents wishing to join our governing body. You will receive an email this week explaining how the election will work. I encourage you all to find your voice and vote!

Friends of Lyndhurst: You will have received an email from Friends of Lyndhurst this week with details about the upcoming winter fair. We can’t wait. I hope you have the date firmly in your diaries.That’s all from us, have a great week.