Dear Parents and Carers,
At the end of this Autumn term I would like to wish you all the very best over the holiday period. I hope you enjoy spending time as a family celebrating together.
The end of this first term gives me the opportunity to reflect on a new beginning for myself and for the school. It has been pleasure to become such an integral part of the Wooden Hill community and as I have said before I thank you for the warm welcome I have received. This term has been one of knowledge and information gathering getting to know the school’s strengths and the areas to continue moving forward. Some improvements have already taken place with the systematic embedding of our Read Write Inc phonics programme through out Early Years and KS1 and the reintroduction of clubs and activities after school. It has been a delight to see children competing in football, Cross Country, Cricket and Rugby this term and it was wonderful to hear the choir sing to their families whilst some of our Pen Pal club met their Pen Pals from Bickerton House care home at our Christmas afternoon tea. I also can’t wait for you to see the treehouse properly – if you have booked a visit to Santa you don’t have long to wait now!
So much has been happening, and the children have thoroughly enjoyed a range of trips this term - with residential to Grittleton House, trips to Reading Museum, Oxford Science Centre, The South Hill Park Panto to name a few.
For me the highlight of the run up to Christmas is always the EYFS Nativity show and in the penultimate week we were given an absolute treat as the children confidently sang their hearts out and delivered great one liners to an enthralled audience over two fantastic shows.
Over the course of this year I plan to introduce more drop in sessions for parents to come in to school and engage in some learning opportunities together, it is likely the first of these will be in the second half of the Spring term. There are going to more trips and visitors and many fun and fundraising events to enable us to provide exciting opportunities for the children.
Earlier this term I surveyed you about school lunches and approximately 67% of you voted in favour of keeping lunches as they are for now. I will offer the survey again at the end of the summer term ahead of the new academic year to ensure that we are keeping up with parental preference in this area.
As a school we are currently recruiting for a couple of members of support staff. If you are interested in working as a teaching assistant or have friends or relatives who can add value to our children’s educational experience please take a look on the Bracknell Forest jobs website or the greensheets education advertising website for more details.
Finally, I wanted to say a few goodbyes as both Mrs Turner and Mrs Spacey will be leaving us at the end of this term. I would like to thank them both for their support to many children at Wooden Hill over the years they have both worked here. Miss Rennie is also leaving us for pastures new, we wish her all the best.
I wish you all a restful holiday and look forward to seeing you in the new year.