Newsletter 8 – January 19th 2016

This half-term is extremely short but also very busy. Every parent will have the opportunity to join us before the end of term, to learn about the importance of internet safety.  We also have Parents’ Evening, so we hope to welcome everyone during the course of the term.  We were delighted that 90% of you joined us for Parents’ Evening last term; it would be brilliant to see 100% this time around!

Community Success

Ella-ann Knowles for gaining her level 9 swimming badge and for being chosen as an exemplary role model with Maddison Jackson in Cubs.

Tia Llewellyn for receiving a medal for running.

Harvey Gooch and Mia Fuller performed in the Kessingland Community Players’ performance of Robin Hood.

Paige Kilduff shared her 7th-place rosette for horse riding.

Please continue to encourage your children to share their successes in the community.  We love hearing about them and celebrating with the children.

Assembly Demonstrations

Joshua Allard and Alice Ward performed the ‘Let Her Go’ song by Passenger.

Athletics Competition

The Kessingland Athletics team travelled to Water Lane Leisure Centre last week to compete against 23 other schools (and over 200 competitors) from around North Suffolk. After some fantastic performances, the team finished 12th in the overall competition, an achievement of which we are very proud. Although the whole team did incredibly well, a special mention must go to Braiden Raine for coming first in the long jump competition.


We will be introducing a number of new initiatives to encourage the children to read regularly over the next few weeks. We have ordered a lot of new books and will there will be rewards for children who read every day at home. We are asking parents to support the school by listening to your children read every night. It really will make a massive difference to your child making progress.

IEP Evening

In response to some parental feedback, we are going to trial completing IEP reviews during Parents’ Evening. If your child is currently on an IEP, you will be given a longer appointment so that the IEP can be reviewed. We would appreciate your feedback on this decision after Parents’ Evening, so that we can make an informed decision on how to timetable these evenings in the future.

Young Carers

This week we are supporting Young Carers by holding a number of events. Our children have already entered the Young Carers ’empty chair’ photograph competition and the children will be doing a different activity each day. We would be delighted if you are able to join us for our coffee morning on Thursday at 9:00am. The children will be able to wear non-uniform on Friday for a voluntary contribution which will be given to the Suffolk Young Carers Charity. This ties in with our ‘ different but normal’ theme for the week.

Owls Class Share Morning

We have been delighted with the number of parents that have joined us for the Family Thursdays in the Zebras Class and we are going to run a similar initiative for the Owls Class on Thursday 4th February. Parents with children in Reception are invited to join us between 8:45am-10:00am.

Internet Safety Day

The Internet Safety Day is on Tuesday 9th February. The children in Year 1 to Year 6 will be doing some work on this during the day and parents are invited to join us the following day to see what they have been learning. The share afternoon will be taking place on Wednesday 10th February and will be starting at 2:00pm

After School Clubs

We have had an amazing response to our after school clubs. One hundred and ninety places were taken up last week and we expect this figure to be over two hundred next week. We have managed to accommodate everyone who returned their slips last week. The only club that will not be running is the Year 3 and 4 Choir. This club did not get enough people wanting to join. We have decided to extend the Year 5 and 6 Choir to include Year 3 and 4 children so that the children wanting to participate, still can.  Some of the clubs are now full so please contact the school office if your child would like to attend a club in the future. We would also appreciate you contacting the school office if your child will not be attending the club, or if your child is going to be picked up by a different adult. These clubs will continue to run until Easter but will not be running during the last week of this half-term because of Parents’ Evening.

Dates for the Diary:

Important Note: The residential information evenings will be starting 15 minutes later than first advertised. This will allow the children playing basketball to attend the event.

Thursday 28th January –  Young Carers’ Coffee Morning (9:00am)

Tuesday 2nd February – Lowestoft & Beccles Basketball Tournament (3:30pm-5:00pm)

Tuesday 2nd February – Year 6 Hands on Heritage Parents’ Information Evening (5:15pm)

Tuesday 2nd February – Year 4 Horstead Parents’ Information Evening (6:00pm)

Thursday 4th February – Owl Class open morning (8:45am-10:00am)

Tuesday 9th February – Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 9th February – Parents’ Evening (3:30pm-6:30pm)

Wednesday 10th February – Safer Internet Day Share Project (2:00pm-3:00pm)

Wednesday 10th February – Parents’ Evening (3:30pm-6:30pm)