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Halkirk Primary School – Newsletter 4 – December 2016

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Christmas TreesThank you very much to Mr and Mrs Booth who have once again donated two beautiful trees to the school.

HampersThank you to everyone for buying raffle tickets and donating gifts.  The raffle will be drawn on 15th December after the show.

Christmas Show TimesTimes are given below.  Please note that the afternoon show may finish slightly after 3.15pm and buses will wait for all children travelling by bus.  The Dining Centre will not be available until 1.15pm on the Wednesday due to tidying up after lunch serving.  Classes and staff have been working incredibly hard on their performances.  Many thanks for providing costumes.  Parents can take pictures of their own children.  Video recording is not permitted.

Highland Hospice FundraiserChildren may wear Christmas jumpers to school on Friday 16th December for a suggested donation of £1.00.

Christmas Party DatesP1/2 and P2/3 on Monday 19/12 at 1.30pm, P3/4 and P4/5 on Tuesday 20th December at 1.30pm and P6 and P7 Disco on Wednesday 21st December at 1.30pm.

School Christmas LunchThis takes place on Thursday 22nd December and there will be crackers for all children.

Cinema VisitThis takes place on the 23rd December in the morning and will be a really special way to end the term.  The cinema has kindly agreed to allow the children to bring a small snack and drink from home.  This must be able to fit in jacket pockets.  Children should bring £2.50 towards the cost of the visit.  Transport will be paid by the Parent Council.

Carol Service in Halkirk ChurchEsme Duncan has very kindly offered to do a Carol Service in Halkirk Church on Friday 23rd December at 1.45pm.  Godwin has moved to another parish in the Scottish borders.  The Carol Service will start at 1.45pm and all families are warmly invited.  There will be a collection plate for anyone wishing to donate to the church.

HomeworkAt the last Parent Council Meeting the subject of Homework was discussed.  In Term 3 we are going to draft a new Homework Policy to try and give more flexibility and creativity to homework.  This will be easier for our older pupils.  Younger pupils will still need regular support with reading, phonics and number bonds.  We will review and ask for feedback before the summer holidays.  More details next term.

Diary Dates 

Wed 14/12 – School Christmas Show at 1.30pm

Thurs 15/12 – School Christmas Show at 7.00pm

Thursday 22/12 – School Christmas Lunch

Fri 23/12 –  Cinema Trip, Carol Service and school closes for holidays.

Mon 9/1 – School opens for Term 3.

On behalf of all staff, I’d like to wish all families a wonderful Christmas and all good wishes for 2017.

Edith Coghill

Head Teacher – December 2016