Congratulations to Mrs Thorne and the choir for a super performance on Monday evening at the Methodist Church Christmas Concert.  Their performance and behaviour were excellent and a credit to the school and their parents.

The end of term and Christmas approach rapidly – the Christmas trees are up, the Christmas post box is out, the juniors have had their Christmas party with Ozzy Dee, the infants and pre-school pupils will have their party on Monday, and the oranges have arrived to be made into Christingles for the service on Tuesday afternoon. Christingle Services are a wonderful spectacle, so if you are able to join us in the theatre on Tuesday afternoon at 2.45pm, please do. I am particularly grateful to Mrs Draycott for agreeing to play the piano for us on this occasion.

The clubs’ list for next term will be sent out early next week; we have tried to maintain a balance, both in terms of what’s available for each age group and the number and types of clubs offered each day. I will be offering a Juggling Skills Club on Tuesday evenings which will be open to both infants and juniors; whilst the ultimate aim will be to teach the children to juggle, this is probably unrealistic for most of the younger children. They will, however, be given a range of hand-eye co-ordination and balance exercises and activities to undertake that will take them some of the way and should improve their overall coordination, particularly in terms of throwing and catching. It will, I hope, be fun and active!

Finally, I look forward to seeing many of you at the Christmas Service on Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm in the Methodist Church, Bideford High Street. The Junior School pupils (Year 3 to Year 6) will be going down to the Methodist Church by minibus and returning to the school after the service, where they will be ready for collection at 4pm. As it is the last day of term there will be no after-school clubs, so we would ask that you collect your child as promptly as possible on this occasion.

Matthew Lovett