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Issue 14: 14th December 2018                 

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Monday 17th December at 11.00 and 3.00 – Nursery Christmas songs for parents (Doors open 15 minutes before)

Tuesday 18th December at 9.00 and 2.45 – Year 1 Christmas songs for parents

Wednesday 19th December at 9.00 and 2.45 – Reception Christmas songs for parents

Thursday 20th December at 9.00 and 2.45 - Year 2 Christmas songs for parents

Friday 21st December – Last day of term, non-school uniform Day, donation 50p towards school fundraising (Please see below)

Monday 24th December to Friday 4th January – Christmas Break

Monday 7th January – Staff training day – School closed for children

Tuesday 8th January – Children return to school

Friday 11th January at 9.15 – Year 2 Transition Meeting

Tuesday 15th January – Final date for Nursery and Reception September 2019 applications via Eadmissions

Friday 15th March – International Food Sale (school will close at 3.00)

Letter from Adrienne and Sarah:

Dear Parents and Carers,

There has certainly been a wonderful Christmassy feel to the school over the past couple of weeks. Children have been busy making decorations and practising their Christmas songs. It has made working in our office an enjoyable experience as we can hear how wonderful the children are sounding. We look forward to seeing the children perform to you next week. Please check the dates on the newsletter.

The autumn term has been an enjoyable and busy time. We have had lots of trips, visitors, and many exciting events going on, all mentioned in our fortnightly newsletters. As you may be aware schools are finding it incredibly difficult with the lack of funding we receive. We really appreciate the yearly financial contributions you make and for supporting events that help us to raise money for our school. This money goes towards trips and other exciting events for the children. Your generosity and support helps us to continue providing these valuable experiences and without your contributions we would have to cancel many events and trips.

We would like to say thank you to our Family Support Worker, Jeanette Fuster, for all the information she gathers and provides our families on our informative newsletters. Please let us know if there is anything else you would like to see on our newsletters in the future.

Tas, one of our Learning Assistants, will start her maternity leave this week. We wish her all the best and look forward to meeting the new addition to the family. We also say goodbye to Berdine who is leaving Carterhatch to spend more time with her family. Berdine has been with us for many years and is part of our premises team. We would like to thank her for all her work in making our school a nice environment for our children, staff and families. We hope you both enjoy making wonderful memories with your family!

Thank you for your continued support and I hope that you have a wonderful break. We look forward to seeing you back at 8.50am on Tuesday 8th January 2019!

Merry Christmas,
Adrienne Barrell and Sarah Clements


Important - Last Day of School Arrangements:

Carterhatch Infant School is finishing at the normal time on Friday 21st December. However, the Junior School is finishing at 2.00. If you have a child in the Junior School and would like to collect your child earlier from the Infant School please complete a slip in the school office before Thursday 20th December. To ensure the safety of all our children you will only be allowed to collect if you have completed a slip and arrive between 2.00 and 2.20. For safety reasons, after 2.20 the school will not release children until 3.15.

Tree for London:

Amani from Penguin Class and Alexi from Tiger Class have kindly donated two trees to Carterhatch Infant School provided by the Woodland Trust in partnership with the Mayor of London and Sainsbury’s to help make London greener. We have planted a Field Maple and a Silver Birch at the front of the school to replace trees that we have lost. Alexi and Amani will be able to watch the trees grow from outside even after they have left the school!

Alexi wrote to Adrienne and Sarah and asked their permission to plant the trees in school. In her letter, Alexi explained, the reason we have chosen the school is because we have grown and developed here and we would like to make the school greener and healthier.



Thank you to everyone who sent in donations for Happy Bags. Together we have raised £189.80 towards school fundraising. We would like to invite children to purchase a paper chain strip for 20p. We will then create a giant paper chain which will be cut in four places on the last day of term during assembly. If your child’s name is inside the strip that is cut they will win a prize. Strips will be available to buy from the school office each day next week and during the singing assemblies. The last day of term is a non-school uniform day with 50p donated towards school.


Message from Luiza:

Dear Parents and carers, I would like to encourage you to try a free resource for practising phonics with your child. It is called Teach Your Monster to Read and the website is It is full of games that makes learning to read fun. It covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences and complements the phonics programme we use in school. The computer version is free. You will also find many entertaining phonics games here: Have fun!


Year 2 Trip to Chickenshed:

Mehmet from Jaguar Class wrote in his recount, on Thursday 29th November 2018 I woke up early and was very excited because today I was going to watch a Christmas Carol. Mehmet also shared, when lunch finished it was time to watch the play and my favourite part was when the fourth ghost came to visit Scrooge.


Year 1 to Artsdepot:                                                                             

Year 1 enjoyed their trip to see Gruffalo’s Child. On the way Elaina exclaimed, “I am just so excited! I have the story book of the Gruffalo’s Child at home!"

Reception and Nursery:

Year 1 had a visit from Christmas Tales from the Shed on Tuesday afternoon.



Children are beginning to receive certificates for our Learning Power Buddies. Children who have achieved 100% attendance in a term will receive the Perseverance Pippa Learning Power Buddy. We will invite families of children with 100% attendance to attend a short assembly either in the hall or in the class room when their children receive their certificates. We hope children will begin to understand that sometimes it may not be their turn to have a certificate, but during their time at Carterhatch they will receive the Perseverance Pippa Learning Buddy. The Perseverance Pippa Learning Buddy can be achieved in other ways, not just attendance. For example, persevering with a maths problem or a piece of writing. We feel our learning buddies support our children build not only perseverance but resilience to equip them with the best start in life.

Sherpa Kids:

Sadly the last day for Sherpa Kids is on Thursday 20th December. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the staff who have run the club for the last couple of years. Please speak to the school office if you would like more information about Suffolk’s Tea Time Club.

Keep Safe Online this Holiday Season:

There are some unsavoury apps run by companies which don’t seem to care about keeping children safe, and at the same time there are others with amazing ‘safety by design’ features baked in, plus a commitment to keeping children safe. But this can change from one day to the next, and keeping up with it is virtually impossible, whereas talking to your child about having fun but staying safe online, plus showing an interest and discussing how to behave and react is more productive, and more likely to keep them safe when bad things happen on good apps. Further information available on the school website -


Learning Power Buddies: Introducing our third ‘Learning Power Buddy’, Responsibility Roo! As you know the children spent their ‘Time to Talk’ sessions thinking about skills we need to help us learn and creating characters to help us remember. Responsibility Roo has the power to do the following;

  • Try their best.
  • Be responsible for their own learning.
  • Avoid distractions and make the right choices about the way they behave.
  • Be independent.
  • Ask for help if they need it.

At home you could help with encouraging your child to be responsible and independent.

  • Practising something they find difficult so they can get better at it.
  • Age approraite responsibilities at home– clearing their plate after dinner, tidying up their toys, putting their dirty clothes in the wash basket.
  • Making sure they are responsible for having their book bag and homework ready to take to school. than simply giving orders, try asking your child to do the thinking. For instance, instead of saying "Brush your teeth! Do you have your book bag? Don't forget your coat!" you could ask "What's the next thing you need to do to get ready for school?" This will help with their daily routine and will help them become more independent.

Most importantly praise them for being responsible and doing age appropriate things for themselves.

Parking around our School:

We would like to remind parents and carers once again about the need for safe and considerate driving and parking around the school, The exit to the staff car park is also the emergency access for ambulances and fire engines. So please do not block it or park on the yellow lines. Our neighbours and the school community have requested that we ask you not to park in front of drive ways and to drive carefully particularly, around busy times at the beginning and end of day. Thank you. 

The Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme:

Every year countless pieces of crisp packets end up in landfill sites across the UK. We are working with TerraCylce to put an end to this enormous loss of resources. We will collect any empty brand of crisp packet. Please bring them to the school office. The school receives money in exchange.