Newsletter 1st December 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

From December 1st the school has started to feel a little bit Christmassy! Shared areas between classrooms are being decorated, the glitter is starting to make an appearance, children are practicing Christmas songs for the carol concerts and there is excitement in the air. Christmas at Mousehold is always very special. We do try and pace ourselves though so children aren’t exhausted by the time we break up at the end of term!

Christmas Tree Competition Winner

I am delighted to announce that our school is one of the lucky winners of a 6 ft Christmas tree.

Below is the wonderful masterpiece by Rosa Unstead-Bouttell that won the Christmas Tree for Schools campaign. Well done Rosa we are very proud of you!

Christmas Raffle

Thank you for bringing in raffle prizes for the Friends Christmas Raffle. We are still looking for more donations for raffle prizes. Hampers will be made, tickets are being sold and all money raised will go directly towards your children.

Christmas Dinner

Wednesday 13th December – Christmas jumpers or hats can be worn. – Please don’t forget to order on WEDUC by 6th December. Thanks

Children can wear Christmas jumpers, hats or anything festive to school this day. The Christmas dinner day is always fun and we encourage lots of children and staff to enjoy the Christmas Dinner together.

George White Junior School Christmas Fayre

There will be a Christmas Fayre at GWJS on Thursday 14th December between 3.20 and 4.20pm

Last day of term Wednesday 20th December – non- uniform just for fun.

On the last day of term children can wear non-uniform and/or Christmas themed clothes – just for fun.

Sugar for Shelters Collection

Many thanks for the generous donations. This is being collected on 13th December. We have a lot of bags of sugar and this will help so many people who are struggling at this time of the year. If you still have sugar to donate, please bring it to the school office next week. Thanks

Attendance at Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

We have a celebration assembly each Friday afternoon where we share children’s achievements with everyone. As part of this assembly, we congratulate the class with the highest overall attendance for that week. The class with the highest attendance in Key Stage 1 receives ‘Top Dog’ to take to their classroom for the week. The class with the highest attendance in Reception receives ‘Top Cat’.

Our whole school attendance target is 96%. Current whole school attendance is 95.5%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Swift class with 97.27%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Greenfinch class with 96.82%.      

A group of children playing musical instruments

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Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mr Tolson, Mr Smith, Miss Balachandre, Mrs Greenwood and Miss Wood.

These members of staff monitor and manage all safeguarding practices and ensure staff are supported and have the training they need. Please ask to see one of these adults if you are worried about the safety of a child at school.

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child out of school hours then the number to ring is:

CADS – Children’s Advice and Duty Service – 0344 800 8020.

Dates for your Diary

Week commencing 4th December – Final week for any After School Clubs that your child may be attending. NB:- This does NOT include Acorns at GWJS which will run to the end of the term.

Tuesday 5th December – 3:30pm – Open Day at GWJS for parents of our Year 2 children

Tuesday 12th December – Flu vaccine team returning to school – more details to follow.

Tuesday 12th December – 9:15 to 9:45 – Reception Christmas Performance

Wednesday 13th December – 9:15 to 9:45 – Year 2 Christmas Performance

Wednesday 13th December – School Christmas Lunch – Please order using the Form on WEDUC

Thursday 14th December – 9:15 to 9:45 – Year 1 Christmas Performance

Wednesday 20th December – Last day of Autumn Term

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully
Mr Ian Tolson
Head of School

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust