Newsletter no. 8  -  13th December 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Last newsletter of 2017!


School closes for the Christmas Holiday on Friday 15th December at 1.15pm.

(NB School is closing at 1.15pm after lunch NOT 2.45pm). 

School reopens on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at the usual times.

Nursery will be closed for both AM and PM pupils on Friday 15th December.



If your child’s birthday falls between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 (Nursery aged children) then you need to be aware that on-line applications for Reception 2018 are only available until 15th January 2018:      

You must APPLY ON-LINE at

CHRISTMAS CARDS                                  

The school’s Christmas post boxes are open until tomorrow. If your child wishes to post cards to friends, please ensure that the child’s name and class are clearly marked on the envelope, if they are not we may be unable to deliver them.  Your child should use the post box for deliveries to other classes but cards for their own class should be given to their class teacher.


Well done to all Year 1 classes for such lovely carol concerts and thank you to all the parents/carers who came to watch the children. The children all performed beautifully and were a credit to the school.


You can now book onto the Premier Sport before school gymnastics club and dodgeball club at Furze that will be running during the Spring Term. Gymnastics club is on Tuesday mornings and dodgeball club is on Wednesday mornings. These clubs are for children in Year 1 or Year 2 only.  Book online at or call 01953 499040 for more information. Spaces are limited so book early to avoid missing out!


All parent/carers should check the school website in the first instance for any school closures (emergency eg snow or otherwise eg INSET days) as this is where the most up to date information is always found and the school office may also be closed so telephoning the school may not be an option.  

The Barking & Dagenham School Status also allows parents to check if their child’s school in the Borough is open.  School status page:


  • Christmas Parties for remaining Reception classes – Thursday 14th December pm session

Reception Parents - Please do not send any food or drink (your donations on entry have covered the cost of party food/drinks).

  • Christmas Parties for Nursery – Thursday 14th December (Santa will be visiting) - see separate information from Nursery for full party details.
  • Nursery closed – Friday 15th December
  • Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day (children to wear their Christmas jumper over their uniform) – Friday 15th December
  • Santa visiting on the last day for full time pupils – Friday 15th December – SCHOOL CLOSES AT 1.15PM

As the holiday is almost upon us I know you will join me in thanking all the school staff for their hard work and commitment. It has been a very busy term for the school and we all look forward to relaxing and enjoying the Christmas break with our families and friends.  All the staff wish you a Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year and we look forward to seeing you and hearing from the children about their holiday and what Father Christmas left in their stockings!

Yours sincerely,


Head of School.



                                                                  LAST DAY OF TERM                                                FIRST DAY OF TERM

CHRISTMAS 2017                                  Friday 15th December (1.15pm closure)                         Wednesday 3rd January 2018

SPRING HALF TERM 2018                   Friday 9th February                                                          Monday 19th February

EASTER 2018                                          Thursday 29th March (1.15pm closure)                          Monday 16th April

MAY DAY 2018                                     School closed to all pupils Monday 7th May 2018

SUMMER HALF TERM 2018                Friday 25th May                                                               Monday 4th June

SUMMER 2018                                       Friday 20th July (1.15pm closure)                                       

School opens at 8.45am and closes at 2.45pm (AM Nursery 8.30am to 11.30am/PM Nursery 12.30pm to 3.30pm) unless otherwise notified.

In addition Nursery closed to am and pm pupils on Friday 15th December 2017, Thursday 29th March 2018 and Friday 20th July 2018. 

Any alterations or extra days will be notified separately.