We are coming to the end of a long term and the whole school community is looking forward
to a well-earned rest. The prospect of Christmas cheers us and lifts our spirits away from the cold, dark weather of the season… and it has certainly been an eventful year for us at school (with successful inspections by Ofsted and the Diocese – we have been popular this year)!
As we near the end of the Autumn Term and Christmas draws closer, it is inevitable that our minds start, albeit briefly, to drift away from the hard work of our day to day school business, to the festive period itself. Let us remind ourselves, whatever our beliefs, that this is one time of year when it is commonplace to find the spirit of human kindness alive and well.
Spiritually, we have been preparing the children for Christmas in our Collective Worship, reflections & RE lessons. In the coming days, we celebrate this holy season with our Key Stage 1 Nativity & Key Stage 2 Carol Service in St Peter’s Church.
Let us embrace this by ensuring that we enjoy ourselves safely but also take time to look out for those nearest and dearest to us and those less fortunate than ourselves. Being prepared to think of others is a particular strength of our school. This sense of community is, in essence, the true meaning of Christmas; and this sense of community is something that is very special about our school.
Thank you to everyone who has and continues to support our school and the children by giving up their time to help in school and out (our volunteers, our PTA, our Governing Body…) – you make a real difference and we are incredibly grateful and know how lucky we are. I have a quote in my office from Walt Disney that reads: ‘You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful ideas in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality’. The reality is that the learning experiences that have taken place this year could not have happened without a great deal of commitment and support from the staff, parents, governors and children. I am sure that you would like to join with me in thanking all of the staff and governors at Claypole Church of England Primary School for their continued, incredible hard work and tireless commitment to the children of the school during the year.
On behalf of everybody at our school, we wish you, your family and the children a holy and peaceful Christmas and every blessing for the New Year. We look forward to seeing you all again on Wednesday 3rd January 2018!