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Pat Bowers
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5th December 2006

Dear Parent/Carer,
It’s less than three weeks left of this term and so many Christmas activities to take place!
Please read this Newsletter carefully and make a note of the relevant dates for your child/children.

Keeping up to date:

  • St Andrew’s Lunch – this was a great success and enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Jan Mackay, our school cook and the kitchen staff for their efforts which was appreciated by the children. The Hall was decorated with many flags and posters. We even had our Christmas tree decorated in St Andrew’s style!

  • Picnic benches – we have had two picnic benches damaged at the weekend. If you have any information regarding this then contact Wick Police directly on 603551. Please ensure that your child/children do not enter the school grounds, after the school day!

  • Ashley Fairweather and Blain Mathieson attended Junior Road Safety Officer training last week and they have already put up a display board in the Hall. They plan to run a competition soon. Good luck to them!

  • The school choir will be singing at the Town & County Hospital tomorrow – Wednesday 6th December. They will travel by bus and be escorted by Mrs Ferguson & Mrs Bremner. Please ensure your child wears their school uniform.

The children are very busy practising with their teachers for their fun filled concerts on Wednesday 13th December. Tickets will be on sale as from tomorrow priced at £2. Each family may purchase two tickets this week for either the 2pm or 7pm show. Any additional tickets will be on sale as from next Monday 11th December. We are very limited with number of seats due to the capacity of the school hall. There will be a raffle at each performance. Please hand in any donations for a special Christmas hamper e.g. biscuits, tin of ham, trifle sponges, Christmas pudding etc. There P.S.A. will run a bottle stall in the evening – all donations will be gratefully received as well as help on the night.
Pre-school children/babies may attend the afternoon show and please ensure they are quiet during each performance. The children have worked very hard to present their items and babies crying or little ones shouting out can really dent their confidence.

Your child may come home this week asking for items for their costume, please try to accommodate our requests.

The nursery children will only perform in the afternoon show.

Children in P1 – P7 will need to be back at school for 6.40pm to allow them to prepare in their class rooms. Children must be collected straight after the evening show by an adult. We expect the show to finish by 8.15pm.

Christmas lunch will be on Thursday 14th December.
This is always a popular event in the school calendar so please ensure your child has booked their place by this Friday at the school kitchen.

Children in P4 & P5 will be going to see the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” show performed by Wick High School pupils on Thursday 14th December in the Assembly Rooms. Children will be transported by minibus – meeting at school at 7pm and returning at approximately 8.30pm. This is a treat to all from the Parent/Staff Association.

Parties will take place on Tuesday 19th for P4/5, P5/6 & P7 and Wednesday 20th December for P1/2 & P3/4 during the afternoon. The Nursery party is on Thursday 21st December – morning session for all children.

If you wish your child to go home to get changed after lunch then please inform their class teacher with a note. Children will not be allowed home if not!

Santa Claus will visit the Nursery children and we hope he will leave a small gift for the rest of the classes.

It would be appreciated by school staff if you could help out with food items for the parties.
An additional slip will be sent home for you to complete and return to your child’s teacher for all P1 – P7 pupils.

If every child brought in a few items it would present as quite a party feast –
small cakes, biscuits, crisps and sausage rolls. Juice will be provided by school fund.

The Service will take place on Thursday 21st December in the Salvation Army Hall at 2pm with Pulteneytown Academy School. Please ensure that your child brings a small donation for the collection – our monies will be donated to charity. All children will be transported by bus. Please come along and join us with this Festive Celebration and we have reserved the upper gallery for you to sit.
All children will be dismissed when we return to school at 3pm.
Please ensure you have arrangements in place if you collect your child.

School closes for all pupils and staff on Thursday 21st December 2006. The third term starts on Monday 8th January 2007 for all pupils and staff.
Please ensure that your child plays away from the school playground during the holiday period – thank you!

Please make a note in your diary of this Parent Staff Association Event and keep any toys, games, books, ornaments to sell on Friday 19th January 2007 during the afternoon in the School Hall. No clothes or baking, please. This will be one of the events during Highland Healthy Week.
This is the perfect time for a clear out before new items arrive on Christmas Day!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
from myself and all staff at South School

Kind regards

Pat Bowers