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4 November 2016

Dear Parents/Carers

There are several events listed in this newsletter:

Greg Clark MP seeks feedback on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – Greg Clark MP has a longstanding interest in CAMHS and is keen to hear your views on the service – both good and bad. Please write to him at the House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1A OAA or email him: by Friday 11 November.

The Mayor of Tunbridge Wells Christmas Toy Appeal 2016 – The toy Appeal helps families living in the Borough of Tunbridge Wells whose circumstances (whether temporary or permanent) limit their ability to buy gifts for their children at Christmas. It is hoped that people will donate new or unused toys. If you have suitable toys that you would like to donate to the appeal, please bring them to school and members of staff will deposit them at the collection point at the Weald Sports Centre in Cranbrook. Please donate the toys before Thursday 15 December.

Past Pupil –I have received a letter form the Headteacher of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls to say that one of our past pupils, Daisy Kavanagh – Spall has achieved 10 GCSE grades at A or A*. This is an excellent achievement. Congratulations, Daisy!

Children who completed The Big Reading Challenge in the summer are going to The Kino to see the BFG on Wednesday 9  at 10.00am. Please bring your reading certificates into school if you have not already done so.

All Age Family Communion Service at St Laurence Church on Sunday 6 November at 10.00am – the theme is Living Remembrance.

Road Safety talks will be given  on Thursday 10  November and Wed 11  November.

Battle of the Somme for Yellow, Green, Blue and Violet Classes– The
Quantum Theatre will be performing a play about The Battle of the Somme on Friday 11 Nov at 9.30am. This is an interactive performance which will give our pupils an insight into the First World War. This will be followed by an Act of Remembrance at 11.00am in the school hall. A donation of £1 per pupil would be welcome.

A Bread of Fellowship Service is planned for Upper Key Stage 2 on Friday 25 November at 1.30 pm.

Yr 5 class trip to Herstmonceux will take place after school on Thursday 1 Dec. A separate letter will be issued about this event.

Christmas Tree Festival is being held in St Laurence Church over the weekend of 3  and 4 December. The school is to display a themed tree in the church.

Don’t forget ! Our Christmas Fair is on Friday 9 December at 2.30pm. Please start to collect items for the fair as plans include teas/cakes/mince pies, mulled wine, hot dogs, present buying room, guess how many sweets in the jar, glitter tattoos/face paints, Father Christmas, guess the name of the teddy /reindeer, various stalls, tombola, popcorn, craft room and many more ideas. We do hope that you will be able to support us on the 9th and we would also be pleased if you could volunteer to help man a stall for a short while during the fair.

Tombola Non-Uniform days are Friday 2 December and Monday 5 December:

  • Friday 2 December – children can come to school with Crazy Hair in return for a bottle (wine, ketchup, squash etc).
  • Monday 5 December – children may come to school wearing old clothes, new clothes, play clothes or dressing up clothes in return for some chocolate for the tombola.

Trainers – are not part of the agreed school uniform and must not be worn as such.
Children should wear black leather school shoes.

Christmas Decoration Competition – decorations are now being sent to school for the best decoration competition. The bottle should have string or ribbon attached to it so that it can easily be hung in the school hall. There will be prizes for the most original decorations on/in a bottle. Please bring the decorations in so that the hall can be decorated before Christmas.

Cranbrook Town Band are playing in a concert on Saturday 26  November to raise funds for Demelza Hospice Care for Children. The concert starts  at 7:30pm and will be at the Queens Hall, Cranbrook School. We have plenty of tickets in the school office which can be obtained by just giving a donation. The guest soloist at the concert is Steve Sykes who is known as the best tuba player in the world. He is very entertaining and a brilliant soloist.

Wednesday 14 December at 2.00 Key Stage 1 nativity with a second performance on Thursday 15 December at 9.30am. No tickets are needed. Just turn up.

Scrooge is the pantomime we have booked for the children on the last day of term, Wed 21  December. This will be in the morning and after lunch the school will walk up to St Laurence’s Church for the end of term Christmas service. A donation of £1 towards the costs of the pantomime would be greatly appreciated. Lunches will be served as usual on this day.

Yours sincerely



E Hatcher (Mrs)