March Newsletter

15th March

Dear Parents/Carers

Training Days – Important Notice
We were both lucky and unlucky with the recent snow on 1/2nd March. We were lucky in the sense that it was a training day on the Friday anyway, so the children were not due to be in school. However, we were unlucky in the sense that the company trying to come to give us training in “P4C” (Philosophy for Children) were unable to get to us from Dorset Portsmouth City Council have kindly agreed to give us an “extra” training day this year to allow this to go ahead.

We have been able to re-book this for Friday 18th May.
This now means there are two remaining training days for this year: 18th May and 22nd June.
We usually let you know all our training days at the start of the year, so I’m sorry you’ll be getting less notice than normal of this extra one.
I hope everyone will understand.

An Important “cheerio”
We are going to lose a much-valued member of our staff soon and we will be very sorry to do so. Ms Natalie Gillett, in our main office, will be leaving us to work for Portsmouth City Council at the end of March. Natalie has been consistently cheery, welcoming and helpful to parents at Copnor for over twelve years and she will be sorely missed.

New Minibus
We are very lucky. Our old (very old) minibus is being repaired at present, but meanwhile we have been able to purchase a new one! This is fantastic news as it means that once the old one is repaired we will be (almost) able to take out a full class in the two minibuses, which should make the cost of some local visits much cheaper. We are very grateful to our PFA who do a great job over the year raising funds, some of which helps us with new purchases such as these. Thank you!

Parents’ Evening
Thank you to all those who attended. We are sorry that Miss Griggs is absent and we will do our best to rearrange the meetings for that Year 3 class as soon as she returns.

Library Books
Could you please check to ensure that books are not accumulating on bookshelves at home? Mrs Short and Mrs Lockey are always pleased to have books returned, regardless of the amount you might find!
They can be handed in to your child's teacher, either of the libraries or at the school office. Many thanks

Upcoming Dates Up To May Half Term

27th March       Easter Eggstravaganza after school until 16.15

28th March       Rocksteady Concert (9.30 – 10.30)

29th March       Last day of term

30th March       Good Friday – Easter holidays begin

16th April         First day of new term

1st May            Informal chance for parents to look at books after school until 15.30

7th May            Bank Holiday Monday (school closed)

8th May            Year 6 Fairthorne Residential Information Evening at 18.00

14th May          KS2 SATs week

21st May          Careers Day (children find out about different jobs through parents volunteering to come in to school)

25th May          Last day of term


Kind regards,
Mr D Brawley.