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Below is the Parentmail we send out every Thursday so that parents have advanced notice of what is coming up.

Christmas Market – it is the school Christmas market tomorrow. We do hope you can join us for the fun. The End of Day Procedures for tomorrow are that the school day will finish at 3pm and all children will exit school via the side doors by the bike shed. Please wait there to collect your child. Access to the market will be via the side gate in the school car park. All children must be collected and supervised during the Christmas Market. Please note, if your child is due to attend the After School Club, they have agreed to collect the children from school at 3pm.

The Christmas festivities continue next week!

Tuesday 10th December is the trip to the pantomime. The coaches will be leaving school at 9.30am. Remember to send your child in with a packed lunch unless you have already ordered one from Caterlink Ltd.

Thursday 12th December – Class Christmas Party Afternoon. Details of what the children should bring will be sent out separately. Party clothes should be brought to school in a bag to change into. They will change back into their uniform before the end of the school day.

Friday 13th December – this is Christmas jumper day, Christmas lunch and the Christmas discos!

• It is a non school uniform day and children can wear their Christmas jumpers or something festive. There is no donation needed for this event.

• Christmas lunch has now been booked. Those children not having a school lunch should bring a packed lunch with them on that day, though they will still eat in the hall and join in the merriment.

• Christmas discos – the Years 3 and 4 disco will be held from 6pm – 7pm and the Year 5 and 6 disco is from 7.15pm – 8.30pm. The children should be dropped off and collected from the playground. Please arrive just before the start time (no earlier) and note that no child will be allowed to walk home alone. Entry is £2 per child, payable on the door, and drinks, snacks and glow items will be available to purchase during the evening.

Year 6 Residential trip – a reminder that the next payment of £50 was due on 30th November.

Two polite requests: The school office is very busy at the start and the end of the day and we ask that it is not used as a thoroughfare. In the morning you should only come in via the school office if you are late dropping your child(ren) off, the gate is closed and you therefore need to sign them in. Collecting your child from the school office must be with prior agreement and due to exceptional circumstances.

School gate – to ensure the safety of both our children and the infant school children please note the following gate closure times:- our school gate is locked at 8.55am every morning when our Road Crossing Patrol lady leaves her post. This is to ensure the safety of the site. The infant school lock their gate at 4pm every night and therefore if you are collecting your child from after school clubs you will need to walk round. Please ensure that anybody collecting your child(ren) is made aware of this.

Christmas card competition – well done to everyone who entered the competition, there were some wonderful designs. It was extremely difficult to pick a winner but I am pleased to announce that the card which won was designed by Ollie in Year 4.

Ditton Church of England Primary School
Ditton Church of England Junior School