Christmas Letter

Wednesday 13th December 2017

Dear parents/carers,

I wanted to write to you all as the year closes to wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the very best for a peaceful New Year. The last few weeks in school have been chaotic yet fruitful. Well done to all the children for their brilliance in various performance and well done to the parents and staff for maintaining an air of calm and purpose throughout all the goings on. I’d also like to thank the parents who have been able to venture into school to assist our teachers and children in their endeavours.

Yet again, the Enterprise Fair was a particular success. The children worked so hard to produce some amazing products and gifts, and to be able to see these amongst ‘real’ retailers was a fantastic experience. Each class worked hard to keep an eye on costs and make a profit from their sales, with Year 6 coming out on top with a profit of £103. Overall, the children raised £952 for school funds. We also raised £40 for the Fairtrade Foundation.

School Developments and Fundraising

In the New Year, we need to begin our big fundraising effort to improve the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 classes. We have started to work with an architect to develop our ideas and I hope to share some designs in school in January.

Below is a ‘wish list’ of what we would like to achieve. However, we will consult with parents and children to add to this plan, so if you have any ideas about other elements that might be included please do not hesitate to share these. Some of the plan is quite straightforward but other aspects complicated and expensive to achieve. Therefore, we will fundraise as much as we can and then complete what can be afforded.

 Refurbish, redecorate and create additional space in the Nursery and Reception classrooms.

Create a link between the 2 rooms to further develop our integrated approach to learning in Early Years Foundation Stage.

Ensure that children with additional access needs (wheelchair users) can use all the classrooms in the lower part of school.

 Improve and develop the outside learning space along the ?terrace? for all of our younger classes.

Create an inside link between Year 1 and Year 2, avoiding having to walk through the hall to visit the rest of school.

 Improve toilet and cloakrooms.

 Provide intimate care facilities for children with additional needs.

I am hoping to create a dedicated fundraising group for this project to manage and organise our efforts. If you or anyone you know has experience or expertise in this area, or any useful contacts, please do let us know in school. In January we will bring our fundraising group together for the first time.


Since the year has started we have slowly increased the number of Nursery aged children who come into school each day. From January we are now able to offer additional afternoon sessions every day, and lunchtime sessions on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please contact us in school if you would like to request additional sessions and we can discuss this with you.

On January 15th applications close for places in our Reception class for September 2018. Parents of Nursery aged children will find all the information you need to do this on our school website – follow the link ‘Application for Reception places’. This information is also on Cumbria County Council’s website.

Poppy Appeal

Well done to everyone in school who supported the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. The school raised £189.83 towards safeguarding the welfare, interests and memory of those who have served or are serving in the armed forces.

School Dinners

Thank you to everyone who completed our School Meals Survey. We are working closely with Settlebeck to increase the number of children who enjoy a hot meal each day and your feedback will be very useful in moving things forward.

School Communication App

Many of you completed our survey about the introduction of a school App for communication. The response is unanimously in favour of doing this. In the Spring term we will start to develop the App, and as soon as it is ready to download and use we will let you know (sometime after Easter). We will also provide training in school for parents and IT savvy pupils.

Governor Updates

I’m delighted to tell you that Peter Irvine, a regular visitor in school, has joined our Governing Body as a co-opted Governor. Peter brings a wealth of business experience to the role but most importantly a commitment to learning and inclusion for all children. He will be a real asset to the Sedbergh Primary School team.

Please remember, term ends on Friday at 2pm and school reopens to children on Wednesday 3rd January 2018. Wishing all of you the very best for a peaceful Christmas and enjoyable New Year.

Warm regards,

Matthew Towe

Head teacher