Dear parents and carers,
A huge thank you to all the parents, carers and families that supported the school throughout the last week. There was an amazing turnout on both days for the Year 4 Christmas play and I hope you enjoyed the performances – we have received a lot of very positive feedback and we appreciate all of the support from home to make for such a good show. The after school Dance Club also shared their performance with parents and again, there was a great turnout to watch what the children had been working towards for the last 10 weeks.
Our PTFA worked so hard to prepare a brilliant Christmas Fair and I would like to send a big thank you on behalf of the whole school community to them for their time and effort. £556 was raised for the school PTFA fund which will go towards funding exciting projects within the school. Of course, a big thanks also goes to everybody that was able to attend both the Christmas craft activities in class and the fair. We want the community to feel welcome in the school and we hope you enjoyed attending the events. There is of course the Christmas Carol Services to look forward to this week and I look forward to seeing many of you at St. Peter’s church on Tuesday and Wednesday – it is certainly the highlight of the festive season for me!
‘Community’ has been chosen as one of our School Values and we hope you have a strong sense of there being many opportunities for the community to be involved in the life of our school and also of our school reaching out to the community. A great example of both is the work being undertaken by the Community Resources Devon team (http://www.communityresourcesdevon.org.uk/) to redevelop our school vegetable garden. They have been doing a fantastic job (in all weathers!) to refresh and improve the school garden ahead of the new growing season and we are very excited about the possibility of developing an on-going partnership with such a great, local charity that perform such important work.
Our children have also been reaching out to the local community and spreading Christmas cheer by sharing Christmas Carols with local groups and organisations. We have enjoyed visits to many residential homes and also to the staff at Pall – a big thank you to them for the chance to perform to you and for the kind gifts! We will continue to develop close links with the community and our work with elderly members of the community is something that we are particularly passionate about so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any ideas.
I would like to finish by passing on a huge congratulations to Ilfracombe Infants School on securing a ‘Good’ OFSTED report. This is an amazing achievement, especially given the demands of the new Education Inspection Framework, and the report spoke very strongly of the ethos of the school. I think it is wonderful for the town to have three ‘Good’ schools and for all the of the pupils, parents, staff, governors and the wider community in the town to receive the credit they deserve.
Mr Le Bredonchel