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Dear Parents

The last few days of the half term have continued as the term started with plenty of activity both in the classroom and outside. The pupils are now all settled in their classes and routines and it is lovely to greet so many smiley faces every morning.

Last Saturday 64 children turned out to represent the school at the cross country event at RAF Halton. Mr Grosse spoke in assembly on Monday about how proud he was to see so many staff, pupils and parents at the event and just how brilliantly our runners tackled the tough course and supported all their peers when they were racing. A super start to these events for some pupils and a great last race at Halton for some of our Year 6 pupils.

This week Year 6 have enjoyed sessions with the IMPS (Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools) team. These important skills are another part of Gateway School preparing the Year 6 pupils for their move to senior school and greater independence.

It was good to see so many parents from Nursery, Year 2, Year 3 and 4 attend our Curriculum Guidance Evenings this week. We are running the other events the week after half term, please see the school dates for further information. Our aim is to make these evenings as informative as possible for parents so if there are improvements or developments we can make, please let Mr Grosse (deputyhead@gatewaysch.co.uk) or myself know.

I also enjoyed our first Music Tea of the year yesterday evening. What a lovely event this was. Super to see many first time players taking to the stage and also the more accomplished players playing more challenging pieces with confidence and enjoyment. A great opportunity for some real performance practice and for the pupils to support each other and to be inspired by what can be achieved.

I am afraid that after half term we do not want to see Pokemon cards in school anymore. Mr Atkinson has been very clear about our expectations to the pupils and sadly we have been disappointed by the behaviour of some and the distraction that these cards are causing. So from Monday 31 October all pupils should come to school in winter uniform, with a healthy snack, a named water bottle and NO Pokemon cards.

Have a super holiday with your lovely children.

Mrs La Farge

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