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Friday 5th December 2014

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Christmas Time

It’s still only November but it certainly feels as though Christmas is well and truly on its way! The Festive season is always a busy and exciting time! It’s going to be quite hectic over the next couple of weeks, full of wonderful Christmassy events.

Year 1 will be delighting audiences with their performance on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We have the Carol Concert at Mutley Baptist Church on Thursday as well. The following Thursday we have the school Christmas dinner to look forward to and then on Friday, after school, we have the PTFA Christmas Fair (complete with tasteful festive jumpers)! Sandwiched in between all of that, we also have the Foundation Stage Christmas sing along for parents (Tuesday 9th) as well a Year 3’s Wartime Christmas Celebrations (Wednesday 10th). Then, in the final week, the children will of course be having their Christmas parties. Lots and lots going on, and I’ve probably missed a couple of things out too! I do want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the staff who will be working tirelessly to make all this happen. All these extra events, squeezed into an already busy school day, take a lot of organising and consequently provide one or two additional headaches for everyone. So thank you one and all team – you’re fabulous and you help to make Montpelier a very special place for the children (and the parents too I think but we’ll let you be the judge of that when you come in to see the performances).


The behaviour of children in school continues to be excellent and is still improving. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect all of the time but, generally, the behaviour of the overwhelming majority of pupils here is very, very good indeed. We have been handing out lots of Going for Gold certificates in assembly which is lovely – celebrating all the great behaviour is very important to us; it makes the children feel very special, as it should. The children are always proud, especially the small handful of children who have managed to reach the amazing 50 Golds and who are now proudly wearing their GOLD badges.

Also, we had visitors in from a school in Exeter this week and they told us just how impressed they were with both the learning behaviours in the classroom (how children were so focussed and engaged in what they were doing) as well as the lovely manners they experienced as they walked around the school; children holding doors open for them and greeting them warmly with a ‘hello’ or a ‘good morning’ and a smile. They were also very impressed with how confident the children were and how articulately they spoke about their learning when asked. Brilliant! What more could we ask of them? Well done children – I am very proud of you all!

Montpelier Primary School Plymouth

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