Festive Greetings

Headteacher Newsletter - Friday 17th December

A whole-school approach to nativity!

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Christmas lunch as a community

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Forest School decorations

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Cross Country superstars

A huge well done to Sophie for coming 2nd in the Gipping Valley Cross Country event and receiving a silver medal.

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Raffle Winner

A huge thank you to Mrs. Cook for donating two amazing raffle hampers - as a result, I believe we raised nearly £100. Well done Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Rudling for generating a ticket storm.
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New Co-Chairs of Governance

Jo Allum and Heidi Harris become the new co-chairs - please read the letter below for their introduction

Suffolk County Council - discretionary Household Support Fund

Parents and carers of pupils on income-related Free School Meals (FSM) will be contacted very soon regarding a voucher scheme for the Christmas period, which will be offered by the County Council, via Edenred. This will distribute a voucher to the value of £15 per eligible pupil, which can be used in all major supermarkets.

Early-help - Breakfast and After School Clubs from January

Our Early-help Clubs can be seen below.

After School:

Monday - Ball games with GVTSSP

Tuesday - Target games with Mr. Hurkett

Thursday - Multi-sports with Mr. Hurkett

Friday - Lego Club with Mr. Hurkett

Clubs will restart in the week of 10th January and are bookable in Arbor. Please ensure you pack a healthy snack for your child to have during After School Club and - as ever - let the office staff know if you don't need your place so they can free it up for someone else.

Updated Suffolk County Council information

Update to national guidance on testing

For information | All schools

Following the changes announced by the government relating to daily testing for all contacts and effective from Tuesday 14th December, please see a message below from local public health colleagues. This update has been included in the Public Health Schools Plan framework.

We are writing to highlight to you the change in national guidance that was published on 30 November requiring all contacts of suspected or confirmed Omicron cases to self-isolate.
Effective from 14 December, the government has now launched daily LFD testing for contacts of any COVID case and only unvaccinated adult contacts will be asked to self-isolate:

  • All symptomatic individuals – isolate and take PCR as soon as possible. Full guidance on NHS.UK
  • Fully vaccinated adult contacts (aged over 18 years and 6 months) and children aged 5-18 years and 6 months who are contacts of any COVID case – take daily LFD for 7 days, no need to isolate if tests negative, no need for PCR. Testing of children remains at parental discretion.
  • Unvaccinated adult contacts (aged over 18.5) of any COVID case – not eligible for this daily testing, need to isolate for 10 days and get a PCR test as soon as possible. It’s a legal requirement to self-isolate if you’re told to by NHS Test and Trace. You could be fined if you do not do this.
  • Under 5s are exempt from self-isolation and do not need to take part in daily rapid lateral flow testing.
  • Childcare and education settings are not expected to identify close contacts – national NHS T&T will inform close contacts.
  • Full guidance for close contacts is available on NHS.UK
Please refer to the DfE updated guidance.

The rest of our framework (e.g., thresholds, face coverings, essential visiting etc.) remain largely unchanged.

Explore Outdoor Events for those entitled to Free School Meals

Family Christmas Park Cooking Days (At least one child from each family must be aged 8 years or over).
A full day out for the family in a local green space or country park

Outdoor cooking master class

Families take home a all of the ingredients for Christmas Dinner and Boxing Day Lunch.

Great Cornard/Sudbury – Stowmarket - Eye


To book parents must email exploreoutdoor@acleisure.com with the name of their school and the sessions they want to book.

Free Swimming and Lunch (open to all ages)
Abbeycroft Leisure is offering free swimming sessions and a free lunch box to all eligible children from 5 – 17 years.

Teenagers (11-17 years) – 1 FREE swim and packed lunch

Children (5-11 years) – 1 FREE family swim – 1 Adult and 1 child swim – including child’s packed lunch and free hot drink and snack for the parent

Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Sudbury – Hadleigh Pool and Leisure


To book parents must email sports.development@acleisure.com with the name of their school and the sessions they want to book.

Holiday Camps at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre for those entitled to Free School Meals

Type of Course: Multi-Activity

Venue: Mid Leisure Sports Centre, Stowmarket

Times: 9am - 3.00pm

Dates: Monday 20th - Thursday 23rd December (Please note in line with our COVID risk Assessment you are asked to book on for all four days)

*Lunch is provided every day

What do I need to Bring?

  • A water bottle

  • Clothes suitable to be outside in all weather

  • Lots of energy

If you are interested in your child attending these courses, please book them on by using the booking link below:


United Education Holiday Camp Survey

United Education are looking at running Holiday Camps in 2022 and have asked us to share a link to a survey. They would be very grateful for any responses, please see the link if you are able to help https://forms.office.com/r/id5ch2ei8A

Safeguarding & Wellbeing

Mindfulness for Parents Course

The Gatehouse Charity have been given funding by Suffolk Community Foundation to provide free online mindfulness courses specifically for parent carers. The course is run by a clinical psychologist who is also a mindfulness teacher.

The mindfulness for parents course is for parents who;

• Care for a child with additional needs
• Care for an adult family member or friend

The care given may be formal or informal, and it may be care that is no longer given. We know that current or previous caregiving can deplete the people who provide it, and this course is designed to provide support to all wherever they are in their caregiving journey.

The next course starts in January, but others will be run throughout the year.

Further details and an application form can be found here.

If you require any further information, please email me at annabelksmindful@gmail.com

Calendar Dates

Tuesday 4th January

- PD Day (School closed for pupils)

Wednesday 5th January

- First Day of Term