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Christmas Arrangements 2015


                                                                                                                       27 November 2015

Dear Parents



Christmas Arrangements – Please Keep for Reference


As this time of year tends to be very busy both at school and at home we thought that we would give you a list of events taking place over the next few weeks to help with your planning.


Once again the children will be performing a Christmas play which will take place in the village church.  As a church school we welcome this opportunity to use this lovely building for our celebrations although we do appreciate that it has limited viewing and seating.  This means we will have to limit tickets to two per family initially.


Monday 30th November  - Tickets go on sale for our Christmas performance “Straw and Order” This promises to be a lovely performance and the children are really enjoying preparing! Tickets are priced £3 each and can be bought at the school office.  For a short period they are limited to two per family.  Please, please get your tickets quickly to ensure you can attend your preferred performance. The PTFA are kindly providing two lovely Christmas hampers and you will have the opportunity to win one of these at each performance!


Friday 4th December – All costumes to be in school in a named carrier bag. If you have any queries about costumes, please see your child’s class teacher.


All remaining tickets released from the school office.


Saturday 5th December       PTFA Party.  Please confirm your tickets by Friday

27th November.


Tuesday 8th DecemberDress Rehearsal Day.  This year we are doing things a little differently.  All the children will need to be dropped off at the Church at 8:55 am or earlier if they are booked into Breakfast Club. Breakfast Club will be at the church from 7:50 am.  Owls and Buzzards will spend the morning taking part in some Christmas activities in the church hall. Herons, Kestrels and Woodpeckers will remain in the church all day. During the afternoon there will be a full dress rehearsal for the whole school. They will all need a packed lunch which will be provided if your child has booked a hot dinner. A slip will follow for those relevant children.   Please collect all the children from the church at 3:30pm. Those who are going to after school clubs will be transported back to school at 3:15 pm. Pre-school children can be collected from Pre-School earlier if necessary.


Wednesday 9th  December – “Straw and Order” Matinee  performance in church at 2:15 pm.  Children will be transported to the Church ready for the performance by mini bus. They will eat their lunch in school as normal. After the performance children can be picked up at 3:30 pm.  Again Pre-School children can be collected earlier if necessary. Those children attending after school clubs will be transported back to school at 3:15 pm. Children can take home their costume but will need to ensure they arrive wearing it the following evening. See below. 

Thursday 10th December – “Straw and Order” Evening Performance at

 6:15 pm.  Please ensure your child arrives in their costume and in position by

6:00 pm prompt. The performance will last approximately 1 hour and children can be picked up from the church at approximately 7:30 pm.


Saturday 12th December – Mark Church Bazaar     2 – 4 Mark Village Hall.

Our PTFA are hoping to have a Chocolate Tombola Stall.


Sunday 13th Decemer - 3pm Christingle Service at Mark Church


Tuesday 15th December – Traditional Christmas lunch provided by the school meal service.  If your child does not normally have school lunch but would like to on this day please send £2.35 in an envelope clearly marked Christmas lunch and their name and class as soon as possible.


Wednesday 16th December 2015 -  End of term service in the church.  Please bring your child to church.  You are very welcome to stay to this service which will start at 9 am.  Breakfast Club will be held at the church on this day.  All the children will be transported back to school by mini buses.


Thursday 17th December – Party lunch organised by PTFA, food donated by parents (no school lunches).  Special visitor pm!  The children may wear “party clothes” on this day but in the light of the very cold weather please make sure they are appropriately dressed as they will still be playing outside!  Woodpeckers will be going swimming as planned but will not miss out!


Friday 18th December 2015 – Last Day of Term


National Christmas Jumper Day – An opportunity to wear your Christmas Jumpers!  With usual uniform trousers or skirts please!


Carols by Candlelight Service - in March Church at 7 pm. Our Music Club has been invited to sing at this.


Monday 4th January 2016 – Children return to school.


Please can you sign and return the attached consent form which will cover your child for the performance in church on 9th December and the service on 16th December.  Please indicate whether or not your child needs a lift back to school. Please return by Thursday 3rd December at the very latest.


Breakfast & After School Clubs

Please note Breakfast Club will be in the church on 8th and 16th December and After School Clubs will run at school as normal on every day.  We can arrange transport back to school for those booked into After School Clubs on 8th and 9th December but please let us know if you would like your child to make use of this transport, so that we can provide enough transport.  Otherwise we will assume you will be transporting your own child.


This is a lot to take in and so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.


Thank you for your support this term.


Yours sincerely,



Mrs Anna Yates