24 November 2007
Introducing our new pre-school assistant
Linda Donaldson joined the pre-school team in mid-November as a pre-school assistant. Linda and Kerry will both be working towards their NVQ III qualification in the new year.
We would like to say a big thank you to Sam Ranger, who had been helping out since September and who is leaving to spend more time on her Open University studies.
Pre-school garden already winning awards
We have visited our new garden at Sherington First School several times and have been awarded a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Campaign for School Gardening certificate. We can now work towards other certificates in the scheme. Thanks once again to Colin Storey and the school for their kind donation of the space and for all their help with getting the garden up and running.
We are preparing for the Christmas festivities at pre-school and are rehearsing for our nativity performance. We are also looking forward to a visit by a man wearing red!
The dates for spring term are: 7 January–15 February and 25 February–4 April. Please be aware that the pre-school will also be shut on Good Friday and Easter Monday (21 and 24 March).
Friday sessions will run again from January in the village hall between 12.30 and 3.00. These sessions are for the older children who will be starting school in September 2008. Please let us know if you are interested in your child attending this session.
Our themes for the spring term will be dumpers, diggers and tractors; shapes; and cookery. Towards the end of term, we will be putting together a range of pre-school’s favourite recipes and publishing our own recipe book.
We have had a very successful autumn term with many parents volunteering as rota helpers. Thank you to everyone who helped out; we hope that you enjoyed the sessions. We have already had a great response for the spring term rota. Being rota helper is a great opportunity for all parents to see what happens at pre-school and it is fun for the children to have their special person there for the session.
Once again, we are selling MK Community Foundation raffle tickets for £1 each (50p from each sale goes to pre-school). The top prize is a VW Beetle cabriolet. The tickets make great stocking stuffers! Ask at pre-school if you would like to purchase some tickets.
We are also having a silent auction for a local balloon trip for two people, which has been kindly donated by Brian Currie (briancurrie.co.uk). Bids need to exceed £100. Look out for the auction box at the Christmas bazaars and at pre-school. If you would like to bid, let Jo Cowley know. It would make a great Christmas present for a loved one. The closing date for bids is 14 December.