Welcome to the new academic year. I hope you all had a tremendous summer. It is absolutely fantastic to have the boys back as the school is now alive again.
I have restructured the timetable to enable all classes to begin with a reading and phonics session each day starting promptly at 8.40am, apart from a Tuesday when we begin the day with Assembly. The reading and phonics session on this day is after Assembly. To enable enough time for the boys to prepare for school we are now opening the main front entrance at 8.25am. The teachers will be available from 8.25am, but at 8.40am they will call the class to order and begin the day as they cannot delay the reading and phonics session. The school day is also extended by five minutes and ends at 3.35pm.
Please study the card Autumn Term Calendar carefully and highlight appropriate dates. Additional copies of the Calendar are always available from the notice board and it is also accessible via the school website.
Some key dates are as follows:-
The Information Evening on Monday 8th September is for the KGs only. It will be from 5:30pm in the Theatre. I have re-arranged the other dates to take account of siblings in other year groups and to avoid clashes that some of you may have.
• 10th September, 5.30pm – Year 3 Information Evening in the Year 3 classrooms
• 11th September, 5.30pm – Year 2 Information Evening in the Sports Hall
• 12th September, 3.30pm – Year 1 Information Evening in the Sports Hall – we will also be able to look after the boys as this event is directly after school
• 9th September, 6.30pm for 7pm – New Theatre Opening Party
• 18th September, 5.30pm – KG Parents Reading Workshop in the Theatre
• 19th September Jeans for Genes Day. On this day the boys can wear their own clothes and bring in a donation
• 25th September, 5.30pm – Maths Workshop in the Theatre
• 6th October – Art Week (more details to follow)
• 14th & 15th October – Parents’ Evenings to discuss how your son is settling in
• 16th October, 9.45am – Harvest Festival at Holy Trinity Church
• Monday 20th – Friday 24th – Half Term holidays
• 31st October – Halloween Party (more details to follow)
• 21st November – Long leave weekend – no school on this day
• 27th November – Christmas Fair
• 8th December – Open House – an opportunity for your son to show you the work he has completed this term
• 9th December, 2.30pm – Pre-Prep Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church
• 11th December – School ends at 12.00pm
Your son’s teacher will also send an information letter home which details the dates of class assemblies. We are excited about the term ahead and working with the boys to ensure they achieve the best in everything they do.
For those of you joining us for the first time, a very warm welcome, and to our returning pupils and families, welcome back.
I do hope that you all had a fantastic summer – the children are always very keen to share their holiday stories, and it sounds like everyone had a great time.
My usual request at this stage is to ask for you to please check the term dates on the school website so that you can plan your holidays accordingly. Half term is the week of 20th October, and we will have a long weekend with Friday 21st November as a holiday. Please also do keep an eye on the website for dates for Parents’ Evenings, Nativity and so on.
If your child is unwell, please telephone the school or email the teacher as early in the day as possible so that we can fill in the registers accordingly.
I would like to invite you to an informal information and drinks evening next Monday, 8th September. The class teachers will be in their classrooms at 6pm sharp to give you a brief outline of some aspects of your child’s curriculum, after which I would be delighted if you could join me in the Hall for a glass of wine between 6.15 and 7.30.
I am sure the children will settle down very quickly as always. Do take them into their classrooms for the first couple of days; please don’t stay long though, as they will calm down much sooner if you leave them and us to it!
We look forward to a happy and successful term; all new parents and pupils will find they are warmly welcomed by everyone. Please do feel free to talk to us and we will answer any questions you have as best we can.
With best wishes for a wonderful Autumn term,
Mr R. Greenwood
Welcome back to you all and I hope you had a wonderful summer. I am very much looking forward to the busy term ahead. I would like to welcome the new Yellow Room children and their families to the nursery. We hope your little ones settle easily and start to love their time at nursery.
We have an open door policy where you are very welcome to speak to the class teacher and assistants for a few minutes each day but please arrange a different time for something that might take longer to discuss. We will email all correspondence and in addition to this, I will send all initial letters and the Nursery calendar home on paper, which is easier to pin on to the family notice board! Do please let us know if your email address has changed. You will also find a white board near the entrance to each classroom telling you about the weekly Show and Tell theme and other information. There is a large white board outside the Nursery entrance under the lean-to, for more general information.
We appreciate any volunteers who would like to come and read to the children, help out with cooking, swimming or out of school visits. The children love to share their time at Nursery with Mummy and Daddy or any other special person. We also need weekly helpers with swimming to the Manor pool.
As part of the Early Years curriculum we make many observations on the children, however it is very important that we also know about any significant achievements outside of Nursery. This can be anything from recognising a number in the street, to riding a bike or staying in their bed all night. We have a WOW observation form for you to complete and return back to your class teacher. This can be done at any time during the term.
Dates for your diary
Parents’ Evening will be held on Wednesday 26th November when you can discuss your child’s progress. Details will be given nearer the time. We also have a Long Weekend this term, Friday 21st November.
Lastly, we would really appreciate it if you could you bring in old newspapers, plastic bags and recycling for junk modelling.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and see me in the Green Room.
Head of Nursery
A warm welcome back to the new academic year at Eaton House The Manor. I do hope that the summer holiday was enjoyable for you all and that the boys are looking forward to the new term. The weather was kind to us at the end of last term, so let us hope that the sun continues to shine through September (and beyond).
The exciting news is that the new theatre and the Girls’ School classrooms have been completed on time and we are looking forward to making full use of the theatre over the coming year! I hope that you will be able to come to the theatre opening party on Tuesday 9th September, but if not, you will be able to see the new theatre at the Welcome Evenings.
Work has started on creating new offices for the Admin. Team and this is due to be completed by April 2015. The walkway from the main school entrance to the gym and theatre is now covered and the workmen will not come into contact with the pupils as they will have a separate entrance. We need to create additional office space for our admin. team because we are having new classrooms on the top floor in September 2015.
I am very pleased to be able to welcome new staff into the fold. Mr Toby Day is class teacher to 4TD, Mrs Elizabeth Emerton joins the Maths department and Mrs Victoria Ferruzzi will be teaching English. We welcome back Mrs Nickalls (Science) from maternity leave and our Gap Student is Thomas Langley who left Dulwich College this summer. We must also congratulate Mrs Naomi Pearson (née Mann) on getting married during the summer.
The boys have been issued today with school calendars. Each pupil has been given two calendars, so that one can be kept at home for your benefit, while the other can be left here at school. On the calendars you will note that we have welcome evenings for parents coming up very soon. You are invited to come to the theatre for a glass of wine at 5.30pm, a short talk from me at 5.45pm followed by an opportunity to meet your son’s new class teacher. I do hope you will be able to attend and I highlight the dates below:
|Wednesday 10th :||Year 4|
|Monday 15th :||Year 5|
|Tuesday 16th :||Year 6|
|Wednesday 17th :||Years 7 & 8|
I look forward to seeing you all very soon and wish the boys a very happy and successful year.