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The Vale Autumn Term 2015 Welcome letter

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Dear Parents

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. (more…)

Eaton House The Vale Autumn Term 2014 Welcome letter

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Dear Parents

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
Headmaster

Welcome letter from the Vale Headmaster

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the start of the Summer Term 2014. I hope everyone had a good break and enjoyed the recent spell of good weather. I remain convinced that there is more on the way…

Some important dates for this term:

Clubs begin Monday 28th April
Class photographs Friday 9th May
Travelling Book Fair Monday 12th – Thursday 15th May
Form 2/3 Cricket/Rounders match (tbc) Monday 12th May
Whole school photograph Thursday 15th May
Poetry Week 19th – 23rd May
Charity Evening Event Saturday 17th May
PGL Trip (Form 2 and 3) 6th – 8th June
Form 1 sports fixture (tbc) Wednesday 11th June
International Day Friday 13th June
Exam Week 16th – 20th June (Form 1, 2 and 3)
Parents Evenings 24th and 26th June
Junior Concert (tbc) Wednesday 25th June (8.50 am)
Senior Concert (tbc) Monday 30th June (8.50 am)
Last week of clubs Week commencing 30th June
(No clubs w/c 7th July)
Sports Day (pm) Friday 4th July
School Trip Tuesday 8th July
Term Ends 12 noon Thursday 10th July

We are awaiting confirmation of availability before we finalise Prizegiving this term – it will either take place at 2pm on Wednesday 9th July or 11am on Thursday 10th July.

Please note the term dates: 24th April to 10th July, with half term 26th – 30th May. Please do not book holidays during term time. I would also remind you that arrival time is no later than 8.45 each morning. Friday morning Assemblies will begin at 8.45 sharp so please endeavour to be here in time for your children to get into the Hall.

As ever, we look forward to a hard-working and productive term.

With best wishes

Mr R. Greenwood
Headmaster

Welcome letter from the Vale Headmaster

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year – and welcome to the new pupils in the Nursery! (more…)

Eaton House The Vale Welcome Letter

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Dear Parents,

For those of you joining us for the first time, a very warm welcome, and to our returning pupils and families, welcome back.

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Eaton House The Vale Welcome Letter

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Dear Parents,

For those of you joining us for the first time, a very warm welcome, and to our returning pupils and families, welcome back.

We have new faces amongst the staff this term, all of whom I am sure you will get to know as the term progresses. Our new staff include Miss Laura as the Teaching Assistant in Kindergarten, Miss Catherine as the Teaching Assistant in Form 1 as well as being our new French teacher, Mr Gale who will be the part-time Class Music teacher and Miss Kaye as the Form 1 Class teacher. We also have Miss Maddie as a Gap Year assistant, and Mr Dietz who is a student from Germany. Mr Fabian will continue as Nursery Assistant in the mornings, and in the afternoons he will act as and Administrative Assistant to me.

Could I make my usual request 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 22nd October, and we will have a long weekend with Friday 23rd November as a holiday. Please also do keep an eye on the website for dates for Parents’ Evenings, Nativity and so on.

I would like to invite you to an informal information and drinks evening next Tuesday, 11th September. The class teachers will be in their classrooms at 6pm 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 – the Vale community spirit is always very much in evidence and 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
Headmaster

Eaton House The Vale Welcome Letter

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Dear Parents

Welcome back to a rather wet start to the Summer Term 2012! I do trust that you all had a good break, whether abroad in the sunshine (Rome was even wetter than London…) or in the U.K. Despite the weather, sunhats are now available to order from our uniform suppliers, www.perryuniform.co.uk.

Just a few dates to put in the diary:

Bank Holiday Monday: 7th May
Parents’ Charity Cocktail Evening: 18th May
Sports Day: the morning of Monday 18th June
Parents’ Evening: 26th June (and possibly 28th June for some)
End of term: 12 noon Thursday 12th July

Clubs will begin next week, 30th April and will end in the week of 2nd July unless you are notified otherwise by the staff running the clubs.

Please note the term dates: 26th April to 12th July (Half term is the week of 4th June). I would urge you very strongly to book holiday dates around these times. If trips with your children are absolutely unavoidable, please let me know in writing. I must also urge you to ensure your children are at school no later than 8.45 am, and that you collect them promptly at the end of the day, either at 3.30 or after clubs.

As ever we look forward to a hard-working, positive term, with plenty to do both academically and socially. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

With best wishes

Mr R. Greenwood
Headmaster

Eaton House The Vale Welcome Letter

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Dear Parents

Happy New Year – and welcome to the new pupils in the Nursery!

Please bear in mind that clubs will begin next week, starting Monday 16th January. Unfortunately we are unable to run the Healthy Kids Club this term. Please check the club lists that are up in the front hallway and make a note of the finishing times. Invoices will be sent in the first week.

I always like to take this opportunity to refresh memories on a few points: term dates, absences and times of arrival in particular!

As always, the term dates are easily accessible on the website, but: half term is the week of 13th February, with Friday 10th February being a normal school day finishing at 3.30. Term ends on Thursday 29th March at 12 noon. May I make my usual request here of asking you to please book your holiday flights so that your children have a full term of school. If, for any entirely unavoidable reason, you have to take your child abroad during term time, I need a written request for the time off please.

As far as absences are concerned, if your child is unwell and unable to come to school, please email me or leave a voicemail to let us know as early as possible on the day; this allows us to fill in the registers accordingly.

I open the door each morning between 8.30 and 8.45 am. Please aim to get your child here during that time; after 8.45 children are officially marked as ‘late’ in the registers. After 8.45, if I do not answer the buzzer it is because I am in Assembly or elsewhere in the school; please go down the stairs on the left of the front door and ring the basement doorbell. I would also appreciate it if you could be as prompt as possible when collecting your child(ren)!

I hope you all had wonderful holidays and that you are looking forward to the new term as much as we are!

With best wishes

Mr R. Greenwood
Headmaster

Eaton House The Vale Welcome Letter

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Dear Parents,

For those of you joining us for the first time, a very warm welcome, and to our returning pupils and families, welcome back.

We have new faces amongst the staff this term, all of whom I am sure you will get to know as the term progresses. Our new staff include Miss Jess as an Assistant in the Nursery, Miss Alexandra as the Teaching Assistant in Reception, Miss Sinead as the Form 1 Class Teacher, and Monsieur Remy Le Ny as the French teacher. We also have Miss Louise and Miss Friederike assisting around the school, and Miss Cornelia who is a student teacher from Germany with us for six weeks.

Could I make my usual request 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 24th October, and we will have a long weekend with Friday 18th November as a holiday.

I would like to invite you to an informal information and drinks evening next Wednesday, 14th September. The class teachers will be in their classrooms at 6pm 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 6.30 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 – the Vale community spirit is always very much in evidence and 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
Headmaster

Eaton House The Vale Welcome Letter

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Dear Parents

Welcome back to the Summer Term 2011. I hope you had a wonderful holiday with the children and that you didn’t get too sunburnt if you stayed in the U.K.!

Many of you will have noticed the redecoration of the front hallway – it looks so good it almost seems a shame to put things on the walls, but fear not…we will be putting up notice-boards and a few other things during the course of the next few weeks. We have also had the ground floor childrens’ loos redone; it is now so much more child-friendly and many of the pupils are excited about the colourful scheme in there!

I would be interested to know how many parents would prefer ‘letters home’ in the form of emails instead. Please fill in the attached form and return it to me!

There are a few dates to save this term:

Parents’ evenings will be Tuesday 28th June and/or Thursday 30th June
Sports Day is on the morning of Tuesday 5th July
End of term: 12 noon on Thursday 14th July

As ever, we all look forward to a super Summer Term! Here’s hoping that the weather last week wasn’t a flash in the pan…

With very best wishes

Mr R. Greenwood
Headmaster