End of Year Letter 2016/17 – 24th July 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy holiday. We have had another good year at Cherbourg; visited by the Anglo Saxons, singing with a professional orchestra to welcome the new Dean to Winchester Cathedral, four residential trips, wonderful Forest School and outdoor learning activities, tasted new tastes in our Healthy Eating week and continued to learn and progress well throughout the school. It has been lovely to see so many of you at our recent concerts for recorder, ukulele and keyboard too and I’m looking forward to seeing Y6 parents this evening at their Leavers’ Performance.

You may also be aware that we have been setting up our Jarjums Room in Crestwood College for children in Years 7 and 8 who need support to meet their social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH). This is a really exciting project for our staff to share their expertise with our secondary colleagues. The resourced provision is called Galigir, which means ‘Young People’ in an Australian aboriginal dialect, (you may remember that Jarjums means ‘children’).

We have had a lot of visitors this term, learning from our staff about meeting learning needs and developing sporting skills, as well as looking at our playground skills for example. We have also been able to share our knowledge of assessment and reading with other schools. I hope you find it useful to know that our school is well respected both locally and nationally.

We are saying goodbye to Jack Bidmead, who kindly stayed on this term to teach his old class, even though he had moved to Brighton; thank you Jack! We are also losing Ed Potterton, who is going to teach in a special school and Catherine Smith, who is moving back to her home town to teach. We will miss them all and really appreciate the contribution they have all made in the time they have been with us.

I wanted to thank Emma, Lucy and Jo and their team of Friends of Cherbourg for all the hard work they have put in this year to raise money and create some lovely events for our community. Thank you as well to our Breakfast and Bugs teams for providing such great out of hours childcare.

Lastly, I wanted to thank Jenny Parker, as Chair of Governors and all the governors and staff for working so well together to ensure we offer creative, enthusiastic and energetic learning and teaching for all our pupils.

We have our annual end of school year assembly tomorrow in All Saints church at 11.00a.m where we say goodbye to our Year 6s and other pupils and staff who are leaving. This is a service primarily for children, but we always like to welcome any Y6 parents and carers as well.

Have a safe and happy holiday and I will look forward to seeing you all again on 4th September, (YRs on 11th September).


This is a copy of the letter that was sent to parents. The original had a reply slip that is not included in this online version. If you would like a copy with the original reply slip please contact the office.

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