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It has been another hectic term at Glemsford Primary Academy but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I have been really impressed with the effort the children have been putting into to their lessons in what has been a long eight-week term. We have been encouraging children to become more independent and show resilience when they find a something challenging. Like the penguin we saw in assembly climbing up the steep ice, (don`t worry we didn’t show any of the sad bits) the children are showing great character and really pushing themselves. They have earnt themselves a well-deserved break.

Glemsford is far, far more than lesson times however. The term started with a visit from world BMX champion who successfully jumped over five members of staff. We have had brilliant assemblies; trips to Cambridge and Colchester; fantastic sporting success – most noticeably coming third in athletics and basketball and a wonderful nativity play by the Robins, Squirrels and Otters. Mrs Martin left us (temporarily) in October to have baby Matilda - both mum and baby are doing really well.

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Christmas Cheer. The event really epitomises what is so special about our school: the way that children, staff, parents and members of the local community came together was very special. All the staff are so grateful for everyone that gave up their time to make it such a success. We ended up  making just over £1700!

I am pleased to let you know that staffing in the main part of the school remains the same but we have a couple of changes in Nursery and at lunchtime. Claire and Jasmine Lock are relocating to Essex and will be leaving us. I would like to thank them for their positive attitude and impact they have made particularly with our younger children. Due to an increase in numbers in Nursery as well as replacing Claire, we are also looking for two additional members of staff. Once everything has been finalised I will let you know who we have appointed.

On a less joyous note, parking outside the school continues to be a problem. Please can I encourage you to walk if you can and not to block Shepherds Lane. There have also been some complaints about people parking on the white lines on the road by the pub. This is creating dangerous situation and we have contacted the police about what we can do to stop this.
Hope you had a wonderful and very happy Christmas. I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Yours sincerely,

Ben Jeffery



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