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Dear All,


Well, the summer has come to an end, although we're hopeful that we may see a few more warm, sunny days before Autumn takes over. The staff are working hard in preparation for the year ahead and we're looking forward to seeing all of our children in Years 1 to 6 back for an 8:50am start on Wednesday, 7th September.


You will be receiving a wealth of new term information later this week, including all of the dates between now and Christmas that we have confirmed in the school diary. For your reference, these are all on our website calendar below and should not be changed, unless something major happens.


As a parent myself, I am relieved that I have the trauma of buying new school shoes under my belt, but just a gentle reminder that girls cannot wear flimsy pump-style shoes that have no strap, as these provide no support when they are racing around the playground at lunchtimes. All school shoes must be black (no white or grey trims, please) and should be separate from the trainers that the children bring in for PE. We saw quite a lot of slippage with the standard of footwear during the summer term, and I would like to start this new year as we mean to go on. 


Having said that .... I'm not averse to some creativity creeping into the colour of shoelaces, should the children feel that they'd like to keep their sense of individuality in their shoes. As long as the laces are of a sensible length for safety, I have no problem with this at all.


One of my daughters chooses to spend her days in a permanent state of 'upsidedown-ness', through cartwheeling, handstands, etc. I know that we have several girls at Dormansland who do the same, and I have discovered that George at Asda do a grey school 'skort', presumably for just this purpose. I'm sure that other companies do them too, but just thought I'd mention this to those parents who are fed up with their daughter arriving home with her PE shorts on under her school skirt ....


Finally, we are all feeling very excited about Mrs Wood and Mrs Vedor undertaking the 100k Thames Path Challenge next Saturday, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. We will be holding buckets on the gates on Friday morning before school and would be incredibly grateful if you were able to build their funds a little further by bringing in any unused foreign currency from your holidays, that you would be happy for us to exchange, or any coppers or loose change that we could put towards their total. As the saying goes, 'every little helps'! Good luck to the team as they enter their final week of preparation and training for this event.


I look forward to seeing you all again this week and to welcoming our new families as their children start with us over the next few days.


Best wishes,


Sarah Stokes