I hope you all had a really lovely long weekend. - despite Saturday's showers. Wherever I went there certainly seemed to be a lot of people walking around and enjoying the sunshine.
This week, we will be taking part in our very first Pyjamarama.
On Friday, Seaburn Dene will be joining children around the country in spending the day enjoying and sharing stories - all in the comfort of their PJs - and donating £1 to BookTrust to help make sure every child gets their bedtime story.
The Book Trust is the UK's largest reading charity and support 3.9 million children a year with books to help support a love of reading.
On the day will be holding a used book sale, while children will start the day with a Breakfast Book Time - where teachers will share a story with the children while they enjoy breakfast treats.
The suggested donation for the day is £2.50 - which includes a charity donation to BookTrust, a token for the book sale, pack of breakfast goodies to eat in class.
We are still looking for donations of good quality children's books - particularly for our older children - which can be brought into school at any point up until Friday.
You can still join the Friends of Seaburn Dene Grow a Sunflower competition. Minimum donation of 10p to get a starter kit to grow your sunflower. We will ask for photographs over the summer term into the holidays to help chart the growth.
There will be a non-uniform day on Friday, 28th May - with either a gift/bottle - for a summer raffle/class fair before the end of term.
Look out for our summer bunting challenge at half term.
Work will start in two ball walls (basketball/football/cricket) for our main yard in the summer holidays. Funding for the ball walls (£3,500) has come from a combination of the Friends and Community Chest (£1,700) - thanks to the support of our new governor, James Doyle.
Seaburn Dene is encouraging all families to swap the school run for a school walk, helping children to feel happier and healthier and reducing congestion at the school gates and we have had an amazing response since we returned after lockdown.
Last month, 76% of our school (165 children) earned their Travel Tracker badges for walking, scooting or cycling to school. Last week, 95% or more of children in these classes (R, 1,2 and 6) travelled sustainably to school.
For the 20/21 academic year we are taking part in WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge, from Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking. WOW rewards children who walk to school at least once a week with a collectable badge each month.
There are 11 badges to collect across the year and daily journeys are logged by pupils on the interactive Travel Tracker accessed through the school’s whiteboard in the classroom.
This week would have been the KS2 SATS week in a "normal" year. While we are still on a journey to gradually reinstating normality to school, assessments will be taking place in all year groups over from the week beginning May 17th. I am hoping as we move from May into June, we can begin to reintroduce aspects of school life, we have been missing for so long - assemblies etc.
Unfortunately it is too early to plan a return to our traditional Sports Day and Family Picnic this year. While we are holding a Sports Day, planning for June 16th - this will be in class bubbles and we are awaiting guidance before we can advice on whether any parents will be allowed - socially distanced - to watch.
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