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Posted on: June 14th 2019

A message from Gareth Nation

Welcome back! We’ve had a fun filled start to the final term of this academic year.

Swimming is underway and I joined the children for part of their first session last week. It is lovely to see them enjoying the lessons. Thank you to the staff for ensuring the new arrangements have gone so smoothly.

This week was the last cricket lesson of the year. The coach informed me what a pleasure it was to work with your wonderful children and that he looks forward to working with us again next year. Well done children - you made a real impression!

The ‘start of the day’ arrangements are working brilliantly and the children are more settled and focused in the mornings. Can I please remind you that all pupils must be in class for the register at 8:55 am so they are ready to start their day.



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A Message from Mr Nation Posted on: 25/10/2019

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A Message from Gareth Nation Posted on: 27/09/2019

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