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Summer Term Newsletter


Dear Parents,


The time has come to say goodbye to our lovely Year 2 children, what a brilliant year group they have been! We have loved working with them and wish every child leaving much happiness and success in the future. We love to hear how our ex-pupils are getting on, so do let us know.


As well as pupils leaving, the time has come for the lovely Mrs Martin to retire. What an amazing teacher! Karen Martin is a class teacher who has been with us right from the start when we opened the school in 1997, and has taught all the year groups here. Twenty years – wow! We owe Karen a huge debt of thanks and gratitude for all she has done to create and maintain our outstanding practice.

We are going to miss Karen very much, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her fantastic commitment to Loughton Manor First School, her unstinting effort and inspirational teaching. Needless to say, we’ll be trying to tempt Karen back to do occasional cover, and she will definitely continue to be a valued member of our school community.


We would also like to thank Karrie Chilton who has been teaching in FS2 this year, job sharing with Karen, and who leaves us to have a baby in the autumn. We really appreciate how Karrie stepped in for the year, and has fulfilled the FS2 teacher role so excellently.


Another imminent maternity is that of Daniela Thompson our KS1 Assistant Head. Daniela intends being on leave throughout 2017/18 but we are looking forward to seeing her often. Daniela’s already decided that she will visit us to run our termly KS1 Progress Tracking team meetings this coming year as part of her keeping in touch – what commitment, super!


Beverley Beavis, like Karen Martin was with us ever since the school opened in 1997, and officially retired last July. Not only has she been looking after us by teaching the Monkeys class whilst Mrs Holland recuperates, but Beverley has kindly agreed to teach in Year 2 Hippos for two days a week in the coming academic year, sharing with Dorothy Palmiero, covering the class teaching commitment that Daniela has had this year.


We look forward to seeing everyone else in next term’s Key Stage 1 on Monday 4th September, which is the week for home visits for the Foundation Stage.


Happy holiday and best wishes. If you’re going away on vacation, have a lovely time!



Lizzie Bancroft


REMINDER – Induction Meetings for those moving to Year 1 and Year 2 in September

This coming Monday, 17th July.


There are Induction meetings for all parents of children who will be in Year 1 or Year 2 next term. This is a parents’ information meeting, not for children. The meetings are held in the hall at the following times:

•Year 1 - 6.00 pm

•Year 2 - 7.00 pm – this will include information about instrumental tuition in Year 2.

Year 2 Leavers’ Party

On Wednesday 19th July, Year 2 will be enjoying a ‘Leavers’ Party’ courtesy of the Friends of Loughton Manor First School. If your child would like to bring a change of clothes to wear ‘party clothes’ in the afternoon, they are welcome to do so, but it’s not essential. Their home time is at the normal time.


Teddy Bear’s Picnic Friday 21st July 2017


On Friday, the last day of term, we will be having a whole school picnic. We’ll be in the school grounds, weather permitting, using picnic benches, blankets and groundsheets. This annual event makes a pleasant end to the school year. Our catering service will provide a packed lunch. Any Year 2 Leavers’ parents who fancy picnicking with us are welcome to visit, but there’s no big expectation that you should – just if you happen to be around on Friday lunchtime.

Children do not need to wear school uniform to school.


We would love any Nursery children, Monkeys class morning children and afternoon children that would like to join us to come along too, with their grown ups, from 11.30 a.m. You will need to bring a packed lunch for them, as they don’t have free school lunches.


Action Research Children’s Charity

We invite every child to bring a teddy to the picnic (one they can carry!). All Teddy Bears should pay a donation to Action Research children’s charity for being allowed to attend school. Thank you for supporting the work of this important charity that specialises in medical research into serious illnesses and disabilities that affect children.


Leavers’ Celebration at LOUGHTON BAPTIST CHURCH

Bradwell Road, Loughton, Milton Keynes

09.00 to 10. 30 Friday 21st July


On the last day of term we will make our formal farewells to all Year Two children. Each child will be presented with a dictionary and thesaurus as a memento of their time at Loughton Manor First School. Our thanks go to The Friends of Loughton Manor First School for providing these lovely books which are something that can be treasured and useful right into adult life.


We are delighted to invite parents, friends and other relatives of Year 2 children to join with us on this special occasion. We will be offering refreshments afterwards, including a selection of cookies made especially for the occasion by the Year 2 children in their Wednesday afternoon cookery lessons. Please bring your child to Loughton Baptist Church, opposite Loughton School on Friday morning at 08.45 to enable a prompt start; school staff will walk the children back to school following the celebration. We are very pleased to have been invited back to Loughton Baptist Church following our visit earlier in the year for Mothers’ Day assemblies, and thanks go to Craig Sayle and his team of kind volunteers for hosting us.