Newsletter for October 2012
We have always tried to enhance our children’s education by providing an exciting range of trips and visits. Our Manx community is wonderfully supportive and offers a wide variety of cultural, sporting and educational opportunities for our children. We currently rely on the generosity of our parent helpers to transport children as the cost of private coaches and buses has become prohibitive. However, this approach is becoming more difficult as more parents return to work. We don’t want to compromise or restrict our provision and feel that we need to look at a workable solution.
Our plan is to purchase the minibus currently belonging to Ramsey Grammar School, which will provide an excellent vehicle at a reasonable cost. We plan to fund the purchase by raising half the money ourselves and by requesting a Manx Lottery Trust Grant for the other half. The minibus would be based at school and be available for use by any of our affiliated community organisations.
We have written to our local neighbours to inform them of our plans and hopefully they will feel they can support our efforts.
The cost of the bus will be in the region of £16,000 - £17,000, depending on the market valuation at the time. It will become available at Easter when RGS take delivery of their new bus. It will be a big challenge to raise the funds but our PTA has agreed to support the project. We are in the process of submitting a request for a Lottery Grant, which will have a significant bearing on the viability of the project.
Wed 24th Oct Harvest Festival, Mon 29th Oct Half term holiday, Mon 5th Nov Return to school, Fri 16th Nov Children in Need, Wed 21st Nov Lempen Puppets, Thurs 29th Nov Midland Theatre group, Fri 30th Nov PTA Christmas Fair, Wed 12th Dec Nativity Play pm, Thurs 13th Dec Nativity Play evening, Thurs 20 Dec Christmas Parties, Fri 21st Dec Finish for Christmas, Mon 7th Jan New term begins
The latest Mhelliah was a great success,
compared brilliantly by Michael Taggart. Many thanks to all the parents who helped organise the event, donated gifts and spent their money bidding for a huge range of produce and pledges. It is events like this, fun and community based, which are so important to the school. The PTA raised over £3000 from the Mhelliah and this additional support will make such a difference to the education and enjoyment of all our children. I do hope that all our parents feel they can help support the school in some way, by helping organise events or by joining us in our fund raising efforts from time to time.
Our Year 6 children will be presenting a special Remembrance Service on Friday 9th November at 9.30am. This Service has become a tradition at our school and is a very moving tribute. The Year 6 children would like to invite their parents to join them on this special occasion.
We will be holding our Harvest Festival Service at Sulby Methodist Church on Wednesday 24th October from 9.20am. The Service will be hosted jointly by Reverend Andrew and Reverend Rogers. The children will walk though the school grounds to the church and return after the Service at around 10.00am. Please will you let school know if you would rather your child did not take part in this event. Parents are very welcome to join us for the Service.
School Tea Towels 2013
All of our children will be contributing a portrait, which will be included on our Sulby School Tea Towel for 2013. We will be sending an information letter and an order form to parents after half term. The tea towels will make great Christmas presents for relatives and friends as well as a providing a nice reminder of the school year!
We are very pleased to be hosting a weekly ‘Action Songs’ session, organised by the Children’s Centre, which takes place every Tuesday from 9.15am. The group is open to all pre-schoolers. If you would like your child to attend, please just come to the school hall on the day.