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Term Dates, Residentials and Staffing

11th January 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a good start to 2019 and that the year proves to be a successful one.

As a school we have been reviewing what works well and what needs to be developed further. I would like to take this opportunity to outline a number of developments as well as gather opinions on a variety of matters.


School Term Dates

A reminder that the term dates with the training days for the rest of 2018-2019 are as follows.

Spring Term 2019

Monday 7th  January School Opens

Friday 22nd  February School Closes

Monday 4th  March School Opens

Friday 8th  March Training Day – school closed

Friday 12th April School Closes

Summer Term 2019

Monday 29th April School Opens

Monday 6th  May School Closed – Bank Holiday

Friday 24th  May School Closes

Monday 3rd  June School Opens

Friday 28th June Training Day – school closed

Friday 19th   July School Closes at 12pm

Monday 22nd  July Training Day – school closed


Please note school will close at 12:00 pm on Friday 19th July in line with a number of Ebor schools.


Term dates for 2019 -2020 will be available on the website from Monday.

Medical and Allergies Forms

In order to update our records, all children will be bringing home a pink medical form and a green allergies form. It is essential that all of these forms are returned signed, even if there are no medical conditions or allergies and we appreciate your support in completing these.

Year 6 Leavers Celebrations

In discussion with the Year 6 team we will be celebrating the Year 6 achievements in the following way.

On Thursday 18th July at 6pm there will be a Year 6 Graduation and Celebration where we wish the Year 6 children well on the next step of their educational journey. Parents and Carers will be invited to school to listen to songs, memories and see the presentation of a gift to each child. Afterwards there will be a bouncy castle, hot dog and drinks.

The final assembly on the Friday morning will just be for the school, as it will be our way of saying good bye to the end of another school year.

I have been made aware that in the past there has been a Year 6 Leavers Party organised and run by parents. If this is to be the case then please speak to the office about the possibility of how this may be organised.

Staffing changes

We have welcomed Mr Brian Cartledge into Team Chestnut who has made a great start and is working hard to get to know our school very quickly.

Mrs Murphy will be sadly leaving us at the end of January as she has made a family decision to relocate abroad. Mrs Murphy has worked at Lakeside since 2001 and will be very familiar to many parents. She has been a huge part of school life over that time taking on many roles.

The time is right for Mrs Murphy to head off into the world and experience new adventures. We sincerely hope that she keeps in touch with us and feel that there might be some writing and video projects that the children can undertake.

I am sure you will want to join in me in wishing Mrs Murphy all the best for her new life and thank her for her hard work and commitment to the children of Lakeside.

PE clothing

Please can I remind you that the children do need to get changed for PE. This is because sports clothing allows more flexibility of movement as well as enabling them to change back into clothing that is fresher.

Our PE Kit consists of

House PE t-shirt and dark shorts/skirt
Plimsolls and trainers for outdoor PE
Tracksuit for outdoor PE

Residential Trips

Currently we have two residential trips Robin Wood in Year 4 and Low Mill in Year 6 and in the past children have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in them both. However it has come to our attention that each year the number of Year 6 children taking place decrease and this year about a third of the cohort remained at school.

There are a number of factors for this, increasing costs (currently £220 and £185 respectively), and an expectation that children transferring to secondary school attend a Year 7 residential very early on. Most children attend the Year 4 residential and sometimes feel one experience is sufficient. We are proposing to run the Year 6 Low Mill in October 2019 but then want to think about future years.

We would like to gather opinion as to what parents and children think, whether to continue both residential or reduce to one residential in Year 5. We will be asking the children at school but would like you to take the time to fill in the attached form to help us make an informed decision.

Your continued support is very much appreciated and as ever, if you wish to speak to me then I am generally outside school in the morning.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs H Hayes-Smith

Head of School




Residential Trip Consultation


Child’s Name___________________________________________    Year Group______


I would like to


  1. Continue with two residential trips in Year 4 and Year 6


  1. Have one residential trip in Year 5


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