Thank you to all those parents / carers who came along to the art afternoon. This is the third art afternoon we have run over the last couple of years and again it has been a success. The artwork produced will be displayed on the boards in the main corridor (which are currently being emptied) from April onwards. During the Easter holidays, the corridor is being repainted and being smartened up ready for the Summer term.
Organisers of After School Club have been handing out questionnaires to gather opinions from the users of the After School Club about the provision it provides. The club has been running now for over a year and a half and organisers are deciding whether to continue from September onwards.
We are aware that this is valuable resource for some parents and if the organisers decide not to run this provision, the school would either seek another provider or look to run the club utilising its own staff. I felt it was useful to share this information now, in case you have concerns about the provision being removed in the future.
TEAM TSM were in fine form yesterday at the local area football and netball tournament. There were high hopes after last year, where the boys from TSM shared the winning trophy with Colneis Junior School. Wearing the new TSM Adidas Sport Kit, the pupils did themselves proud. The boys won the football trophy (no sharing this time!) and the girls finished runners up in the netball; beaten in the final by an exceptional team of girls from Causton Junior School. I say it every time BUT we are one of the smaller schools in the Felixstowe area and so to do as well as we do in these competitions is amazing! We put high priority on sport in the school, e.g. appointing a sports coach to teach the P.E. lessons and this really does pay off. Thank you to the staff who supported the children and the parents who helped transport children to and from Causton. But... mostly importantly - well done to Team TSM. Excellent result!
A few parents have asked if children are allowed to have squash in their water bottles. This was a decision that was made before I arrived (3 years ago) and originally it was only water that was allowed in the bottles. Newer teachers coming in weren't fully aware of the official line and so I have some year groups where the rule is enforced and some where it isn't. I would rather children drink water, however, I understand that some children would drink more if the water had some flavour.
Therefore here is clarification:
Children are allowed to have squash in their drinks bottles, their bottles must be screw cap or have a secure top on them, and when in the classroom all bottles will be stored in the areas by the sink. This is to prevent exercise books or work being damaged by squash if bottles leak or are knocked over.
(In some circumstances drinks will be allowed on desks but this will only be water and that will be a decision made by the class teacher).
When children refill their bottles during the school day they will only have access to water. Pre-made drinks e.g. Oasis are not allowed in the classroom as often they contain large amounts of sugar.