We are having a busy start to the new school year with 11 new starters settling in and many sessions already full. The theme for the first half term is ‘autumn’, giving us lots of opportunities for leafy craft and outdoor fun. We are hoping to visit Sutton Courtenay Environmental Centre and Henley Rowing Museum, which has a ‘Wind in the Willows’ exhibition. Julie will continue to use her forest school training to inspire Tuesday afternoon sessions, taking the children on various adventures in the wilds of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell.
Over the summer, the children got together on an informal outing to the Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot to see their artwork on display as part of a green exhibition. Natasha had arranged their twig fishing rods into an impressive ‘work of art’. We were given a very warm welcome from the Cornerstone staff (thank you) with the children enjoying the exhibition and drawing some art-inspired pictures. The staff also got together over the summer - to give the decking area a ‘spring-clean’ and makeover, sort out the resources cupboard, and plan for the autumn term.
The staff would like to thank all last year’s children and their parents for all the cards and gifts at the end of last term. Julie, Karen, Sarah, Karen, and Natasha are back this year, but we have said goodbye to Lisa. She has moved over the playground to be a teaching assistant at Brightwell School. A big thank you to Lisa for the fun she brought to Allsorts, and best of luck in the new role. While Julie continues her Forest School studies this year, the other staff will also carry on with their early years training: Karen S for a foundation degree, Sarah for level 3, and Natasha level 2. The garden is to be given some further loving care this year by the WI who have kindly offered to be part of a working party.
On the parent committee, we say goodbye to Abbie as chair, and Paula as fundraiser, both departing on adventures overseas. Many thanks for their hard work. Sophie and Alison have taken over as co-chairs, Helen F and Natalie G as fundraisers and Helen W as secretary. Alex stays on as treasurer, and Kate and Andrea as committee members.
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