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Bishop Sutton Pre-School & Forest Club Newsletter

It’s that time again! Dust off your jingle bells and shake out your tinsel, because December is fast approaching and so is our glittering Christmas Fayre. On Sunday 9 December 12-4pm at Bishop Sutton Village Hall we’ll be hosting a feast of festivities, complete with the return of Santa’s Grotto, children’s crafts, face painting, grand raffle prizes, and of course the chance to shop for one-off gifts. Indulge in a host of refreshments including mulled wine and cider, hot chocolate and crêpes, and our famously delicious Yule dogs. There’ll also be an opportunity to collect your Christmas tree – do just complete and return the order form you’ll have received from Pre-School. We look forward to welcoming you and making this one a cracker!

Also approaching is the ever-popular Christingle Service at Stowey Church on Sunday 2 December at 4pm. Bring your little ones to take part in the Christingle procession, sing along to carols by candlelight and hear the magical Nativity story. The church has a very special atmosphere and the service is the perfect way to shepherd in Advent.

Pre-School, too, is busy gearing up for the season, with Christmas activities galore and the ever-popular story of ‘The Rockin’ Robin’ flying in once again. Down the chimney also drops an array of brand new Pre-School equipment, including an exciting weather vane and windsock, sure to capture imaginations and enrich learning sessions. As always we are very much looking forward to the children’s Nativity Party, which takes place on Wednesday 19 December. There’ll be the usual lucky dip for food provision, so don’t be alarmed when someone approaches you with a box and asks you to have a rummage!

If you would like to volunteer to help at the Christmas Fayre, please add your name to the list outside the School Room or speak to one of the staff or committee. We need helping hands, keen bakers and tombola treats, and would be very grateful for any time or donations you can spare. All funds raised from the Fayre go to support the Pre-School and provide our children with the resources they enjoy every day. The Pre-School is a charity and without parents coming together to fundraise it simply wouldn’t be able to operate. We love and believe in our happy, nurturing, inspirational Pre-School and want it to thrive not just for our children but also for the village in years to come.

We had huge fundraising success at September’s Chew Moo’s Open Day, which was a wonderful event enjoyed by all who came. We’d like to sincerely thank committee member Suzanne and her family for their amazing generosity, for providing the children’s entertainments, the sunny weather and of course the scrumptious ice cream!

Please keep an eye out for our appeals over the coming months and do get involved if you can. There’s also an easy-peasy way to help support our efforts and that’s through the charity shopping fundraising site easyfundraising.org.uk. All you have to do is search for Bishop Sutton Pre-School then visit retailers and shop online as normal. Every purchase you make sends a lovely £2.5% automatically to our Pre-School. There are loads of major retailers signed on, so next time you’re thinking of buying from John Lewis or M&S, take just a few seconds to go through easyfundraising. You know it makes sense!

Until next time, keep warm and enjoy the jolly season
And best wishes,
Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club Committee

10 July 2018 : Come and join us at our AGM 2018

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We are pleased to announce that our Annual General Meeting 2018 will be on Tuesday 10th July at The Link, Bishop Sutton at 8pm. We very much hope to see you there.

This is an important meeting for all parents and carers to attend, as we give an overview of the past year and look forward to the next.  An integral part of the AGM is the voting in of the Committee Members. As a charity organisation, the Pre School is unable to function without a Committee, which must include five members (including a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary) at the very least. Without these five members in place the Pre-School would sadly need to close.

Becoming a Committee member means you can help to continue and support the great work of the Pre School and Forest Club staff, providing such high quality childcare in our village, and it’s a great way to meet fellow Pre School parents too! There are plenty of different roles available, from event planning to fundraising, publicity to invoicing, and all members have a voice in shaping policies and best practice for our village Pre-School.

Tradition then dictates a trip to the Red Lion after the AGM for all committee members, new and old, and any parents who wish to join us! What’s not to love?!

If you have any queries regarding becoming a Committee member please do contact our current chairperson, Annabelle Spinney.

We hope to see you at the AGM, and will be delighted to welcome you on board!

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25 May 2018 : Ahoy me hearties we be goin’ a pirating!

What an amazing time we have had at Pre-School and Forest Club over the last term! We were invaded by pirates and the children thoroughly immersed themselves in the activities and role play associated with the theme.

We hope you enjoyed our Active Story Making story ” We’re Going On a Treasure Hunt”. We certainly did!

We made pirate ships both inside and outside, made pirate outfits, masks and treasure maps. We searched for treasure and  followed maps to find “X marks the spot”.

Very importantly, we made sure we didn’t catch scurvy by eating lots of fresh fruit – including tasting lemons!

What fun we had ‘me hearties!’

22 May 2018 : Pre-School Parent Teacher Evening

All parents are welcome to attend our Pre-School Parents’ Evening between 6pm and 8pm on 23 May 2017 – no appointment necessary, just drop in at a time to suit you and your family.

It is a great opportunity to meet with your child’s Key Person and have an informal chat about how they have progressed at Pre-School during the past year.  For those moving into their Pre-School year, you will also be able to find out all about attending our Forest Club next year too!

And not forgetting our older children who will be moving up to ‘big school’ in September, this is a great chance to chat about helping them with this exciting next step!

22 May 2018 : Save the Date for our Pre-School Trip

It’s that time of year again, when we pack up our picnics and head out on the bus (with Lin leading the singing!) on our merry way for a fun day out all together!

Our fabulous committee are busy sorting all the entry deals and transport ready for you to confirm your places – remember all the children are invited to attend (even if it is not your usual Pre-School day) and our fund raising will cover both the entry fees and transport for the children and also the Pre-School costs for our team of staff to take them out for the day too!

Parents and younger siblings are most welcome to join us too – and you will receive a notice home soon with full details of times, location and of course how to book any additional tickets or transport and the deadline for payment.

But for now, do pop the date in your diary and let’s all wish for a super sunny day for our trip out!