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December 2019

Christmas is Coming...
As we approach the end of the year, we have lots for everyone to enjoy during the festive season.

Christmas Bingo
Thank you again to everyone who donated chocolates for our Christmas Bingo - we were able to create some lovely hampers as Bingo/Raffle Prizes. On the night, almost 200 people had lots of fun with Play Your Cards Right, Forefield Bingo Lingo and 8 traditional games of Bingo. Thank you to everyone who made the evening run so smoothly – the children, parents, grandparents and of course all the staff who gave up their time to help out selling tickets, sweets and drinks. The event raised nearly £800 and every penny will benefit our children in school.

Christmas Production
A nativity sceneMembers of our Lower Junior Drama Club have been working hard, rehearsing for this year's Christmas production, Stable Manners. The first performance will be on Monday 16th at our Community Christmas event, when we welcome local senior citizens to our school. The children will then perform for the whole school the following morning (17th), before their final performance for parents and carers at 7pm that evening. All those involved should have already received their tickets.

Children dancingChristmas Parties
Our Christmas Parties will take place during the afternoons of Wednesday 18th (Years 3 & 4) and Thursday 19th (Years 5 & 6). On the day of their party, children should bring their party clothes in a separate bag to get changed into after lunch. They may also bring ‘party food’ on an individual plate (covered in tinfoil etc) – this is to ensure that you control the portions and consider any allergies for your own child.

Christmas Toy Appeal
The Mayor of Sefton, Councillor June Burns, is asking everyone to try and buy one extra present, this year, for Sefton's most deserving children. Gifts are welcome for children of all ages and can be taken to either Bootle, Maghull or Southport Town Halls or to any Sefton Council Library/Leisure Centre. Donations can also be made at Asda stores in Bootle and Southport. Gifts should be new and unwrapped, to ensure that the right gift goes to the right child. The closing date for donations is Wednesday 18th December, after which the gifts will be distributed to children and young people across the borough. Visit the MySefton website for more details.

In other news...

Just Joshing
Children watching a playDuring Anti-Bullying Week, our oldest pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 listened intently to Firehorse Productions' performance of the anti-bullying play 'Just Joshing'. The actors explored the impact of bullying, including cyber bullying, on the main character Jocelyn - encouraging everyone to be an 'up-stander' not a 'bystander.' The main message was to treat other people as you would like to be treated. We will continue to reinforce this message through our PROUD Values.

Reading Ambassadors' Book Sale
Children at a book saleThe Reading Ambassadors would like to say a massive thank you to all the children who got involved with our book sale. Although we had planned for the sale to take place all day, EVERY book had been sold by lunchtime. The response that we had was a really positive one; so many children came to the sale at first break, eager to make a purchase. In total, we raised £244.90 which will be used to fund further reading projects in and around school. Take a look at our Read! @ FJS page to learn more about how we promote reading at Forefield.

Character Competition
Following on from the success of their book sale, our Reading Ambassadors have launched an exciting competition, with the chance of winning some book vouchers to spend at Pritchard’s Book Shop in Crosby. To be in with a chance of winning, children need to draw their favourite fictional character and explain their choice. The closing date for entries is Friday 13th December. The Ambassadors will choose a winning entry from each year group, and the winners will be announced before Christmas!

Forefield Makes a Splash
Congratulations to all the Year 6 pupils who participated in the Aqua Splash Swimming Gala. Crosby Leisure Centre hosted 14 schools which resulted in a very exciting and successful morning for Forefield. Throughout the morning the children participated in a number of different events, each with points being awarded. At the end of the competition the points were totalled and Forefield finished in a very well respected 4th place. All the children did an excellent job at both swimming and representing the school in this competition. Each one of them contributed to making Forefield Junior School a great success.

Aldi Stickers
Thank you to everyone that has sent in Aldi stickers over the past few weeks. The promotion has now ended. However, we can report that we managed to fill an amazing FOUR posters - that's 1200 stickers! Your support has been greatly appreciated.

Christmas Holidays
School will close for the start of the Christmas Holidays at 2.00pm on Friday 20th December. On the last day of term, why not give your Christmas jumper an outing, just for fun? Children will return to school on Tuesday 7th January, following a staff INSET day on the Monday.

We would like to wish all Forefield families and friends a very 'Merry Christmas' and a happy and healthy New Year in 2020!

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