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December News


December began with the showcasing of all our efforts of Christmas Craft day.  Each classroom was well decorated with the children's designed and hand made baubles, cards and even some soft toy reindeers! 

It was not long before each of our school sites got into the Christmas spirit when decorating the school trees.  Classes also made decorations for the Upper Rissington Village tree that stood proudly outside the Upper Rissington village hall.  At Great Rissington, Mrs Barnes and the children took time to decorate a tree as part of the St John's Christmas Tree display and it was great to hear that our tree won joint first prize.  Thank you to those members of the community who visited the church and voted for our tree.

Also this month, we were able to resume holding our coffee and cake afternoon, to connect families who have children with a special educational need.  The afternoon offered an informal opportunity to meet new friends and families and meet and chat to Mrs Erasmus - SENCo as well as Mrs Barnes - Wellbeing Specialist.  Look out for more coffee events in 2022.

It was in December that we welcomed our Year 6 children back from their residential trip in Wales.  They came back a strong and resilient team, ready to face any challenge they come across.  The teaching team reported that they were a fabulous group of children to have taken away. All the children took the week seriously and showed great maturity and responsibility.  They supported each other; worked together to make sure everyone achieved as much as they could and some children even took on leadership roles to share their skills and strengths.

On Saturday 4th December, the after-school rugby club went to a Premiership Rugby game at Sixways stadium, to see the match Worcester Warriors 'v' Wasps.  During half-time, the children joined other tag-rugby and rugby teams to play a game of tag-rugby on the Warriors 4G pitch. To finish off the day the second half was watched whilst eating a portion of steaming hot chips.  We could not be more proud of these children as their behaviour was impeccable and they represented the school brilliantly.

It would not be December without the excitement and "ahhh-factor" of the NATIVITY.  With a strict risk assessment, it was great news that we were able to share our Key Stage 1 and Reception nativities to a live audience.  As numbers were restricted, the nativities were also recorded so that extended families could enjoy them in the comfort of their own homes.  A huge thanks goes out to the Early Years and Key Stage 1 teams for ensuring this "right of passage" was not missed.

To recognise that not all children are as fortunate as those in our school community, we raised funds and participated in the Save The Children Christmas Jumper day.  We considered those children around the world who have less than we do and how we might help them to have a better Christmas time.

The (FORS) Friends of The Rissington School, held their annual Christmas party for the children.  A Christmas movie was accompanied by hot chocolate and snacks and the evening culminated in a special visitor delivering presents around the school.  We were thankful that Father Christmas was able to find time in his busy schedule to visit us.

To celebrate how much we love reading at The Rissington School, children who had achieved the 100 days of reading challenge were awarded their certificates and prizes.  Our thanks go to the Read For Good Charity who donated the prizes.

Even with the interruption in food deliveries, this did not stop our hard working kitchen staff from producing a fabulous traditional Christmas lunch for the children.  Not only that, the kitchen received a surprise inspection and it is no surprise that our team were awarded their 5 star inspection rating too.

We love music at the Rissington School, and although our usual festive music showcase was not live this year, those children who learn a musical instrument were able to record and play their festive pieces for their virtual audience.   Our thanks go to Mrs Hunt who supported the children across both our school sites.

We could not have asked for a better end to our Autumn term.  It was lovely to  come together as a whole school (via zoom), sing Christmas Carols, share prayers and thoughts and retell the Christmas Story with Reverend Nina.  It was a time for reflection; a time to give thanks for all that we have achieved since our return in September and celebrate being a part of the Rissington School family.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2022.