Friday 20th January 2023

Dear Parents and Carers

Well what an exciting snowy week we have had. It is such a privilege to be there watching children seeing snow for the first time. They get so excited! Maybe we should all look at the world through a child’s eyes a bit more…

Menu Change

A reminder that the menu has changed for Monday and will be a menu to celebrate Chinese New Year; see the poster attached.

Top Tip!

As we have had some wet and snowy weather, it might be a good idea to put a pair of spare socks in your child’s PE bag so that they can change if they get wet feet. We try to get socks dry on radiators but we can only dry so many!

Strike Action

Some parents have been asking about our plans regarding the proposed strikes. Currently I am waiting to see if any staff intend to strike and as soon as I know, I will email out to parents. It is likely that we will have a partial closure for some classes, but I have not yet clarified where these will be. I know our staff care a lot about the education of the children and will not be taking any decisions lightly.

Exe Factor

 For the first time since Covid lockdowns, the Willowbrook School Exe Factor competition is LIVE again!

If you want to take part, you need to choose a song. Either gather some friends to form a group, or you can perform on your own. You will need to practise and be prepared for a live audition (not a pre-recorded video like last year)

Auditions need to be no more than 2 minutes long.

You need to sign up for an audition before Wednesday 25th January. Please ask your teacher for a form. We will give you your audition dates once we have all the forms back.


I have met with the Education Welfare Officer this week and attendance remains worryingly low. I know this is due to the huge amount of illness before Christmas and is a National issue, but I wanted to make you aware.

If your child is absent, please can you call each day so that we know why they are off and that they are supposed to be off; we do not want to be in the situation where you have sent them to school and we do not know that they are supposed to be here. This is so important from a safeguarding point of view. If you do not let us know about your child’s absence, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

NUMBOTS in Reception

A massive well done to all of the reception children who have logged onto NUMBOTS at home for the first time and given it a go! We have had some excellent scores. Barney has played for 9 out of 11 days, Sophia has played for a total of 110 minutes and Sofia for scoring 8887 points!

If you have not had a go yet, see if you can give it a go this week. If you are having trouble logging in, let your child’s teacher know.

Family Points

Thank you to all of the children who have been reading and signing their diary five times a week. Please try and keep it up! A further thank you to those of you who have been completing your handwriting sheets or homework. By doing both of these, you have earnt your family group extra points.