Happy Christmas 2021

Christmas at Saltford School

Christmas plans are well under way at school. We hope to be able to put sufficient COVID safety measures into place to allow us to invite parents in to school to share in the celebrations. However, all plans are necessarily subject to change depending on the number of COVID cases in school and in the community at the time.

We are keeping parents informed with details of individual events, how to obtain tickets where required, and how you can get involved. 

We are also looking forward to some Christmas surprises for the children in the last week of term, organised by our brilliant PTA and the Saltford Community Association.

The Giving Machine linkIf you are Christmas shopping online, please remember to use The Giving Machine to go through to your online shops and raise funds for school at no extra cost to you.

Please take a look at the information below for all the details you need to know.

How can you get involved?

  1. Please, please use our fundraising links when doing your Christmas shopping online. No cost to you, extra funds for the PTA.
  2. Support the PTA Christmas raffle by selling and buying as many raffle tickets as you can. Our usual Christmas fair is usually one of the most important fundraising events of the whole year but it cannot take place in the same way this year.
  3. Book your child's school Christmas dinner on Friday 10th December. See the special menu here. The more, the merrier!
  4. Send your child to school in their favourite Christmas jumper or Christmas party outfit on Friday 10th December with a donation to support the PTA Christmas hamper raffle.

Christmas raffle

The popular Christmas hamper raffle will be run by our brilliant PTA. Please send in your donations with your child when they come to school in their own clothes for the Christmas lunch and parties on Friday 10th December.

Christmas post boxes Wednesday 1st – Tuesday 14th December

Children can send their cards to their friends in a covid-secure way through our special Christmas post boxes. Please make sure all envelopes are clearly marked with the recipient's name and class.

Christmas productions Saltford snowman hi-five

FS/KS1 Nativity 'The Landlord's Cat'

This will be held at school 9.15am on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th December. 
We ask that all adults attending the performances take a lateral flow test on the morning of the performance and if it is positive, or they have any Covid symptoms, they must not attend. We understand that this will be disappointing for some families and we hope you understand that these precautions have been taken to protect our staff, children and you from the continued risk.  You will also need to wear a mask on site and throughout the performance. Please show your ticket to Mrs Sage on entry.
Year 1 Costume letter
EYFS Costume letter

Years 3 – 5 Christingle service at school Christingle orange

Taking place on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th December at 9.15am, our last Christmas celebrations before breaking up will be the Christingle services for years 3 – 5 at 9.15am. More details to follow.

We ask that all adults attending the performances take a lateral flow test on the morning of the performance and if it is positive, or they have any Covid symptoms, they must not attend. We understand that this will be disappointing for some families and we hope you understand that these precautions have been taken to protect our staff, children and you from the continued risk.  You will also need to wear a mask on site and throughout the performance. Please show your ticket to Mrs Sage on entry.

Year 6 performance at the Lighting of the Christmas Tree

This event at Saltford Hall takes place on Thursday 9th December at 7.30pm. Our Y6 children will perform a variety of Christmas songs, carols and poems. Details can be found on this letter to Year 6 parents. Everyone is welcome to attend this family event as long as they have a ticket. Parents have been sent the link for obtaining tickets. 

All adults attending this event should take a lateral flow test in the morning of the event and if it is positive, or they have any Covid symptoms, they must not attend. We understand that this will be disappointing for some families and we hope you understand that these precautions have been taken to protect the whole community from the continued risk.

School Christmas dinner Friday 10th December 

You can see the special Christmas dinner menu here. Our fantastic lunchtime team always make a great effort to make this a truly fun and festive meal. There will be music and decorations in addition to the special meal.

As with all school dinners, this is available free of charge for children in Reception and years 1 – 2. For children in years 3 – 6 who don't normally have a school dinner account, parents can make a one-off payment of £2.60 for the Christmas dinner using the School Gateway. For children with a dinner money account, this meal will be handled as a normal school dinner.

Christmas raffle and own clothes on Friday 10th December

Children can come to school in their own clothes and we ask that a donation is sent in for our Christmas Raffle so that the PTA can make up our popular Christmas hampers as part of their raffle. You can send anything you would enjoy in a Christmas hamper; suggestions are chocolates, fizz, mulled wine, non-alcoholic tipples, wine, crackers to pull, crackers for cheese, mince pies, conserves, Christmas puddings and so on. The raffle will be drawn on Thursday 16th December.

Please also do your best to sell as many raffle tickets as possible, as all funds raised will directly benefit the children.

Children's Christmas parties Friday 10th December 

Each year we hold Christmas parties for all year groups. Children can come to school in party clothes or Christmas jumpers. After our Christmas dinner, children in FS/KS1 play some traditional Christmas party games in their class groups and children in KS2 enjoy Christmas activities provided by the teachers. 

Doodle winter calendar

The Winter Calendar is a seasonal challenge where your child can unlock festive rewards by Doodling daily! Between the 1st and 24th of December, your child can complete an x-a-day exercise each day in DoodleMaths and/or DoodleEnglish to unlock a calendar door.

They'll find accessories in DoodleMaths and the parts to build Santa's sleigh in DoodleEnglish. And if they open all of the doors, they'll also receive a virtual Winter Calendar badge!

Find out more with this short video and article, or visit Doodle's Help Centre and click on the green icon to chat to their team.

Community Christmas

Santa scarecrow trail 27th November – 5th December

In conjunction with the Santa Dash, there will once again be a scarecrow trail around Saltford, taking place from 27th November - 5th December. This will run alongside the virtual "dash" right up to the date of the main event on Sunday 5th December. Please get involved, get creative, and build your own unique Santa scarecrow. If your household would like to be part of the trail, please visit the Santa Dash scarecrow trail website for the details. The more, the merrier! A trail map will be published in late November.

Sunday 5th December Saltford Santa Dash and Mini Dash

Details of this year's Santa Dash can be found on our Community notices page here and at https://saltfordsantadash.co.uk/. Follow regular updates on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/saltfordsanta/.

Santa's sleigh visiting Saltford

Father Christmas will be visiting the streets and events of Saltford during December, starting with the Christmas Market and then at the following events with his sleigh:

Saturday 4th December at the Christmas Market at Saltford Hall (10-2pm)
Sunday 5th December at the Santa Dash (10-12am)
Thursday 9th December at the Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Saltford Hall (7 - 7.30pm)
Saturday 11th December outside Saltford Community PO/Library (9-12am)
Tuesday14th – Friday 17th December Saltford street tour
Saturday 18th December – outside Saltford Community PO/Library (9-12am)

He will also be visiting Saltford School during the last week of term.

Community Post Office extended Christmas hours

The opening hours for the Post Office have increased in the run up to Christmas.  As well as 5 days a week, Monday to Friday (9am-1pm and 2pm- 5pm) it will also be open the four Saturdays leading up to Christmas (9-12am).  Father Christmas will be there to greet you on 11th and 18th December.

After Christmas

There's still time for some fun after Christmas!

Saltford Panto, Cinderella

Some of our Y6 children have got parts in this year's Saltford pantomime. Daisy is playing Squeak, Nia is playing Bubble, Adrian is the Town Crier and Ellouise is a dancer.

The panto runs from 19th to 23rd January 2022 and you can buy tickets online from www.tickettailor.com/events/SCAevents or in person from Saltford Post Office or Saltford Hall booking office.

More information at www.facebook.com/thesaltfordpantoclub