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FOML End of Year Message

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FOML End of Year Message

As we reach the end of Summer term, we wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us, and helped to raise an *incredible* £19,500 for our wonderful school.

While it’s been an eventful year (often for the wrong reasons), it hasn’t dampened the amazing spirit and togetherness, that makes the Manby Lodge community so special.

There is so much to celebrate. A record breaking class fundraiser and raffle, as well as the generous ad-hoc donations received. The Pumpkin Display, the Easter bonnet competition, tuck shops, mufti days, end of term baking gifts, and of course the now famous ice-cream van. We’ve all pulled together to make an unprecedented year feel more normal, and we should be very proud.

As always, every penny raised goes back to the school, and this year almost £20,000 has been spent. As with everything, spending has been heavily influenced by Covid. Almost £8,000 was used for online subscriptions (such as Twinkl and Reading Eggs), which I’m sure you’ll agree have never been more important. We also contributed £1,600 towards new books, £1,200 towards the reception and year 1 school trips, £1,516 for the new school benches, and £2,000 to the school enrichment fund. We’ve also paid for new indoor play materials, entrance mats, leaver’s treats… and so much more.

We hope everyone has an amazing summer, and will be keeping everything crossed that next year is full of school fair mulled wine, (not zoom) quiz nights, Summer balls, live auctions, and everything we’ve missed out on for too long!

FoML 🌈

*Every Manby parent is automatically a Friends of Manby Lodge member. If you’d like to take a more active role, please do get in touch. You’ll be welcomed with open arms (providing we’re still allowed to hug!)

Email; friendsofmanbylodge@yahoo.co.uk or contact us through our FoML Facebook group

Year 1 Sports Day

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Year 1 loved taking part in their ever first sports day! All of the children worked hard to compete in their events and showed great sportsmanship throughout the day by cheering for their friends and congratulating those who won awards. Well done Year 1, you have made us all very proud once again. Thank you to the parents that came to support.

Year 1 World Book Day

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On Tuesday 27th April Year 1 enjoyed World Book Day Part 2!  The children in Year 1 enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book character, making book marks, reading stories and learning all about Quentin Blake.  Please see  the website “Gallery” for more photographs.

Spring Term Update

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PTA UPDATE – from FoML Co-Chairs: Charlotte Dury, Emily McCormick & Treasurer: Elaine Henderson

Firstly, we’d like to thank all parents for their generosity and support over the past 6 months. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve raised around £17,300 since September 2021, which we think is a record breaking amount! The Christmas class fundraiser alone raised £11,884. We also had some incredible ‘ad-hoc’ donations totalling £4,235.

As always, the purpose of the PTA is to provide extra experiences or equipment to enhance the learning environment for all of our children. So far this year we have spent a total of £7,389. Money has been spent on:

• school online subscriptions, such as reading eggs, for every child
• a Christmas video production for each year group, ensuring no one missed their child’s performance.
• spending on an initiative to upgrade the school’s book provision and to support the promotion of reading, such as outdoor reading circle toad stools
• indoor play materials for children to use during staggered lunches or when its ‘wet play’

School is in the process of purchasing updated playground furniture and the school is also ordering more items too.

In terms of future spending, Miss Morris would like to replace the sheds at the back of the ball court with something more aesthetically pleasing, and fit for purpose (the current sheds are falling apart). Part of that plan is to hopefully create a second hand uniform shed / store which would operate as ‘shop’, making it far easier for parents to access second uniform throughout the year.

Lastly, the school is making a bid for ‘community infrastructure funding’ to finish updating the perimeter fencing, and to install an electric gate to the school car park. The PTA would contribute £1,000 to the whole project, which aims to further improve security and safety. The total project comes to closer to £32,000 and we hope that we’ll be successful in the bid. Due to Coronavirus we had to postpone the bid from February 2020. Ultimately we want to renovate Garage so that we can have an additional Learning Space (next to our forest School Area) / Meeting Room. Ideally it would be something that we could let out – for the community, or for extra After School Clubs. The Garage would be within the updated perimeter fencing, which of course would make it a secure. We hope that by sharing this parents will have a good understanding about our aims for the future and to know who we plan to spend the money that you raise.

Year R – Enjoying their work

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A week of lots of fun learning in Reception: The children have had lots of fun exploring and playing this week, some of the highlights were: building 3D towers, making a loose parts rainbow, playing team games and going on a story trail for ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’!   Please see the website “Gallery” for more pictures.