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Half a year over!
We have now reached the half way point in the school year—3 half terms completed and 3 left to go and yet again everything moves at tremendous speed here at Chestnuts!

I need to share with you a few goodbyes this half term—something that hasn't happened for a while. Firstly, we say goodbye to Mrs Sturge who has worked at Chestnuts almost as long as I have! She joined us in 2009 and has worked alongside many of our teachers and had tremendous success when working with children with challenging behaviour. She will be missed and I am sure you will join me in wishing her well.
Next we say goodbye to Mr Newitt who has decided on a career change! Many of you will remember Mr Newitt as our first learning mentor. He then went on to run our Blossom room and work with Reception children and Year 1’s who need a little extra support. Again I am sure you will wish him all the best in his new venture.

Finally we say goodbye to Mr Reeve who was working with us on the apprentice scheme. He is leaving us to go and work in Spain—again I’m sure you will wish him well.

We are not replacing their roles, but restructuring instead as school budgets are tight and predicted to worsen over the next few years . This does place added strain on resources but we have to draw on the various strengths of the team to ensure our provision is still good. We will do our very best as always with the children at the heart of everything we do.

As half term approaches, please use the link in this newsletter and have a look at what’s on in and around Milton Keynes. Milton Keynes is 50 this year—only a few years younger than the Chestnuts building itself and we are currently in discussions with surrounding schools as to how we can celebrate this exciting event. More details to follow.