15 December 2023

ATW Newsletter 15th December

This week has seen Atwood take to the stage with 7 Christmas performances and a Rock and Roll concert from Rocksteady.  On Wednesday, Year 3 and 4 wowed us with a selection of Christmas tunes.  The children did a great job and set the bar high for the rest of the week.  On Thursday, our brave Reception children performed in front of a live audience of parents, grandparents and even great grandparents.  They looked amazing in their Christmas outfits and their singing was enchanting.  Thursday also saw the Nursery children have a singalong with their parents and the opportunity to watch our youngest members of Atwood perform.

On Friday, Year 5 and 6 faced the crowds and raised the roof with some festive cheer. Classics such as ’Do they know it’s Christmas Time’ and ‘Last Christmas’ sent everyone off for the weekend in good spirits.  It was lovely to hear the band perform in between all the singing.

As if that wasn’t enough, on Tuesday the children from Rocksteady got together and treated us to a fantastic display of drumming, strumming and singing.  Some truly talented musicians rocked the audience and we look forward to seeing how their skills continue to develop.

In amongst all of the performances and rehearsals, there has also been a Tudor Day for Year 2 when we had numerous Henry VIIIs in school along with an assortment of his multiple wives.  It wasn’t all Royals though.  There were also a few Tudor scullery maids and urchins who managed to sneak into the Tudor banquet.

For more news of what has been happening in school over the past week or so, visit our website and have a read through our news stories.


Again, please can I remind people to park considerately when dropping and collecting children from school.  We have had complaints this week of people obstructing driveways and causing problems by parking in Tandridge Gardens.  Please help us to be good neighbours by thinking carefully about where you park.  Better yet, leave the car at home and keep healthy with a brisk walk or scoot to school and get your exercise in for the day.


I am pleased to welcome Mr Chester to Atwood Primary who some of you may have seen visiting this week.  Mr Chester is an experienced school leader who will be joining the school to add leadership capacity in place of Miss Dunn, while the school recruits a long term replacement.    In other staffing news, I am pleased to say that interviews for the substantive Head of School will take place next week and this position will be confirmed before the end of term.

And finally…

This week some Year 6 mathematicians worked out that if every child in the school was to send a Christmas card to every other child then we would need 175,980 cards.  They also learnt to express this as a general formula that could apply to any number of children.  In this case, the number of cards = n (n-1) when n represents the number of children. They decided that, for the sake of the environment, it is better to just wish everybody a Merry Christmas.



  • Friday 15th December Year 5&6 Christmas Show 9.30am and 2pm.
  • Friday 15th December FOAP Disco- various times
  • Tuesday 19th December: KS1 Christmas performances 9.30am and 2pm. See separate letter
  • Thursday 21st December: End of autumn term: Please note that in order to support working parents school will finish at the normal time of 3.15pm
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