Letter from the Chair of School Circle Having been the School Circle Chair for the past three years, I really feel like I have unfinished business. I would therefore like to stand as your Chair for a further year. This is largely based on the unprecedented year we have had with lockdown. We started the year by providing the school with £4000 which has now all been spent, with the largest item being a fantastic, electronic screen in the hall for all children to benefit from. School Circle funds also provide £800 per term to subsidise the costs of swimming and school trips so that all children can benefit from these essential experiences. With lockdown, we have been extremely restricted in our efforts to fundraise and our funds have dwindled as a result. With the two Bag2School events and the picture competition we will go into the new school year with just shy of £1000. This won’t go far for the children and the school next year. The final fundraiser of the term will be a ‘Barrow of Bottles’ raffle which will be drawn in the final week of term. Please do your best to support this activity. School Circle is a registered charity and if any parents or friends of Longnor wish to make a donation into the School Circle bank account (details below) in lieu of funds they may have spent at fundraising events, rest assured this will really assist our children as we enter the new school term in September. A School Circle AGM will be held in September to elect our team – as always all parents are automatically members of the School Circle and we’d welcome support from people interested in taking up a more formal position (it can be great for your CV!). I sincerely hope lockdown will have eased by September and we can return to raising funds for the school and getting the Longnor family back together again in a social capacity. I urge you all to get involved with the events and fundraising! I wish to thank everyone who has supported me as Chair and all those parents who have been involved with School Circle this year. A particular mention goes to Richard Hall, Claire Brown, Mandy Mason, Holly Batha, Kat Beedles, Jo Bell, Jo Bullock, Charlotte Downes, Sara Marais, Rachel King, Suzanne Lehmann, Vicky Regan, Rachel Reynolds and Lucy Adams. Enjoy your summer break! Kind Regards Chris Thomas, Chair School Circle bank account for donations: SortCode: 20-53-22 Account number: 30949388 Many thanks!