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This term we are going to raise money for Operation Orphan by swimming the channel!  I should stress that this will take place in the school pool and in order to achieve this we will have to cover at least 1,408 lengths.  The children will be playing their part in swimming lessons, but we would like the whole of our community to have the opportunity to be involved in this.

With this in mind, on Friday 20th March, I have much pleasure in inviting you and your children to attend a family swim before breakfast, starting @ 0700.  We have chosen this date because there is a family breakfast @ 0745, so we are looking at a 30 minute swim, followed by breakfast.  Adults will be using the changing rooms by the pool and children will use the games changing rooms on the ground floor.

I must stress that the pool will be roped off for lane swimming, so this is not a free swim & everyone attending will need to be able to swim a few lengths relatively comfortably.

If this is slightly too early for you, I am very happy to supervise an evening swim @ 1900 – 2000 on Wednesday 4th March.  If you would like to do this please let me know beforehand if you will be coming as I really don’t want to be there for an hour if nobody turns up!

You will all be aware that this is the charity that we are supporting this year in memory of Helen Griffith and it would be wonderful to get as many people as possible involved in this, so get your swimming costume out and get in the pool!

Please let Helen Heron know if you would like to swim on the evening of 4th March.  An invitation to join the early morning swim on 20th March will come out with information about the Family Breakfast, so please note the date for now!

Finally, you may have noticed that The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) has published a list of 25 experiences for young people to try before leaving school.

Among the recommendations are trying a vegan diet and having a digital detox. The latter is something that we have been preaching for the past six years with our “No TV Week”!

Jerry Gear

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