December 2023 Newsletter

11th December 2023

11th December 2023


Dear Parents and Carers,

As Christmas approaches we have a very exciting festive two weeks lined up here at Lemington Riverside!


The children have been working very hard rehearsing for their Christmas plays and tickets will be available (initially capped at 2 per child) at the following times from the school dining hall (top building):

Tuesday 12th December: 8:30am – 9:15am and 2:45pm – 3:45pm

Wednesday 13th December: 8:30am – 9:15am and 2:45pm – 3:45pm

Any remaining tickets still available will be released at the following times:

Thursday 14th December: 8:30am – 9:15am and 2:45pm – 3:45pm

Friday 15th December: 8:30am – 9:15am

No tickets will be available after Friday morning so please ensure you have collected your tickets by then.


Thank you for all of the wonderful donations for the Christmas raffle. Tickets can be bought for £1 per strip from the school office between 8:45-9am every morning until Thursday 21st December. The draw will be made on the morning of Thursday 21st December.


Tuesday 12th December – A special visitor from the North Pole will be visiting us!

Thursday 14th December – Christmas jumper and Christmas dinner day. Children are welcome to wear Christmas jumpers & accessories if they wish.

Friday 15th December – A group of children from Years 2-6 will visit John Lewis for carol singing (separate letters will be sent to the parents/carers of those attending).

Monday 18th December – Early Years (Nursery/Reception) Christmas performances at 9:30am and 1:30pm in the main hall.

Tuesday 19th December – Middle Years (Years 1/2/3) Christmas performances at 9:30am and 1:30pm in the main hall.

Wednesday 20th December – Upper Years (Years 4/5/6) Christmas performances at 9:30am and 1:30pm in the main hall.

Thursday 21st December – In the morning, Nursery will visit Northern Stage Theatre to watch ‘The Three Bears’. In the afternoon Reception, Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will visit the Theatre Royal to watch the Pinocchio pantomime (separate letters to follow).

We break up for the school holidays at the end of Thursday 21st December. School re-opens for the new term on Monday 8th January 2024.

Attendance and punctuality:

Our whole-school attendance has been better this term than in any previous autumn term in the past 5 years – well done! Thank you for continuing to work with us on this as great school attendance is so important for our children’s education and wellbeing.

A couple of reminders on attendance:

-       Children must arrive at school between 8:45-9:00am every day. Free breakfast is available during this time. We have a small number of children who are often arriving late – this means they are missing significant amounts of learning at the end of the day and it’s not nice when you join a lesson after it’s started.

-       If your child is not able to come to school because they are poorly, please ensure you have let us know by 9am on the day of absence. You can do this by calling 0191 267 4315 and pressing option 1 at any time or emailing

-       If you’re not sure whether your child should attend or not if they’re unwell, we always use the NHS ‘Is my child too ill for school?’ guidance available by clicking here.  

Merry Christmas:

Finally, from myself and the entire team here at Lemington Riverside, I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year. We are all very excited for another brilliant year here at LRPS in 2024!

Best wishes,

Mr. Heeley