Exciting events this month
We started off the month with such a boost after hosting our first ever Christmas light switch on. Thank you to everyone who attended to support us, helping to make it such a magical evening. We had a visit from Father Christmas and his elf Twinkle, as well as being joined by many members of Horwich Community Choir singing with us. Many thanks to all the staff for helping the event run smoothly and for providing the campfire, hot chocolate, marshmallows, mulled wine and mince pies, lantern making, supporting Father Christmas and sorting the ‘reindeer’. We raised £211 for Father Christmas’ charity – Urban Outreach Bolton.

It was Christmas jumper day on 10th December and we raised £90.80 for Save the Children.

We had our annual Nativity service at Holy Trinity Church on 11th December. The children were excellent at singing, acting, dancing and helping to tell the traditional Nativity story!

Our Christmas parties took place w/c 13th December.
Wise Owls had a visit from Razzle Dazzle the clown and Father Christmas visited to speak to the children and gave a present.

Forest School
Miss Tracy and Miss Laura have completed a variety of sessions including mud painting, a bear hunt in the forest, making reindeer tree cookies, completing a Father Christmas hunt in the forest and following clues to find an elf hidden in the forest!

Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Miss Kerry
who is our Employee of the
Month for organising the
Christmas light switch on
and having the vision. Also for
organising the ‘Jingle and
Mingle’ evening for staff.

Other nominations included:
Abi for her incredibly supportive and proactive response following a child’s diagnosis, reassuring parents that their child was in safe hands. (parent)
Abi for taking a child’s new favourite interest and planning a fantastic activity to go with it. “Just amazing to feel that my child is well thought of and I feel very valued”. (parent)
Holly for being the best support in the WO1 room. She is super helpful, caring and excellent with parents.
Cortney for always ensuring the staff room is tidy and clean.
Laura for stepping in to provide more Christmas resources for another room when they had run out.
Lindsay W for all her efforts for the staff jingle and mingle evening.
Meg H for her dedication to making sure the children in after school club are happy through the club she has set up and providing resources.
Rae for being supportive in Butterflies and helping with various tasks.
Sarah for always promoting her staff’s wellbeing and directing staff to ensure the nativity was a success.

The Listening Ear Project
We have set up a Listening Ear Project within nursery for staff members. We have six members of staff who can offer a listening ear to colleagues when they want to talk something through that is worrying them - a problem shared can be a problem halved.
The project enables two people to go to a safe, quiet environment and have a chat and a listen.
All of our “Listening ears” have undertaken Staff Mental Health training to help them have a better understanding of how to support colleagues.

If your brain feels scrambled
and no matter how you fry
life isn't going eggsactly as you planned
and you feel like you're cracking
Please don't fry to be hard-boiled
and withdraw into your shell.
Please talk to someone
Life isn't always sunny side up
and Mental Health is no yoke

@all on the board
Taken from All on the board, inspirational quotes from the TFL Underground Duo