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Issued 28th March for Summer Term 2024

Dear Parents,

Newsletter for Summer Term 2024

Arts Competition - April 2024
Well done to everyone who participated in the competitions, there were many memorable performances. We’re so pleased that so many parents and friends were able to come and enjoy.
NB The medal and certificates are to keep, the trophies to be returned at the end of the year – or earlier if you leave us.

Gymnastics Awards
On the 26th – 28th March we will be presenting over a hundred gymnastics awards earned this term. About a third of gymnasts will be receiving awards. Please note that on average progress is an award each year – not an award every term. We are following the British Gymnastics original proficiency award scheme. Parents are invited to attend on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday about fifteen minutes before the end of each class to see the presentations.

Fees Invoice
Our fees will be the same as last term. Our after-school fees will be £50 and £45 for Pre-school per term. As always, this covers an average ten sessions, free awards, subsidised clothing and for Year 3 and above, it gives free entry to two competitions a year.
Please help us by paying fees online before coming, though if you are unable to, we can still accept cash or cheques. Please contact us if you are experiencing any difficulties.
Account name HGC Sort code 20-49-76
Account 33501949 Reference Your Childs name

We are waiting for XS stock, but all other sizes are available. Next term they will be £30 for sizes XXS, XS and S, £35 for Medium and £40 for Large.
We can advise on the right size for your child. These are still being subsidised from their current cost of £39 - £69.
We welcome donations or purchases of second-hand leotards.

In May we will be upgrading some of our floor area and will have some of our current mats available for purchase. New mats are over £150, our redundant mats are available now at £40 each.

Club Championships
Our Annual Championships will feature Floor Solos, Floor Pairs and Vault competitions being held on Saturday 6th July.
We are aware that this is St. Lawrence Fair day in the village, but gymnasts will be finished before 12.20 to enable them to participate in the various floats. Parents will once again be able to see the performances.
We encourage all juniors (Year 3+) and above age children to take part if they wish.
Entry into the competition is welcomed and will be arranged by 24th May.
There will be additional free voluntary practice sessions on Fridays the 14th, 21st & 28th June for Solo and Pairs (not vault) between 4 and 6pm. Gymnasts may come on these dates at any time for the practices.

Competition rules are fairly simple: -
Vault: - two attempts, best score to count.
Floor: - at least ten moves from a supplied list, in a sequence to music.
Pairs: - at least five moves and three pairs balances, in a sequence, to music.
Routines should include dance and use instrumental music of 70-90 seconds.
Three different competition CDs are available, containing numerous suitable non-vocal music tracks of the correct competition length. If gymnasts wish to use their own music, it needs to be instrumental, 70 - 90 seconds long and recorded cut & ready as track 1 on a CD.

Group photos
We will be taking group photos from the 7th to the 16th May. They will be available at £1 a page the following week.

We currently have vacancies in all classes including pre-school classes for boys at 1 or 1.30pm and for girls at 1.30, 2pm or 2.30pm.

Autumn Term Classes 2024
Most of our Pre-school children will be joining Reception in September and will move from Pre-school to the after-school Club.
All of the new Reception boys wishing to continue are offered places in the Tuesday 4.30pm -5.30pm class. Please let us know if any will be leaving.
All of the new Reception girls will be offered a place on either Tuesday 4.30 – 5.30pm, or Wednesday or Thursday from 4 - 5pm. If girls have a firm preference for a day - or are not planning to continue in September, please let us know.
If you are looking for a Pre-school place in September, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can plan ahead.

Funding & Tesco
We are pleased to say that we have received a grant from Mid Sussex DC which will go towards a number of things including equipment, leotards and awards.
Tesco have also offered some help – with voting in store in April, May and June. Please give us as many votes as you can get hold of.
Sayers Common Community Shop are still offering free places for Sayers Common Pre-school children in their first term.

Hall non-availability
We are unable to use the hall on Thursday 2nd May – MSDC Elections – Police Commissioner & Tuesday 21st May - Parish Council event.
There will still meet our target of ten sessions in the term.

Dates for 2024
Tuesday 16th April Term starts
Thursday 2nd May Closed for local elections
Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th May Group photos
Tuesday 21st May Closed for Parish event
Thursday 23rd May Competition entries close
Tuesday 28th May to Friday 31st May Half Term (closed)
Fridays 14th, 21st & 28th June Free voluntary practices for Solos and Pairs (not vault)
Tuesday 2nd July – Thursday 4th July End of term and end of year Awards
Friday 5th July Preschool presentations and term ends
Saturday 6th July Annual Championship competition (8.30 am to 12)
Tuesday 3rd September Autumn Term starts

‘One Club rule’
Please remember our ‘one-club' rule - we do not accept children who attend another gym club at the same time as us (apart from free teacher-led school clubs) - though children may join and leave us as they wish.

All the coaches and helpers at Hurstpierpoint Gymnastics Club wish you a happy Easter break and look forward to seeing you next term. <

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