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Dear Parents,

 

It’s so lovely to be back at school following my brush with Covid, which wasn’t the most pleasant experience I’ve ever had but it’s over with now. Thank you so much for your continued patience and kind words. As you can probably imagine we have once again reviewed our strategies to keep school open and to avoid collapsing bubbles and I just thought it might be a good time to update you. Hilary has reorganised the groupings in the Foundation Stage to make 2 bubbles rather than one and we have made the decision not to set across Year 6 to avoid sending 90 children home again. Break times continue to be staggered and lunches are carefully managed so that bubbles do not mix at all. Constant hand washing takes place throughout the day and I’m pleased to tell you that our children are not phased by any of the changes. We have practiced a socially distanced fire drill which was interesting and are fully equipped for every eventuality.  Don’t worry though social distancing will not be at the top of the list if we really do have a fire! 

 

As adults, we are being extremely careful to maintain the correct social distance and there are no whole school meetings at all at the present time. We are wearing masks when we are outside talking to parents and very much appreciate the fact that most of you are too. We ask that, unless you are exempt, please wear a mask when you come onto the school grounds. I know they are uncomfortable, but they really might help us to keep ourselves and the children in school.  

 

Additional cleaning is in place and I would really like to thank Vince, Paul and the team for keeping on top of an extremely large and sprawling building. They have gone above and beyond for us and we really appreciate their support. 

 

Thank you for supporting your children with their education at home over the last couple of weeks. We’ve had some very positive feedback regarding Seesaw, but we are also listening to parents who found it difficult to navigate. As you know the DfE are very keen that we provide daily home learning for children that is stimulating and challenging. However, I am aware that parents are extremely busy, often working from home yourselves, and we certainly do not expect you to be 1 – 1 tutors. We hope that children can do many of the activities independently and make mistakes along the way. We certainly do not expect perfection and recognise that you may help your child to prioritise some of the work and not all of it. Feel free to contact us if you are struggling to navigate the system or need additional resources from school. 

 

It’s such a shame that we are unable to invite parents in to chat and to share assemblies and performances etc. I really do miss seeing you all about the place and I am sure the children feel the same way. Thank you so much for working with us to make school as normal as possible at a time when it really isn’t. If you have any concerns at all, please don’t hesitate to ring me or nobble me at the gate as we would hate to lose the wonderful relationships we have built up with families over the years. Covid has a lot to answer for but it definitely won’t defeat us, and the resilience of your children is evidence of that fact! We are so proud of them! 

 

Also I would like to remind you about the flu immunisation for pupils in Reception right though to Year 6. This is due to take place on 18th November and you should by now have received details of the link to enable you to give your consent for the flu immunisation. Please note the link will close on 10th November. I have included the link below so you can click on it now. Please note this is only for reception children up to Y6.

 

 https://www.nhsimms.uk/FLU/information?Id=107913&Type=FLU 

 

Don’t forget  Halloween non-uniform day on 23rd October and there is no cost for not wearing school uniform.

  

Finally, huge congratulations to Esther Adamson in Year 6 who has been featured in the YEP as a result of a persuasive letter she wrote, about climate change, to Fabian Hamilton and Boris Johnson. As she received no response from either man, Esther set up a petition and if she gets 10,000 signatures the subject will have to be discussed in parliament. That would be wonderful and if you would like to add your support, this is the link:

 

https://www.change.org/p/conservative-party-the-uk-government-to-take-action-for-climate-action-and-help-save-the-planet. 

 

It fills me full of hope when I see how passionate our young people are about the environment. Well done Esther! I am pretty sure I had absolutely no clue about anything deep or worthy when I was in Year 6 (many, many years ago) and am glad things have changed very much for the better. 

 

I hope you have a pleasant half term. 

 

Best wishes, 

Deborah Kenny 

Learning at home during the Covid-19 lockdown