Newsletter 32- 15th May 2020

Dear Parents

VE Day! Our thanks to all our amazing families and staff who took part in the VE Day virtual choir event! And a huge thanks to Patrick Williams who prepared, conducted and edited the video of this wonderful choir, and his wife, Gwynnifer, who accompanied the piece so beautifully.

If you did not see it, here is the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV-AuY81xIA&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR1Vr8vdR3C1p1LSn_8hJINcLcMy1dn2qdN5nGwn5qz6tRxg9fOqzWJs7pw

The video has been shared nearly 1000 times and has been published on the Diocesan website as an example of a school living out its values.

Have a look at the Sharing part of the Moodle Whole School page for some amazing photos of the cakes and pictures of your VE day celebrations that you have sent in to us. We loved sharing this day with so many of you.  

My thanks to Mrs Twentyman who has done so much to make sure this is a special celebration of a victory long ago, and our hope for another victory soon, this time against the virus.

Hay Festival This is such an interesting event and well worth having a look at the programme with your children.

https://www.hayfestival.com/c-247-programme-for-schools.aspx?genrefilterid=79

Half Term The school will be closed over the half term week (25th – 29th May). The TD days on 1st and 2nd June will be working days once again.

Returning to School You will all know by now that the Government is asking schools to re-open to children in Year 6, Year 1 and the Foundation Stage on Monday 1st June 2020. You will have received a letter from me and from our Chair of Governors, Jeremy Shatford, about this on Monday and Tuesday this week.

Our governors and I are working very hard to ensure that all plans and decisions will be made with your child’s health and safety, and that of our staff, at the very forefront of our minds. We are somewhat constrained by the Government guidance and advice which is being released in bits and pieces each day and which needs to be taken into account as we deliberate. We hope to be able to present our plans to parents on Wednesday 20th May if at all possible. We will notify you if this changes.

The Government is telling us that children must return to school in much smaller groups than previously – no more than 15 children per classroom –  and that they must remain in these groups for their lunch times and playtimes and must not have contact with other small groups in the school. This, they hope, will reduce the risk of transmission of the virus by reducing the number of contacts each child has. They are also telling us that the strict hygiene measures, cleaning and social distancing should be adhered to. Staggered drop off times, pick up times and break times are suggested as the best way forward.  There is no legal requirement for parents to send their children to school at this time.

I assure you that as soon as we have a well formulated plan which will be right for our local conditions, we will make sure our parents are informed. I thank you for your support and patience as we live through these complex and challenging times. We are all determined to do what is best for your child and for the whole school community.

Reminder Please make sure you are monitoring your child’s online activities to ensure that they are safe and that they are not causing harm to anyone else. There are warnings about ‘the increase in incidents of children being “groomed” online as they are spending more time on their devices. Primary school children should never have a device in their bedrooms unsupervised.

Don’t Forget! Wiltshire Local Authority has set up a Wellbeing Hub. You can make contact with them and they will signpost you to the most appropriate support for your particular needs, whether this is emotional, financial or physical. Their details are:  “Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub”

Email: wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk or phone 0300 003 4576

Message from the school nursing service We are aware that it is a very anxious time and there may be concerns about where to access support whilst schools are closed or you need to self-isolate. As a school nursing service we would like to let you know we are here to support you during this time. We have duty school nurses available at the end of the phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm should you require any support with your school age child. This is available permanently for all parents to access for advice and support. If you would like support please call one of our nurses through our Single Point of access on 0300 247 0090.

Stay at home, stay safe and stay well.

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning

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