Newsletter 30 – 14th May 2021

Dear Parents

Pyjamarama Day – Thank you to all who participated in this – and to the teachers for providing lovely reading activities for children to enjoy. It is always fun to have a day that is a bit different. We hope that this will continue to encourage children to read and to enjoy books. All donations will go to the Book Trust charity to provide books for children who do not have good access to them. Our thanks to Mrs Jones who led and arranged this day for us!

PFA Thank you to our PFA for organising the very exciting tuck shop after school today!

Wrap Around Care We are finding that the administration around our Wrap Around Care provision is becoming huge, as parents book in late, or wish to change their bookings because their plans have changed. Whilst we would like to try to accommodate every little request, we are finding that a huge part of our admin staff’s time is now taken up with trying to manage all these requests.

We are therefore asking that you book well in advance. We also need to let you know that if your plans change, we will not be able to refund or change your booking. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused but at present, our admin staff are working late (mostly unpaid!) because of the huge outlay of time on Wrap Around Care. We have to make arrangements to ensure that we can manage the provision sensibly within the limits of our resources.

We can also let you know that from 17th May, at the 3rd step of easing of lockdown, the limit of 15 children in Wrap Around Care Bubbles has been eased as well. We will be able to admit up to our maximum number of children of 25 from this date onwards. Other restrictions remain, of course, with parents having to restrict their access to the school property and use face coverings where possible, children with symptoms going home to be tested or isolate with their family for ten days, regular hand washing, social distancing when possible, and emphasis on good respiratory hygiene.

Residential Trip to Forest of Dean In line with the newly published direction from the Government on taking children on residential trips from 17th May onwards, we have drawn up detailed plans and risk assessments with the Dean Field Studies Centre to ensure that our children and staff are kept as safe as possible as we emerge from the lockdown. Children have to remain in the Bubble in which they usually are at school. They have to share dormitories with people who are in their Bubble and not with people from the other Bubble. Their activity group also has to be with people in their own Bubble. Dinner will be served in two sittings to keep the Bubbles separate and the showering and toilet facilities will be allocated to each Bubble (separate boys and girls facilities for each Bubble).

We will have to have two coaches to fetch and carry the children so that they are do not share a space for the whole journey. The school will bear the added cost of this so that parents do not have to find the extra money.

All equipment will be thoroughly cleaned before the each Bubble uses it, and the leaders of the activities will stand at 2m distance unless for a very fleeting moment to check harnesses etc.

Children and staff are very used to all these measures now, and will accommodate all the new protocols without difficulty. This will be a very exciting and wonderful trip, after so many months of lockdown, and we are tremendously pleased that we are able to go ahead with it. My thanks to Mr A, Mr G and all the staff who are accompanying this trip.

No After School Club on Monday 17th May Please remember that there is NO After School Club on Monday 17th May, as we have whole staff First Aid Training on that day.

Covid is still a very real danger in our country and the world!

We just wanted to remind you of a few important measures to continue to keep in place, which will help to ensure our COVID-19 rates remain low:

•         The best way to stop the spread of the virus is social distancing, good hand hygiene by regularly washing hands for at least 20 seconds, and wearing face coverings where required.

•         A reminder to parents is that the lateral flow tests should not be used on primary school children and younger.

•         Adults (not primary aged children and younger) in a household with school children are encouraged to test twice weekly with lateral flow tests which can be ordered online, collected from a participating pharmacy or local collection sites.

•         If anyone has symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change to their sense of smell or taste), they should get a PCR test (at a testing site) as soon as possible and stay at home with their household until they get their test result. Anyone in their childcare or support bubble should also stay at home if they have been in close contact since the person’s symptoms started or during the 48 hours before the symptoms started.

•         If anyone is displaying COVID-19 symptoms they should not use a lateral flow test – book a PCR test at a testing site.

•         Free testing continues to be available to everyone who has COVID-19 symptoms, and people who show symptoms must book a test online or call 119.

If your child shows ANY SIGN of Covid infection, they must not come into school – this is really important! Any temperature, cough or change to sense of taste or smell requires a test and isolation. Keep your child at home if anyone in your house has Covid (10 day isolation), or Covid symptoms until a negative test has been returned.

Message from St Peter’s Church in Great Cheverell:

Dear Parents

St Peter’s Church in Great Cheverell has set up a place of quiet and reflection, weaving and writing of prayers or messages of peace and joy. It is available for you to visit with family and friends or on your own between now and Sunday 23rd June (The Christian Day of Pentecost – when the Bible describes how Jesus’ followers were visited by The Holy Spirit and the ‘church’ was born).

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available on the website at www.
Monday 17th May No After School Club Please make alternative arrangements – Staff First Aid Training on this day
Wednesday 26th May – Friday 28th May Forest of Dean residential trip for Year 5 and 6 – we hope! More detail once this has been confirmed by the Government
Friday 28th May Last day of half term  
Wednesday 9th June Everyone back to school 7th and 8th of June are TD days
Tuesday 6th July Sports day and picnic on the field afterwards 9.15am – 12.00 Sports Day 12.00pm – 12.45pm Picnic Parents welcome if restrictions permit
Wednesday 7th July and Thursday 8th July Year 3 and Year 4 summer plays Parents invited if Covid restrictions permit
Monday 12th July and Wednesday 14th July Parent/Teacher meetings 3.20pm – 5.50pm – we will keep you updated as Covid restrictions change
Friday 16th July – Saturday 17th July Year 3/Year 4 campout on the school field Please complete the consent form
Monday 19th July Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of next year’s cohort   White Horse class: 5.00pm Sarum class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th July Teacher’s welcome meetings for all their families of next year’s cohort   Silbury class: 5.00pm Avebury class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th July School Eucharist (and short headteacher farewell after school) 2.00pm with the Bishop. All parents welcome if restrictions permit
Wednesday 21st July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – Year 6 parents welcome if restrictions permit
Thursday 22nd July Last day of summer term 23rd July is a TD day

We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors.

PFA News

Sweets for sale!

There will be a sweet sale in aid of the PFA after school on Friday the 14th of May – Pyjamarama day! All sweet bags will be £1- please bring correct money to put into the collection buckets. We will be over the road from school and will have several tables dotted around to aid social distancing.

Circus Skills day
As we won’t be having a Summer Fayre this year, it was decided at the last PFA meeting that we would fund a fun activity to take place during the school day. We are pleased to confirm that the children will all be taking part in a circus skills workshop on 22nd June. Further details nearer the time.

School uniform and Christmas jumpers
Many thanks to those who have donated school uniform, as the PFA were able to sell great quality items to new parents at the recent visit to school. Please put your bagged donation into the blue lidded wheelie bins in the staff carpark. We are also accepting Christmas jumpers for sale later in the year. All funds from school uniform goes to the PFA and is spent on fun activities and resources for your children.

Plastics recycling
Thanks to those who brought pens, bread bags and pill packets for the recycling collection, and many thanks to the parents who have organised this.

Best wishes, your PFA

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