Newsletter 32 – 28th May 2021

Dear Parents

Today, Friday 28th May is the last day of this half tem. We return to school on Wednesday 9th June.

We wish you all a warm and sunny half term break. Come back to school refreshed and ready for a wonderful summer term!

We will still be operating in our Bubbles until further notice, with staggered drop off and pick ups and ensuring all Covid restrictions are strictly obeyed. It is possible (and we hope) that there will be a further easing of restrictions from 21st June, but at this stage we are not sure what that will look like. For now, we have to carry on as we are. We are grateful to all our families who support the work of protecting our community so strongly.

Forest of Dean Residential Trip The children in Years 5 and 6 had a wonderful, Covid safe, residential trip this week. They had great fun taking part in exciting adventure activities including canoeing, climbing and caving, working on team problem solving activities, and learning the important life skills of independence and resilience. The field studies centre is in the middle of the Forest of Dean and is a beautiful setting for this field trip. We are very grateful to the teachers and support staff who accompanied the trip and took responsibility for managing the difficult Covid situation so effectively on top of all the other responsibilities that they shoulder when taking so many children away for a residential visit. Thank you Mr Amor, Mr Gyllenspetz, Mrs Edwards, Mrs Trusler and Miss Berrington who accompanied the trip. And to Mrs Edwards and Mrs Yates for all the administration that is required to launch a trip like this. And thank you to our amazing children who adapted to the situation so beautifully. It was a challenge but we rose to the occasion and had fun!

Forest Schools  We are very fortunate that Mrs Goddard is a Forest Schools trained teacher and leads many of these activities in our school. This week, Stonehenge class had a day with Mrs Goddard, exploring the world of birds. They “made” nests, and practised seed dispersal in various ways. They learnt a lot about how amazing birds are, and how extraordinary it is that seeds can be dispersed in so many ways. They had such a great day, full of fun and laughter and lots of practical learning. Our beautiful school grounds make the perfect setting for Forest School activities.

Hot weather We are hoping that we might perhaps have some lovely warm weather when we come back from the May half term! Please send your child into school with a sunhat and a water bottle – these are essential as they play outside in the summer term. It is also very important that all items of clothing are marked with your child’s name – jumpers are cast off regularly at this time of year and often we cannot return them to their owners as they have no names written in them.  

Summer Blues Although much less noticeable this year, with the Bubbles in which we are operating, often at this time of the year we notice that people are more likely to fall out with each other and argue. We are not sure whether this is because they are tired through sleeping less in the shorter nights, or whether they are hot, or whether they are starting to think about the changes that might come about in the next academic year. However, it is something that happens every year through the summer terms. We do ask that you help your child to maintain a sense of proportion, to support them to mend relationships and to find ways to live amicably with those around them. Please help children to defuse situations rather than inflaming them.

Covid 19 – a Reminder! Please do not use Lateral Flow Tests on primary school children! If your child has symptoms of Covid, they must isolate and have a PCR test at a test centre, and must remain in isolation until a negative result has been registered. If the result is positive, of course, they must isolate for at least 10 days or until they are well enough to come back to school. If any member of your family has Covid symptoms, every person in your household must isolate while you await the PCR test result for the symptomatic person. As case numbers start to creep up again, we must make sure we bear down on this disease by controlling all possible avenues of infection. This is the best way to ensure a fuller opening up from the 21st June.

Pyjamarama Thank you so much for all your generous donations on Pyjamarama Day. You raised a fantastic £144.45 for The Book Trust to help them ensure that no child misses out on a bedtime story.

Reporting a positive test to school If your child tests positive with Covid 19 within 48 hours of finishing school for the holidays, please let us know. We will need to trigger the track and trace process for all their close contacts. We will monitor emails for the first few days of the holidays to ensure that we pick up any reports of positive cases that may need following up, so please write to if this should happen.

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 PCR test has been returned. No Lateral Flow Tests to be used on primary school children.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events available on the website at www.
Wednesday 9th June Everyone back to school 7th and 8th of June are TD days
Tuesday 6th July Sports day 9.15am – 12.00 Sports Day 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 Teachers’ welcome meetings for all their families of next year’s cohort   White Horse class: 5.00pm Sarum class: 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th July Teachers’ 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  
Thursday 2nd September Everyone back to school except the new Foundation Stage children Foundation Stage children have their timetable of induction – starting on Monday 6th September

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