Newsletter 36 – 19th June 2020

Dear Parents

Opening the school to more children

We have had a lot more Key Worker children register for places over the past weeks than we had forecast. These children have priority for places and we must make sure that we can continue to offer places to those children whose parents are working in the front line in accordance with the Government direction – and as we would wish to do.

As a result, we are very close to the total capacity our school can absorb under the new regulations and we are now very limited as to the places we can offer to children in the Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 6. There will be children in these year groups who might now wish to have a place but we will not be able to accommodate them, as some of our Bubbles are full, and every member of staff is teaching.

We are very sorry if you would have liked your child to attend for the last weeks of the term and cannot now be offered a place, but we may not allow the numbers to increase beyond safe limits. We have to follow the strict guidance given by the Government under the corona virus legislation. However, we will be holding a waiting list for the children who would like to attend and if we have any changes to our numbers, or if the Government reduces the need for social distancing, we will offer places to those on the waiting list. Please let us know if you would like your child to be placed on the waiting list.

Please remember that all children in the Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 6 will finish their term on Friday 17th July.

This will give us the chance to have all the children in Years 2, 3, 4, and 5 in for one day each on Monday 20th July and Tuesday 21st July as part of our transition programme. We will send home more detail about this later in the term.

We still do not know how our school will be arranged for re-opening in September – as soon as we know what the Government direction is, we will let you know how we will manage this.

No TD Day  You might remember that we had planned a training day for staff on 29th June this year, but we have decided that, in light of the crisis we are living through, it is in the best interests of our children that we abandon this and we will be opening the school as usual on that day. Teachers will continue their training remotely in the evenings and weekends.

Lost Property There is a tremendous amount of lost property in school at the moment. If you think that you might have something left here, please let us know and we can check whether it is in the lost property basket or not. Anything that is still left here at the end of term will be sent to Charity Shops or recycling centres.

Free School Meals We have continued to offer free school meals to those eligible through the benefits system but over summer holidays, the system will change. There has been no direction about how this summer holiday free meal system will work, but it seems possible that it will be operated through the Local Authority. As soon as there is clarity, we will let you know.

Thank you We are very grateful for to our parents for being so prompt with drop off and pick up times – this makes the situation so much safer and more manageable for everyone.  

Valedictory events Usually at this time of year, we are preparing for the Year3/Year 4 summer performances, Sports Day, the School Eucharist, Prize Giving day and Leavers’ Assembly. Sadly, none of these events will now be possible. We are working on plans to mark our Year 6 Leavers in some way. We will hold a little prize giving but it seems unlikely that we will be allowed to welcome parents on site for this. We hope to have some celebration for them in the form of a picnic, held in separate Bubbles since the Year 6 children have two Bubbles. It will be odd, but we will do all we can to ensure that their transition out of our school is marked in some way that is memorable.

Moodle For those children who are at home, please do continue to access the distance learning projects and exercises that are posted by your teachers. It is really important that those core skills of reading, writing and maths are rehearsed and honed so that when all children return to school they are in a good place to tackle the challenges of their new year. Although you may find the BBC bitesize work slightly easy for your child in the core areas, they do have some lovely projects in the other subjects and you might enjoy trawling through some of these as well.

Thank you to those who have already donated so generously to the Mathieson Music Trust. They are desperate to continue the amazing work they do in Kolkata with the poorest children and orphans, whose buildings have been destroyed by the cyclone. Please do consider going onto the site and supporting them.  The work that they do is so important.

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning

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