News – Friday 6th November
6th November, 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
I would like to reassure you all that we are doing all we can to keep everyone safe during this second national lockdown. It poses many challenges for us all, especially with a teacher who is now shielding, but we feel that we have all of the measures still in place to ensure all of our children make the best possible progress in school.
Next week, Mrs Rowley will be ‘zooming’ into Owls Class to deliver live lessons throughout the mornings in phonics, literacy and mathematics. She will be coming into school every weekend to make sure Owls class and their outside area is all set up for the week with the resources ready for Miss Winterbourne and Mrs Shayler-Brown. I am making sure both ladies and the children have everything they need and will update you all with the success of our live zoom lessons.
Thank you all for your consideration and for following the new rules around dropping off and picking up your children, especially seeing as we have a multitude of heavy vehicles blocking the road yesterday morning. Can I please remind you to ensure social distancing is in place at all times so that we can keep our wider community safe too. I have put up signs in the lane for Owls and Parrots Classes, and marked the ground to remind us to line up against the hedge so that we can make sure the opposite side of the road is used to leave the lane, thus ensuring the one-way system.
There is no doubt that home time is more difficult to manage as we have so many parents and children waiting for one another. Please be reassured that we are all doing everything we can to make sure we do this safely. If parents and guardians line up at the marked places, we will hand over the children directly one-by-one. Whilst we realise that this may be take longer, I am sure that the congestion we saw yesterday will not be apparent today. Could I please ask that you follow the one- way system in the lane to make sure everyone is safe and that the ‘people traffic’ runs smoothly. Should we find that this proves to be far more difficult, we will reassess the situation.
I am pleased to be able to share with you all that the suspected case of COVID we had in school tested negative and that our ‘patient’ is back to their usual bubbly state!
Catherine Harrison would like to share some updates with you about the working party achievements to date:
Update from Long Wittenham parents working group
Thanks to all who have helped over the half term to clean up the school playground. Jobs included clearing of the back garden and planting by Pip and Al Higginbottom, Holly and Andy Bayly and Peter and Janet Rose; gutter clearing by Jenny and Nick Caw; mending of the bench and clearing of leaves by Matt and Catherine Harrison, trips to the dump by Tom Richardson; clearing of the raised beds in the reception playground by Clare Dovey.
We are very grateful for the generosity of Andy from Purely Plants who donated a large number of bedding plants and shrubs bringing colour and cheer to our Winter playground. Located on the Wantage Road in Wallingford, Purely Plants are an independent plant nursery growing all their own plants. Keep an eye out for them!
There are still lots of jobs to do and we would love to set up a regular parent workforce to help the school. At the moment the school need volunteers to help:
● make new curtains for our school hall,
● clear more gutters,
● regular garden/playground maintenance
● cleaning the canopy over Owls outside area
● cleaning the canopy over Parrots outside area
● helping develop the back garden into a forest school/sensory area
As we are unable to access the school over the next month, we shall be resuming activities in December. If you would like to please chat to Catherine or Pip in the playground or come along to the next PTA meeting on November 23rd.
Huge thanks again to Pip and Catherine for organising all of this – it looks fantastic and the children were so happy to see the changes to our gardens and outside areas. Thank you also to the children
who took part too – Theo and Finley were very happy to tell me all about it! I know I will definitely be paying Andy from Purely Plants a visit to say a huge thank you too.
I wish you all a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you on Monday. Take care and please stay safe,
Alison Bellingham, Headteacher