Newsletter – 19 June

19th June, 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have all had a great week in school and the children are now very settled into their daily routines within their bubbles. Not only are they managing to go through their learning packs but those who haven’t accessed Teams before are now getting to grips with this way of working.

From my doorstep visits to each bubble, at a distance, the children have been showing me their work and have been their usual enthusiastic characters: a real delight to see.

There has been no further news from the DfE this week and I am eagerly awaiting the guidance for September. Today, we have been told that the Coronavirus alert level has dropped to 3, which is good news. I keep up to date with local news for this and it certainly does look promising. Our youngest children have been sharing with me their thoughts about the virus. One of them shared with us, ‘It’s like a baddy whose superpower is to be invisible, so even though we can’t see it, it’s still there.’ A perfect analogy for these times, I feel.

In other news…

It is with huge sadness that I am announcing the retirement of Sandra Purdy and Angie Heffernan. Both ladies are the pillars of our school community and have watched many of you and your family members grow up under their care and guidance. As a school, this is a huge blow to us, but we totally understand that the time has come to step back and enjoy these forthcoming years with their families.

Sandra has been with us since 1989 and has supported classes in all year groups as well as covered lunch times and break times as well as having been a huge supporter of our school. Sandra’s most recent class has been Eagles where she has been a great support to Miss McLachlan during her NQT year. She is loved by all staff and children and we are going to miss her dry sense of humour and friendship hugely.

Angie has been with us since 1992 and has worked with all of our Foundation Stage pupils. She has been a huge support to all of the teachers she has worked with and I know how much Mrs Rowley is going to miss her. There is nothing Angie doesn’t have – from fancy dress costumes to wedding regalia, flower arranging to Christmas wreath making – we have all benefitted from her wisdom and insight. How on earth we are going to manage to keep on top of nativity performances and costumes from now on is anybody’s business!

We have been so very lucky to have both Sandra and Angie as the stalwarts of our community and will be very sad indeed to seem them go. However, after all these years in our school, I know you will join me in wishing them the very best in their retirement.

Of course, I’m sure we will continue to see them because I know they will find it very difficult to stay away! 😉

On a happier note, I am thrilled to be able to share with you all the news that Miss McLachlan has passed her NQT year and will be with us in September to continue teaching Eagles Class. An NQT year is a challenge in itself, never mind one with a global pandemic tagged onto the end of it, so we are very proud to welcome her into the Long Wittenham fold and know that she will continue to go from strength to strength. Well done Katie!

Please continue to stay safe and well and I look forward to seeing you all again really soon.

Warmest wishes, Alison Bellingham Headteacher

Now…let’s see what our fabulous children have been up to this week

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