Newsletter – 4th September – Welcome back to school!

7th September, 2020

Dear Families,

It has been an absolute pleasure to see all of our children and their families return to us this week – we have missed you all so much. My goodness how your children have grown since March! School has resumed under our new normal and the children are calm and settled, getting right back into our usual routines. They have spent time with their previous year’s teachers and classmates and this has been an excellent way to finish off what has been an extremely challenging year for everyone.

School looks quite different now: the PTA have been amazing and funded (and built!) an outdoor classroom for Key Stage 1 so that the pupils can benefit from continuous provision which links very strongly to the teaching and learning in early years. Miss Mason and Mrs Richards have worked extremely hard to shovel type 1 and sand, helped by the trusty skills of James and Hayley Shayler-Brown. Miss Mason’s partner Alex has been fantastic in helping her to get her classroom just right for this year with an excellent mud kitchen.

Miss McLachlan and Mrs Eltham have fully reorganised their classroom to accommodate their new class of year 3/4 children and it looks fantastic! Mrs Rowley’s class has had visits from the new Owls who settled incredibly well into their new learning environment with Miss Winterbourne helping them along the way. They have been the first children to play with the mud kitchen which was custom-made for us with the help of Mr Peter Rose and the Parish Council. We know they will continue to settle and go from strength to strength as they start full time from Monday.

We are now at that time of year when we start the process of electing Head Boys and Head Girls as well as the School Council, Eco Council and many other roles. Our Year 5/6 pupils in Penguins Class have already stepped up and have been behaving incredibly responsibly in their new places as our older pupils, which is excellent to see. They will now be able to work outdoors in their own version of continuous provision, taking full advantage of the patio Mrs Richards built over the summer holidays too! The skills our staff have are simply amazing!

It is safe to say that our new processes in place to keep everyone safe are working well. I would like to thank you all for explaining to your children the importance of keeping themselves and their environment clean – the children really are a credit to you all and have been fantastic at recognising when things need to be cleaned after use.

We would also like to say a big thank you to Elite Window Cleaners who came at very short notice to spruce up our windows the day before we started back at school. I’d also like to thank Catherine Harrison for getting us a good deal too!

Our next school project is to do the garden at the back of the
school hall. The children have decided that they’d like a
reading garden so we need to renovate it to make sure it is
safe and suitable to be sat in with some shelter. We would
like to have a working party soon to clear the area so that we
can get in and start working on it. There is an awful lot of
gardening to do so please watch this space for a date and time
this term. The PTA have already agreed to help with the cost. This will provide some excellent break-out space for the children to use at various times of the day.

I hope you all have a lovely restful weekend. Please continue to stay safe and well and I look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday.

Warmest wishes,

Alison Bellingham Headteacher

Please make sure you use the car park gate as the exit when dropping off and picking up your children. This is so that we reduce congestion at the bottom gate – thank you!

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