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Parent Mail

11th September 2020

Dear Parents,


We have reached the end of our first full week and it has been filled with fun and learning.  The children have adapted well to the new routines and the class contracts set by each class.  Normally at this stage in the year we would hold class meetings with parents.  To ensure you have the information needed  the teachers have uploaded a powerpoint presentation onto the class page on the website.  We hope you find them useful and if you have any questions, please ask.


As a school we must ensure we are prepared for remote learning at any time.  The Reception and Year 1 children will use Tapestry for this and the rest of the school will use Google classrooms.  Login details have been sent out if you haven't already got them.  Both platforms will be used continually for home learning which will help us all use it more confidently in the event of a bubble or school closure.  If this poses any difficulties for you please let me know.


I am delighted that the safety barrier is now in place; we can begin using the front entrance as a one way system which will begin next week. Further developments are happening in school due to the hard work of the FOFSA committee and their families!  Mr Wilson organised for some office furniture to be given to school and he kindly delivered it on Saturday.  There was group of parents ready to unload the furniture at school and I thank everyone for their time.  Our budget is very tight as you know and this has made a wonderful difference throughout the school.   The renovation of the staff room is going ahead in a considered and careful manner; it is a difficult time with many people incredibly busy and I am grateful for the time and effort given to our school.


We are keen to keep school as tidy and clear as possible to ensure cleaning is easier; please be assured that if we send old exercise books home, we have quarantined them and handled them with gloves.


We are excited to be starting some clubs, with football club starting today and netball on Monday.  Beehive have worked hard over the summer and we are delighted that they are offering Breakfast club and After school club.  You can book online both adhoc places and regular places.


It is such a strange time and as normal as school feels, it has been a very different September start.  This is what the children had to say about it:


'I like to be with my friends again, playing on the playground.' Briony

'I like playing with the lego and with my friends on the playground. I like eating my lunch.' Alfie O

'I am happy making lots of friends.' Ksawery

'I  was happy having my birthday in school.' Harrison

'I loved art because we were drawing patterns and it helps with drawing other things.' Lara

'I liked PE because I was in a group with my friends and we had fun.' Bill

'It has been very different but we get to see our friends.' Mia

'It was easy to come back and now I can be with my friends.' Freya

'It is so much fun to be back; I have enjoyed seeing my friends.' Alfie

'It's been interesting and very different to how it used to be.  Sometimes confusing but lots of fun.' Connor

I think it goes to show the importance of friendship and it has been so wonderful seeing our new Reception children forming and strengthening friendships that may last a life time.


Thank you for your continued support, I will send out a mid-week update as well as my newsletter and I look forward to seeing you next week.


With kind regards

Jacquie Vanstone