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Finchampstead C of E (Aided) Primary School

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23rd October 2020

Dear Parents,

 

I hope you are well.  We have successfully  arrived at half term with no positive Covid-19 cases which is such a relief for us all.  I am sure that all the measures in place at school are effective and worthwhile.  I will be updating our risk assessment next week and I will email parents once the updated version is on the website.  There will be two changes which I wish to explain now ready for after half term.  By next Monday there will be some markings painted by the entrance/exit points and we ask parents not to stop on them.  It is vital that staff and parents are able to keep at a two meter distance and I hope these markings will help.  We also ask parents to wear a mask if they are planning/hoping to speak to a member of staff.  

 

I am aware that over the half term we have made a couple of changes to the timings of drop off and collection and this has been necessary to get it right.  I thank you for your co-operation with this.  I am concerned that a few children from the junior classes are collected late on a regular basis.  I am writing now to inform you that unless we have a phone call with a reason for late collection, at 3.25 we will send children to Beehive and ask for them to be registered for a half hive session at the cost of £6.  It is so difficult to manage clubs, changing for clubs, cleaning and bubbles, we need the children to be collected promptly and I thank you in advance for your support.

 

Mr O'Reilly has been busy preparing for an exciting week of holiday club at school.  There are still spaces if you wish to book.  You need to register on the NSsport website and then you can choose the days you need or if you think your child would enjoy even if you don't need it!

 

The learning this half term has been wonderful with lots of creative outdoor lessons, please take a moment to look at the photos on the website. Today we finished the half term with a dance outside which the children and staff loved!

 

We hope that everyone will take some time out to have a rest and recharge next week. When you are out and about, please continue to follow social distancing guidelines. Remember the rule of six both indoors and outdoors, and that the less people you come into contact with, the less the virus will spread. We appreciate everyone’s commitment to adhering to the rules during term-time and it would be a shame to undo that hard work now.  

 

Although I am looking forward to a rest myself I will be checking my emails daily.  If a child from our school tests positive for Covid-19 during the holiday there may be actions we need to take as school community; time is of the essence so please contact me on my email head@finchampstead.wokingham.sch.uk as soon as possible if your child is being tested.

 

I want to finish by thanking you all for the kindness and support you have shown, the weeks seem to have got busier as time has gone on. I wish you and the children a lovely week and I hope our staff have a well earned rest.  I cannot thank them enough for their committment and hard work at a time of change and worry.

 

With kind regards

Jacquie Vanstone

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