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Finchampstead C of E (Aided) Primary School

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4th September 2020

Dear Parents,

 

I hope you all managed to have a lovely summer given the current circumstances.  It has been wonderful to have all our families back.  The enormous amount of preparation carried out over the summer has enabled us to start the term in a positive and safe way.  It is such a pleasure to see the children with each other and with the staff; there have been some special moments which celebrate the vision of our school. Today our new Reception children joined us; they had great fun and their Year 6 buddies were pleased to introduce themselves at distance.

 

The organisation within school is carefully structured and is restrictive.  Our staff are all working incredibly hard to ensure the smooth running of the day; I cannot thank them enough for their commitment to the wellbeing and learning of our pupils.  We are ensuring that staff have breaks but with the children eating in the classroom it has been an opportunity to chat to the children at this time. It is great to see that we have a few budding gardeners who are bringing in their home grown vegetables. Can I remind all parents that we encourage a healthy lunch, snacks must be fruit or vegetables and the drink for the classroom should be water.  There is so much media coverage on the importance of healthy eating and we want to encourage this as much as we can.

 

Yesterday I was concerned about the collection of children at home time; I wanted to see if it was better today.  I can see that, as a school we can make some changes that I hope will create more space for distancing and keep everyone safe from the busy road.  As a result, I would like to share new arrangements for collection.  This will be more complicated in school but I hope it will alleviate some of the problems I can see outside.  I was disappointed to see a number of parents not adhering to social distancing measures whilst having let their children go and play, as well as parents staying to chat once they had collected all their children and could have left the site.  The school community is strong and valued by us all but during this pandemic we must keep our distance and support each other to do so.  We are working so hard in school to follow the safety measures we have introduced. Our staff and children's safety is dependent on the choices made within the entire school community.  I want all staff, all children and all parents to feel safe, so with increased care, consideration and with the revised plan in place I hope our home time will run smoothly.  I would like to thank you in advance for your support.

 

Rosefinch arrangements will remain unchanged although we will bring them to the front of school if they have Chaffinch or Goldfinch siblings.

 

Bullfinch children (who do not have siblings in other classes) collection - 3pm. 

3.05pm Bullfinch children who have siblings in other classes collect all your children 

 

Chaffinch children and siblings of Chaffinch children will come out between 3.10 and 3.20.

 

Goldfinch children who have not yet been collected will then go home at 3.20

 

Please arrive promptly at the time allocated to your youngest child. The doors will not change from this week with Bullfinch and Chaffinch using the front, white door and Goldfinch using their door.

If you have questions please email me and I will try to answer! 

 

I would like to wish you all a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all next week.

 

With kind regards

Jacquie Vanstone

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