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Weekly News 24 April 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

“Let us celebrate the season of Easter in the joy of God! Christ is risen! Christ is alive!”

It was good to welcome everyone back to school after the Easter holiday. I hope everyone managed to get some time to celebrate the Easter season and some time for relaxation. I have to say it was good to see some relaxation of the COVID restrictions across the country and the opportunity to visit my local pub garden after what has seemed such a long time.

Part of our relaxation of our COVID restriction is that the school has gone back to a 3:15p.m finish but we have kept the flexible/staggered start to the school day as this helps to manage keep pupils in their separate bubbles in the mornings.

 

In Key Stage 1 we are now sending home reading books on a Wednesday which are to be returned on Mondays so that the children can read “real books”. This is in addition to the books which are set online for children on their Bug Club as children will need to keep reading these also.

 

I still need to remind parents that our office and the school is still closed to all but essential visitors and parents are asked to keep to social distancing when picking up and dropping off children. Please refer to our COVID Home School Agreement and Government guidance.

 

School Uniform

I need to remind parents and carers that all children are expected to wear full school uniform and need a school P.E kit.

 

We have quite a few children wearing summer dresses as the weather is getting warmer but it has still been quite cold so can parents make sure that children still wear a coat to school. Please note that playsuits are not part of the school uniform.

 

A lot of children seem to have had a “growth spurt” so can parents please check that P.E kit and plimsolls still fit their children.

 

Replacement of Trim trail on KS1 Playground

Beginning next week (weather permitting) work will begin on replacing the old “Trim Trail/Obstacle Course” on the Key Stage 1 Playground. This will mean some disruption to the school as the work is being carried out. The works will require some groundwork which involves mini diggers etc. all of which are fascinating but dangerous to small children. Parents will need to take care and make sure that they keep all children away from the works especially when the children are being picked up at the end of the day.

 

England does the Daily Mile

On Friday 30th April the children will be taking part in a national event “England does the Daily Mile” the children will be able to challenge themselves to doing a daily mile with their classmates. Unfortunately we will have to do this on the Key Stage 2 playground or the football field as our daily mile track will not be useable due to the replacement of the Trim Trail/Obstacle Course. This shouldn’t spoil the children’s enjoyment.

 

Chilli Challenge Homework

Term 5 Chilli Challenge Homework has now been placed on the children’s class pages on the school website. If you would like to present last term’s Chilli Challenge work to class teachers this needs to be handed into school on Monday 26 April.

 

The Big Ask Survey

The Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel De Souza, has just launched ‘The Big Ask’ – the largest ever consultation with children and young people undertaken in England.

 

The survey will be live from 19 April until May 19 and asks young people across England to set out their priorities for improving childhood post-COVID.

 

The results from this survey will help the Children’s Commissioner identify the barriers preventing children from reaching their potential, put forward solutions and set ambitious goals for the country to achieve.

 

Children and young people can take part in the survey at thebigask.uk.

 

Consultation on “Life to the Full” Relationship and Health Education Programme (RHE)

 

Many thanks to all the parents and carers who completed the consultation on our new RHE programme. We will share the finding of this with you once we have completed the analysis of the survey.

 

Cool Milk

Pupils are entitled to free milk to drink at school until they turn 5 years. If you would like to order milk at school for children over 5 this can be done by logging into www.Coolmilk.com and then registering via their parents tab.

 

With best wishes

 

 

Peter McCabe 

 

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