November Newsletter

Baubles not Bubbles!

It has been a very busy term in school and we had to adjust again to the changing demands of the pandemic on life at school. The staff and I thank you for your continued support and understanding through all the changes and adjustments we have had to make.

Our thoughts start to turn towards the end of term and how we adapt the normal ‘traditions’ in the light of the restrictions we find ourselves under. Unfortunately, it is not possible to run many of the traditional events in a ‘COVID Secure’ way but I know the class teachers have plans to share a small element of Christmas cheer with you from the children – keep an eye out for details.

I am also working with the Friends Association on how we can safely allow the ‘Elves’ to decorate the school for the children and this is likely to be on the 4th December.

There are a few other items I need to bring to your attention and these are listed below.

Seasonal Flu Vaccinations

Please make sure you have filled in the online consent form to confirm whether or not you would like your child vaccinated as part of the school session on 1 December. The form has been sent out via email and also posted on Dojo.

COVID mitigations

Children who have to isolate at home will be set school work via Google Classroom.

Please can parents observe the social distancing requirements when attending the school for the morning drop off and afternoon pick up. I know it’s difficult sometimes as we have small access points but we are trying our best to facilitate as smooth a process as we can to help you.

I would also ask parents to continue to mitigate the risk of spreading infection outside of school as far as possible. We are very grateful to you for all you have done so far in this regard but I am equally mindful that there are some schools in the local area that are finding it increasingly difficult to function due to the sheer number of pupils and staff that are required to isolate.

Parking

I would be grateful if parents could refrain from parking across the vehicle access for both the school and our neighbouring farm. I appreciate that it can be tricky to find a parking space at either end of the day but I am also keen to avoid an accident occurring.

School uniform

We have collected quite a few unnamed jumpers and cardigans which the children have left behind over the course of the term so far. If you think your child is missing an item of clothing, please contact the office to let us know and we will try to reunite you. Please can you also make sure any items of clothing that come into school are clearly marked with your child’s name.

School meals

I am delighted to inform you that we have now secured a new school meal provider; St Pauls will join us from the beginning of the spring term. This will allow us to reintroduce hot meals at school. St Pauls use a different electronic ordering and payment system (Wisepay) than our previous provider so we will need to set that up. The office will contact you to resolve any outstanding balances on ParentPay over the next few weeks. Please bear with us while we work that through. An example menu for January is attached to this newsletter so you can see the range of meals available next term.

I am also very grateful to Lynda Thompson who stepped in at short notice and has provided us with fabulous packed lunches this term.

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a Government scheme that provides funding to schools for pupils whose parents receive one of a number of qualifying benefits The school can use this money to raise the attainment of low-income pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England are eligible for free school meals. Parents will need to apply separately for the pupil premium if they think they might be eligible.

If you want to check your eligibility please download the form from the link: Pupil Premium form

The school will automatically get a pupil premium amount if the child is eligible for free school meals.

There is also a Pupil Premium scheme for Early Years. Although there is no monetary value for parents, pre-school will receive additional resources to support your child’s learning. If you think you might be eligible, please follow this link: Early Years Pupil Premium

Fundraising success

Lastly, I wanted to say a big thank you to you and all the children for the brilliant support you have provided for both the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and also the Children in Need Campaign.

We have collectively managed to raise £184.06 for the Poppy Appeal…… and £120.10 for Children in Need. In such difficult times, this is extraordinary and very humbling.

All the staff at the school thank you for your support and forbearance this term as we navigate our way through the pandemic as best we can.