The Headteachers for the day are Wafaa and Maikel from Yr6 Blackman class.
This morning, we have walked around the school, and we have seen many classes doing great work, and we have given them ticks on the clipboard to see which class were working the hardest.
We have a tie. The classes are Almond Y6, Ho Yen Y5, Rauf Y5 and Zephaniah Y4; all with three ticks.
Thank you to the classes that have been so determined to work and listen to your teachers for the day. Everyone is going Above & Beyond.
Thank you, from Wafaa and Maikel.
Dear Mums, Dads and Carers,
End of Term: we are almost at the end of a full term with all children in school and all classes open for learning. However, we are experiencing a high level of illness and this week have had the first member of staff testing positive for Covid since September.
Alarmingly, yesterday, one of our teachers was taken quite seriously ill, not with Covid but with another infection that might be circulating within school. Ms Nzekwu is doing well and making a good recovery, and we wish her our very best of wishes.
This incident has shaken us all and has made us think carefully about the end of term.
Our overall aim is to keep children in school and continue learning within their class and with their teachers. We want this to be the case until the very end of term and in January too. Also, we want children and staff to be able to rest and enjoy their Christmas break.
With this aim in view, I have made some decisions about how we manage school until the end of this term.
First, we will avoid any unnecessary mixing within school; assemblies and large school gatherings will cease until we can reassess in the new term; to do this we have taken a look at the school calendar and removed some planned activities where people would be mixing inside the school building.
This means the Carol Concert will not take place. Instead, it will be a filmed version that you can all see. If you object to your child being part of a filmed Carol Concert please inform the school office.
Second, staff will wear masks on gate duties while children are arriving and leaving school. From Monday, we request that parents coming onto the school site wear masks again. We realise we can’t insist and some parents maybe exempt.
Third, staff will were masks in communal areas until the end of term.
Please be aware that I do not wish to take these steps. I, as much as anyone else, want to see children in school doing all the things that make a school. However, we have done so well to keep school open and manage children’s return to full time, in person learning.
We must preserve this and ensure all children can be in school with their peers and with their teachers.
I must stress children will continue to come to school as usual.
Parents’ Evenings: These will take place next week.
Tuesday 30th November & Thursday 2nd December: Parents’ Evening meetings, these are via Zoom/Teams and can go ahead.
Please check from our appointment time. All meetings will be virtual and teachers, which will be set up for you. Please check your emails to receive essential details.
Teachers have been working hard with Pupil Progress meetings this week to ensure they have the latest assessment picture in readiness for the meetings next week.
INSET Days: we have moved one of our INSET days from April to January.
There will be two INSET days in January.
Tuesday 4th January and Wednesday 5th January will both be INSET days.
School will re-open to children on Thursday 6th January 2021.
Mathletics: Thank you all for the big push with Mathletics last week. The usage was up massively and the children seem to have loved using it.
All children have logins.
Awards have been bought and these will be given out each week for children to keep in class. They will also be given a certificate and be reported in the newsletter.
Mathletes of the Week:
1st - Michael (Coelho)
2nd - Vicky (Coelho)
3rd - Aniyah (Rauf)
Mathletics Class of the Week:
1st - Coelho
2nd - Rauf
3rd - Zephaniah
Who will be champions next week????
Saturday 27th November: Walk the Illuminated Art Trail, this is happening tomorrow. This event takes place outside and should be great fun. Staff attending will bring masks.
See you there…Blackfriars Bridge, 3.30pm.
School Football Teams: well done to both teams this weekend. All games were very close, and all players played really well.
Thank you to the supporters too! It is so important for our players to feel supported from the touchline.
Next round of matches is on Saturday 4th December.
0 v 1
0 v 0
1 v 2
0 v 1
KIndness: this has been our blue of the week, which helped us to continue the theme of: ONE KIND WORD. We have thought about doing lots of small, kind things as often as we can.
Parents speak with staff….
Trial iPads: as a component of our evolving Digital Learning Strategy, children inYear 6 are trialling taking their iPads home at weekends and over the half-term holiday. We will get feedback from the children and parents at the end of this term.
If the outcomes are positive and there are clear benefits to children’s learning we could extend this trial to further year groups in the new year. Please watch this space.
Attendance: well done Yr3, 4 and 6 - all over 97%. We want more days of 100% please Kender….come on…all children in school on Monday….
Dear Mums, Dads and Carers,
School Gates: thank you all for adapting to the new change of time with the opening of the school gates. The school should start properly at 9.00am, so each day we are closing the gates at 9.00am.
We are aware that at the end of the day the Briant Street...
Friday 22nd October 2021
Dear Mums, Dads and Carers,
Half-term break: Next week, I hope you will have time to rest, rest and get some more rest. The children have been working incredibly hard and need to rest before the next half-term.
By way of a reminder, school re-opens on Monday 1st Nov...
This week I sent a letter to all mums and dads of children in Years five and Six. Children attending any Primary School should not have accounts like TikTok, SnapChat or WhatsApp; all stipulate legal ages for having accounts and all require children to be 13 or over. A copy of the letter is on the s...
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