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    Weekly Update (27/11/20)

    27 November 2020 (by Chloe Topping (chloetopping))

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    Dear Parents & Carers,

    I hope you are all keeping well. It is edging ever closer to the end of term and Christmas is fast approaching for us all.  Next week, the children will be completing in class assessments.  These are nothing for the children to worry about and they will help us assess how much progress the children have made since coming back to school


    We have thought very carefully about our plans for Christmas.  During the final week, we are planning to hold:

    • A virtual panto for the children (we are just waiting for the company to confirm!) on Tuesday 15th
    • Christmas Lunch on Wednesday 16th
    • Christmas Jumper Day on Wednesday 16th December
    • Class Christmas Party Afternoon on Thursday 17th Your child/ren are welcome to come in their party clothes this year rather than changing.
    • Virtual Christmas Assembly on Friday 18th Although we can not invite you into school to watch our final Christmas assembly, we still felt it was important to hold a Christmas Event.  On the final day, each class will virtually show other children in school, a short presentation about how Christmas is celebrated in their chosen country to the rest of the school and we can virtually sing a couple of traditional Christmas carols. 
    • School will close at 2pm as normal on Friday 18th December and there will be no after school club on that day.

    All of these things are subject to change at the minute.

    Attendance Letters

    I know we are still working in difficult times, but it is still important that the children attend school as much as they can.  Thank you for your support in this.  I will be sending you a letter next Friday which will show you your child’s attendance for the entire Autumn term.  It is for your information.  However, as we move out of the pandemic, we will be working with families more closely if the attendance drops below a certain %.

    Scooters & Bikes

    Just another reminder to ask your child not to ride their bike on the school grounds and to dismount at the school gate.  This is for the safety of all our children and parents and I appreciate your support in this.

    If I have a concern….

    As you can imagine, my diary is already very full right into the new term.  Therefore, to have your concerns answered as quickly as possible, Governors and I have implemented a system to ensure that your concerns are answered.

    1st Stage – If you have a concern or complaint, please speak to your child’s teacher.  Due to Covid-19, this will either have to be an arranged socially distanced meeting or over the telephone.  My experience in lots of different schools shows that most concerns can be resolved by this action as the teacher generally knows the most about a situation.

    2nd Stage – If you remain concerned or are dissatisfied with the response from your child’s teacher, you should make an appointment to speak to Mrs Spilsbury (if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2) or Miss Haslam (if your child is in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6) to further discuss your ongoing concerns.  As both Mrs Spilsbury and Miss Haslam have a teaching commitment, it is important that you make an appointment through the main school office.

    3rd Stage – After following stage 1 and 2, if you are still concerned or dissatisfied, ring the school office to make an appointment to see me.  This is to ensure that you are able to speak / see me rather than calling in as sometimes I will be unavailable to see you.

    Our Christmas tree is arriving next week so we are nearly there!  Have a safe, wonderful weekend.

    With very best wishes,

    Mr Perkins