October Newsletter

October 8, 2020by 22CenturyDesign0
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Dear Parents/Carers, Even in these uncertain times, the children are all settling really well into their new routines and classes. The Autumn term is well and truly underway. During my daily school “walk-arounds”, I have been impressed by the positive learning attitude that all or our children have shown, and the progress that they are...

Dear Parents/Carers,

Even in these uncertain times, the children are all settling really well into their new routines and classes. The Autumn term is well and truly underway.

During my daily school “walk-arounds”, I have been impressed by the positive learning attitude that all or our children have shown, and the progress that they are making in their learning. It is great to see, and you as parents should be very proud.

The wellbeing of the children is our top priority and we are planning to support this further by delivering a week of lessons focusing on:

  • Welcome back to school, including a temporary charter to support respect for personal space (social distancing, hygiene, etc.)
  • Belonging and feeling safe at school
  • Reconnecting with friends at school
  • The Coronavirus explained and keeping safe and well
  • Managing worries, fears and anxieties
  • Being positive and looking forward to learning
  • Gratitude and appreciation
  • Loss and bereavement

This is based on the Jigsaw curriculum, more information on which will come very soon.

Parents’ Evenings

We are currently working out plans for how to share your children’s great progress with you and how to carry out parents’ evenings. We will get details of this to you as soon as we can.

Harvest Festival

This term is traditionally rich with festivals and celebrations, and we are looking at each as they arise to see how we can continue to enrich the curriculum. The first will be Harvest Festival. Again, as soon as we know what we are doing I will let you know.

The staggered drop-off and collection have now settled into a more continuous flow – many thanks for your support with this, including the wearing of face masks whilst on the school site. Along with continued social distancing, this is all contributing to making our school as safe as we can.

I’d like to finish by saying a huge thank you to Colin Dayman, who has stepped down as Chair of Governors, a post he has held for over 20 years. His commitment to the school has been unquestionable and luckily he has agreed to stay on as a Governor to share his infinite wisdom. Thanks Colin.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr. C. M. Thornton
Head Teacher

Attendance

Attendance up to the 25th September, 2020 is 97.42%. The school target is 97%.

Miss Loach’s Book Choice

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat: Amazon.co.uk: Moray Williams, Ursula, Rayner, Catherine: 9781509860364: Books

‘My favourite story as a child was “Gobbolino the Witches Cat”. I remember being tucked up in bed each night and my mum reading me the charming tale of a little pussy cat that longed for a loving home.

Gobbolino didn’t want to learn tricks and spells, so he escapes in search of a new family. Unfortunately, he is mistrusted everywhere he goes and is blamed for mishappenings. Gobbolino longs to be loved and looked after. It was my mum’s favourite book as a child and one day I’ll share it with my own children too’.

Welcome to St. Paul’s

We would like to welcome 3 new members to our teaching staff. Mr. Ridge joins us in Year 6, Miss Morris in Year 4 and Mr. Warren in Year 5. We are sure they will be a great asset to St. Paul’s.

Chair of Governors

Our first Full Governing Body meeting was held on Monday, 21st September and after.24 years of being Chair of Governors, Mr. Colin Dayman decided to step down from his role, but continues as a Governor. Not only did Colin Chair for Governors, but was on the Governing Body 8 years beforehand dedicating 32 years so far to St Paul’s! Our new Chair of Governors is Mrs. Claire Emptage, who has been Vice Chair for a good number of years with plenty of experience.

Nasal Flu Spray Immunisations

The Nasal Flu Spray Immunisations will be taking place in school on Thursday, 8th October for children in Reception to Year 6. An email was recently sent out with the e­consent form attached for permission to be given for each child to receive the immunisation.

If you have not received the email, or have been unable to complete the e-consent form, please contact the school office for assistance.

Photograph Day

School individual and family photographs (only siblings in school) will be taken on Friday, 9th October. Please note that there will not be any P.E. lessons on this day for any class and children will be required to wear their full school uniform.

Sickness and Diarrhoea

Please note that if your child is unable to attend school due to sickness, they will need to be absent for a period of 24 hours from the last bout, and if they have diarrhoea, they need to be absent for 48 hours after the last bout.

Bikes and Scooters

Cannondale Quick 20 Kids' Bike | REI Co-op

May we remind you that bikes and scooters must not be ridden on school premises. Children should alight at the school gates in the morning and walk their bikes/scooters to the stands and at the end of day wheel them out to the pavement. Thank you for your support.

Collecting Children at the End of the Day

We have noticed that an increasing number of parents/carers are standing talking on school premises after collecting their children. For everyone’s safety, could you please vacate the site as soon as you have collected your child/chidren.

May we also remind parents/carers that children must not run around the playground when you bring them to school in a morning and collect them at night. Please keep them close by you for their protection. Thank you.

School Crossing Patrol

We have been advised the School Crossing Patrol will be back on duty from Monday, 5th October on Kingswood Road.

Scarecrow Trail

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Reminder – St Paul’s Church will be holding a Scarecrow Trail on Sunday, 11th October, when they will be celebrating Harvest.

If you would like to take part, please email Rev Jo at the address below by 4th October so your scarecrow can be added to the map. rejoannajoyce@outlook.com

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