Whilst we return, there will always be some glitches with systems such as payment requests from Arbor as well as confirmations of those already paid. We are aware that many of you received confirmation of payments as well as requests for payments. I trust these glitches are now rectified.
The opportunities of new clubs inevitably leads to some being disappointed that there were not enough spaces for everybody who is interested. Whilst we are disappointed not every child can do every club they want to, it is heartwarming that there can be positive conversations where the demand is understood and appreciation of staff doing so much, voluntarily.
After a week of clubs, hopefully places are now known and the right children are going to the right places.
It has been little while since we have had a Coffee Morning and the hope of restarting them in person can not go ahead with the current cases of Covid. I am keen for us to be able to connect and share how things are going and possible plans so we will continue on Zoom. I have added next Wednesday 19th January at 10:00 into the calendar for the next one – please join if you wish with any questions or queries you may have.
Going forward, I would like to add these 30 minute opportunities to connect each fortnight and would like to set a regular day and time that may suit you, via Zoom. Please click the link below to state the day and time that may best suit you. This form will close on Monday and the most popular day and time shared.
It is something that many of us have been aware of and continued to be cautious about, without stopping all we do. Please do continue to be as safe as possible. We have relaxed the one way system because we appreciate for some less agile people, it can be difficult; we will however reintroduce the measures if needed. This is a polite request for all that can, to continue to use the system as a one-way drop-off and pick-up. If there is nobody about, of course, use your intelligence and take the shorter route, but please make sensible choices.
We have had three staff members test positive in the last week, resulting in the need for staff to be flexible and cover. Pleasingly, the staff here are flexible and willing to change their plans to make things work. We also, as many of you will be aware, do not routinely use supply agencies for cover, so that your children get a consistent, positive approach. I hope that the required need to change has not been noticed adversely.
We have also had a number of children test positive across the school. This is something we very much expected to happen at some point and comparing numbers to other schools, I think we are doing quite well. Please do use the Lateral Flows Tests (LFT) where you are able to a couple of times a week, to help keep the spread down. This week in school we have had cases in the following classes.
Closely monitoring your child would be appreciated to limit the disruption to a minimum. LFTs no longer require a PCR to confirm them. If you have a positive LFT, let us know and we will share lessons and activities on Google Classroom and live, as much as possible.
Year 5 and Year 6 Residentials
Pre-Covid we took the Year 5 children to PGL from Monday to Friday. Residentials are a hugely beneficial experience and something that provides fond memories for all. This year there will be both a Year 5 and Year 6 residential visit so that we can avoid Year 6 missing out on the experience. Over the weekend we aim to update the website for Year 5 and Year 6 to include the known information so far and dates for various meetings, payments and more.
We will be exploring opportunities for the children in Year 5 and Year 6 to raise money so that the cost of the visits can be reduced. These are also great learning opportunities where valuable enterprise activities can be developed.