Dear Parents and Carers,
We have got to the end of an eventful term, and together we have continued to conduct our core business of learning, well-being and safeguarding. Well done everyone! Despite the challenges, staff have worked tirelessly to produce the Christmas shows. These really do take hours and hours to film, edit and produce, so I am sure you will join me in thanking the staff for their dedication.
You should have all received two important letters yesterday, one from the Director of Education and one from myself. Please share these with any family members, childminders or anyone who drops off or collects your child. In addition, please remind everyone that we requests face masks to be worn by all adults whilst on school premises. The letters are also available on the website and can be accessed here.
Here are the headlines this week.
Contacting us - I am respectfully reminding parents not to email staff on their personal emails, especially through the Christmas break. Our staff well-being is paramount in order to re-charge the batteries and prepare for the Spring Term. In an emergency, or to report a positive case, please use the usual covid contact us page. It is important that we are aware of any cases for school and local authority records.
Warn and Inform Letters - We will not be sending out any warn and inform letters over the Christmas break, unless we have new cases within two days of the end of term.
Reporting to Parents - Due to some changes in Hwb, our innovative approach to sharing your child's report via their account will need to cease from Summer 2022. Your Summer report will be emailed to you directly, and this will be the way moving forward. You will still have access to your child's previous reports until the end of the year, so we suggest you download these if you want to keep them. Next term we will be considering how best we can report to you eg face to face or teams. We will keep you updated.
Planning Days - As per the ministerial announcement, all schools will have two planning says on the 4th and 5th of January. First day back for pupils is January 6th.
Additional INSET days are18th and 28th February 2022 and 6th June 2022.
Launch Day NEW DATE! - We have a wonderful "covid safe" launch day planned for January 10th. Please send your child in waterproof, warm clothing and wellies. We have a fun packed and outdoor day planned. We have postponed our off site event until it is safe to do so.
Home Learning - The website and its pod pages will continue to be available throughout the holiday. Homes Quests host a wealth of online learning that can be accessed by your child.
Reading - Your child will have been sent home reading books for over the Christmas holidays. Please try and spend a short amount of time each day reading with them. If you would like some extra reading, then please have a look at Oxford Owl, where there are a variety of books to read. Your pod staff will have reminded you of your log in.
New Nursery Pupils - Admission processes for nursery are now dealt with at school level. If you know of any new families please tell them to contact the school office so we can help with this process. In the meantime, we are looking forward to welcoming our new pupils in January.
Breakfast Club - Please understand that places are limited. Only places for those who have booked will be allocated. Please pay your fees promptly, as we have to pay staff.
Should there be any significant updates for January, I will email you before the start of term. We know we have challenging times ahead, but by supporting each other we will get through them. This is an amazing community and our school staff are proud to be part of it. Have a fabulous Christmas, keep safe, and we will all look forward to seeing you all in the Spring.
Nadolig hapus a blwyddyn newydd dda!
Mrs Caswell xx