Message from Mrs. Castell
We start with some wonderful news. Baby Espinosa-Davis is here! Mila-Rosa Belle was born on Wednesday morning, weighing 7lb 3oz. We are all delighted for Mr and Mrs E (as the children call her) and wish them well.
In assembly today we presented Mrs Wilson with a gift to recognise her 25th anniversary of teaching in our school. It is impossible to put into words how much she has done for thousands of children during that time and we thank her for her selfless dedication to the school.
The children continue to amaze us with how they are coping with the new procedures. We are always looking at tweaks and we thank you for your suggestions. Please do all you can to ensure that your child stays with you and doesn't mix with anyone outside their bubble.
We are looking for a new parent governor to start from this term. If you are interested, please call me for an informal chat about the commitment required. Our School Improvement Plans have been updated - there are versions for parents and children.
As you will have heard in the news, difficulties in getting Covid-19 tests and delays in receiving results are causing much frustration. We appreciate your patience and vigilance in reporting symptoms, arranging tests and isolating where necessary. Where this has affected our staff, it is already having an impact on cover, as staff are only permitted to work in one bubble per day. If we allowed staff to work across bubbles and there was a positive test, it would mean more than one bubble isolating for 14 days. We await further information from the government about teachers being given priority for tests, which will be essential to help bubbles stay open.
As you know we are currently only offering a cold lunch, as we are unable to serve multiple bubbles in the hall and social distancing has restricted capacity at the Junior School's kitchen. However, Mr Taylor and I are committed to providing hot school meals again. Given the logistics of serving meals to the classrooms, we are undertaking a trial run on Friday 2nd October. You will see fish and chips as an option on our school menu going out today - please give it a go! Just to clarify, children are asked to stay in their places while eating their lunch, rather than mingling in the classroom. This is to prevent cross-contamination for any children with allergies and also to avoid food being dropped into other children’s storage boxes.
A reminder that children do not change for PE, so we encourage them to wear leggings/joggers/shorts every day, in order that they can be as active as possible. I do appreciate the lovely weather has meant the return of summer dresses etc, but do consider the practicality of this for PE lessons. We also cannot take children's earrings out for PE lessons, so if your child cannot remove them by themselves, please leave earrings at home on PE days.