Message from Mrs. Castell
As we come to the end of a half term like no other, I would like to thank you for your support as we continue to deal with the impact of Covid. The real stars as always are the children, who came back to school so well, or in the case of our new children, settled so well. The return to school has been a real success in terms of attendance and the children being ready to learn. I am so proud of our team, who have continued to do their very best for our children while taking on extra responsibilities, such as establishing different ways of communicating and additional cleaning. Our Governors are constantly scrutinising our risk assessment and supporting the staff to develop the school. They have issued a letter to parents which is included at the end of this newsletter. I would also like to thank all staff and governors, in particular our Deputy Head Mrs. Wilson, for looking after things while I have been absent this week. Thank you for your kind words at this time.
Thank you for supporting our non-uniform day today in aid of WISPA. I hope you can also participate in the Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt over half term. Every penny raised pays for extra resources for the children. Our budgets are even tighter than usual this year due to Covid measures costing the school thousands of pounds. Sanctus charity would also like to thank parents of both schools for your generous Harvest donations, which were collected today.
If you haven't already done so, please see the lovely virtual Harvest Festival on our website. Mrs Winsley has also taken some wonderful photos and video of the Parrots children enjoying their Forest Schools lessons. Parrots will have one more session after half term, followed by Turtles from 10th November. This will mean that both classes have an equal number of lessons.
The next half term would normally see many festive events in the run up to Christmas. These of course cannot take place, so we will do things differently, but there will still be lots of festive cheer! A different menu will begin after half term, with our new catering company Miquill. We now have some ketchup for fish and chip day (no sugar or extra salt), please let us know if you do not want your child to have it.
As we begin the half term holiday, I must remind you that under Tier 2 restrictions the mixing of households indoors is not allowed and you must maintain social distancing between households outside. Councillor Ray Gooding from Essex County Council has written to all parents about Essex's move to Tier 2 and Director of Public Health Mike Gogarty has issued a Q&A sheet about what the alert level means for you and your family. These letters are in the Community Links section of our website, where we publish important local information and useful resources for parents. Also of note this week are details of Chelmsford Foodbank, the October issue of Kidaround magazine and a note from Writtle Parish Council about the Warren Farm development.
Finally, can I thank you all for supporting our Health and Happiness Hub through your Co-op membership card over the past year. This initiative ends tomorrow, so you still have one more day to support us! We look forward to receiving news of the total amount raised and will let you know after half term.
Have a safe and restful half term break. We will see you again on Monday 2nd November.