Message from Mrs. Castell
As we come to the end of our most challenging term, I would like to thank you all for being so supportive and understanding of our new measures. I am acutely aware of the arrangements families have had to make to work within our timings. Your children have been absolute stars and have made our challenges so much easier. Fortunately none of our children have received positive test results at the time of writing and I thank you all for your vigilance in isolating and testing. We are never complacent about our risk assessment: although it is robust (even yesterday's Pass the Parcel games were risk assessed!) we continue to review and update it every fortnight.
I want to thank all of our staff for their commitment and dedication during this term. Our teaching team have had to make so many adaptations, including fitting cleaning into their daily routines. Our wonderful Learning Support team have supported children so well and taken on many tasks that are not usually part of their role. Our midday and catering team have ensured that hot meals are back and our site manager Mr Turner has taken on extra responsibilities. Our office team are always available to keep in touch with parents and we are grateful to Kate Pluck for maintaining our social media accounts.
I hope you enjoy the videos of our Christmas productions which were sent home by ParentMail - please donate to our chosen charity Barnardo's if you are able to. The sale of poppies this term raised £206 for the Royal British Legion and our Children in Need Day, together with the Duckling Nursery, raised £300. We are so grateful for your generosity. Reverend Tony from All Saints’ Church Writtle has sent us a Christmas message, which is also on our Facebook page. Here is a link to Chelmsford Methodists' Christmas Eve family service which is a live service at 4pm on Christmas Eve. It is around 30 minutes long.
Your donations for our dress down days and the amazing success of the Christmas raffle has meant that over £1000 has been raised by WISPA this term. A huge thank you to our small band of WISPA volunteers and to those who donated prizes. Please accept your prizes if you haven't already, as the money is held back until all the winners have completed their online form. WISPA has provided every child in the school with a present this Christmas. Santa made an early visit to the school which was caught on video for the children!
We have sent you a plan of what to do if you experience symptoms within your household over the Christmas holidays. Let’s keep everything crossed that we do not have any concerns between now and Christmas and beyond.
Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas and hopefully a much better year to come.