Message from Mrs. Castell
Welcome back to you all!
I hope you all had a good rest with your families and were able to enjoy some time with others. The children have settled back well and we have enjoyed the better weather this week. We continue to be very careful in school to avoid the isolation of whole bubbles, so please work with us to follow our safety procedures and to isolate and test in the event of symptoms. To avoid the mixing of bubbles, please do not arrive until your drop off/pick up time.
Many families have had to change holiday plans and family events due to the pandemic and as a consequence I am receiving a number of holiday requests. While we are understanding of the situation families are in, the government position remains the same, so I am unable to authorise any holidays in term-time. You will receive a set letter, composed by Essex County Council, to say that your absence is unauthorised.
Thank you to those of you who supported WISPA's Easter Egg Hunt over the holidays - congratulations to Rowan in Squirrels and Evelyn in Sharks for winning the prize draw! The Easter Egg Hunt and the sale of bath bomb kits raised around £400 for the school. We are very grateful to the small but dedicated committee for their hard work and organisation. We are currently planning for Captain Sir Tom Moore’s Day on Friday 30th April and deciding what 100 things the children can do in return for donations to the NHS. My son and I are aiming to cycle 100km on our spin bike during that week!
At the moment large scale school events are still not possible under the government’s recovery roadmap, so we await further guidance from the Department for Education. As we have been so lucky to avoid extensive isolation of whole bubbles, I will always err on the side of absolute caution.
Today is national Primary School Offer Day and we were delighted to welcome our new families whose children will start school in September. While our contact is virtual at the moment, we look forward to inviting them into school as soon as we can. We were also pleased to learn that our Healthy Schools status has been renewed this week, in recognition of our commitment to this area.
Can I remind you that it is very important to email firstname.lastname@example.org regarding anything that needs to be dealt with during the school day, such as absences, changes to pick up and drop off arrangements or checks on your child's well-being. The office needs to be aware of anything that might affect the school register and we like to be able to respond to you as quickly as possible, so please do not email the class email accounts as teachers are busy in class and cannot check their messages.
Enjoy your weekend.