Message from Mrs. Castell
Another busy week! It was lovely to meet our new parents for September virtually on Tuesday evening. Despite the disappointing news that the current restrictions remain in place until the end of term, I can assure you that the transition programme to the next academic year continues for all children. This week Year Two had visits from Writtle Junior School staff and Mr Taylor was delighted to meet so many Year Two parents at the morning drop off. Parents of current Foundation Stage and Year One children will be invited to meet their child's new teacher on our return in September, as we still cannot have gatherings indoors. I appreciate that yet again, the pandemic has impacted on parental engagement and involvement in school events such as Sports Day and whilst this is regrettable, we do feel that the health and safety of our staff and communities must come above all other decisions we make. On behalf of the governors and staff I would like to thank you in advance for your continued understanding in these matters.
On Monday Year One enjoyed their Teddy Lympics, followed by a very exciting delivery from Incredible Eggs. We are hatching chick eggs in Year 1 and duckling eggs in Foundation Stage. They have been absolutely fascinating to watch and the chicks and ducks are so, so cute! Thank you to WISPA for funding this experience for both year groups and lifting the spirits of both the children and the staff this week. Next Thursday we continue the avian fun with the re-scheduled visit from Night Owls. Photo proofs of your child with the barn owl will be sent home a few days after the event and if you wish to order, you can return payment by cash or cheque in the envelope provided.
Sadly today will be Miss Williams last day in Sharks classroom, following medical and government advice for pregnant women over 28 weeks. She will be working from home and keeping in touch with the children remotely, and will return for some socially distanced visits before the end of term. We have written to Sharks parents separately with details of the teaching arrangements for the final weeks of term. We will miss her very much!
A reminder that if your child is taking a PCR test, then all members of your family should isolate until the test result comes back.
Have a good weekend. I think there's a football match on this evening?