Message from Mrs. Castell
Well, it wasn't the result we hoped for in the football, but despite the disappointment the children are still smiling and keeping all the staff happy! We have had a lovely week, with the children meeting their new teacher in a class swap. We also welcomed back Mrs Espinosa Pardo to school and she spent lots of time with her new class. Our EYFS children played in the main playground at lunchtime so that they could have that experience in advance of September (maintaining our bubbles of course). The Year Two children had a wonderful treat of magician Nicky Trix on Thursday morning. He was amazing and kept us all amused, including the adults! Thank you to WISPA for funding and arranging this.
We also received the results of our virtual sports competition with 15 other local schools and I am delighted to share our results with you:
EYFS (Cup Stacking): 1st place
Year 1 (Teddy 'Lympics): 8th place
Year 2 (Mini Games): 2nd place
The children also took part in Chelmsford School Sports Partnership's art competition and 3 entries won signed books from Dame Kelly Holmes. Well done to Hettie in Squirrels, Arjana in Turtles and Bella in Sharks!
Congratulations to Miss Smith (Dolphins) on achieving an "outstanding" grade in her teaching qualification, which is richly deserved. Thanks to Mrs Wilson for mentoring her over the past year and passing on her expertise. We are also very proud of Mrs Whitmell, our LSA in Foxes class who achieved a first in her childhood studies degree. She has studied for this as well as working for us, which is an amazing achievement.
As the children break up today, I thank you all for your support over this incredibly challenging year. Thank you for your work with the children during lockdown and for your understanding when we had to minimise contact whilst ensuring the children had lots of enriching learning experiences. I have written to you separately about the arrangements for September, but will send a final letter during the summer break. Our wonderful children never cease to amaze us with their resilience and I thank them for working so hard. We say goodbye to our Year Twos today and wish them all the best for the Junior school.
To our staff, thank you for your commitment over the past year. The pandemic has meant we have taken on so many new roles when families need our support more than ever. We were proud to support so many key workers during the lockdown and I could not have got through this year without you all.
Thank you to our governors who have helped us with the difficult decisions and continual risk assessments throughout this year.
Thank you to the small band of parents who are part of WISPA for their creative ways of making money. The children adored the magician! Following our appeal this week, we are delighted to say that a new committee will be running WISPA next year, with a number of volunteers also ready to lend a hand. Thank you so much for stepping forward - we appreciate it is a big ask when you all lead busy lives, but it makes such an enormous difference to the children, who love these additional experiences.
I hope and pray that next year we can have a full year and I look forward to inviting you back into the school building again for our events.
Have a wonderful break and we hope to see you on Thursday 2nd September, reverting back to normal school hours of 8.45am (doors closing at 8.55) until 3.10am. Please note that class emails will not be routinely monitored over the break, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any urgent issues.
With my heartfelt thanks for all your support this year.