Message from Mrs. Castell
It is lovely to see your children enjoying their learning and being so enthusiastic over the past month. I spend at least one afternoon in a different class every week which I consider a privilege. We were delighted to see so many parents at our EYFS picnic and play sessions this week. We also had a very special visit from last year's Sharks teacher, Miss Williams and her newborn son - the very cuddly Hugh!
There have been two positive Covid cases in school this week and more in the wider school community, which is a reminder that we all still need to follow the guidance and the school must risk assess every event. Thank you for your understanding about the one ticket per family rule at the Years 1 and 2 Harvest Festival next Wednesday. I appreciate that many parents have not attended a Harvest Festival before, but in pre-Covid times it was often standing room only once we had seated 120 children plus staff in the church. If we were to have a positive case, the impact could be widespread, so we invite you to take a lateral flow test before the event.
To further clarify arrangements for the Harvest Festival, please drop your Year 1 and 2 children off at school as normal next Wednesday, then make your way to the church. We recommend that parents are seated by 9.45am. The children and staff walk down once they have been registered in school. Turtles class should still arrive to school in their Forest School clothes, as they will be going straight out to Forest School on our return from the church.
Food sent into school
Natasha's law comes into force today, which requires all ingredients and allergens to be listed before food is sold and applies even to home-made produce. If you would like to send in any treats on your child's birthday, we suggest pre-packaged sweets rather than homemade cakes, to enable parents to check ingredients for children with allergies. Can we also remind you that we are a nut free school; this includes fruit and nut bars/cereal bars, peanut butter, Nutella-style spreads and all other nut-based products. We also request that your child's daily snack consists of only fresh or dried fruit or vegetables.
Finally, we are sending our best wishes and lots of luck to our teaching assistant Ellie Wakeling, as she goes off to Nottingham tomorrow to compete with the GB Women's Ice Hockey Team in the Olympic qualifiers for Beijing 2022. We're all behind you Ellie, go Team GB!
Have a lovely weekend.