Message from Mrs. Castell
It was lovely to see so many of you at the Harvest Festival on Wednesday. The children were amazing! We were so impressed with their singing and well done to our narrators for speaking so clearly. Thank you for your very generous donations to our collection. We raised £208 for the Link Club, for which they are incredibly grateful.
As I write, 1 in 6 children are absent from school with a variety of symptoms, including those being tested for Covid. Please ensure that you arrange a PCR test, not a home test, if your child develops a new cough or temperature. Children must also be kept at home for 48 hours after the last instance of vomiting or diarrhoea. Please report all absences to the school office via email@example.com or ParentMail, rather than using the class email addresses or Tapestry.
Next Tuesday we are holding a Coffee Morning for Year One parents, straight after drop off at 8.45am. Kittle Photographic will be in school next Wednesday to take individual and sibling photographs of the children. Please check your ParentMail emails for details of these events. Apologies to Turtles class, who need to arrive in school uniform on Wednesday but bring their Forest School clothes to change into after their photograph. Due to the availability of the hall we cannot always avoid things happening on the same day!
On Wednesday 20th October we will invite parents into the classroom for the first 30 minutes of the school day. This is our first Family Learning Time for some time and the focus will be on well-being, as part of a themed week which ends with our Well-being Day on Friday 22nd October. Further details will be sent by ParentMail. Apologies again for the postponement of Reading Mondays until after half term. I don’t miss much, but I missed putting that on the newsletter last week and I am genuinely so sorry! We will start this from Monday 1st November, so you can come straight into class with your children in the morning. Can I remind you that we ask parents to carry out a lateral flow test prior to attending any school event and arrangements are subject to change if there is a significant rise in Covid cases.
Thank you to all of those children who offered to be our School Council representatives this week. We had a wonderful suggestion from Florence that as children could not stand last year , there should be second opportunity halfway through the year to give more children a chance. Our EYFS children also join the School Council in the Spring term. The councillors for the first half of the school year are:
Turtles: Amy and Stanley W
Parrots: Hettie and Jude
Dolphins: Aria and Henry M
Sharks: Charlie M and Suzie
I am very grateful to the parents who attended WISPA's AGM last Friday, at which the new committee was elected as follows.
Co-chairs: Lizzie Phillips and Liz Rochester Shaddock
Secretary: Emma Pamphilon
Treasurer: Vicky Hewitt
A copy of the WISPA Chair's report for 2020-21 has been published on our website. The new committee has lots of great ideas and will seek the children’s views via the School Council. Please consider volunteering a little of your time to support WISPA at key events, or offer your feedback or expertise. They would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can raise money for WISPA at no additional cost simply by registering with Easyfundraising or Amazon Smile for your online shopping - please click the links, sign up and choose Writtle Infant School Parents' Association as your chosen charity.
Finally, we were all rooting for Miss Wakeling (pictured, right) and the GB Women's Ice Hockey team last night, as they bid for their place in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. If you missed the game, we are delighted to say that the final score was Great Britain 5, Iceland 0. Tonight's match against Slovenia will be on Freesports TV at 7pm, with the final game against Korea on Sunday at 5pm. Go Team GB!
Have a lovely weekend.