Message from Mrs. Castell
Thank you to the Year One parents who attended our Coffee Morning on Tuesday, it was a pleasure to see you all. On Wednesday Kittle Photographic took pictures of all children and their siblings - online ordering details will be sent to parents as soon as we receive them. My thanks go to Mrs Pluck for coordinating the photos between the two schools.
Years One and Two had an assembly given by Neil Soanes from Essex County Fire & Rescue Service on Thursday. He explained to the children how they could stay safe at Halloween and on Bonfire Night. The presentation is available to view online. You will have received a message from WISPA about their non-uniform day next Friday. Children are welcome to wear Halloween costumes if they wish, but please ensure they are suitable for learning and playing outside. A £2 donation is suggested, which also covers entry to the pumpkin carving competition. Please leave your pumpkins on the lawn at the front of the school on Friday morning, under the trees. You can collect them at the end of the day. WISPA will also have Halloween craft kits and treat bags for sale next week.
As it is cough and cold season, we are seeing a number of children struggling in school with illness. Please keep your child at home and arrange a PCR (lab) test for them if they have a cough or a temperature. If children are not well enough to learn in school, they should be kept at home to prevent the spread of symptoms to others, who may then require isolation and testing themselves. I appreciate that you may be disappointed at our postponement of next week's Family Learning Time, but with the increasing number of cases in our wider school community it would be irresponsible of me to put so many people together in one small room. Thank you for your understanding.
Please remember there are no staff clubs next week, as our Parents' Evenings will be held on Wednesday and Thursday. All parent events are subject to change at the moment, but as appointments are held out of school hours, we can enhance our Covid safety measures by leaving more doors and windows open to ventilate the school. Please help us by taking a lateral flow test on the day, arriving 5 minutes before your appointment time and leaving promptly, to avoid too many people congregating in school. You may wish to wear a face covering indoors. Please do not bring children to your Parents' Evening appointment.
We are hugely proud of Miss Wakeling, who won 2 out of 3 games with her GB Women's Ice Hockey team-mates at the Olympic qualifiers in Nottingham over the weekend. Sadly Korea pipped them to the post for qualification by just one goal, but with record-breaking crowds and brilliant performances by the players, they left with their heads held high. Well done Miss Wakeling, we know you'll be back representing us again very soon!
Finally, can I thank one of our parents, Mr. Dent-Jones, for nominating our school to receive 10 refurbished laptops, courtesy of Network Rail and Laptops for Schools. We are hugely grateful for the donation, they will be put to very good use in class!