Message from Mrs. Castell
Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you were able to enjoy a lovely break with your families. The children have returned really well. Thank you for working with us on the new Covid procedures set out this week. We are doing all we can to ensure that we have enough staff to open safely. Can I remind you all to wear a face covering when you enter the school building. More changes take place next week with regard to positive lateral flow tests for asymptomatic cases, so we will update you again on Monday.
We have seen a number of children arriving late this week. We all get delayed, but please make every effort to be in by 8.55 when the playground doors close. Persistent lateness can lead to unauthorised absences.
Clubs and piano lessons begin next week. We are finalising allocations for staff clubs and will inform parents as soon as possible about the children's places. We had a wonderful introduction to the new Fencing club from Little Musketeers' leader, Andrew Beevers. You can sign up for any of our professional clubs by clicking the relevant link from our clubs timetable.
Forest School lessons also start from next week, with Sharks class on Tuesdays and Turtles on Wednesdays. Please ensure the children wear lots of layers to keep warm and dry in this weather!
We have assessed a number of published events which are coming up this term and have made the following adjustments to reduce the number of people mixing in school.
- Parents reading in class will not take place until further notice.
- Class lunches with parents will be postponed for the time being.
- Class assemblies will be combined to offer a larger scale performance in the summer term. This gives us the opportunity to have them outside if necessary. These will take place on the following dates:
EYFS performance 14th July 9.30
Year One performance 1st July 9.30
Year Two performance 8th July 9.30
I realise that some of you may have already made plans for the dates previously published, if so please accept my apologies. However, some classes would need to begin preparations now for events this side of half term that may well be subject to last minute cancellation. By postponing until the summer term we have more options available to us and each year group can offer something on a larger scale.
Can I remind you that applications for those children starting school in September, or moving up to the Junior School must be submitted to Essex County Council by 15th January. Please don't miss the deadline, or you may miss out on a place at your preferred school!
Have a good weekend.