Message from Mrs. Castell
Firstly, an update on the Covid situation in school. We currently have 13 children absent with COVID, as well as 5 members of staff and others awaiting tests. Your support with testing has been vital in our efforts to keep the school running safely and to protect vulnerable children and members of staff. Please continue to keep children at home if they are unwell - we have seen a number of children in class this week who are feeling poorly. The symptoms of Omicron vary from case to case, so please use lateral flow tests if your child is ill and a PCR test if they have any of the 3 main Covid symptoms, however mild. Also please continue to wear masks inside the school building for the time being. A reminder that we have postponed lunches with parents and class assemblies, due to the number of people that would be mixing in the hall.
I met with our WISPA committee this week (outside!) to plan our library improvement project. They have some fantastic ideas to turn the existing library area into an inspirational space for children to indulge in their love of reading. We are finalising a list of things we need and will be putting out a plea to the school community for any help you might be able to offer.
My highlight of the week is often pupil perception time, where I talk to children from each class about their lessons, their reading and what they like and want to improve about school. I talk to 2 children from each class a week so if your child says they came to me with their books that is why!
Remember to save the date of Friday 11th February, when all children are invited to join the parade from the school to the village green at 4.30pm, celebrating Writtle's special place in the history of radio broadcasting and the centenary of the BBC. The children will be learning The Floral Dance in school to perform at the event. On the morning of 11th, storytellers from Chelmsford Ideas Hub will bring history to life in their session with each year group, while in the afternoon Years 1 and 2 will be learning some 1920s dances with Miss Emily. I will have further details next week.
Best wishes and stay safe.