Message from Mrs. Castell
A warm welcome back to school after the summer break, and special wishes to our new children and their families who are joining us this week. It has certainly been a week of contrasts, as we try to come to terms with the passing of HM The Queen. We held a special assembly this morning and we wait to hear what arrangements will be made for the state funeral and how this affects the school. Our staff will do their utmost to support any children who may be upset and to manage the next few days sensitively. We then received the wonderful news that Mrs Espinosa Pardo had given birth to a baby boy the very same day. We send her our warmest congratulations.
The children have all settled well this week, it has been a pleasure to see them in school. Thank you to parents who attended our Meet the Teacher session on Monday. We have also seen an improvement in punctuality and attendance, so thank you for your co-operation. A reminder that our doors closely promptly at 8.55 to enable our teachers and teaching assistants to be back in class to support the children. I am still receiving a number of holiday requests and will be considering possible action on a case by case basis. While I appreciate the costs involved with holidays, this is at odds with parental concerns about time missed due to lockdowns and the need for children to catch up.
Avia’s mum wanted to thank everyone for their kindness and best wishes while Avia is still receiving treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She was overwhelmed as we raised nearly £400 for GOSH. Avia cannot yet return to school, but we keep in weekly contact and hope to see her soon.
Dates for your diary have now been published on our website and we will collate these into a list for parents on Monday. Once we know the date of the upcoming funeral and how it might affect the school, we will publish meeting dates for parents of children in Years 1 and 2, to discuss the curriculum and year ahead. Reading Mondays, where parents come into the classroom for a short weekly reading session with their children, will start on Monday 26th September to give time for our new children to settle in.
Unfortunately we have had significant issues with our internet access this week, so please forgive the delay in setting up new parents on ParentMail. We will communicate with Foundation Stage parents via Tapestry for the moment and hope to send your ParentMail logins early next week. Tapestry is only used for Foundation Stage, so for Year 1 and Year 2 parents, communication will be via the weekly newsletter or via ParentMail. Please remember that you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for urgent daily messages and you can also use the class email addresses (foxes@, dolphins@ etc.) to contact your child's class teacher.
Please read our newsletter each week. We often have queries (which we are happy to answer) about information that we have already released. I know we are all busy, but the newsletter is our main way of communicating with you. All key policies are on our website, including the Behaviour and Relationships policy.
We have already had a near miss on Long Brandocks this week, caused by cars parked on yellow lines on both sides of the road. Please park with due consideration for other motorists, pedestrians and local residents. Separately, we have also seen a number of parents walking across the staff car park as a shortcut to or from the Junior School. Please do not use the staff car park as a shortcut, it is extremely busy and can be dangerous.
Clubs and Forest School
A reminder that clubs start next week with the exception of Yoga, which starts on 23rd September. Allocations for staff clubs will be sent home on Monday. We will not be able to change allocations, so please consider this a commitment for the term. Forest School lessons in school time also begin on Tuesday for Sharks and Wednesday for Turtles. Please check the ParentMail for details of clothing and footwear. Dolphins and Parrots will have their turn after half term.
We are so grateful to our parent volunteers who make such a difference in our classrooms. It is statutory that parent volunteers attend safeguarding training, so I propose to hold a meeting on Monday 19th September at 9am for existing volunteers and those who are interested in joining us. Safeguarding checks for new volunteers must be arranged with the school office before any volunteering can commence.
Finally, please read the important notices and safeguarding information below.
Have a wonderful weekend.