November 27, 2020

Weekly News – Friday 27th November

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

With 13 school days to go, we are starting to feel a little festive. Christmas trees are up and we have scheduled our ‘new style’ activities and end of term celebrations. The list of events can be viewed here.

It has been particularly good at the end of this week to see the sun come out and say hello. Whilst we may not get the heat on our backs, we certainly get the light in our faces… take care when driving as it has been blinding!

Covid Update

We are pleased that the numbers of cases in our region appears to be dropping but we must not get complacent. The virus is still out there and whatever restrictions we are in and whatever we are permitted to do by law, I am pretty sure it (the virus) doesn’t know the rules. You will have seen stories of the continuing huge impact on school children nationally, who are being sent home in ever increasing numbers. 22% missing nationally from secondary education; 75% of seniors schools and 33% of junior schools reporting having sent home pupils last week. We are ok…

Thank you to the parents who have informed us of family testing and self-isolation. Whilst children may not show symptoms, they may still be carriers of the virus and this is why all family members need to self-isolate if one person is showing symptoms. Work is being set for all those children at home.

Our national lockdown ends on 2nd December and you will be aware that we then move to Tier 3 restrictions which means that non-essential shops can re-open, gyms but not exercise classes indoors can commence; beauty is back, but not pubs, restaurants and hospitality. The family bubble remains its own unit with explicit exceptions for childcare and single other adults who may join it, but others should not come into our homes. We can meet outside with a small number of others in a socially distanced way and we are advised against non-essential travel.

Schools remain open! Hurrah!

The Tiers will be reassessed on 16th December. From 23-27th December, we are allowed to form a bubble of 3 households for the Christmas celebrations. (The same 3 for all 5 days).

We are requiring that we all take especial care towards the end of the school term that we do not jeopardise our Christmas freedoms. We do not wish a Covid Christmas to anyone, and self-isolation would be devastating at this term.

Some school news on previously calendared events:

The Carol Service is cancelled (postponed to December 2021). We will, however, be releasing a Christmas video at the end of term.

The Year 9 options process which usually starts around now is delayed a week or so.

And we have NO CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DAY next Friday (i.e. annual day closure in lieu of Prize Giving). (Sorry).

I wish you a restful weekend,

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

Please click here to view this week’s Stars of the Week

Dear Parents,

I hope you have all had a good week.  As we approach December, I have put together a summary of events which are happening in School in the lead up to Christmas. Although many of the usual trips and activities are not running this year, the teachers are working hard to provide alternative ones and the children will have a fantastic end to term.  Rehearsals for the productions are well underway and I am looking forward to these performances and the Christmas quizzes which follow.

Next Thursday, we are very excited to be welcoming BeatFeet Drumming & Dance Workshops in for ‘A Party In The Rainforest’.  This will be performed (safely distanced) to the children in Early Years and Key Stage 1.

Next Friday 4th December, a reminder that we are offering the flu jab in school.  If you haven’t already, please could you visit the following website to give your consent or to decline this

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors