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November 6th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

The start of lockdown has felt so different this time. It has been so lovely to be able to stay open and to have all the children in school, even though there have been bureaucratic challenges and the need for enhanced risk assessments behind the scenes. I would also like to publicly thank staff for their dedication and positivity, being willing to continue working throughout this time despite the added risk of infection.  I know from the lovely messages that you have been sending me, that you feel the same.

Support in keeping our school special

As you can imagine, the cost of keeping the school open has soared through this challenging time, with additional staffing, utilities and equipment (individual sets of resources) and yet our sources of funds have reduced.  We would therefore value your support more than ever before in contributing towards purchases which will help us provide the same rich curriculum and positive experiences.  I know that these times will be financially challenging for many, so any contributions small or large will be appreciated according to people’s situations.  If you are a UK taxpayer, we will be able to increase the amount by claiming Gift Aid and, if you are a higher rate taxpayer, you will also be able to offset it against your tax commitment. It may also be that your company would be interested in donating as part of their corporate social responsibility.

There are two ways you can donate to support the school:

  • Regularly, through the Governors’ Fund
  • One off, through a targeted donation

If you could donate in both ways, it would be very much appreciated. Whichever you choose, please know that we are very grateful for the support you are giving us to help the school become an even better place for our children to learn and grow.

Targeted Donations

You can make targeted donations via ParentMail in the payments section.

To help you decide upon the size of your donation, the teachers have made the following suggestions.

  • £2 will buy a hula hoop
  • £2 will buy a dictionary
  • £2.95 will buy a ball of string
  • £3 will buy Christmas craft materials for one child
  • £3.50 will buy a pack of 52 jumbo chalk
  • £4 will buy 6 x 600ml bottles of paint
  • £4 will buy 100 laminating pouches
  • £5 will buy 15 whiteboard pens
  • £6 will buy a football
  • £6 will buy 1000 craft lolly sticks
  • £6 will buy 250 paper art straws
  • £7 will buy 12.5kg of clay
  • £7.14 will buy 12 packs of Blu Tack
  • £9 will buy 9 packs of masking tape
  • £10 will buy a packet of 2 double Dutch skipping ropes
  • £13 will buy pack of 144 coloured pencils
  • £18 will buy 3750 hand towels!!
  • £20 will buy 24 boxes of tissues
  • £48 will buy 1500 pencils
  • £34 will buy a motorised model of the solar system
  • £60 will buy 100 large glue sticks
  • £99 will buy an annual subscription to Digimaps – all Ordnance Survey maps (current and historic)
  • £100 will buy a set of 16 rechargeable stopwatches
  • £129.85 will buy a set of 15 atlases
  • £200 will buy an indoor table tennis table
  • £700 will buy an outdoor table tennis table
  • £1250 will buy an exciting new computing resource for the whole school
  • £5000 will buy a set of large blue building bricks for the junior playground (like those in the infants)

We would love to acknowledge donations on our website and in our newsletter, unless people would rather make them anonymously.

We are also trialling a different approach for nursery and reception who have set up an Amazon wish list.

>>> CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION <<<

Regular Giving – the Governors’ Fund

The Governor’s Fund is a charitable fund and all the money it raises directly supports the school. Some of the ways the Governors’ Fund is supporting the school this year include:

  • Chromebooks for every junior child
  • Fencing for the wildlife area at the infants
  • Working with the PTA on the development of the school playing fields

In the past the Governors’ Fund has helped fund very important items such as the infant climbing area, reroofing the infants site, creating footings for changing rooms on the playing field and the refurbishment of both the junior and Hedgehog toilets. (The governors also have to contribute towards the cost of any building works in order to trigger government funding. If the governors contribute 10%, these funds trigger the other 90% of the funding).

You should have received an email earlier this afternoon from the Treasurer of the Governors’ Fund, Jenny Cropper with more information.

Currently only 15% of families regularly support this vital fund.

You can make a donation to the Governors’ Fund via ParentMail in the payments section.

Petition

Whether you are able to support us financially or not, your help would be appreciated in signing this petition, which calls on the Government to fully fund schools for Covid-19 costs and provide relief for loss of income.

>>> CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION <<<

Reminder – Lunches

On Thursday we moved over to a new online parent ordering system for school lunches which can be accessed via the website https://parents.feedinghungryminds.co.uk

You will need to register on this new system to be able to order school lunches and any remaining balance on your old account will transfer over to the new account. Please see the attached leaflet for instructions on how to register. On this new system parents will be able to amend or cancel orders up to 9:30 a.m. on the day.

As mentioned in the previous bulletin, for the first two weeks we are continuing with cold lunches but from Monday 16th November we will resume serving hot lunches.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

September 4th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have already reached the end of the first week! I have already seen children take home new creations, challenge themselves to produce their best writing, renew friendships and enjoy ball games. When I have asked them what they have enjoyed about being at school, a number of them have said everything!

I am pleased that drop off and collection at the juniors was much smoother today. The drop off ‘windows’ seemed to really help. Thank you also for all the steps you have taken to reduce the number of people congregating at the same time. I have set Year 6 the challenge of arriving neither too early nor too late next week (although it has been lovely to see their eagerness to be in school).

Next week we will also be welcoming the new Nursery and Reception children. Then it will feel as if the term is really under way.

Headphones

Over the next fortnight, all children at the juniors will be doing online assessments for which they need headphones or earphones. Obviously, we are no longer able to have shared headphones so all junior children will need to bring in a set of headphones or earphones from next week. They do need to be wired, as we cannot connect wireless headphones.

If any parent works for an organisation that might have a number of unused headphones or earphones that they would be happy to donate to the school, do let the office know.

School Lunch Menu

Please see the attached menu for your information which we have received from our caterers. This will be used for the foreseeable future although is subject to change. (The children did not seem to enjoy the fish fingers bap today and so we have asked them to find a replacement meal for Fridays)

Free Fruit Scheme

As you are aware, the scheme which delivers free fruit to the Infants is not currently operating but they have now been in touch and we are hoping that this will be reinstated within the next couple of weeks. We will let you know when we receive an update.

Photograph Day – Wednesday 16th September

On Wednesday 16th September, Pret-a-Portrait, our school photographers, will be at the Junior site to take individual photographs of all the children in Reception to Year 6. Infant classes will be walked up to the Junior site during the morning for their photographs. Unfortunately, with the current restrictions in place for COVID-19, we are unable to safely facilitate sibling photographs this year. We’re sorry if this comes as a disappointment. The decision has not been taken lightly but the safety of our school community is paramount.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher