As I write this, I am surrounded by a school full of children with the most amazing Christmas jumpers, and a sense of excitement in the air! The juniors are filming their Christmas poems and the infants are making final edits on their performances. We will send you private links to your classes’ performance next week so you can enjoy watching them with your children at home.
This week, it has been lovely to hear all your messages of thanks and support via our parent representatives. I think it also turned out to be the shortest list of queries and concerns that we have ever had. A summary of the points discussed which affect more than one class has been sent to all parents/carers.
Thank you once again for your generous donations, which keep coming in. This week we would like to thank our anonymous donors. We will be using our latest sums to buy more Pritt Sticks, which are so invaluable! We would also like to thank you all on behalf of the governors for your very generous donations (more than ever before!).
Keeping everyone safe and ensuring a happy Christmas
Please could I urge everyone to be very cautious next week. We have been so fortunate as a school to have so few positive cases. Whilst I would usually want to see as high an attendance rate as possible, next week I would ask you to keep your child at home if you have any concerns about their health. If we have to ask people to self-isolate now, it will obviously affect their Christmas and everyone is hoping for a good time after such a challenging year. If your child does show potential symptoms and you need to seek a test, please tell us straightaway and also advise us about the outcome of the test.
Likewise, we will need families to keep us informed about any positive cases at the start of the holidays, as we will be expected to lead the ‘track and trace’.
- For the first 6 days after teaching ends, if a pupil tests positive for coronavirus, having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the pupil may have been infectious whilst in school.
- The school should only be contacted if the child has developed symptoms or tested positive within 48 hours of last being in school. In this situation, please contact us via our dedicated email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you and anybody who has been a close contact of your child.
- Where a pupil tests positive for coronavirus, having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.
Christmas Parties – Thursday 17th December
Next Thursday, every class will have their Christmas party. Children can wear their own clothes, but may well have some of the party outside, so their clothes may get dirty! Children will be given some individually wrapped party food, please go to the ParentMail shop to donate £1 towards the cost of this.
Last Day of Term – Thursday 17th December
Thursday 17th December will be our last day in school. On Friday 18th December we will provide remote learning which will feature our end of term service, which you are welcome to enjoy as a family, and other creative activities. As this is a day earlier than originally planned, we will finish on Thursday 17th at our normal time and our final activity will be our class parties.
SCL have agreed to offer an extra day of their holiday club on 18th December for any families needing childcare. They would need to have a minimum of 8 children to run the club. Please could you complete the ParentMail form “Additional SCL Holiday Club” by lunchtime on Monday 14th December to express an interest.
Children will return to school as planned on Tuesday 5th January.
Online Christingle Services – Saturday 19th AND Christmas Eve, both at 4 p.m.
St John’s Church would love to invite you all to join them for their popular Christingle service which is happening online this year. Please contact them at email@example.com to sign up for your free Christingle pack and then join Geoff the Puppet and others on your preferred date for a fun-packed service at sjnm.online.church
The Good Food Co-op
The Good Food Co-op is a new local not-for-profit organisation supplying fruit and veg boxes with a difference! Like other similar schemes, you can subscribe for a regular fruit or veg box, but every box purchased will help a local individual or family in need to receive fresh produce for free.
Working in partnership with Kingston Borough Council, Voices of Hope, the Foodbank and various churches, charities and businesses across the borough, the Good Food Co-op aims to make ethically and sustainably sourced fresh produce accessible for everybody.
St John’s Church (Kingston Road, opposite Aldi) is one of the local pick-up hubs, with boxes available for collection on Thursdays afternoons. To find out more, or to order a fruit or veg box, please visit the website – www.goodfoodcoop.org.uk
Please see the attached guidance from our Junior Pastoral Mentor, Claire Stevens, for this week’s suggestions about ways of looking after our wellbeing.
Reminder – Primary School Applications
For any parents making primary school applications for September 2021 entry, you can apply online here. The closing date for applications is Friday 15 January 2021. You must submit your application and any supplementary information forms by this date. We will be offering socially distanced tours at 3.45pm everyday between 4th and 15th January 2021. Please contact the office to book a place.
Tabitha White, Headteacher