July 1st 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week has been very varied, combining both the very practical and the cultural. Year 1 have been very successful with their gardening and have a bountiful crop of potatoes and radishes (the carrots and courgettes are still awaited!). Year 6 performed their play, with great maturity and confidence. I was uniquely privileged to be able to see it in person, but it has also been recorded so that others will be able to view it as well. I think it will have created many proud and happy memories. All across the school, children have been working hard at their writing. On Monday, we had the first visit from our School Improvement Partner for over a year and it was lovely to be able to celebrate the progress that they had made with her. She was very positive and commented on the pride they were taking in their work, their sustained concentration and (despite the challenges of lockdowns) the rich vocabulary that they are using. This was particularly satisfying to hear as writing was historically an area for development in our last OFSTED. Thank you for all your hard work during home schooling to help them on their journey!

Saying Goodbye and Thank You!

Miss Stray will be leaving us a little early this term (her last day will be 14th July) as she will be self-isolating before her wedding. It is so lovely that this will be able to go ahead after these difficult times. Sadly she will not be returning to us in September as she will be moving to York, but I know you will wish to join me in thanking her for being such a fantastic Year 6 teacher, a perfect combination of fun and high standards and for leading us expertly in English. We wish her every happiness in the future.

PE Uniform for Tuesday

We are very excited to be welcoming Adrian Patrick, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist 4 x 400m and Steve Frew, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist for gymnastics to school on Tuesday to work with children in Reception to Year 6. All children should wear PE kits on Tuesday.

Keeping Everyone Safe

We had a visit this week from an Infection Control Nurse from the Council who was pleased with what we are doing. Here are some highlights from her report:

You and your staff are doing a really good job. What a fantastic place, which is used to its absolute optimum. It is obvious that the whole school makes every effort to adhere to the current guidance. This is apparent from the minute you enter the school with hand sanitiser and wipes available for use prior to and after signing in including email addresses for Track and Trace purposes. A zero tolerance for coughs and colds with children and staff being sent home if they display any symptoms until they have resolved.  The day to day management of school activities to mitigate the risk of transmission has clearly been thought through very thoroughly. 

Please can you encourage parents to socially distance at the gate and in fact when outside the gates in communal play areas.

Staff members, parents and carers will need to:

  • book a PCR test if they or their child has symptoms – the main symptoms are:
    • a high temperature, however briefly
    • a new continuous cough
    • a loss or change to  sense of smell or taste
  • self-isolate immediately and not come to school if:
    • they develop symptoms
    • they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19
    • anyone in their household or support or childcare bubble develops symptoms of
    • they are required to quarantine having recently visited countries outside the common travel area
    • they have been advised to isolate by NHS test and trace or the PHE local health protection team

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place over the summer holidays throughout the UK. Run by national charity The Reading Agency, and delivered with the support of the UK public library network, it is the UK’s biggest free reading promotion for primary-aged children. Each year the Summer Reading Challenge has a new theme. For 2021, The Reading Agency is partnering with WWF for Wild World Heroes, a nature-themed Challenge that will inspire children to engage with environmental issues.

The Summer Reading Challenge is running in Kingston libraries and online at Wild World Heroes.

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone back in school next Tuesday.

Tabitha White, Headteacher