What a week this has been! The start of a new phase of schooling as we have never seen it before! It has been lovely to see more children return to school. Thank you to everyone for playing their part in making this work so well, coping with staggered start times and respecting social distancing. It is sad that we cannot yet all be back together, but it is so vital that we promote everyone’s safety. We are therefore continuing to polish the ways that we can stay in touch and promote learning at home. I would like to thank everyone, parents, staff and children alike for coping so well with the changes and the many updates and messages! I know staff have worked incredibly hard to prepare and clean ready for the return of children, whilst keeping on with promoting home learning. I would also like to thank parents for their many encouraging messages which have meant so much to us at this challenging time.
Lessons from this week
It has been lovely to see how smoothly this week has gone, given the complexity and newness of our new systems. As things settle down, please could we ask families to come to school as close to their time slot as possible. If families are either early or late, then they run the risk of crossing with another ‘bubble’. Could each child also come with their own named water bottle each day as we cannot share the water fountains.
Plans for our new PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum
As you will be aware, the Government has introduced two new statutory subjects in primary education: Relationships education and Health education. These are to be taught in full from September 2020 as part of the basic school curriculum. Over this year we have been reviewing the guidance and consulting with the Diocesan Board and the Local Authority and we are now able to share our plans with you. This would have taken the form of a parents’ workshop, but sadly we are not able to offer this at the moment, for understandable reasons! We have therefore created a presentation to share our plans for Relationships Education (as we know that this is the area that parents will wish to know more about), a more formal policy and a helpful set of FAQs from the Diocesan Board. You will see that the presentation gives a clear outline of the content for each year group and then at the end there are a number of recommendations for books which we hope parents will find helpful to use at home with their children. I would like to thank Amy Brown for all her hard work finding these resources.
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Donations of laptops update: Christ Church benefits from donations
Keeping Children Connected is a local initiative set up to support children who do not have access to a device to enable them to continue with their online-learning. Over half-term, we were delighted to receive a delivery of some devices which we have already been able to give to some of our families at Christ Church.
The ‘Dons action group’ are seeking donations of laptops or tablets to distribute to local schools to give to children who may benefit. (Devices are fully erased prior to distribution). Please see the attached flyer if you have a device you may be able to donate to this cause.
Face Mask Fundraiser
One of our parents, Denise Lieu-Jenkins, has been making environmentally friendly, washable cotton fabric masks to sell with all profits going to charity; NHS Charities Together and two local charities; Refugee Action Kingston and Momentum Children’s Charity. If you would be interested in purchasing any of these please see her Facebook posting for more details.