March 31st 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Today has certainly been an exciting end to the end of term. I started this morning at the infants, where all the children were able to process around the playground showing us all their fantastic Easter bonnets. Then we had our virtual Easter service, where each class told us a part of the Easter story, we had some songs from Year 3 and Year 6, and a talk from Eils and Geoff – do watch, via the link below. It proved to be our own Passion Play as the children acted in different parts of the buildings and playgrounds. They really captured the drama and tension of the events. The day ended with a DT egg dropping challenge at the juniors, where children had designed a device to safely transport an egg from the roof of the school to the floor. The children had lots of fun, celebrating if their egg didn’t break and when it did!

I would like to thank all the staff, parents and children alike for coping with so many changes over the term. Everyone’s technology skills have improved dramatically and I am proud to be part of such a supportive community.

I wish everyone a very happy Easter, and hope that its message of triumph over adversity proves an encouragement to us all, at a time when it is certainly needed.

Testing over the holidays

We are delighted that we have not had to shut a single bubble since reopening. Thank you for all your support in taking precautions and being so vigilant.

The Government asks that staff, students, parents and carers inform the school of a positive case if your child develops symptoms or has a positive lateral flow test within 2 days of them being in school, so that we can identify and contact close cases. Please do this by email to positivecovid@ccnm.uk.  If either of these happen more than 2 days since the child was last at their education setting, this does not need to be reported to us. Where this is the case, staff, students, parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

We have sent home today with each child a box of lateral flow tests. These are for adults in the household or support bubble and may prove reassuring when you are about to meet up with others. Please could you also use them before we return to school, so that we can start the new term safely.

Next Term: PE Days 

On PE days, children should wear their PE kit all day. They should also wear their PE kit on any day they are doing a football or running club. PE days for next half-term are:

  • Seahorse – Tuesday & Friday
  • Turtle – Tuesday & Friday
  • Owl – Monday & Thursday
  • Squirrel – Tuesday & Thursday
  • Fox – Wednesday & Friday
  • Hedgehog – Wednesday & Friday
  • Lion – Monday & Thursday
  • Tiger – Monday & Thursday
  • Eagle – Monday & Thursday
  • Macaw – Monday & Thursday
  • Antelope – Wednesday & Friday
  • Gazelle – Wednesday & Friday
  • Kipling – Wednesday & Friday
  • Potter – Wednesday & Friday

Return to school date: Tuesday 20th April 2021

Please note that Monday 19th April will be an INSET day as planned. The children will therefore return to school on Tuesday 20th April 2021.

Juniors – Start of Day

Some junior children are arriving quite early at the start of the day. This can mean that they are unsupervised outside of school. This is particularly concerning as we restart early morning interventions before school after Easter and we need staff to be free to run them.

From Tuesday, 20th April:

  • Year 3 and Year 5 should not arrive before 8:30 a.m. – doors to the classroom will open at 8:40 a.m.
  • Year 4 and Year 6 should not arrive before 8:40 a.m. – doors to the classroom will open at 8:50 a.m.

If you need to drop your child off earlier than those times, please book them in to Connect.

Save the Date – PTA Summer Celebration 

The PTA have set a potential date of Saturday 10th July in the afternoon for a paired back “Summer Celebration” with drinks, BBQ, Korean Food and bouncy castle. This will of course need to be confirmed as we see how the Government’s road map develops, but do pencil this in your diary.

Best wishes for a relaxing and happy Easter,

Tabitha White, Headteacher