18 December 2020

Despite the challenges faced by the current pandemic, we have so much to celebrate as a school community. I am proud of our children and all they have achieved since returning to school in September. They are simply incredible in their enthusiasm, energy and resilience, adapting to new classroom setups, working and playing in bubbles and remote learning.

Our children have not been phased by any challenges and seeing them come into school each morning with a cheerful ‘Hello Mrs Fernandes, how are you? ’ and genuine love to be in school has brightened up many a gloomy day. Our children embody our school values and are inspiring.

Thank you, parents, for working with us. Your kind comments and good wishes are appreciated, as are your suggestions on how we can further develop. Staff have worked hard and been committed to ensuring children make progress and time has been spent supporting children’s wellbeing.

We were so excited to record our nativity plays and junior advent service, but sadly three of our bubbles had to be sent home and our original plans had to be changed. Thanks to staff resourcefulness, we have captured some wonderful moments on film, which will be uploaded onto Google Classrooms.

Our school calendar has not been as full as previous years, but we have still managed to enjoy many memorable events: international week, ‘Our Heritage’ celebrations, mufti days, fundraising for Children In Need, Virtual marathons, Daily mile runs, Anti-bullying week, Santa’s Dash, Christmas jumper day and many more.

The infant and junior schools have been redecorated and work carried out on the premises. Each class now has their own garden area to develop over the year and most exciting of all is our new infant adventure playground. We’ve overcome barriers and the future is bright!

Together We Can’ is our new school motto to launch our brand new school website. It is a simple statement but powerful in empowering success. We ‘aim high and dream big’ because we know we can with self-belief. So, when faced with challenges, we overcome them with faith, hope and unity as a school community.

Celebrating a term of learning and happy moments

We will be breaking up this Friday and collection will be staggered as follows:

  • 1.15 p.m. – Reception
  • 1.30 p.m. – Year 1, Year 2 & Year 3
  • 1.45 p.m. – Year 5

Christmas is a special time to spend together with loved ones and for many, it will be a difficult time for different reasons. We are living through challenging times and faith will see us through. We are here to help you, if you are experiencing any difficulties, please do contact me and information shared will be treated confidentially.

My email address is: [email protected]

The Government have arranged for vouchers to be given to families entitled to FSM support and Mr Navarro will be organising the vouchers to be emailed out this week.

Contact over the Christmas break

The Government has requested Headteachers to inform the school community if anyone from school tests positive for COVID-19 from Saturday, 19th December up to the 24th December 2020. Should this happen to you or your child, please let me know as soon as possible, by completing a google form:

Click here to complete the COVID-19 positive test form

I will be checking information regularly and will inform the school community if there is positive testing. It is important that you let me know.

On behalf of the staff, I would like to thank you for all you do for your children and supporting us. We will always champion your children and do our best for them. We look forward to the months ahead, to a time we are Covid free and school returns to normal.

Thank you for your Christmas wishes and messages. On behalf of all the staff and Governors, I wish you a happy Christmas with loved ones. May the blessings of peace, the beauty of hope, the spirit of love and the comfort of faith be your gifts this Christmas season.

Mrs L Fernandes