In a week where most communications have centred around Covid19, it's lovely to take a moment to look at all the lovely work and activities that are happening in school. From the little elves working in Santa's workshop at preschool, outdoor learning in YR, festive computing in Y4, through to Y6's fabulous air raid shelters, it's safe to say that staff and children are keeping calm and carrying on! Remember, you can read more about all these stories in each class's blog page.
Unfortunately, those newsletters where I was able to report no new cases in school seem like a distant memory. This week has seen our cases rise quickly and we currently have 18 cases in school. Of these, 13 are in year 4, 3 in Y5 and 2 in Y6.
All children who are off will have work available for them to do if they feel up to it. If you require this and have not yet received it, please let us know.
As always, if your child has any symptoms of a cough, high temperature or loss/change of taste or smell, please book them a PCR test and keep them off school until a negative result is returned. Please let the school know the result of any tests: positive or negative. Parents of children in Y4, as your child has likely been in close contact with a positive case, as a precaution, please get a PCR test within the next couple of days if you have not already done so.
To minimise any spread of infection, we have made the decision to return all classes to year group bubbles as was the case in the last academic year. All classes are now playing in their own zones at break and lunch to minimise close contact between year groups and we are ensuring social distancing between classes in the dining hall.
Other measures being followed include all children being required to sanitise their hands on entering and leaving classrooms, staff undertaking daily lateral flow tests and only essential visitors being allowed on site. Staff are wearing masks in communal areas, we are increasing ventilation in classrooms and increasing the cleaning of high touch areas.
We are very grateful for your continued support to keep everyone safe and would like parents/carers to wear masks during morning drop off and afternoon collection as well as observing social distancing.
Whilst whole school assemblies have stopped, we will still be having a Christingle service, but this will take place in small groups in classrooms. This service is a lovely experience for the children, and we hope that you will also enjoy the Christingles they bring home at the end of the day.
The hotly anticipated KS1 nativity show will be recorded and made available to you.
We are very much looking forward to our Christmas dinner and Christmas jumper day next Wednesday and are fully intending to have a lovely, cheerful Christmas week full of fun and excitement for the children.
Many thanks for your continued support, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Christmas is nearly here – only one week to go until the holidays! But we still have lots of great PTA activities going on.
It’s not too late to enter the raffle and win one of these amazing hampers! Please bring in all your sold raffle ticket stubs and money by Monday 13th December.
Please remember to write on the back of raffle stubs the colour of the hamper/s you would like to win. You can enter as many times as you would like! The coloured hamper which has the most tickets sold will receive a reward!
The draw for the hampers will be on Wednesday 15th December 2021. Good luck everyone!
Looking for something fun to do in the Christmas holidays? How about getting one of our fun Christmas activity packs! These are now available from your child's teacher for £3 each. Numbers are limited, so be sure to get yours early!
King Arms Big Fat Quiz of the Year
Our friends at the Kings Arms in South Zeal are having their big end of year quiz on Wednesday December 29th. This is always a really fun event for all and they have kindly chosen the PTA to be their benefitting charity this month.
In exchange we really need a few volunteers to help out on the night, collecting in quiz sheets, counting up scores etc. If you can help, please get in touch at email@example.com ASAP.
We also need donations of wine, chocolates and other raffle prizes. We appreciate we have been asking for a lot of donations recently, but remember all process feed directly back in to enhancing our children’s experiences at school.
A great big thank you to everyone who donated their unwanted clothes for the Bag2School collection last week. It was our best response yet and we raised £141.
Doing lots of Christmas shopping online? (And planning your January sale shopping online too?) Please don’t forget to use easyfundraising when making your purchases online. Nominate us as your chosen charity and retailers will donate a percentage of your purchase to us at no extra cost to you.
You can read details on how to sign up for this below:
Date of next meeting - Monday 10th January 2022- 8pm - all welcome! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be sent the zoom link.