In the Loop!
Friday 11th June
Welcome back to our final half term.
I am pleased to report that I am now on the road to recovery. Following a nasty bacterial infection caused through food poisoning I am starting to feel more like myself again. I was very fortunate to receive such amazing care by the team of Doctors and Nurses at Redditch Hospital - I can’t thank them enough.
I would also like to thank all the staff who have been extremely supportive. I am very grateful to them for taking such wonderful care of the school in my absence. I have missed everyone dearly but look forward to increasing my time in school as my strength and health improves.
Highlights from The First Week Back
I have so enjoyed looking through the photographs from Nursery and The Key Stage 1 Space Day. The effort everyone went to to make the day so special was fantastic- Mr Price tells me Year 5 enjoyed their day too! Look out for these on our social media sites soon!
Countdown to Summer... (& hopefully a safer time for all)
We have a busy last half term ahead which we hope will reflect some of our favourite end of term activities.
All schools will need to continue to follow Public Health advice and once we are able to make any changes we will provide notice and instruction to our pupils and families.
With no clear guidance yet, we will be taking a cautious approach to all events as we are aware any positive case so close to the summer break would result in disruption for many families.
We have (touch wood) avoided many partial and any full school closure over the past 12 months because we have worked hard to reduce the risk to all.
As we all begin our transition out of lockdown restrictions we look ahead with optimism and excitement.
In the coming weeks our attention will turn to transition and ensuring all pupils are ready for the next stage of their schooling.
Below is an outline of dates we are working towards:
New Reception Intake
Wednesday 23rd June - Remote Welcome Meeting
Wednesday 30th June - Taster sessions
Wednesday 7th July - Taster sessions
Wednesday 14th July - Teddy Bears Picnic
Whole School Transition for the current YrR - Yr 5 pupils.
Monday 5th July (1.15pm - 2.30pm)
Wednesday 7th July (9.15am - 11.15am)
An overview of the staffing structure for September 2021 will be shared the week beginning 28th June along with ‘Meet the Teacher’ dates in September. Your child’s teacher for September will provide information about the next academic year including topics that will be covered and what your child will need.
The main focus will be for each class to have a taste of what their next stage in our school will be like.
Our Year 6 pupils have begun their transition to secondary school with staff from the schools visiting our children.
Staff from the Secondary Schools will be able to provide updated information in regards to whether on-site visits can take place. If you need any further support please let us know.
End of Year Reports
Staff are currently working on end of year reports which we will issue to families on Monday 12th July. There will be an opportunity on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th July if you would like to discuss any aspect your child’s report - further details to follow.
Unfortunately last year we were unable to hold any type of Sports Day. This year we have adapted Sports Day for all our children.
As guidance still remains uncertain for schools post 21st June we plan not host a whole school event this year instead ‘Bubble Events’ will take place (weather permitting) over the last week of term on the Mill Lane Sports Field.
Parents can attend if they wish but will need to maintain a safe distance from pupils, staff and other parents (unless Government guidance alters at that point)
More details will follow but here are the proposed dates and times
Proposed Dates & Times
Years 5 & 6 Tuesday 13th July 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Years 1 & 2 Wednesday 14th July 9.15am – 11.15am
Years 3 & 4 Thursday 15th July 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Year R Thursday 15th July 9.15am – 11.15am
Year 6 Leavers
This year our Year 6 Leavers event will take place on the school playground on Friday 16th July 11.00am - 12.00pm. Parents are invited to join their child as we present and celebrate their time with us.
Following this service our Year 6 will continue their celebrations with a special luncheon (of their choice) in school. They will also have time with their buddy and will help lead in our End of Year Celebration Assembly.
This will be remote which all parents will be able to join via the special link from 1.30pm - 2.15pm.
During this celebration our year 6 will support me in presenting awards to each year group which will include our Value Awards, Reading Recognition, Sports Stars of the Year and a new CEL Award.
Pre-Bookings for the Summer Holiday Club will begin from next week. Mrs Hemming and the team will operate Holiday Club from Monday 19th July to Friday 20th August inclusive.