Newsletter: 28th May 2021

New Lunch Menu

We have updated our lunch menu for the final half term of the year. At the moment we’re unsure whether we’ll be able to revert to a single, shared lunch time after 21st June or not but we will let you know as soon as we know! The first meal after half term will be the Chicken and Ham Pie on Thursday in Purple Week. Please remember meals must be ordered via ScoPay by midnight preceding the day the meals are to be taken. You can order daily or in any blocks up to a full half term at a time.

Mrs Nicholls

We are absolutely delighted that Mrs Nicholls will be returning to school after the half term break now that her radiotherapy is complete. I know the children in Burscott Class were very happy to see her when she dropped in this week and Mrs Nicholls is eager to catch up with everyone and see the amazing progress they’ve made since she last saw them before Christmas.

Further Staff Changes

I wrote to parents and carers in Ashmansworthy Class earlier in the week to inform them that sadly Mr Wain is unable to continue working at the school after the half term break. This is wholly due to issues with his supply agency and not with the school. However, it does signal a further period of disruption for Ashmansworthy Class after a very turbulent year. Thankfully, because Mrs Morrison was always due to be the full time class teacher next half term in Burscott Class (completing her year’s training with us) we have been able to move Mrs Kersey up to Ashmansworthy Class earlier than expected so she will be the full time class teacher from June.  Burscott Class will still get to see Mrs Kersey as she will continue to run their Forest School sessions (see below) and also continue with her monitoring role supporting Mrs Morrison. I will be increasing my teaching commitment in Ashmansworthy Class to both Monday and Thursday afternoons in order to facilitate this.

Petroc Placements

We are sad to see both Sadie and Georgia leave us today as they complete their Petroc training with us. Both girls have worked across multiple classes during their extended time with us and have made a very positive impact on the staff and children they have worked with. We wish them every success in the future – thank you for your hard work, girls!

Next half term, Lily Allmark will be returning to us to complete her Placement. Lily is already familiar to the school having undertaken a couple of Placements in Sunflowers. After Half Term, Lily will be based in Burscott Class supporting learning with a slightly older age range to see how curriculum approaches differ from the Foundation Stage.

Forest School

Next half term, Burscott and Alminstone Classes will be having Forest School sessions. These will commence in the first full week back (from Monday 14th June). As we are still heavily restricted on allowing parent helpers into school, sessions will be more “outdoor learning” focused than true “Forest School” but if restrictions are lifted during the term we may at that point ask for helpers, so please keep us in mind if you’re interested in supporting this important element of our school life. Please remember to send your child in with wellington boots on their Forest School day. Thank you.

Sports Day

We are still (!!) hoping to be able to hold a full Sports Day on Monday 21st June. With a distinct Olympic flavour, Ashmanworthy Class are already working on a rather grand Opening Ceremony as we wanted this to be a proper celebration of coming back together as a school and (we hope) opening our gates to parents once more. Of course this is all dependent on Government Announcements nearer the time. Please, though, keep Monday 21st June free in your diaries so you can come along and join us if restrictions are indeed lifted.

Happy Half Term

Whatever you are doing this half term break, we hope you have a wonderful time and that the sun continues to shine. For the first time, we are trialling and extended Summer Half Term to enable families the opportunity to get away or plan more quality time together, taking advantage of good weather and longer days. This year, we have managed to move days around to create a week-and-a-half holiday and next year this will be extended to two full weeks. The total number of school days across the year is unaffected – you will notice that in order to achieve this, school is continuing longer into July than it has done in previous years. We would be very interested to hear your views on this change: Is this a useful shift for your family? Do you think it will help reduce the children’s fatigue at the end of the school year? Or would you rather stick with a single week’s break at this point in time? Please let us know your views, either by commenting on this Post or by emailing the school. Thanks.

School reopens on Thursday 10th June.

With best wishes,

Matt Cole, Headteacher

 

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