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Newsletter 16th October 2020

Newsletter 16th October 2020
October 16, 2020 Sandy Pike

Dear Parents and Carers

We are now nearly at the end of the first half term and I am taking this opportunity to congratulate the children for all their work so far. As I go around the school there is the usual calm, purposeful atmosphere in each class showing the children are really enjoying their learning. Attendance has generally been very good, too, and overall we are looking at a lower rate of absence than last year – long may this continue!

Broadly speaking, the beginning and end of the day is working well, too, but I now need to remind you of some of the protocols at pick-up and drop-off times. When arriving and leaving school, please only drive extremely slowly on the car park, and when parked, please turn off your engines so the fumes do not disturb our neighbours. Please also do not turn your cars round in their driveway, park directly outside their house or on the zig-zag yellow lines. Finally, we are very fortunate at school to have an excellent bus service, making lives easier for many of our families, and we now have over a quarter of our children using this facility. This has meant the bus company laying on a larger coach, which obviously takes up more of the road. Please exercise patience as it is manoeuvring, and for the safety of all our children, allow it room to pass.

After School Club

This excellent facility is proving very popular and we have a vacancy for someone to help run it on Mondays and Thursdays, term-time only, 3:20 – 5:30 or earlier, with a good rate of pay. If you, or anyone you know, is interested, please get in touch with me. Please note, the post is subject to DBS clearance and satisfactory references.

You will today be receiving a poster with details of our exciting sponsorship event. The school is looking to purchase a defibrillator, a machine which can be used on children and adults in the event of cardiac arrest. A special scheme for schools means a cost of £505 for the complete device which has clear instructions making it easy for anyone to use. It would also be good to make this accessible to the community out of school hours, which would mean purchasing and installing a heated, lockable cabinet, which does add considerably to the cost. We are hoping the children will, with your support, gain sponsorship for a good walk or run during half term. We will hopefully have some good weather during the holiday so the event will be lovely to get the children out into the beautiful autumn countryside and which will also help them realise the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Please encourage your children to take part and help us provide this brilliant lifesaver for our local area.

You should also have received information about next week’s parents’ evenings. Please make sure you book your appointment in good time and we will endeavour to master the technology for those of you wishing for a Microsoft Teams meeting.

With best wishes

James Stanford