With the lifting of government restrictions over the summer, we are planning for a full return to normal school life once the pupils return in September, as long as national plans remain the same. It seems so long since the school day ran as it used to, so we wanted to remind everyone of what ‘normal’ means!
Start of the Day:
End of the Day:
We ask that all adults think carefully about how they are driving and parking as we move back to a shared start/finish time. More cars on the road means there is more of a need for tolerance and respect, as well as consideration of safety for all. We suggest the best way parents can support this is parking further away from the school and walking down the avenue.
Please remember, it has been a long time since we have had the whole school coming in and out at the same time and it may feel a bit hectic at first compared to the last 12 months. Before Covid restrictions, we had a good routine that worked well, so try and remember that as we move back to normal!
Breakfast and After School Club:
Breakfast and after school club will continue to run as normal, and can be booked on and paid for through Arbor.
Removal of the Bubble System:
The biggest change will be the removal of the bubble system in school. This means that our pupils can once again mix on the playground, in the lunch hall and during whole school assemblies. Singing and brass tuition can make a welcome to school – it has been far too quiet! It also means that our school events calendar with things like school discos, trips and pantomimes at Christmas can be planned for.
Parents and families will also be welcomed into school again for meetings, performances and class worships, and we cant wait to see you all face to face again!
Extra Curricular Clubs:
Starting in September, we are returning to our full calendar of extra curricular clubs, including the exciting dance and performing arts sessions that we are offering with Kandy Productions Dance school. The full half term calendar will be sent out later this week.
Homework club will also restart on Thursday evenings, proving support for those children who struggle to complete work at home, or who like to be organised and complete their homework on the day it is set leaving them free to enjoy their weekend! All clubs will be able to be booked on through Arbor.
Whilst attendance has continued to be monitored this year, we recognised that the constant disruptions have been difficult for all of us. In September, our usual attendance and punctuality procedures will be in place, along with our half termly and end of year prizes for attendance. After the last year, high attendance by all pupils is essential, now more than ever, and we will be working closely with parents and families to ensure that all of our pupils meet the minimum standard expected. We ask that parents support this by making sure their children are in school every day and that they arrive on time, and that no holidays are booked in term time.
Continuing Safety Measures:
There are some safety measures that will continue into next year, and these are an essential part in allowing us to return to normal:
Although things may feel a little strange to start, and we may all need different amounts of time to feel comfortable with a return to pre-Covid life, I am sure that by working together and showing the respect and understanding that we teach the children, we can all make sure the beginning of next year is wonderful and we cant wait to get started with all of the exciting plans we have!
Thank you for your ongoing support,
Miss M Slingsby