Michaelmas 2020 – Week 11

It has started to get a bit chillier and children and staff are wrapping up warm for drop-off and pick-up. We are, for the most part, healthy and hearty, although
some in the community have been felled by a particularly nasty tummy bug this week. Christmas plans are afoot, with trees arriving this week and a safe, ‘Covid
friendly’ Christmas Christingle service, on the last day of term outside, which will replace my favourite event of the year: our candlelit service in Exmouth Holy
Trinity church. I think Mr Hoban’s vision has taken inspiration from the great tradition of Christmas Day Carols at the Bridge Inn in Topsham. Mr Hoban will be
on the accordion and we can’t wait. Our theme will be ‘Focus on the Light’.

Please see our plea later in the newsletter for any standing event-style outside lights that you may have knocking around in the garden; or large battery operated candles that you wouldn’t mind us borrowing, would also be welcome. It would be lovely to create a real effect. We will be sharing videos and photos for parents to see and also the amazing Pre-prep Nativity video, filmed last week, and put together by the talented Mr Brett in the Marketing Department.

I have loved watching ALL of the House singing competition entries today. Thank you so much for your support recording the children at home. They are a delight to watch, from Nursery all the way up to Year 8. The winner will be announced in our end of term final assembly and we have given the children one more
week to do entries now they have seen their friends. We have Carol Singers at the front door, Christmas outfits, siblings together, dance routines and some incredible musical performances. Well done to the Scarth family for a once in a lifetime family entry; even the dog wore antlers!

As you will have read, Devon is moving into Tier 2 when we come out of Lockdown next week. Please can I remind parents that it is essential the rules are followed at home, to allow us to keep things going here at school? People are not allowed to visit each other’s houses indoors. This means, unfortunately, no
playdates or sleepovers. Thank you for abiding by these national rules to keep everyone safe.

Look out for our school Christmas Fair Newsletter, which we will send out separately today, with discounts for families, as it would have been the onsite event this weekend.

I will finish by sharing with you this beautiful view from the school yesterday.

Charlotte Johnston

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