Week 1 – Michaelmas 2020

Welcome back everyone. The start of term has gone brilliantly. Thank you for keeping to slick drop-off and pick-up arrangements and for working hard at home
so the children are all back in school in their uniform. The welly racks are filling up and I liked seeing some of the girls in the shorts option and Charlie sporting the new ‘tank top’ jumper option available for both boys and girls. I think they must be much more comfy under a blazer.

I have spent lots of time in and out of classrooms today, learning all the new names and chatting to the children. One new nursery child (day 2) was asked ‘How do you feel today on your second day in Nursery?’ and then he looked up and answered ‘Loved’. So special! It has been wonderful to hear the children around the school site and to witness, in particular, how pleased they are to see each other. New pupils have sailed in comfortably, from our new little ones to our new Year
8s. I feel very proud of the whole community.

I know that there has been some waiting in traffic at pick-up. We will keep arrangements as they are until they bed down for a few days before we look to make changes. Thank you for your patience. A note on early drop off (08:00). Please drop at the usual drop-off place. Staff will be waiting from 08:00. Please do
not park and walk children up. Thank you.

Finally, a note on lunches. As you know, school is not back to normal, as we are operating in a pandemic and this has been reflected in the 5% fee discount offered to all parents this term. We are following strict government guidelines and working hard to keep our community safe. We are introducing hot lunches from
next week, as well as healthier extras in the packed lunches. Thank you for understanding that we are working tirelessly behind the scenes to open up the dining room and resume normal lunch service, at the earliest opportunity. We are well aware that other schools are doing things differently: some have opened
up their sports’ halls as dining rooms (which we didn’t want to do as the children love their PE and sport so much), others are starting lunch at 11:00 and finishing at 14:30, which is just not manageable and eats into academic time. We are looking at various options, such as ‘super-bubbles’ being introduced for lunchtime service. Our new term has only just begun and we appreciate all feedback we have received so far; we will be sending out a questionnaire to parents at the end of Week 3. I would like to ask that you bear with us as we run through a full week next week and can publish our plans on this moving forward. We very much appreciate your patience and support. Thank you.

We move to a full week back next week.

Mrs Charlotte Johnston

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