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Lent Term 2021 – Week 1

Welcome back for the Lent term and Happy New Year to you all. We welcome new members of staff and 12 new pupils. We have a new testing centre being set up, a skeleton staff onsite looking after key worker children and all other children remote learning at home.

Well, here we are again! Week 1 of Lockdown School. This one slightly different, however, as we had only 12 hours to turn it all around. We have gone back to the timetables when we were last in lockdown. We are doing our two-week review, with surveys going to parents, pupils and staff next Thursday, and already have
some things that we will be looking at: with some ‘Live’ optional activity sessions for Music and Sport, particularly, happening in the afternoons which the children can log on to if they wish. It is good to mix things up and keep things fresh and your feedback is very welcome; but please wait for a week and feedback in the survey, that will give us all time to get things bedded in. Do make sure that the children log in to story time every afternoon, whatever their age. We are mixing things up this year with different readers from myself, to Mrs Ball, Mrs Wellington-Smith and our new Librarian, with lots of fun ideas as to how the children can join in. This will all start from next week, with tutors getting it going this week.

I am well aware how difficult it is homeschooling, particularly when you have more than one child, different in age, and are trying to work yourselves. It is a tough situation. Well done to all for getting through the first week and thank you for the support. You will have received an important letter from Mr Middleton with
regards to fees. Our thoughts go out to some of our parents whose children we are looking after at key worker school, who are working on the frontline at the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital and working with the enormous roll out of the vaccination program. One parent vaccinated 400 people in two days last week. I have offered the school site to the vaccination program and know that other schools have done the same. The sooner we get those vaccinations done, the sooner we can get back to normal.

We welcome new members of staff: Mrs Stevens, HLTA, and Ms Hodder-Williams, Librarian, as well as Mrs Pettet in Year 4. Miss Green has had her baby, Zachary Joseph Ashley weighing in at a mighty 9lb 1oz on 27 December. I am sure you will join me in offering our congratulations.

I will sign off by saying that St Peter’s was the first to get all children back on site last year following lockdown and please rest assured that, as soon as we
are allowed, we will do the same. Remote Learning Guides are being sent out separately today, where all the information you need can be found in one
place.

I wish you a happy and safe weekend with your families.

Mrs Charlotte Johnston
Head