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Lent term 2021 – Week 8

And so, this is it! The last week of remote schooling, and it finished with a bang: World Book Day! Virtual, but no less fun. Thank you to Mrs Parker and Ms Hodder-Williams for organising for us.

Mrs Wellington-Smith has written separately to you all with regard to the mental health and well-being of your children as they get ready for return. Some may be anxious, some may be very excited. We do understand. Mrs Wellington-Smith has included a link to a Google Form for you to access should you have any concerns and we can then have an overview of the state of pupil well-being at the school ready for support on their return. Please click here to view her letter. We are looking forward to welcoming Elaine Paul to run a seminar for parents on Friday 12 March. Please see later in this newsletter for more details.

This lockdown has been tremendously challenging for our families. Some with many children – homeschooling, for example with four children under the age of 9, will have taken its toll I know. Families where the children have no siblings have dealt with loneliness, but also have made support bubbles with other families, and there are great stories of success and bonding out there. Well done and thank you to everyone for keeping the children safe and supporting them as much as you have done.

We ran the PTA AGM this week and I would like to thank Robin Jackson for his two year tenure as PTA Chair. He has been a tremendous Chair, fun, reliable and hugely supportive of the school. He steps down to become Deputy and Mrs Kirsty Gillies (Euan Y4 and Toby Y2) takes over. Oliver Johnston (my husband, for those who haven’t met him!) has been a brilliant Treasurer and steps down this year, handing over to Erin Altenburger (Freddie Y1). Thank you also to Frances Lewis (Ethan Y4 and Agnes Y2) for continuing as Secretary and to Katie Down (Josh Y5) and Emma Cooling (Charlie Y6) for being so brilliant with the second-hand clothing sales. And lastly, thank you to the Class Reps. We look forward to some community events moving forward and the return to
normality.

This lockdown has shown us how important the St Peter’s Family is for all of our families, particularly for those who are new to the community. As we return to school on 8 March, but with the country still officially in lockdown, we thought it would be fun to launch a St Peter’s community event run by the PTA and our new chair, Mrs Kirsty Gillies.

May I remind you, as we go back to school, that the country is still in lockdown and that you are only allowed to meet one other friend for exercise at the moment,
meaning no sleepovers or playdates at each other’s houses. Thank you for abiding by the rules as families to keep everyone safe and making sure the teachers don’t get any ‘surprises’ in the Monday morning news sessions!

I very much look forward to seeing you on Monday. Here is a pic to make you smile! My outfit for popping in to the Google Meets to all the pupils on Thursday.
Leopard print for ‘Wild World Book Day’ and a birthday hat from Mrs Ball for my lockdown birthday! The life of a Headmistress!Mrs Johnston's Birthday on World Book Day

Mrs Charlotte Johnston
Head