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Week 5 – Michaelmas 2020

With one week left until half-term, I write with information about the changes to the routine following our well-earned break! Thank you for all of your support this week and well done to the staff team. We have been recruiting and interviewing for maternity covers and for a new Librarian, and I am delighted with the
new appointments – watch this space. I have been running many future schools’ advice meetings with parents on Zoom and continue to tour (socially-distanced) prospective parents. It certainly is not quiet here at St Peter’s and, to top the week off, we greeted you with banana costumes…..! Thank you on behalf of
Young Minds for raising over £900. A great start. I can’t wait to see what we can do with the PTA Land’s End to John O’Groats family challenge. We can do this!

We are getting increasing interest, from parents based in Exeter, in particular, for a regular bus run every day, bookable on a term’s basis: We are looking at extending our transport offering to be able to facilitate this for more families. Please let Mrs Morrison know by email emma.morrison@stpetersprepschool.co.uk) if you are interested in this. We would engage a Dartline bus and it would be a service payable upfront for the term. If not used, we would not be able to refund on a day by day basis. This is common practice at most schools.

This week we say farewell to Margaret Whitlock, who leaves us to support her family through a difficult time. Margaret was instrumental in turning the former School Office into a Library and making it a real hub of reading, at the heart of St Peter’s. I would like to thank her for her ‘can do’ attitude and outstanding
organisation and display making! We will miss you Margaret – good luck!

Changes after half-term
Because of the darker days and colder weather soon facing us, we are going to streamline and speed up drop-off and pick-up. It will be busy at first, as we get used to the new timings, but I feel confident that it will be an improved system and mean less waiting outside for pupils and staff. The most important changes
are the start and end of day timings for Years 1 and 2, which bring them in line with the usual school day. We are also extending our curriculum offering on our timetable.  Details to be found in our newsletter.

Have a super weekend.

Mrs Charlotte Johnston
Head