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Week 6 – Michaelmas 2020

Dear Parents,

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. Further details in our newsletter.

Have a super weekend.