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Week 4 – Trinity term 2021

Trinity - Week 4

We are very much looking forward to things opening up that little bit more on Monday.  Please see below some key points from my letter sent earlier this week below.

Super Bubbles
Covid cases, both nationally and locally, have thankfully dropped considerably and we are all happy to unlock further. I am therefore writing to let you know that, from Monday 17 May, we will be moving to ‘super bubbles’ for Pre-prep, Lower School and Upper School, but still remaining within the Covid-19 safety guidelines. This will provide further opportunities and more ‘normal’ school life for the children. Following 21 June, when we anticipate that all
restrictions are removed, we will move to a one school bubble.

Mask wearing will no longer be needed for staff at school unless social distancing cannot be maintained. All visitors will still need to wear masks and thank you for taking a test before coming on site. Pupils no longer will wear masks in school.

Speech Day
If all goes as planned, following 21 June, then we will alter our plans for Speech Day so that we can revert to just one Year 3 to 8 event in the marquee at the end of term as we usually do, rather than splitting it into two. We would follow sensible safety measures, as expected. At the moment we are planning for both scenarios but very much hope to hold the one St Peter’s School Speech Day. I will let you know nearer the time but have all fingers and toes crossed.

Residentials
We have had it confirmed that residentials for Years 3 to 8 will be able take place (a huge ‘hurrah’ is heard from all children at St Peter’s). Letters with further information will be with you shortly.

Sport and Fixtures
As you know, we made a decision before the Easter holidays that we wouldn’t be able to offer fixtures this term.  The rules for schools can be seen to be ambiguous and interpreted in different ways and our focus on safety for the children, which has resulted in no whole year group bubbles being sent home, has been a priority for us. I feel very strongly, and certainly did in March when we had to make the decisions about fixtures, that it is more important for children to be at school than to be able to play in matches. We felt that mixing bubbles with other schools would result in opening up risk to those children playing but also to the whole school and, therefore, the decision to not put on matches was made in good faith alongside many of the other local schools. Pupils are all playing internal matches against each other here at St Peter’s but, as opening up continues to happen, we are delighted to be able to confirm three cricket fixtures with other schools for our older pupils (boys and girls) as follows:

● Mount Kelly (away) for Years 6, 7 and 8 on Wednesday 19 May
● Exeter School (home and away) for Years 5 and 6 on Wednesday 26 May
● Taunton School (away) for Years 7 and 8 on Wednesday 16 June

Lower School will also have matches internally, details of which we will send parents in the information letter, if they wish to attend.

We are already looking ahead to the Autumn term calendar where a full fixture list for all is being planned.  Update on cricket whites: Parents did not need to buy cricket whites for this term due to the uncertainty around fixtures and, therefore, school cricket whites have not been purchased by some for over two years. We realise some pupils will have whites due to playing out of school, however not everyone. We have, therefore, informed other schools that we will be playing that we will be in our usual school games kit.

Update on parents attending matches: Updated guidance has led schools to adjust their plans with regards to this. St Peter’s parents are only able to attend home matches at the moment. Please refer to the match information included at the end of the newsletter.

Mrs Charlotte Johnston
Head

Week 3 – Trinity term 2021

Trinity - Week 3

Now that we have had Wren House Day and the Harefield Run, we can announce the winners of our Land’s End to John O’Groats whole school challenge. An
enormous well done to all families and pupils took part, from Reception to Year 8. We had over 80 participants signed on Strava and over 110 activities
completed (run/cycle/swim). We covered 2814km in 11 days and, together, we raised £515 for our school charity, YoungMinds. Amazing! We will definitely be
doing another challenge like this again.

Many congratulations indeed to the following families. Prizes will be awarded on Monday.
Winners
3rd Team Reid Y7 (227km)
2nd Team Kelly Y2/4 (278km)
1st Team Giltsoff Y3 (360km)
Three House points to every pupil who participated.

This was a tremendous example of a whole school spirit and community event, for which St Peter’s is famous for, and also amazed us with how much outdoor activity St Peter’s families do just on an average weekend: kayaking, swimming, surfing, sailing, mountaineering, cycling. I love how much our families
embrace adventure.

We are looking forward to welcoming a professional photographer onsite on Tuesday 11 May and would be grateful if all pupils could come to school wearing full school uniform on this day. Sports kit can be brought in separately if your child has sport on a Tuesday. Thank you for your support with this.

Progress is finally being made on the blasted pool. Luckily, it has been freezing, so it has not been missed too much. We will let you know when swimming can take place.

And so, I ask you to join us as we reflect on another lovely week at St Peter’s, to think how lucky we are, to hold our family close and recognise and think about, as we increasingly ‘unlock’ and start to venture out and fill up our empty calendars, what it is that really matters.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Mrs Charlotte Johnston
Head

 

Trinity term 2021 – Week 2

Trinity - Week 2

What a great week! We had a wonderful Founders Day service on the grass last Friday and it was lovely to have the whole community back together. This week
has seen tours for prospective families back in my diary and it has been wonderful to see the school and the children through new parents’ eyes for the first time in a year. What a buzzy, happy school this is, with children embracing their learning and staff enjoying teaching them. At our service, we all took some
time to reflect on how lucky we are to be part of this community and to have spent this pandemic year in Devon, with sea, moor, land and space aplenty.

I have also spent the week recruiting new teaching staff for September, as well as interviewing for a new Site Manager and SENCO. Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to Mr Edmunds from Year 2 at the end of this term. Although he has only been with us for a year, Mr Edmunds has made a great impact and dealt
brilliantly with teaching during a pandemic. We will miss him and wish him well. Mrs Colwill from Year 5 is also moving on to other exciting opportunities at the end of this academic year. She has been a wonderful form teacher and tremendous drama teacher, in particular, and we will miss her hugely. We will, of
course, thank them at Speech Day for their wonderful service to the school.

I am delighted to let you know that we have appointed Miss Georgie Scott and Mr Rob Evans as new form teachers from September. Miss Scott came to us as a GAP student and has since then taken her teaching qualification with us here and we are delighted to appoint her as a ‘real’ teacher moving forward and offer
her our congratulations. Mr Rob Evans (Mrs Deborah Evans’ husband) brings a wealth of Primary experience with him to St Peter’s and we are all thrilled to welcome him to the team.

Have a wonderful weekend with your families. Things do feel as if they are getting back to ‘normal’ don’t they?

Mrs Charlotte Johnston
Head

Trinity term 2021 – Week 1

Trinity - Week 1

It has been a week of glorious sunshine. Welcome back everyone to St Peter’s.

Unfortunately, we have had a slight delay with the swimming pool due to it not being in use for two years, but all is in hand and it should not be too long now.
Today, we enjoyed being altogether for the Harefield Run, in bubbles this year.  This is an event much missed last year (although everyone did brilliantly at
home). The school is alive with life, laughter, running and playing, as it should be. Well done to Mrs White and the team for a truly wonderful event. We also
celebrated Founders Day and there will be more on this next week.

Our new starters are well settled and we are all looking forward to the term ahead. For pupils in Year 7 and Year 8, please may I remind you to continue testing twice a week. It is hugely important. Thank you.

A note on haircuts. There are a few ‘flowing locks’ around, particularly from the boys. Out of the eyes and off the face, please, is a must. A trip to the barbers is necessary for some. I will be providing Alice bands and clips if not. Thank you.

Enjoy the weekend!

Mrs Charlotte Johnston
Head