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Week 7 – Michaelmas 2020

Michaelmas - Week 9

What a frighteningly good day we had for Lake House and Halloween Fun Friday! Well done to everyone for getting into the spirit of things. You all looked fantastic in your costumes and fancy dress! Lots of fun Halloween activities took place throughout the day and a huge thanks goes to Year 8 for setting up and decorating a haunted trail around the ‘Wild Woods’. Congratulations to 3AH for winning ‘Guess the Number of Sweets in the Cauldron’, guessing 138 when there were 145, and to every class for showing their best spooky dance moves in a whole school dance routine to Thriller.

Have a great half term, everyone!

Week 6 – Michaelmas 2020

Michaelmas - Week 6

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.

Week 5 – Michaelmas 2020

Michaelmas - Week 5

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

 

Week 4 – Michaelmas 2020

Michaelmas - Week 4

We are now at the end of Week 4 and I have been in contact with many Headteachers across the country as they deal with the impact of the pandemic on school life. One Deputy Head in London has had positive cases in Year 2 and Year 5 (siblings). This has resulted in the entire Year 2 bubble and the entire Year 5 bubble, as well as the breakfast club and after-school club bubbles, being sent home for 14 days, along with associated teachers and TAs – a total of 90 people. The switch to remote learning for these pupils was immediate. At St Peter’s, we have had staff who have to be at home while family members await tests (which are extremely difficult to come by), while other staff and pupils have had temperatures or coughs and have had to take a test and await results. We have had no positive results. If we do have a positive test for Covid-19 I will make sure to inform the community. However, it is not policy to inform parents if a test is being carried out, as this could come very onerous! We are very vigilant here and keep up-to-date with any changes in Government policy or guidance.

The main priority and focus for schools in dealing with the situation is to have small, contained bubbles, which we are doing here at St Peter’s, and a flexibility to move to online learning, which we also have at St Peter’s, as well as quick and informative communication. The latest information from the Government, as
well as the rule of six, means that some tweaks will be necessary here. We ask all external visitors to wear masks, as well as those parents who need to get out of the car to hand over children in Nursery and Reception. It is essential that you, as parents, are responsible with your families at home, abiding by the
new laws to keep our staff and community safe. This means that there should not be parties or sleepovers which would involve more than six. Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you very much indeed for the feedback completed in the parent survey sent last week. We are taking on board the feedback, as well as that from staff, and will be addressing issues in the coming weeks. We are, of course, planning for the days shortening, as well as more difficult weather, ahead. I can tell you
that we will move to more regular timings after half-term, with a 16:00-16:20 pick-up for Year 1 to Year 8, in particular. We are also moving towards more choice in the dining room and the introduction of some bubble activities in the 16:00-17:00 slot. Year 7 will be soon split into their two classes. The timetable will be adapted so that we can reintroduce drama, computing and religion & philosophy as well as the more traditional Games slots which will allow us to move to match play when permitted. More information is to follow.

Mrs Charlotte Johnston