Dear parents/carers,

 

It has been lovely to see all of our children return to school after their Easter holidays, for what we very much hope will be a positive term of happiness and sunshine for us all!  It can only be a positive for all of us that COVID restriction changes and vaccine rollout are both moving in the right direction.  Some increasing normality for all of us and our children is something long awaited and much to celebrate!

 

Frank and outdoor development

We recently had a site visit to plan the logistics in preparation for the outdoor development we are going to be having very shortly, in memory of Frank from Reception class.  Thank you to each and every one of you who donated in his memory on our Wear Blue Day on Frank’s birthday.  We raised a phenomenal £1,744 For Neuroblastoma UK research.  His Mam and Dad have been hugely touched by the amount raised in his memory and are looking forward to seeing the outdoor developments take shape.  I have every certainty that the works we have planned will bring a great deal of positivity and happiness to our children after an incredibly tough 14 months for us all.  I am proud that we as a school community will be able to remember Frank forever in such a permanent way, bringing smiles to all of our children.  As already explained, we will tell your children the Friday before diggers arrive to begin the work!  The work will take around three and a half weeks.  Year 6 will have plenty of time to enjoy what we have planned, before they move on to High School.

 

Year 6 transition

Transition would usually begin to take place after SATs.  As you will no doubt be aware COVID restrictions remain in place and mixing Year 6 children from primary schools would be inadvisable at the current time.  However, I have contacted the High Schools our Y6 children are going to, to get an indication of their plans.  It will come as no surprise that they are not yet able to commit to what transition will look like, as they simply do not yet know what restrictions will allow.  We are in continued discussion with all of the High Schools our children will go to and I assure you and your children, that as soon as any transition plans can be confirmed then we will let you know.  

 

Staffing

Just a quick update that Mr Routledge has returned to school.  For continuity for our children, Mrs Mason is going to remain in Y2 for this school year.  Mr Routledge will be working with Y3 children initially, as unfortunately Mr Henderson is off school due to a bereavement.  Miss Osueke is slowly recovering from ill health and is enjoying being able to start to get out and about in the fresh air.  Whilst she is not yet able to return to school, we are in touch with her and look forward to when she can.

 

Uniform

As you will know we have been very accommodating around school shoes and uniform if your children had outgrown anything during lockdown, as non essential shops have been closed.  As shops have now all reopened, can we ask that from a week on Monday, all children are back in full school uniform, including sensible black shoes.  Leggings are not school uniform.  Please click here for a reminder of our school uniform.  If you have any problem with managing this now shops are open, please get in touch before the 26th April.  Children can continue to wear their school PE kit and trainers on their PE days.

 

Hopefully we have a lovely summer term ahead of us!

 

Miss Byrne

Headteacher

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