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Weekly Update

Friday, 9th July 2021


Dear Parents/Carers,
I hope you are well. We have had a really fantastic week in school! Sports Days have been highly successful. Whilst it has been a real shame that Local Authority guidelines did not allow for spectators this year, our staff and children certainly made lots of noise and energy, encouraging each other excellently. A huge 'Thank You!' to Mr Inayat and our Sports Coaches for all their work this week. We are creating a photo video which will be uploaded to our Social Media at the start of next week.
We are very excited for our Euro 2020 theme day today! We are sure your children will have a fantastic day celebrating this historic event for our men's team.

Arrival at School on Monday
We are aware that number of our children are football fans and may be staying up until up to 11pm on Sunday to watch the match. This could lead to some very tired children on Monday! As a result, school will start as normal at 8.35, but children arriving up to 10am will not be marked as late as we will have a 'soft start' to the day. We would rather have children rested and in school, ready to learn, than absent all day (or grumpy!). 
For those children (like mine) who will need to be at school at 7:30am or 8:35am as normal, Breakfast Club will still be open and children will be welcomed at the normal time as usual.
As it is so long since our men's team reached a major football final, we see this as a great opportunity for them to learn: to talk about the importance of the national anthem, talk about pride and resilience, learn about people of faith in sports and also, but hopefully not, learn about dealing with disappointment. 

Music Concert
A big 'Thank You' to those of you who have already sent in videos for our online Virtual Music Concert. If you would still like your child to participate, please send your videos to us by the end of next week. 

Transition Day
- Next Thursday
Next Thursday morning, your children will be meeting their new teachers. This is a fantastic and reassuring time for them, to allow them to get a small sneak peek into the next academic year. 

Changes due to Step 4 of COVID
As you will have seen, a number of arrangements have been set out regarding our transition to the 'new normal' that we will be working within in September. There is a huge amount of information and guidance for schools, which I am to look at and process in the next week.  We will write to parents, before the end of term to set out those things that we will be returning to in September and also, as they have worked well, those things that we have learnt and will be keeping! This term, due to the ongoing need for whole bubble isolation, children will remain in their bubbles until the end of the academic year, to protect large groups from having to go home and miss the end of the academic year. 

Presents for staff 
A number of parents have asked me about presents for staff at the end of the year. We are happy (and grateful) for parents to send in presents this year, and they can go directly to classrooms. Staff will be sensible with regards to good hand hygiene etc. to ensure the process is safe. 
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and that it ends with a glorious celebration for us all!

If you haven't seen our drone photo from this morning, do check it out here! 

Kind regards,
Chris Speller
Head Teacher

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