Issue 909: 19th November 2020

Face Coverings

You will be aware that I have written to you on a number of occasions recently relating to the mandatory wearing of face coverings in school in communal areas during movement times. Whilst the majority of our pupils are respectful of these rules, I am sorry to say that a number are not cooperating with this and so, in order to enforce this, we have added three new negative behaviour categories, which you will see when you access Go4Schools:

1. COVID-19 rules breach – masks
2. COVID-19 rules breach – movement
3. COVID-19 rules breach – other

Please can I ask that you remind your son/daughter that they must wear a face covering and move around the school according to the system in place. Thank you for your support with this crucial element of school life.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

With so much going on, and so many constant changes, I thought it might be useful to have a reminder of the safety measures that we expect all our pupils, parents and staff to follow.

As well as practising good hand-hygiene, please remember to observe social distancing rules both inside and outside of school. I do accept that it can be hard for pupils to grasp the idea that while they can see their friends (within their bubble) at school they are not, at this time, able to socialise with them outside of school. I appreciate that this concept is a difficult one to understand, but unfortunately those are the restrictions by which we all need to abide at the moment, and we all have a social responsibility to comply.

Finally, please can I remind you that if a member of your household is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, you and the rest of your household must self-isolate at home pending the results of a test. If you do find yourself in that situation, meaning that your son/daughter cannot attend school, then please do let us know as soon as possible.

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Traffic Congestion

Further to my email earlier this week, I would like to thank you all for your cooperation in not arriving to collect your children any earlier than the end of the school day. This will really help to reduce the amount of congestion in the surrounding roads and the problems caused to our neighbours and local residents. You may be interested to know that earlier in the week, before my email was circulated, we counted 50 cars waiting to get access to the school! Thank you for your support with this, we are always keen to continue to foster good relationships with both parents/carers and our neighbours.

Virtual Art Exhibition

With all the doom and gloom at the moment, I thought it would be a good time to share a positive! In order to celebrate the achievements of our Art pupils, we would usually be holding an Art Exhibition at this time of year. As we are unable to do so, please click on the link below to see the range of amazing work that some of our pupils have produced.

Book of the Week

BOY, EVERYWHERE
by A M Dassu

“A life transformed by war.

Sami’s life changes forever after his mum & sister get caught up in a bombing at the local shopping mall. Sami and his family have to flee war-torn Syria, leaving friends, belongings and their lives behind and embark on a perilous journey to seek asylum in England.

This is the story of Sami, a 13 year-old boy, just like any other obsessed with football and gaming, and his journey; dangerous, harsh, painful but also hopeful.”

An insightful and empathetic read; heart-breaking yet hopeful and will perhaps make you consider things not previously considered.

Sunday 22nd November is Stir-Up Sunday

Traditionally the day to make the Christmas pudding!
(https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/search/recipes?q=christmas+pudding)

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