Week beginning 28th September 2020
It’s great to see Class 2 back in the building this week. What is very reassuring is that no other members of the class or the staff developed symptoms in the fourteen days of isolation. This hopefully means that our measures to reduce the spread of infection in school are working well.
This week we have had no new cases within the school, but have had several families self-isolating due to parents showing symptoms or getting positive test results. Many thanks to everyone for following the self-isolation guidance, as it is keeping everyone around you safe and hopefully driving down the infection rate. We all understand how difficult this period of increased measures is, but also how important it is.
Last week I forgot to thank our fabulous Year 6 pupils for coping on a very wet trip to the Ouseburn. We managed to book the wettest day in September for the outdoor visit, but the children were fantastic and just got on with it. We did abandon early, but they at least got to see the area which is the focus of this half term’s topic work. This is a trip that we have been doing for many years with Year 6 and we have seen remarkable changes in the valley during this time. It is crammed full of history and is right on our doorstep. Here are two photos to show just how much it has changed in the last 60 years. In 1960 there was just one tree in the whole valley!
This week we have had two visitors in school to support our learning. Mrs Syeda came in to talk to Year 2 about what it means to be a Muslim and Year 1 have just been telling me about a visit from Mr Bear. Apparently he managed to get in to school undetected and leave letters for the children, asking for advice about how to get a good night’s sleep. I know that Year 1 will be writing back with lots of great ideas; I also know that I need to check my signing in procedures!
Assemblies started again today, but again in a virtual world. Mrs Clougher and I did a short assembly which was watched in each classroom. This means that all of our celebrations are now up and running again with certificates for achievement, Times Tables Rockstars, The Attendance Cup and of course, House Points. Well done to all of our winners.
Speaking of Mrs Clougher, our search to find a new Deputy Head has started. I will be talking with governors next week and hopefully putting an advert out very soon. Ideally, we will find someone to take over when she moves to Grange First School in January, but the important thing is to get the very best replacement for her and if this takes longer, then we will take that time.
Finally, thanks to all of our parents who have offered to be a Parent Governor. There are nine candidates, which is fantastic. This means that we will be having an election. I will send everyone details using Microsoft Forms, which people seemed to enjoy last time. You will receive their statements and a voting form, where you can choose your two favourite candidates. Please use your vote. Voting closes on Wednesday 7th October.