It has been fantastic to welcome back our Year 6 children, along with an increased number of key workers, this week. They have all stepped up to the plate brilliantly and have taken the enforced changes completely in their stride from day one. They have kept to the social distancing rules at all times and found new ways of playing that don’t involve any contact. My thanks to parents as well for not crowding at the start or end of the day, it has made movement around the school site easier and much less stressful than it might possibly have been!
Life is, by necessity, rather different in the classroom but teachers have tried to make sure it has been fun for the children and they have been coming out at the end of the day smiling so it certainly seems to be working.
Because we need to break into much smaller groups to ensure effective social distancing, it has taken all our available teachers just to cater for the Year 6s and the increase in key worker children. We will have to wait and see how the government decide to proceed with their plans to send in more year groups. When we know more we will update you.
We do have some lovely news to share which is that Miss Winders is expecting a baby! Our huge congratulations to her, she will be heading off for maternity leave in the Autumn so we still have her for the rest of term.
This weekend should have seen us head off to PGL with 150 of our Year 3&4 children which sadly cannot happen. PGL have not been forthcoming with refunding payments to parents so we are working on recouping the money through our own insurers for you. Please be patient while we work to recover the funds and we will let you know when our insurers give us more details.
The planned Year 6 September residential for our current Year 5 children is currently on hold while we wait to see how the land lies for school trips in the future. We will update you as soon as we have more information available.
As far as we know, the 11+ will still be going ahead in September. The application website is now open and on there you can find all the information you need to apply at https://csse.org.uk/. The deadline for applications is the 1st July. There are also plenty of free past papers on their website to have a go at (including answers) and I am in the process of securing some more practice materials to share with Year 5 pupils which we should be able to send out next week.
Thank you for your continued support and stay safe.