Newsletter – 2nd October 2020

Another week completed and the children are really getting into the rhythm of school life. All of the children are enjoying the extended break times and upper school classes are grateful that they can all now be outside every break time. This is all made possible thanks to the children adapting and following the new rules so that we can have fun and remain as safe as possible.

In other exciting news…… ASSEMBLIES ARE BACK! (but not as we knew them!).  Thanks to some changes made by our ICT gurus over the weekend, we were able to amend our assembly plans to get a whole year group involved in a virtual assembly through Teams. Having everyone (virtually) together again as a group was a chance not to be missed and one we are glad to have back.

It was great to see the classes interacting with each other again in a normal school routine, and as confidence with the system grows, we can’t wait to share more stories and pupil achievements with a wider audience again.

We would also like to introduce to you our new Lollipop Lady. I hope you will all join me in welcoming Nikki to the Chalkwell Hall Schools community.

Year 6 will be starting their Bikeability course this month, with 6AF and 6RM taking part next week. This will mean that there will be more bicycles being walked through the playground at drop off and pick up times, so please be mindful of this at these times.

Whilst on the subject, can I please remind parents that you do not need to arrive before your child’s 10 minute going home window, the aim is to arrive during the allotted time. This will hopefully limit the waiting time, especially as the weather is becoming more unpleasant as we march on through the term.

I would like to thank all parents and careers for maintaining the one-way system rule, but I feel I need to remind you, with my ‘Fun Police’ hat on, that adults still need to socially distance within the site during pick-up times. If it makes you feel safer, you are welcome to wear a mask whilst on the school site. I would also encourage you to exit the site as quickly, but as safely, as possible via the London Road exit between both schools.

We have had a few requests about collecting children earlier than their designated time slot. We will not be able to accommodate these requests due to the negative impact on the child’s learning and the disruption it would cause to the wider class.

At this time, every year, we would usually be hosting a ‘big sleep in’ at school to raise money for the HARP charity, but sadly this is not possible at the moment. However, there is still an opportunity to have sleep outs in your own homes or gardens and still raise money for the local homeless charity. Please follow the link for further information https://www.essexsleepout.org/.

In the coming weeks, children will have the opportunity to take part in the trials for the Essex Virtual Sports Competition. A range of skills will be taught and practised during PE sessions and the top 5 boys and top 5 girls’ scores in each event, in both upper and lower school, will be submitted on Friday 23rd October 2020. Good luck to everyone!

Individual photos will be taking place next Friday, so this is a reminder to look super smart on that day!

 

Attendance Matters

Overall attendance this week is 96%.

Thank you for your continued support, especially in these turbulent times, and I appreciate your patience in these matters.