Class Stars 🙂
Our Early Years… Nicholas Woodeson
Class 2… Aurora Bray
Class 3… Indie Blake
Class 4… Roxie-Lou Cox
…and a link to our Celebration Assembly too!
Welcome back everyone. It was a lovely Easter break and it was certainly one that was needed after what seemed like a very long and exhausting Spring term. We managed to keep the school running with the children learning effectively through yet another lockdown and, do you remember, managed to do so after one day’s notice! Through the pandemic, and since March of last year, the DfE have issued over 1100 pieces of guidance to schools. It really has been exhausting and I’m extremely proud and grateful of our staff for putting things in place so quickly and having such an efficient system over the term, but also to the children for coping so well and the parents for being so supportive through it all. Thank you again!
We have a New Risk Assessment on our website, but there’s nothing much changed this term. We still need to ask our parents to be appropriately socially distanced, and wearing masks on the playground. And even though we’ve got really low numbers of Covid cases in North Devon, don’t forget that a temperature, new continuous cough or change in smell or taste may mean that your child would need to stay off school, the family to isolate and hopefully not… a group, class or whole bubble to go home! Please be mindful of these symptoms and don’t mask with Calpol please.
Devon County Council are starting to talk about their own Road Map out of restrictions and I’m really looking forward to having children on grouped tables rather than forward facing, and for us all to mingle just a bit more. We’ll let you know about our own road map out and easing of restrictions, when we can.
Talking of roads… please come on to the playground to collect your child. Waiting opposite school encourages the children to pop out of the white gate and now that tourists are around, we need children to be supervised out of school please.
We will be taking bookings for parent consultations next week and you’ll notice teachers outside with their clipboards, or you could phone the office and ask Jo for a time to suit. We hope to provide these over the next few weeks and they’ll be just the same as before, with Zoom sessions of 10 minutes and the Waiting Room enabled. Following the parent consultations this term, we’ll be issuing school reports just after the ½ term break.
Our School Value this term is that We Are Adventurous. Despite this being the term that we start our schools residentials, our school value isn’t purely about being adventurous. The Bible passage that we’ve chosen to represent this value is from the Book of Thessalonians, with “Encourage one another, and build each other up,” and it’s lovely that this week, our Class Stars were children who had helped and encouraged others.
And now that the DfE have given schools a green light to do our school residentials, we are currently organising our Year 6 trip to London and the Class 3 trip to St. George’s House, both to take place mid-May. We also have Lundy for year 5 (and an ‘owed’ one for year 6) as well as the year 2 sleepover getting planned for next term. More details will come out about these when we can.
We are also currently organising Guitar lessons to take place in school. Please let Jo know if you’re interested, and we’ll issue out some details when we know more.
If you need After School club… this is now available for every day of the week. Mornings from 8am costing £ , and evenings up to 5pm, costing £7.50.
We’ve planted a tree and children from all of the schools representing Braunton Learning Cooperative Trust were there to bed it in and dedicate it to Captain Sir Tom Moore. It’s a lovely ‘Rainbow Tree’ and we hope that those walking behind the anchor and close to the boules gravel court on the Tarka Trail in the centre of Braunton, will be able to stop and think about this lovely man. Thanks to Alfred’s Dad, Richard, for helping out with transport for this.
Attendance has been brilliant this week with several classes being at 100% Thank you, well done and please help to keep this up throughout the summer term. We’re also continuing with our rolling start from 8.45am, so please aim for about then so that if you’re running behind, you’ll still beat the door closing at 9.00 am. Being late and arriving after 9am, really isn’t good for a child’s well-being.
Just as we’ve had an increase in sun and warmth over the past week, so has the size of our Lost Property tub. Please make sure you label your jumpers and other items, but also have a browse through what we’ve put outside school at the end of the day.
I hope our newsletters and blogs are now coming to you as they should. We’ve got our app working as it should again and I hope this helps to keep everyone abreast of our news. Do tell people to subscribe to our website for updates and news.
Dates in the diary… bottom of the font page…