Class Stars 🙂
Our Early Years… Willow Elliott
Class 2… Hallie Osborne
Class 3… Ben Pavitt
Class 4… Isla Barrow
This ½ term’s school value is…
We are Curious
“Live life in all its fullness.”
A Covid update… Positive cases in North Devon have certainly risen since coming back from half term. It was inevitable really with many of us using the opportunity to travel and go on holiday, or to mix with others.
Devon’s Risk Assessment and the guidance from DfE says, amongst lots of detail, that positive cases should isolate, people with symptoms should go for a PCR and contacts should also go for a PCR
The difficulty that schools are experiencing is that NHS Track and Trace are not contacting the school to inform them about a positive case or to ask about contacts. We’ve experienced this at our school too. We do have positive cases in our community and the advice we’ve had from the DfE is to ask contacts to go for PCR tests as soon as they can, and to pass on a ‘Warn and Inform’ letter to those in the classroom. We’ve done all this today via email and phone calls.
Continuing on the theme, we finally received our CO2 monitors this week! These are now being put to good use around the school enabling us to monitor the levels of CO2 in the room and giving us the confidence to close windows, reduce ventilation for a short time and actually bring the heat up in the room.
Can’t quite believe that no one’s yet asked us if we’ve found some Nissan car keys in school. We blogged and Facebooked it, but here’s our final attempt.
Who’s lost some keys? (And is there a stranded Nissan in Georgeham?)
FROGS (FRiends Of Georgeham School) have kindly issued a cheque of £50 to each of the four classes, on the run up to Christmas. These little injections of money really help to enhance the classroom and our staff really like the ability to spend on something they or the children want. Thanks to everyone who’s helped FROGS and fundraising!
We’ll give a more detailed update about Christmas events in the next week or two but given the update regarding Covid numbers in the area, we’ll be changing the way we do the events in December.
> Our Christmas Market will be on the playground for our parents and the children would have made some things you could purchase. We’ll also sing for you, but we won’t be able to bring parents into the school building like we’ve done in the past.
> Our production of Cinderella and Rockerfella in KS2 and also KS1’s Hey Ewe! will go ahead in the village hall, but we’ll be restricting our audience to year 5 parents, year 6 parents and Year 2 for Hey Ewe! over three afternoons. We’ll soon arrange the days and how to manage tickets and we’ll let you know all about this soon.
We had a quick review of school uniform this week. Footwear came up as the biggest offender. We allow PE kits on PE days and trainers throughout the week as they’re easier and more cost effective for our families, but we’d like footwear to be black please. Headwear also came up – these are absolutely fine for playgrounds and coming to school, but we’re having to address this through lessons too! Please help remind your child not to wear them during the day too.
This week, we blogged about Christmas Boxes (absolute deadline on Monday)
This week, we also blogged about the MDF nativity characters from St.George’s Church that will be used in the Village Nativity on 28th November. Need help painting? Look here > https://www.georgeham-primary.devon.sch.uk/2020/11/03/crib-on-the-green-3/
Parent Governors… We’ll issue out some forms soon, but just mention to Jo or myself that you’re interested and we’ll start the process off.
A message from Barnstaple and Braunton Libraries …
The Secret Book Quest
Welcome to The Secret Book Quest!
The Secret Book Quest is an exciting new reading challenge for children ages 5 and up.
Read a total of 50 books to collect all the stickers, decipher the code, and win a special prize.
Join Pip, Zena and Libro the cat on a unique reading adventure through 10 themed worlds, beautifully illustrated by Emily Fox.
Get a certificate when you reach halfway (25 books) and another when you finish (50 books), along with a finisher’s prize.
How to take part!
To sign up for FREE, simply visit your local library and speak to a member of staff.
You will receive your very own Secret Book Quest journal and the first sticker in your collection. Then browse the library to find your first book, and begin the quest! https://www.librariesunlimited.org.uk/secret-book-quest/
“Live life in all its fulness.”
Dates in the diary… bottom of the front page…
Our school’s Designated Safeguarding Officer is Julian Thomas
We have three Deputy Safeguarding Officers; Jo Benfield, Emma Hill and Lucy Rinvolucri.
If you have any concerns that you’d like to discuss, please call through to Jo and ask for an appointment with one of us. You may also find some useful or helpful information on our Safeguarding webpage… https://www.georgeham-primary.devon.sch.uk/staying-safe/