Class Stars 🙂
Our Early Years… Koa Whitney
Class 2… Millie Smith
Class 3… Isaac Gilroy
Class 4… Isla Barrow
This ½ term’s school value is…
We are Confident
To help our children lay foundations for the rest of their lives by helping them develop self-esteem and belief in themselves…
“I know the plans I have for you; plans to bring about the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29 v.11
Welcome back everyone. Happy New Year too!
Apologies for the very late Newsletter – what a day!!
Attendance so far…
Year 6 97.4% … Year 5 97% … Year 4 95.6% … Year 3 95.7%
Year 2 97.5% … Year 1 96.4% … Reception 92.8%
School average 95.8%
Well done to Year 1 who has improved the class attendance the most.
The school and Government’s target is 96.5%
Our Panto… I’m sad to announce that we won’t be able to put this on as we had planned to in December. We’ve been asked to vacate the Village Hall and our backdrop and props have already been removed. However, we’re determined to do something next week where we can record both the KS1 and KS2 performances and share the Drive link for you to watch at home. This wasn’t what we wanted to do, but it’s the only option available to us… and at least the children will have a smile when they sit alongside you on the laptop. Please ensure your child has all the props and costume they may need for Wednesday.
Please do look at the school menu before you leave home in the morning. Keri is unable to adjust the menu each day and it’s important that the children know what’s on offer and are happy to make choices in the morning. If this means a packed lunch from home, then so be it, even though Keri’s lunches are just lovely! It IS on our thoughts to have a tasting day, or a Grandparents’ lunch day like we used to do pre-coved. We’ll keep this in mind as it’s such a lovely way to share some time with our families – roast dinner in school and a play on the playground equipment afterwards… or a doze on the summer field? What’s not to love about that?!
Our front doors are open between 8.45 and 8.55 with children doing learning activities as soon as they arrive. Sadly, the ones who arrive late at 9.00 am would have missed this, and the ones who are later can even miss the introduction to the next learning task… please aim to arrive at 8.45am.
Swimming – Monday mornings for year 2, 3, 4 and 5. A letter came out this week, but a quick summary is…
You’ll need to come with swimming costume on underneath uniform if possible. Please bring a separate bag just for swimming items – named items, and clothing, towel etc. Hair does need to be tied back but please bring a hat if you have one. Goggles can be worn if you’d like to.
Choir Club will re-start afterschool on Monday 17th 3.30 – 4.15pm
Football clubs will start back next week
Tuesday for Class 3 children & Thursday for Class 4 children 3.30-4.30pm. Full kit is required, trainers & football boots will be needed depending on the weather conditions.
We blogged earlier in the week bout LFD testing children – this is voluntary and not in the guidance but it does help to stop positive cases coming in to school. Of course, any symptom can now be anxiously thought of as a Covid case but the big three and even those Omicron sore throats should receive a PCR test.
We’ve been extremely fortunate that staff have all tested negative over the term (something to do with being distant, bathing in sanitizer and wearing masks almost 24/7) but our plan for staff absence is to use the bank of supply staff we usually use.
I’d like to add that I’m so extremely grateful of our wonderful staff who continue to follow all the tough mitigations we have in place and have somehow stayed clear of this virus so well. They’re all just amazing. 🙂 (I wonder if they read down to this bit?!)
With Covid-19 cases increasing rapidly in our area, please keep an eye out for the three main symptoms (temperature, new cough, lack of taste) and book a PCR test if they come about. Devon’s Risk Assessment and the guidance from DfE says that
positive cases should isolate
people with symptoms should go for a PCR
contacts should also go for a PCR and do 7x daily LFD tests.
“I know the plans I have for you; plans to bring about the future you hope for.”
Jeremiah 29 v.11
Dates in the diary… bottom of the front page…
Our school’s Designated Safeguarding Officer is Julian Thomas
We have three Deputy Safeguarding Officers; Lucy Rinvolucri, Emma Hill and Jo Benfield.
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/