Cooking, remembering and more musical stories.
Throughout school there has been an air of busy-ness as all classes crack on with their learning with great gusto. Y1 has been baking, storytelling and creating all week with great enthusiasm and enjoyment as you can see from the photos above as Lacey grins from ear to ear! In Y2 the children made good use of their Forest School afternoon to identify the range of different objects outside that were alive or dead!
And we were so grateful in Y5 to Nicole Weatheritt’s 94 year old grandma Iris Weatheritt who puts us all to shame with her creative skills as she knitted 31 poppies to commemorate Remembrance Day! The children in Y5 and across the rest of school spent time this week thinking about those who gave their lives in the name of freedom both now and in years gone by. Thanks Iris – we really appreciated the poppies!
Our early years children continue to thrive with lots of exciting activities including their ‘tinker trays’, and creative ‘splurges’ this week with lots of focussed storytelling work.
We have reverted back to
‘business as usual’ with regard to attendance and we are no longer implementing our Covid Contingency Framework. This means that siblings do not need to isolate and that we are now back to our usual high expectations of attendance.
Huge huge thank you to all staff and parents who have supported our efforts to minimise the risk of spreading Covid by staying off to seek PCRs when they develop symptoms and for isolating siblings when there are positive cases in the family home. We really really appreciate that each and every one of us in our school communities have benefited from this joined up approach acknowledging the challenges that it brings.
We are however back to the usual attendance expectations. Letters will be sent out next week to notify parents of children who have had attendance below national levels and to clarify what support and guidance we can offer in school to support good attendance and punctuality.
Get well soon Laura!
We were sad to hear that our EYFS Coordinator has been in hospital this week and although she has now been discharged we want to all wish her lots of love while she recovers at home. Get well soon Laura – we miss you!
What’s our musical story?
Beccy Owen started her research with us this week and interviewed three classes in KS2 to find out what they know and can do with music at CVPS.
They sang with Beccy and talked about why they think our school is distinctive and unique. They told her about our singing prayer we sing before we eat lunch and about things they enjoy singing during the day.
We can’t wait to see her again next week. Beccy wants to set up an opportunity for families and parents to give feedback to her too so we are keen to hear from anyone who enjoys singing and would like to take part in contributing! Please let your child’s class teacher know if that’s you!
It’s the last week next week for harvest festival donations which we are sending to the local food bank. Please bring any donations into school and the children can bring it to the front office and put it onto the donation table. Thanks so much to the generosity of everyone involved.
Parent governor vacancy
We have a parent governor vacancy for anyone interested in being involved in the running of the school. This involves being available to meet two or three evenings every half term and pop into school once a term to review an area linked to the school development plan. Meetings are generally timetabled a year in advance and last around 60-90 minutes. At the moment they are on Tuesdays and are online. If you are interested in contributing to the smooth running of the school in this way please let me know and I can share a bit more about the requirements of the role. We are especially keen to attract people who have an interest in finance and education at the moment. If there is more than one person interested we will hold a vote. The closing date is Friday the 26th November at 5pm. Please email the info account on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to arrange a chat.
Family Support Worker Amy’s Update
Attendance – attendance levels, particularly at this time of year, can be affected by illness such as sickness and tummy bugs. We would encourage parents / carers to send their children to school wherever possible. It is essential that all absences are reported to the school office as soon as possible and ideally before 8.30am. If we do not hear from you, the office staff will be in contact to establish the reason for the absence. If they are unable to make contact and you do not provide a reason for absence, it will be marked as unauthorised.
If you feel you would like support from school with your child’s attendance, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
There are lots of exciting things happening in school leading up to Christmas that I am sure the children will not want to miss out on!
Paul’s outdoor idea
This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday where we remember those that have served our country during wars both past and present.
I thought this week when you are out and about about you could make a poppy design or a silhouette of a soldier and send in the pictures to the Facebook pages. Alternatively you could send a photo of you with a poppy enjoying the outdoors.
Swimmer of the week – Ashveer Singh
Kindness champion – Amelia Nicholson
Dates for your Diary