Week beginning 14.9.2020
We have had a wonderful whole week at school and enjoyed all the new learning opportunities. The children have started their new projects, details of the projects are on the class website and there will be details of what the children will be learning in Maths and English added as well next week. Remember if you need to contact the teacher and have been unable to do so on the playground, each teacher has a direct email, the link is on the website class page.
Our dear Year 6 are starting to undertake their special responsibilities in school from Monday, there are Snack Managers, Play Makers, House Captains, IT Technicians, School Councillors, Head Vets and The Fix-It Team.
Please find our more from your Year 6 child.
I hope you saw our Facebook post yesterday regarding the new government regulations:
In England, the new limit of six people from multiple households will apply to social gatherings from Monday 14.9.2020. It will apply to both indoors and outdoors, and to all ages.
So, gatherings in private homes, venues like pubs and restaurants, and in outdoor spaces like parks will all be affected.
Obviously in school we are permitted to be in groups of 6 plus so all good but I do need to ask all parents and carers to make sure that they are not grouped in larger than 6 people (children and adults) at a time.
You will notice on the playground Mr Curtis has added dots in the class lines, these are for the adults to use when collecting the children at hometime. Currently you are spreading out to try and keep distance which is great and needed but the teachers are having a very tough time trying to locate parents and then not send children across bubbles to reach their own family. So from Monday please wait in a line, at the 1 metre distance points and the teachers will send the children out in order of the line. I hope this will speed it all up as the teachers will have only one place to look and find you. There are not 30 spots because the whole class of parents are very unlikely to be there at the same time and out lines would be stretching all over the playground.
Please note Y2 and Reception Class have swapped location, the lines have been renamed.
I want to thank you all for complying with our face covering on site, this small act helps us to remember the reality of our time and helps us to protect one another. Do not lower/raise your covering when on site to ensure we are doing all we can to protect the children and adults in our community.
Be aware that the government have issued Track and Trace guidance to schools which I have placed on the website under the Coronavirus section.
2 of our Parent Governors – Kevin Maude and Ijeoma Samuel-Metseaghaun have decided to stand down due to their many other commitments. We thank them so much for their contribution to our school. If you are interested in becoming a parent governor please follow the link https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/788234/governance_handbook_2019.pdf
We would welcome parents from classes not represented currently (we have Parent Governors with children in Year 3) and from all groups of our school community. Everyone is welcome and we want our governing body to reflect our whole school community.
If you would like to know more then please book a meeting with me or talk to our parent Governors: Mark Reynolds or Lynsey Mutton, or our outgoing parent governors.
I will be sending out election papers on Monday.
Below is a welcome letter from the Chair of Governors Miss Vicky Hallewell.
Mrs Marie Curtis
Welcome back to Ash Grange for the academic year 2020-21, and a very warm welcome to our new families and children joining us this year. It’s been a strange 6 months since the UK entered a lockdown and our school needed to close to most children, but I’m so glad that we are all able to be back together at last.
I know that lockdown for some people will have been a fantastic experience and the chance for a rest; for others, it will have been difficult and you may have found it a struggle; for some, there may have been worry, loss or hardship. But I want each and every one of you to take the time to recognise that we are all in this together, and take a moment to be proud of yourselves and your children.
As Chair of Governors, it has been lovely to see all the beautiful and lovely pieces of work and experiences that children completed during the closure; both those pieces set by the school or provided as part of the weekly challenges, or things that children completed with their families.
At Ash Grange, we’ve put into place a number of measures to keep us, you and your children as safe as we possibly can, which Mrs Curtis has shared with you all over the past few weeks. We really appreciate your support with sticking to these guidelines and the measures; they are under regular review and any tweaks or changes will be fully communicated.
Now that school has reopened, the Government directive is that all children are expected to be in school unless they are required to be at home under the self-isolation rules. Mrs Curtis has shared our attendance policy with you last week, and we would ask for your support in making sure that children do attend school. If you have any concerns about this, please direct these to the school via the normal channels. Again, we know that some parents may have concerns about the reopening of schools, and our staff will always be happy to discuss these.
I can't wait to see the progress children make over this coming year and all the lovely work that they produce. As always, keep safe, keep well
Vicky Hallewell (Chair of Governors, Ash Grange)