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Week beginning 29.3.21

We have had a really great week as the children have been undertaking end of term assessments to see how much progress they have made, so many children have moved certificate levels.  Many children have produced fantastic project homework, it has been a great source of joy each day.  There will be homework for the last week of term with check-ups/spelling tests happening on Thursday, our last day of term.  I am sorry that we can not have our usual class exhibitions to share the work of the half-term but I know teachers are taking photos and will add them to the class pages in the coming week.

 

You may have noticed Mrs Gray has not been in the office as much recently, she is currently unwell and is undertaking treatment so will not be about as much as normal.

 

Catering

As you know from many Parent Council minutes we have had a number of issues with our catering provider and are ending the contract on 31.3.21.  We have been exploring the idea of managing the catering ourselves for the last 6 months and employing a chef and staff, with the current national recruitment crisis we have not been able to find the right people.  So instead we have found a local cater to supply our meals directly to us. You will have probably seen their vans around, it is “Slice of Pie”.  We have chosen them because everything is prepared from scratch and fresh each day. 

 

We want the children to have a delicious and nutritious meal so that they will be ready for learning in the afternoon.  The company will provide a meat and vegetarian option each day, always the same meal with the 2 versions of it; we will not be providing a separate jacket potato option. 

 

Meals are ordered and paid for on a 2-week basis, in advance online through Scopay www.scopay.com.  Children will not order meals at school and will not be able to order on the day.  All meals are ordered two weeks in advance.

 

Parents/carers must order and pay for food by next Thursday 1st April 2021, for the first two weeks after Easter. 

 

Lunch Menu week 3

This is the last week of our current catering provision, any credits on the account will be carried over to the new provider.

 

Winter Food Vouchers for Easter Holidays

Parent/Carers of pupils entitled to Benefits-related Free School Meals or Early Years Pupil Premium will have received two links emailed to them on behalf of Surrey County Council on Friday 26th March which can be used to choose supermarket vouchers.

 

Funzone and Teeny Funzone

I wanted to update you regarding Funzone/Teeny Funzone, as you know we were going to review provision this week. In light of current local infection rates, the risk is too great for the last 4 days of term.  After Easter we will need 2 weeks to ascertain the level of infections post Easter holidays.  We may then be in a position to open the provision for those who need this service, which at the earliest will be 4th May 2021.

 

I thank you for your support and understanding in this matter, as you know I have our school community's health and wellbeing at the heart of this decision.

 

Safer Travel

The Safer Travel Team at Surrey County Council are running a survey to understand how primary (infant and junior) school pupils travel to and from school so they can understand how they can improve the roads and footways around these locations. Further details can be found at www.surreysays.co.uk/iai/41377978/

 

Parking

Well it has improved this week but still a couple of complaints, one from Holy Angels as people are blocking the Father’s access in and out, along with the access to the rear parking for the parishioners.  With parking so limited it would be very sad if we lost this kind permission.

 

Digital safeguarding research survey

Surrey County Council is supporting research that is being undertaken by Praesidio Safeguarding (on behalf of the Government), to understand the impact of legal and policy changes coming into force over the next year that will require internet-based services such as gaming and social media sites to establish the age of their child users with a greater degree of confidence. They have asked us to share the surveys below, which aim to gather the thoughts and feelings of young people and their parents/carers on different methods that can be used to establish children’s ages online. The research is aimed at finding out if any of the suggested methods pose a risk of exclusion to children. 

 

The information they are collecting from the survey will be anonymous and will help the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to establish the most appropriate ways to help protect young people online.

 

Please share your thoughts and feelings by clicking on either the ‘Child’ or ‘Parents’ survey link below.

For more information contact; info@praesidiosafeguarding.co.uk  

The closing date for the surveys is Tuesday, 6 April 2021.

 

Bikeability Cycling Instructors

The Cycle Training Team at Surrey County Council are recruiting for Bikeability Cycling Instructors. Further details at www.surreycc.gov.uk/jobs/search/details?id=12911

 

Keep well, kindest regards,

Mrs Curtis

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