Well, we are officially on the last day of the school lockdown and yay we all cry. It has been such a strange time as our nursery and school were all separated in our learning and community but in three days we are back together! I cannot express adequately in words how grateful I am to everyone for all we have achieved together. With the amazing dedication of the staff, the tremendous hard work of the children and the fantastic parental support, our children have learnt so well during this time. Nothing replaces the school experience, but our home school partnership provided such wonderful opportunities for them all.
So on Monday 8th March we are all back together and this will bring joy and anxiety as we open up our community again. The opening of schools is the first part of the government roadmap and it’s success is so crucial to other aspects of society opening. The opening of school has risks as we all spend time nearer one another. Covid has not left us and is a real and present danger for us all; remember the Hands, Face and Space message. We need to operate in a safe way and be sure we are not creating opportunities for this virus to enter or spread in our school community.
We have our measures in place that will protect the children, staff and school community, which have been outlined in a letter and newsletter and are on the school website www.ash-grange.surrey.sch.uk/coronavirus-information/. Everyone needs to play their part in following this safe practice.
Remember from Monday 8th to keep bubbles apart for changing, children do not bring PE kits to school but dress for PE on their PE day:
PE kit worn to and from school, no other uniform required.
Year 4P and Year 5
Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 6
We have been very busy in lockdown taking advantage of spaces available for work so have:
This week I launched our new plan for a school library with a difference. We are creating a space for the children to explore books of all levels and interests. We are making a new library, but it won’t be organized by author or age of children, or jungle colour or interest. Instead, it will be sorted by cover colour!
Everyone can nominate a book for the library and everyone’s choice will be there! Here is the link to the form on the website www.ash-grange.surrey.sch.uk/new-school-library/ . Families can also buy new books for the library or donate money for the book choices to be bought. We are seeking sponsorship and funding and have received a wonderful £1000 donation from a local company called Dynavics. If there are any other companies that you know that may like to sponsor, then please let me know.
The children’s world book day gift has arrived and they will be receiving a book next week that is theirs to keep.
On Sunday 28 February, the Department of Health and Social Care announced that from Monday 1 March, households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, can test themselves twice every week at home as schools return from Monday 8 March. Households, childcare and support bubbles of primary, secondary and college staff can also be tested.
Details on how to collect or order the tests for your household can be found at
The school does not have these tests available for our families, they can be collected from the testing sites listed on the website above.
We request all payments are made through www.scopay.com to minimise the risks from handling cash.
Please remember that Year 3-6 (not those entitled to Benefits Related Pupil Premium) must have monies on their Scopay account to cover their meal costs – payment is in advance. The cost of dinners until the end of term is £44.65, please pay on www.scopay.com
Breaktime snacks are also available for Years 1-6 at 50p. Book the days for your child using Scopay. Details are available on www.ash-grange.surrey.sch.uk/snack-bar/
We have a range of new and pre-loved uniform available to order through Scopay. The office will send orders home with your child from their class.
There a are few parents still to receive their refunds from the Horseshoe Lake and Oakwood trips. Please bring your credit or debit card to the school office so that we can return your money before the end of March.
Scopay has been updated with the session codes for the remainder of the Spring Term and fees are now due.
We are in the midst of recruiting a number of posts that will become live in the next week:
If you or anyone you know is interested in a post, then please see the application process through our website - www.ash-grange.surrey.sch.uk/vacancies/
In our plan for this school year, we were due to have Parent/Teacher meetings on 24th March but this is not the right time with a full return to school only 3 weeks before; therefore this day will be cancelled and the school open to all pupils as normal. We will be undertaking assessments with the children this half term and setting targets for the summer term. We will schedule online meetings for the last week of the Summer 1 half term (w/c 24th May) with parents/carers, releasing teachers during the day and after school to discuss your child’s progress. The end of year report will come out on 15th July as timetabled.
The scheduled SATS talks for parents of Year 2 and Year 6 on 22nd March have been cancelled as these assessments are not taking place this year.
We wanted to share this brilliantly simple idea with you – turning on the subtitles can double the chances of a child becoming good at reading. Incredible isn’t it?
So the next time your child is watching TV or the tablet, there could actually be an opportunity to improve their reading skills at the same time! In fact, research has shown that it can double the chance of your child leaving school as a proficient reader. You can turn them on for the whole family or most streaming services will now allow you to do it just for individual children if you like.
Find out more at turnonthesubtitles.org/
Keep well and thank you again, can’t wait to see you all on Monday.