We can't quite believe it is the end of the half term and when we get back it will be November!!! It has been a difficult term, trying to adjust to a different new normal and trying to settle children into a change of routines but we are glad to say things are looking up!.
So far this term, we have been able to return to the dining hall for lunch for most pupils (though KS2 are still having packed lunches in class and we stagger the lunch times so we have fewer children mixing in the hall than we normally would), we have also starting mixing the children within the parallel classes, we have had visitors in to deliver workshops and sports training, Father Dominic has been in to deliver some assemblies for the parallel classes and we are planning ahead for a reintroduction of inter-school sports fixtures, Young Voices choir event and residential trips for Year 5&6 in the Spring Term.
We have also been able to celebrate Harvest and thanks again for your kind donation. Pupil progress reports are being sent out this evening, you will have chance to discuss anything that is written on the report, should you wish to, when we have our virtual check ins via video or phone on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th November.
It has been a very long term and both the children and the staff are very tired and deserving of a break. Seesaw has been a wonderful way for us to keep in touch with parents, especially during lockdown, but can I politely remind you that when staff are on a school holiday, they are not able to respond to your messages as they are being asked, by myself and the governing body, to switch off notifications. So please do not get cross or offended if you do not hear a response to anything you send after the close of school today. Any issues and concerns will be picked up once we are back in school.
In the event of you needing to contact someone at school in an emergency, you can do so by direct messaging me on the school twitter account or by email to email@example.com, but also please be aware I will not be checking emails everyday.
We hope you have a lovely half term and look forward to seeing everyone back in on Monday November 1st
October 21st - Harvest celebration - videos released at 10am via seesaw. Donations gratefully received for the church food collection.
October 22nd - Last day of the half term - Autumn Progress Reports will be sent out
November 1st - Start back (not a training day)
November 9th/10th - Parents' Evening/ Virtual check-ins by phone or Teams calls for those who wish to discuss the progress reports
November 12th - Nasal Flu Vaccines for children who have returned forms
November 15th - Tempest School Photographer (We will not be able to invite non-school attending siblings in, but individual and school age family photos will be taken)
November 19th - Children in Need - Sporty own clothes, donations will be collected at the gate
November 29th - School Police Liaison Officer in for years 1, 3 and 5
December 15th - Christmas Lunch TBC
December 16th - After School Christmas Fun Evening 3.15-5.15 (Fund Raising event £5 per child [Family ticket £10 for 2 or more children], Crafts, Film, Snack, Visit from FC, all done within year groups to limit mixing), This is to replace our usual Christmas disco and grotto fund raiser.
December 20th - Christmas Party Afternoon (party food option for lunch if your child is school dinners)
December 21st - Panto and Christmas Jumper day (£1 donation to help pay for the Panto.
December 22nd - Last Day of Term
January 10th - First day of Spring Term (Jan 6th and 7th are Training days - children are not in school)
You will notice we are trying to return to business as usual as much as we can. We have been advised however, that we are still not to plan events that involve large gatherings of adults. For that reason we will not be staging a Christmas Concert. We have plans however to film the pupils and share a virtual concert with you in the last week of term (dates to be confirmed).
Mr Cass, Headteacher