ST MARGARET CLITHEROW CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
Welcome to our Friday newsletter for May 15th.
I hope that you had a lovely time celebrating VE Day last week: I have certainly enjoyed seeing your photos, some of which are on the website in the Gallery. It’s not too late to send in others if you would like to.
I really enjoyed leading our whole-school assembly this Monday. It felt very right to be joining as a community in prayer once more. I also appreciated the many comments which were posted, showing that many children, too, felt this strongly. I will be leading assembly again next Monday at 9.30. I look forward to us all being on-line together again.
During the rest of the week, every class has had their own timetabled assembly with their teacher. It was lovely to be part of that, as well; to see your teachers and read your comments. These assemblies will continue via Seesaw.
Mrs Whittle and I enjoyed saying ‘good morning’ to you as you came into school between 9am and 9.15am this week. Everyone is becoming very technically expert: changing their Zoom backgrounds and using special effects! The invitation to this Zoom remains on Seesaw announcements. It is a fun moment for you to see each other as well. We look forward to seeing you and saying hello!
More wonderful work has arrived on Seesaw this week – very well done! I particularly noticed the Transient Art in Early Years; the Victorian toys and games in 1/2 together with the picnics; creative writing and the egg drop challenge in 3/4 and medals in 5/6. It is all very worth having a look at, so please take the time to flick through the class pages on the website.
Many of you have had phone contact with your teachers this week. I was very pleased to hear how well you are getting on with the learning on Seesaw and how much you appreciate all the hard work of your teachers in making sure that topics are taught in a creative, connected way.
Return to school
I am sure that you and your parents or carers will have heard that Early Years, Year 1 and Year 6 are being invited to restart at school. Many thanks to those parents and carers who have replied to our survey about whether you would be likely to send your child back to school; this is helping us to plan our response. Of course you will have many questions about this step; I know that you have already received an overview via Parentpay, but for quick reference I recap the main headings of our plan below. We will send a detailed plan once we have a more precise idea of numbers.
School will be operating but it will not be in school 'as usual' mode. Whilst we clearly cannot guarantee that there will not be any possibility of passing on infection we have carried out a risk assessment and are following all government guidelines to ensure that we minimise risks wherever possible including:
- thorough cleaning of the school ,including a 'fogging' procedure during the Half term break
- 2m social distancing rules for all, both outside and inside with lessons and signage to remind
- hand sanitising and hand washing procedures
- PPE where appropriate
- The children will be placed in a 'home group' of no more than 15 children with a teacher or other adult (who may or may not be their class teacher).
- Children will have to remain with that group and adult at all times including breaks and lunch.
- We will try our best to encourage 2m social distancing even for our youngest children, by designating a place to sit and to work and so will be managing the curriculum and playtimes to try and make this effective.
- We will also be staggering arrival and leaving times and will most likely be operating for half days only in order to be able to manage staffing capacity.
- There will continue to be on-line home schooling, which will mirror the learning taking place in school
In addition, we will be closed for all children for Half Term as we prepare for our return to school. There will be no on-line learning during this time.
Obviously hugging will not be allowed when we return to school, even though I know that everyone will be very excited to see their friends again. So I am teaching the Makaton and British Sign Language ways of showing “hug” via my video newsletter for us to use instead.
With all best wishes for a beautiful, fulfilling weekend.
“If you love me you will keep my commandments”