We want very much to celebrate Christmas, but to do so safely.
We’ll manage a Christmas dinner, and we can manage class-based celebrations but not the traditional parties. We shall have a Christmas tree up in school. and Christmas termly reports, certainly! (due to parents 11th December).
We’re looking at virtual pantomimes for the children to watch in class; but please can children not bring Christmas cards into school this year. They seem potentially able to transmit the virus from one house to another.
This week in school it is ‘cool to be kind week’ and we are encouraging the children to carry out random acts of kindness both at school and at home. We will hold a ‘zoom’ assembly on Friday morning to celebrate examples of some of the ways that children have shown kindness. Please could you let us know via this blog of any acts of kindness children have shown at home.
We have given all Year Six children this afternoon a pack of practice SATs papers. Usually, we encourage parents at our October parents’ evening to purchase these but as the parents’ evening appointments were by telephone, we thought it more straightforward, and worthwhile, for us to purchase them ourselves and distribute them to the children free of charge.
I recommend parents look after them on behalf of the children, and set them a paper perhaps once a week, and mark it with them. (Answers are provided).
The children usually quite enjoy doing them, especially when they have their parents’ attention marking them together, and they tend to take pride in their improving scores over time.
On Friday 27th November we shall be having our termly fundraising day, for the above charities.
Many of our families have been touched by cancer, which of course has not gone away just because Covid has hit the headlines. We also want to support Oldham Athletic’s Food For Thought appeal, which sets out to support families in Oldham struggling to find enough food this Christmas. On top of this, we made a commitment several years ago to support the education of ten children in Gambia at the Abuko Nursery School and we have pledged £200 per year (£20 per child whose education we sponsor).
We are asking the children to come to school in colours representing the Gambian flag- red, blue and green- and during the day they will walk or run a distance within the school grounds.
A Parent Mail message will explain the means of collecting the funds and the funds received will be split three ways- between Race 4 Life, Oldham Athletic’s Food For Thought, the children’s education in Gambia which we sponsor.
Please help if you can. Thank you. All the children will receive a Race 4 Life medal.
Saturday tuition will continue as planned for Year Six pupils, but we have decided to stall the Year Five Saturday sessions in the interests of safety: as the lessons were to be taught by teachers from other bubbles, they would increase the risk of transmission which could affect our weekday lessons.
School still feels astonishingly normal right now, but with three bubbles closed and nine staff (seven teaching staff) not in we are certainly stretched. We cannot risk unnecessary transmission.
To compensate, we are looking to employ two extra teachers throughout the Spring term specifically to fund interventions. One of the teachers will focus on the younger end of the school, the other Key Stage Two. The Year Five pupils who were expecting to receive Saturday tuition will be prioritised for this extra, in-school learning.
Student of the week – Erin for always being a HWZ superstar. Sadly, Erin is leaving us this week to move to a new school in Devon and we hope she will be very happy there. We will all miss her lovely, sunny personality. Good luck Erin.
Good work – Jennifer M for her amazing alphabet poem.