Posted: Fri 28th May 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you so much for your support and understanding in what has been a difficult week. A very special thank you to parents and carers of Reception, year 3, year 5, year 6 and those of any identified close contacts who were asked to isolate. Again, your support has made a very difficult job much easier to manage - thank you. Please do rest assured that we are working with Public Health England (PHE), Bromley Council and the relevant agencies as and when we need to.
On Monday, I sent a letter to parents and carers of children in reception to year 6 which detailed our approach to reintroducing homework. Our focus for homework is very much on developing and embedding key skills. We will be seeking feedback from parents and carers about this new approach, at the end of the summer term.
We had a fabulous “French Day” in school on Tuesday. After enjoying a virtual French Day assembly, children turned their classrooms into the style of a french cafe. Fun was had by children and staff across the school as they created menus, tasted French foods and had a go at speaking to each other in French. Thank you to Mrs Lucas, Modern Foregin Languages Lead, for organising an exciting and engaging day for the children to remember! Please see our article on page 2 to find out more.
Throughout this week, we have also held virtual meetings with our new reception - to - be families who are starting with us in September - it is always such a pleasure to welcome new families to our school community. We are very much looking forward to meeting them all in person at our series of taster and settling sessions soon.
Although Mrs Sanford has been working remotely from home; she officially leaves us today to start her maternity leave. We are ALL very excited and cannot wait to hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet! On behalf of all the staff and children here, I wish Mrs Sanford and her husband all the very best on this next and very exciting chapter in their lives.
I would also like to draw your attention to ‘Break the Rules’ day that is being organised by the Friends of Biggin Hill Primary School. This is going to be a really fun event for the children and staff - we are all looking forward to entering into the spirit of the day! Please do try and support this event as much as you can.
Finally, you may or may not be aware, Mr Chotai, Headteacher at Charles Darwin School and head of Charles Darwin Academy Trust (CDAT) has announced that he will be retiring on 31st December 21. We are very fortunate to have been able to draw on Mr Chotai’s wealth of knowledge and experience and he has been a particular support to me as a new headteacher. We are enormously grateful for the time and commitment he has given to our school since our school became part of the Charles Darwin Academy Trust. Our school is in an exceptionally strong position and myself and the governors, the senior leadership team and staff want nothing more than to take our school forward on its continued journey to be an outstanding school.
As this half-term draws to a close, I would like to thank you all for your continued support. On behalf of the staff and children, I wish everyone an enjoyable half-term break.
I look forward to seeing you on Monday 7th June.
My very best wishes,
Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
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