Posted: Mon 7th Sep 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
It gives me enormous pleasure to welcome everyone back to our school community and I extend a very warm welcome to our new Nursery and Reception families and new families joining from other schools. Children seem to have come back to school full of enthusiasm for learning and are very happy and settled.
Thank you to all families for being so supportive with the staggered drop off and collection arrangements and social distancing measures, this is vital for the overall safety of our children and school community. Mrs Freeman, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Sargeant and myself are always available on the gate - if you do have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to us.
There have been some wonderful school developments during the summer months. The Haven, our new sensory garden located by the biodome, has been totally transformed into a truly unique area. I will report more on this development in our
subsequent newsletters and through ‘Spotlight On’, our wider curriculum publication and ‘Same but Different’ our new inclusion and wellbeing newsletter. I would very much like to express my heartfelt thanks to B R Stacey Fencing Contractors for donating and erecting the most amazing fences, plus the gate to The Haven. Their true workmanship has totally transformed this area to a very unique and special place for our children. Mandy and Roy Stacey of B R Stacey Fencing, a local family established business since 1975, has very kindly supported us with this wonderful project and we are enormously grateful.
My thanks also goes to Mr Smith for developing the back seating area and sensory path as well as the Blosse family for developing, preparing and planting the
wild flowers to the front.
I would also like to express my enormous thanks to the many staff who have volunteered their time to develop The Haven over the summer, many of whom have also contributed plants for the garden. The Haven is not quite finished yet - if any families would like to donate anything at all, please do get in contact with Mrs
Our intention is for all children across the school to have access to The Haven; teachers and support staff will have the opportunity to use the garden with classes
and we anticipate this space being used for some internal enrichment clubs. This space will also be used to support the delivery of specialist provision centred around Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SMEH) and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) as well as children with sensory development needs/impairment.
We are also excited to advise you about the amazing development of The Hub, our new learning space and ICT room. I will update more on this in the coming weeks’, however in the meantime I would like to thank Mark Walpole, our caretaker, for progressing this during the summer.
I must also update you on our new house names:
- Wilberforce is now Sir David Attenborough
- Churchill is now J K Rowling
- Darwin is now Stephen Hawkings
- Wolfe is now Dame Kelly Holmes
These new house names are being used in school with immediate effect.
Finally, children in school have had a brilliant week learning all about the author of the class they belong toand have enjoyed many different literacy learning activities.
It is wonderful to, once again, be a school community and we look forward to a brilliant term.
Have a fabulous weekend everyone,
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