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December Newsletter

December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I thought I would take the opportunity to write to you as we near the end of what has been a very unusual term. With Christmas just around the corner, unfortunately many of our in school events are unable to happen because of the current pandemic.

At this time of year my teachers are usually frantically preparing your children for the packed plays in the school hall, the Christmas fair and parties. Sadly this year, Christmas will need be a more low-key affair. I am assured however that Santa is still going to be visiting Brinnington really early on Christmas Day!

Keep an eye on the school website, each class is preparing a part of the Christmas story and a song to get us all in the festive mood.

Many of you have asked about distribution of Christmas cards this year which could pose a problem. I have been in touch with advisors at the Town Hall and Public Health England. I am informed that we will be able to distribute them, though we will have to quarantine them in school for a set period. So the usual simple arrangements where your children bring in their cards and hand out to their friends with be more complicated than normal. As such if you want to send out Christmas cards this year please send them in with your child on Wednesday 9th December. The class teacher will quarantine them until the following week before we hand them out just before the end of term. Please make sure that the child’s full name and class appears on the envelope.

As we can’t do Christmas in school properly this year as I would like, when things ease in 2021 and we hopefully return to some sort of normality, I plan to go “over the top” with some sort of celebration for a few days to make up for the lost fun that is so important to us all. Watch this space!

We have 2 places available on the Governing Board for parent Governors. The Governor role is very important to the successful running of the school and works with me during meetings to set the strategic direction of the school. If you would like to nominate yourself or express an interest please email me a few paragraphs about why you would like to become a Governor here before the end of term.

 

Over the last term we have said goodbye to Mrs Morris one of our Reception class teachers and we welcome Miss Dinnery in her place. Miss Dinnery comes with experience and enthusiasm and I am sure that you will make her feel welcome. At the end of this term we say “Goodbye and Thankyou” to Mrs Hurst, Mrs Hurst will be becoming a learning mentor at another school, we wish her well. In January due to expanding numbers in our early years department we welcome Miss Preston to the teaching team. We still have places available in the Nursery class so if you require a place and your child is 3 or over then please do apply through the council website.

Many of you have appreciated the fresh fruit and veg wall that school continues to buy for families of children here at Westmorland. Such is the success that we plan to keep the supplies coming into the new year. I thank you for all the great comments you have made and encourage you to continue to help yourself to what you need for your family!

My thanks to you all for your help in making our school safe as possible over the last term. Thanks to those who consistently wear masks on the playground, for the open conversations when you notice symptoms, for the expressions of thanks to the teaching team for going over and above.  All these things have contributed to our school remaining open to all bubbles for the vast majority of this term. We thank you for engaging with SEESAW our remote learning platform and whilst not ideal, it has proved its worth in keeping learning going at this time when home learning is necessary.

School closes on the 18th December and remote learning will be set for all children on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd. We re-open to children on Monday 11th January.

To help keep our school family safe, if anyone in your household presents with symptoms from the 18th December to the 22nd December, I am required to contact trace up until the 22nd so please do call me to let me know on 07394 917 125.

We look forward to 2021 with hope that we will return to a more normal life and school experience. In the meantime, with vaccines becoming available we must not become complacent and we must follow the rules until we are told otherwise. I know Christmas will feel different for us all this year but I’m sure we will all try to do our very best to enjoy the festivities and stay safe.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Martin

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