Firstly, I would like to say a huge well done to all of you for your brilliant work in continuing your child(ren)s education during lockdown– we do hope the home learning that teachers set each day was helpful. The new term has started under very unusual circumstances but once again I would like to thank you for your co-operation and support in following the procedures we have put in place. Everything we ask you to do is to ensure the safety of our children, school staff and you, our parents– so we really do appreciate your help. The children have also shown remarkable resolve and settled back into school very well– we are very proud of them all. We have welcomed two new teachers this autumn– Miss Campbell (Y34) and Miss Derricott (Y56), and we really hope they enjoy working here with us at St Chad’s. Although things are very different at the moment, we have held our usual selection process for our Head Boy/ Girl and House Captains. We were so impressed with their problem solving skills and their philosophical discussions and cannot wait to see everything they achieve this year. Our year 5/6 children are currently applying to be Play Leaders and although they will have an important role in school, this may be slightly different to normal to start with due to our commitment to keeping children safe and avoiding the spread of COVID. We will soon be holding elections for our School Council and Eco Council. I am really proud of our younger children who are new to our school– they are trying really hard to be brave and are settling in well. As you would expect our diary looks very different at the moment with minimal contact between staff and parents. We do however, have answers to many of your questions such as Parent Consultations, Macmillan, Harvest, Christmas productions etc throughout this newsletter which we hope will help. We will still welcome our new Reception children with a spiritual service with our vicars on 14th October, but whereas we usually do this in one group we will have two small services in school– one at 9am and the other at 2:40pm and only one adult will be permitted per child– wearing a face mask.
Finally, we are still awaiting the go ahead from our Outdoor Education provider ENTRUST in order that we can book Year 4 Laches Wood and Year 6 Standon Bowers residential visits for the spring and summer terms. We will keep you up to date as much as possible with our arrangements in school– keep watching out for our texts and keep a check our website.
18th September 2020