Head Teachers’ Message
It seems hard to believe another school year is drawing to a close; perhaps one that has been even more challenging than last year. We’ve spent the entire 12 months in bubbles and with few parents in our lovely re-decorated and refurbished building.
Sadly, with the delay in restrictions being lifted, it looks unlikely much will change before we finish, and we shall continue to protect your children and our staff as much as we can. We are fully aware that not all of you will support some of the messages in this letter, but all decisions are made with the safety of our staff and children at heart.
We hope all our transition events go well this term, as we say farewell to Y6s, move up our other children and welcome new children into Reception.
We wish you every blessing for the coming weeks and for the summer holiday. May we, and all the children whom we educate and challenge to become the best they can be, know that we are all loved and adored by the God who made us, sustains us and who longs to see us flourish. In the midst of the immense, but temporal, challenges that we face in our lives today, and in spite of our many shortcomings, may we all hold fast to the truth that we are totally loved by God, and called to share that same love with all those in our care. Let’s pray that the remaining weeks and summer holiday runs smoothly, covid-free and that we all show our school values in our dealings with one another.
Kirstin Howarth & Lesley Middleton
Our Sports Day will be Tuesday 6th July. Please ensure your child is in PE kit this day. Unfortunately, this year no parents will be invited to watch. Our Trust have issued the following statement:
As a Trust we are actively encouraging our schools to hold sports days, with the appropriate control measures in place as per government guidance, as it is so important for children to be able to participate in such events, especially after the constraints of the last year. However, unfortunately, Government guidance specifies a limit of 30 spectators, as these events are not “organised sport” as defined in the guidance. Consequently, as a Trust we have taken the view that, in the spirit of fairness, there should be no spectators at our school’s sports days. We know that you will be very disappointed that this is the case, and we share your disappointment, but we trust you will appreciate that the most important thing is for the children to have the opportunity to participate and that we play our part in trying to ensure the safety of all.
Thank you for your understanding.
As some of you will know, Lucy Gilbert has been awaiting surgery for some time now. Her last working day this year will be Friday 2nd July, as she will then be in hospital. Her class will be covered internally and we will share more details next week once we have finalised arrangements for this class.
We are also saying goodbye to Miss Fogell. She has been on her teacher training placement with us since September, she has now qualified and is to start as a teacher at St Andrews CE Primary in Kettering. We wish her every success in her teaching career.
Staffing for 2021/2022
There are some changes to the class arrangements for next year. All our children will have chance to spend the morning in their new class with their new teacher on Monday 5th July.
For information, Lisa Christy (HLTA) has not been in school since before Easter and will not be returning to us in September. We have loved working with her and wish her well for her next venture.
Classes will be arranged as follows:
EYFS Year R
Maria Gribben / Nicola Gumbeer (HLTA)
Lucy Gilbert /Lesley Middleton
Kim Jackson/Lesley Middleton
Nicola Gumbeer (HLTA)
Joy Still / Morag Bendall
TBC/ Jacqui Balchin / Sue Bradley
David Hole, our Music Teacher will continue to teach all classes: KS1 on a Monday and KS2 on a Friday.
Gaynor Kinloch will continue with Grammar and French in KS2 each Friday.
Outspoken Training came into school for two days last month for our Year 5 cycle training. This is offered every year and always a great success, it is great to teach the children the skills to ride their bikes safely and confidently.
Outspoken Training also offer cycle training for individuals and families, check out their website: https://outspokentraining.co.uk
Y6 Sleepover Friday 2nd July will go ahead as planned – a letter with full details has been sent home
Open Evening Thursday 15th July - this is now cancelled. However, should you wish to speak with your child’s teacher following the reports, or should you wish to meet your child’s new teacher, we will be able to arrange something for you. Reports are due out around 14th July.
Leavers’ Assembly will take place on Tuesday 20th July at 11am. The restrictions will hopefully be lifted by then so, if the weather is dry, we will hold this outside and Y6 families ONLY may attend.
If the weather is not good, then this will be held in the hall and only one parent per Y6 child may attend. This is so that the risk to children and staff remains minimal so that they do not have to isolate prior to any planned holidays.
Final Day : Tuesday 20th July - There will be no end of year picnic for families, however all parents can collect children from 12pm should you wish. Otherwise we will remain open until 3:30pm.
Reminder of our school uniform – our Uniform Policy has been updated and can be viewed on every class page. Please read carefully before buying any kit ready for September. The only change is that on school uniform days your child will need either: formal black school shoes and any spare pair of trainers to use for the daily mile; or plain dark-coloured school sports trainers everyday so you do not need to buy two sets of footwear. On PE days any sports trainers are permitted.
Items with our school logo can be order from Karl Sports:
Pre-Loved Uniform Sale
We have received lots of donations of outgrown uniform and plan to hold a pre-loved sale. We had hoped to hold this before the Summer holidays but with the extended Covid restrictions this will now be planned for early September.
If you would like to donate any outgrown uniform, then please drop it into Jane in the school office anytime. We’ve already received parental feedback that this pre-loved sale is a good idea, we’ll run it regularly if it’s a success!
PDET - Our new CEO
Following previous news regarding the retirement of our current Trust CEO, the Trust is delighted to announce that Ruth Walker-Green has been appointed as PDET’s new CEO.
Ruth already knows our school well as she is the current Deputy CEO and Director of Learning and Achievement for the Trust. We are excited about her appointment as she leads PDET into the next phase of our development.
If you’d like to share in our Worship, these are still being made available on our website: https://www.weldonceprimary.co.uk/assembly-and-worship/
As always, many thanks for your continued support. Please do not hesitate to contact Lesley Middleton or Kirstin Howarth, should you need.
Lesley Middleton - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirstin Howarth - email@example.com