We are getting close to the end of the autumn term and our children are beginning to experience some of the opportunities we normally see at this time of year. As you are all aware, schools have had to adjust the way they run and organise themselves. With that in mind, I felt it important to share with you the events and experiences we will be holding over the next couple of weeks.
Obviously, any events we are planning will be subject to risk assessment and regular review of how COVID is affecting the local and regional community. I am sure you can appreciate we want to ensure we have a balance of memorable experiences as well as keeping the school community safe. If you have any further questions, please speak to myself or other members of the senior leadership team.
We are still planning to run our individual performances of the Nativity. Parents who are attending, please adhere to the guidance below. We will reserve the right to refuse entry if parents have not lateral flow tested or are not wearing a mask.
- Should you develop COVID 19 symptoms, however mild, you should not attend
- Attendees to take an LFD test before the event and to self-isolate and follow government guidance should a positive test result be returned
- A maximum of two parents/guardians per child are able to attend
- Please note that it may be colder than usual as all windows and doors will be opened throughout the performances
- Audience participation will be limited to clapping only – no shouting or calling out please
- Attendees over the age of 11 to wear face coverings when attending the event unless exempt
- Before entry, all attendees will have their temperature checked
- Hand sanitiser will be made available on entry and exit
- One toilet will be designated for visitors to limit the spread of possible infection and movement around the school
We hope that the measures put in place mean we can have a safe and enjoyable Nativity experience for all our children and the school community.
Christmas Lunch and Reading Day – 16th December
We are still going ahead with our Christmas lunch and reading day. Children do not need to wear school uniform and can wear a festive outfit or jumper. Measures have been put in place to ensure the smooth and safe running of the Christmas lunch.
You will have already received communication regarding the Christmas Discos. Having risk assessed and considered the implications, we will not be running the discos this year.
However, the Christmas Bazaar will continue as the large majority of the events and stalls will be on the school playground. We have some great stalls planned including Christmas games, a variety of tombola, the secrets room and the Original Fry Up Material will be joining us to provide some great food! The Bazaar will take place straight after school so no need to leave the school gates!
Events and Visits outside of School
We will continue with any scheduled sports events as they take place outside and have minimal risk in relation to COVID.
Some year groups have some planned visits to other school settings. These include the Henry Beaufort Pantomime and a music experience visit. We are working with the school to review the risks associated with the trips and if we have to cancel, we will inform parents of any changes to our school trips at the earliest convenience.
This year, children will be able to bring in Christmas cards they have written for their friends and staff. If your child has or is intending to write Christmas cards please ensure that they are clearly labelled with the child’s name and class.
I hope that the information provided above has given parents some clarity and understanding as to the decisions we have made for our children at this time of year. Our intention as a school is to provide children with rich memorable experiences and in the current climate, we can still achieve this by being mindful of the risks associated with COVID and taking measured steps to ensure the school community is safe. If any of the above events are cancelled or postponed, we will inform parents in a convenient and timely manner.
Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to sharing the positive festivities ahead of us.