Weekly Newsletter 12th JulyPosted on: 13/07/2021
Weekly Newsletter 12.07.21
The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly presented us with challenges that we did not foresee, and as we reach the end of the academic year here at Pyrcroft Grange, it is time for us to reflect and recognise all that has been achieved.
- The bubble system has been effective.
- In January the teachers adapted their lesson plans to online teaching within 2 days.
- The school provided education provision for key worker and vulnerable children. •
- Our school community pulled together and provided support for each other.
- The children returned in March with smiles and displayed resilience, determination, and a positive attitude to learning.
- Effective, targeted interventions have narrowed gaps in key knowledge and skills.
- The children have been offered a broad and balanced curriculum.
Recently we have been reflecting on how the school has been operating this academic year and any key points we want to adopt for the new academic year.
- Hand washing at key points of the school day.
- Good ventilation.
- Year 3 and 4 will continue to enter and exit the school via the Chilsey Green Road gate.
- The one-way system will stay in place.
- Children continue to come into school independently as this has a positive impact on their self-confidence.
- Key Stage 2 and COIN wear their PE kits to school on a Friday (KS1 COIN Wednesday).
In line with the lifted COVID restrictions from Monday 19th July
- Children do not need to stay in class bubbles (Where appropriate COIN pupils will return to the mainstream class in the afternoons)
- Parents and staff do not need to wear masks on school grounds
- Track and Trace; From July 19th close contacts will be identified via NHS Test and Trace and education settings will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing. NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case to identify close contacts. Contacts from a setting will only be traced by NHS Test and Trace where the positive case specifically identifies the individual as being a close contact.
- From 16 August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, children will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.
Timings for the school day
Year 1 and Year 2 8.40am-3.15pm
Year 3 and Year 4 8.40am-3.15pm
Year 5 and Year 6 8.30am-3.15pm
From September all siblings enter school and the nursery at their allocated time. If you have children in year groups that start and finish at the same time, we will continue to bring them to parents at the front of the school. Thank you for your support and understanding.
COVID Track and Trace
As we finish school at 12 noon on Friday 16th July, if your child develops COVID symptoms and has a positive PCR test between 16th July- end of the 18th July please email Head@pyrcroftgrange.surrey.sch.uk so we can contact members of the school community who need to isolate for 10 days. If your child is unable to return to school on Thursday 2nd September as they are unwell or needing to isolate please email Head@pyrcroftgrange.surrey.sch.uk.
Bourne Education Trust
Last Tuesday, I was delighted to welcome Mr. Alex Russell OBE, CEO of The Bourne Education Trust, to school and on Wednesday Mr Shane Carey (school governor) visited. They were both delighted to see the quality of learning taking place and were very complimentary about all the children's behaviour and their focus on their learning. I am incredibly proud of the learning environment at Pyrcroft Grange and how brilliant our children are, and it is lovely when visitors notice this too.
A big thank you
As head teacher I am extremely proud of how hard all the staff have worked this academic year. They have had to adapt to new routines as well as at times dealing with their own anxiety for themselves and their families. I am sure you will all want to join me in saying a big thank you for all the support and guidance they have given the children. In a world of uncertainty, stability for children is essential.
Warm welcome and sad goodbye
Mrs Reed, new Year 4 teacher (introduced as Miss Hudnott but recently married) will be joining the Pyrcroft Grange teaching team in September. She has been into school and enjoyed doing an activity with the current Year 3 pupils. Miss Hockenhull is returning home to her family in Australia and Miss Tracey is leaving. We look forward to hearing about Miss Hockenhull’s new adventures.
In line with government guidance we had to cancel our Celebration Evening. However, we still wanted to share with parents the children’s wonderful learning. From Thursday 15th July on the school website, under latest news there will be photographs of each classes learning. We hope you enjoy and are as proud as we are at school. Our pupils are amazing and a pleasure to teach.
On Tuesday 13th July they will be performing their end of year production ‘Wow! What A Year!’ The link to view this will be shared with parents before the end of the term. Well done Year 6 Amber Class are enjoying wearing their colourful leavers hoodies to school. Thank you to the PTFA who contributed to the cost of the hoodies.
On Thursday 15th July your child/children will bring home their end of year report. Attached to the report is a reply slip if you would like to make a comment on your child’s report. If you have any questions, please email your class teacher or speak to them when you drop your child off to school.
Unfortunately, we have received a complaint from a local resident reporting a parent has been rude and threatening towards them when they were collecting their child from Pyrcroft Grange. The incident has been reported to the police. Please can we be considerate to local residents when we park. Thank you for your support.
The PTFA will be running a tombola stool at the circus on Sunday 12th September. This week a letter was sent home, highlighting how you can order circus tickets. Please support this event as it will be magical, and it is the first school community event of the new academic year. Thank you
Last day of term
We end the summer term on Friday 16th July at 12 noon. Thank you for all your wonderful support and understanding throughout this roller coaster academic year. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer break and I look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Thursday 2nd September.
Take care and keep safe.
Sue Nardoni (Head teacher