Head’s Newsletter

July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Interim Headship
As Mrs Constable informed you in her last Newsletter, I have been invited by the
Governors to become Interim Headteacher from September 2020. I have been a Teacher
and Senior Leader in schools both in New Zealand and England for the past 24 years.
Having worked at St George’s School since 2012, I feel I have built a strong relationship
with children, staff, parents/carers, the Church and Governors. I feel very lucky to have
the opportunity to continue to build upon the success the school has achieved under the
leadership of Mrs Constable and I look forward to continuing to watch your children
grow in confidence, knowledge and spirituality during their time at St George’s.

Farewells
We will be saying farewell to Year 6 children and wish them every success in their new
schools. Although it has been a very different end to the year than normal, we were
pleased to be able to welcome back the majority of children this term so they were able to
do some transition activities ahead of September. All of the children have been able to
contribute to a special video to mark the end of their time at St George’s school, which
will be available on the school website.
I know you will join me in wishing Mrs Constable a very happy retirement at the end of
term. However, we will still be seeing her back in school on some days in the Autumn
term when she returns to support the school through the full re-opening.

September 2020
Government guidelines now say there can be up to 30 children in a bubble. Given that
scientific advisors have said that the risk in the community will remain high, it is advised
that we continue to follow the guidelines in terms of minimizing contact between bubbles
and minimize risk to parents and carers. In order to comply with these measures, we
have taken the decision to make a change to start and finish times:

EYFS/KS1 – Start 8.50am. Finish 3.00pm
KS2 – Start 9.00am. Finish 3.15pm.
Gates will open at 8.40am and 2.55pm to drop off and collect. While we have been using
the gate on Church Vale for KS1 during partial re-opening, from September KS1
children will use the main playground gate for drop off and collection. We ask parents
to be prompt so as to ensure that there is no overlap with the KS2 parents who will arrive
at a later time.

The new start/end times reflect the need to stagger the number of children and adults
arriving at school at the same time. We have taken the decision to shorten lunchtimes to
45 minutes to minimize the amount of time that different classes will have to be in
contact with each other and so that there is no impact on teaching time.

We will keep you informed of further developments of how the school will operate in
September nearer the end of term. I can assure you that we will be making the decisions
we feel are right for our school, planning for the school to be as safe as possible for
children, parents and staff.

Before and After School Provision
We are intending to open up our Breakfast Club before school provision from September,
however, we will not be opening up any After School Clubs until after the Autumn half term. You will be receiving further details on this from the main office in due course.

Reports
You should have received a copy of your child’s report by now. If it has not arrived,
please contact the main office. If you wish you may make an appointment for a
telephone discussion with your children’s teacher. Please contact the office to arrange
this.

New Classes
You and your children will now know details of new classes for September. This unusual
end to the year means that they have not had an opportunity to meet their new teacher or
spend time in their new classroom. All teachers have made a short video introducing
themselves to their new classes. These can be located in the Gallery on the school
website. You will find a ‘Meet the Teacher’ drop-down box and can select the relevant
class.

Unusual End to the Year
It has been different for all of us in recent months. We have missed seeing the children,
missed our annual whole-school trip to the seaside, missed Year 6 leavers’ events, etc…
However, we are looking forward to safely returning children to school in September and
things getting back to normal. We know that these are very stressful and unsettling times.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with you all.

Important Dates

  • New Term dates:
    Wednesday 2nd September and Thursday 3rd September – INSET DAY
  • Friday 4th September – Start back day for children from Year 1 to Year 6.
  • Nursery and Reception children will have been given their start dates.

 

On behalf of the staff and Governing Body of St George’s School, I would like to thank you for your continuing support and wish you all a relaxing summer break.

Ms Karri MacAlpine
Interim Headteacher

Please read Chair of Governors Jill Bray’s Head Teacher Farewell Letter to Parents

To read other correspondence regarding the covid-19 pandemic, click here

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