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Thank you for all of your support over this first term. We have all had to adapt to a number of changes in our lives, and cope with various challenges. We are extremely grateful that your children are arriving at school on time and are ready to learn. The pupils have settled in well and demonstrate children’s adaptability by adjusting to new routines and procedures; indeed, these are now second nature. We are all benefiting from the fresh air – spending time outside is a real positive in such a beautiful location. Even the fresh air in the classrooms is keeping us more alert: staff and pupils alike!
Once again, at the beginning of the school year, it is a joy to welcome a new reception group into the school. We are all very proud of how quickly and confidently they have settled into our Blockley School community. Additionally, we have welcomed a number of pupils into other year groups and they have also made themselves part of our family very quickly.
Pupils are enjoying learning with their peers once again; collaborative learning broadens children’s thinking as they encounter others’ ideas and different approaches As per the Government guidelines, pupils’ desks are in rows, but unlike their Victorian counterparts, they are benefiting from the wealth of electronic images and practical resources that enhance many lessons. It is wonderful to be able to offer the full breadth of the curriculum now pupils are back in school and to hear the happy, busy buzz of growing brains!
Although in a slightly different format , we are continuing with our school assemblies either on the field or using Teams(similar to Zoom). On Mondays, the focus has been on the term’s value: thankfulness. We certainly have a great deal to be thankful for and we recognise that expressing gratitude develops positive mindsets. On Fridays we have continued with Merit Assembly celebrating achievements from all classes and enjoying applauding those who we cannot mix with directly. On Monday 19th October, we celebrated how difference enriches our lives. The breadth and diversity of humans is truly wonderful. Each of us is unique and something special to offer the world. This encompasses those who are disabled including those with Down’s Syndrome. On Friday, we raised money for two Down’s Syndrome charities by wearing bright clothes – Wouldn’t Change a Thing and the Cotswold Down’s Syndrome Group. It certainly made us all feel sunny despite the miserable weather. A very big thank you to the Peach family for organising this event which included guess how many or the weight of the jar of sweets.
Next term, our value will be ‘Trust’; to be a trustworthy person is a quality that we want to encourage all of our community to aspire to.
Thanks to dry weather, we were able to hold our Harvest Festival this year in a socially distanced manner by staying in our classroom bubbles on the school field. With a PA system, Revd Dana Delap lead our harvest assembly; these occasions take on an even greater significance at the moment when being together can no longer be taken for granted. Following the theme of the assembly, we had bulbs kindly donated to the school and pupils have been able to plant these on the school field. We look forward to a colourful display during spring.
We are looking forward to Revd Dana Delap leading our Remembrance Service on Wednesday 11th November hopefully on the school field.
The outside decking area in the forest school area has now been repaired. We had to wait for the decking boards to be delivered as stock replenishment and supply had been delayed due to lock down. These finally arrived and have been fitted to the repaired base. With concrete base posts under the structure, the longevity of the structure has been extended. It remains for the roofing felt to be fitted to finish the structure and provide a valuable outside learning space. Many thanks to all who have provided financial support through FOS to enable this work to be completed. The contractors are due to come into school to finish the structure during the first week of Term 2 – weather and supplies permitting.
PE clothing – Wreal Sports
With the requirement for pupils to come in their PE kit one day a week, and the need for warm clothing as the weather gets colder, we have managed to link with a local supplier for a warmer PE kit. If your child needs new PE items then please visit their website:
You can also order items through their shop at Bourton-on-the-Water.
In line with Government guidelines, school remains well ventilated. It is therefore important that your child attends school in their school uniform with additional thermal layers underneath as suggested in previous communications. If possible, coats should be saved for out of doors times rather than being an ‘indoor layer’. This is even more important on wet days when coats need to dry off during lesson times.
We welcome two new members of staff to our team, Mrs Walker and Mrs Farrell, who are both providing support in school for part of the week. We also say a fond farewell to Mrs Etheridge who has been a wonderful support across the school during 2020.
Mrs Hilary Thornburgh, our previous Chair of Governors, has finished her time as a Governor. She remains a Member of the Academy (members are the custodians of the governance of the trust) and we thank her for many hours of service and support to the school, as well as the ongoing support she continues to provide.
Mrs Christine Moor has been elected by the Governors as our Chair of Governors for 2020-2021. Mr Mark Chappell has been elected as our Vice-Chair of Governors. The members have also appointed a new Governor to the board, Mr Roger Morris. We thank all of those involved in the Governance of our school, a voluntary role.
Thank you for working with us to ensure our first virtual staff/parent meetings have been able to take place. We have managed to meet parents via Zoom or speak on the phone. These times are a valuable opportunity to update you on how your child is settling back into school; their behaviours for learning; behaviour in general and learning and progress. Communicating takes on an even greater importance at the moment and we appreciate it when you inform us of any situations that might impact upon your child. Please do speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any concerns.
Dinner Menu – Term 2
Our school dinner menu for Term 2 will remain the same, we will start back on Week 1 using the current menu.
No Nuts in School
To protect children in school with allergies, please do not send your children to school with any nuts or nut products for lunch or snack time. Healthy snacks can be provided for break time, Reception and Key Stage 1 children have the opportunity to have a free piece of fruit/vegetable in school as part of the government scheme.
The FOS quiz went well on Friday 16th October and the winners were members of the wider community. Better luck next time to parents and staff! FOS are holding the online Spooky Disco on the last evening of Term 1. All the proceeds are going towards the outside classroom area. Thank you, once again FOS for the support you give to the school. A big thank you to FOS is also needed for organising the creation of some wonderful Christmas cards designs in school which have now been sent home along with the details for ordering.
Thank you for following the government guidelines with reference to any COVID-19 symptoms your child may show. The guidance is listed below:
On the school website you can find the Gloucestershire county council risk assessment policy that we have adopted and personalised. https://blockleyprimaryschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/GCC-COVID-19-Risk-Assessment_Blockley-School_18-09-2020.pdf
Collection and Drop Off
We work very hard to ensure that your children are as safe as possible at school, following the latest government guidelines. Please help ensure that we keep everyone safe by following the guidelines when dropping off and collecting your children: maintain social distancing (2 metres or more) and do not gather in groups larger than 6. If you are able to move away from the area as soon as possible, we will keep the risk level as low as we can. Thank you.
We hope you all enjoy the break, well-earned for children and staff! We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Tuesday November 3rd (Monday is an INSET day for staff).