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March 2021 Newsletter

Keep up to date with news from across both sites and upcoming events with our monthly newsletters.

Welcome back

It is so lovely to see all the pupils back in school again. There is a sense of hope in the air, as well as spring. Let us continue to be vigilant and keep to the rules – hands, face, space.

Easter activity club

We are pleased to be working with a local provider who is running an Easter activity club for pupils. Details are on the flyer. Please book directly via the Ballerz website (www.ballerz.uk). If you are entitled to Free School Meals, there is a subsidised rate – please enquire at the offices.

GEMS

Our before and after school provision (GEMS) is operating on both sites, and we have spaces. Please enquire at the offices should you wish to know more details. The provision is covered by our extensive COVID-19 risk assessment.

After-school clubs

We are planning to re-start after-school clubs in the summer term, depending on the improving situation in regard to the pandemic. We will inform you in April.

Staffing update

Several members of staff are obliged to continue working from home until the pandemic eases more. We appreciate that this can have an impact on the provision we can offer. Thank you for your understanding on this matter. We are hopeful that all staff can return to the workplace after the Easter holidays.

Time2chat

Everyone is welcome to join our virtual meetings with our Parent Support Advisers and members of the Senior Leadership Team:

  • St. George’s Thursdays 2.00pm
  • Bonham Thursdays 11.30am

The invite is contained in the Parentmail sent out every week.

Parents, carers & teacher meetings

We are planning for these to take place online after the Easter holidays. We feel that the pupils need a stretch of time in school before the teachers can discuss the progress of the pupils in an informed way. You can continue to communicate with the class teacher via ClassDojo, although the staff will not respond during teaching hours.

Trips

Until further notice, we are unable to take the pupils on trips. We are, however, looking to book ahead for June and July where possible.

Easy fundraising

The school is registered with Easyfundraising which means that if you register and shop at places like Amazon and Argos, you will raise donations for the school. Thank you! www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/valenceprimaryschool

Uniform

We have a selection of nearly-new school uniform available in The Roost free of charge. Please contact Vicky Goode at the Bonham site or the office at the St. George’s site, who will be happy to assist you. If you have any uniform in good condition to donate to the school, please bring it in to the school office.

Offices

Please avoid coming into the offices with forgotten packed lunches, PE kits, etc., as this can cause overcrowding and social distancing is difficult. Where possible, use the phone or email to communicate information.

Last day of term

Nursery: Wednesday 31 March (usual time) Reception – Y6: Thursday 1 April (one hour earlier than usual)

  • St. George’s: Reception – Y3: 2.00pm; Y4 – Y6: 2.05pm.
  • Bonham: Reception – Y2: 2.00pm; Y3 & Y5: 2.05pm; Y4 & Y6: 2.10pm.

You can download our March 2021 Newsletter below