This week has gone quickly and for a change we have some news other than Covid related stuff. With that in mind the letter will be a multi-levelled Covid sandwich.
It was great having Mrs Starkey in school today to receive the love and gratitude of the children she has served so brilliantly, and for the children who were not yet in school in July to have a chance to say goodbye. Doing this in a socially distant way wasn't ideal but the sentiments were beautifully communicated.
Year 6 have taken on the mantle of responsibility for improving how breaktimes will work through this period of a zoned playground. They will be trialling their initiatives next week before reviewing and sharing them with the whole school. We hope these improvements will make breaktimes even better than it already are. Further to this they have decided on five principles for making breaktimes successful - principles we will build on throughout the year. These guidelines will be shared by members of Year 6 through video link in Monday's assembly. The principles are: Be safe, Be considerate, Be in control of your choices, Be the best you can be & Be imaginative. These build brilliantly on the existing expectations at Dallas Road.
In other news - if you have any of the school reading books, which may still be at home from the lockdown period, can these please be sent back into school as soon as possible. We will be looking closely at how we can improve the exchange of books for the children during this week - hopefully with an improved Covid-safe system from Mon 28th Sept.
Having now established the safe protocols for the starts and ends of days, with your unswerving support, we are now in a position to make a slight adjustment which will reduce the amount of time spent waiting for you and increase our curricula use of the playground. Starting from Monday,we would like Reception , Y1 & Y2 to be collected at 3pm; Y3, Y4 & Y5 to be collected at 3:10pm and Y6 to be collected at 3:15pm. Please remember to maintain the following: collect at the time of your oldest children, maintain a social distance, no more than one person collecting from each family and move through the school grounds quickly to avoid congregating. Gates will only open at 3pm to give us chance to clear the playground area from lessons. These new procedures will be reviewed on Friday.
Year Five have achieved an incredible feat of fitness this week. Between them, using the 'mile a day' track have managed to run the equivalent of a marathon. Watch out Mo Farah - they are chasing you!!
This year, our usual Meet the Teacher sessions will not be possible in the conventional way. However, through the genius of technology, the key information and chance to 'meet' the teacher via the class year group page on the school website. This will be available to you from Monday 21st September - all being well.
Prospective parent visits will be delivered slightly differently this year. Details will appear on the school website by the middle of next week, enhanced by a video produced by Year 6 in support of their persusaive writing focus in English. Please spread the news that evening visits will be possible on the first three Thursdays of October (1st, 8th & 15th) at 6pm on each occassion.
And finally, as of today, there has only been one confirmed case of Covid-19 in school. As we continue to work together we hope to avoid further cases and you can be confident we will act in full compliance with government guidance to look after our community.
Wishing you a restful and fun weekend
Phil Wright (Head teacher)