2021-22 WELCOME BACK
I would like to welcome you back to school or welcome you to the school for the first time. It has been great seeing all the children again after the school holiday, looking so smart with many new uniforms, PE kits and shiny black shoes. We are most definitely enjoying having your children back in school again. We hope that you had an enjoyable Summer break and feel ready for the school year ahead. Please remember that the school newsletter is produced weekly and uploaded to our school website on a Friday (usually) as well as uploaded to Class Dojo and our school Facebook page. The newsletter contains lots of important information and dates together with reports from classes and pupils so please take a look at this each week.
Being Head of School at Marhamchurch CofE Primary School for the fifth year running continues to be my pleasure and privilege. Most importantly, I would like to thank you for your continued support and recent patience during these very different and challenging times we all face due to COVID-19. In addition, I would like to thank the children and staff for their hard work with the many academic, sporting and musical achievements that we are so proud of as well as the resilience they have shown, adapting so well to the many and evolving changes needed in school since the lockdown in March 2020. What a team! I would especially like to congratulate those who achieved 100% attendance last academic year excluding the Spring 2021 COVID-19 school closures as well as congratulate Mrs Short and our School Council for achieving the elusive platinum learner participation award for the third year running- impressive achievements! Our children are well-behaved and are, quite simply, a pleasure to teach!
We will continue to communicate via Class Dojo, our school telephone or our school secretary e-mail (email@example.com) as well as face to face. Therefore, setting up a Class Dojo account for your child is essential – especially if your child is required to self-isolate or in the event of a part or whole school closure due to confirmed cases. This is because, if this happens, remote learning at home will be required again, which will be made available via Class Dojo ‘Class Story’ learning platform and our school website class page. Please note that all new parents will receive a Class Dojo invite with an invitation code to get verified, connect to your child’s classroom and set up your child’s account. All existing parents should have already received a Class Dojo invite so the majority of you have your child’s account set up already. If you wish to be sent another Class Dojo invite, please simply contact our school secretary, Suzanne.
To ensure that you feel well informed, I have created a contingency plan for immediate remote learning. It explains the remote learning alternate plan that Marhamchurch CofE Primary School will follow if your child is required to self-isolate or in the event of a part or whole school closure due to confirmed cases, which is available alongside our other Autumn 2021 move to no bubbles arrangements on our school’s Coronavirus letters website page (https://www.marhamchurch.cornwall.sch.uk/coronavirus-letters/).
Initially, our focus this academic year will be on settling your children (and our staff) back into no bubbles in school and their new classes, doing all that we can and having a whole school approach, working in partnership with yourselves and outside agencies where necessary, to support your children’s emotional wellbeing and mental health. Alongside this, we will continue to endeavour to fully reverse as quickly as possible any adverse effects on your child’s academic phonics, reading, vocabulary, writing, GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spellings) and maths attainment caused by the Summer 2020 and Spring 2o21 COVID-19 school closures to catch up on any of this missed learning by Summer 2022 at the latest. With so many successes over the past few years, depending on how the government guidance continues to evolve this academic year, we also aim to continue on our journey of improvement to the best of our abilities, which has and will hopefully continue to focus on:
Having recently reviewed school budgets and staffing for 2021-22 (which continues to be under review), we would like to inform you of the following changes:
Once again, thank you for your continued support and understanding. We hope that you feel well informed. However, should you have any concerns that are not already being dealt with, please do not hesitate to make contact with our school secretary, Suzanne, so that where needed, the most appropriate member of staff may support you to the best of our abilities.
Mr. D. Hoare.
(Head of School)
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