LAST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER OF THE TERM - 21/7/20
What a beautiful day to celebrate the last day of term!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my parents and carers for your support over the past year. It has not been an easy year for any of us but we have all made it. Thank you for teaching your children at home and for some of you that has been alongside your own work. You are all amazing!
I would like to thank my staff for their incredible support in bringing the risk assessment to life in the daily running of the school, the home learning provision and the care and attention every child has received since starting in June. I am very proud of you all and you all deserve a well-earned rest.
My Governors need a big thank you for all of their hard work and support during the year whether their involvement has been in IT, interviewing, drainage or even methodically going through my risk assessments; you have all been brilliant!
Finally, I would like to thank the children for being such superstars and coping so well during what has never happened in history before. You certainly do deserve a fabulous summer holiday and I will be looking forward to welcoming you back in September.
Now for some sad news:
The year 6 children are leaving us today. We are going to miss you all greatly and we hope that from time to time you might pop in and let us know how you are doing. You have all spent 7 splendid years at St Giles and I am sure in that time you have collected so many wonderful memories to treasure. I wish you the very best for the future and I am sure you will all continue to grow into incredible young adults over the next stage of your education.
It will be lovely to see all of the year 6’s and their parents/carers back on Thursday 3rd September at 2pm for a fabulous Strawberry Cream Tea year 6 reunion. Can’t wait!
Another sad note is that today we will be saying goodbye to one of St Giles’s best loved teachers Charlie Coates. She has been at our school for 14 years and made a wonderful contribution to the lives of many children. I hope you will join me in wishing her well as she embarks on some well-earned travelling!
Miss Coates has written a farewell note to everyone so I am going to say cheerio to all of you and I hope you all have a fabulous summer holiday. Best wishes Beci Smith
A message from Charlie Coates
I’ve been Reception Teacher at St Giles since January 2006.
I’ve always been amazed by this school’s beautiful location and have felt how lucky our children are to have so much space and fresh air.
I’ve loved teaching over 150 children to start reading and writing during this time and I cherish many happy memories of my time at St Giles.
I would like to thank all the wonderful staff and governors at this school and also the amazing loving parents for their brilliant support and care over the years.
Thank you for all the lovely gifts and wishes you have sent me.
Thank you for everything.
SCHOOL REPORTS - 20.7.2020
Just a quick message to say that school reports will either be in school bags or they will be posted to your home address today.
Please remember these reports are mainly based on what the children could do before lock down occurred.
For those children moving to a different class in September, we have included some information related to transition that might be useful.
A Parents Guide to Keeping Children Safe on the Internet
Reopening for all children in September - Important Documents
NEWS UPDATE - 17th July 2020
I Hope you are all well? I cannot believe we are nearing the end of the academic year. The last day is Tuesday 21st July. It has been a very busy and interesting year and I am hoping that everyone can now enjoy a well-earned summer break.
VERY IMPORTANT - NEW RISK ASSESSMENTS AND QUESTION AND ANSWER PARENT GUIDE
School restarts for children on Monday 7th September and you will find attached a brand new risk assessment for the whole school and a separate one for preschool. You will also find an updated Question and Answer Parent Guide attached.
Please read these documents very carefully (even if you have sent your child back in June), especially the parent guide as this has lots of important information about school logistics for September.
Unfortunately, we will not be going back to how it all was pre lock down but we will be open for ALL year groups. It will be a new ‘normal’ which will be a bit different from what was put in place for June.
OWN CLOTHES NEXT WEEK
As the children have been extremely good since we started back in June we will be allowing them to come to school on Monday and Tuesday of next week in their own clothes. Please remember sensible shoes and a waterproof coat.
PARENT PAY PAYMENTS
As I have a new finance administrator starting in September it would be really useful if all outstanding payments were paid before then. Thank you.
STAY AND PLAY TRANSITION SESSIONS FOR CHILDREN GOING INTO RECEPTION
Hopefully you should have all received a pack from the Reception Team outlining details of stay and play transition sessions which will be taking place at the school on Wednesday 2nd September.
I will be in touch again with a farewell letter on Tuesday 21st July.
For now, though, I hope you all have a lovely weekend.