School Newsletter 24th September

25th September 2020

Dear Families and Governors,

A warm welcome back to a very, very different sort of autumn term. As ever, your children have done you proud and returned to school full of enthusiasm for learning and have adapted amazingly well to the new routines.

 School feels like a happy, calm and safe place and we are all keeping our fingers crossed that any Government restrictions imposed in the coming weeks and months do not affect this.

 

As the term progresses, we will undoubtedly be affected by Covid both directly and indirectly. We are following government and public health guidance to the letter. As there is so much information to sift through, we have posted a guide on our website, which you may find useful. This gives information about the actions we must take if a child or staff member displays symptoms, what to do if there is a confirmed case and what to do if a family member has symptoms or tests positive. You will be aware that guidance is being updated all of the time and you can find the most up to date information on the DFE and NHS websites:-

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education

https://www.nhs.uk/

 

Our vision for your children

At the start of every school year, it’s nice to remind ourselves what our school is about:

 

Our vision for Valour Academy is that all children will feel loved, happy and safe.

We will provide each child with many and varied opportunities to develop their character to feel accepted; to develop a sense of belonging; to be driven and resilient and to be inspired and be inspiring.

 

Drop Off & Pick Up

Drop off and pick up is becoming easier now that everyone is used to the new arrangements. Thank you for allowing your child to enter alone and go into class with their teacher. This definitely helps to ease congestion.

We are all used to following social distancing rules in all aspects of our life now. However we have had a couple of parents get in touch this week to request another reminder in the newsletter about this. Thank you to all of you who are queueing safely. We all have a duty to try and keep ourselves and others safe.

To further help with this, signs will be going up at the gates asking classes to queue in a given direction and the times of pick up and drop off. We will also be painting lines outside the gates to help people to distance – this will happen once the rain stops!

 

Staff news

There are some new faces in school, Miss Clarke is now welcoming you on the phone at the front office and we have been delighted to welcome back Mrs Kemp following her maternity leave. Mrs Woodward has also joined us to support families around attendance. Mrs Macdonald now works on Monday, Wednesday and Friday if you need to contact her.

 

Dinner Money

Where possible can we ask that dinner money is paid over the phone by card please

Payments should be made between 9.30am and 2.30pm where possible on a Monday morning for the week ahead. If you are unable to do this, please send dinner money in a labelled envelope with your child.

 

Birthday reminder

Don’t forget that children can come to school in their own clothes on their birthday (or around the day itself if it is at the weekend or during a holiday). Birthday cakes can still come into school but should be shop bought and arrive still sealed.

 

Parent consultations

Parent consultations will take place over the telephone this term. Your child’s class teacher will contact you starting the week commencing 12th October. We are hoping to have a new swanky booking system for parents to use which Mrs Bewley is sorting out this very minute. Information will be sent out as soon as possible.

 

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page to keep up to date with everything happening in school.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. Eatock

 Head Teacher