We would like to allow the children to acknowledge ‘Children in Need’ efforts
on Friday by having a non-uniform day and giving a 50p or £1 donation to the charity. Pupils might want to wear something yellow or with spots, on the day. Each classroom bubble will have a small collection box for their donations or alternatively parents may wish to donate straight to the charity.
Wednesday remains a non-uniform day until Covid restrictions are eased.
January will again see the applications for admission to school for the new Primary 1 in September 2021. Under the current Covid restrictions, the opportunity to hold an open day is very difficult. We would be keen to ensure that we have your details or those of other parents in the community, so that we can communicate Admissions arrangements as these become clearer. If you have a child of school age who would be starting in September 2021 (Dob 2/7/16 – 1/7/17), please contact the school office on 028 2589 1265 to leave your details. I would ask that you mention this to other friends and family, so that we have their contact information and can update them of the Admissions process for September 2021.
Current homework restrictions and the bringing into school of school bags will be reviewed again later in the term. Congestion at the gate remains low and I appreciate how parents have responded to drop-off and collection time arrangements. All the restrictions which have been put in place to keep school safe, will be reviewed again late in November, in response to PHA guidelines and the trends of Covid infection in the community. I would encourage parents to read with pupils and to provide reading materials when at home. Spellings and tables lists should continue to be reinforced at home by parents and guardians.
Christmas will be very different in school this term, as the children will not have a nativity performance or a visit to a pantomime. Christmas dinner will happen in school early in December and we will seek to provide parties and experiences in school to celebrate Christmas. All activities will adhere to the current classroom bubbles, which continue to curtail the spread of the virus, preventing absences from school for pupils and staff.
Finally, flu vaccinations have now been rescheduled to take place on Wednesday 18th November 2020.
Thank you for your support in all of these aspects during these difficult times.
Copy of note sent out 17th Sept 2020 via Parent Pay app.