What a term we have had, after avoiding COVID until October half term, the children and staff have finally succumbed to the dreaded virus. Fortunately, so far, no one has been very ill and I really hope that it stays that way. I hope that everyone stays safe over Christmas and manages to have time with their family and friends.
Despite the virus, the children have managed to have a wonderful week of Christmas celebrations. The week started on Monday with our annual trip to Clearwell Caves. The children had a lovely time and Father Christmas left a beautiful colouring book for them.
Then Tuesday arrived and we were able to celebrate Christingle in our fabulous church, St. Peter’s. A huge thank you to Mrs Baulcombe, Miss Young and Mrs Weaver for providing and making the Christingles.
Wednesday came along and Willow class made Christmas biscuits and Oak class have made decorations.
Thursday came and so did the Santa Dash and Christmas dinner.
Then today, we went to the pantomime at Monmouth and the children had a fabulous time.
Thank you for all of your support this term and a huge thank you for all of the gifts that you have given staff. We really appreciate it. Have a fabulous Christmas and New Year.
Head’s Blog – 22nd October
Well we have survived another half term where COVID has become more and more prevalent in our local community but thankfully we have managed to avoid it having a drastic effect at our school. New guidance has been issued by the Local Authority today because of the high rate of cases locally. The main recommendation that impacts on our school is for children to take regular lateral flow tests as this can help to identify cases at an early stage. This could be twice weekly or daily if that person has been a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID. We need to help each other to stay safe as we approach the winter months and pray that there is not another lockdown going to happen. I don’t think anyone is keen to return to home learning! As far as attendance is concerned here is some further guidance which should help families know what to do:
- Symptoms: Should anyone have symptoms (one or more of the main three – new continuous cough, loss/change in taste or smell or a temperature) with a negative LFT, you should call the school for advice before coming in. Students who are advised to remain at home should continue to do LFT tests and book a PCR test. Please advise the school as soon as possible of any positive result. Work will be available for students to continue with on Doodle and we can share additional learning.
- Positive LFT: Students who test positive on a LFT should book a PCR test and remain at home until the PCR test result has been returned. Please let the school know of both LFT and PCR test results as soon as possible. Work will be available for students to continue with on Doodle and other additional learning.
- Positive PCR: Students should remain at home for the isolation period NHS Track and Trace have advised, plus any additional time should the symptoms still be present and are considered to still be contagious. Please advise the school of the result and any additional absence needed. Work will be available for students to continue with on Doodle and other additional learning, if they are well enough to work.
- Positive LFT/PCR in the household: Students should continue to do LFTs daily and if negative should come into school.
The intention for our science at Clearwell is one that is practically based, this has been happening a lot over this term when pupils have been learning about light and sound at KS2. Here are a few images of the years 3 and 4 investigating the best material to create headphones.
As part of our encouraging creativity the children have also been making Roman shields, they had lots of fun and created some fabulous designs, as you can see.
We have had a wonderful first week back and I am sure that your children are tired out, I know that I am! We are in the process of putting together ‘dates for the diary’ and Mrs Frith is nearly there with the ‘Ourschool’ app. As I am teaching two days a week, we have decided that the Head’s award will be issued once a term. The Stars and Top Table will continue as they are. The former, one child from each class and then the Top Table will be two children from each class on a weekly basis.
The Reception children have settled into Oak class so well. We were all impressed with the ease at which they joined in with the other children and to school life.
Here are this week’s celebrations.