After such a long time apart, it has been wonderful to welcome the children and our families back this week and to see the children’s smiley happy faces coming in through the gates. The classrooms are once again filled with questions, answers, conversations about learning and lots of laughter too which is simply joyous to hear. The children have done a fantastic job of getting to know all of our new routines and of washing their hands regularly and thoroughly.
It also gives me a great pleasure to extend a very warm welcome to the children and families joining us for the first time and to the new members of the staff team: Mrs Lawn, Mrs Leaman, Mrs Round and Mrs Roughan, our new Teaching Assistants and Mr Cowper who has joined us as an additional Caretaker to work with Mr Breeze.
Drop-off and Pick-up
Thank you to everyone for cooperating with the new staggered drop-off and pick-up arrangements and for bearing with us as we made minor adjustments to ensure they are as safe as possible. You will have seen that after Day 1, we moved Year 4’s drop and collection point to other side of the KS2 playground and they now come in and out of the hall door and through the reflection garden to alleviate the traffic at the door to the KS2 corridor. This worked very well and so each of the locations and timings are now set. Can I just remind everyone not to stand and wait or congregate on either of the driveways as these are both entrances and exits and must be kept clear? If waiting for your child, stand on the yellow markers in the queuing systems or away from the driveways in a safe space on the playgrounds or grass. Social distancing must be maintained between all adults at all times.
The School Office
We still wish to limit the footfall into and through the school office so wherever possible, please relay messages to us by telephone or via e-mail rather than presenting in person. Visits to the school office should be by pre-arranged appointment only and similarly, should you wish to speak to your child’s teacher, you can arrange a telephone conversation by contacting the office.
The children have looked so smart on their return to school but if you should require any additional uniform or PE t-shirts, we are accepting online orders as before and you can then arrange a date and time with the school office to come to collect it.
Breakfast Club and After School Care
Thank you all for being so organised and pre-booking places at Breakfast Club and Sandcastles/Lighthouse. Please continue to do this as it is essential that we are able to monitor and control the numbers of children in attendance each day. Should you have a last-minute change of plans one day, please call the office so we can ensure there is space for your child to attend that day.
Follow Us on Twitter
If you are yet to do so, please follow us on Twitter @Meole_Primary for updates on school activities and events.
Finally if you have not already seen it, all of the information you might need about the school restart is on the Coronavirus Information and Guidance page of our website and as ever, should you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for all your support in making this new start successful and we look forward to working with you to best support the children and to another exciting school year ahead.