Dear parents and carers,
I hope that you are well and are ready for the end of term and a well-deserved break for all over the summer. Our children have been a true testament to show how resilient they can be and considering the year we have had, they have all worked exceptionally hard and we are all very proud of them. They have really enjoyed our fun day last week as well as meeting their new teachers on Friday!
As promised, I have some updates to give you around staffing and also, some of our wraparound care offers. Firstly, Mrs Amphlett, who many of you will have known for many years as she has worked in the academy office at Allhallows, has decided to retire and will be leaving us at the end of the term. We wish her a lovely retirement and would like to thank her for her contributions to the academy in the time that she has been here. Mrs Fenner and Mrs Dyke will continue to work in the office from September.
I am pleased to announce that we have successfully recruited a Nursery Manager, Mrs Imthiyaz, who will be joining us from September to work with Mrs Sherman. We have also successfully recruited Mrs Elsworth, who will be replacing Miss Doran for the EYFS class share with Mrs Elliott. This means that those parents who had arranged to meet with her in September, will now be assigned Mrs Elsworth as their point of contact. This means that we are fully staffed for September and have a really strong team to continue moving forward on our journey to outstanding.
I am also pleased to announce that our Breakfast club will resume from Thursday 2nd September and there will be a letter to follow for you to sign up for sessions. From Monday 6th September we will be offering an Afterschool club that will be led by Miss Mallinson and Mrs White every Monday to Thursday 3 – 5.30pm. Sessions will cost £9 or £6, depending on whether they attend a full or half session and this will include drinks and a snack consisting of a sandwich/wrap. Information about signing up to this too will be included in another letter to follow with the breakfast club and there will be some flexibility with both clubs. Additionally, we are looking to run a variety of curriculum clubs for the classes from September as we haven’t been able to due to restrictions and we are looking forward to being able to do so.
I am thrilled that we have also been successful in some Trust curriculum bids and so from September, we will be purchasing portable cookers/ovens so that the children will be able to take part in more cookery and healthy eating sessions and clubs. We will be receiving money to develop the outdoor areas and to train some staff in Forest schools so that we will be able to offer this to our children. Finally, we have been granted a whole school trip that we will be organising come September which will be fully funded meaning that we will not need to ask for contributions from yourselves, so please watch this space as more information will follow in the academic year and it is very exciting!
As for the return in September, we are planning to continue with PE days and children coming into school in their kits as we have done this past year and we will write to you again before the start of school to confirm which days your child will have PE on. We will not be keeping the staggered timings to the morning and afternoon drop off but there may be some slight differences to nursery pick up and drop off. Again, this will come out to you in a letter before we return. As it stands, the government guidance for September means that we will no longer have to keep the children in class bubbles and face masks will no longer be required. I am hoping that not much will change in regards to this before we return in September but as we all know, not everything is always certain at this time and that’s why I think it is important that I send you an update again before we return.
I do hope that you all have a fantastic summer and that you get time to relax and have fun over the break. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your tremendous support over the course of this academic year; it has been greatly appreciated by all of us and we are looking forward to welcoming the children back in September and starting our journey as Peninsula East Primary Academy.
Mrs L Rimmer