Posted 17th July 2020
A final message and video from Mrs Mawson
July 17th would normally be the date that I stand at the school gate and wave you all off to start your summer holiday, giving a special goodbye and good luck to all of our year 6s who are leaving to show how great they are in their new secondary schools.
Even though I can’t do that in person, I can give you all a wave and wish you a really lovely summer holiday. A summer holiday with a difference I am sure as we remember to keep a safe distance from each other but hopefully lots of family fun regardless. I know that many of you will be celebrating Eid soon and I hope you all have a lovely time – I’ll keep my fingers crossed for sunshine 🙂
I am looking forward to seeing you all in person in September when we hope you can all return to school. The current government guidance says that schools will open fully in September – we will of course be keeping up to date with all of the government updates in case anything changes. As you would imagine, we have been working hard to make some changes to our school to keep us all as safe as possible.
This will mean a slight change to the way the school and classrooms look and some slight changes to routines like staggered start and finish times (which we have arranged in family groups to keep it as easy as possible for you).
When the new “walkway loops” markings have been completed during the summer holidays, we will be making a video to explain how everything will work from September. We will send you this video and all of the other information you need in the last two weeks of the holiday (so we know that it is as up to date as possible with the government guidance).
We are planning for Y1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and Y6 to be in one day in the first week back – either Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd or Friday 4th September and then back every day from Monday 7th September. The one day in the first week will make sure that we can help all of the children, and the parent who is dropping off or collecting to understand the new routine. All the children in your family will attend on the same day.
Nursery and Reception children will start short sessions in school from Monday 7th September over the following two weeks and you will get all of the information you need in a letter later in the holiday.
Even though it has been a very unusual year, it has been a great one. Ofsted told us how good our school was in November – even though we already knew it. The two phrases we loved the most from that were…”BHPSN is a great place to be a pupil” and we have “a real sense of community”. I feel we have become even closer as a community as we live through this pandemic – I feel so proud to lead such a dedicated community of staff, parents and of course your great children.
Have a lovely lovely holiday – THANK YOU for all of your support and one final request from me… bedtime routines. I think you know what I mean… it might be a shock for some of our children to get back into their going to school routines… let’s use the summer holiday to get back into that routine. Thank you and see you all in September.