St Michael’s, Church of England, VA, Primary and Nursery School

HEADTEACHER’S BLOG

25th September 2020

Good afternoon everybody on this rather soggy September day.  Please take extra care when arriving at school for pick up today. We are aware of quite a few fallen branches on the paths and road ways.

Just a few reminders to go into the blog this week:

Clothing:

As the weather is changing please make sure your children have the appropriate clothing with them at school. Children will need a named coat with them every day, whatever the weather.

Communication:

This week we have received several emails and calls saying that we haven’t shared information. We always endeavour to ensure that information is sent out in a timely manner, however on occasion something may get missed, please accept my apologies if this happens. However, in the majority of these cases, the information has been sent out either in an email or by letter. Please can I ask you to check and read all correspondence which is sent out to you. We, as a staff, take a lot of time to try and ensure the information is available, please support us by reading it. If you have further questions at this point then, as always, contact us and we will be more than happy to help you.

This is the third weekly blog I have written. I aim to write one every week so that I can keep you up to date with what is happening in our school.  The blog will be emailed to you and put onto the school website so that you can look back at previous weeks’ blogs if needed.

PE days:

Just a reminder of which days each class has PE

Apple Class: Thursday

Beech Class: Wednesday & Thursday

Chestnut Class: Monday & Wednesday

Rowan Class: Tuesday & Friday

Maple Class: Monday and Friday

Drop off and collection:

From our perspective drop off and collections seem to be working well. Please can I ask you to ensure you are at least 2 metres away from school staff at the entrances to the building. This way we won’t create so much of a bottle neck and those staff members and children who feel more vulnerable will have more space to feel safe.

Harvest

The week starting Monday October the 5th we are going to be thinking about harvest in school. Each class be working on a recording which can be shared. (This will only include children who have permission to be on our website.) We will also collect food for the Cromer and District food bank this week. There will be boxes around the playground for you to put your donations in. We will then quarantine this for 72 hours before we pass in on. Please also remember I have to ability to issue food bank vouchers if you are in need. Please call if you need support.

Covid advice:

Individuals will need a test if they have any of the following:

·         A high temperature: any new high temperature where the person feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature);
·         A new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours;
·         A loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal.

Individuals do not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.

In the event of a positive case we will contact Public Health England and the appropriate procedure will be followed using their guidance.

I hope you have a lovely weekend, whatever the weather!

Take care,

Mr John Neenan

18th September 2020

Good morning everybody,

We have had another rather exciting week here at St Michael’s as more and more children start school. Today is the first day all of the Reception children have been in together and it is lovely to see their happy faces as they explore the indoor and outdoor classrooms.

       

Across the school children have been delving into new knowledge. In Key Stage One, Beech Class have been learning about Robots and Chestnut Class have been learning about the history surrounding the Great Fire of London. In Key Stage Two Rowan Class have been learning about Ancient Egyptians and Maple Class have been thinking about habitats. All of the classrooms are looking vibrant as learning displays are built and classes are populated with children’s work.

It has been great to see children really enjoying PE lessons both in the Ark and outside. I’m not sure who has been having more fun the children or the staff.

Keeping fit and healthy is really important to all of us at St Michael’s so I must ask that you send your Key Stage Two children in with healthy snacks and water to drink for their mid-morning break. We have had a lot chocolate, cakes, biscuits and fizzy drinks which they should not be having in school.

I know children are not getting changed at school for PE but we still really need clothing to be named. Most importantly jumpers, cardigans and foot wear. At the end of last week we had multiple cardigans and jumpers who belonged to no one.

Today we had a fire evacuation drill and all of the children were out of the building and registered in a fantastic time. Well done to all of the children and staff for their prompt response to the alarms sounding.

We have had lots of book donations for a library over the summer term and the holidays which has been a massive help. If you still have any books at home you would like to donate they will be gratefully received. Like all schools we are running on a very tight budget and your kindness goes a long way to help us provide little extra to our children within the school.

     

Just a reminder, if someone new is picking up your child please let Fiona in the office know via phone or email. Your child will then need to be collected from the office.

Finally, some news I have been hoping to avoid, unfortunately I have to cancel the Year Four/Five residential trip. The guidance is still that there should be no residential trips and I am aware that many of you may not feel comfortable sending your children. As we get further into the year we will see how the land lies and make a decision on booking a further trip.

Have a lovely weekend,

John Neenan

8th September 2020
Welcome to or welcome back to St Michael’s all our families old and new. It is fantastic to see our school full of happy faces again. Since St Michael’s became a Primary School in September 2018 this is the first year that every one of our pupils belongs to a Primary and not just an Infant School. All the pupils here will continue their educational journey with us until they go to high school, which is extremely exciting!

Over the summer, we have had our internal hall developed into a new classroom and library which gives us a sixth classroom and a library within the main building of the school. The new rooms have had new LED lighting installed which are incredibly bright and energy efficient.
We have also had in confirmed (7th September) that full permission has been granted for our new Nursery to be built. This has been a very long journey to get the project this far but shows how the Diocese of Norwich and Norfolk County Council are backing the growth of our wonderful school.
One area of concern, which was raised during the planning application process, is parking around the school during drop off and collection time. If you are able to walk, bike or scoot to school then please do so. If you are in a position where you need to drive please be mindful of our neighbours, do not block entrances or gates.
The Diocese are also looking to make amendments to the current nursery, which will become the reception classroom. To do this we will need to raise 10% of the funds.
For more information and to support us please follow this link:
John and Fiona’s virtual challenge Lands End to John O’Groats

We are obviously working and teaching in strange times and a lot of time and energy has gone in to ensure the school is as safe as possible. The children and adults are constantly washing hands, cleaning surfaces and avoiding contact with others. We are working hard to ensure bubbles do not cross during operational hours however, we are very aware that as children leave the site many will then interact with children from other bubbles, schools, towns etc. There is only so much we can control try as we might. The only thing we can truly control is the hygiene measures in place.
For more information and our Risk Assessment please follow this link:
http://www.stmichaelsaylsham.co.uk/back-to-school-sept-2020/
Do not forget my door is always open so please always talk to me if you are concerned about anything, struggling at home or want to share good news, call or email the school office or myself to make an appointment. I can distribute Foodbank vouchers if you are in need or support in contacting other agencies.
I will endeavour to update this blog on a weekly basis to keep you up to date with our news and the information will stay here for reference.
Take care and stay safe,
Mr John Neenan