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Penshurst Primary School

WEEK 12 - Friday 3 December 2021

Dates to remember:   

Year 5 Swimming       Wednesdays and Thursdays from 24 November

Staff Training Day       Friday 10 December (school closed to pupils)

Productions    Y1        Wednesday 8 December 1.30-2.00pm & Thursday 9 December 9.30-10.00am

                          Y4-6     Tuesday 14 December 1.30-2.15pm at Hessle All Saints Church 

Flu immunisation       Wednesday 15 December 

Christmas Lunch        Wednesday 15 December

Last day of term         Friday 17 Dec 1.30 finish       

I am writing this fresh from watching the Y2/3 Christmas production and I am certainly beginning to feel the Christmas spirit. I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure all children get a chance to perform this Christmas. It is a tricky balance to keep all of the work going while rehearsing as well and I applaud the children for being so brilliant!

We are hopeful that with the risk assessments we have done that we will be able to complete our production schedule but I do fear for the Y4, 5, 6 production purely due to the numbers involved, which take us into the realms of Christmas Fayre numbers, in an enclosed space. Whatever happens we will still go ahead with a performance in school that may be able to be recorded for parents to view. I will let you know as soon as we make that decision. Please bear with us as the situation changes daily and most local schools have cancelled all festive activities now.

We recently sent out a survey regarding support for children with additional needs and this has been invaluable in helping us adjust some of our communication strategies already. It does seem that online forms are the way forward for us to collect information and so we will continue to use this method to collect parent voice as it is quick and efficient and does not take too much of your time to complete. Thank you again for participating in such high numbers.

Unfortunately we do have a few cases of nits in some of our year groups so please be vigilant and I would suggest long hair is tied back.

With an escalation of COVID cases in local schools it would be prudent to take a LFD if your child is unwell and, if showing covid symptoms, book a PCR test. The cases are manageable at the moment but other schools are not faring well and have had to make a return to remote learning. We will continue to send children home who present with symptoms in school so you can take them for a PCR test but please be vigilant at home as well.

Have a lovely (snowy?) weekend.

Mrs J Spencer 

Head of School