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Penshurst Primary School

WEEK 13 - Friday 10 December 2021

Dates to remember:   

Year 5 Swimming       Wednesdays and Thursdays until 16 December

Productions                 Y4-6 Tuesday 14 December 1.30-2.30pm at All Saints Church, Hessle

Flu immunisation        Wednesday 15 December 

Christmas Lunch        Wednesday 15 December

Last day of term          Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 17 December 1.30pm close

I would firstly like to thank you for the messages of support we have received regarding cancelling the school fair and maintaining the productions. It is always difficult to manage these situations especially when all around are cancelling. Any perishable goods that have been donated (such as chocolate) have been put into the year group hampers, raffles or sweet drives. We also donated advent calendars and other goods to the Bridgewater Factory appeal therefore ensuing our local community benefits from your donations. 

We are nearly at the end of term and there are still a number of events still to take place in what will be a busy week.

Firstly, on Tuesday, we will be holding our Open Event in the nursery.  This has been well promoted in the area but, if you have not seen the information that has been sent out, it can be found here.  Please also pass on the message to anyone in your family or community who you think this may be appropriate for.  

We then have  just two  Christmas productions left to do. FS1’s nativity will go ahead as planned as we have very low numbers attending as it is a small year group. We feel completely safe with the extra measures such as reduced numbers and wearing of masks that we have in school.

As it stands, we are still planning to go ahead with the Year 4/5/6 production on Tuesday afternoon at the Church as it is a big space which is well ventilated (one might even say freezing cold!). However, after doing the pre visit with the children, it became apparent that we must put further measures in place to safeguard everyone particularly as there is a social distancing measure currently in place at the Church which would not accommodate the normal numbers.  Below is a list of the additional measures we are putting in place to ensure the production goes ahead:

  • One adult only per child to attend who will be signed in on the door to reduce numbers
  • Masks to be worn at all times
  • Parents to sit in Year group sections to encourage distancing 
  • Children to be walked back to school by staff after the performance to avoid the mixing that normally takes place at the end of the show. Children will not be allowed to leave with their parent.

I am sure many of you will be disappointed that we are reducing numbers but please be aware this is essential in meeting the East Riding criteria to put on a production in COVID times. We are hoping that with these additional measures we are safe to continue and will only cancel if the situation in school changes where we find ourselves with escalating cases or staff absence.

This leads me nicely onto Christmas parties…. These will still go ahead in year groups on the last Friday in the morning and as it is before lunchtime this year, we will only be having a few snacks. We will provide drinks, fruit and some supplementary bits and bobs. We would kindly ask that you send in packaged biscuits, buns, crisps and fruit so we can ensure all children have a snack to enjoy while partying the morning away! If your child has an allergy we will ensure there are some food bits however you may feel that you wish to plate them up some bits to eat as pre-packaged items very often state that the product may include nuts.

Mrs J Spencer 

Head of School