WEEK 17 - Friday 21 January 2022
I would like to start this week’s blog with a huge ‘well done‘ to all the pupils in school, with Covid causing many ongoing issues with staffing this week, the pupils have been taught by a mixture of school staff and supply teachers. This can be particularly tricky for our younger learners who thrive on consistency and familiarity, however all classes affected have been brilliant and carried on with their learning while maintaining a positive attitude and behaving fantastically.
Many of the supply teachers have been quick to tell me how lovely our school and its pupils are, and I couldn’t agree more. I would also include staff for a round of applause as current absence is challenging and creates a lot of extra workload for those who are still in school. We have taken the step to return to class bubbles in Year 5 for a week due to a rising number of cases and will review this next Friday. Unfortunately we have had to close Year 1 for a day as well for a deep clean following a sharp incline in both pupil and staff cases in this year group. Please continue to test your child regularly.
It’s a little bit like Deja vu as we continue having to cancel certain events and gatherings to ensure we are all kept as safe as possible. This has extended to our SEN pop in days as well which we are moving back to the end of February to ensure we have the appropriate staff available to conduct these meetings properly. None of this is stopping the learning and fun in school however and if you were to visit a classroom ,you would never know anything was different.
Reminder - no clubs until half term.
This week a little boy in Year 1 stopped me in the corridor and said, ‘Mrs Spencer, we are all really bored of the virus now so could you please make it go away so we can sing again together ‘. I only wish I had the power! Seeing all the children together in the hall is one of the best bits of the job as we really are such a big family at Penshurst and all the staff miss this aspect of the school day. The same boy then proceeded to sing the Penshurst song to me, complete with actions and the school value rap to prove he could still remember it!
If you ever struggle to remember the school values, just ask your child to sing the Penshurst song as they are all in there! I have certainly appreciated the ‘resilience ‘ of everyone in school this week.
Can we please be mindful of congestion around the gates leading into school. This is a particular problem at the Winthorpe entrance where the gate is a single one. We would ask that you don’t block the gate when meeting other parents and move further down the path or onto the playground to have a chat.
On a final note, you will know a new external catering company started catering for the school in September, and they would like you to fill in the attached survey for feedback by 31 January 2022. Please complete it with your child, if your child stays for school dinners so they can see what the children like or don't like: https://bit.ly/3fIMAWw
Have a great weekend
Mrs J Spencer
Head of School