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Penshurst Primary School

WEEK 34 - Friday 18 June 2021

Resilience; Respect; Aspiration; Responsibility; Integrity; Kindness.

I have been really impressed with the application of our school values this week. When I was recording the Pupil of the Week assemblies I was really proud of how many children had been picked for great kindness and showing resilience. These are two really important values in our school and it is just lovely to see and hear about children helping their friends through tough times, supporting them in their work or just hearing them say nice things about each other.

After the year we have had, resilience is certainly something that has had to come to the fore with both pupils and staff in school. I am consistently impressed with how the children are applying themselves to their work and how they are striving to just get better and better. Staff are also on a mission to fill every minute with learning and I have been very proud to see the standard of writing that is evident in the school this week. 

We will be remaining in class bubbles, following the recent government announcement, until the end of term and we will hopefully get to the end of term with all bubbles intact! We are planning for Sports week in school, arranging transition and finalising arrangements for Year 6 leavers events over the next two weeks and will send you a grid with all the dates that you need in one place. Speaking of Year 6…please wish them luck with their SATs next week. SATs breakfast is on from 8.00am each morning outside on Zone 4 with an optional non uniform day on Friday.

As you know, masks are now optional outside and I just remind you to maintain social distance and keep to one way systems entering and exiting school. Due to the remaining regulations we have not been able to do our walk for Brakes charity (supporting road safety) around the streets but we have managed to do it on our grounds and been lucky enough to have Look North come and film us, talking to staff and children: very exciting! There were a number of pupils who were unable to take part due to non-permission and if you have changed your mind regarding this, please contact the office so your children can take part in recordings and filming in the future.

You will also have received a letter, drafted by the council, regarding the safer streets initiative which we will be a part of in September. The idea is that Winthorpe and Seagran Road will be closed off for an hour at the beginning of the school day and an hour at the end and it will not affect the Penshurst Road side of School initially. We are very early on with the implementation of the scheme and will be working closely with the council and the police to make it as a smooth a transition as we can. Schools in Goole who have taken on this scheme have reported much success and a real investment from parents and the community.

Mrs J Spencer 

Head of School