WEEK 35 - Friday 25 June 2021
Last week, we wrote to you to inform you of our decision to sign up to a road safety scheme called School Streets. This is a scheme run by the local authority which puts in place temporary traffic measures around schools with the aim of making the roads less congested and safer. The measures are monitored and, if successful, can be made permanent. At Penshurst, these measures will affect Winthorpe Road and Seagran Avenue at the start and end of the school day.
This scheme has been very effective in other areas of the county and a number of other schools will also be trialling the scheme in September too. The main aim is to keep children safe by reducing the amount of vehicles on the approach to the school entrance. It is hoped that families will change their travel patterns and also see the health benefits of walking, riding and scooting to school rather than jumping in a car.
There will be much more information coming from us and the local authority in the coming weeks so that everyone is prepared for the change which will be effective at the start of the new academic year.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact the school.
Mr V Groak
I would like to start by saying a huge ‘Well done’ to our Year 6 pupils for completing their SATs this week with no fuss whatsoever. They conducted themselves admirably throughout the week and enjoyed the creative lessons that accompanied the tests. We will share results with pupils and parents towards the end of term when we have moderated with our partner primary schools in the Trust.
To follow on with the Year 6 theme, we will be holding a leaving party/BBQ on Thursday 15 July after school which the PFA have kindly offered to host and we will hold the infamous school shirt signing at this point. Leavers assemblies will be held on the same day in two sessions at 9.00am and 10.15am and a Google form will be sent out to parents to book. There will be one space per child as the maximum number of parents we can host outside is 30 (socially distanced).
We have been fortunate to be able to have a couple of visitors to school in the past few weeks ensuring we comply with COVID protocols at all times. These have included a detective from Manchester police, our local PCSO, a planetarium and a farm visit. It has been lovely to slowly and cautiously allow these few visitors to school and it has really enhanced the schemes of learning that we have been doing.
Of course, we are not home free yet and the new variant of the COVID virus is in our area; as a school we have been asked to be extra vigilant with the new symptoms which include headache, runny nose and sore throat. Therefore it is entirely possible that we may need to send your child home for a test if they present with any of these symptoms alongside the other symptoms of high temperature/hot to touch, persistent cough and loss of taste or smell. Please do not bring children to school if they have any of these symptoms listed and take them for a PCR test. If the test is negative, the child can return to school.
A final reminder…please remember to activate your SIMS Parent account via desktop PC or download the ‘app’ as annual reports will be set via SIMS Parent during the last week of term. The targets set on the reports are for the children to work on over the holidays and new teachers to pick up on in September. The SIMS Parent is used for all communication about attendance, behaviour and attainment at the high school and we are feeding into this method of communication by using SIMS Parent for reports and attendance as well. Contact the school office if you need the SIMS Parent help sheet to be sent out again or require further information.
Mrs J Spencer
Head of School