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Penshurst Primary School

WEEK 37 - Friday 9 July 2021

Two weeks left…where has the time gone? It has been an interesting week as we absorb the government guidance and plan the way forward. It is looking really positive for a return to normality in the Autumn term with far less disruption and the demise of ‘bubbles’. For the next two weeks - up until the Summer - we will not be changing any procedures in school. We will, however, now be holding transition week in the final week of term so the children can meet and get used to their new teacher and year group. We believe this to be the safest option for all concerned and we want to ensure that the children still get this valuable experience after missing so much over the year. Therefore your child’s last day with their current teacher will be Friday 16 July and we will have lots of fun that day in class including a class party. Food and drink will be provided.

Next week, you will receive a letter confirming your new teacher and classroom in preparation for Monday 19 July where the children will ‘graduate’ to their new year group for that final week. Please remember that Year 5 will go into three classes in Year 6 and Year 2 will split into two classes in Year 3. Please arrive via your normal entrance. Pupils going into Year 3 arriving via Penshurst Avenue need to be dropped off on the KS2 playground.

Year 6 will have a special week where we will mix as a year group. They will be taught by Mr Turnbull, Mr Hutchinson and some guest visitors! We will be doing some transition to high school activities, taking part in a football tournament, learning some new Science and DT skills, writing a guide to being a Penshurst pupil and generally having a brilliant last week.

As the weather has completely washed us out this week, and it doesn’t look to improve, we have decided to hold a whole school Sports Day on the first Friday of the new term - Friday 10 September - for Years 1-6 (hopefully the weather will be kind!) so please put the date in your diary. Reception will be on the second Friday of term - Friday 17 September - to allow them time to settle into school. This will be a really good way to start the new academic year with all restrictions lifted, giving parents the opportunity to attend. Because most sessions have had to move inside this week, photo opportunities have been limited, I’m afraid.

A reminder that reports will be sent out electronically via SIMS Parent so please activate your account if you have not done so yet.  Also, from next week we'll be making the Breakfast Club available to pay on ParentPay as well as in cash. Please note however that from September payment can only be made via ParentPay or with cash using PayPoint at local stores, we will not take cash in school as payment for Breakfast Club.

I have received two letters of complaint from residents of Penshurst Mews (the new buildings/flats next to school). They have complained that their parking spaces are often blocked by parents parking there whilst dropping off and picking up children from school.  Please can I ask again that you are mindful of this and do not park in private property.

Finally, can I remind you that we are looking for volunteers to help with the School Streets initiative in September.  It is an hour at the beginning or end of the school day and any offers would be appreciated.

Mrs J Spencer 

Head of School