WEEK 1 - Friday 10 September 2021
What a fantastic first week back it has been! It has been brilliant to see the school operating in a ‘pre Covid’ fashion with more movement around the school, grouped tables, mixed sets and not a bubble in sight.
Our children who are new to school in FS2 have settled in really well over the week and have had so much fun playing outside, painting and learning their phonics. We have also introduced a fair few new children into other year groups and it has been a pleasure to see how our Penshurst community has embraced them and helped them to adjust to a new school.
We also have three new teachers with us this year: Miss Robinson (Nursery), Miss Wray (Year 1) and Miss Dunwell (Year 6).They have all settled in already and are really keen to meet all the parents and become involved in all of our community events.
The children have looked very smart on their return to school and I thank you all for ensuring that your children are dressed appropriately. The only areas we need to tighten up on is with bags, hair accessories and socks. Please only bring in a book bag and drawstring bag (PE) as the cloakrooms simply cannot accommodate rucksacks and bulky bags and it does become a health and safety issue in the corridors. Socks and hair accessories should only be in school colours please (back, blue, white, grey or green.)
Once again we have been thwarted by the weather and have had to postpone Sports Day - it really does seem we are destined no to do this event! However, we will try and put in another date and let you know in good time. We will endeavour to still hold the FS2 Sports Day on Friday 17th at 9:15am (weather permitting) as we are aware that they missed their very first School Sports Day due to Lockdowns.
Over the summer, the school has been an extremely busy place with a new roof fitted over the Nursery and Dining Hall, new teaching areas created in FS2 via bi-fold doors and a full top to toe decoration of the main hall and the front office. Over the next week, we are also starting our work on the KS1 playground where lots of markings, a brand new mural and new play equipment will be found. This is something we have been wanting to do for a long time and we will be very excited to show the children their new play area.
In addition to all of this, we have a brand new catering company onboard (ABM) and they have already impressed us with their healthy food. The food looks delicious and many pupils have commented on the quality and quantity of the meals.
We are now forward planning for the year to squeeze in as many trips, visits, experiences and visitors to school. These will include Young Voices, Y6 residential, Cinema Trips, Bridlington, Hornsea, The Deep, Hull Maritime, Ferensway Gallery, Swimming, Bikeabilty plus all the normal favourites such as P Factor, Christmas Shows, Disco’s and Film Nights. In particular we will be excited to re-introduce whole school assemblies very soon so the singing can commence-we have a lot of songs to remember!
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Mrs J Spencer
Head of School