Term 2 Week 6 - Dec 11th 2020
What we've been up to recently
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The Advent calendars are half-opened already and the excitement (inability to concentrate) has reached fever-pitch; and that is just in my household! School has been very busy this week, with mysterious goings-on, secret recordings, costumes and laughter. In between, the children have been doing some assessments, which help us to plan next term more carefully. It means we can make better and more targeted provision, but we understand that it has been hard for pupils when they are already very tired. We guarantee next week will be fun and Christmassy all the way to Friday.
Monday - Class Christmas crafts
Tuesday - Christmaths afternoon
Wednesday - School Christmas lunch
Thursday - Flu vaccinations
& Christmas hat-making competition
Friday - Class Christmas parties
Last week Mr Moore and I were able to hold some 'distanced' interviews for two positions at our school. We are very pleased to announce that we have appointed Marie Denscombe to the post of Hedgehog Class TA. She has already been working well with the children all term and we look forward to this continuing.
As SEN support for one pupil, we have made job share appointments of Deborah O'Kane and Amy Perkins. Staff are delighted to be welcoming Mrs O'Kane back in this role (which suits her home-life better) and are keen to work too with Mrs Perkins who has extensive SEN experience.
All appointments will officially start in January.
Sherborne C of E Primary School Sc
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Sherborne. The classrooms are decorated, the tree is up (many thanks to Mick Smith, who does a wonderful job maintaining the school grounds) and the Christmas hats and reindeer antlers have turned up in their droves. Next week will surely see Christmas jumpers - it's always fun seeing the children in their festive knitwear (my eldest child went to school today with a light-up Chewbacca jumper, having missed out on the Baby Yoda one!). The temperature is all over the place at the moment so please do make sure that your child comes to school with hat, scarf and gloves (Stanley had some amazing flashing ones this week!).
It has been a busy week of staff appointments! In addition to the roles mentioned on the left, Rowena Rapley has started working at the school to help support children's mental health, whilst Felicity Peake has been appointed as Educational Welfare Officer.
It is wonderful to see a little bit of normality creeping back into school this week. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, children in Owl Class took part in a series of cycling proficiency lessons (now known as 'Bikeability') and it was a pleasure seeing them getting out and about around the village. Once again the children's excellent behaviour was recognised by the adults working with them - our Owl Class is an absolute delight and we are all very proud of the children.
Another delight this week was hearing the children sing again. Following the school's risk assessment, the classes have been singing Christmas songs outside ready for our end of term extravaganza. More to follow next week! Of course there are many activities that the school has not been able to undertake since March but we remain hopeful that things will be able to return to normal in the spring. Until then, we must all do our bit in trying to maintain social distancing and act responsibly. To this end, parents and carers are politely reminded to please not congregate around the school gates, the War Memorial or on the road leading up to the school.