Newsletter 3rd September

St James Primary School Newsletter

Respect Perseverance Trust

Welcome back to the new school year, what has already been quite an extraordinary time. For some children as we return to school this week, it is the first time they have been to school since March and we know that this will not be an easy transition. We have worked hard over the summer to make school as safe as possible in these uncertain times, whilst also retaining the familiarity for the children. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Miss Zoe Cook (year 4) and Mr Andy Jones (year 5) to the St James teaching team. I am sure you will see them out and about on the playground in the coming few weeks

A massive thank you to Mr Bligdon of Handy Guy for so kindly repainting the classroom that year 5 are inhabiting this year. The classroom has undergone quite a transformation and this would not be possible without people like Handy Guy, helping us out. Thank you.

The Michaelmas Fayre will soon be upon us and this year will clearly take quite a different approach. Having said that, there is a competition that the children could all get involved in. Why not have a go at designing a Hanney Face mask? The winning entry will be made into masks that will, I have no doubt, be seen around the community and beyond! (Further details attached)

Don’t forget you can book half term childcare with TheClub@StJames. There are spaces on all days available. Please contact The Club through the appropriate email address or phone number. As a reminder – all contact with our wrap around care should be through The Club email or phone number and not through any private number you may have for members of staff.

Usually at this time of year I would be bombarding you with dates for future events in school. Obviously we are having to approach things differently this year and we will do what we can to keep familiar events, but the format will look different.

All classes should have received a video from the class teacher showing children what their new classrooms look like and outlining the morning routine. This should also show you where your child needs to line up in the morning.

Please make sure that we have the most up to date contact details for you. If your details have changed over the summer, please let us know.

The cost of school dinners are £2.50 a day. Please make sure that this money is paid in advance through the Parentmail system. Children in Inkpen, Rosen and Nicols classes are entitled to a free school meal. This year there are no jacket potatoes available. We are running a bi-weekly menu, copies attached to this newsletter.

Diary Dates

  • Thursday 3rd September – Start of term 1. Staggered start:
    Griffin and Phoenix – 8.45
    Ghillie Dhu and Pegasus – 8.55.
    Please arrive and leave promptly. It is important that adults on site stick to the social distancing guideline issued by the government. I know this is tricky, but please help us to make sure that the whole St James family stays safe.

  • Week beginning 14th September – Husting week for election to School Council

  • Thursday 1st October – Harvest Festival

  • Friday 9th October – #Hello Yellow

  • Friday 23rd October – INSET day

  • Tuesday 3rd November – Start of Term 2

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