I have spent the last thirteen weeks working at home, being a teacher, but not seeing my class, being a parent, but without the shape of my children's school lives. We are shielding, as one of my daughters has Still's Disease. Two of my daughters should have been taking public exams, one GCSEs and the other A levels. This is not the Summer any of us was expecting.
We have tried to find a new rhythm. Sometimes, things have run smoothly. At others, it's been more rocky. Always, it has seemed strange, this life in suspension and isolation. The end of Year 11 Prom (and dress already chosen and bought) cancelled, the revision without exams, the anticipation of University with no real knowledge, yet, of what that freshers' term will look like. Lasts and firsts that should have been marked and remembered. Our family photographs from the Spring and Summer of 2020 will show none of these.
My work, whether teaching or the law, has always been very sociable, centred on face to face contact and doing a lot of talking! I really enjoy explaining, enthusing and persuading (whether in court or the classroom), so being away from school hasn't been easy. I have loved seeing my class on zoom and teams; those few precious minutes when we have had a chance to share our week have been delightful. I have so enjoyed seeing the wonderful, creative Art children have produced, whether inspired by Frida Kahlo, Chris Ofili or Andy Goldsworthy. Seeing those images arrive on Seesaw, or email, always brightens my day. I have appreciated, too, the birdsong in the mornings, walking along the fields behind my house (when there is no one else around) and evenings of cards and drawing games with my own children. Enforced isolation has made us more inventive with our entertainment!
I am thinking, too, of the future. Seeing school again, families again, and planning how we can work together, using your Dreams, to make our community even stronger. These are such strange times: History in the making. We have all had to adjust, and each of us found a way to live in this uncharted sea, and form different sorts of connections with others. When we come back together we can build on this knowledge and show, too, our appreciation for all that we have missed.
As you will all know we are in the throes of planning for a full school return in September. We are incredibly excited by the prospect of having all of the children back in school and are working tirelessly to ensure that this is done in a safe way that also focuses on supporting the children to get them back on track with learning. Our model for return will be based on class bubbles and class information will be sent out next week. We will aim for each class to act as a separate entity whilst also ensuring equality of provision between classes in each phase.
In order to run this model effectively we would ideally like to have volunteers that can help us to minimise disruption should there be any staff changes. We are therefore wondering if any of you would be available to volunteer full-time (school hours only) in school for September. We are ideally looking for eleven full-time volunteers to support the school for one month. We recognise that this is a huge request but we are very keen to ensure that there is the best chance for children in our community to attend school full-time without disruption and that they do not have to return to home-schooling unless completely necessary.
We would love to have you in school if you:
Feel free to call the school and ask to talk to the Headteachers if this is something that you think you would be able to do.
Claire Pickard, Headteacher, Fulbourn Primary School
We have made an alteration to the non-pupil days for next academic year. Monday 7th of September was to be the first day of term, this is now a non-pupil day and term will start for Reception to Year 2 on Tuesday 8th September. More information regarding the September re-opening has been emailed and the full list of year group start dates is included below.
Friday 28th May was to be a non-pupil day, this is now a normal school day.
The term dates on the school website are correct. https://www.fulbournprimaryschool.co.uk/term-dates-and-holidays/
On Wednesday 22nd July, we will hold a Leavers' Assembly at 11am to conclude the academic year. This will be a Teams Live Event that the whole school community is invited to. You will be sent a link via email to join the assembly and you will need your child's Teams login details to join. The assembly will be shown on all classroom big screens for children and staff in school as we want the whole school community to be watching. It would be fantastic if parents and carers could join from home with their children.
Mrs Warnes from Windmill Lane found a piece of very neat writing in her garden. It was about pebbles in a stream and she thinks it might belong to one of our students. She has put a notice on her front door about it. If it is your work then please let the office know and we’ll tell which number she lives at. She is more than happy for you to go round to collect it. She said it is such very neat writing and she thinks it would be a shame if it weren’t reunited with the person who created it.
If you have any questions for the office then please do phone or email. Even if you are coming to school to drop off your child please don’t come in to the office as we are limiting the number of people coming on to the site. While we really don’t wish to be unfriendly, it is important that we manage the ongoing Covid19 risk. Thank you for your understanding.
We will be emailing all families of children who will be back with us next year to ask you again for medical information. As it is really important that we have the most up to date information, we will be asking you each year.
Please take a look at our health and happiness zone (https://www.fulbournprimaryschool.co.uk/health-and-happiness-zone/) where children can access activities designed to aid children's physical and mental well-being, for example fitness tips and recipes for healthy eating. There is also an area designed for parents and carers to get help and advice with how to help a child through some common issues. It also has some useful links to promote discussions. We hope that you find this area useful and if you have any other topics you think would be good to add to this area, please contact us.
If you have paid online for a school trip that did not go ahead (Year 3 Mini Olympics, The Big Sing, South Angle Farm), then we are in the process of arranging refunds. Please get in touch with us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
If your financial circumstances have been affected by the COVID 19 crisis you could now be entitled to Benefit Related Free School Meals. The Covid19 crisis has also highlighted the difference between Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) and Benefit Related Free School Meals (FSM). The government can only offer help to those who are in receipt of Benefit Related Free School Meals so we encourage applications from all year groups. To find out if you are eligible please fill out our simple online application form at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals where you will receive an instant response as to your eligibility status. If you are eligible for FSM your child’s school will be informed within 3 days.
Don’t forget to look at our Showcase of Children’s work to see some of the wonderful things our children have been creating. Congratulations to all of you working very hard at home and in school.