As many of you will be aware I am one of the many people across the UK that has been unable to leave their house for 13 weeks now. My youngest son has a rare genetic condition which makes him at extremely critical risk if he contracts Covid. As you can imagine, having a severely disabled son has impacted my life in variety of ways but I have to say this is one that I certainly did not predict. Having always been a brave and adventurous soul, I spent much of my youth travelling the world both with family and friends and alone, climbing in the Himalayas and seeking as much challenge as possible. Despite this I can truly say that nothing has been more challenging than trying to stay positive at home whilst caring for my family, working and home schooling with very little visibility of when we will be able to return to reality. I am thankful though for the opportunity to reflect on how lucky I am to be part of such a caring and energetic school community. I have asked all of the staff to share their personal reflections on their lives during these historic times and I would very much like the children to do the same. What have your lives been like since the pandemic began? What have been the challenges? Lastly, what do you feel thankful for?
For the next few weeks we will post a reflection from a member of staff or member of the community in the hope that we can all emerge from this period with a better understanding of each other and a renewed energy for what is most important to us.
We are now right in the middle of our Dreams Phase, during which we are asking all members of the community to submit their dreams for Fulbourn, the primary school and its children. The dreams should be focused on improving learning and living happily together. To gather this information during partial school closure, we have set up a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fulbourndarestodream
Please refer to the Home Learning page on the school website for further instructions on this. Up next will be our selection and prioritisation process during which we choose the dreams that will become part of our School Development Plan so make sure your dreams can be considered by posting them to either the Facebook page or the children’s Seesaw accounts. Daniel Davies’ dream is one of many brilliant dreams already posted!
“My name is Ricky, I am the new Caretaker here at Fulbourn. I started on the 1st of June.
I live here in the village with my wife Chloe and our son Arthur. This is my first time as a Caretaker, after serving 11 years in the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust as an Emergency Medical Technician and a short stint as a Senior EMT with East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (The county mounties). I am enjoying my new job so far and I look forward to meeting everyone.”
Mr O’Gorman has now started as our School Caretaker and we are delighted to have him as part of the team. He has joined at a unique time in our history and we are grateful for his efforts thus far.
We are now moving to using My Child At School for all payments rather than accepting cash or cheques through the office. If you aren’t sure of your MCAS login details then please do get in touch with the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll be more than happy to help. If you have a balance on your school dinner money then we would appreciate it if that could be cleared as soon as possible. If you have a credit for school dinners or have paid for a trip that has not happened then we are working on ways of refunding that money to you, do get in touch if you have 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.
Drowning Prevention Week was established 7 years ago by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS). Its aim is to educate individuals and families, to give them the skills and knowledge to take charge of their own decisions and enjoy water safely. This year it is more important than ever. The impact of COVID-19 is far-reaching and has resulted in reduced lifeguard services and supervised venues at a critical time of year.
For more information and some home learning resources visit https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/explorers/learning-from-home.
The Academy based at City College Peterborough is currently offering a FREE Level 1 qualification in Health and Social Care and a wide variety of job roles within the sector which include support workers, receptionists and even occupational therapists.
The Academy also offers full support in CV Writing, Job Applications and even interview techniques and as it’s funded wholly by the DWP assistance is also available for travel and childcare. www.healthandcareacademy.co.uk
This summer, earlier than usual children, can join the ‘Silly Squad’ team of animal friends who love to go on adventures, reading books along the way. There will be book recommendations, quizzes, videos and games on the Reading Agency’s website—children can join up and take part at home! In school we will talk to them about what they're reading and encourage them along the way! https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
To help keep families active during this time Cambridgeshire Road Safety Officers are promoting Cycling UK’s free Bike Week resource pack with indoor and outdoor activities you can do as a family. From cooking to colouring, to bike challenges, it’s got it all. https://www.cyclinguk.org/bikeweek/activities-for-families
Cambridgeshire Skills are still running adult education courses. See https://www.cambsals.co.uk/ for details of their courses.
The National Literacy Trust is encouraging children to write letters to older people in local care homes and hospitals.
Please see the pdfs below for more information and guidance.
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.