We have had several queries this week about when we might be able to get back to normal and end preventative measures like staggered start/ end times. We have contacted the Local Authority about these queries and they have reiterated that Government guidance for schools has not changed. They are advising that we keep all of the measures in place and are currently of the view that this is likely to be the case at least until the government moves to step 4 of the recovery plan on the 21st June. We are aware that this is challenging for many families and we wanted to thank you all for your support. It will feel increasingly strange as more and more families are able to see others outside of school that we are maintaining these measures but as a school we must follow guidance and play our part in ensuring we reduce the spread of the virus- particularly as we are now dealing with a new variant.
We have also had queries regarding pupil attendance letters. Please do contact the school if you think that you have received a letter which includes an error or if you would like to discuss the reasons behind your child’s absence in greater detail. We are here to help and are keen to ensure that as many children as possible attend school when they can. We have some work to do to rebuild school routines and punctual, regular attendance is crucial to ensure all of your children thrive at school.
VanCols, our school photographer, will be coming in on Tuesday to do class photos. These will be taken outside. If the weather is wet, we will need to postpone and reschedule.
The focus for this year is being a good environmental citizen. We are very grateful to Elsa Lee, who is a specialist in this field. She will be leading a discussion with the KS2 children on ways in which we can all contribute to a better environment. All the children will be challenged to come up with a way to re-use an item for a different purpose which they will share at the end of the day. We'll also take a look at inspirational climate change heroes.
Our next online Headteacher drop-in sessions for parents will take place from 6.00 – 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday 19th May via Zoom. If you would like to join, please email the School Office and we will send you a Zoom link for the session.
Thank you very much for your support and co-operation in ensuring that the children are coming to school in their uniforms. We are pleased to let you know that this has supported an improvement in behaviour, which is great news and we want to keep it up! We want to support all families in this matter – so if you are experiencing financial difficulties or would like to discuss uniform provision for your child, please do get in touch.
There has been some confusion about the uniform expectations, hopefully this table will explain it better:
Uniform for PE days
Uniform for other days
Trainers (of any kind)
Plain black shoes or plain black trainers
School PE T-shirt (or a plain white or plain jade green t-shirt)
Plain white or jade green polo shirt
Plain dark (black or navy blue) shorts, or plain dark tracksuit bottoms
Summer dress in school colours
School jumper or a plain dark sweatshirt (no hoodies)
Plain black or grey shorts/trousers/skirts/pinafore dresses
School jumper or cardigan in school colours of jade green or purple – other green cardigans can be worn for the rest of this academic year
Music tutors are contacting families to arrange lessons and will be offering tuition in piano, woodwind and guitar. At present the guitar tutor has some spare capacity so if you are interested in booking lessons for your child, please let us know and we will put you in touch with the tutor.
It has been brought to our attention that some children are part of WhatsApp Groups. WhatsApp has a minimum age of 16. If you choose to let your child access this app, please do monitor their usage and look at what is posted. Please also encourage your child to speak to you should they see something that concerns them.
WhatsApp groups are used widely to keep in touch with groups of friends, and we understand that this is important to the children. However, many people using WhatsApp are not aware of some of the issues surrounding security. For example, anybody in a WhatsApp group, even if they are not one of your contacts, will be able to see messages that you post and likewise you will be able to see theirs. Also, if you are added to a group with someone you have previously blocked, that person will then be able to contact you.
If you would like to leave a WhatsApp group, this link provides useful information on how to do so.
We have come across the news that some children have been engaging in an App called Omegle.
Omegle is an App that enables strangers to chat via text or video. Please see the warning below about this potentially dangerous platform and check with your children about their knowledge and understanding of this.
Omegle does not appear to have robust moderation nor is there a registration or age verification making them a potential target for online predators. Its site states “predators have been known to use Omegle, so please be careful.”
Children and young people may be asked by strangers to share their name, age, and location. So, it’s also important to talk to your child about sharing personal information online with strangers.
We will continue to update you on the specific dangers of certain communication and social media apps as we come across them in discussions at school.
Can we remind families that if anyone in your immediate family (including any support bubble) shows one of the three Covid symptoms (loss/change to taste or smell, new, continuous cough or a high temperature), everyone is required to self-isolate and the symptomatic person must get an in-person PCR test (drive-in and walk-in centres give the quickest results). You must not use a rapid test (Lateral Flow Device) on anyone who is displaying symptoms. It would be most helpful if you could send us confirmation of the test result to the school office so we can update our records.
If a pupil develops symptoms in school, we will contact parents/guardians to come and immediately collect the pupil (plus any siblings). The symptomatic child must get an in-person PCR test and the family must self-isolate until confirmation of a negative test result or the period of isolation as advised by NHS track and trace has elapsed.
If your child tests positive for Covid, please email the School Office immediately (regardless of the time of the day/night or the day of the week/weekend. Please tell us your child’s name, the date that symptoms began, the date of the test and the date you received the result.
We are keen to be able to move forward with the School Streets initiative. To enable this to happen we need more volunteers and ask you to please consider if you are able to help us? Perhaps you know someone in the local community who may be able to volunteer? If you are interested, please contact the school office.
For any student absence, can we ask that you fill in the student absence form on the school website. There is now a quick link button on the home page.
If you choose to email, the more information you can provide, the more helpful it is to the office team. Please do not use Seesaw or any other email address to report absence.
The Cambridgeshire County Council has redesigned their online form for families wishing to check their free school meal (FSM) and Pupil Premium eligibility. Significant improvements made to the online application process enable parents/carers (in most cases) to get an instant result of the outcome of their application.
It is not necessary for parents of children who currently receive FSM to reapply; this entitlement is protected until the end of March 2022. However, applications do need to be made for younger siblings who are starting school.
The form is quick and simple to complete. Once an application has been submitted for a child, if the family do not qualify at that point, we will continue to check for future entitlement throughout that child’s school life, informing parents if they become eligible. It is vital, therefore, that schools/families inform us of any changes to their name or address.
Families can access the online application here. The Education Welfare Benefits Team are happy to answer any queries and can be contacted on 01223 703200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fulbourn Community Aid are continuing to offer support during the pandemic. They can:
Contact them via:
The AGM is booked for 26th May, 8pm and will either be via Zoom or in the pub garden of the Six Bells. We will confirm location once we have details of the latest changes to covid restrictions and once we know what the weather will be doing.
The current PTfA will be stepping down at this meeting and the PTfA cannot continue fundraising until a new committee steps in. If you would like more information on any of the PTfA roles, please email us.
19th - 20th June: Open Gardens:
A handful of gardens will be opened (following Government guidelines) as part of this wonderful community event. Visitors are welcome to explore and enjoy some of the wonderful village gardens. More details to follow.
Ways to support fundraising:
Please find attached the monthly newsletter from Cambridgeshire Constabulary.