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Friday 17th July 2020

Message from the Headteachers 

In this penultimate newsletter of the 2019-20 school year, we wanted to write to express our grateful thanks to the entire school community for the part everyone has played in the past few unprecedented months. We don't underestimate the challenges that everyone has faced and we all hope that life will begin to return to something more like normal over the next school year.

 

Thank you to those parents that have shared their views and concerns regarding the September opening arrangements. We are particularly keen to support those children who are anxious that class-based bubbles mean they will only be able to spend time with the children in their own class. We have therefore adapted our recovery plan to say that we will aim to move from class-based bubbles to phase-based bubbles in the first week of October as long as the Covid situation continues to improve and all of the organisational arrangements are running smoothly. 

 

We have also received queries regarding the process of drop off and pick up. We wanted to clarify that it will not be possible to wait at the front of the school whilst dropping off children for different time slots. We realise that this will be inconvenient for some families and have considered a range of options but cannot, at this time, find a solution that suits all of our needs. We will therefore be asking, as part of the home-school agreement, that parents disperse between drop-off of siblings without gathering outside the school gates and maintain an appropriate social distance at all times. Thank you for your support in this. 

 

Finally, we received a query regarding Wednesday afternoon provision. There will be no Wednesday afternoon provision on the school site for any children unless they routinely attend wrap around care at KidsRUs. The guidance does not permit us to mix between bubbles, and whether these are class or phased-based, this prohibits the running of Wednesday afternoon school-based provision in the normal way.  

 

We hope that many of you will be able to join us at the online Leavers' Assembly on the last day of term, Wednesday 22nd July at 11am. This will be held via Teams and we will send out a link early next week.  

 

Fiona Thorpe and Claire Pickard 

 

My Lockdown Experience: Ms Maury – Office Administrator 

After the initial shock of being in lockdown with three children (age 7, 12 and 14) including a dog, I soon realised that we would need to get the children involved in home chores otherwise I would rapidly go crazy.  The chores timetable was soon set up in agreement with the children, and I must say it is still in operation to this day. What a result!  I am thankful to have Ellie the lurcher. We rescued her back in December, and she was a godsend during lockdown. I spent a lot of time outdoors in the beautiful weather either walking or cycling with my family. The rest of the time was mostly spent around my kitchen table homeworking and supporting three children with their homeschooling and general wellbeing. I have been working from home but I am now back at school one day of week. So, if you see me in the office do give me a wave 🙂. During those challenging times, I learned to be less demanding with myself and my family but still keeping to a routine. Taking each day as it comes, and not thinking too far ahead has definitely kept me sane. If you know me you will know I love sports. I joined an online fitness programme three times a week and I have been doing it since beginning of lockdown. That has definitely given me focus and improved my mental and physical wellbeing. I hope you are all doing something nice for yourself in these challenging times. 

 

 

Caretaker (with site management responsibility) 

Fulbourn is a popular and growing primary school, operating at the heart of the village community. The Caretaker will live on-site in a two bedroom house with highly subsidised rent and work in the school providing caretaking and site management support to the school. Further details of the role are available in the job description. 

The role is full time (37 hours per week) for 52 weeks of the year. Working hours include a morning shift (starting at 7:30am) and an afternoon shift (ending at 6pm). The hours may be irregular and some on-call work is required. 

The ideal candidate will have: 

•    Experience of caretaking and site management. 

•    Experience of working in an educational environment. 

•    An ability to deal with problems and emergencies in a calm and professional manner. 

•    A knowledge and understanding of health & safety, site security, COSHH, etc. 

•    An ability to carry out minor repairs. 

•    An understanding of ICT and good communication skills. 

•    A desire to work in a thriving school community ensuring the physical environment of the school is conducive to learning. 

We can offer: 

•    A two-bedroom house in the centre of Fulbourn village with a highly subsidised rent; 

•    A happy school with enthusiastic, well-behaved pupils; 

•    A good school, ready to become outstanding; 

•    A friendly and supportive staff team and governing body; 

•    A creative learning environment; 

•    An opportunity to develop professionally, whatever your starting point. 

Please contact Toby Cave, school governor with responsibility for premises, to ask any queries or to request an application pack. TCave@fulbourn.cambs.sch.uk 

In line with safer recruitment practices, application forms rather than CVs will be used during the selection process, although we would also like you to include a personal letter of application. Fulbourn Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post that you are applying for is subject to an enhanced DBS check. If successful in being invited to interview, the process will include questions regarding the safeguarding of children. 

Closing date for applications: Friday 21st August at midday 

Interviews: Week commencing Tuesday 1st September 

Role commences October 2020 

 

September - Kids R Us  

Kids R Us are working hard with the school to ensure we can offer some breakfast and after school club provision from September.  

We will be taking into account the school's staggered opening and closing times, as well as current government guidance in line with school 'bubbles'.  

We will only be able to offer care based on keeping consistent groups in line with the school class bubbles. We will only be accepting bookings of three or more days per week, this is due to your child/ren taking a place in a bubble and the associated costs of extra space and staffing of these bubbles. 

The deadline for booking is the 21st July 2020, as we will need to confirm our opening arrangements, book space and sort groupings.   

If you have any questions or require more information please contact us at: office@kidsrusoosc.com, 01223451050 (10am-2pm) 

To book: kidsrus.magicbooking.co.uk 

 

An Unusual Request 

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:  

  • care passionately that children should return to school and are available for September; 
  • enjoy reading with children and are good at raising their self-esteem; 
  • have good basic skills.

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  

 

Non-Pupil Days for 2020-2021 

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.  

  • R-Year 2 will start on Tuesday 8th September (YR children will have part-time return of up to three weeks) 
  • Years 3 & 4 will start on Wednesday 9th September 
  • Years 5 & 6 will start on Thursday 10th September 

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/ 

 

End of Year Cards and Gifts  

We have had a few queries from parents and carers about dropping off at school end-of-year gifts and cards to give to the staff who have worked in their child's class this year. This is incredibly generous and not at all required, but sadly, we are unable to have additional adults and children on site at the moment. We would like to suggest a few alternatives for anyone who would like to express their thanks in this way or say goodbye.  

•    Send an email of thanks to the relevant staff to office@fulbourn.cambs.sch.uk. This will then be forwarded to the right person. Staff really treasure personal messages of this kind and they would be warmly received.  

•    Make a donation to our chosen charity, the NSPCC, who have been very busy during this period of lockdown and are likely to be so as lockdown lifts. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/support-us/ways-to-give/donate/  

•    Make a donation to the PTFA, to go towards the fulfillment of the Dreams that come out of the current Dreams phase consultation. https://www.justgiving.com/fulbournprimaryschool-pta 

 

Leavers Assembly – Wednesday 22nd July 11am 

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. 

 

PE Kits and Other Items 

We are currently arranging for PE kits and other items to be collected from classrooms and cloakrooms. We will be doing this in batches starting with those children who will not be back at Fulbourn Primary in September. For any children currently in a bubble (or with a sibling in a bubble), we will try to arrange for items to be given to the child in the bubble before the end of term. We will also be in touch with families to arrange staggered collection times of items from school (for those not currently in a bubble). Any items not collected will be available in September. 

 

Visiting School 

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. 

Medical Information 

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. 

 

School Dinners 

We are delighted to announce that from September 2020, our School Kitchen will be reopening and providing cold packed lunches.  Due to rising costs, our provider has had to increase the cost per meal and meals will now be charged at £2.40. School dinner money can only be paid via MCAS, we won‘t be accepting cash in the office.  Children in Reception, Year One and Year Two will still be entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals and families in receipt of Free School Meals will have a lunch provided.  In order to maintain each class bubble, packed lunches will be delivered to the classroom and children will eat their lunch together.  Children are of course welcome to bring their own packed lunch to school if parents do not wish to purchase a school packed lunch. We are sure you would like to join us in welcoming our Catering Team back to school! 

 

Health and Happiness Zone 

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. 

 

Cash Payments and Refunds 

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 (office@fulbourn.cambs.sch.uk) if you have any questions. 

 

COVID19 and Free School Meal Eligibility 

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. 

 

Ball Games on St Vigor’s Road 

We’ve had a call from a concerned resident of St Vigor’s Road and wanted to take a moment to remind you that ball games are not allowed on the road. Thank you. 

 

Student Work 

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. 

https://www.fulbournprimaryschool.co.uk/week-ending-1772020/ 

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