Dear Children, Parents, Staff and Governors,
I recently received my leaving gift, funded by a very generous collection to which you all contributed. I decided to spend the money on something that would remind me of the joy of teaching and bring back many happy memories of my time at Fulbourn Primary: a signed Quentin Blake print. I have chosen an Artist Proof of The Book Cart, an illustration from a Quentin Blake picture book, The Green Ship.
It's absolutely a perfect gift and fulfils a wish I have had for many, many years to own a signed print by my all-time favourite children's book illustrator. The very first book I bought as a primary school trainee teacher was Don't Put Mustard in the Custard, silly poems by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Quentin Blake. I loved those illustrations way back then and have collected many picture books featuring his iconic drawings along the way. The Book Cart is particularly apt, as I'm an absolute bookworm and some of my most treasured memories of working with children have been sharing wonderful texts with them. I will treasure this picture always.
I have yet to embark on my travels, for obvious reasons, but one silver lining of the pandemic is finding myself back in the classroom and teaching a class of Year 3 children. I absolutely love it, though I do really miss the community of Fulbourn, the school, families and colleagues with whom I worked for so long. I wish you all the best at this challenging time and thank you once again for this super gift.
With best wishes,
Easter is our favourite holiday of the year and that is especially true this year. We have a lot to look forward to, many of us potentially able to see family and friends for the first time in a long time. We hope that all of you are able to take some time to experience joy this Easter and that the children take some time to rest ready for a busy Summer term.
Have a wonderful break!
We are delighted to tell you that we raised £380.00 for the Red Nose Day appeal. Thank you all for your generosity.
A reminder that school will reopen to students on Tuesday 13th April. We will send out a separate correspondence to families on the 9th April to share any updates to arrangements that may result from Government announcements and changes in Covid data. We very much hope to begin to relax some measures but at some point over the Summer.
Term dates for the next academic year can be found on the school website.
On Monday, the DfE advised that parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria. The extension of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, which is administered by district and unitary local authorities in England, ensures that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities.
Cambridgeshire County Council have produced this leaflet explaining about the rapid testing process.
We appreciate so much your support on wearing face coverings and observing social distancing at the beginning and end of the school day. We have had a few complaints from residents who live close to the school concerned about groups of adults congregating to chat - blocking the paths and roads close by. When we return please all remember that the more careful you are the more chance there is that the school will be able to remain open to all pupils.
If your child tests positive for Covid during the break, please email the office immediately (email@example.com), 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.
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 https://cambridgeshire-self.achieveservice.com/service/Apply_for_Education_Welfare_Benefits. 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:
Reminder: Fulbourn School Lottery
The Fulbourn School Lottery is now up and running with the first draw date set for 1st May. To be in with a chance of winning a local prize (min £20), a £500 bike voucher or even the £25,000 jackpot, please visit www.yourschoollottery.co.uk and search for ‘Fulbourn Primary’ to take part.
It’s a great way of raising funds for the school whilst giving yourselves a chance for a win too!
Please remember, if you sign up to the lottery you must also make sure to get your ticket to be entered into the lottery for 1st May. The system can either randomly allocate the numbers for you or you can select you own.
May: The Great Fulbourn Primary School Bake-Off – details to follow
June: Open Gardens – details to follow
Ways to support fundraising: