Our Learning This Week
We have been working with the Fulbourn Clock charity this year on a range of projects and as you know they have funded our recruitment of additional pastoral lead staff and the employment of a reading ambassador to start in September. We are extremely grateful for all of their generous support. This week we wanted to share that they have now also agreed to support us in opening again on a Wednesday afternoon for community arts learning. This means that should children want to stay in school on a Wednesday afternoon, from approximately the end of October this should be possible. As a community we are aware of the financial juggling schools are having to do and to be able to make this offer to our families is a fantastic gift! We will be working on specific arrangements and planning for family learning opportunities to take place during this time.
As part of the project, the clock charity will be funding the conversion of our IT suite to a reading cafe as well as funding us to install a community art gallery in the school. We hope that this will be populated and updated with work from local artists and that their work will be displayed alongside work by our pupils. If there is anyone in the community that would be interested in co-ordinating this element of the offer it would be great to hear from you.
Of course, any plans will not be able to come to fruition whilst Covid restrictions are in place and there is a significant amount of work to do in order to arrange this third-party provision, but we hope that this news will be a relief for many of you.
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 or 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.
As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, we are keen for School Streets to start in the next few weeks. We need more volunteers to get the scheme up and running. If you know of any members of the wider Fulbourn community who also might be interested, please do let them know about it.
Benefits include the opportunity for all year groups to be able to bring bikes / scooters to school, increase safety for our school community, greater social distancing at the gates, and a reduction in traffic fumes and congestion around our school.
We are very grateful to Mark and his team at the Six Bells for continuing to support us by providing delicious packed lunches for the children. This arrangement will continue until half term. We are pleased to announce that from 7th June we will have a new lunchtime provider, LTS Catering Services. LTS are experienced school meal providers and we are looking forward to working with them and having fresh meals prepared in our school kitchen again. More information will be shared soon.
We are delighted to announce that the school photographer will be coming to school on Tuesday 18th May to take class photos. More details will follow closer to the date.
Every year we hold a Citizenship Day in school. This has ranged from experiencing different cultures and countries, an animal themed day and a taste of elections and democracy.
Last year's theme of Me in My Community had to be postponed due to the pandemic, but we would like to run a virtual day on 21st May this year with a focus on the environment. If any parent has the time and the expertise to present something live or recorded on Zoom or similar relating to this theme, Mrs Richman would love to hear from you (e.g. caring for our world, our local environment, disposing of waste, reducing consumption). To contact Mrs Richman for more information or to offer your help, please email the School Office.
Next week we will begin to remind children about behaviour expectations after a long period of disruption. As part of this drive, we would like to remind everyone that we require all children to wear school uniform. Any jumper/sweatshirt must be in the school colour with no logos apart from the school crest. Hoodies are not allowed. PE kit should be either the school PE T-shirt (or plain white / jade green) with plain, dark (black/navy) shorts or tracksuit bottoms with no logos (football kits are not allowed). Shoes should be plain black, as should trainers.
We recognise that some of you may need to replenish stocks and for next week children that do not arrive in the correct attire will be loaned a clean uniform. Please ensure that from the 10th May your child has everything they need in school.
Our school uniform supplier is Big Fish.
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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 email@example.com.
Fulbourn Community Aid are continuing to offer support during the pandemic. They can:
Contact them via:
Our new lunch provider, LTS Catering Services, is looking for members of staff to work term time in the school kitchen. If you are interested in finding out more, please click here.
Thank you to those who attended the informal PTfA meeting on 28th April. We were a small but enthusiastic bunch and it was lovely to have a chance to chat through future possibilities for the PTfA.
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…...
1st May: Fulbourn School Lottery
The Fulbourn School Lottery is now up and running with the first draw date set for TOMORROW!!!!!! (1st May). To be in with a chance of winning a local prize (min £20) or even the £25,000 jackpot, please visit www.yourschoollottery.co.uk and search for ‘Fulbourn Primary’ to take part. I can’t wait to see who our first winner will be!
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.
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:
Direct donations to the PTfA Justgiving Page