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Friday 6th November 2020

Staying open during lockdown

We are incredibly pleased that the children are able to continue their education in school during lockdown and want to reassure you all that we remain fully open with stringent risk reduction measures in place.

Like you, we are doing everything we can to ensure our classes will remain open as much as possible and that children will be able to continue to learn in school.

As part of our ongoing response to government guidance, in order to avoid having to close bubbles we are making some changes to staffing from Monday 9th November.

  • We’d like to welcome Ms Emily Wilson who will be teaching Greenland class Monday – Wednesday. (Mrs Wade will continue to teach the class on Thursdays and Fridays.)
  • Mrs Richman will be teaching Lapland class Monday – Friday.
  • Miss Mandra will be teaching Atlantic class Monday – Friday and Mrs Rawlings-Blackmore will support the class remotely.

We would like to warmly welcome Mrs Catherine Jacobs (Atlantic), Mrs Jane Brown (Baltic) to our support staff team and thank Miss Hannah Taylor (Mediterranean) for volunteering. We are heavily reliant on volunteers at the moment and would like to encourage anyone who is keen to support the school to contact us.

We also welcome Mr Liam Honer, our new caretaker, who will be moving into the village this weekend and will be starting with us on Monday.

 

Another wonderful week

Here are some examples of the lovely learning that our children have been engaging in this week.

 

 

 

 

 

We would really appreciate your feedback

The views of the parent body are important to us and the Governing Body has prepared another survey for parents. Please complete this survey by midday on Monday 9th November.

The link to access the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FPS_Pulse_Nov2020.

 

Times Tables Rock Stars – Rock Out 2020

Next week marks the beginning of Rock Out 2020! Our classes from year 2 onwards will be competing against other schools in England to try and answer the most questions on Times Tables Rock Stars (play.ttrockstars.com) between Monday 9th November and Saturday 14th November. Every correct answer on TTRS between 7.30am and 7.30pm will count. Take part to help your class become the winning class at Fulbourn Primary School and perhaps in the whole of England! We suggest a limit of half an hour a day outside school hours. Good luck and rock on!

 

Outdoor Adventures

Our children are enjoying their brilliant weekly outdoor and adventurous activity sessions that have started this week. These will be continuing and we are looking forward to our children making the most of our outdoor spaces – regardless of the weather. As such, children will need appropriate outdoor clothing – wellies, coat, waterproof trousers etc. Please make sure your child has suitable clothing so that they can enjoy their time outside.

 

Is our child entitled to Free School Meals?

If your circumstances have changed and you think your children might be entitled to Free School Meals then please do apply. More information can be found on our website: https://www.fulbournprimaryschool.co.uk/pupil-premium/

 

Ellen Weston Covie-19 Emergency Relief Grant

The Trustees of the Ellen Weston charity are pleased to make available the Ellen Weston Covid-19 Emergency Relief Grant. This is a grant of up to £100 available to any resident of Fulbourn, living in the Parish of St Vigor’s, who is experiencing financial hardship as the result of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Please see the application below.

Virtual Quiz

The PTfA and MIS present a Virtual Quiz on Friday 4th December 2020 at 8pm. Please save the date.

 

PTfA Update

Upcoming events:

  • 4th December: Virtual Quiz
  • December (Date TBC): Christmas Jumper day

Thank you to everyone who ventured through the torrential rain to donate a bag (or 4) to the Bag2School collection. It was a more complicated drop off than in previous years, but we had a good turn out and it all helps to add funds to the pot.

Also….Thank you to everyone who purchased a balloon for the race to Dracula’s Castle! The balloons are still going so if you’d like to check how your balloon is doing, head to: https://ecoracing.co/user/page/756

A special request:

I’m sure everyone is aware of the ongoing financial struggles schools are facing. As is the case in most schools, Fulbourn Primary are not able to channel as much funding into technology as they need. The school is making do with second hand technology, often not compatible with the learning resources children require.

As you may be aware, a member of the school community has set up a JustGiving page, specifically to raise funds for the purchase of iPads for the school. The opportunities that this technology could bring to the children are huge.

The iPads would enable:

  • group work for up to 6 vulnerable children providing access to key online learning materials both in school and at home
  • 1:1 learning opportunities for all children outside of the classroom environment
  • children to be exposed to modern technology who may not have a computer/tablet at home and provide important life skills

By donating any amount you can, you will be enabling pupils, including those who are vulnerable, to access technology which will change their educational outlook. It will also enable access for pupils to the outside world during self-isolation periods during the pandemic.

The basic model iPads are £329 and so we are aiming to raise enough for 6. If you feel able to donate to this wonderful cause, please click on this specific justgiving link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fulbournschool

 

Other ways to support fundraising:

 

We would like to finish by saying that we know this is an incredibly difficult time for all families and we truly appreciate your support. The strength of this PTfA is in the enthusiasm, teamwork and compassion of this wonderful community and it is a huge benefit to all of the children at the school that we have such a positive level of support.

 

Safer Schools newsletter

The Cambridgeshire Constabulary Children and Young People team have released their November Newsletter.

They hope you enjoy the new format which has been created to offer advice and support to parents and carers. They welcome your feedback and suggestions on anything that you would like them to cover in future newsletters. You can contact them at Schools&CYP@cambs.pnn.police.uk

Annual consultation of Admission Arrangements and Co-ordinated Schemes for admission in 2022 - 2023

The School Admissions Regulations 2012 require local authorities to publish annually information regarding the co-ordinated admission schemes for normal and in year admissions to Cambridgeshire primary and secondary schools and children living in the Cambridgeshire local authority area.

Cambridgeshire County Council, as the admission authority for all community and voluntary controlled schools in Cambridgeshire, is also required to consult on any proposed changes to the admission policy for these schools.

In accordance with these regulations, the Local Authority will be consulting on the following schemes and arrangements between 2 November 2020 and 13 December 2020.

The Consultation Documents can be viewed on the County's website using the attached link:

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/schools-learning/apply-for-a-school-place/annual-consultation-and-determined-admissions-arrangements

Objections to any of the proposed arrangements, or requests for further information about the proposed admission arrangements in Cambridgeshire for 2022/23 should be received no later than 23:59 on 13 December 2020 and should be addressed to;

Policy and Operations Manager

Cambridgeshire County Council

School Admissions Team,

Box OCT 1221, Second Floor Octagon,

Shire Hall

Castle Hill,

Cambridge

CB3 0AP or by email to: admissions@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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