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Ms Deirdre Grimshaw: Weekly Update 19/06/2020

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Deirdre Grimshaw (82 posts) Head Teacher, Junior Campus View Profile

What an amazing day we have all experienced with Wellbeing Day!

Wellbeing day

We began by welcoming everyone on campus this morning, in their ‘chill out/comfy gear’ followed by Whole School Aerobics at 9am with the PE Team. This was followed by various activities in classrooms, a delicious and healthy ‘special lunch’ in the canteen and culminating in a fabulous ZenKen Assembly to finish the day.  It was just what everyone needed after this tumultuous period and my sincere thanks go to the Student Council and PSHE Leader Ms Sacha and Ms Aziza for putting such a huge amount of time and effort into this wonderful experience for our students and staff.  We loved it! More photos and a post next week.

This evening I am looking forward to attending the Year 6 Graduation Leaving Party organised by the Year 6 parents.  We are delighted that the children will have a fitting end to their primary years and a chance to celebrate with their friends and parents.  Once again, I must offer my sincere thanks to the organising committee of parents that were led by Jen Harper, Klara, Masayo and Ayako. Thank you so much for arranging this wonderful event for our students. 

We have had a particularly noisy campus this week with our Year 2 classes visiting and taking part in an exciting treasure hunt.  Assisted by the current Year 3 classes, they explored the Junior Campus and enjoyed spending time with Year 3 students and teachers as part of the Year 2 to Year 3 Transition process.  My thanks to all involved in making the introduction to the Junior Campus such a memorable occasion for our rising Year 3 students.  The transition webinar for parents also took place this week and if you were unable to make it, click here to this article by Mr Mike Martin, the current Year 3 Leader who shares more details of the day.

Moving On Workshop

Moving on workshop

This week we hosted our ‘Moving On Workshop’ for families that will leave BIS this year. The Admissions, Leadership and Counselling teams were all on hand to offer support and guidance.  The slides will be shared with all leaving families if you were unable to attend.

Headteacher’s Coffee Morning

Headteacher coffee morning

We were delighted to welcome a large number of parents to our Headteacher’s Coffee Morning at the Early Years and Infant Campus on Wednesday. With a short review and reflection of the year, recognition of our departing staff members, we also took the opportunity to say a huge thank you to the PTG team for their wonderful work this year, their valuable support and engagement with our school community.  I am delighted to say that Gayatri, Lily, Thomas Ai and Vivian will remain on the committee for next year and will be joined by Pamela and Jana making this one of our strongest PTG groups ever! Thank you all for everything you do.  Our thanks also to Thuy who has run Saturday Morning Football for the last 2 years.  Thank you Thuy, you have done a wonderful job.  If you were unable to attend the slides from the presentation can be accessed here.

2019 – 2020 Reports

Today you will have received your child’s End of Year Report for the academic year 2019 – 2020. It’s been an unusual year to say the least and the report is a reflection of this so slightly different to the normal school report.  Details are in the report itself and the letter accompanying it. 

Class Lists 2020 – 2021

Today your child will also have brought home a paper copy of their class list for next year including their new teacher.  Please note that new children joining the school have not been added to that list yet.

Summer Camp 2020

The sign up for the summer camp has now closed.  We have a number of clubs that may not run due to a small number of participants.  We will be in touch with the families if that is the case about alternative clubs instead.

Health and Safety Updates

In the last week we had a successful Lockdown and Fire Drill practice for our campus. As teachers, we were all very impressed with the students as they followed all the guidelines ensuring that both drills were extremely successful and our students were looked after during the lock down and safely exited the building during the fire drill.  It must be acknowledged that our guards to a wonderful job of ensuring site safety at these times including sweeps of the building to ensure all are safe and accounted for.

Health and Safety

COVID – 19 Precautions

Masks must be worn to and from school and whenever the children leave the classroom, and safer distancing needs to be practised by everyone in accordance with government guidelines.  Children will need to bring their own named mask and carry a spare in their bags.

if your child has any symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, breathing difficulties) that could possibly be linked to Covid 19, keep them at home. 

We thank you for following our new routines for morning drop off and afternoon collection of the children.  We are aware that families with children in different year groups are having to wait longer to collect their children in the afternoon, however we must keep to our procedures to ensure every child is safe and is collected by their correct adult.  We thank you for your understanding with this decision.

Safeguarding at school – it’s everyone’s responsibility

Child Protection

If, during your visit to school, you have any reason to be concerned about the safety of a young person, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Person.

Please note that CCTV cameras are in operation at all times across the campus.

Please take note of some upcoming important dates for the diary. 

23/06/20 – Class Swap Day - Children will meet their new teachers

23/06/20 – Year 6 Prize Giving @Secondary Auditorium 9.30am

26/06/20  - Leaver’s Assembly including Year 6 at the Junior Campus

26/06/20 – Term ends

29/06/20 – Paid Summer Program begins for Students.

And Finally

Seesaw will remain live for families over the summer if you want to revisit any of the activities or work suggested by the teachers in the school reports. It won’t be checked by teachers at this time as, I am sure you will agree, they deserve a restful holiday!

Warmest wishes,

Ms Deirdre Grimshaw, Headteacher of Junior Campus