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Friday 27th May 2022

 

We have missed Purple Class this week as they have been on their residential visit to Pencelli in Wales.

 

The newsletter was available to download on Monday and our educational OFSTED consultant spent the day with us in school.

 

Clubs, swimming, library, individual music lessons and music lessons took place during the week.

 

We welcomed 2 new children for a day with us ready for starting in September.

 

Attendance meetings were held and I attended a buildings meeting to see how the work on our expansion is progressing.

 

Miss Rea’s tutor was in school on Wednesday morning, Red Class attended a ‘Capture the Flag’ event and I took Yellow Class while Mrs Tavenner completed some science monitoring.

 

I was at Bradford on Avon all day on Thursday at a head teacher meeting and some EYFS teachers visited Mere School to work with Mrs Edgar and Mrs Tavenner moderating EYFS work.

 

Gold Class enjoyed a rescheduled visit to Charmouth on Friday, interviews for a teacher and TA post were held and The Friends sold ice creams in the playground after school.

 

School closed at 3.15 pm for half term.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 20th May 2022

 

Class photos were taken on Monday.

 

Music, clubs, individual music lessons, year 3 recorders, swimming and KS2 library took place during the week and Mrs Cocker met with our older School Council members. 

 

The staff and I were involved in online training and virtual meetings during the week.

 

Miss Santry took our year 3 and 4 tennis team to a festival on Tuesday and they have qualified for the North Dorset competition and Purple Class visited the American Museum in Bath.

 

A lot of attendance meetings were held during the week.

 

Blue and Yellow Classes went to Carymoor on Wednesday and they had an exciting day.

 

Red Class visited Mere Museum on Thursday morning.

 

Our children performed so well at our Musical Entertainment Evening on Thursday evening – we were so proud of them all as were their parents.

 

We celebrated the Platinum Jubilee on Friday.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 13th May

 

The weeks seem to be getting busier as we approach the summer holidays!

 

Purple Class have completed their SATs this week and enjoyed a walk around Mere on Friday to celebrate.

 

Clubs started.  Most individual music lessons, swimming, library and music took place and I enjoyed talking to a group of children at my Head Teacher Lunch.

 

Orange and Silver Classes enjoyed a walk up Castle Hill.

 

The governors met on Tuesday evening and I showed some new parents around the school.  We welcomed several children to spend some time with us who will be joining us in September.

 

Many of us attended virtual meetings and various professionals were in school supporting our children.

 

The newsletter was available to download at the beginning of the week.

 

I met with our Class Parents - this is always such a valuable meeting.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 6th May 2022

 

It was a short week with a Bank Holiday on Monday.

 

All of our classes had a session with an expert from Life Education Wiltshire during the week.  Sadly ‘The Life Bus’ is no longer travelling around but their teacher delivered their expertise to all of our children in their classrooms.

 

French, some individual music lessons, swimming and library took place and there was a ‘catch-up’ dance club.

 

Our School Improvement Advisor worked with us on Wednesday morning and our Behaviour and Safety governing body committee met on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Mr Rich and Mrs Loxton met with our TAs during the week and I had a meeting with my cluster colleagues.

 

School Council lunches resumed and a small group of our year 2 and 3 children attended a multi skills festival at Gillingham School.

 

The Friends met on Friday afternoon.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 29th April 2022

 

It was lovely to welcome the children back to ‘normal school life’ after the Easter break. 

 

The newsletter came home with the children in hard copy and the topic webs were uploaded onto our website so you can see what the children will be learning this term.

 

We welcomed Mrs Jennings, our new music teacher and Mrs Shinar is taking classes during their French time, completing alternative activities, until Miss Hanby starts later in the term.

 

Individual music lessons, swimming, library, year 3 recorders started and there was a dance club catch up session after school on Wednesday.

 

I held several attendance meetings during the week and Mrs Loxton went to Warminster for a writing moderation meeting.

 

I met with the building team to discuss how the works are progressing.

 

We welcomed a local head teacher to school as part of the Head Teacher mentoring programme on Thursday morning.

 

We closed down our financial year during the week and Mr Rich welcomed back Miss Rea who will be training in Orange Class for 4 weeks.

 

Head checks took place and luckily our detection rate is very low in comparison with other schools.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 8th April 2022

 

The newsletter was available to download on Monday.

 

Sadly COVID restrictive measures are still in place so many of our special and extra curricular activities have been cancelled.  We are hoping that these measures will be lifted for the start of the new term.

 

Music, French, individual music lessons, swimming, library and individual music lessons took place.

 

The lost property was on display in the foyer all week.

 

Mrs Edgar, Mrs Smith and Mr Rich held Pupil Progress meetings to consider the progress that our children have made this term.

 

I attended several meetings during the week and various professionals were in school supporting individual children.

 

I met with my cluster colleagues on Wednesday and took Orange Class in the afternoon while Mr Rich managed our football team at the Pyramid Football Tournament.  

 

We said a very sad goodbye to Mrs Smith on Thursday.  She is looking forward to her new position but we are going to miss her.

 

The Friend’s Easter raffle was drawn on Friday.

 

Our upstairs classroom was cleared on Friday so that the builders can continue with their work. 

 

School closed at 3.15 pm for the Easter break.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 1st April 2022

 

Restrictive measure were still in place but case numbers fell during the week.

 

I held several attendance meetings.

 

Various professionals were in school working with individual children.  I also attended some on line and face to face meetings.

 

French, music, swimming, individual music lessons, year 3 recorders and library took place. 

 

I was delighted to show a new parent around the school.

 

Our School Improvement Advisor worked with Mrs Loxton and our Chair of Governors to consider how we have spent our Pupil Premium funding.

 

The School Nursing team were in on Wednesday morning completing health checks.

 

The Friends met on Friday afternoon and I had a lovely afternoon on Friday taking a during our KS2 games afternoon.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 25th March 2022

 

The newsletter was available to download on Monday.

 

Sadly COVID restrictive measures are still in place so many of our special and extra curricular activities have been cancelled.

 

Music, French, individual music lessons, swimming, library and individual music lessons took place.

 

Miss Santry took our netball team to the North Dorset netball finals in Sherborne. They represented our school so well coming third overall.

 

Mrs Cocker attended a Child Mental Health course on Thursday morning while I taught Red Class.

 

Thursday was non-school uniform day in exchange for a confectionary Easter raffle prize.  The tickets will be on sale during the last week of term

 

I attended several meetings during the week.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 18th March 2022


Sadly restrictive measures were implemented in school as the COVID cases were so high.  

 

I held many Attendance Meetings during the week.

 

Various professionals were in school working with individual children.  I also attended some on line and face to face meetings.

 

Swimming, individual music lessons,  year 3 recorders and library took place. 

 

Mrs Tavenner and Mrs Smith met to pass over all the SENCo information on Monday morning while I taught Yellow Class.

 

Our gym and outdoor play equipment was inspected on Tuesday.

 

The Book Fair left on Wednesday and Mr Rich organised a Family Learning coffee morning

 

Mr Rich took our lower KS2 football team to a festival at Gillingham School.

 

Our governing body had some OFSTED training on Thursday evening and they completed some maths monitoring on Wednesday morning with Mrs Edgar.

 

We celebrated Red Nose Day on Friday and our expansion building works continued.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 11th March 2022

 

The newsletter was available to download on Monday.

 

I attended a significant Social Care meeting with professionals discussing how we could improve the service in this area.

 

Clubs, music, French, individual music lessons, swimming, library, individual music lessons and School Council took place as normal.

 

I held several Attendance meetings.

 

It was Mere School Book Day on Thursday with the children dressing up and involved in a wide range of book-related activities – thank you to Mr Rich for organising this for us.  The Book Fair also opened for families to buy books at the end of the school day.

 

Mrs Hyde and Mrs Rawlings attended an online course related to the smooth running of the school and Mrs Loxton and I went to a conference in Bradford on Avon on Thursday.

 

Mrs Edgar and Mrs Shannon organised a Times Tables Workshop for parents on Wednesday morning which was well attended and appreciated by those who came along.

 

Salisbury Hospice came to talk to the children in assembly on Wednesday morning as we are raising money for this organisation this year.  One of our families has benefitted hugely from their work and support.

 

Mr Rich took our year 3 and 4 football team to a tournament at Gillingham School on Wednesday. 

 

Green Class enjoyed a visit from Howard Carter on Friday morning – he brought their Ancient Egypt topic to life!

 

Mrs Loxton completed some art monitoring with a group of children on Tuesday afternoon.  Mrs Julie Gulliver observed this session in her governing body role and will feedback her observations to the whole governing body.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 4th March 2022

 

Monday was a T D day when staff were updating their Child Protection qualification.

 

We welcomed quite a group of new children to the school on Tuesday.

 

Various professionals were in school working with individual children and I held several Attendance Meetings.

 

French, music, swimming, individual music lessons, clubs, year 3 recorders and library took place. 

 

 Mrs Shannon attended a virtual times tables course .

 

It was World Book Day on this day also but we will be holding a Mere School book day next week.

 

Mrs Edgar met with our Lunchtime supervisors on Friday and The Friends met during the afternoon.

 

Head checks took place all week and our expansion building works continued.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 18th February 2022

 

The newsletter was available to download on Monday and 2 governors were in school during the morning.

 

Clubs, library, swimming, French, music, School Council, year 3 recorders and individual music lessons took place.

 

We said a sad goodbye to Mrs Mole on Tuesday.  She left our lunchtime supervisor team to start a new job.

 

We welcomed the Local Authority Head of School Improvement Service to our school on Tuesday afternoon – I am always so proud to show people around.

 

Parent interviews were held after school on Wednesday.

 

Visiting professionals were in school during the week to support individual children.

 

There were many contractor visits during the week in preparation for the expansion works that are due to start at half term.

 

School closed early for half term due to the weather.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 11th February 2022

 

Various professionals were in school working with individual children and I held several Attendance Meetings.

 

French, music, swimming, individual music lessons, clubs, year 3 recorders and library took place.  I held my Head Teacher lunch also.

 

I attended an on-line OFSTED course and we ran our First Aid catch-up course for members of staff who missed the training earlier in the term.

 

Our football team played Shaftesbury Primary School in the next round of the Davison Cup.  Unfortunately they were not strong enough and were up against some strong opposition losing 2-0.

 

On Wednesday the teachers spent some time with an educational consultant (an OFSTED expert) in preparation for our next OFSTED inspection.

 

Miss Santry took our hockey team to the pyramid tournament at Gillingham School on Wednesday.  They won the event - the third pyramid tournament we have won this year!

 

We welcomed a work experience student to our school for the week.

 

I had a very useful meeting with our Class Parent group on Friday.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 4th February 2022

 

I had a meeting with many people on Monday about the school expansion and the newsletter was available to download on Monday.

 

Staff attended a variety of on-line courses.

 

Various professionals were in school supporting specific children.

 

Swimming, music, French, year 3 recorders, library, clubs and individual music lessons took place and Mrs Cocker held her School Council lunch. 

 

I spent a day with Blue Class while Mrs Edgar and Mrs McClelland continued their handover for Mrs McClelland’s maternity leave.

 

Mr Walker rehearsed with Gold and Green Classes as they will be taking part in the Cluster Music Event towards the end of term.

 

The Friends met on Friday afternoon.

 

We said a very sad farewell to Mrs Green who has been with us for many years.  She has worked with hundreds of children during this time helping them to learn and develop personally.  We are going to miss her but wish her every success in the future.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 28th January 2022

 

Clubs started this week at lunchtime and after school.

 

Various professionals were in school working with individual children and I held several Attendance Meetings.

 

French, music, swimming, individual music lessons and library took place.  Mrs Clements now opens the library on Wednesday lunchtimes for a specific class.

 

Our full governing body met on Tuesday evening and Mrs Loxton met with our TAs.

 

Our Local Authority School Improvement Advisor worked with us on Wednesday.  He talked to Mrs Smith and Ms Hansford about SEND and Mrs Shannon about geography.

 

Blue Class has a visit from a local vet on Thursday as part of their ‘People Who Help Us’ topic.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 14th January 2022

 

The flu vaccines were administered on Monday and many visiting professionals attended meetings (remotely or in person) or supported our children in school.

 

Many School Attendance Meetings took place during the week as well as music, French, School Council, individual music lessons, swimming and library.

 

We had a fascinating day in school on Wednesday.  Mr Karl Hopwood made his annual visit to work with our children, staff and parents on internet safety.

 

I met with my cluster colleagues remotely and some teachers attended training courses remotely.

 

The children enjoyed a pantomime performance on Thursday afternoon, kindly organised and partially funded by Mrs Anne Rich.

 

Head checks took place all week and we collected Travel to School data on Friday.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 7th January 2022

 

A very short week in school.

 

All staff completed their first aid training on Wednesday and the topic webs were published on our website for parents.

 

It was lovely to welcome all the children back to school on Thursday and to hear about their Christmas celebrations.

 

Some class music lessons took place and our KS2 games afternoon.

 

The Friends met on Friday afternoon.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 17th December 2021

 

My favourite week of the year!

 

On Monday we welcomed 5 work experience students from Gillingham School and a student teacher in Orange Class. 

 

Some music, some individual music lessons and some clubs took place.  Mrs Clements has been collecting in the library books so she can complete a stock take.

 

Mr Rich and Mrs Edgar held Pupil Progress meetings in English and maths.

 

The Friend’s Christmas Grotto was very special and everyone had the chance to visit Father Christmas.  Christmas lunch was delicious and Mrs Talbot recorded and edited out Christmas performances and these were published on Friday.

 

Mrs Smith filmed the staff’s ‘Lip Sync’ ready for the children to see at the end of term.

 

The Friends Christmas Raffle was drawn on the last day of term..

 

Christmas raffle tickets were on sale all week.

 

School closed on Friday for the Christmas holidays.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 10th December 2021

 

French, music, individual music lessons, swimming and year 3 recorders took place as normal and some clubs have restarted.

 

Mrs Clements has been collecting in the library books so she can complete a stock take.

 

Various meetings took place during the week and visiting professionals supported some children.

 

We had a marvellous visit to Salisbury Playhouse on Tuesday – thank you to you and The Friends for funding this very special occasion for our children.

 

We are continuing with Christmas and carol rehearsals.

 

Christmas raffle tickets were on sale all week.

 

We filmed our KS1 play on Friday morning.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 3rd December 2021

 

The newsletter was available to download on Monday.

 

French, music, individual music lessons, library, swimming, some clubs and year 3 recorders took place as normal as the COVID protective measures were lifted.

 

Various meetings took place during the week and visiting professionals supported some children.

 

The Gillingham Pyramid Cross Country event was cancelled due to COVID.

 

We are continuing with Christmas rehearsals and we formulated plans for recording them.

 

The Friends held a very successful outside Christmas Fair to raise money for the school.

 

The Friends also held their monthly meeting on Friday and gave the children the books they had selected for their class.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 26th November 2021

 

Unfortunately we have had to implement additional COVID protective measures so some of our planned events had been cancelled which included our eagerly awaited Celebration Morning.  I know the children were very disappointed about this.

 

We managed to continue with music, individual music lessons, French, school counsellor sessions, swimming, library but clubs and whole school assemblies were cancelled.

 

Various professionals were in school to support our children.

 

Mrs Tavenner attended an online Science course and I had several remote meetings during the week.  Our School Improvement Advisor was in school working with our English and maths subject leaders (Mr Rich and Mrs Edgar).

 

The governors also held several meetings remotely on Tuesday evening.

 

Mr Rich welcomed parents to a chilly, well ventilated phonics workshop.

 

Thursday was a non school uniform day in exchange for a confectionary Christmas raffle prize.  Tickets will be on sale shortly.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 19th November 2021

 

The newsletter was available to download on Monday.

 

French, music, individual music lessons, library, swimming, counselling sessions and year 3 recorders took place as normal but clubs were cancelled due to the introduction of more COVID protective measures.

 

Various meetings took place during the week and visiting professionals supported some children.

 

I showed some new parents around the school.

 

Christmas rehearsals are in ‘full swing’!

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 12th November 2021

 

I held several Attendance Meetings during the week.

 

Music, individual music lessons, French, school counsellor sessions, swimming, library and clubs took place.

 

Various professionals were in school to support our children.

 

Mrs Loxton met with our Teaching Assistants.

 

Mrs Cocker attended a child mental health course, Mr Rich took part in an English Leaders briefing and I ran the Wiltshire Primary Head Teacher meeting.

 

My Head Teacher lunch on Wednesday was most interesting and informative and Mrs Cocker met with the Class Parents on Friday to chat in more depth about our Relationships and Sex Policy.

 

We had our last Forest Schools session on Friday – thank you to The Friends for funding this for us.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 5th November 2021

 

We had a really interesting day at the beginning of the week working with Sutton Veny School for our T D day and I met remotely with our chair and vice chair of governors.

 

We welcomed the children back after half term on Tuesday and the newsletter was available to download.

 

French, music, individual music lessons, library, swimming, clubs, counselling sessions and year 3 recorders took place as normal.

 

I attended various meetings, held a couple of attendance meetings and visiting professionals supported some children during the week.

 

Mrs Buck attended one of the final sessions of her ELSA training.

 

On Thursday afternoon the School Council held an environmental meeting to coincide with the COP26 international conference in Glasgow. 

 

We had our final Forest Schools session and The Friends met on Friday afternoon.

 

Christmas rehearsals started!

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 22nd October 2021

 

The whole school enjoyed a ‘Mad Science’ assembly on Monday morning.  We are hoping to run a Mad Science club after half term – if numbers allow.

 

Music, individual music lessons, French, school counsellor sessions, swimming, library and clubs took place.

 

Various professionals were in school to support our children.

 

Wessex Archaeology worked in Red Class on Tuesday learning more about the Romans.

 

An Education Consultant worked with the school on Wednesday keeping us up to date with any OFSTED requirements and looking at early education in the school.

 

Parent interviews also took place at varying times on Wednesday.

 

Miss Santry took our tag rugby team to a tournament at North Dorset Rugby Club.  They played and represented our school very well and won.

 

We had our last Forest Schools session on Friday – thank you to The Friends for funding this for us.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 15th October 2021

 

The newsletter came home on Monday and Green Class had an enjoyable and fascinating day at Nothe Fort.

 

Music, individual music lessons, French, school counsellor sessions, swimming, library and clubs took place.

 

Various professionals were in school to support our children and I showed some new parents around the school.

 

Mrs Cocker held her fortnightly School Council Lunch.

 

I spent some time in every class during the week looking a pupil attitudes to learning and the classroom environment.  It made me so proud to see how keen our children are to learn.

 

Mrs Buck completed another day of her ELSA training.

 

On Friday 2 of our classes were involved in Forest Schools and all photo orders needed to be in.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 8th October 2021

 

A selection of Attendance Meetings were held during the week.

 

Music, individual music lessons, French, school counsellor sessions, swimming, library and clubs took place.

 

Various professionals were in school to support our children and our School Nurse worked with Red Class.

 

Our School Improvement Advisor worked with us on Wednesday morning.

 

Henry VIII and a roman soldier were in school in Gold and Red Classes.

 

I held my first Head Teacher Lunch of the year.  I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the children and talking about our school and what this group of children thought about various issues.

 

Two of our children represented out school at the Cluster Council.

 

Mrs Buck completed another day of her ELSA training.

 

I met with our Class Parents on Friday afternoon and 2 of our classes were involved in Forest Schools.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 1st October 2021

 

The newsletter was available to download from the website.

 

Several professionals were in school supporting our children throughout the week.

 

Some staff members attended on-line training.

 

French, music, individual music lessons, swimming, clubs, counselling sessions and library took place.  Mr Cocker held her second School Council lunch.

 

We said a sad farewell to Mrs Carrie-Anne Sayer on Wednesday.

 

Wiltshire Wildlife worked with 2 classes.

 

I held several Attendance Meetings and The Friends met on Friday afternoon.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 24th September 2021

 

I started the week off by showing some new parents around the school – I love this job.

 

I attended several meetings during the week and Mrs Buck went to Devizes for more of her ELSA course.

 

Music, individual music lessons, French, school counsellor sessions, swimming, library took place and our clubs started.

 

Mrs Julia Cole (our governor responsible for PSHE) was in school on Tuesday afternoon working with Mrs Cocker and the children.  She and Mrs Cocker ran an information ‘drop in’ for parents after school that evening so that any policy changes could be shared (particularly around Relationship and Sex education).

 

Our School Nurse worked with Red Class on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Mr David McGirr came in and took individual and family group photos on Wednesday

 

Mrs Rawlings collected in out ‘Travel to School’ data on Friday and 2 of our classes were involved in Forest Schools.

 

Mrs Smith monitored our music provision during the week.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 17th September 2021

 

The children have settled back into the ‘old’ routines so well.  It is lovely to hear them singing again!

 

Purple Class had a very interesting day at the Ancient Technology Centre on Monday preparing them for their topic this term.

 

The newsletter was available to download from the website.

 

Several professionals were in school supporting our children throughout the week.

 

Some staff members attended on-line training.

 

French, music, individual music lessons, swimming and library took place.  Mr Cocker held her first School Council lunch.

 

Our school nurse worked with Red Class on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Wiltshire Wildlife worked with 2 classes on Friday and I had the pleasure of taking Green Class swimming while Miss Santry attended a PE meeting.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 10th September 2021

 

First full week back!

 

I held a couple of attendance meetings during the week and attended several other meetings.

 

Music, individual music lessons, French, swimming and library started.

 

Mrs Brookfield has retired and Mrs McPherson started as our new piano teacher.

 

Our alarms were serviced and the Local Authority completed a tree survey as part of the expansion works.

 

We welcomed our new School Counsellor and she will be working with us every Wednesday for this academic year. 

 

A van-load of library resources arrived on Thursday for the teachers and children to use during the term.

 

Headchecks took place throughout the week.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 3rd September 2021

 

It has been a very short week in school but it was lovely to welcome our children back to school for the new academic year and to welcome all our new starters.

 

The teachers and office team were in school on Wednesday preparing for the new school year.

 

The Friends served coffee and croissants to parents and carers at the start of school on Thursday so the adults could have a catch-up after the holidays.

 

The newsletter came home in hard copy.

 

Green Class swam on Friday afternoon – still catching up after the COVID closure.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 22nd July 2021

 

The newsletter was available to download on Monday and Mrs Buck, our new TA for Orange Class, spent the day in school.

 

A few of our normal activities took place – music lessons, French and swimming.

 

Staff appraisal meeting took place throughout the week.

 

Subject leaders continue to evaluate the progress in their responsibility curriculum area.

 

Most of Purple Class visited Gillingham School on Wednesday.

 

I met with the Local Authority to hear about how they are progressing with the expansion plans for our building.

 

Our school nurse met with some parents and Mrs Tavenner.

 

Mrs Clements finalised the library stock take.

 

The lost property was on display in the entrance foyer all week.

 

Purple Class held their remote Leaver’s Assembly on Friday morning and various awards were presented:

 

Governor’s Awards – Reuben Ralph and Lily Franks

Science – Caleb Watson

Arts – Eva Bryce

Sports – Rafael Ohuanbor.

 

Congratulations to these children.

 

The teachers joined Purple Class for their Leaver’s Lunch and we said a very sad farewell to the children at the end of the day.

 

School closed for the children on Thursday.

 

The teachers were in school on Friday.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 16th July 2021

 

Almost there!

 

Mrs Buck spent the day in school on Monday preparing for her new role as TA in Orange Class.

 

Our subject leaders have been reviewing the progress and standards in their subjects throughout the week and collating a report.

 

Staff appraisals have been taking place all week.

 

Our new piano teacher visited us on Tuesday morning and the governing body Pay Panel met.

 

Various professionals were in school supporting our children and some staff attending on line training and meetings.

 

On Wednesday morning Mr Rich, Mrs Edgar, Mrs Loxton and I met with our School Improvement Advisor to have a look at our children’s books.  We were most impressed!

 

Mrs Clements is in the process of collecting in the library books and completing a stock take.

 

Thursday was our Multi-Cultural Day.  Each class selected a country to learn about.  The children were involved in all sorts of exciting activities.

 

Raffle tickets were on sale all week for The Friend’s end of term confectionary raffle.

 

We held our ‘bubbled’ sports day on Friday.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 9th July 2021

 

The newsletter was available to download on Monday and Mrs Buck, our new TA for Orange Class, spent the day in school.

 

Our normal activities took place – music lessons, Year 3 recorders, French, KS2 games afternoon, swimming, individual music lessons and library.  Purple Class also went swimming on Thursday morning.

 

Mrs Wilson and Mrs Shinar taught in Silver, Yellow and Green Classes supporting the teachers with COVID learning catch up.

 

The teachers, TAs and I attended various meetings remotely and several professionals came to school to support our children.

 

Green Class had a great day at Langford Lakes on Tuesday and the school nurse came into school to help talk to our older children about puberty and body changes.

 

Orange and Silver Classes visited Careymoor on Wednesday.

 

Mrs McClelland and Mrs Tavenner spent 2 afternoons together planning for the next school year and Mr Rich and Mrs Edgar met with the teachers to talk about maths and English progress in their classes.

 

We held our usual school remote celebration assembly on Friday morning and Purple Class enjoyed their ‘Dragon’s Den’ meeting with the Hill Brush Factory team.  The friends met during the afternoon.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 2nd July 2021

 

The weeks seem to be getting busier as we approach the summer holidays.

 

Gold Class went to ‘Ready to Climb’ on Monday and had a very exciting day.  Letters were also sent home informing parents of their child’s new class for next year.

 

Our school nurse worked with our older children considering puberty and the changes associated with this.  Mrs Loxton, Mrs Read, Mrs Cocker and Mr Rich also supported this work.

 

Various professionals were in school supporting our children and some staff attending on line training and meetings.

 

Mrs McClelland and Mrs Sayer visited Leaping Frogs on Tuesday to meet our new children and all of our new children came into school for a quick individual visit to their new class on Thursday.

 

All of the children met their new teachers on Wednesday morning and received a letter to share with their parents about the new school year.

 

Mrs Shinar and Mrs Wilson worked additional days in Green, Silver and Yellow Classes enabling the class teacher and TA to work individually with children to try and ‘close’ some of the learning gaps as a result of the lockdown.

 

Purple class swam on Thursday to ‘brush up’ their swimming skills before starting Gillingham School.

 

The children came to school in their own clothes on Thursday in exchange for a raffle prize.  Tickets started to be sold in classes then as well.

 

We held our ‘bubbled’ sports day on Friday.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 25th June 2021

 

The newsletter was available to download on Monday.

 

Our normal activities took place – music lessons, Year 3 recorders, French, KS2 games afternoon, swimming, individual music lessons and library.  Purple Class also went swimming on Thursday morning.

 

Mrs Wilson and Mrs Shinar taught in Silver, Yellow and Green Classes supporting the teachers with COVID learning catch up.

 

The teachers, TAs and I attended various meetings remotely and several professionals came to school to support our children.

 

I met remotely with my cluster colleagues and Mrs Edgar met with our lunchtime supervisors.

 

We held our usual school remote celebration assembly on Friday morning and the very small amount of lost property was in the playground.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 18th June 2021

 

We were delighted to welcome a school improvement consultant to work with us at the start of the week.  He worked with the Senior Leadership Team during the morning helping us to complete OFSTED information and in the afternoon he worked with Mr David Rich, when they looked at early reading in school.

 

All children had some first aid training on Tuesday and Wednesday from the team at the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.  This will be annual training for our children as we feel it is so important.

 

The governors met on Tuesday evening and I completed a Health and Safety course. 

 

Various professionals were in school supporting our children and some staff attending on line training and meetings.

 

Blue and Yellow Classes had an exciting day at Careymoor on Wednesday and I went to speak to a head teacher group in Wilton.  During the afternoon I worked with a local head teacher in the role of Head Teacher Mentor.

 

Mrs Shinar and Mrs Wilson worked additional days in Green, Silver and Yellow Classes enabling the class teacher and TA to work individually with children to try and ‘close’ some of the learning gaps as a result of the lockdown.

 

Purple class swam on Thursday to ‘brush up’ their swimming skills before starting Gillingham School.

 

We held a full school celebration assembly on Friday morning over TEAMs and the small amount of lost property was on display.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 11th June 2021

 

It was lovely to welcome the children back to school after half term and the newsletter was available to download on Monday.

 

Our normal activities took place – music lessons with Mrs Smith, Year 3 recorders, French, KS2 games afternoon, swimming, individual music lessons and library.

 

Mrs Wilson and Mrs Shinar taught in Silver, Yellow and Green Classes supporting the teachers with COVID learning catch up.

 

The teachers, TAs and I attended various meetings remotely and several professionals came to school to support our children.

 

Mrs McClelland and Mrs Tavenner phoned all of our new entrant parents on Tuesday to talk about their children and introduce them to our school.

 

Purple Class visited Fonthill Estate for a countryside day.

 

Mrs Mac came to visit our year 6 children on Wednesday morning as part of their induction programme for Gillingham School

 

We held our usual school remote celebration assembly on Friday morning.

 

We also collected Travel to School data and The Friends met during the afternoon.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 28th May 2021

 

Our final week before half term and Red and Purple Classes should have been on their residential visit to Pencelli in Wales.  Unfortunately this was cancelled but Purple Class have had such an exciting activities week with 2 days at an activities centre near Warminster with the Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team.  They canoed, built rafts and fires and had an evening laser event and barbecue.  This team came to our school on Wednesday introducing more activities to the children from axe throwing to various team games.  On Thursday they took part in a long walk and on Friday both Purple and Red Classes were involved in some ‘extreme’ sports.

 

Various professionals were in school supporting our children and some staff attending on line training and meetings.

 

Mrs Barry was successfully renewed her nominated first aider training.

 

Mrs Shinar and Mrs Wilson worked additional days in Green, Silver and Yellow Classes enabling the class teacher and TA to work individually with children to try and ‘close’ some of the learning gaps as a result of the lockdown.

 

Music, French, library, year 3 recorders, swimming and individual music lessons continue.

 

Our School Improvement Advisor remotely interviewed groups of our children about science and e.safety.

 

We held a full school celebration assembly on Friday morning over TEAMs and the small amount of lost property was on display.

 

School closed for the half term break.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 21st May 2021

 

The newsletter was available to download on Monday.

 

Our normal activities took place – music lessons with Mrs Smith, Year 3 recorders, French, KS2 games afternoon, swimming, individual music lessons and library.

 

Mrs Wilson and Mrs Shinar taught in Silver, Yellow and Green Classes supporting the teachers will COVID learning catch up.

 

The teachers, TAs and I attended various meetings remotely.

 

Wednesday was a busy day.  The Book Fair left us and all classes had some cricket coaching.  Mr Karl Hopwood, an internet safety expert, worked with every class and ran a staff meeting after school for the teachers.

 

I attended some asbestos training virtually.

 

We held our usual school remote celebration assembly on Friday morning.

 

Miss Santry and our governor with responsibility for PE held some pupil conferencing interviews as well.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 14th May 2021

 

Various professionals were in school supporting our children and some staff attending on line training and meetings.

 

The ‘look but don’t touch book fair’ arrived in school on Wednesday and we all enjoyed the Mere School Book Day on Thursday. 

 

Mrs Shinar and Mrs Wilson worked additional days in Green, Silver and Yellow Classes enabling the class teacher and TA to work individually with children to try and ‘close’ some of the learning gaps as a result of the lockdown.

 

Music, French, library, year 3 recorders, swimming and individual music lessons continue.

 

I updated my health and safety training and Mrs Edgar attended a virtual maths conference.

 

We held a full school celebration assembly on Friday morning over TEAMs and Mrs Edgar met with the lunchtime supervisors.

 

Our Class Parent meeting could not take place but we have shared issues/suggestions over e.mail.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 7th May 2021

 

A very short week in school as Monday was a Bank Holiday and Tuesday was a T D day and the school was closed to the children.  The teachers enjoyed meeting parents on Tuesday for our parent interviews.

 

The newsletter was available to download on Wednesday

 

Some of our normal activities took place – music lessons (for some classes) with Mrs Smith. Year 3 recorders, French, KS2 games afternoon, swimming and library and some of our peripatetic music teachers taught as well.

 

Mrs Wilson and Mrs Shinar taught in Silver, Yellow and Green Classes supporting the teachers will COVID learning catch up.

 

The teachers, TAs and I attended various meetings remotely.

 

I attended a remote cluster head teacher meeting.

 

We held our usual school remote celebration assembly on Friday morning.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 30th April 2021

 

There were a selection of governing body meetings on Tuesday evening.

 

Various professionals were in school supporting our children and some staff attending on line training and meetings.

 

KS1 enjoyed some cricket training on Wednesday.

 

The staff had some further training on the VR headsets.

 

Mrs Shinar and Mrs Wilson worked additional days in Green, Silver and Yellow Classes enabling the class teacher and TA to work individually with children to try and ‘close’ some of the learning gaps as a result of the lockdown.

 

Music, French, library, year 3 recorders, swimming and individual music lessons continue.

 

I worked with a local head teacher in my Head Teacher Mentor role.

 

We held a full school celebration assembly on Friday morning over TEAMs.

 

Mrs Tavenner completed some science monitoring during the week.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 23rd April 2021

 

We welcomed the children back to school after the Easter break and several new children across the school.

 

The newsletter was sent home in hard copy as it was the first ‘chunky’ one of the term.

 

Most of our normal activities resumed – music lessons with Mrs Smith. Year 3 recorders, French, KS2 games afternoon, swimming and library and some of our peripatetic music teachers taught as well.

 

Mrs Wilson and Mrs Shinar are teaching in Silver, Yellow and Green Classes supporting the teachers will COVID learning catch up.

 

The teachers, TAs and I attended various meetings remotely.

 

Mrs Hyde closed down the financial year and finalised our school budget for this financial year.

 

Our School Improvement Advisor worked remotely with our DT and RE subject leaders.

 

The staff completed some more training on childhood bereavement and our Governor’s Curriculum Committee met as well.

 

Catriona Williamson

Thursday 1st April 2021

 

Easter has crept upon us very quickly but the teachers are looking forward to a rest over the holidays.

 

Mrs Shinar and Mrs Wilson worked additional days in Green, Silver and Yellow Classes enabling the class teacher and TA to work individually with children to try and ‘close’ some of the learning gaps as a result of the lockdown.

 

Music, French, library, year 3 recorders and some individual music lessons continue.

 

Various members of staff attended online training and meetings and the teachers had some additional training on the VR Headsets.

 

Some children in Purple Class completed their Bikeability training on Wednesday and Thursday.

 

Mrs Clements collected in all the library books so she could complete a stock take.

 

We held a full school celebration assembly on Thursday morning over TEAMs.

 

School closed on Thursday for the Easter break.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 26th March 2021

 

The newsletter was available to download from the website at the beginning of the week.

 

Some of our normal activities resumed – music lessons with Mrs Smith. Year 3 recorders, French, KS2 games afternoon and library and some of our peripatetic music teachers started teaching as well.

 

All children took part in tennis workshops on Wednesday with Mr Griffin.

 

Mrs Wilson and Mrs Shinar are teaching in Silver, Yellow and Green Classes supporting the teachers will COVID learning catch up.

 

The teachers, TAs and I attended various meetings remotely.

 

I visited every class during the week to see how the children have settled back into their learning – always a pleasure!

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 19th March 2021

 

Our second week back in school after lockdown and the children are already back in routines as if they have never been away! 

 

Mrs Shinar and Mrs Wilson are working additional days in Green, Silver and Yellow Classes enabling the class teacher and TA to work individually with children to try and ‘close’ some of the learning gaps as a result of the lockdown.

 

Music, French, library, year 3 recorders and some individual music lessons continue.

 

The governors met virtually on Tuesday evening for some training.

 

Various members of staff attended online training and meetings.

 

The Local Authority visited school to inspect the kitchen roof.  The will be putting on a new one in the summer holidays.

 

Friday was Red Nose Day and the children were invited to come to school in red clothes with a small donation for this cause.  They also brought their favourite joke with them to school.

 

We held a full school celebration assembly on Friday morning over TEAMs.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 12th March 2021

 

We were delighted to open our doors to all children on Monday morning and welcome a lot of new children to our school.

 

The newsletter was available to download from the website at the beginning of the week.

 

Some of our normal activities resumed – music lessons with Mrs Smith. Year 3 recorders, French, KS2 games afternoon and library and some of our peripatetic music teachers started teaching as well.

 

All children took part in tennis workshops on Wednesday with Mr Griffin.

 

Mrs Wilson and Mrs Shinar are teaching in Silver, Yellow and Green Classes supporting the teachers will COVID learning catch up.

 

The teachers and I attended various meetings remotely.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 5th March 2021

 

School was open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.  The rest of our children completed their learning at home.

 

I attended several remote meetings during the week and Mrs Hyde worked with the Local Authority on our new budget preparations.

 

All normal activities were cancelled due to the national lockdown.

 

The weekly class meetings over TEAMs too place – the children love them!

 

I met with my cluster head teacher colleagues remotely.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 26th February 2021

 

School was open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.  The rest of our children completed their learning at home.

 

The newsletter was available to download on Monday.

 

I attended several remote meetings during the week.

 

All normal activities were cancelled due to the national lockdown.

 

The weekly class meetings over TEAMs too place – the children love them!

 

Our gym and outdoor equipment was serviced and inspected on Monday.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 12th February 2021

 

School was open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.  The rest of our children completed their learning at home.

 

I attended several remote meetings during the week including one about the expansion of the school building and parking area. 

 

All normal activities were cancelled due to the national lockdown.

 

The weekly class meetings over TEAMs too place – the children love them!

 

School closed at the end of the week for the half term break.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 5th February 2021

 

School was open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.  The rest of our children completed their learning at home.

 

The newsletter was available to download on Monday.

 

I attended several remote meetings during the week. 

 

All normal activities were cancelled due to the national lockdown.

 

The weekly class meetings over TEAMs took place – the children love them!

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 29th January 2021

 

School was open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.  The rest of our children completed their learning at home.

 

I attended several remote meetings during the week. 

 

All normal activities were cancelled due to the national lockdown.

 

Mrs Edgar met over TEAMs with 2 governors to monitor our remote maths provision.

 

We have been distributing devices to children to help with their home learning.

 

Virtual class meetings took place throughout the week.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 22nd January 2021

 

School was open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.  The rest of our children completed their learning at home.

 

The newsletter was available to download on Monday.

 

Various on-line class meetings took place throughout the week.

 

There were a series of governing body meetings on Tuesday evening.

 

I attended several remote meetings during the week and completed some training on line. 

 

All normal activities were cancelled due to the national lockdown.

 

The lunchtime supervisors had a socially distanced meeting with Mrs Edgar.

 

We received donations of devices all week from the community and some were distributed to families.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 15th January 2021

 

School was open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.  The rest of our children completed their learning at home.

 

I attended several remote meetings during the week and completed some training on line. 

 

All normal activities were cancelled due to the national lockdown.

 

I met remotely with my cluster colleagues.

 

We were receiving donations of devices all week from the community – we will hopefully have them ready for distribution.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 8th January 2021

 

Monday was a T D day with no children in school and remained closed on Tuesday so the staff could plan for the lockdown.  It was great to welcome our key worker and vulnerable children on Wednesday and hear all about their Christmas holidays.

 

For the children at home, work was set on TEAMs and the teachers were able to offer feedback and help throughout the day. 

 

The newsletter came home in hard copy on Wednesday and was available to download.

 

We welcomed Mrs Rainsford who started in Silver Class, following Mrs Young’s retirement.  Mrs Legg has moved to work in Orange Class.

 

I attended several remote meetings during the week.

 

All of our normal activities were cancelled due to the lockdown.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 18th December 2020

 

We have done our utmost to ensure the children have had a fun Christmas week in school.

 

We had a remote Christmas assembly with Rev Carol on Tuesday and we have regular celebration assemblies remotely on Friday morning.

 

On Monday Mr Rich and Mrs Smith met with staff to consider the English progress our children have made this term and Mrs Edgar did the same on Thursday afternoon for maths.  We call these meetings our Pupil Progress Meetings.

 

I attended several remote meetings during the week and the Behaviour Support Teacher came into school.  A new parent also visited the school.

 

Mrs Clements completed her stock take in the library.

 

Some individual music lessons, music, swimming and French took place.

 

Mrs Phayne-Mudge left us on Wednesday to move onto her next school placement.  We wish her the very best of luck.

 

Thursday was a very exciting day for us all.  The children were involved in Christmas activities all day in their Christmas jumpers, Father Christmas made a socially distanced visit, we enjoyed Christmas lunch and watched an online pantomime.  Thank you to The Friends for funding this day for us.

 

The lost property was in the entrance hall all week (not much now!) and school closed for the Christmas holidays.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 11th December 2020

 

I attended several remote meetings during the week and the Behaviour Support Teacher came into school.

 

Mrs Loxton, Mrs Edgar and Mrs Tavenner worked with individual children for one afternoon during the week while Mrs Wilson and a supply teacher took the classes.

 

Mr Walker took Gold Class for their recorder lesson, KS1 had their library session and some individual music lessons, music, swimming and French took place.

 

The School nursing team came into school to deliver the catch-up flu vaccines.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 4th December 2020

 

We started our ‘slimmed down’ Christmas celebrations by putting up the Christmas tree and the nativity tableau.

 

The newsletter was available to download on Monday.

 

I attended several remote meetings during the week and Mr Rich completed some English training on line.

 

Mr Stone from Gillingham School ran a cross country competition for our year groups.

 

We have 2 student teachers working with us at the moment.

 

Mrs Loxton, Mrs Edgar and Mrs Tavenner worked with individual children for one afternoon during the week while Mrs Wilson and a supply teacher took the classes.

 

Mr Walker took Gold Class for their recorder lesson, KS1 had their library session and some individual music lessons, music and French took place.

 

Our School Improvement Advisor worked with me on Wednesday morning

 

The Walk Safe team took Gold Class out and about in Mere, showing them how to keep safe on the roads.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 27th November 2020

 

We welcomed out new Teaching Assistant in Silver Class – Mrs Sam Legg.

 

Several remote meetings took place during the week.

 

Mrs Loxton met with our teaching assistants.

 

We have 2 student teachers working with us at the moment.

 

Mrs Loxton, Mrs Edgar and Mrs Tavenner worked with individual children for one afternoon during the week while Mrs Wilson and a supply teacher took the classes.

 

Mr Walker took Gold Class for their recorder lesson, KS1 had their library session and some individual music lessons, music and French took place.

 

Thursday was non-school uniform day in exchange for a Christmas raffle prize.

 

The Walksafe team were in school on Thursday with our children in years 1, 2, 3 and 6.

 

The lost property was on display in the playground on Friday.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 20th November 2020

 

This week was Anti-Bullying Week and the children have been involved in a variety of activities.

 

The newsletter was available to download on Monday.

 

Mrs Hyde had a remote ‘financial health check’ in the office.

 

I attended several remote meetings during the week

 

We have 2 student teachers working with us at the moment.

 

Three governing body meetings were held on Tuesday evening.

 

Mrs Loxton, Mrs Edgar and Mrs Tavenner worked with individual children for one afternoon during the week while Mrs Wilson and a supply teacher took the classes.

 

Mr Walker took Gold Class for their recorder lesson, KS1 had their library session and some individual music lessons, music and French took place.

 

Henry VIII visited Gold Class on Friday morning!

 

Mrs Edgar met with our lunchtime supervisors.

 

We said a sad farewell to Mrs Howell on Friday.  She has left the school after many years and we wish her every success in her new job.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 13th November 2020

 

We welcomed a consultant virtually to school on Monday to work with the staff and governors to ensure we are well prepared for our next OFSTED visit.

 

I attended several remote meetings during the week.

 

A Wiltshire head teacher visit me virtually in my role as head teacher mentor.

 

We have 2 student teachers working with us at the moment.

 

Mrs Loxton, Mrs Edgar and Mrs Tavenner worked with individual children for one afternoon during the week while Mrs Wilson and a supply teacher took the classes.

 

Mr Walker took Gold Class for their recorder lesson, KS1 had their library session and some individual music lessons, music and French took place.

 

Mrs McClelland completed some computer monitoring during the week talking to the children about what it was like working from our website during the COVID lockdown and how they kept safe on the internet.

 

The school nurse came into school to train the staff on how to use an Epi-Pen.

 

I met with my cluster colleagues virtually.

 

Children in Need day on Friday was all about spots and mad hair!  The children were able to buy a cake and all the proceeds went to this appeal.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 6th November 2020

 

The staff had 2 very busy T D days in school.  On Monday we were working on our new learning platform (in case of another lockdown) and Tuesday we held socially distanced parent interviews. 

 

The air conditioning and extractions systems were serviced.

 

I attended several remote meetings during the week

 

We have 2 student teachers working with us at the moment.

 

Mrs Loxton, Mrs Edgar and Mrs Tavenner worked with individual children for one afternoon during the week while Mrs Wilson and a supply teacher took the classes.

 

Green class swam once, Mr Walker took Gold Class for their recorder lesson, KS1 had their library session and some individual music lessons, music and French took place.

 

Headchecks took place during the week.

 

The Friends met on Friday afternoon.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 23rd October 2020

 

Green Class had an exciting, safe an informative day at Nothe Fort on Monday.

 

I attended several remote meetings during the week

 

We have 2 student teachers working with us at the moment.

 

Mrs Loxton, Mrs Edgar and Mrs Tavenner worked with individual children for one afternoon during the week while Mrs Wilson and a supply teacher took the classes.

 

Green class swam twice, KS1 had their library session and some individual music lessons, music and French took place.

 

A fire consultant was in school on Monday to complete our Fire Risk Assessment.

 

The school nursing team delivered the Flu vaccine on Wednesday morning to our children

 

I showed a potential new parent around the school.

 

The lost property was on display on Friday and school closed for our half term break.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 16th October 2020

 

I have had the pleasure of visiting every class this week (at a distance) and our School Improvement Advisor met with Mrs Loxton to chat about how we are supporting our vulnerable children.

 

Red Class had a very informative visit from a Roman Soldier on Monday morning.

 

The newsletter was available to download at the beginning of the week.

 

I attended several remote meetings during the week

 

We have 2 student teachers working with us at the moment.

 

Mrs Loxton, Mrs Edgar and Mrs Tavenner worked with individual children for one afternoon during the week while Mrs Wilson and a supply teacher took the classes.

 

Green class swam twice, Mr Walker took Gold Class for their recorder lesson, KS2 had their library session and some individual music lessons took place.

 

The feedback on the photos has been excellent and the last day for orders was Friday

 

There were a series of governing body meetings on Tuesday evening.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 9th October 2020

 

I attended several remote meetings during the week

 

We have 2 student teachers working with us at the moment.

 

Mrs Loxton, Mrs Edgar and Mrs Tavenner worked with individual children for one afternoon during the week while Mrs Wilson and a supply teacher took the classes.

 

Green class swam twice, Mr Walker took Gold Class for their recorder lesson, KS1 had their library session and some individual music lessons took place.

 

We welcomed children to school in their PE kit on their PE days during the week and we started our new lunchtime arrangements with a KS1 and a later KS2 sitting.

 

Mrs Edgar met with the lunchtime supervisor team on Friday and we had all of our blinds refurbished.

 

The Governor’s Behaviour and Safety Committee met remotely on Tuesday evening.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 2nd October 2020

 

Our boiler was serviced on Monday morning

 

I took part in many meetings using TEAMS.

 

Mr Stone from Gillingham School came to work and train our Sports Ambassadors.

 

Mrs Loxton, Mrs Tavenner and Mrs Edgar were released from class to run catch-up programmes to help our children make up for the learning lost during the school closure.

 

Some individual music lessons, year 3 recorders, year 4 swimming, French, music and library took place.

 

Mrs Edgar met with our lunchtime supervisors on Friday to consider our new lunchtime arrangements now that the weather is becoming more tricky.

 

The Friends had a socially distanced meeting on Friday afternoon.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 25th September 2020

 

Mrs Smith talked to the children on Monday morning gathering their views about French on Monday morning.

 

The school nurse completed some heath checks and I met a potential new parent.

 

Most individual music lessons, French, music, year 3 recorders, library and swimming took place.

 

I took part in many meetings using TEAMS.

 

Our kiln was serviced and someone came to repair our blinds in various classes.

 

Socially distanced school photos took place on Wednesday – we are trying another new photographer.

 

Mrs Loxton, Mrs Tavenner and Mrs Edgar were released from class to run catch-up programmes to help our children make up for the learning lost during the school closure.

 

We collected Travel to School data on Friday and the lost property was on display in the playground.

 

Mr Paul Nicholson, Head Teacher of Gillingham School, came to talk to our year 5 and 6 parents – socially distanced on the field.  He then spoke to Purple Class.  Unfortunately their normal open evenings cannot take place.

 

Mr Rich organised the launch of our KS1 Snuggle Up Stories initiative for this year.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 18th September 2020

 

Purple Class enjoyed a safe and fascinating day at The Ancient Technology Centre on Monday.

 

I attended various meetings remotely with professionals and spoke with several potential new parents.

 

The diabetic nurse visited school to deliver some training to staff.

 

French, music, individual music lessons, year 3 recorders, library and swimming took place during the week, with the necessary social distancing measures.

 

Nominations closed for our 2 parent governor positions on Tuesday.  Mr Lee Tibbit was re-elected and Mr Doug Jones was newly elected.  Congratulations to them both.

 

Mrs Mudge started working in Red Class.  She is a student teacher who will be training with us this term.

 

I took Green Class swimming on Friday while Miss Santry attended a virtual meeting.

 

Catriona Williamson

Friday 11th September 2020

 

Our first full week in school and the children (and staff!) are managing well with the new and old routines.

 

Mr Walker, Mr Lickard and Mrs Brookfield have started individual music lessons and Gold Class enjoyed their first socially distanced recorder lesson.

 

Mrs Smith taught French and music in a COVID-safe way during the week and Green Class had 2 swimming sessions (to make up for lessons missed last year).  Our KS1 children also selected the first books of the year from our library.

 

I attended several ‘virtual’ meetings and The Friends also met on the school field.

 

Wiltshire Council delivered our learning resources – these books and artefacts really enhance the learning in school.

 

Mr Ross completed a health and safety inspection on Thursday morning and works with me on a weekly basis to update our COVID risk assessment.

 

Head checks took place during the week in ‘bubbles’.

Friday 4th September 2020

 

It has been lovely to welcome the children back to school – they seemed very excited to be back.

 

The teachers worked in school on Wednesday preparing for the new school year and catching up with things that we were not able to do last term due to COVID-19.

 

The newsletter was published on the website on Wednesday and hard copies came home on Thursday. 

 

Teachers also put their curriculum webs on the website so you can see what the children will be learning this term.

 

Some music lessons started this week and Green Class had their rescheduled swimming lesson on Friday.

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