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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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