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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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