Dear Carers and Parents,

I am sure, like the rest of the staff, you are all looking forward to the Christmas holiday this year!

The school will break up on Friday 18th December. Other schools have had the flexibility to move their INSET day to this Friday, that was not an option for us, and our fifth one will be in the spring term as planned. I apologise for the inconvenience this will cause, especially as Cedars are closed to their pupils on the last day.

I would like to appeal to the whole Exhall community to really focus on following the government guidelines for Tier Three regions, and especially in this last week of term. The last thing that I or the staff want to be doing, as we all break up for Christmas, is ringing around to tell families that they need to self-isolate over the festive period. Please try your best to keep your family and friends, as well as the school staff, safe in order that we can all enjoy our plans for the Christmas holiday.

Don’t forget that should your child or any member of your household develop symptoms, they must start self-isolating immediately and book a test, regardless of it being Christmas. Everyone in the household must self-isolate until the result comes back, even if no one is displaying symptoms – this part of the guidance has caused the most issues for school when managing test information.

 

Update from Public Health

A change in self-isolation rules was announced in a statement from the UK chief medical officers stating the period has changed from 14 days to 10 days with effect from Monday 14th December.

 

Staff Changes

Mrs Plumridge will be leaving us at the end of this term. In January Mrs Minhas will be joining St Giles and working with Mr Lee in Class E.

Mrs Waldron will also be leaving the MDS Team at the end of the year. Mrs Bradford-Oakley will be joining the MDS Team in January 2021.

We would like to thank them for their care, skill and support to the students during a challenging year.

After over 30 years of service, Mrs. Oakes will be ‘hanging up her duster’ next week and retiring from her role as Cleaner at St Giles Junior School. To have this length of service is such an achievement. She has been a valuable member of the school team through so many changes over the years and the school will not be the same without her. She will be missed. We all wish her an enjoyable and relaxing retirement.

 

Monday

Year 6 Online Health & Wellbeing questionnaire

Wednesday

Christmas lunch and Christmas jumper.

If you have not already ordered a Christmas deli bag, your child will need to bring in a packed lunch as no alternative available on this day.

Students are welcome to wear Christmas jumper instead of a school sweatshirt, it is not a non-uniform day, though we are relaxing the rules on hair accessories.  £1.00 donation to Save the Children is encouraged – they do amazing work supporting children in the UK and throughout the world.  

Thursday

Changes to 4/5 PPA - Class D have their first forest school session – please make sure they come in suitable wet weather clothing, including a coat and footwear you don’t mind getting too messy. Rain and ankle-deep mud will not stop Miss Smith leading the session outside.

Friday

We are open, as usual, normal collection times as well.

Reminder

Monday 4th Jan is INSET day, school open students Tuesday 5th January.