As we approach the end of the academic year, can we reiterate the importance of following all the current guidelines for isolating and seeking a Covid test should anyone in your household develop symptoms. As you may be aware from local media, there have been a few positive cases in different schools across the local area where bubbles including whole classes have been sent home. With so much planned during the last few weeks, we want to do everything possible to be able to deliver all the planned events, and for you all to have a safe and relaxing start to the summer holidays.
End of Term
Parents have been asking if St Giles will be closing earlier for the summer. This is in response to a number of local schools finishing either on Friday 16th or on the following Tuesday, the 20th. Unless directed to by the Local Authority or DfE, we can confirm that the last day in school will be Wednesday 21st July, as we have already taken the five INSET days allowed to schools. We do understand that it might be difficult to motivate your child if siblings are off, but stress that it is important that all children attend right to the official end of term.
For the September start, we have tried to help you by having two INSET days on the 2nd and 3rd September, this allows you to take advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend plus the remainder of that week you’ll be free to go away or just relax – well, you’ve certainly earned it!
Secondary schools are currently planning transition arrangements for Year 6. Most of them have begun this process and are in contact with you but their arrangements are all different, so please be aware. We would recommend that Y6 parents contact the secondary school directly if you have any questions. We will do our best to accommodate any secondary Y6 to Y7 transition support that’s planned in school time.
Following Local Authority guidance, the transition days that normally go ahead for the rest of the school will have to be adapted. Actions have already taken place to allow teachers to meet their students for next year, and there are further sessions planned that will have to take place outdoors over the next two weeks. This is far from ideal, but ensuring that Covid guidelines are maintained whilst staff and children are not at risk when mixing bubbles has been tricky to negotiate.
Year 3 - Thursday & Friday
Year 4 & 5
Class C - Tuesday (Wednesday - Forest School)
Class D - Monday & Wednesday
Class E - Monday & Wednesday
Year 6 - Tuesday & Wednesday
Take care, everyone.