17th July 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
It is hard to believe we have reached this point in this most strange of years! This will be my last missive for a while.
I would like to start by saying a very personal thank you to you all today. At the end of the day I was expecting to be roped into another video by Nathan (not my favourite of activities) when I was surprised by a beautiful thank you video, booklet and pressies from the whole community. It will come as no surprise to those who see me at the end of the year saying goodbye to the children that I burst into tears and they did not stop for the entire showing! Your kind messages of support and the beautiful pictures of so many of the children and their kind thank you messages mean the world to me! Thank you very very much.
End of term information packs
If your son or daughter was in school today and is in EYFS through to Year 5 you will have received from school a personalised letter and an information pack hopefully detailing everything you need to know for next year.
If you son or daughter is learning at home and is in EYFS through to year 5 these will be hand delivered by Nikki Shepherd and Suzie Winchester who have kindly volunteered to be postwomen! We felt it might be nice to say a final farewell for the summer break so do please give them a wave! If you are not in they will post through the door. They will aim to do this as soon as they can after the INSET day next Monday but please do bear with them as it will take a while (especially as Suzie plans to cycle her round).
Some final reminders
Please do make sure you provide you son or daughter with the right equipment to meet their personal care needs next term including towels and bibs as required. We cannot wash items in school within this current situation so everything will be sent home each day to be washed and you will need to have sufficient spares and items for each day. Thank you.
Please also provide your son or daughter with their own snack.
Having spoken to many of you I know lots of us are choosing to stay in the UK over the summer. If you are choosing to holiday abroad the government have provided information about where you can travel without self-isolating on your return.
Countries and territories with no self-isolation on arrival in England
Unless you have visited or made a transit stop in any other country or territory in the preceding 14 days, you don’t need to self–isolate when you arrive in England from the following countries and territories:
- Akrotiri and Dhekelia
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- the Channel Islands
- Czech Republic
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- French Polynesia
- Hong Kong
- the Isle of Man
- Macao (Macau)
- the Netherlands
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
- San Marino
- South Korea
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- St Barthélemy
- St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Pierre and Miquelon
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- Vatican City State
This list may be added to over the coming days following further discussions between the UK and international partners.
If you are travelling to a county that is not on this list please let us know on Monday 20th July or send us an email outlining dates of travel and country being visited. Please check the government’s advice. Thank you.
Medication arrangements for September
Any pupils requiring regular medication or emergency medication (e.g. inhalers) in school:
This year we are asking parents / carers to bring any medication that your child requires into school, prior to term starting, on the INSET days Thursday 3rd September between 1-3pm and Friday 4th September between 10-12pm. A member of staff will be available in the foyer to receive medication and check that all consent forms are in place prior to your child’s return to school. This will help us to ensure we are ready to receive your child safely back into school in the Autumn term, thank you.
On Monday 20th July we have a staff training day in school where we are starting to complete some of our statutory training for the new term. I am aware that some of you may have a query moving ahead and I will be available between 10 and 11 am should you wish to talk to me.
Please also keep an eye out on the website over the summer as we will add our risk assessment document and any further information we receive and need to share to it.
Year 6 pupils
We say a fond farewell to our lovely Year 6 pupils and their families. It has been a pleasure to work with you. We wish you all the best in the next stage of your journeys.
Once again a huge thank you to you all! The Palatine community has been magnificent over this whole period and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with you despite the ongoing situation.
I wish you a safe and lovely summer and look forward to working with you again in September.
Have a lovely weekend