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​We have added 3 images that might help families when spotting the signs of COVID-19 and then doing the right thing at the right time. This comes from from public health regarding Management of COVID  19 - in school-age children.​


Check HERE​ for the images  

  

The latest in clear guidance from public health regarding Management of COVID  19- in school age children.​​covidchecker-schools_2 (1).jpg

  

The latest in clear guidance from public health regarding Management of COVID  19- in school age children.​​covidchecker-schools (1).jpg

  

​The latest in clear guidance from public health regarding Management of COVID  19- in school age children.​​Management of COVID-19 in school-age children - actions for parents and carers (1).jpg

  

7.9.20         Day 1 lessons:
Thank you to ALL families for making today work so smoothly. Overall, we felt it went incredibly well and the attitude, conduct and cooperation of all parents and carers was great.

Just a few things that may make it even more effective:

Please make sure you are on time for your drop-off. Being too early or late can affect the flow of cars.
On the playground side, please pull up right outside the gate. This allows for the car behind also to alight safely and quickly.
Try and give yourself a 30secs window of “seatbelt, bags, kisses and goodbyes"! Multiply that by 30 and you get to the 15mins total class window!
Wherever possible, please follow the flow of traffic past the school and down the hill, through the village. We fully understand this does not work for every family, but the vast majority of families can follow this request without it adding too much time onto your journey.
Please drive slowly and safely through the village.
Only our new starters need to park up, currently, as adults are bringing them in for their initial start in school. If you do park, please stay to the usual side of the road (school-side) and be mindful of other cars passing.  
Thanks, everyone. Mr Gillan​



  

​The govt summer funding of free school lunches for eligible families has been an absolute maze to navigate and has led to many dead-ends.

Massive credit to Mrs Carter for being so tenacious with this and has, finally, resulted in us acquiring nearly £900 in credits for our eligible families for over the Summer. It is behind-the-scenes work like this that she and Mrs Moore have undertaken with such professionalism on a day-to-day basis that goes unnoticed but certainly not unacknowledged by me. They are a wonderful supportive machine for our school.

It's the end of a tumultuous academic year.
I lost the balloon race, but I still bagged the best job in Somerset as Head at our school.
Have a wonderful summer, everyone.​


  

​Please support your PTA by buying a balloon for our virtual Thurlbear balloon race! Tap into your search engine: www.balloonrace.com/thurlbearpta and buy a balloon for £5 ! Prizes and everything! 

  

I have had the BEST of weeks online! Our teachers have bravely taken on the challenge of live sessions and I have seen some of the loveliest interactions between our learners and teachers. 

A quick shout-out if you would allow me: Miss Crook.......this teacher is a Newly Qualified Teacher. It is her first full year in the role. Imagine learning the ropes of your chosen profession in 2020...a learning curve, indeed. 
Her lesson on Japanese haikus, yesterday, produced some beautiful moments and I would like to share just one from George. 3-line poem, 5-7-5 syllable pattern...
Can you guess what he is describing?

"Forest of colour,
Blue underwater garden,
City of the fish."

well done to ALL of our teachers for diving into the online world so enthusiastically and to our pupils for their attitude, behaviour and enthusiasm, too. 


  

Apologies you didn't receive the email on Friday; Friday saw a lot of technical issues that our tech team could not resolve by 6pm, but I am now hoping that Y2 - Y5 families have now received an email (this morning right now!) with session details from me and a link to a video guide from Miss Warrington. Big thanks to her for spending yesterday morning re-recording it and putting it back on our website.
IF you have not got the email: check your spam folder or; we haven't got your most up to date email in our SIMs system! Email me.
Our first session is Y2 10:30, so we have some time Monday to iron out issues, too. Have a great day, everyone.

  

Update:
Good afternoon, everyone! It is time for another view to what has been and what is to come...
Long-term: Currently, September is an unknown quantity for Heads and schools. The government announced that schools would be back fully but, as yet, we have received nothing in the way of guidance on how this is to be achieved, with 3 weeks of the school year left. Our Local Authority have suggested that we may not even be able to update families before we break for the summer holidays. I predict you feel exactly the same as me at this news. I promise I will clearly set out our roadmap as soon as is possible.
Short-term: with 3 weeks remaining, we can put our final steps of blended learning forwards for families. As I have told you in the past during updates, our biggest issue has been capacity in terms of people and space. I am delighted to welcome back Mrs Yellowley next week, which gives me some scope. 

From this Monday, Families in Yrs 2 - 5 will be receiving a set of live online lessons delivered by their class teacher as well as Mrs Lucas and me. This timetable will be emailed to you, along with a video guide how to log on with your child's google account. I have planned for little-and-often sessions in the next 3 weeks as this is manageable for our teachers who are all teaching all day every day. Look out for the email and the first session is Y2 with me on Monday, followed by Mrs Newman with Y4 in the afternoon! The Local Authority advise extreme caution when using live video with children and state schools should have a clear reason when choosing to do so. I believe the value in bringing pupils together outweighs the risk factors, but the letter sets out exactly what you should and should not do; please follow this closely. 

From 6th July, we will be bringing our Y6 pupils back for the final 2 weeks of the year! Mrs Yellowley will move into Mrs Lucas' bubble (acceptable under govt guidelines) and Miss Warrington will welcome back her class! Details will go out separately to those families, but it will be half days in bubbles as well as some incredibly exciting sessions planned with Mendip Sports. 

I'd just like to take the opportunity, again, to thank you the families for your continued support, as well as our governors for their opinions and counsel. And, I know it might be repetitive, but every single adult around school need a huge thanks for their positivity, flexibility, patience and can-do attitude.    ​



  

​Response to the latest government announcement: 

Today has seen an update to a govt document with the statement:
 "Primary schools to have flexibility to bring back more pupils".
However, I feel the headline is frustratingly misleading. We are currently abiding by govt guidelines when it comes to educating our key workers, Foundation Stage and Year 1 pupils on-site. This government 'flexibility' being announced today (I knew nothing of this document before it came into my inbox at 2pm) means nothing when Thurlbear cannot, currently, provide space for our year 6 on our site. We are at full capacity for pupils and staff and this headline is unhelpful at best. I can understand how families feel when they see announcements like this, especially with pupils who would love to get back to school. However, it does nor reflect the picture in the vast majority of primary schools. Please be assured that, if there was any space and flexibility, we would be utilising it.  ​


  

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​Good evening, everyone. Before the start of a new school week, I wanted to mention a few things:

- Where are we in terms of COVID-19 developments? Lots of you will have seen the information regarding a rise in the "R" rating on the south west and what this means for us and some parents have emailed me about this. As we have said previously, we are guided by our Local Authority view which, currently tells us to continue as we are. If this changes, then we will immediately communicate with families. Our governors are monitoring the situation with me constantly and we have the safety of you and staff at the centre of our decision-making.  
- Our school week went effectively for drop-offs and pick-up and our pupils all approached our news safety measures with calm positivity. Regular hand washing and sanitising is now a new norm. The main feedback has been very good from families and I would like to send a huge thanks to the Thurlbear staff for this, as well. The effort and can-do attitude from them all has been great and everyone has approached these news scenarios with absolute professionalism. I am so, so proud to watch how quickly our teachers can adapt to teaching FS and Yr1 pupils -  great CPD!
- Slightly unfair to pick anyone out specifically, but I have to mention the work of A) Mrs Bendall and Mrs Parkman, who have been deep cleaning 3 times a day and B) Mrs Lucas who has helped me enormously by spearheading our timetable of who-is-where-and-when. 
- Our Y6 had a trial 'Google Meet', an opportunity to meet online in a safe space and share some time together. this week, Miss Warrington has organised a timetable of live sessions. I am also looking into setting something up for each year group in the same way. I feel that it could be a great opportunity for classes to share some an experience. 
- We started our phone calls to families, checking if everything was OK and if we could do anything. Please remember this is not one-way. If you have a need, ring us; don't wait for our call. 
-  By the end of this week, we will review our practice and look at what we can do next. We are obviously limited by our space at Thurlbear, but we will communicate with everyone as to what comes next. 
- This situation is far from ideal, but we are trying hard to help everyone get through it. Please stay in touch with us as it really helps! I have recorded a 'shout-out' but I am having technical difficulties... ​
This information will be repeated on our website, as I know not everyone likes Facebook. I will also send out a text message to all families, tomorrow, directing you to find this message on our website.   Have a great week ahead. 


  

​Announcement:


Good afternoon, everyone. Late Saturday afternoon, I received an email regarding the decision to delay the wider opening of primary schools in North Somerset. This seems to be due to information from the Department of Health and Social Care showing daily rates of COVID-19 in the area. They have made the decision for the safety of pupils and staff. There is an agreed feeling that this is likely to cause some additional confusion and concern for families moving into June. 

Julian Wooster, Director of Children's Services has emailed me and other Heads and written that the national 5 "tests continue to be met and therefore our advice to schools and to headteachers remains unchanged - that you should extend provision as set out in your plans. We will of course keep the situation under constant review across all Somerset County Council localities".

However, I must also pass on this from the Somerset LA:
"We would however like to add the following strong advice, to schools where you are aware of children or individuals spending time in the Weston Super Mare area. It is important that anyone contacted by the North Somerset test and trace team should rigidly follow their self-isolation advice including anyone from their household."

This should be taken seriously and so, please, follow this advice carefully. 
Obviously, the late notice of this information makes it very difficult for me to respond over a weekend, but our governors have been made aware of this information and I will be speaking to our staff tomorrow during our INSET day. We will take decisions based on the risk to our school community and and with the safety of all pupils, families and staff at the forefront of our thinking. If there is any development, I will be contacting families as soon as is possible. ​


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