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December Update and the End of Term
End of 'lockdown' guidance and end of 2020 information.
As you are likely well aware, the national restrictions (lockdown) ended and London returned to Tier 2 (High Alert) guidance. Those who were shielding were allowed to return to school/work and a range of shops and hospitality venues can also re-open. We hope this provided a welcome boost to all.
Please be mindful of the guidance that remains in place:
- Hands : Face : Space remains the key message.
- You may only meet indoors with people in your household, or those you have formed a support bubble with.
- You may meet up to 6 people outdoors, (including in a garden or park) which includes children.
- You should try to work from home if you can but school and childcare remain open to all pupils.
- ‘Christmas Bubble’ rules from 23rd to 27th December allow you to combine a maximum of 3 households together, but you should only be part of one bubble throughout this period.
All London Boroughs are in the same tier, and restrictions continue to apply to households even if they travel to a new location. Please visit: https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions and input your postcode to find out further information.
We are 13 weeks in to the school year and throughout we have had to carefully balance the twin priorities of health and education. In this time, we have had 5 positive cases of Coronavirus linked to the school community but all involved are well or improving. For each case we have acted swiftly, and always with the advice and guidance of our key partners in H&F and Public Health. I appreciate that this has been a challenging time for all, particularly with the uncertainty Covid-19 creates. However, your continued support and patience has helped us to remain open and I thank you for your role in this. Pupils continue to attend extremely well given the circumstances and show us through their actions each day how much they value their education.
Save the Children – Christmas Jumper Day:
On Friday 11th December we invite all pupils to wear a Christmas/Novelty jumper to school to help raise money for Save the Children. Regardless of faith or culture, we would be delighted if your child would join in with this event. We welcome cash donations (£2) in person or through the Save the Children website. All pupils should wear full school uniform, simply wearing their Christmas jumper in place of their school one. Pupils who do not wish to take part should wear uniform as usual.
We respectfully ask all pupils who wish to send Christmas Cards, to consider a digital alternative this year. Sadly, there is too much risk involved for pupils to be hand writing/delivering cards to their friends around school. School are setting up a digital post office for pupils to email their Christmas cards to and these will be forwarded to pupil Firefly accounts by our digital leaders. Please email these to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our school Christmas Lunch will take place on Wednesday 16th December. If your child already has a school lunch each day, you do not need to do anything. However, please contact the office if your child usually has a packed lunch and they wish to have a Christmas Lunch instead.
Last Day of Term:
On the last day of term (Friday 18th December) we will still have many of our usual activities. Pupils will take part in an end of year assembly and receive their mega prizes. The Year 9 Enterprise Project (Christmas Shop) will also take place in a socially distanced format. Pupils are welcome to bring in a few pounds to buy some small items from the shop, with all profits going towards the Year 9 Camping Trip we are hopeful will be able to happen this year. Items available include a School Calendar (£3), Lucky Dip Gifts (50p), Handmade Cards (starting from 10p), and various challenges such as ‘Guess How Many Sweets in the Jar’ (10p). Pupils will eat an early lunch on the day too. Please ensure arrangements are in place for your child to be collected at the earlier time of 1pm.
We return on Tuesday 5th January 2021.