Head Teacher's Blog 27.09.21

26th September 2021

As we reach the mid-point of this half term the children seem settled in their new classes, the routines are well established and the high Swansfield expectations are firmly in place. Staff continue to work hard to ensure that school feels normal and open whilst ensuring the safety of our children and their families. We know that many of you will be concerned by the rise in Covid cases in our community and hearing that there were cases within school last week. We can assure everyone that we continue with strict cleaning, hygiene and ventilation precautions in line with our risk assessment. We also continue to keep segregation between each age phase within school at all times through the school day including playtimes, assemblies and lunchtimes In addition to this, we are adhering to advice from Northumberland County Council and Public Health England in our response to cases within school. You can find our Outbreak Plan on the school website within the Covid-19 tab if you want to keep up to date with the guidelines that we are working within.  

Although we are trying as far as we can to give children a normal school year, there are still certain events missing from our diaries such as class assemblies and family lunches and others which are going to be approached in a different way to ensure that everyone stays safe but has the opportunity to feel involved. Harvest Festival will be celebrated in school during assemblies and through work in class which we hope to share with you virtually. We will be collecting donations for the Alnwick Food Bank, please send your contributions into school by Monday 12th October.

We appreciated the responses from our year 5 and 6 parents to our google survey about children’s preferences with regard to changing facilities at swimming. This information is essential for us to keep our children happy and safe whilst continuing to go swimming. Thanks to Miss Moffet we have managed to sort out a solution which will address everyone’s wishes and as long as the staffing situation and COVID rates allow we will be back in the pool this week.  If there are any parents who are able to support school staff walking the children from school to the pool, please get in touch with the school office. 

Good luck to the KS2 children who are competing in the Northumberland School’s Sumdog Competition this week… We already have some of our classes on the Top 10 Leaderboard… A fantastic achievement - Keep going! We will update you on their achievements in next week’s blog.

We had fabulous weather and a beautiful back drop outside in the KS1 garden for the individual photos last week and we are looking forward to seeing these. 

Music lessons went well this week, don’t forget to bring music and instruments for your lessons on Wednesday or Thursday.

This week we have been particularly impressed with –  Joshua S, Lucy C, Amara H, Chelsea F-S, Evelyn B, Jonathan W, Ben R, Isla L, Dylan A, Annabel S and Joseph L - our stars of the week, well done everyone, an electronic certificate will be with you soon.

Bye for now, 

Mrs Smith and Mrs Grimes