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Matt Avery, Head of School.
Well, we have reached the end of the Autumn term, an Autumn term like no other (hopefully it will be the first and last time a pandemic affects us)
Thank you to Sam and the PTA for helping us have a Christmas lunch. The children enjoyed their meal and all the festivities.
Christmas Jumper day:
Thank you and the children for supporting our Christmas Jumper day (Save the Children charity) It was great see what amazing Christmas jumpers are available (Dinosaurs seem to be the trend at the moment) The children showed wonderful empathy for the cause we raised money for and were rightly proud as we have raised nearly £40. To put that into context, £1 can give young children antibiotic treatment in parts of the world where they are not as lucky to have an amazing NHS like we do.
Although we haven't been able to have a nativity in a way we would all prefer, the children have worked hard in creating a short video telling the Christmas story. They have acted wonderfully and have enjoyed being 'Film-stars'. Thank you KS1 parents for finding costumes so speedily and KS1 staff for organising the filmed performance. We hope you enjoy the film and are able to keep the film as a little bit of history ('life in school during a pandemic'). DVDs will be given out on Friday - one per family.
Christmas Parties - Thursday 17th December:
Thank you to Mrs Pearce for arranging for party food and few surprises for Thursday 17th December. In the afternoon, children will be able to have a Christmas party and other activities to say a big well done to them for working so hard, and being so brave and positive during the current climate. If the children would like to wear the Christmas jumper and non-school uniform again on this day, they are more than welcome to.
Letters from Cornwall Local Authority:
Emailed to you and at the bottom of this blog is a letter from the local authority about keeping safe over the Christmas period. We have been very good to keep cases low in the county which is a credit to all who live here - the letter details advice and guidance on the Christmas period. If between now and the 24th December your child or children are tested and have a positive result, please email me so that I can work with the local authority, Department for education and Public Health England to contact others who may have been in contact with the confirmed case. (email address on the letter sent via email)
Over this term the children have learnt much, enjoyed being with their friends - enjoyed a sense of safe normality which is so important. I revel in seeing how well the children achieve and enjoy themselves at Blisland - they truly are wonderful children.
To finish off, please accept my sincere gratitude for your on going support for the school. Your backing has allowed us to keep the children safe and well, learning lots and just able to be children. Have a wonderful and safe Christmas and here's to a 2021 that bares now resemblance to 2020. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 4th January 2021.
(Head of School)
We are entering our final 2-weeks of the Autumn term but I won't jinx it any further and just it has been in great to have the children with us for a sustained period of time and with only minor disruptions. Keep up the great work as being careful and keeping good distance has help us manage this tricky time.
Odd Socks Day:
Thank you to all the children for wearing their odd socks a couple of weeks ago in support of Anti-bullying. The children explored the topic well with good understanding and empathy. They have all made pledges for what they can do individually and as a team to keep our school a kind, accepting and empathetic place. Well done all. There were also some amazing combinations of odd socks on show.
Suez Christmas Hampers:
A huge well done to Izzy and Lola who have been collecting food and creating Christmas hampers which will be given to Suez Recycling who will then donate them to charity. Izzy and Lola have show real thought and kindness this endeavour; they are a great example for what we like to see in our Blisland school community.
Christmas Forest school:
This week, both bubbles have been making some amazing handmade Christmas decorations during their forest school afternoon. They worked well as a team and showed some superb individual creativity. Many of the decorations reminded me very much of the lovely natural decorations which can be found at the Eden project.
To enable us to continue to keep our school as Covid-secure as possible, Fridays will remain a 1/2 day in the same way it is at present. With the virus still wide spread in the community I would hate to see a bubble or whole school closure and this is one way we are able to keep the school clean and running at present. I understand it is not ideal; we will review this before Spring 1/2-term. If there are occasions that pick ups are tricky on these afternoons, please let us know as with advanced notice we may be able to help. Thank for your understanding with this.
We know how much the children enjoy giving out Christmas cards so we will have a Christmas card post box positioned outside the nursery. To help us make sure we can deliver these cards safely, please have cards posted by the end of the day on Monday 14th December. We can then allow the cards to rest for 72-hours before handing out to reduce risk of any 'bugs' being passed (Try seal envelopes by tucking the flap in rather than licking).
Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper day:
This Friday (Friday 11th December) there will be a Christmas dinner option for children. The children will eat in their bubbles, be wearing their best (or cheesiest) Christmas jumper and I am sure, have a merry old time.
We are looking forward to rounding up this term's learning with the children and enabling them to have some Christmas fun with each other - allowing children to be children in these challenging times is so important and we all revel in the innocence, resilience and fun the children have. They are, as always, a real credit to you all.
(Head of School)
The days and weeks are gathering pace and it is hard to believe that Christmas is so close (I am sure the children are beginning to sense it). The new school roof is well and really starting to take shape and will give the school a new lease of life: truly reflecting the pride we have in all we do at Blisland. As always, we look forward to the achievements the children will have over the coming weeks.
Children in need:
On Friday the children took part in Children in Need. The showed enthusiasm and empathy in abundance for the charity and we are proud to have such caring children at our school. Throughout the day the children took part in activities and games while in non-school uniforming - some wearing the most spots I have ever seen in years. Congratulations to those children who won prizes for ‘Pin the patch on Pudsey’ and for those who wore the most spots. Also we thank our school council for organising the ideas for the day. We are pleased to note that we made nearly £100 for Children in need.
With building works going on at present we are further restricted on how much space we have for parking during drop off and pick ups. Please may I ask that we try not to park or block driveways of our local residents. We at school will also work harder to ensure we get children to you on time so that waiting times are as short as possible.
TikTok is the latest craze enjoyed by teenagers and young adults; like all these social media apps online, caution and parental vigilance is required. When you download the app users can see all the content without creating an account although they are not able to post, like or share anything until they’ve set up an account on the app. You can set up your account by using your existing Google, Facebook, Instagram account, via email or phone. By default all accounts are public so anyone on the app can see what your child shares. However, only approved followers can send them messages. Users can like or react to a video, follow an account or send messages to each other. There is the risk that strangers will be able to directly contact children on the app. Children may be tempted to take risks to get more of a following or likes on a video so it’s important to talk about what they share and with who. To delete an account you have to request a code from the app using a phone number. Please note, just like facebook and other social medias, children must be 13 or older to have and use an account.
Starting Monday (16th November), it is Anti-Bullying week and we will be participating whole-heartedly. During the week the children will take part in learning and activities - ending with a non-school uniform day with odd socks (The theme of the week) on Friday 20th November.
Van Gough Art:
Over the past 2-weeks, children in KS1 have experimented with creating landscape pictures around the theme of seasons in the style of Van Gough. The creativity of the children always blows me away - they are a very talented lot.
I hope that you and the children have enjoyed the 1/2 term break and they are looking forward to the second part of the autumn term and the build up to Christmas from Tuesday 3rd November (Monday 2nd November is an inset day and school is closed to pupils).
I am sure you're all aware of the impending lockdown from Thursday. We are pleased that schools will continue to run as normal as the children's education, development and social interactions with one-another are so important. Rest assured that we will continue to ensure that health, hygiene and wellbeing of the children during this time will be at the forefront of our approach.
At he end of last 1/2 term the children had a lovely afternoon while dressed in halloween attire. They ate treats, watched movies, took part in games, art and craft actives and our younger members took part in some 'trick or treating'. we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the children get to have some fun that may have otherwise missed.
Over the holidays, work has begun replacing the school roof. Good progress has already been made and tiling will being on Monday. We are hopeful it will be completed (if the weather is kind) within 2-3 weeks. During this time however, the KS1/Reception playground will be closed off. Please can parents of KS1 and reception children wait with their child/children in the middle playground (with at least a 2-metre distance); children will be guided in by an adult at the side gate to the usual drop-off playground.
Children in Need:
Children in need is on Friday 13th November. Children can come dressed in non-school uniform on this day. We will send home donation envelopes; if you are able to make a contribution, it would be gratefully received. The school council will be running some actives throughout the morning (via video link with bubble 1)
As we move into another period of turbulence, please be reassured that we will do everything we can to ensure the children to continue to learn and achieve to their maximum. We are are prepared to deliver video learning if the need arises, but let's all keep our fingers crossed it doesn't get to that.
Stay safe and well and I look forward to seeing yourselves and the children on Tuesday. Best wishes,
(Head of School)
The children have had another excellent week and despite starting to feel tired from a busy first half term, they continue to show wonderful passion for learning: children from KS1 one this morning shared with me some excellent simile and metaphor poetry.
As it looks very likely that halloween gatherings, trick or treating and so forth may be difficult to navigate this year, on Thursday next week (22nd October - last day of term) in the afternoon each bubble will have an hour long halloween party. Children can come dressed in costume for the day. If you would rather your child did not take part in the halloween activities, please let us know: they will be able to wear non-school uniform and have other activities provided outside of the halloween hour.
With all the additional hand washing that is required, I am aware that children's skin is becoming drier (most likely due to not drying thoroughly) We are reminding children about how to hand wash properly - including drying - but if you are able to check your Childs/children's hands and moisturise as necessary, it could help.
Over the next couple of terms we will be welcoming some trainee-teachers for bubble 1 and 2 (no cross over). They will be a big help as we implement catch-up curriculum work for missed learning that may have occurred during school closures.
PSHE and SRE Curriculum:
We would welcome your feedback on the introduction of the new PSHE and RSE curriculum that has just been launched across the trust. As the DfE stated in July “Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. (Gavin Williamson Secretary of State for Education). Please use the form on the website (https://www.blislandprimary.co.uk/Policies/PSHE_incl_RSE) to leave feedback by the 22nd October .
The children have designed Christmas cards for purchase. The order forms with the card design will be with you on Monday. Please can all orders be given to us by Thursday 22nd October as this is the last day of term.
On Friday 13th November, nurses will be visiting our school to administer the nasal flu vaccine. This vaccine is an opt in service and the online form (link on the letter sent home via email) needs to be completed by Wednesday 11th November.
Achievement awards this week:
Star of the week awards: Brianna W and Thia C
Head teacher awards: Ava W, Sophie W, Amy I, Isla-Rose D, Emily S, Nyle P, Roxanne C and Thomas H
Jack S also has been very successful when competing in motor-cross endurance races last week: picking up a trophy for finishing 4th in an age group above. WELL DONE!
Half-term starts in 1 more week and the children thoroughly deserve it. As always I look forward to seeing the children's happy faces and excellent work next week
Have a lovely weekend,
(Head of School)
It is quite amazing how quickly October has arrived and that Halloween and Christmas treats fill the shelves of the supermarkets. What isn't surprising however is how amazing the children here at Blisland are. This week we have seen amazing pieces art, poetry, and other writing not to mention thought provoking discussions about history. The children continue to show how resilient they are and we love seeing their smiles and enthusiasm everyday.
National Poetry day (Thursday 1st October):
The children really impressed with the love and learning of poetry. KS1 were able to learn by heart and perform a lovely rhyming poem; KS2 became deeply engrossed in writing poems with the concept of the extinction of a colour theme. They wrote with real passion and confidence.
Many thanks to you all for how you are helping us during this time when we have staggered drop-offs and pick ups. These do seem to working well. I have noticed that some cars can drive quite fast down the school road and I will be checking and talking with he local authority to see how we can make it safer. Please do take during drop-off and pick-up hours as the season for wet leaves on the road is well and truly here.
Before lockdown we had a big sponsored read. I am please to say that we raised enough money to buy new sets of books (books-spine) that would be great for the children to have read before they have finished a certain year group. A big thank you to Mrs Powdrill for sorting this. These books should before 1/2 term. When children borrow books and resources from school, we will clean them where possible and store away for 72hrs before they are borrowed again.
Achievement awards this week:
Star of the week awards: Carter B and Mani M
Head teacher awards: Izzy, W, Alina J, Sophie W, Amy I and Lola W
Jack S also has been very successful when competing in motor-cross over the last couple weeks: picking up a trophy for finishing 15th out of over 40 racers in an age group above. WELL DONE!
Not long till Half-term and it only feels like a few days have passed. I am looking forward to the week ahead and seeing what your amazing children wow us with next. Have a good weekend (in the rain).
(Head of School)
WE'RE BACK! And we are thrilled to be.
This week we welcomed all of the children back to school (including a few new faces in our nursery). The children have return brilliantly and we are so proud of them. They have been keen to make up for lost time when playing and have already shown they are ready, willing and very able to catch-up on missed learning. A big well done to our new reception class who have made a very successful transition to (for them) big school.
The children this week have taken part in team activities, created dreamcatchers, and return to a new normal.
Drop-offs and Pick ups:
Thank you all for helping us manage the drop-off and pick-up times. I know there may be little creases to iron out but the children have been able to get to class calmly, safely and on time, and we are very grateful. Please do try to leave the drop-off area as promptly as possible so that we can maintain distance around the school for yourselves, visitors and the local residents.
Friday afternoons are 1/2 day. If you are group A (early drop-off) then the children finish at 12.40pm and if you are group B (the later drop-off) the children finish at 1.00pm. Apologies for any confusion as it seems our messaging system for email contact may have missed some of you with this detail last week: I have attached the letters sent for group A and B for your information if this was the case.
PE and Forest school:
PE will start officially on Tuesday with Mrs Helen Blackburn from Arena. Children should come dressed in PE clothes wearing a school jumper or Cardigan over the top.
Forest school for Bubble 1 is on Mondays, Bubble 2 is Wednesday (Children can come ready for forest school on these days).
Nursery and Reception will have an additional day on Friday morning - on this day from next week, reception can be dropped at the bottom building at their normal drop-off time. Videos showing how to drop here are on the nursery page of the website.
You may/should have received an email asking you to check consents for children when working at school (for things such as local visits, photos on the school website etc). As soon as you can, please can you check these consents. If you have any problems accessing the consents on the Arbor for parents app then please contact the school office (Mrs Hawker is available between 9.30am and 2.30pm or you can email email@example.com)
On the occasional day where we are lucky enough to get the sun, please can children come with sun cream already applied and a hat. Older children may apply their own as they need it.
Now that we have returned and have a new packed lunch menu, if your child or children have any food allergies that we are not aware of, please let us know so that we can inform the kitchen and ensure your child receives a safe meal. Please note that we still remain a strawberry-free school due to existing allergies and we ask that strawberries and products containing strawberries are not brought to school (we appreciate your understanding)
Finally, with new routines and many children starting school after months out of formal education, please let us know of any issues, questions, worries and where things are working well so that we can get it as right as we can for the children.
Thank you again for your support during unusual times and circumstances.
(Head of School)
Well, somehow we are in July and only have two and a half weeks left until the summer holidays: our last day will be Tuesday 21st July.
Good news! Over the summer holidays our school will have the new log cabin installed. When we can have group assemblies, projects and indoor PE lessons during the rainy months, it will be such a useful asset to our school.
Also, over the holiday period, new fire doors and systems will be installed in the main building. Not only will this benefit us from a safety point of view; it will also give our school and classrooms a new lease of life. A big thank you to our academy trust (Bridge Schools) for their endeavours to gain a successful bid for CIF funding to enable this.
Reopening in September:
Following yesterday's announcement and the releasing of guidance from the Department for Education (DFE), we are excited and beginning preparations for reopening for all children from September. There is a lot for us to get our heads around but we are certainly up to the challenge and will be thrilled to see you all in September. The first day back for children as it stands will be Monday 7th September (Thursday and Friday of the previous week will be for staff to prepare in greater depth for the start of the new term). Before the end of term, we will give you more detail about how we will be reopening for all year groups while following any guidance. Information from the government around this can be found by clicking the link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term
Home learning and summer activities:
Over this challenging period we recognise that it has not been ideal to work with the children at home and at certain points I am sure the novelty of home-learning and the excitement of not being at school wore off. However, any work you are able to do and complete will make a difference, little and often is the best approach. We have resources and some lesson activities on each class page. If you require any specific work or activities to keep brains busy over the summer, please email Mrs Hawker: firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of next week so we can organise as much as we can and make the work either available for collection, but if not possible, we can post to you. Do look back at previous class and head's blogs as there may be work there you haven't accessed yet and links for activities such as the summer reading challenge.
Currently we are operating 2 bubbles for learning and care during this time; unfortunately both bubbles are at capacity and we will not be able to accommodate any more pupils until we reopen fully in September. Please accept our apologies, I know at this point, as you recognise your child's need to be in school or as lockdown restrictions are relaxed you may need to go to work, you may desperately be in need of a space for your child but for reasons beyond our control, this is not possible.
In the meantime, please get in contact with us if we can support in some way remotely or by sending work.
Have a lovely weekend; best wishes,
(Head of School)
Happy Friday everybody!
I hope that you all continue to be well and if you have started back at work or have braved the shops, it has been successful.
This week we welcomed back more of our pupils to school, and they have settled brilliantly. I am very grateful to our hardworking and very caring staff who are making this work, but also to all of you parents, as your children are truly well loved and cared for at home.
Online library service (loan e-books)
Last week I mentioned that the summer reading challenge has started. You can with your library cards, and through the borrow box, access online e-books and audio books. With the BorrowBox library app, you can browse, borrow and download amazing titles by your favourite authors from the comfort of your own home or when you’re out and about. You can get the app from the App Store or Google Play and start enjoying incredible eBooks and eAudiobooks straight away via your local library.
Google app link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bolindadigital.BorrowBoxLibrary&hl=en_GB
Apple app link: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/borrowbox-library/id562843562
Android (kindle) app link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bolinda-digital-BorrowBox-Library/dp/B00F84CAMY
Cornwall school virtual games:
Every year Cornwall holds 'Routes to the games' and Cornwall games events for children to participate in sports competitions and festivals. Obliviously it has not been possible this year; but they are from next week running a virtual schools game that we have signed up for. This will happen for children who have returned to school in school but you can also get involved at home. Below are links to the different activities this week. You can send us your results on the day of the activity or upload it yourself via the form which there is a link to below. I wonder how well we could do?
Opening ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/user/getactivecornwall
Speed Bounce: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/athletics_-_speed_bounce_activity_card.pdf
Standing High Jump: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/athletics_-_standing_high_jump_activity_card.pdf
Standing Long Jump: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/athletics_-_standing_long_jump_activity_card.pdf
Monday's Results Link: https://forms.gle/Aa9LF2Z2gg2FLqFZ9
Knock’em Down: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/bowls_amp_boccia_-_knockem_down_activity_card.pdf
The Target: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/bowls_amp_boccia_-_the_target_activity_card.pdf
Tuesday's Results Link: https://forms.gle/uDzpe2upXS1HkkVs5
Hip Hop: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/dance_-_hip_hop_activity_card.pdf
A Sequence: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/gymnastics_-_a_sequence_activity_card.pdf
Wednesday's Results Link: https://forms.gle/vsBZ1qQcZhMmgmbX9
The Serve: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/volleyball_-_the_serve_activity_card.pdf
Hot Potato: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/volleyball_-_hot_potato_activity_card.pdf
Flick & Catch: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/volleyball_-_flick_amp_catch_activity_card.pdf
Thursday's Results Link: https://forms.gle/wqfiQM6Bg5bNk6Mq8
Continuous Rally: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/tennis_-_continuous_rally_activity_card.pdf
Continuous Volley: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/tennis_-_continuous_volley_activity_card.pdf
Target Shooting: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/tennis_-_target_shooting_activity_card.pdf
Fridays Results Link: https://forms.gle/jCmpXfi8wRT7Co738
We do seem to be moving, as a whole nation, towards a more normal situation and I hope you are feeling more optimistic. I sincerely hope, like the Prime Minister mentioned today, that we can return to full-time education in September. If we can do anything else to support you, please do get in touch - we will endeavour to do our best to help.
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