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Ings Lane Staxton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO12 4SS

01944710273

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Hertford Vale Church of England Primary School

Respect, Kindness, Love, Peace, Resilience

Newsletters

5.3.2021

Good morning to you all.

We’re looking forward to next week and to having a full school again.  There aren’t any major changes to the information we sent out but we do have a few points for you before Monday 8th.

The revised menu for the next three weeks has been sent out.  If you haven’t seen it you can find it on the ‘Parent Info’ area on the website.  If you have any outstanding dinner money to pay, please settle this before Monday at the latest.

We’ll open the gates at 8:50am for the children to come into school.  If you are coming onto the school site you’ll need a face covering and follow the one way system to leave the school grounds.  At the end of the day, we’ll open the gates at 3:10pm and close them at 3:20pm.  

The Breakfast Club is open as usual from 8:00am.  If you need to use this facility, please let us know this week so we can make arrangements.

Children will need their P.E kits in school as all the classes will be taking part at some point in the week.  The kits can be left in school for the week and taken home on a weekend for washing if needed.

That’s it for now so we’ll see you all on Monday ready for a full week in school.

Take care,

The Hertford Vale team.

4.3.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

With the end of the term approaching, we wanted to let you know some news about the Key Stage 2 teaching team.

We are sad to say that Miss Dodds will be leaving Hertford Vale on the 26th March to take up a teaching post at Gladstone Road School.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Miss Dodds to work as part of a larger team and to progress further in her teaching career.  

Miss Dodds joined us in January 2019 as a newly qualified teacher and has grown as a professional whilst working here at Hertford Vale.  We are so pleased that Miss Dodds can move onto the next phase of her career and enjoy the opportunities a larger school can offer, taking her positive experiences from Hertford Vale with her.

In order to give you enough notice of the news, we wanted to share it now and to let you know the arrangements for the Year 3/4 class after the Easter break.  We have recruited a wonderful supply teacher called Miss Higgs to take the class after the Easter break. We will arrange a Google Meet for the children in the Year 3/4 class to say hello to Miss Higgs before the Easter break.

We know that change is a worry for some people.  At a time like this we understand that stability is a priority for the children and that they need to feel safe and secure.  The search for a suitable teacher to look after Miss Dodds’ class took a long time and we feel that Miss Higgs is that person.  

We are also hoping that Mr Palmer will be returning to school during the summer term.  Mr Palmer has been shielding from work since the pandemic began last March.  He has been working at home, but due to government restrictions has not been able to come into school.  If the shielding ends and the guidance changes, we will welcome Mr Palmer back and he will be able to join the teaching team in school again.  Miss Shadman will remain in the Year 4/5 class for the rest of the school year and carry on the fantastic work she’s been doing since September.

When all the children return next week, we will spend time answering their questions, help them look ahead to the summer term and tell them about all the fun things the teachers have planned.

Thank you,

The Hertford Vale team.

2.2.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

Here are the  dates and times for the next Google Meets :

 

Mrs Kenyon’s Class - Wednesday 3rd March - 9:45am

Miss Dodds’ Class - Wednesday 3rd March - 10:30am

Mrs Boyes’ Class - Thursday 4th March - 9:30am

Miss Shadman’s Class - Friday 5th March - 11:00am

 

If you have any issues connecting to the meetings, please let us know.

Thank you.

25.2.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

We are looking forward to seeing the rest of the children back in school on Monday 8th March.  As usual, we are going to keep things simple and follow the systems we have had in place since last summer.  

The children will enter school via the gate on Ings Lane, go into the building through their usual door and all parents and carers will leave via the steps on the large playground.  The end of the school day will be the same as it was in September.  We will radio ahead to the classes so that you can collect your children as all families are familiar with this system.

We will be keeping the bubbles/groups the same as they are now with a Key Stage 1 and a Key Stage 2 split.  Lunch times, play times and PE activities will ensure that the two Key Stages are kept apart and that contact between the two groups is kept to a minimum wherever possible.

Our main priority in the first instance is to make sure the children are happy in themselves.  The children who have been in school will need to adjust to the school being full again and the children who have been at home will need to get used to being in school for the first time since December. 

There is a lot of talk in the media about ‘catching up’ and cramming as much information into the children as possible.  We want to assure you that our main focus is the children’s wellbeing so that they can settle into being part of a larger group and feel comfortable being here.  

The teaching staff are very aware of what has or has not happened at home in terms of learning.  They want to let you know that whatever you have done, it has been of immense help to your children. Before children can absorb new information, they will need time to readjust to school, each other and the routines of the day.  We will of course be looking forward to helping all children fulfill their potential, but this will not be to the detriment of their confidence, happiness or love of learning.  

There is a national picture developing of a set of children who will need careful and considered teaching from now on.  We want to help them achieve the best they can without making them feel they are lacking in some way or behind compared to others.  As we progress through the rest of the school year we will monitor each child to help them on a personal level and give them what they need to move on in their learning.  

We will be sending out some more information next week before the school opens fully on March 8th with any last minute changes if needed.  Until then, if you have any questions, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

The Hertford Vale team.

25.2.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

 

Here are the  dates and times for the next Google Meets :

 

Mrs Boyes’ Class - Thursday 25th February - 10:00am

Mrs Kenyon’s Class - Thursday 25th February - 11:00am

Miss Shadman’s Class - Friday 26th February - 11:00am

Miss Hegarty’s Class - Monday 1st March - 11:00am

Miss Dodds’ Class - Tuesday 22nd March - 10:30am

 

If you have any issues connecting to the meetings, please let us know.

 

Thank you.

23.2.2021

Dear Parents and Carers.

Following the Prime Minister’s speech yesterday, we are working towards the rest of the children coming into school on 8th March. We are looking forward to having all the children back with us and to seeing all our families again.

There has been a lot of information released from the Department of Education since the announcements, with enough guidance and recommendations to keep an avid reader busy for months. Once we have read everything through, we will be in touch with details on how the school will reopen again for all pupils. Until then, the remote learning will continue to be provided by the teachers.

Stay safe,

The Hertford Vale team.

23.2.2021

Here are two letters from Mrs Boyes about World Book Day and a new reading newsletter called Bookworms.  They are also on the school app as a download.

Thank you.