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What a very, very strange end to the academic year 2019/20! Where do I begin? It started with such promise and then COVID19 arrived and threw the world, as we knew it into complete turmoil! I think we have all taken both positive and negative experiences from this unique experience.
However, on a very positive note we look forward to welcoming ALL children, back to Kader in September. Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd September will be teacher-training days. All children in Year 1 to Year 6 will be welcomed back from Thursday 3rd September. Our new Reception children will be sent additional information about their start dates in a separate letter from Mrs Yendall.
You will have hopefully collected your child’s report and seen which class they will be moving into. If not, the complete list can be found on the Kader website. The new year group teams are so looking forward to starting the academic year with their new class. Although sadly we didn’t get chance to complete our usual transition at Kader, the new teachers have lots of fun activities planned to make the first few weeks in school as comfortable and positive as possible. Look out for a “hello” from your child’s class teachers on their class page.
With great sadness, we will be saying a fond farewell to Mrs Birch, Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Burton (from the School Office) who are all retiring; we wish them a long and happy retirement. Mrs Cook is leaving to start her training to become a teacher and Mrs Scott and Mr Kerr will be leaving us for pastures new. We will miss them all.
Joining us in September will be 3 new teachers: Miss Chan, Miss Rogers, and Miss Walker who are full of ambition and enthusiasm. Miss Kaur, Miss Maconachie, Miss Gooding, Mrs Bircham and Miss Bennett will join us as Teaching Assistants, and Mrs Smith will be joining the office staff.
During lockdown the good news was that Mrs Donald was promoted to the role of Vice Principal, Mrs Burton to a Senior Leader and Mrs Emms is now the Maths Lead.
Looking forward to September, we are reluctant to over-plan as Covid has taught us plans can change in an instant. However, to help you organise your academic year I have attached some important dates, so that you can plan that long awaited holiday without eating into your child’s education.
|Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd September 2020||PD Days|
|Thursday 3rd September 2020||School opens|
|Monday 26th – Friday 30th October 2020||October Half term|
|Monday 21st December – Friday 1st January 2021||Christmas Holidays|
|Monday 4th January 2021||PD Day|
|Tuesday 5th January 2021||Spring Term begins|
|Monday 15th – Friday 19th February 2021||February Half Term|
|Monday 29th March – Friday 9th April 2021||Easter holidays|
|Monday 3rd May 2021||May Bank Holiday|
|Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June 2021||Spring Half Term|
|Monday 19th July 2021||Start of summer holidays|
The staff are already planning a recovery curriculum and appreciate that all children will return with differing experiences from their time in lock down. The main priorities, for the first few weeks, will be to address the children’s wellbeing, building up their resilience and stamina and their attitude to learning. To help us with the children’s return to school, you will be receiving a questionnaire to complete in time for your child’s return. This will give us an individual starting point for your child. As a school we have decided to operate year group bubbles, to allow us to deliver the excellent curriculum we pride ourselves on, in order to best support your children and help to close any gaps that may be there due to COVID19 and our extended school closure. Please be assured that all necessary risk assessments have been carried out, to ensure that we can run the school as we have been doing, in the safest possible way.
We ask that all parents assist us with the transition back to school by adhering to strict attendance and punctuality. As you can appreciate, getting the children back into a routine is of the upmost importance to ensure we can start the new year on the right track. We suggest that you try to re-establish bedtime and morning routines prior to their return.
With this in mind and following government guidelines we will need to stagger the pick-up times to alleviate congestion on the path into school and allow for social distancing. We understand that this may give some parents more to think about and organise, however we will work together as we always have to try to ensure this all runs as smoothly as possible. As soon as we have the guidance to do so, school timings can return to normal. Please remember that our opening time for children is already staggered as we welcome children into school from 8.40am until 8.50am. Please just respect the social distancing rules on entry to the school grounds. Nursery hours will remain the same, however – please allow extra time for drop off and collection as staff will only be allowing a certain number of parents into the building at any one time.
|Lower School||Pick-up Time||Collection Point|
|Reception||2.50pm||Lower school playground|
|Year 1||3.00pm||Lower school playground|
|Year 2||3.10pm||Lower school playground|
|Upper School||Pick-up Time||Collection Point|
|Year 3||2.55pm||Upper school playground|
|Year 4||3.05pm||Upper school playground|
|Year 5||3.05pm||Upper school playground|
|Year 6||3.15pm||Upper school playground|
With regards to school uniform we are asking the children to be in full uniform. The only difference is that we would like the children to wear trainers so they are able to go outside and take part in physical activity. This will save time and reduce movement around school. The change in footwear expectation will be reviewed at October Half Term.
We are planning to offer both hot and cold lunches, but lunchtimes will be staggered. As previously, children are also able to bring their own packed lunch. If you are wanting to change your child’s lunch choice in the new term then you must inform the office by Wednesday 15th.
Unfortunately, school can no longer offer an after school facility due to very limited uptake. Rosedene, our on site provider, will accommodate any needs. Please contact them directly if you require their support.
I will be in touch with you on Tuesday 1st September with more detailed information, questionnaires and reminders, but until then I would like to wish you and your families, on behalf of all the staff and governors at Kader, a fun filled, happy and healthy summer.
Mrs Alison Mitchinson