Andrew Richards

News from your School Council!

Email: office@grimleyholt.worcs.sch.uk | Telephone: 01905 640325 Facebook Calendar-alt News and Information News, events and useful information Welcome to the first edition of your School Council’s newsletter!  It’s by the pupils, for the pupils. Hope you have fun reading it at home or at school!  Click here to read on… 

Welcome to the Spring term

Welcome back!
Welcome to the Spring term! It certainly wasn’t the start we were hoping for, but following the government’s confirmation of a third national lockdown, we are again ready and raring to go with remote learning.
We have welcomed back our key worker and vulnerable children, and have transferred immediately to our online provision for remote learning via Microsoft Teams. Amazing work is already flying in, and many dojos awarded!
As you will have seen in the media, primary schools nationwide are struggling to cope with demand for critical care workers. Grimley & Holt, as of Monday 11th January, will have 4 times the number of pupils in school, than in the lockdown of March last year.
So we are extremely grateful to all parents and carers for their thoughtful interpretation of the government guidance regarding the definition of a ‘critical worker’. To help manage and monitor the situation, we will be operating an informal grading system which prioritises those critical workers who are frontline health staff and those that are employed in testing / vaccination. We are grateful for your continued understanding in this.
Key points to remember:
• We can only maintain the integrity and operation of three bubbles in school
• Therefore, we have a finite number of places that we can offer to maintain the children’s safety
• Many members of staff are facing the same childcare pressures as parents and carers and,as a result, this has impacted on their availability
Here at Grimley we are incredibly lucky to have a group of dedicated staff who are all ready and willing to come into school and continue their teaching – putting the needs of the school ahead of their own and their families’. I remain incredibly grateful for their continued commitment and dedication.
Alongside teaching in-school all teaching staff will continue to set and mark work via Microsoft Teams for all pupils working from ‘home school’. The work will be as engaging and entertaining as possible, and no doubt Joe Wicks will feature!
I’m pleased to say that, this term, we are going to adopt an increasingly personalised approach to learning that we hope will offer more chance to connect with staff and the school, as well as increased socialising opportunities with fellow pupils. This will include a 9am registration period and more lessons to be delivered by video and streaming.
We know how hard it is for all parents and carers to support the children in their learning via home school. You are all doing an incredible job, and together we can do our utmost to ensure there is little or no detrimental effect on their continued academic development. No parent or carer should feel alone in the task of schooling their children through this time so I would encourage you all to keep in touch with your child/ren’s teachers throughout, and my door (phone/email) is always open!

Please keep checking in with the weekly newsletters for updates and ideas for home-school help, including technology connectivity advice and details on who you should contact if you are having difficulties.
Together we will get through this next challenge, and hope we can look forward to brighter times ahead.
Stay safe, and look after each other.

Andrew Richards
Head Teacher

Our Reverse Advent Calendar

Christmas is approaching fast and our children have been thinking about those around them who may be struggling, and those who find the festive season particularly difficult.

So School Council would like us to do something a little different year, and are leading Grimley & Holt in a whole-school Reverse Advent Calendar.

The idea is that children will take turns to donate different items each day in the run up to Christmas. In our final week this term, we will distribute all the goods to local foodbanks and our local homeless charities.

Watch out for updates in our newsletter to see how the collection is growing.

ParentMail is here!

Communicating with parents is an important part of what we do.

Making sure you get the correct information about activities, events and things that really matter, is something we care about.

From this term we will be using ParentMail, a service used by over 6,000 schools, nurseries and children’s clubs to communicate to parents.

ParentMail will be beneficial to you
because you can:

· Use a free mobile app on Android and iOS to pick up school messages instantly.

· Top up dinner money or pay for schools trips/items in just a few taps.

· And much, much more!

Registering with ParentMail is very easy! Parents should have received an email and/or text message from ParentMail, with clear instructions to follow.

Please be assured that ParentMail is registered with the Information Commissioner and guarantees that all information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation.

Once registered, if you have an Android or Apple smartphone, we highly recommend you download the ParentMail App for the best user experience. To do this, simply search for “ParentMail” in your App store.

If you need any additional information or assistance, please visit the help site: https://
www.parentmail.co.uk/help/parenthelp/ or if you have not received any contact from
ParentMail, then please contact Mrs Wilksinson in the school office:
office@grimleyholt.worcs.sch.uk.

Doing our bit for Children in Need

Despite the challenges of Covid 19, Grimley pupils were determined to do as much as possible to support Children in Need this year. Led with gusto by the School Council, pupils took part in three different activities to raise money for the renowned charity event.

Firstly, the ever-popular Name the Teddy competition saw two winners – one from KS1 and one from KS2 – name a bear correctly.  They each took home the furry friend as their prize! 

Secondly, Year 6 Council members arranged for a Pudsey-themed colouring competition throughout the school.

And finally, the whole school practised and recorded a special Children in Need song, which was performed in a Covid-safe way in the school grounds.  The performance was filmed and posted for all parents to enjoy, on the condition they donated to Children in Need. What a wonderful idea! 

We are just waiting for the final total – watch this space! 

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