Head of School weekly update 18.3.22


Welcome to this week’s weekly update.

The children have been impressive as always. I want to begin by saying a huge well done to all of the children that took part in the Sandown Cross Country event on Wednesday. The event had the largest amount of attendees it has ever had!! We are so incredibly proud of each and everyone of you… all of the King Offa children finished the course (which was pretty tough, hilly and super muddy!) A huge thank you to the parents who came to support their child and our school, it is always appreciated and invaluable! Thank you to Mrs Irving for organising and supporting the event, let’s hope everybody warmed up afterwards as it was a particularly chilly day, especially for spectators.

I am pleased to announce that lots of children are interested in training for cross country and Mrs Osman has kindly organised a club to reflect just that. I hope you have managed to hand your permission slips in on time if you are keen to join the club. I am sure you will hear very soon whether you have been selected.

Take a look at the photo above… Miss Smith, Miss Hedges and I are particularly impressed with the amazing homework projects this term. Year 4 have been learning about physicals features and impacts of mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes as part of their learning and as part of their home learning were encouraged to design a 2D or 3D image or model representation of a volcano. These are absolutely fantastic! All unique… a very big well done!

The teachers would like to say an additional well done to a large group of year 6 children who have been coming in to school early or staying for extra time after school to attend booster sessions to help improve their maths skills and abilities. It is incredible to see the rising self esteem of these children and how they feel confident at tackling problems and recalling significant facts with great positivity. Thank you to the 7 members of staff who have taken the time to initiate this through the School Based Tutoring programme. It has made a huge difference and will continue into next term if possible.

Finally, I would like to reassure parents that we are continuing to follow the guidance for schools regarding COVID. We are aware of rising cases across the community and would encourage parents to keep their children at home if they are presenting symptoms and are unwell.  As testing is not mandatory, we do not always know who has the virus therefore cannot report or advise. In addition to this as the isolation rule is not in place anymore, means legally, adults and children can still attend school and do not have to inform us. However as mentioned above, we do encourage parents to keep their child at home if they are aware they have COVID and staff are still being vigilant, so they are not attending work if they are positive with COVID.

We cannot ask pupils, parents or staff to test but trust that if they are feeling unwell, they stay at home. Guidance states “Public health advice for people with COVID-19 and their contacts changed from 24 February. Contacts are no longer required to self-isolate or advised to take daily tests, and contact tracing has ended.”
Please be assured that:
As a school we will:
1.Ensure good hygiene for everyone. 2. Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes. 3. Keep occupied spaces well ventilated. 4. Inform parents of any significant outbreaks that are cause for concern.
The sun is shining so I send warm thanks and hope that you have an enjoyable weekend.
Kind regards,
Miss N Baker
Head of School