Dear Parents and Guardians
I welcome you all back to what I very much hope will be a normal school year, but one that we at St George’s are all ready for. St. George’s has a history of excellence which I am very excited to continue to build upon as we work together to continue to ensure that the school provides the best possible education and wider experiences for all of our children and families.
Parents are warmly welcome back onto the school grounds in the morning and for pick up. Just a reminder that school gates open at 8:30 and teachers will be out in the playground at 8:40. Please do not leave your child unsupervised in the playground. School finishes at 3:15 and gates will be opened at 3:10 for parents to enter.
If you require the office in the morning you can only access the office through the main gate as the school building is locked for security reasons and can’t be accessed through the playground. If you would like a meeting with Myself, Teacher or SENDco, please contact the school office through email; email@example.com or phone; 020 7703 4772. Please do not hesitate to arrange a personal phone call with me if you have anything you would like to discuss relating to your child or family.
The staff and I are very excited to welcome all of our children from Years 1 to 6 back today. Reception children will begin their settling in from 13th September. An incredible amount of work has been done over the summer to ensure that the school is ready for our full opening.
While the government guidance is that schools can open normally we are still very aware that the pandemic continues. We will continue to do the following in school to make sure the St George’s community remains safe.
- Increased hand washing and sanitising - sanitising stations have been set up in each classroom and throughout the school; a schedule of hand washing/sanitising will be implemented with children and adults cleaning their hands every time they enter or leave the classroom, before and after eating, and at necessary intervals during the day;
- Respiratory hygiene – Catch It, Bin It, Kill It will be promoted and reinforced regularly with lots of visual reminders and dedicated lessons time on germs and bugs.
- Enhanced cleaning – more regular cleaning of frequent touch points and all areas of the school
In addition to these measures, all staff have been trained in how to manage any cases where a child may develop symptoms during the school day. Current government guidance is that face coverings should not be worn in primary schools. At this time, we are asking parents and carers not to send face coverings into school. If you feel that your child needs to wear a face covering on their journey in, parents or carers should ensure that they provide a sealed plastic bag once children have been dropped off, for them to put it in. We are also advising that children travel to school on foot rather than using public transport, which is likely to get very busy as schools reopen.
Our catering staff will provide, hot meals to all children across the school and the new Autumn menu can be seen on the school’s website.
There are just a few other ‘business’ items to share in this letter:
- Breakfast Club is up and running please contact the office if you require a place.
- Children will bring their PE kit to school and change for PE in school. Correct PE kit is brought in on a Monday and return home to wash on a Friday.
- Children will wear full school uniform and can wear black shoes or plain black trainers (please speak to a member of staff if you have any difficulty acquiring uniform);
- Children will need to bring in a filled water bottle each day as drinking fountains will remain off for this term.
Meet the Teachers
I want to invite you to attend our Meet the Teacher Afternoon on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th September from 3:20 to 4:00pm. This will be a great time to strengthen our St George’s community, meet teachers and other families, and learn about class expectations this school year.
Monday 13th September
Tuesday 14th September
We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognise that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:
- Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience in Full School Uniform; Morning Bell is rung at 8:40am, Learning Starts 8:45am
- Completes all homework assignments given by teachers.
- Reads daily at home to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills.
- Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life.
- Correct PE kit is brought in on a Monday and return home to wash on a Friday.
School Volunteer Program
Please consider joining our parent volunteer program as our students can greatly benefit from your involvement and contributions to the school’s program and its operations.
We seek volunteers to help us with the following activities:
- Supporting in class school trips.
- Reading with children who need extra help
- School-wide events
To be a part of this program please contact Audrey in the office to book an appointment for a DBS check.
Over the days, months and years I look forward to enhancing the considerable achievements of the school with the very dedicated staff team. We are fully committed to providing every opportunity for all of our children to develop intellectually, spiritually, socially, emotionally and physically. A strong partnership with the home, parish and wider community is central to the school’s ethos.
Please feel free to contact me through the school office or in the playground.
I want to thank you all for your support of the school and your continued engagement with us