Letter to Parents 23rd June 2020
I hope you are all well.
Thank you to those of you whose children are at home and who are working through Google Classroom and/or the paper packs. Please continue to send us photographs of your children’s work. You are doing a superb job; the standard of work that we put up each week on Facebook is fantastic. If you are struggling at all with the work, please ring school, Mrs Baron is in the main office every day and is always happy to help you.
The children at school have adapted superbly to the changes, we are very proud of them all. Our youngest children have been amazing with the visors which don’t seem to have bothered them at all. Our oldest children are not so keen! The children are also great at staying in their pods and following the new timetables for handwashing, lunch and playtimes. What we have realised is that, with the exception of the larger year 6 rooms, 12 pupils in a pod is enough. This gives everybody enough room for social distancing. We do not have any spaces left in our year 3 and 4 pods, however if you are a key worker who needs a space for a child in either of these year groups we will do our best to accommodate your child in another year group. We will not be accepting any additional pupils back after 6th July. Term ends on Friday 17th July.
This half term we were successfully assessed for our Inclusion Flagship status, you may be aware that this is an annual reassessment for an award we feel is at the heart of our school and in the current climate has never been more important. From September we will be focusing on achieving good mental health, we know that this period has had an effect on our children as well as adults.
The Black Lives Matter campaign has led to many questions from the children we have at school, and I am sure many of your children at home have asked similar questions. As a staff we will be looking at our curriculum and resources to ensure that there is a focus on equality, diversity, difference and inclusion. Fairchildes will also be working alongside other Croydon schools in developing a flagship curriculum which celebrates Croydon’s position as one of the most diverse London boroughs. We hope that this will be a positive response to dreadful circumstances and will lead to necessary changes in society and mind-set.
Parents of year 5 and 6, we are now at the point where it is our turn to be refunded by Downe Camp and Carroty Wood. We will return the money to you in the form that you paid us eg, if you paid by Parent Pay, it will be returned to Parent Pay. Your money will be refunded before the end of term.
All pupils who are eligible for benefit related free school meals will be eligible for vouchers throughout the holidays. I will transfer those pupils who have returned to school back to vouchers when school ends.
Many thanks for your continued support of our school during this period. If there is anything that we can help you with please don’t hesitate to contact us.