11th February 2022
Dear Parents and Carers
Despite Covid’s best efforts, including its impact on our teaching team, we have made it to the end of this half-term! We are lucky to have such a dedicated, flexible and resilient team at BGPS and I am very grateful to all of the staff who have done extra hours and stepped into other people’s shoes to keep the school open. Have a good week next week; we will see you again on Monday 21st February.
To see what’s been happening at BGPS, please go to our website and Twitter feed:
From the governors …
There was a full governing body meeting on Thursday 10th February, and the governors would like to share the following five key points with you:
- Governors were presented with an overview of the Cornerstones Curriculum and the Maestro platform to gain a more in-depth understanding of how this is used to build the school’s curriculum and to monitor and assess pupil attainment and progress.
- Governors have recently received valuable Ofsted Framework training to prepare them for the next inspection.
- Governors wish to thank all staff for their continued hard work, dedication and resilience through challenging circumstances caused by the ongoing Covid situation.
- The Chair was delighted to meet with so many parents at the school recently and is looking forward to receiving nominations for the Parent Governor vacancy at the election after half term.
- Governors discussed the importance of raising the profile of the governing body and welcomes feedback from the school community about what they would like to know about the governing body
We still have several people off school with Covid at the moment. This week there have been new cases in all classes, including two teachers and a teaching assistant. As all the children have been in close contact with at least one of these cases, please carry on LFD testing each morning for 7 full days. I would also like to ask that you test your child before the return to school after the half-term holiday on Monday 21st February. Hopefully, we can minimise Covid disruption next half-term. We wish Miss Chubb, Mrs Leadbeter and Mrs Mingay a speedy and full recovery. (And the rest of us have our fingers crossed that we don’t come down with it next week!)
Einstein Class Update
We have missed Mrs Harris enormously over the last three weeks. Einstein Class have been working hard with Mrs Newman, Mrs Temple and me (along with Mrs Brown, Mrs Brusell and Mrs Pizey). We are doing our best to minimise the number of different teachers in the class so that the children can get to know them and build a relationship with them. Finding supply teachers has been challenging as there is so much teacher absence in our area that supply teachers are in extremely short supply. I am incredibly proud of the children in Einstein Class, who have continued to do their best and have produced some fantastic work this half term. If you ever need to trap a dragon, they can send you some detailed and imaginative instructions! The class are continuing to follow Mrs Harris’s plans for the year (which can be found on our website here). Mrs Newman will be in Einstein Class on the Monday and Tuesday after half term to help our Einsteins embark on their “Predator” project which looks very exciting. I will update you about Mrs Harris’s return when I can.
Please check our school website for information about future events, term dates, training days etc. http://www.burroughgreen.cambs.sch.uk/website/calendar/386598
In the next two weeks…
Wednesday 23rd February – Virtual Parent Consultations
The teachers will send out google meet links for the meetings via Tapestry or Class Dojo. Once Miss Chubb has recovered from Covid, we will rearrange yesterday’s postponed meetings.
Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day
Friday 4th March – Malala Class Dental Survey
Anna Hayesmore and the Burrough Green Team
Thank you so much for those who have already volunteered to help with manning / quality testing the pool. For anyone interested in overseeing after school swimming sessions, there is a basic first aid course being run at 2.30pm on Wednesday 23rd March in school - this is an annual event (normally) and only lasts 1 hour.
For those who have kindly offered to water check thank you and we will be looking at training options after half term!
Collection organised for Tuesday 8th March. We would be grateful for donations of any second hand clothing & accessories, shoes, bed linen, soft furnishings and soft toys in bin bags. Donations can be dropped off outside school from the morning of Monday 7th March until 9am on 8th March. No duvets, pillows or branded clothing / uniform please
Wishing you all a relaxing half term
Amazon Wish Lists
A big thank you to parents who have brought items from the wish lists, it is very much appreciated that you are supporting the school. You can find our wish lists here:
Amazon Smile - Please remember to use Amazon Smile and nominate 'Burrough Green PTA and Friends' as your chosen charity. For each purchase, the PTA receives a small percentage donation from Amazon at no extra cost to you. It's a really simple way to donate without even realising it!