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If you missed a recent newsletter you can find a copy below.  Newsletters will be removed at the end of each term.  If there is a copy of an old newsletter you would like please ask at the office.

9th July - Issue 39

Dear Parents,

Here we are at the end of another academic year; one that none of us would ever have imagined or will ever forget!

This will be the last newsletter for the term and I would like to take the opportunity to send some special messages.

Firstly, myself and the staff would like to congratulate our Year 6 children on all their achievements and on the way they have conducted themselves in their last term. Although they have missed the experience of some of the usual 'leavers' end of Year 6 events, they have shown maturity and a positive mind-set to manage the circumstances very well. Thankfully, they can take away their memories of a brilliant school journey in the autumn term and hopefully, many other happy reflections on their time at Almond Hill. We all wish you a very happy and successful future and hope you will come back to see us for a proper goodbye in the autumn term.

I also wish to congratulate all of our children who suddenly had to adjust to the loss of their usual routine and isolation from their friends when schools closed. They have been remarkable! It has been lovely to see and hear about not only the work they have been doing, but all the other skills they have been learning and experiencing at home. It has been great to see so many of them at the 'goodbye'/'hello' meetings in the last 2 weeks.  Some of our children, whose parents are key workers, have been coming into school through the whole period of restrictions, needing to adjust to a very different way of working with many restrictions in place. They too have been fantastic!

Parents will receive annual reports through the post this week that provide a summary of pupil achievement, but in short we are really proud of all of our children!

The children would not have managed as well as they have, without the support of you as parents. Thank you for doing such a fantastic job, in very difficult circumstances and staying with it over such a long period.  I know that it has been frustrating and challenging for you at times, but your hard work has supported your child's learning and hopefully resulted in some great experiences for you and your family that may not have happened if school was open.

I would also like to thank the parents who have supported the school through the year in different ways; as school governors or as volunteers and a special 'thank you' to the group of parents who came together to keep 'Friends of Almond Hill' alive this year and worked hard to raise funds for the school- your time and effort is greatly appreciated!

Finally, I hope you will wish to join with me in saying a big 'thank you' to my staff. They have worked really hard to adjust to very different working practices in school and to provide remote learning for children at home, whilst, like you, juggling the needs of their own families in a worrying time. They are a great team and as a Head, I feel lucky to have them!

Just a few other notices for you.

Our very best wishes to Miss Meek who is leaving us to teach in a school much closer to her home. We will be welcoming Ms Stewart to join our year 6 teaching team in September.

School closes for key workers on Friday 17th July at 3.15 pm.

We will be providing a special lunch for Year 6 on their last day (Tuesday 14th) so they will not need a packed lunch.

Some of you have asked about Year 6 ties - if you wish to purchase, please do so through Schoolcomms and we will distribute on the first day back in September. Some of you have also asked for an update on Grafham - most recent guidance is still not allowing overnight visits at the present time. We are liaising with the Centre to see if there is any flexibility to our booking dates and will let you know as soon as possible.

The cost of school dinners will increase by 10p from next term and will now cost £2.70. Please ensure any outstanding dinner money debt is paid by the end of this term.

Over the next 2 weeks, the leadership team will be digesting Government and HCC guidelines to plan the organisation for re-opening in September. Once our plans are complete, parents will be sent a Schoolcomms to alert them that information has been published on the website. It will be important for parents to read this and discuss the information with their child before they return. We will also keep the year group and SENCO emails for parents open. These will be viewed by teachers in the week before children return, so you can notify us with any information about your child that you feel is important for us to be aware of.

I wish you a safe and relaxing break together and look forward to seeing you all on 3rd September.

Stay Alert

Best wishes
Mrs Judith Lovelock

Year 5 - Holiday Homework 

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