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Friday 18th September 2020


Welcome to another weekly newsletter in our new “mobile friendly” format.  As ever when we try new things, feedback is crucial - please get in touch to let us know if this format of newsletter works for you.  Today we have announcements about attendance, art week, COVID testing, photo permissions, and open evenings for year 6...


We normally provide weekly updates about our whole school attendance on the newsletter and celebrate classes with the best attendance every Friday.  This year so far, attendance has been excellent but obviously impacted by pupils and families needing to self-isolate.  We can reassure you that this kind of absence is recorded on our system using a different code, and not recorded as “illness”.  Miss Mullen is our attendance lead, and will be in contact if she has any concerns about a child’s attendance. This of course works both ways - please get in touch if you would like to discuss anything too.  


Art Week

Next week is art week in VPPS. We are looking forward to having a fun and creative week trying out new skills. Our theme this year is Cabinet of Curiosities. The children will be developing their art skills and creating curiosities which will be displayed in their own cabinet, to encourage wonder and curiosity for others.


COVID testing

We have been asked to pass on this information about when and how to get a COVID test:
You should only seek a COVID test for an individual if they develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those sent home to self-isolate, having been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, should only get tested if they develop symptoms themselves. The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.  Call 119 to book a test - please do not call 111.  On days 1 to 4 of your symptoms, you can get tested at a site or at home. If you're ordering a home test kit on day 4, do it by 3pm. On day 5, you need to go to a test site. It's too late to order a home test kit. If you are not able to get a test in the first 5 days of having symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home (self-isolate). Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home.

Photo permissions

We will soon be updating our records about photo permissions. In school we love to take photos and use them on displays, on our website or on Twitter.  Of course we can only do this with your consent.  We will send out an updated photograph consent form during next week, which we ask you to fill in and return, even if you have done one before, or recently.  This is because our new form will be worded differently.  If you do not give your consent for photographs of your children to be taken, please be reassured that they will not miss out on anything in school.

Open evenings for year 6

During the week we have received information from three secondary schools about their open evenings:

St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School Virtual Open Evening Information

This year our Open Evening will be ‘virtual’.  We have made three films that parents/carers of children in year 6 can watch to help them get a flavour of our school to help them make a decision.  Here is a link to the films on our website.

St Katherine’s School Open Events Autumn 2020

Regrettably, we will not be able to offer families the opportunity to visit our wonderful site and facilities at St Katherine’s School. Instead we are delighted to offer a virtual open evening on Thursday 24 September at 7pm. The event will include a virtual tour of our school and curriculum, a welcome from Mr Blundell, Cathedral Schools Trust CEO and Mr Humphreys, Headteacher, some information around our first class pastoral support provision from relevant colleagues and most importantly, a chance to hear from a number of our students. There will also be an opportunity for families to ask questions during the evening, with responses from the relevant colleague. Families are welcome to register online here. Should they be unable to join us virtually on 24 September, they can register their details here and we will send a link to a recording of the event.  We look forward to offering a warm welcome to some of your children and their families for our virtual open evening.

Bedminster Down Secondary School Virtual Open Evening
Click on this document to see a letter to parents from BDS about their virtual open evening.

Your children have been working hard this week to show us everything they have remembered and learned. I am looking forward to visiting each class next week to see how children are showing co-operation by demonstrating excellent learning behaviours. Have a lovely weekend.