I hope you and your families are well. We have had an excellent week again here at Darell. Your children have adapted to the new routines and we have settled into our new normal. Our attendance remains at 97% which is excellent. Thank you for continuing to trust us with your children. Unsurprisingly a number of our children have developed colds and minor ailments since our return to school. It is great to see you all applying common sense to the situation and making sensible judgement calls on attendance. Please ring the office if you are unsure about your child's attendance. We have had many sensible discussions already this term.
The news cycle continues to be dominated by Coronovirus and it looks as though the national picture is slowly changing as infections increase. We can only hope that the current delays in testing are tackled quickly and efficiently. It is very frustrating to hear about the delays that some of our families have had in obtaining tests. Currently we have no children or families who have received a positive test. Long may that continue. I also think it is important to maintain a sense of perspective. I heard on the radio this morning that 98% of the current tests are coming back as negative. There is also the context of our local picture. I am updated on a daily basis. In the last week, the daily lab confirmed cases of Coronavirus has been in single figures across the borough. On the 15th and 16th of September there were no confirmed cases. We will not become complacent and will continue to adapt and improve our provision to make it as safe as it possibly can be. You will have received a letter from Richmond council encouraging you to wear a mask when entering the school site. I would like to urge you also to do this. It is a small inconvenience that may have great benefits.
I am aware that last week's newsletter was dominated by Coronavirus and I want to ensure that this is not always the case. Personally, I have had a brilliant week. On Monday I attended Forest School with Year 1, on Tuesday I went to play tennis with Year 5 at Pensford Tennis club and today I had the pleasure of spending an hour with our wonderful new Reception cohort. The time flew by as I was treated to an assortment of mud cup cakes, played an impromptu game of Hockey, battled with a variety of dinosaurs, joined a bus trip to the seaside and was involved in the construction of an intricate new monument. It is great credit to the staff in Reception who have created such an enabling environment. There is a real sense of purpose and it was a joy to spend time in your children’s company.
We continue to focus on making the school the best it can be and have been working behind the scenes on updating our values as a school. In my short time (so far, I am now here for the duration!) at Darell I have felt the values that drive the school but have not seen them clearly stated. We wanted to capture what drives all of us and can be seen in everything that we do. Here they are;
These values will be prominent on our new website and we will be exploring them with our children in the upcoming weeks. Next week I would also like to share the School Development Plan for this year. I think it is important for you to see and support what we are working on this year. It is extremely energising to be able to break away from writing, sharing and updating risk assessments and actually focus on driving this school forward. We will be here well beyond this current crisis and will continue to further improve the school. Thank you for being with us on this journey. Have a lovely weekend. Focus on enjoying your family and friends and be safe.
It is with fondness and gratitude that we are saying farewell to our lovely Lesley Branch. She has worked at Darell for an incredible 14 years as a teaching assistant and lunchtime supervisor but she has given so much more of her time voluntarily. Lesley has been a big part of the Darell family and she will continue to be so. She has promised not to be a stranger and wishes to continue to volunteer to hear our children read, when she is able. I'm sure you'll join us in saying a tremendous thank you to Lesley for all her kindness and dedication to Darell and we hope to see her very soon!
With Lesley's departure we now have a vacancy for a lunchtime supervisor. The role will currently be for 2 hours a day but this will quite possibly reduce to 1.5 hours when the COVID restrictions are lifted. If you're interested in supporting our children at lunchtime please contact the school office for more information by next, Wednesday, 23rd September.
Updates from the office
Appointments during term time
Please can we remind all parents and carers that if your child has an appointment you must provide documentation for our attendance. This may be in the form of appointment card, letter, email or text.
Where possible please arrange appointment for outside of school hours.
Secondary Transfer Sept 2021
You will have received an email with all the information attached for secondary school transfer.
Follow the link below for the e-admission online form and the information from the Borough.
Tuesday, 22nd September - Year 5 Tennis at Pensford Field
Wednesday, 23rd September - Year 3 Tennis at Pensford Field
Friday, 25th September - Year 6 Tennis at Pensford Field
Tuesday, 6th October - Nasal Flu Spray, Reception to Year 6
Monday, 12th October - Individual photos
Year group messages
Today you will have received your child’s login details for Google Classrooms – this will be a sticker with their login and password. Please can you ensure that your child is able to login and access their classroom. Google Classroom was our primary tool for remote learning during school closures earlier this year. It will continue to be the platform that we use to deliver learning remotely when needed. We will also be using this platform to share a number of videos with the children: weekly stars, reading raffles, assemblies and story reading. If you have any problems logging in to Google Classroom, please do not hesitate to contact the school office. There is a user guideattached to the newsletter if you are using Google Classroom for the first time.
Please see below the timetable for class slots for PE for the upcoming academic year.
Attenborough Class – Year 5
Peake Class – Year 1
Thunberg Class – Year 3
Packham Class - Reception (AM)
Darwin Class – Year 4
Weir Class – Year 2
Parks Class – Year 6
Please note, all slots are afternoon slots unless specified.
In preparation for your child’s PE slot, please make sure your child/children come to school on the morning of their allocated session wearing their PE kit and school jumper. In line with recommended guidance, pupils will spend the entirety of their school day in their PE kit.
Please make sure that your child/children are wearing the correct Darell PE kit which consists of:
Plain black shorts or plain, black jogging bottoms.
A plain white t-shirt.
We request that pupils wear their school jumpers as well to keep warm.
One member of our school community was doing her best to follow social distancing guidelines. Well done Pepper -what an excellent role model! Please make sure you stay safe at drop off and pick up times. https://t.co/qspDU57HSZ
Would you like to join our governing body? We have 3 main functions; to help set the strategic direction of the school, to challenge and support the leadership and to oversee the financial performance ensuring best value. At the moment we are 9 in number including one parent, one member of staff and one associate member who has a particular focus on health and safety. We have vacancies for up to 4 people to join us, one would take on the role of parent governor.
We are a very friendly bunch, who all have a real drive and motivation to make Darell Primary and Nursery School the first choice of school in our locality. We are very proud of the improvements which have been made over the last year and excited to have Joe Porter leading the school into the future.
If you are interested in hearing more about this opportunity please contact Jane Spencer, Chair of Governors via firstname.lastname@example.org with FAO: Jane Spencer in the subject.
Overall school attendance last week was 98.3% our target is 96.8%.
Well done to Newton and Weir Class for the highest attendance with 100% last week.
Best for Punctuality was the whole school with 0 lates!
lets do our best for next week!
Hello all. We are very lucky to have Sumru Satici Ince as our PSA lead. Now she needs your help. We would like a class rep, or two, to help with communication across the year groups. This is not intended to be an onerous job and will include support with communication and support for any initiatives. Please volunteer for this role. Do not be shy. I am new, Sumru is new and you will be new to the role so we can grow together. It is a very exciting time for the school and supporting in this way is a great way to help. We are very happy for two people to share the role but we need names. Please contact the school through email@example.com and we will pass this information on to Sumru so she can contact you directly. The first PSA event of the year is going to be announced next week so please contact us as soon as possible.