Mailbag 14 July 2020


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Sports Day (but not as we know it!) - The children in school will be competing for their Houses in school tomorrow, so we’d love them to wear house colours. Please make sure they have a water bottle. (Sorry, we’re not able to invite parents to watch).


For the children who aren’t in school at the moment but would like to take part, there will be activities set up in Redcatch Park between 10am - 3pm, hosted by the Yr 6 children and staff. There will be children waiting near the toilet block in the middle of the park to greet you and direct you to the activities. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of water and wear House colours.


Drop in whenever you like - hopefully, visits will be spread over the day and we will avoid crowding. Children must be with a parent or carer and we will all need to be mindful of social distancing throughout. Races will be run against the clock, rather than against others and equipment, such as javelins, disinfected between competitors. Children not observing social distance won’t be able to take part. Please note that there is no pressure at all to come to the park if you don’t feel comfortable doing so.



End of year letter from the Chair of Governors - Click here to download.



Enrichment & Childcare in Term 1 - click here to download September’s programme.

You will see it’s very much pared down because of our COVID precautions - we are just offering outdoor enrichment activities for the first term (and they will be outside, come rain or shine). We will review this for Term 2 and hope that we’ll be able to get back to something a bit more normal.


In the meantime, several of our providers have stepped up to the challenge and are offering on line clubs that children can take part in at home, via Zoom. Dance and Spanish Clubs have been running this way successfully throughout lockdown. Yoga, Guitar Club and Ukulele Club are following suit in September.


Our top priority in putting the programme together is to provide childcare for those working parents who really need it, but we hope that most children will find something on there that they will enjoy.


By going to Breakfast Club, Early-gators, Workshop or sports sessions, children will be stepping outside the ‘bubbles’ in which they spend the school day. We aim to mitigate the risk by keeping groups small and, as far as possible, stable, so that if we were to have a COVID outbreak we could check easily check which children and staff had been in contact.


To this end, we will be asking you to help us by booking Breakfast Club and Early-gators places by Friday for the following week (even better - book ahead for the whole term, if you can). For the time being, we will not be able to accept ANY walk-ups or late bookings.


Please note that the session price for Breakfast Club and Early-gators will be £6 from September.


Details of how to book each club or activity are on the programme, in the right hand column. It’s first come, first served, as usual - sorry, there really is no other practical way to do it. Booking for Breakfast Club and Early-gators will open on Gateway at 9am tomorrow. As usual, if you wish to pay with Childcare Vouchers or Tax Credits you need to book through the school office, not on Gateway, either by phone or in person.



Reception parents - We don’t generally offer enrichment activities to the little ones until Term 2, once they’ve settled in. We’ve found from experience that it’s too much.



A message from Totterdown Children’s Community Workshop - It has been fantastic to see all the interest in TCCW. Apologies if we haven't responded to your email during lockdown, we have been on skeleton staff, well just Kevin and have endeavoured to keep the club ticking over as best as possible. We have sent a number of emails during this time to let you know what is happening at TCCW and to gauge people's interest about returning to TCCW in September, however we are under the impression that not everyone is receiving these emails.  


If you are planning to use TCCW in September please register onto our new booking system using the following link, please register all your children who are going to attend the club and please ensure that you provide your latest email address. We are working on opening the booking system in the next couple of days. If you have registered you will receive an email to let you know bookings are open. 

If you have any further questions please email us on 



Family Band? Aidan Sheehan, the ukulele teacher, is inviting the whole family to join his on line lessons, for just one fee! It’s great for children to learn an instrument alongside an adult or a sibling and ukuleles aren’t expensive. Go on... you know you want to! See details here.



On line Spanish Club - Under normal circumstances the club operates 3 groups, generally Reception and Yr 1, Yrs 2 and 3 and Yrs 4,5, & 6, though there is flexibility, depending on ability. See the Enrichment Programme for details of the on line sessions for Term 1.

The team will run the Reception/Yr 1 group on line if enough people want it. It would be at 4.30pm on either Tuesday or Wednesday. Please email Felicity if you are interested.



Someone’s treasure? A be-jewelled robin, that looks as if it’s fallen off a key ring, has been picked up on Cemetery Road. It’s in the school office.



Look out for your final Mailbag of the school year on Friday.