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End of Academic Year Message from Mr Eden

Dear Parents/Carers,

As the start of the school holiday gets underway, I wanted to write to you to say a huge thank you for your constant support. We are so very lucky to be supported by such a wonderful complement of parents/carers and together we have been able to achieve what has, at times, felt like the impossible. Having had to navigate more lockdowns, remote learning and isolations than ever before-I am so very proud of Ancaster and our achievements this year.

In the face of adversity, our children have continued to thrive and the fact that we have made it to this point with relatively low levels of Covid-19 cases or bubble closures is testament to both our close parent partnerships as well as the protective measures we quickly adopted. Once again, I thank you immensely for adhering to these and helping keep everyone safe.

This week, we said goodbye to our wonderful Y6 children who are ready to take the spirit of Ancaster that is firmly embedded within them to flourish and fly as they embark on the next step of their educational journey. Please join me in wishing the children (and parents) all the very best as this exciting phase begins! The same is true of the members of staff and other children/families that have left from other year groups to relocate to different parts of the country-we wish you all the very best and will always be here if you ever need us.

What the summer break affords is the opportunity to relax, reset and reconnect with family and friends that you might not have been able to spend as much time with over the past year-I hope lots of memories are made. We are certainly looking forward to hearing all about the summertime adventures that take place on our return in September.

With school now closed for the summer break, should you need to contact me for any reason you are welcome to email me on sam.eden@ancaster.lincs.sch.uk and I will respond to you as soon as I am able.

Have a wonderful summer everyone!

Best Wishes,

Mr Eden



19th July (Step 4) and beyond (September)

Dear Parents and Carers,

During Covid, we have had a raft of measures in place to support the health and safety of us all as we have navigated the pandemic and in response to guidance published by the Department for Education. As we approach Monday 19th July, which represents the move to Step 4 of the UK's planned roadmap out of the current lockdown procedures, I wanted to write to explain to you that despite Monday 19th July being before we close for the Summer break, we will not be changing any of our expectations, routines or procedures and will be keeping everything in place right up until our closure on Wednesday evening. Please can we ask that parents continue to adhere to the mask wearing, staggered starts and distancing measures that we have had in place this year and we cannot thank you enough for how much you have worked with us on this as it has undoubtedly had an impact on keeping case numbers low for our school setting.

As we move to September, I feel that it is far too early to say what the landscape will look like in the new academic year when this is still such a long time away so as it stands, whilst the emerging guidance suggests that we will not be working within bubbles and there will not be any need for staggered starts and ends etc, we will closely monitor the situation and wait for any further guidance to be published to then update you in the week before we come back to school in September. With case numbers rising quickly and the impact of Stage 4 needing to be seen first, it is felt by us as school leaders as well as the Governing Body, that this cautious approach is the best and only way we can plan for the next period of time. Please be assured that we will contact you as soon as any firm plans are made regarding logistical arrangements. School is due to reopen for all children on 6th September.

Best Wishes,

Mr Eden
Headteacher


PE Kits in September

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have been asked several times this week whether children will continue coming into school in September in their PE Kit on PE days or whether we will revert back to the usual practice of the kit being in school and used whenever we undertake a PE session.

Having discussed this in detail recently, we are keen to revert to children having their PE Kit in their locker and then getting changed in and out of kit whenever the sessions take place. This will enable a greater degree of flexibility in our teaching time and also allow us to move back to two separate PE sessions across the week rather than our current approach of PE being undertaken across one whole afternoon.

We do know that some families are in favour of the children coming in already wearing their PE Kit but having weighed up all considerations for this, we feel that the decision above is the best way to move forward. We recognise that this may have implications on the amount of uniform you need to buy for September so we wanted to make you aware of this as soon as possible.

Please be reminded of our expectations on uniform and PE kit by clicking on the following link which reiterates the message sent out to parents last term. https://www.ancasterprimary.org.uk/Uniform.asp

Should you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to ask.

Best Wishes,

Mr Eden
Headteacher


Sports Day/Parental Involvement

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we move through this term and begin to make preparations for the end of the academic year, we are beginning to get enquiries about how events such as Sports Day will look this year.

This evening, the Prime Minister is due to announce what will happen next with respect to further easing of restrictions. It is likely that freedom from restrictions are to be delayed by a period of time, but despite this we have already decided that we will not be changing any of our current systems or procedures between now and the end of this academic year. We envisage that any further changes that we do make will be made for the start of the new academic year in September (which will, of course, be made in line with updated guidance).

With this in mind, we will be holding Sports Day on Friday 16th July. This year, we will be holding our Sports Day events during the school day and unfortunately, due to current restrictions, we will not be inviting parents, carers or family members to attend. All end of year events that would usually take place will be modified to ensure that we finish the end of year as we always have, but due to Covid-19, parents will not be able to attend I am afraid. If we are unable to hold Sports Day on 16th July, we have also pencilled in 19th July as an alternative date. I can also confirm that we will not be holding a Summer Fayre this year.

We do appreciate that Sports Day is a special time in the calendar and an opportunity for parents and carers to see children in a different light away from the classroom. Please be assured that we will share as many pictures as possible from the day and look forward to helping each child continue to be the best they can be in all aspects of the curriculum. I very much look forward to next year, where we can hopefully return to normal; involving parents and carers/family members in all aspects of school life.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support.

Best Wishes,

Mr Eden





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