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1st December 2020 Parent Newsletter

                                                                                                                                                       Dear Parent, this will be out final weekly newsletter of the year, as we head into the craziness   of Christmas fun and activities – Our Termly newsletter to round up the year will be published on 18th Dec.


As we reach the end of the national lockdown, the Government has announced that Surrey will be placed in TIER 2 moving forwards. This is not expected to be reviewed until the end of January.


What does this mean for us ?


More information about Tier 2 restrictions an be found at


Christmas Cards

We now have a post box for Christmas cards in reception. Pupils are encouraged to put ALL cards in the post box by Friday 11th December.  All cards will remain in quarantine till Monday 14th when we will deliver cards to pupils at the end of the school day.


Pupils MUST NOT be giving cards out around school, as we try to prevent the spread of COVID and we appreciate you discussing this with your child in advance.


Raffle Tickets deadline 14th December

Raffle Tickets for the Christmas Raffle went home in school bags a short while ago, please return and stubs and ticket money via the school office by Monday 14th. Our prize list keeps growing so we will send a revised list home on Friday.


Mufti Day 14th December

Pupils should come in “home clothes” on 14th Dec with a cake donation for the PFA.

All cakes will be quarantined until the Festive Fiesta and will be bagged up for pupils to bring home (if they make it that far !!)


PFA Festive Fiesta 15th December

Once again, the PFA are working very hard to support our annual Festive Fiesta. Their final planning meeting will be next week to get all the stalls/games planned and ready for the fun to begin on 15th December.  This not only an opportunity for some well-earned fun, but also an opportunity for pupils to practice their money management and maths skills.


If you are able, please send your child to school with a small amount of money so they can enjoy the festivities. 




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Leading up to Christmas


Please see the dates below:


14th DecemberMufti day – bring cakes for the Festive Fiesta


15th DecemberFestive Fiesta – bring your money to visit our stalls and games at our Christmas Fair – pupils and staff only


16th DecemberChristmas Dinner – bring a festive hat etc and wear a Christmas Jumper if you wish


17th DecemberKS3 Celebration Assembly & KS4 Celebration Assembly:  Parents of prize winners will be invited to join us on Zoom.


18th DecemberKS5 Celebration Assembly: Parents of prize winners will be invited to join us on Zoom.                          


18th DecemberSchool ends 12.30pm



Who can I contact about school work if my child has to self isolate due to COVID ?


You MUST contact the school as soon as you become aware that there is a COVID issue with your family / child.


If you are then asked to isolate at home our Blended Learning Team can be contacted for support


Our Blended Learning Coordinator can be contacted on



What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19


If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via or by calling 119. 


All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.


The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.


Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.


Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community




The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:


•new continuous cough and/or


•high temperature


•a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)


For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.


If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at or by phoning 111.


How to stop COVID-19 spreading


There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19



  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards


Further Information

Further information is available at



Financial Support for families struggling


We understand that the past few months have been hard going for many families in our community.  If you are experiencing financial difficulties, then the link below may be able to offer some support and guidance.


Yours Sincerely

Mary Rome


Just a gentle reminder that if your child is not feeling 100% please do not send them to school and contact the school for advice. Please wear a face covering on transport if you feel able to do so.