Westwood Farm School

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils

 

It feels very strange to be approaching the Easter break after having only been back in school for 3 and a half weeks! On the other hand, it has seemed like an eggstremely (sorry!) long term! The children have continued to enjoy being back with their friends and we have been lucky, apart from today, that they have been out on the field most of the time. With the steadily improving weather, teachers are planning more and more lessons that get the children learning outside, making the most of our eggspansive site.

We are very eggcited that some of the restrictions will be lifted whilst we are on holiday! Some of us will be able to see family that we haven’t seen for a while and can sit in a pub garden once again, whatever the weather.  

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the wonderful staff again! The changes they have had to make in their practice over the last year has been vast. They have all done this without question because they care very deeply about the children and each other. We hope they have a very well-earned rest when it comes next week!  

Summer Menus

The new menu is now on our website for you to view. Can you please ensure that meals are booked in advance on Parentmail. Meals are available to book two weeks at a time.  Hopefully, when we return the weather will be good, so please ensure that the children have a water bottle in school.     

Clubs

We are pleased that we have a large number of clubs to offer the children after Easter and the letter will be sent home with the children next week. They will prove very popular so to avoid disappointment, make sure you return the form to your child’s teacher as soon as possible!   

Easter Clubs

You should have seen the flyer that went home this week with details of the sports club that Mr Hunter and Mr Williams will be running during the holidays. This may prove the perfect solution for those of you not ready to entertain them all day again and for those needing a bit of space to work from home!

Calling all scheme books!

We have spent a lot of money on reading scheme books in the last few years, but we have increasingly found that we are coming up short in a number of book bands. This has been a strange year, particularly with how disruptive successive lockdowns have been, and our hope is that your homes are stuffed to bursting with scheme books that you might have forgotten about or didn't know were allowed to come back! Please, please, please can you all have a big check to see if you have any book-band books that need to be brought back to school?

COVID19 Reporting Positive Cases During the Holidays 

Information about reporting a positive case for your child/ren.

As during previous holidays, the dedicated COVID email will be monitored. You should report any positive cases to this email covidinfo@westwoodfarmschools.w-berks.sch.uk from 1st April up to and including the 4th April.

Red Nose Day

Following last week's Red Nose Day, we are pleased to share with you that we raised £627 between both schools, which is amazing. Comic Relief supports the Elizabeth Foundation which is a centre for pre-school deaf children and their families based in Portsmouth.  You may have seen the video story of Arlo in last Friday night's TV programme. Some of the children who currently attend Westwood Farm or have previously attended here have benefitted from Comic Relief supporting The Elizabeth Foundation.

Laptops

Please could any families who borrowed a laptop during the recent closure return them to school before the Easter break on Wednesday? They can be handed to the senior staff who man the gates.

Mind Full or Mindful?

Anxiety has certainly been high for most of us this last year, life has been unprecedented and the future is uncertain. Both our children and ourselves have had to cope with so much change and worry. So, with Easter arriving with us soon, we thought we would encourage you all to stop and give yourselves a moment. To take time out, relax, try and find a way to be quiet for just a few minutes each day. Attached to this newsletter are ways to help the whole family relax a little!

Have a lovely weekend and thank you for all your support as always. There will be a short newsletter next Wednesday!

Remember we finish at normal staggered times on Wednesday 31st March.

Thank you, as always for your support,

 

Mrs Hunter and Mrs Ross