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We will use this blog to share the learning, fun and enjoyment that happens at Darite.
Mr Whipps, Head of School.
It is the end of the first full half term back after lockdown and the children have shown their true colours. They have been superstars, working hard, making friends and returning to school like they have never been away.
Thank-you so much for all the kind words that you shared with teachers this week during parent consultations this week. It always makes us happy to know that your children are coming home happy.
Thanks to everyone who has completed the permission forms on Arbor or the paper copies. Your permissions allow us to provide lots of opportunities to enhance the curriculum offered at Darite.
As we go into the half term holiday everyone at Darite would like to thank the children for their hard work and support this term alongside your support as part of the Darite Primary community. Please have a relaxing and well deserved break. We hope you enjoy whatever you get up to and we are looking forward to seeing you all on the 3rd November. Have a fantastic break.
It's another busy week at Darite this week. We've had our flu nasal sprays, balancability and the Class 1 photo for the Cornish Times! thank-you once again for your understanding and patience with the morning and afternoon routine. We will open doors to the classrooms 5 minutes early on days when it is raining. We are currently running with fewer staff and to avoid having additional supply staff, where possible, staff members are performing multiple roles. I am very grateful to them for their efforts and thankful to you for your understanding.
There are several important updates that I would like to make you aware of. Please read the information below to ensure you are up to date with everything that is going on.
1) Year 6 trailed the use of Microsoft Teams when in Year 5. This is a secure way for teachers and pupils to collaborate with learning and communicate ideas. All children in KS2 (year 3 and up) will shortly have access to the secure class site. This is to allow learning to continue should a bubble need to close. It is important to note that this is just in case, we have no need to close bubbles at Darite.
2) We would welcome your feedback on the introduction of the new PSHE and RSE curriculum that has just been launched across the trust. As the DfE stated in July “Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. (Gavin Williamson Secretary of State for Education). The documentation can be found on our website here. Please use the form on the website to leave feedback by the 22nd October. Thank-you.
3) There will be a letter sent out shortly with the dates and times of the parent consultations for this term. We would like you to book these using the Arbor Parent Portal. If you need some help with this, please contact Mrs Evett at the office.
Thanks again for your support of the school.
A huge congratulations to Miss Godby on the birth of Oliver. Both baby and mum are doing well. We are really growing our Darite family! We are sure you will join us in wishing them both well.
The staff are forming queues to give cuddles when we are allowed!
Everyone as school hopes you will join with us in welcoming the latest addition to the Darite family. Mrs and Mr Alberts welcomed baby Lowenna a few weeks ago.
Mother and baby are doing well and we can't wait to meet her (and see Mrs Alberts) when we are allowed to.
Huge congratulations to you both!!!
What an amazing day we have had today! It was superb to see all the children back in school for the first time in nearly 6 months. Schools always seem much more sad without children and the sounds of their laughter and learning were fantastic to hear.
There were understandably some nerves, but many more smiles and jokes as the children remembered how brilliant Darite can be. The new Reception children had a wonderful time on the new slide and climbing wall and our new friends in other classes were welcomed by the children who already call Darite home.
Thank-you so much for your support and kind words for the staff and school, we really do appreciate the help that you have been giving us in these strange times. As always, the situation at school is under constant review so alongside the message of thanks, can we please ask you to carefully read the letter that was sent home today with some further guidance and requests to help make the school day fun even more smoothly.
As we near the beginning of another year at Darite, I thought it was a good idea to update the blog and reflect on the summer and time away from school.
I really hope you have had a relaxing summer and have had opportunities to do things as a family in the lovely weather. I also recognise that for many children, the return to school is a time of nerves and worry, particularly after such a long period away from school due to the lockdown.
The staff at Darite have been working tirelessly to make the school as safe as possible for the return to school and there will be final arrangements for drop-off and pick-ups sent out this week. I have a meeting with the other heads of the Bridge schools on Thursday and will send out the final guidance then. In the meantime, please know that we have been working hard on training to support children who find the transition difficult and will continue to work with pupils, families and experts to support pupils.
On another note, to the left is a welcome video from Miss Swift who is joining us as the Class 3 teacher. Due to the rules surrounding COVID last term, she was unable to meet any children. She is a wonderful teacher and will be a fantastic addition to the team. She will be supported by Mr Dickinson.
Class 2 will be taught by myself and Miss McLaughlin who we welcome back from maternity leave. We are really excited to have her back in school.
Mrs Marks-Saberton joins us as a teaching assistant in Class 1 to support Mrs Lake who has moved from Class 2 to be Class 1s teacher. Mrs Price will also be in class one to provide additional help and support to the children.
Keep watching this space for news about baby arrivals from Miss Godby and Mrs Alberts!!!
Please stay safe and stay in contact with any concerns or questions.
It was an emotional end to the year this afternoon when the whole school had a distanced assembly to say goodbye to Mrs Davey, Miss Godby and Mrs Alberts along with the Year 6s.
Mrs Davey has been at Darite for nearly 17 years and has decided that now is the time to retire and enjoy a slower pace of life. She will be sorely missed by pupils, staff and parents and we wish her the best for her new adventures.
Miss Godby and Mrs Alberts are leaving to start their journey as mums. They are on maternity leave and will be in to let us have cuddles with babies in the Autumn.
Year 6 also bid us farewell today on their next educational adventure. We hope they will remember us fondly when they are famous politicians, scientists, film stars or whatever the future brings.
I hope you will join with us in wishing everyone well. On a personal note, thank you for your support in these times and we all hope you stay safe and well during the summer break. School opens to all pupils on the 7th September.
Mr Whipps and the Darite team.
It's been another busy week in school!
The Year 6s are busy getting the leavers assembly ready. can parents of Year 6 please let the school know if you have not yet had your invite to the assembly throguh email. We are able to add additional parents on but we are trying to limit numbers to less than 20 to ensure the connection is good enough!
The learning is continuing in the Key Worker and Class 1 bubbles and the home learning has been sent in still. Including a letter from the Queen for one of our pupils. I have attached some photos to this blog.
Please keep examples of home learning coming, it really makes us miss you all.
What a great week we had last week! We welcomed Reception back full time and the children were amazing. Their behaviour was fantastic and they did some great learning - looking at caterpillars and going on a search for some butterflys on the school field.
The children braved the heat to compete in the Virtual School Games, both here and at home. I think over 2000 "hot potatoes" in 2 minutes by the Year 6 was a real triumph!
This week we welcome not only Miss McLaughlin back but Year 5 as well. The Year 5 children will be able to come into school on Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure you have read the letter that went out on Friday for more details. If you need a copy, all letters are also placed on the website. If you are the parent or carer of a Year 5 child, please could you contact the office to inform us of whether your child will be coming on Wednesday.
Thanks again for your continued support.
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