Trinity News : Friday 9th October 2020

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Dear Parents and Carers

We have now been back at school for nine weeks and, whilst I had so hoped we were going to make it to the October holiday without a positive case, I was not surprised when we were notified yesterday.  Thank you so much to the families affected for their understanding and support.  The most important thing is for those involved to make a full and speedy recovery and we wish them well.  

These times certainly bring their challenges and, as I am sure you will appreciate, we are unable to offer a ‘premium’ service at the moment.   Everyone at Trinity is working hard to make sure that the children feel happy, supported and are able to learn but there are some things that cannot happen – we are working on a limited menu to quote a local restaurant!   To this end I wanted to clarify the children watching cartoons, if they want, whilst they eat lunch.   With staggered lunchtimes,  bubbles of children and adults who we are trying hard not to mix, limited PSA support and playground zones this helps in making sure that everyone has had their lunch and a chance to play outside.   I ask for your understanding with this.

Road Safety

Several children, particularly those in the upper years, are crossing directly from the end of Dudley Gardens to access Victoria Park.  Please can you remind children to walk along to the crossing patrol guide outside school.  Unfortunately it is not possible to relocate our crossing guide.

Pulling in and parking, even for a very short period of time, on the zig zag lines directly outside school continues to be a problem and is a danger to pupils.   Please stop and park safely for everyone.

Halloween

Whilst our usual Halloween discos will not be possible we are still hoping that the children can have fun and enjoy dressing up.   Children are welcome to come to school on Friday October 30th dressed in Halloween costumes, if they wish.  To minimise any possibility of infection please do not allow your child to bring in any props or items that they may share – wands and owls will have to stay at home for this year!   

Reporting to parents and carers

Feedback from our use of Twitter as a means of sharing what and how children are learning continues to be very positive.  Along with this some parents and carers will have received a written profile or progress information through One Note and / or a phone call from a member of staff.  Do not worry if you have not yet received either – staff are working through everyone between now and Christmas.  Any feedback and constructive criticism is welcomed.  Reporting to parents and carers will be an agenda item at our next Parent Council mtg on Tues 27th October.  

Staffing update

Felicity Martin, who has been with us as Interim Depute HeadTeacher,  will be leaving Trinity on Friday Oct 16th to take up a post as Depute HeadTeacher at Ferryhill Primary.  Mrs Martin has been a great support to staff and pupils in her time with us and has very quickly become a part of the Trinity team.  We wish her all the very best in her new post and look forward, at some point, to being able to meet together again.  

Many of you will know that Carly Pattinson went on maternity leave a few weeks ago.  She is now a very proud mum to Maisie.  We are looking forward to being introduced to Maisie on Teams next week.  

As we head into a period of further restrictions let’s hold onto being kind to ourselves and take each day as it comes. It is certainly quite a journey we are on.   I certainly couldn’t have predicted last October that a child in my school would pass me and say ‘I like your mask Mrs Scott’ without batting an eyelid!

I hope you have a restful weekend

Jacqueline Scott

HeadTeacher