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Week beginning 8th February 2021

We start this week’s bulletin with a huge congratulations to everybody for surviving this last half term. You have made it and have now earned, what we hope will be a restful and relaxing half term break, starting today. We would like to thank everybody in our community for their combined efforts to keep the children’s education going but also for looking after them and caring for them during what we know is a very strange and unsettling time for so many.

Our celebration assembly today recognised these achievements and, whether a photo was shared or not, the message was very clearly a well done to ALL! Each and EVERY single child and their families. This was not the half term that any of us had hoped for or expected but we have come through it and are all keeping everything crossed that we may have some positive news very soon about a potential date for the wider re-opening of schools to all children. Those of you at home, we really do miss you and cannot wait to welcome you back as soon as it is safe to do so.


This week we also celebrated e-safety day, which, in the current climate, is such an important focus for our children. If you feel that you would like to learn more about this yourself, please do book a ticket for our up and coming virtual parent workshop called ‘Keeping children safe online during COVID-19’. Tickets are free and you can register for this event using the following link . This event will take place on 31st March at 6pm via Zoom. When you register, a link for the zoom meeting will be emailed to you.


The second half of the spring term begins on TUESDAY 23rd February for the children as Monday the 22nd is an INSET day for staff. We have lots of fun activities planned for the children and we are especially looking forward to World Book Day which is taking place on Thursday 4th March so…costumes at the ready!


We will also be hosting parent/teacher meetings. As you will be aware, during our autumn term meetings, we faced some technical difficulties due to the number of people trying to access the system at the same time. So, this term we have added more dates to hopefully overcome this unforeseen hurdle. For children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 (Yrs 1-2) you will have the opportunity to meet virtually with your children’s teacher 16th or 18th March and children in Key stage 2 (Yrs 3-6) your dates will be the 23rd and the 25th March.  Please put these dates in your diary and more details will follow after the break.


Lastly, thank you to all those who provided feedback on our remote offer. This survey is now closed. There were some suggestions for improvement which we will explore further but we also received an overwhelming amount of supportive comments and messages of appreciation to all of our teaching staff.  Thank you, as always, for these.


If your child has been in school this half term, please may I remind you that if they receive a positive COVID test during the break you MUST inform us as we will still be supporting the test and trace agenda and may need to let other children in the bubble know they need to isolate. If this is the case, please email head@thehayesprimary.croydon.sch . Thank you.

Wishing you all a very happy and safe half term.

Take special care, The Hayes Team​