25th November 2019
Dear Parents and Carer
As we reach the halfway point of this term, the longest in our academic year, I wanted to update you with exciting events that have been taking place so far. We have really settled into our daily routines of learning, support and developing strong relationships. Repeatedly we are told by parents, carers, students and visitors that we feel like a school community that is far more than ten weeks old and I am so proud of all our student and staff who are investing everyday in high quality, robust and emotionally intelligent interactions with each other. We know that the very best learning takes place from strong relationships with adults and peers, we will continue to have this as our primary focus over the course of this year. Thank you to those of you who were able to attend our first Family Forum this term, it was a very positive experience for those involved and we will be holding the second one next half term at a different time to increase the opportunity to attend.
We have welcomed our newest member of staff, Theo our Therapy Puppy, he is a golden Labrador and will be in school everyday to support our students in their learning and emotional development. There is a detailed training programme to support Theo to become the best therapy dog possible. His welfare, alongside the students, are of tantamount importance and we have selected a company with a very well-established reputation and outstanding references to help us develop this area of our provision.
In the lead up to Christmas, we are participating in the Tiverton Community Lantern Parade this Saturday 30th November. It would be lovely to see lots of our children and families there, if you are able to attend, please email Stacy Fagg for more information or ring into the school office. We also have our Christmas Crafternoon on Friday 6th December from 12noon which is open to all parents and carers to attend. I will write again with details of our last week of term and formal Christmas celebrations as we get further into December.
Currently, there are several bugs and viruses circulating and we are reminding all our students of the importance of washing hands and using tissues. If your child is unwell, please ring into the school office and let us know, we will also make contact each day that your child is absent, this is what we call ‘first day calling’ and is an integral part of our attendance process. Whilst we want students to be as well as possible for school, please remember that we do have a fully trained First Aid Team and we are focusing on maintaining the excellent attendance habits that all our students have developed since the beginning of the year.
The next time I write, it will be nearly Christmas! As previously requested, if you have any information that will be helpful for us in supporting your child in the lead up to the end of term, please don’t hesitate to let your child’s class leader know.