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It’s 5pm and the school has fallen silent.

We’ve made it to the end of a long term which feels like it began in late March . I’m touching every piece of wood within 20m of me as I write this but there has not been a Covid case in school and more importantly, no disruption to any child’s education and no home schooling (to the great relief of us all).

Reports were sent home on time and for this is must thank Mrs Sewed as it is an enormous task to complete this early deadline. Do remember we’re here next week if you wish to talk over any aspects of the report. Don’t leave any worrying issue until January.

It might not have been a normal term but we must all be thankful for small mercies. I must express my sincere gratitude to you all for taking every precaution possible in your daily lives and to Eileen and her team for their endless attention to health and hygiene in cleaning the school.

I’ll start today’s blog with a quick review of last night’s beautiful virtual music concert performed from your front rooms. Congratulations to all those wonderful performers and to Mrs Moss and Mrs Nolan-Stone for hosting the event. Alfred NS attended his very first music concert aged 6 (days!). Judging by his lengthy snooze he very much enjoyed its soothing influence.

We would normally have an end of term assembly today. In place I met up with the Endeavour Cup winners to congratulate them for their efforts this term. These trophies are awarded to the child in each Form who has the lowest cumulative effort grade total. There is a picture of Forms 1 -8 on the main staircase and of Emily P in Reception winning her very first trophy in school.

Christmas parties featured heavily during today with dodge ball being the favoured activity of many classes. If there was a DB world championship we’d enter and be in the top ten.

A little shout out to Rex W who celebrated his 10th birthday on the last day of term. A double whammy!

Fresh from the red carpet success of the Nativity celebration we watched our whole school production of “A Christmas Celebration” today. A link has been sent to you so you can share the film with us. The planning, production, filming and editing was a major epic and I am indebted to Mrs Moss and Mr Sleightholme for their brilliance. We may be a small school but our ambition knows no bounds. I apologise to all those who couldn’t get immediate access to the films. I think we may have crashed the platform that it downloads from. Fingers crossed it behaves better this evening.

Finally, can I take this opportunity to thank you all for your trust, loyalty and support over this difficult period and may I wish you a wonderful Christmas with your lovely families. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

See you all on Wednesday 6th January.

Mr Thorpe

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