Friday, 17 July 2020

Weekly Newsletter - Friday 17th July, 2020

Headteacher: Mrs L Nicholls 

Dear Parents and Carers,

End of the Academic Year
The past few months have been a really worrying time for everyone, and now more than ever before, we have needed to remain connected as a community. I am so proud of how everyone in our school community has worked to keep each other safe and strong together. Our school building has not been the same place without the sounds of laughter, signs of friendship and lots of learning. However, we know that staying in touch in other ways is helping us all get through these difficult times. Over the summer break please continue to check the website, Facebook and twitter feeds for the updated information regarding return to school in September. You will also be able to see what your friends are getting up to over the summer and where, what and who they have been reading to. Believe me, we can’t wait to see you back in September. Monday 7th is 52 days away but I am counting down until the day when the classrooms are filled with our pupils again, just as it should be.
Thank you and a huge well done to all children for learning at home! The teachers who have been setting the learning activities have loved seeing and hearing how you have been getting on. Also well done and thank you to the grown- ups at home! We know how hard it has been to juggle everything at the moment, we truly appreciate the time you have taken to support your children’s learning.
It is very difficult to manage the concept of social distancing with children, and I understand how hard it must be to keep them safe at home day after day. Thank you – we remain in this together.
However, challenging September proves to be, we will face it together, I am sure that I will get to speak with many of you at the gate on Monday 7th. I wish you all a restful and relaxing summer, please stay safe and well.

Return to School: Monday 7th September
We are looking forward to welcoming back pupils in years 1 - 6 on Monday 7th September. We are currently planning for the safety of our pupils and following the guidance that has been provided by local and central government. However, this guidance changes regularly, so therefore I appreciate your patience at this time. We are looking forward to ALL pupils returning to school and we will share our plans with you as soon as we have them finalised and we are more certain that there will not be any significant changes.

Summer Reading Challenge & Activities

Each summer Mrs Mcfarlane runs the reading competition where you have to get caught with a book in an unusual place.
As travelling may be a little more difficult than in previous years, we would like to see you reading with family members and friends as you reunite.
All you need to do is snap a photo of your child reading their book at a social distance and message it to us via the school Facebook page, or email it to office@broadford.havering.sch.uk
Mrs Mcfarlane will judge the winning entries on return to school in September, with the best photos earning a prize and certificate… so get reading!
If you are stuck for ideas on what to do this holiday, take a look at the ‘50 things to do this summer’ list. A lot of the ideas are free, simple and can be carried out with friends, siblings or even on your own. If you manage to complete one or more of the activities make sure you take a photo and send it to us via the school Facebook page, or email it to office@broadford.havering.sch.uk. Look out on the blog to see what all of your friends are up too this six weeks!

Term Dates 2020-21
Havering term dates for the academic year 2019-2020 can be found here.
Autumn Term
Monday 7th September - Friday 23rd October
Monday 2nd November - Friday 18th December
Spring Term
Monday 4th January - Friday 12th February
Monday 22nd February - Thursday 1st April
Summer Term
Monday 19th April - Friday 28th May
Monday 7th June - Friday 23rd July 

INSET Days 2020-2021
INSET 1
INSET 2
INSET 3
INSET 4
INSET 5 
Thursday 3rd September 
Friday 4th  September  
Monday 22nd February
Friday 28th May
Friday 23rd July

GoodBye
This week we are saying farewell to several of our teachers who are moving onto new opportunities in September. Miss Taylor, Miss Poulter, Miss Breen, Miss Metters and Miss Bell - together they have contributed over 16 years of teaching to Broadford Primary. On your behalf we would like to wish them all the best for their new roles and thank them for the positive impact they have had on our pupils and families.
We also say goodbye to Mr McLucas who is returning to his role at The Boleyn Trust. I would like to thank him for looking after Broadford during my time of maternity.

Congratulations
Congratulations to Miss Nicholas and her partner who welcomed a baby boy to the world and named him Oscar. Mum and baby are both doing well and we hope to be able to meet baby Oscar really soon.
Please join me in sending Mrs Ward best wishes as she starts her maternity leave and prepares for her new arrival. We are all looking forward to meeting both bundles of joy soon. Best wishes from us all.

All that leaves me to do is to wish you a relaxing and enjoyable summer break. For those of you moving on to secondary school we will miss you but we know you are well prepared for the challenges you will face and you go with our very best wishes for the future. If you are able to travel during these uncertain time, then I wish you a safe journey and we look forward to seeing you rested and refreshed for the start of the new school year on September 7th.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a lovely summer break from schooling.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs L Nicholls
Headteacher

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