Friday, 11 December 2020

Weekly Newsletter 11-12-2020

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Dear Parents,

The beginning of this week was certainly very challenging with both year 5 and year 4 bubbles having to close, closely followed by year 3 on Tuesday. I want to thank parents and carers for being so understanding-we were only informed of the Covid cases in years 3 and 4 in the mornings of the closure so there wasn’t a lot of time to let you know and I apologise to those of you who had to turn around at the gate. Unfortunately years 3 and 4 will not be back in school before Christmas but as today is Christmas jumper day we’d love to see some photos of them wearing their Christmas tops.

On Monday we are welcoming back our year 2 children and staff after 2 weeks of isolating and on Thursday our year 5 staff and pupils, we are really looking forward to seeing them and sharing some of the planned Christmas activities with them.

I’m afraid the Christmas activity list I shared last week has had to be reviewed in light of recent events. The year 1 performance shared on Wednesday was truly amazing as was the fabulous recording shared by our Nursery children yesterday-we are lucky to have such talented children at Mead-Well done to everyone.

We will share as many performances as we can but sadly some had not been filmed prior to the bubbles shutting-maybe the children can do solo performances for you at home?

Please be reminded that if your child has been told to self isolate they should not be leaving your home at all during the period of self isolation as this may put others at risk.

We are responsible for advising parents and staff of any new positive coronavirus test results (for pupils) up to and including 23rd December- We sincerely hope this won’t be necessary but would urge parents to please advise school via the following e-mail of any positive cases detected up to this date please.

School will be completely closed next Friday afternoon

Please ensure ALL children (including those who would normally remain in school on Friday afternoons) are collected at the following times:
Reception-12:30 from Gate 3
Year 1-12:45-from Gate 3
Year 2 -12:45 from KS2 playground
Years 3&4 -12:55 from KS2 playground
Years 5&6-13:05 from KS2 playground
Nursery- Afternoon children can come in for the morning session

Havering Catering Services
Week beginning Monday 14th December is week 1 on the Havering catering services menu. All meals are served with unlimited salad and vegetables and cost £2.25. The menu can be accessed here (it says infant school but is the menu for both infants and juniors).

Please be reminded to top up your child’s catering account as we cannot provide dinners for pupils whose accounts exceed a debt of £10.

Diary Dates
Term Dates 2020-21

Autumn Term
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




Thursday 3rd September 

Friday 4th  September  

Monday 22nd February



Friday 28th May

Friday 23rd July

Star Writers:
These children have used a range of powerful vocabulary and techniques to become a Star Writer; Lily in Chile, Sebastian in Barbados, Nancy in Jamaica, Ella in Antigua, Logan Australia, Darius in New Zealand, Mekhi in Palau, Archie and Violet in St Lucia, Antony and Kaden in Kenya, Alice in Madagascar, Summer in Argentina, Mahroosh in Brazil, Sky in Northern Ireland and Tommy in Egypt. Look out for examples of their work on the blog!

Learning Power Awards:
These are the awards we present to the pupils when they have demonstrated one of our four learning skills: Resilience, reciprocity, reflectiveness & resourcefulness.

Well done to the whole of Kenya class who receive certificates for resilience.

Well done to Samhita in Australia and William in New Zealand who have presented their work beautifully; They have shown pride in their work and taken care with their handwriting and number formation.

Reading Awards
The following pupil have read 10 books and receive a bookmark for their efforts, Rosie in Antigua, Lexi, Sandra and Shayan in New Zealand and Ianis, Stanley and Roman G in Palau

Oscar in Antigua and Kamil in Barbados have achieved bronze reading awards for reading 25 books.

Silver Reader awards go to Nathan K in Jamaica, Rubi and Lorena in Australia, Domas and Izabela in New Zealand, Amelia D, Lenny L and Callum in St Lucia and Kamil, Kojo and Zelda in Barbados who have read 50 books. They each receive a silver certificate and a £5 book token for their efforts.

Nuhaa in Palau, has read 75 books and she gets a book of her choice for her fantastic effort.

A massive well done to this week’s gold readers Matteo in Jamaica, Zuzanna and Ignacy in New Zealand, Amaan in Palau and Emilia in Barbados who have read 100 books and receive a gold certificate and a trophy for their efforts.

Mathletics Award
The following children have been award a Bronze certificate for achieving 1000 points by completing their Mathletic challenges; Lily, Logan, Damira, Grace, Amelia, Hollie-Rai, Avyukt, Aum, Leya and Shay in Australia, Moksha, Nuhaa, Taha, Arsalaan and Mia in Palau, Amy, Domas, Ria, Isabela, Sandra, Ignacy, Dora, Zuzanna, Mhroosh, Mia, Tomi and Nia in Brazil, Sidiq and Ella in New Zealand, Esmai, Max, Nisa, James, Olivia, Dev, Katherine and Sienna in Scotland, Chloe, Irina, Vlad and Jason in Chile and Alex, Lev Pavel and Josh K in Argentina.

These children have been awarded a silver certificate for achieving 5 Bronze certificates in Mathletics; Logan in Australia, Zuzanna in New Zealand, Mia in Palau,Dev in Scotland, Irina and Jason in Chile and Pavel and Josh K in Argentina.

A gold certificate is awarded to Zuzanna in New Zealand-Well done to her.

I have made my teacher happy/WOW Award



Aum, Samhita, Visha, Samir, Isla, Natalia and Leo in Australia

For moving up a book level. 

Poppy and Isla in Australia.

For completing an amazing piece of writing for homework.

Arsalaan, Lorienne, Maisy, Noah, Emma, Alexa and Izyan in Palau

For moving up a book level.

Sandra, Ignacy, Amy and Dora in New Zealand.

For moving up a book band.

Daniel R, Alex and Paulina in Madagascar.

For working hard with their Dojo home learning.

Joshua and Charlotte F in Egypt

For their home learning.

E for Excellence Winners:
These wonderful children have demonstrated excellence this week.




All of Wales class

who have accessed online learning




All of Scotland class

who have accessed online learning

St Lucia

Lenny L


All of Germany class

who have accessed online learning

New Zealand



All of Greece class

who have accessed online learning




All of Italy class

who have accessed online learning




All of U.S.A class

who have accessed online learning


        Daniel K and Majus


All of Canada class

who have accessed online learning


Isabel and Maryam


All of Mexico class

who have accessed online learning





N. Ireland








For those of you not returning to school next week have a fabulous Christmas and a very happy new year.
Everyone else have a good weekend and I look forward to seeing you all bright and early Monday morning.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs L Smith