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Dear Parents/Carers.                                                                                                                                      09/09/2020

 It has been so lovely to welcome your children back to school and to have a chance to say hello to many of you either at the gate or at the Meet the Teacher meetings. The children seem really happy to be back and keen to re-establish old routines and friendships – we are really proud of the resilience they have shown.

The Early Years team have also been out doing home visits to meet our new children and families who will be joining us over the next few weeks.

We are also pleased to be able to tell you that Hollie Dewale gave birth to little Evie during the holidays – both are doing well.

Drop-off & Pick- up Thank you for supporting us as we try to implement the new drop-off and pick–up routines and for the constructive feedback that has been provided. We would be grateful if as soon as you have collected your children that you then move away from the gate. If you are waiting for your child to come out of school could you please remember to maintain appropriate social distancing protocols and/or consider wearing a face covering? Can I also remind you that Carrington Road is a road and therefore moving cars do pose a hazard so do try to keep your children on the foot path. We will continue to do our best to make pick up/drop off times as safe, manageable and quick as possible.

Kingfisher Club I think that the majority of you will be aware that Breakfast Club now takes place in the hall – drop off is at the back of the hall between 7.45 and 8.00 via the Carrington Road gate entrance only. We can’t accept late arrivals, sorry. 

What to do if your child has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) We recognise that going into the Autumn term the common cold is likely to be doing the rounds and that it will be hard to discern whether your child should be tested for coronavirus or not. The advice we have been given by the Department for Education says that if your child has:a new continuous cougha high temperaturea loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)Keep them at home and arrange to have a test to see if they have COVID-19. Please advise us of the outcome.The link to the full guidance is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/guidance-for-households-with-grandparents-parents-and-children-living-together-where-someone-is-at-increased-risk-or-has-symptoms-of-coronavirus-cov There currently appears to be very significant issues with arranging a test centre anywhere in our locality with people being offered test centres miles away that are difficult to reach. The Local Authority have advised the DfE that being able to access a test in a local venue quickly and easily will be essential in order to keep education as consistent as possible so we are hoping that this situation will improve soon. 

School site As we are currently unable to have you all on site, I wanted to share pictures of the newly extended and re-fenced pond. Thank you to the staff who were involved in this project over the summer. The roofing work is now almost complete so we will hopefully have less leaks when it rains in the future. Lightening did however strike one of our trees causing considerable damage to the tree and to one of our outdoor table tennis tables.            

 School Streets Holy Trinity, along with many other schools across the country, is set to become a ‘School Street’. This means that for a period of time around drop off and pick up, the end of Carrington Road will be blocked off to traffic. I have heard from the local authority that the proposed date for this is 5th October, subject to the support of volunteers in making this happen. There are of course a number of benefits, mainly to make Carrington Road a safe place for you to drop-off and pick-up your children - especially as there is queuing at the moment due to our staggered starts and ends to the school day - but also to improve the quality of the air in Carrington Road which will benefit the health of adults and children alike. I thought I would bring this to your attention now so that you can begin to consider your options when you are unable to park in Carrington Road in the mornings and afternoons prior to the implementation of this scheme.

The active travel charity, Sustrans, will be leading on supporting all of us with this over the coming months. On your bike….Richmond residents can try a bike for a monthly fee from £10 for children’s bikes, £20 for adult bikes, £50 for electric and £100 for cargo and adaptable bikes. If you choose to keep the bike then the Richmond Council scheme means that you can pay in monthly instalments, interest free. Customers are given cycle skills training and maintenance and theft cover is also available. Further information can be found here: https://www.peddlemywheels.com/try-before-you-bike 

Secondary school transfer – September 2021Parents of year 6 children will need to apply online for a secondary school ideally by 23rd October but at the latest 31st October. The transfer to secondary school brochure is now available online on Richmond Council’s website: https://www.richmond.gov.uk/media/3066/secondary_admission.pdf. An information leaflet will also be sent out by parent mail shortly.