Headteacher's Blog

The Handy Helpers Challenge
Ethan from Year 2 was the worthy winner of our Handy Helpers Challenge.
Cereal Box Monster Challenge
Our winner of the Cereal Box Monster Challenge was Harleigh from Year 1 with his Mr Super Penguin Pants!
Great St Mewan Bake Off Challenge
The winner of the Great St Mewan Bake Off Challenge was Lucy with her tea loaf that looks absolutely delicious!
Remembrance Day 2020
VE Day
It is lovely to see that so many pupils and staff enjoyed their 'Stay at Home' VE Day celebrations.
Weekly email
Dear Parents/Carers,
My weekly email is a day early this week as it is all hands on deck tomorrow to prepare for the return to school of all pupils on Monday. All staff will be working on site tomorrow so a reminder to parents that remote learning will continue to be set but a teacher will not be available at the end of Dojo to respond to the learning as they have been all the way through this lockdown. The work set will reflect this and Friday afternoon will again be dedicated to screen free activities.
Rapid testing kits for families 
The government have recently announced that families of school aged children can apply for rapid testing kits. These are the same tests that secondary school children are currently undergoing before their return to school and that staff at St. Mewan have been taking twice weekly for the past month or so. The tests can be completed at home and take 30 minutes to produce a result. They are very simple to administer and may provide a little reassurance to families on the return to school. Please click on the link below for more information. 
Support and Guidance
If your child is feeling anxious about Monday as, for the majority of our children, they have not been in school since 17th December, there is a really useful document attached to this email from Trauma Informed Schools about how to prepare your child for their return. Please reassure them that not a lot will have changed from December - our routines will remain very similar. Focus on the fact that they will see all of their friends again and that the whole staff team are really looking forward to seeing them back in school!
Also attached to the email is information from Cornwall Council about car sharing. Please read this carefully as I am aware that many families may rely on this to get their children to school. As the infection rates have fallen enough for children to return to school we would like this to remain the case, so would ask that all parents follow the guidance attached to ensure that the risk of transmission is minimised. 
All parents and carers must wear masks on our site (unless exempt), arrive at the designated time to reduce congestion and to follow our one way system. We are doing all we can to ensure that drop off and pick up runs as smoothly and safely as possible and would ask that the whole school community supports our systems and procedures. A gentle reminder also that we ask all parents to REVERSE park for the safety of our children and follow the one way system around the car park. Our 'drop off' zone will be reinstalled next week to allow parents to just 'drop and go' to help keep things moving in the morning. 
Thank you! I am incredibly grateful for the lovely messages and phone calls we have received from parents and I truly hope that you feel that Team St. Mewan have supported you and your child through this challenging time. Our staff team have worked tirelessly to ensure that all of our pupils have had access to learning throughout the whole of the last 8 weeks, whether in school or at home and I am incredibly proud of each and every one of them.
I cannot wait to see everyone return when I am on duty on Monday morning - have a wonderful weekend when it arrives.
Mrs. Badger and Team St. Mewan