Headteacher's Blog

VE Day
It is lovely to see that so many pupils and staff enjoyed their 'Stay at Home' VE Day celebrations.
Super young writers!
Today I have been visited by lots of reception pupils who were excited to showing me their writing. It is always amazing to see how much children learn in such a relatively short space of time and how their writing has progressed since the start of the Autumn. I have given out lots of special stickers today and am so proud of our young writers!
Food Bank Donations
On the last day of term, we delivered the overwhelming amount of food donations that were received to the Food Bank. I would like to thank everyone who responded to our request to help families in need this Christmas.
Choir Spreads Christmas Joy
During the last week of term, our Year 5/6 Choir visited several care homes in the local area to spread some Christmas joy to the elderly residents.
Muddy Mondays and
Welly Wednesdays

Nursery had an exciting morning exploring the school field. The children were independent and put on their own wetsuits. There were lots of bugs to be found and they even had a robin come to say ‘hello’.

The children are looking forward to more Muddy Monday and Welly Wednesday adventures.

Torchlight Carnival
Year 5 were delighted when their entry into the Torchlight Carnival placed second. Even more excitement came at the end of the procession when we were asked if "Albert" and his penny farthing could be put on show for the Tour of Britain which will be coming to Cornwall next year.
Amazing Writers!
I have had a steady stream of children visiting my office today to show me the most fantastic writing in their Literacy books. Year 3 have been writing explanations about the Earth's Core (and using some incredibly technical vocabulary), Year 6 have been immersed in the Amazon rainforest and some cheeky Year 5 children wrote a diary entry pretending to be me! Apparently, I drink coffee and eat a lot of biscuits! Check your post over the next few days as there will be a lot of 'Congratulations' postcards sent out to pupils today!
The Perfect School
On my morning visit to all of the classrooms today, I was really impressed with 4D's PSHE display. They have been thinking about what qualities their perfect school would have and what role they could all play in achieving this. It was lovely to read that many of them thought that our school was already fantastic and their 'improvement' comments have given me lots to think about!
Weekly email
Dear Parents,
 
I am sure that you have spent a lot of time checking the news over the weekend as the Coronavirus continues to concern us all. At the present time, we have not been informed of any plans to close schools but I wanted to reassure parents that we are following advice from Public Health England to ensure we are doing all we can to minimise the risk of infection for our pupils. I cannot close our school until I am instructed to by Public Health England but this morning our Senior Leadership Team have held our own 'Cobra Meeting' to put in arrangements for the next two weeks until the end of term to reduce risks to our pupils and staff by minimising social interaction (as much as you can in a school). I would urge you to read the details below carefully.
 
 
 - All After School Clubs are cancelled with immediate effect from today until the end of term. This includes clubs run by outside providers, lunchtime clubs and sports fixtures. If you are unable to collect your child straight after school today, we will put them into After School Club with no charge - please telephone the school office if you would like us to do this for you. 
 
There will be no swimming or speed swimming for the next two weeks. 
 
- Parents Evening on 25th March will be postponed. If you desperately need to speak to your child's class teacher, please drop them a message via Class Dojo and they will arrange to make a telephone appointment with you.
 
- Funfit sessions will be cancelled until further notice.
 
- Early morning family reading in the library postponed until further notice.
 
Wraparound Care - Breakfast Club will be held in the hall from Tuesday 17th March. Please access this through the main entrance. 
 
-Wraparound Care - After School Club - we have a lot of children using this facility so will have some children in the usual room and some in the hall. Please come to the old school building as usual to collect your child and, if they are in the hall, they will be brought to you. 
 
 - In addition to this we have also adjusted our lunchtime arrangements and cleaning procedures. We are continuing to remind the children to wash their hands and all children will be taken to wash their hands before they eat their lunch.
 
Absence
If your child or anyone in your household is showing symptoms of the Coronavirus (persistent dry cough, fever), please inform the school office as soon as possible and self isolate for 7 days.  Communication with the school is incredibly important during this time. 
 
Home Learning
We are currently very busy preparing Home Learning Packs for all pupils in the case of school closure. In these packs will be some printed tasks for children to work through, an exercise book and also a pencil. In addition we will send home a login for online activities to support your child's learning in the eventuality of a closure. If we do get an instruction to close before the Easter holidays, these packs will come home on the day of closure with your child. If not, we will be sending them home on the last day of term in case of notice of closure over the Easter break.
 
 
I would like to thank all parents for their support during these very strange times. We have a duty of care to all members of our school community and the priority is certainly keeping everyone, but especially the most vulnerable members of our families, as safe as we possibly can. I will share any updates with you as soon as I receive them and would urge you all to keep us informed of any developments at home. And keep washing those hands!
  
Kind regards,
  
Mrs. Elaine Badger
Headteacher
St. Mewan C.P School
Words of the Week

 EYFS/KS1 Word of the Week

 

loan   (noun/verb)

Definition:  If you loan something to someone, you lend it to them.

Paul loaned his pencil to Freddy.

 

   

KS2 Word of the Week

 

excruciating (adjective)

Definition:  If you describe something as excruciating, you are emphasising that it is extremely painful, either physically or emotionally.

Mr. Robson had an excruciating look on his face.