Headteacher's Blog

Mrs. Badger's Weekly Challenge Number 2
Cereal Box Monster!
Get crafty St Mewan and create your very own monster using an empty cereal box!
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.
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/Carers,
 
Firstly, I hope that this email finds you all safe and well. This lockdown feels very different to the two in 2020 and we obviously have the added anxiety that the virus rates in Cornwall are now much higher than they were before. As a result of this, we all probably know someone in the local area or even in our family who has tested positive for COVID-19 so it is all now very close to home. It is incredibly important for us all to stay at home if possible and to ensure that we remain as physically and mentally healthy as we can and the team here at St. Mewan are working hard to support children and their families in school and at home. We have received some lovely messages of support from parents and the most wonderful video from some of our Y4 children and we would like to thank our school community once again for being absolutely amazing. 
 
Remote Learning
Teachers are on hand on Class Dojo between 8.30am and 3.30pm every day to help out with your child's home learning. I am delighted that we have had 91% of our children engaged with remote learning this week. If you have any problems accessing any of the resources or need support, please do get in touch. A member of the Senior Leadership Team will make phone calls to any families we have not heard from at the beginning of next week to check on pupils' welfare and to see if we can provide additional support to help children engage with learning. We know that this is a hugely challenging time for families and would ask that you contact us for advice and support. 
 
Year Group Zoom Calls
From next week, you will receive an invitation for your child to join a weekly Zoom call catch up with a group of other pupils from the year group and one of the teachers. This is so that pupils can keep in touch with each other, have a chat and hopefully feel connected to school whilst they are at home. It can also be an opportunity for children to ask teachers any questions about their home learning tasks. Guidelines for these calls can be found under the COVID tab on the website - please read this carefully before your child participates in a Zoom session as we must ensure that safeguarding is our priority on these calls. 
 
Mrs. Badger's Weekly Challenge
I was absolutely overwhelmed by the quality of the cooking produced by our pupils this week! Thank you so much to everyone who took part in the Great St. Mewan Bake Off Challenge. Moving forward, we will put the names of all of the children who take part in one of my challenges in a hat and pick a winner at random as the entries were all so amazing this week that it was impossible to pick a winner. The next challenge will be posted on our Facebook page later today and all entries need to be emailed to Challenge@st-mewansch.org 
Please can I ask that you send one photo per challenge so that we can get all of the photos online as soon as possible. Thank you!
 
Finally, a reminder that in these uncertain times it is really important to be kind to ourselves. As a parent myself, it does seem an impossible task to try and balance everything at the moment and this, in turn, creates additional pressure and stress. We are all doing our very best and, given the circumstances we find ourselves in, we need to be proud of the fact that we are still going! 
 
Have a good weekend,
 
 
 
Mrs. Elaine Badger 
Headteacher