18th June 2021
I write to you all on a damp and overcast day with Slough, as a whole, struggling to cope with the upsurge in coronavirus. However, I am still optimistic and full of praise for your wonderful children who are working extremely hard and such a happy and resilient bunch that it makes me proud to be the Headteacher of Ryvers. As I drop into lessons and chat with pupils across the school, I see wonderful work and wonderful attitudes. I do want to thank you all too for your encouragement and support. When I receive just a short, positive email it can blow away those clouds and make the sun shine again!
If your child is unwell, and showing any symptoms of coronavirus, please do not send them to school. If you have more than one child attending Ryvers, please keep them at home too and arrange a test. Lateral flow tests are not suitable if your child is displaying symptoms, it needs to be a PCR test, which can be arranged by calling 111. For more information, go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms
Sports Week cancelled
One of the sad things that the upsurge in Covid has forced, is for us to postpone next week’s sports activities. The PE team had prepared a really exciting menu of activities and competitions but our local contingency plans make it clear we should avoid having visitors in school. If things change quickly, we might be able to run sessions later this term, otherwise we will try again next year.
Assessment Week will, of course, continue and this will be a useful moment for us to judge how well our pupils have recovered from the disrupted year they have experienced. We have already been undertaking some judgement activities and have actually found that, due to the strong partnership between school and home that we have at Ryvers, most pupils are not struggling with their learning.
Visits to secondary schools
Secondary schools had hoped to go back to actual visits for Year 6 pupils joining them in September but that has, this week, also now been cancelled. I am in touch with our local feeder schools and the present idea is for them to provide virtual tours which we will ensure our children can access.
I can’t write a letter home without mentioning parking! Actually, to be fair I do think it has been a little better lately. Please do continue to be sensitive to our neighbours and the health and safety of our children. I am in discussions with Slough Borough Council over expanding the yellow zig-zag lines across the front of the school and creating a barrier in the Residents Only road by our entrance.
Masks and start/end of the day
Finally, a lot of you will I know want to bring presents in as end of year gifts. I’m really sorry but with the upturn in Covid cases this is just not safe to do. Can I also encourage you all to continue to wear masks when you are on the school site – the number of adults in close proximity is too great to allow this to slip.
Please also remember that we have a one-way system for the start and end of each day. This is an important part of our Covid strategy as it reduces face-to-face contact which is when the disease is most easily transmitted. So, when you are running a little bit late and are tempted to come in through the exit gate, please take an extra minute to continue down to the entrance gate instead.