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Keeping Connected

This week we have been focusing on keeping connected. At a time when we have had to be apart from our friends and families, we thought about other ways to keep in touch. We listened to music around the theme of togetherness and talked about how we can be a source of help and support for each other. In class, the children have taken part in activities that have represented connectivity. This has involved learning choreographed dances together and producing a flash mob; growing plants; making paper chains of our favourite things; displaying our hopes and dreams; crafting and painting; and bringing individual pieces of work together to form a group masterpiece. It has been heartwarming to find lots of different ways to feel connected and it has certainly brought us closer together as a school, despite being in our very separate bubbles.

We celebrated lots of pupil achievements, both in school and at home, in our Golden Assembly. A big well done to all our Golden Ticket children who received a special mention on Class Dojo on Friday. Congratulations to Isabelle and Maddie who received oscars this week, along with Mrs Gray who was awarded our staff oscar. Full writes up will feature in our Term 6 newsletter coming out at the end of term.

This is our final week of term, with Friday 17 July being the last day of the academic year. Information about new classes and staggered start times and entrances for September, went out with reports on Friday. A transition booklet was also included introducing new teachers and support staff for next year, along with some information for the children to do over the summer. This week, teachers will be sending a video introducing themselves to their new classes. We hope this helps the children feel a little more prepared about returning in September under the unusual circumstances.

Just a reminder about the staff we say goodbye to on Friday.

We wish a fond farewell to Mrs Roberts, who has been teaching in Year 3 and Miss Mould, in Year 2. We are so grateful for all they have done to support the pupils at OVPA – they have been fabulous!

We wish Miss Bedford good luck as she relocates and starts her new job. OVPA will be missing an amazing teacher but we are lucky to reap lots of the work Miss Bedford has estabilished around reading, including our newly stocked library!

We also say a temporary goodbye to Mrs Foster, as she takes time out to have her second baby. We look forward to hearing the wonderful news of her new arrival!

On Friday, we also say goodbye to our lovely Year 6 pupils. We will be holding a leavers’ assembly in the afternoon and finding some very special things to do with them on their last day of Primary School. We are extending the invitation for any Year 6 pupils at home to join us on Friday afternoon, in school, if they would like to. Mrs Foster will be contacting you this week to share the details.

Have a very special final week everyone…..the summer holidays are in sight!

Mrs Campbell – Headteacher