End of Term
Letter dated 1st April
First of all, a huge well done to everyone – pupils, staff and parents – for making it to the end of this mammoth term! There have been so many changes and new ideas to take on board and, as ever, I am extremely grateful for the support everyone has given.
I have a few key reminders and requests ready for the start of the Summer Term and would therefore be really grateful if you would take the time to read these carefully.
As you know, we have been very lenient with uniform expectations this term, understanding the difficulties in obtaining new clothing when children have grown. We are, however, extremely proud of how smart Bosmere children look in their uniform and will be once again insisting on full compliance with the uniform expectations on return to school after Easter. As a reminder, our expectations are:
- White shirt with a collar
- School tie*
- School sweatshirt or cardigan*
- Grey or navy blue skirt / pinafore dress / trousers / shorts (not black)
- Grey, navy blue or white socks
- Black shoes - plain black trainer style acceptable (No white / coloured soles or logos. No boots. No open toe sandals.)
- Blue and white checked dress (optional summer term only)
- House colour PE T-shirt*
- Royal blue shorts*
- Navy blue, black or grey tracksuit or jogging bottoms (NB from September this will change to navy blue jogging bottoms only, available from our uniform shop)
- Navy blue, black or grey sweatshirt with no hood (NB from September this will change to house colour sweatshirt, available from our uniform shop)
(NB: PE days remain the same:
- Y3 – Tuesday / Wednesday
- Y4 – Tuesday / Wednesday
- Y5 – Thursday / Friday
- Y6 – Monday / Thursday)
- No jewellery, except for a small pair of stud earrings (removed or not worn on a PE day) and a watch
- No extreme hair styles (i.e. dyed or bleached or with patterns shaved in)
- Hair accessories should be discreet or uniform colour (i.e. no large flowers / bows)
- No make-up
All items marked * are available from our school uniform shop which can be accessed by contacting the school office by telephone or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
(I will be in contact later on in the Summer Term about purchasing our new PE kits ready for the start of the Autumn Term.)
Please do contact me if you have any questions or difficulties with any aspect of our school uniform. We also have a large range of second hand uniform available, again by contacting the office.
Thank you for your support in ensuring we maintain our high standards with school uniform. We really do believe that smart attitudes with uniform lead to smart attitudes with learning.
TRAFFIC ISSUES ON SOUTH STREET
Once again we have been seeing considerable traffic build-up caused by adults stopping and parking illegally on the roundabout at the end of South Street adjacent to the car park, especially at the end of the day. This creates several health and safety issues including:
- Increased risk to pedestrians trying to cross safely to Juniper Square or proceed further up South Street
- Heavy traffic leading to vehicles being unable to move up or down the street and local residents trapped on their driveways for extended periods of time
- Vehicles parking on the pavement which prevents pedestrians from walking safely around the roundabout
- Emergency vehicles potentially unable to access the school building to respond to an emergency (e.g. medical issue or fire)
- Motorists with ‘Blue Badges’ for a disability who can park on the double yellow lines but are unable to because the space is taken up by drivers parking illegally
The school has been informed about several ‘near-misses’ where pedestrians have come close to being hit by vehicles because it is so congested at the end of the day and it is unsafe to cross South Street / Juniper Square. If you are one of the parents parking illegally you are contributing to this problem and may be partly responsible if someone is ever injured. Please do your part to keep everyone safe.
We appreciate that the location of the school presents challenges for collecting children who live beyond a ‘walkable’ distance. We would urge you to use our Park and Stride approach at one of the following locations:
- Bulbeck Road (West Street) Car Park
- Tesco Car Park
- Prince George's Street Car Park,
- East Pallant Car Park,
- Town End House Car Park (HBC spaces only – not LiveLink Private car park space - limited availability)
The above car parks are available FREE to Fairfield and Bosmere parents/carers between the times:
- 8.20am to 9.05am (for morning school run)
- 2.50pm to 4pm (for afternoon collection).
This is TERM TIME ONLY and does not apply during school holidays and school closure days. You do not need to display anything. Please note the Meridian Centre Car Park is NOT included in the Park and Stride scheme.
Staff have been dealing with an increase in behavioural / social issues arising from inappropriate messaging between children on social media (particularly in the upper school). These are typically unkind messages that cause conflict between pupils but in some cases there are abusive messages that can cause genuine distress for victims. We are seeing these messages emerge on applications like WhatsApp, SnapChat, Instagram etc. These apps are intended for use by children who are 13 and older. If you are choosing to allow your child to access these applications, then as a parent you should monitor that they are acting responsibly. It is completely reasonable to monitor these apps, to see how children use their devices and to perform spot-checks on the sort of messages they are exchanging with other people online. This is all part of keeping our children safe online and ensuring that they grow up knowing how to access the digital world responsibly.
CONTACT OVER THE HOLIDAYS
Please could I ask that parents are mindful of the fact that the teachers will be taking a well-earned break over the Easter holiday too and will therefore not be answering any queries you may have until the start of the new term.
The one thing we would require you to contact us about would be if your child is tested positive for COVID-19, having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being at school (i.e. before Sunday 4th April). Hopefully this will not occur for any of our families, but please could I ask that, if this happens, you contact me directly on email@example.com. I will ensure that I check this email address daily and will continue to do so over the holidays, so that the appropriate course of action can be taken.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19, having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school (i.e. from Sunday 4th April), the school does not need to be contacted immediately. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace. I would appreciate you still letting me know, however, so that I can confirm periods of isolation and know who to expect back at the start of the Summer Term.
I would like to take this opportunity once again to thank all of you for your support and understanding over the last term. I am extremely grateful for this. I do hope you all have a wonderful Easter break and look forward to seeing the children back on Monday 19th April, feeling rested and healthy and ready to tackle their learning in the new term. Let's hope for a more settled Summer Term!