We are so relieved and pleased that we will, once again and very soon, be a complete school and nursery community with the return of our P4-7 pupils on 15th March. This is a very welcome step and we really can’t wait to see them, and to have all of our children and staff united again within Netherlee. We are just finalising our plans for the P4-7 return and I will of course send further, more practical information eg early/exit gates out to parents who have children in these year groups, next week- hopefully on either Tuesday or Wednesday. I would like to give the P4-7 teachers an opportunity to come into school one day next week, ahead of the return on 15th March in order to prepare their classrooms for welcoming the children back. As such, I have allocated each stage of teachers a day for this – P4 Monday 8th, P5 Tuesday 9th, P6 Wednesday 10th and P7 Thursday 11th and on each appropriate day, teachers will of course still provide remote learning for the children which will be posted on GC in the usual way, however there will be no live meets for that one day. Thank you for your support and understanding with this.
You can see from the below and attached, that this week’s update includes some very interesting and useful information from both Netherlee’s Parent Council and PTA as well as a letter from our Director of Education, Mark Ratter and as such I am going to keep my contribution into this week’s email bundle slightly shorter than usual.
Firstly from our Parent Council…
Have your say!
The Parent Council is keen to get the views of all parents. They have created a very short survey to look at how parents can most easily engage with the Parent Council. There is also a very important question to find out what your priorities are for the school going forward.
The results of the survey will be used by the Parent Council to guide ongoing communications with the parent body and to direct the focus of discussions for the next year. Mrs Donaldson is keen for the findings to also be shared with herself and school and nursery staff in order that they can be taken into consideration when putting together the School and Nursery Improvement Plan (SNIP) for the coming year, Session 2021-2022.
The findings will be fed back to all parents so that you can see how your views are being used.
Thank you very much for your time in completing this survey which can be accessed at the link below. Your opinions really do count.
The survey will be closed in the evening of Sunday 21st March. If you wish to contact the Parent Council at all in the meantime, then please don’t hesitate to email: firstname.lastname@example.org Also, please find attached the first issue of the new Parent Council Newsletter.
And now from the PTA…
Please see the attached flyer for the PTA March events. Thank you to the P5-7 pupils for completing the survey which has allowed us to plan some events you will enjoy. The PTA zoom links for the P1-4 discos will be circulated again by WhatsApp and school mail. The link to register for any of the P5-7 PTA events is Netherlee PTA (pta-events.co.uk) All the events are provided free. If you can donate to the PTA then please do so on the following link; https://localgiving.org/charity/netherlee-primary-pta/
And finally, back to myself….
Over the course of the next few weeks, I will include in my Friday Updates some, hopefully useful, descriptions around how we are, and will continue to, support the children with both their well being and their learning and also how we will deliver the curriculum moving forwards.
Thank you to those parents who have got in touch with us to share any important information in relation to their child and how they have settled back into school if in P1-3, or ahead of your P4-7 child returning to school soon. We are here to help and appreciate that many of our children will have lots of conflicting emotions right now so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us in relation to this or any other matter.
Have a lovely weekend everyone. Take care.
Mrs Yvonne Donaldson
Netherlee Primary School and Nursery Class