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WELCOME  

Welcome to the Headteacher's blog. It is used to share information and showcase the variety of learning that takes place here at Brunel.  Along with Facebook, Twitter and our newsletters, this blog will also be used for posting information on events happening in school.  I hope that you find it useful and will check back regularly.

Suzanne Cooper - Headteacher

 


Happy Easter 

Dear Parents, Carers and Staff,

We are finally at the end of what seems to have been an incredibly long term. As always, I want to say a massive thank you to all of you for your support over the challenging past few months. You have all adapted and taken on board the changes that we have had to make and supported the school so much during another incredibly tough time. This situation is not quite over yet so we hope that you will continue to support us as we move through the summer term.

Education has been different whether at home or in school, but pupils have really stepped up to the plate and have again adapted so well to the new circumstances. With rules and regulations changing frequently, they have been flexible in their approach and have taken things on board with minimal fuss. This is a testament to the hard work that you put in as parents but also the work we do at school and shows that we have a consistent approach together. One of the bonuses of the lockdowns has been more contact between staff and many parents/carers and we aim to continue to foster the positive relationships we’ve made.

Finally, the staff and governors have been brilliant over the course of the past term. It has been difficult at times, but they have all remained committed to providing the best education possible for your children. Thanks in part to their vigilance and adherence to standards, we have been lucky to have had a very low rate of COVID related absences and cases in school. A special mention must go out to our crucial team of cleaners who have been working extemely hard following the enhanced regulations and to Jane and the kitchen staff who have been put through an intense daily exercise regime delivering all the food to the classrooms!

I hope you enjoy a relaxing Easter break and look forward to seeing the children back in school on Monday 19th April.

Yours sincerely,

Suzanne Cooper
Headteacher

 


 

Friday Update

Today was the last Friday before the Easter holiday (we break up next Thursday) and the last Friday that we will be finishing at lunchtime. We thank you very much for your cooperation during this transition period and look forward to keeping your children in school on Friday afternoons from the 23rd of April. We hope that they will be excited about this but judging by this morning we're going to have some very tired children by the end of the day!
Below are our class Achievers; comgratulations to all the children chosen, I will see them at our virtual Achievers Assembly first thing on Monday Morning. 

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Bad Hair Day! 

Thank you very much for supporting our Bad Hair Day in aid of Comic Relief. THe children looked amazing and we had lots of laughs during out TEAMS assemby this morning. Your generosity means that we will be able to donate over £180. Please visit the class blogs for a selection of photos of the children.

Below is the latest Brunel Achievers. Congratulations to everyone who has been chosen this week.

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First Week Completed! 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am pleased to be writing to you at the end of a week that has seen Brunel return to something approaching normal. We are really grateful to be a whole school community again and I have seen many smiles and happy children (and staff) as I walked around the classrooms.

Thank you for bearing with us while we embed the new pick up and drop off routines. Please can Year 3 parents and carers wait with their children until a teacher is present, if you need to walk along the drive to do so that is fine. All other year groups seem to be working well but we may need to tweak things as we go along.

Obviously we are still in a national lockdown and remain ensconced in our class bubbles so some of our usual events will continue to take place virtually. This morning the school council met online and voted to support Comic Relief Red Nose Day on Friday 19th March by holding a Bad Hair Day. It will be uniforms as usual with the addition of any hairstyle your child would like to wear! Donation amounts of your choice can be handed in to class teachers on the day.

The photographer is in to take class photos on Monday 15th March so make sure your children look like their usual smart selves at the start of the week!

Below are this week's Achievers, congratulations and well done to everyone chosen.

Have a lovely weekend.

Yours sincerely

Suzanne Cooper
Headteacher

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Welcome Back Everyone 

We've missed you!

We hope you're as excited as we are and look forward to welcoming you back as follows:

Monday 8th March
Reception, Looe, Cawsand and Seaton

Tuesday 9th March
Polzeath, Kingsand Sennen and Mousehole

Wednesday 10th March
Constantine, Whitsand and Kids Club

Please refer to class emails for arrival and pick up times.


 


World Book Day 

Thank you for taking part in our dress a potato for World Book Day event. We were very impressed with all the different designs and hope you enjoyed creating your own and admiring each other's. Here are some more for you to see.

 


 

Welcome Back

Yesterday we had a glimpse that the warmth of Spring is on its way and despite the difference in the weather today , the atmosphere at school is one of hope that things are beginning to change for the better. Everyone at Brunel is so looking forward to welcoming all children back to school from the 8th March and we will be spending the next few days discussing what we need to do to prepare for a safe return and how we will continue to build on the learning that the children have been doing both at home and at school. An email will be sent out with more details as soon as all arrangements are finalised. There are many exciting events to look forward to this half term including World Book Day on Thursday 4th March, immediately followed by St Piran's Day on Friday 5th March. Teachers will let you know on their learning grids how we intend to celebrate this year. Above are some of the Art Club 'Seascape' submissions - keep your wondeful paintings coming in.
We are looking forward to seeing the children in their TEAMs lessons throughout this week and everyone in person very soon. We've missed you all!

 


Well done everyone. 

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that this letter finds you well and you are looking forward to the half term break. I want to say a massive thank you to every single Brunel parent and carer. You are either on the front line, keeping the country running as a critical worker, or at home, home schooling and possibly juggling working from home as well. Home schooling and remote teaching are tough, but, amidst difficult circumstances, pupils, parents, carers and staff have made huge progress with getting to grips with such a different way of working. The introduction of live and recorded lessons has been met with overwhelming positivity and we are glad that this is enabling many of our pupils to maintain structure and continuity in their education, as well as providing valuable interaction with their friends, teachers and TAs.  

The DfE has confirmed that schools will close to all children over half term as usual and I’m sure that staff, children and those delivering home learning will be grateful for a chance to pause. The DfE has also issued the following advice regarding a positive COVID test in the holidays. 

Where pupils still attending school test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) during the holidays, having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, schools are not required to take any action. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.
 However, where pupils still attending school test positive having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.

Therefore, please email me, head@brunelprimary.co.uk, with URGENT POSITIVE RESULT in the subject box if your child does test positive within 48 hours of being in school as it is important that we implement track and trace for potential close contacts. All other emails will be answered on 23rd February when we return to school following the training day on Monday 22nd.

As always, thank you for the positive emails and kind messages of support and gratitude that continue to lift the spirits of the staff. They are working so hard and it’s always heartening to be appreciated. We hope that you know we appreciate you too. This is a team effort and I think all of us, at home and in school, have risen to the challenge admirably. 

Yours sincerely,

Suzanne Cooper
Headteacher


 


Fossil Hunting in KS1 

This week I've taken part in an exciting TEAMS meeting with KS1 and 'Fossil Hunter - John' who had the Y1/2 children discussing such terms as extant and extinct, Triassic and Jurassic and naming fossils such as ammonites and its modern equivalent, nautilus. The children showed and named fossils that they themselves owned. The best part was that many of the children (and John) were wearing their fossil hunting hats!

 


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