We know it is only Wednesday, but as there is so much going on, we thought we would send a mid week newsletter!
What a sporty week at home and at school! It is amazing seeing all your photos and films from home, with siblings, grandparents and parents all taking part – you may be at home, but you are definitely still part of our TMS family!
Thank you also for your understanding with the ‘bubbles’ now being filled. However much we want to accommodate and support our families, with the limit at 15, it is impossible to ‘squeeze’ people in, and we are ever grateful for our families in understanding this.
Virtual Cornwall School Games
This is usually the highlight of our sporting year, with TMS being represented in a number of sports. This year, the CSG team has worked hard to create the same opportunities, but virtually in school, we will be competing every day, and therefore, we would like children to come in wearing their PE kits every day! We are also hoping for good weather!
We are inviting children at home to join in as well and submit their scores onto the Cornwall School Games website. All the information you need for the activities are on the website:
Free School Meals : www.cornwall.gov.uk/schoolmeals.
In the current climate with so much uncertainty in the job world, there are many parents who have been furloughed, but now, we are understanding that some of those, and others, are facing redundancies and job losses. If you qualify, or even if you think you may qualify, apply online for Free School Meals and if successful, you would get £15 a week of food vouchers. This scheme has also been promised to continue over the summer holiday. Please do not struggle financially by yourselves, this aspect of funding is there specifically to support families with children to ease the financial burden.
The team are now accepting Free School Meals applications for children entering Reception in September 2020. Parents/carers can apply using the above link.
For children who are currently in Year 6, this entitlement will automatically be rolled forward to the new school. There is no need to complete a new application.
If your child is currently attending school. At present there is NO provision for hot school lunches. Please do not use Parent Pay to book. If your child is in EYS – Year 2 they are entitled to a free school packed lunch if you wish. Weekly booking forms are available from the office. If your child is in Year 3 – 6 please provide a home packed lunch (Pupil Premium children may still request a school packed lunch)
Sun Cream and Hats please!
As the nice weather returns if your child is attending school please put suncream on your child before they come into school and if possible please provide them with their own suncream for re-application. A sun hat would be great as well. Thank you.
Staffing @ TMS 2020 – more news!
TMS is all about learning – whether you are a child or member of staff. We would like to take this opportunity to pass on congratulations to Mr Kellow from all our children and staff. Whilst working as a TA and HLTA at TMS, he has also been studying for a degree in Child & Adolescent Mental Health.
Last week, he found out that he was awarded a first class honours degree and in September, he will start the SCITT training to be a teacher. Thank you Tim, for all your energy, enthusiasm and commitment you have brought to TMS. We wish you every success for the future and make sure you come back for your celebrity appearance in our Christmas Rock band – it won’t be the same without you!
We are also thrilled to have Mrs Kellow joining our office team from September. Between Miss Hawken, Mrs Weston and Mrs Kellow, we have a strong team to ensure the smooth running of the school, liaising with staff, children and our families to make sure we provide the best opportunities at TMS that we are able to.
Transition to new classes
This week there have been opportunities to meet your new teachers via Zoom! It has been lovely to see children at home and for the school to be together again, as well as seeing parents. We are arranging weekly Zoom meetings with your new teachers, so please do not worry if you missed the first, or you can’t attend another. Although these are a fantastic opportunity for your child to meet their teacher, it is also absolutely fine to join us as a parent, even if your child is at school – everyone is welcome! Providing everything is back to ‘normal’ in September, we will continue to hold the annual ‘Meet the teacher’ session after school for parents, so that we can talk through the curriculum changes and expectations of your child’s new year group.
End of term arrangements
After much discussion, Threemilestone School has taken the decision to close on Friday 17th July. It has not been a decision taken lightly, and it is in line with Chacewater School who have also agreed to do this.
Our School has been open every day since Lockdown started, with the exception of bank holidays and one day over half term for cleaning. TPAT had suggested to schools that we should close in the week after half term, so that the school was properly organised with all risk assessments completed and resources reorganised. Instead, we took the decision to work through half term and be ready for the children, which is what we felt would be right for our children and families.
The school as it stands now, is not ready for September! The furniture and resources have been shared out across the school and work needs to be done to prepare the classrooms. Because of the current situation, we can only do this when the school has no children in. The staff will therefore take these days to ensure that we are ready to hit the ground running after the summer break.
We sincerely apologise if this means that child care arrangements will need to be made, but with the recent news of lifting more restrictions, we are hoping there are more possibilities to work with. The School is also more than happy to advertise and signpost any external providers of childcare if you let us know. The School will not be open over the summer holidays.
Thank you for your understanding. We know it has been difficult since 20th March, but we have really appreciated all of the support that the school has received.
Pebbles and Bibbles
Providing the school opens ‘as usual’ in September, Pebbles and Bibbles will resume. Bibbles is for younger children (EYFS to Year 3) and is run by Sarah Wallis and her team in the Pre-School , and Pebbles is run in our school (years 4-6), led by Mrs Thomas and Miss Reid.
Pebbles will finish at 5.30pm from September 2020 with a capacity of 30 children and we will confirm the arrangements with Bibbles as soon as possible.
We are able to take bookings now for September, assuming that we are open as usual.
Protocol for symptoms of COVID-19
Although we have settled into school with our new sense of normality, we cannot forget the protocol for if and when children or adults in the bubble show symptoms. Please find attached the flow chart of the procedure as agreed by TPAT on Protocol for school dealing with Corona Virus Symptoms
We will continue to email this out to you with every newsletter so that you are reminded. We acknowledge that this may be inconvenient, for bubbles to be sent home – but it is crucial that we follow all the guidelines in keeping everyone safe.
Library Service – Summer Reading Challenge
This year’s theme is Silly Squad, a team of animal friends who love to go on adventures and get stuck into all different kinds of funny books. For 2020 it’s all about funny books, happiness and having a laugh!
The Summer Reading Challenge combines FREE access to books with fun creative online activities; This year it has been extended and will be launched from Friday 5th June and will run until mid-September.
How the Challenge works
- Children sign up online to the Digital Summer Reading Challenge https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/.
- The website will be free to access, featuring games, quizzes, digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home. Although library buildings are closed, libraries will also continue to deliver the Challenge through virtual services and e-lending platforms i.e. Borrowbox, Facebook and Twitter.
- Children taking part this year will be asked to set their own reading goal and we are keen to see if this encourages take up and completion. However, we will still be suggesting six books as the best goal to try for. Children who complete their Summer Reading Challenge will be able to download a certificate.
To all the people desperate for a hug … we are getting closer!!