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Friday update

Happy Friday all!


We have had a very busy and productive week here at Dovedale.


On Thursday Mrs Kelly's class did their class assembly which was excellent. The children have missed out on performing to an audience for 2 years now and it is so lovely to see them have the confidence to show off their talents.


Next week we have the Reception Nativity, with social distancing ut in place we are happy to have these go ahead as we know it is so important for children and parents for these miles stones to happen if they can. We are obviously being careful with our risk assessment measures but are hoping to continue with these type of activities as long as they do not pose a threat of increase in cases.


On a similar note, next Friday 10th is our Christmas market. This starts at 3.15 and is on the school playground. We ask that all parents come through the side green gate (not the bin gate) and wait on the playground to collect their children. We will open the gate earlier on this day to save a rush. Once your children have been collected you can then make your way to the market or leave via the school car park gates. The larger gate will be opened at 3.15 to allow the year 6s to exit and for people to exit after visiting the market.

We would ask that visitors wear masks wherever possible and if you are lateral flow testing this will give us extra confidence. 

The market is shaping up to be a lovely festive event with several stalls and games, hot dogs and hot chocolate. Come wrapped up warm to listen to our school choir and maybe win on the raffle.


Miss Martin has placed a THRIVE kindness advent calendar under the THRIVE tab under parents on this website. Check it out for some lovely kindness ideas.


Can I remind all parents that dogs are not allowed on the school grounds at any time. 


I have had a record number of absence alerts this term and although many are due to Covid isolation some are not. Please remember to ring the office first thing if your child is off ill otherwise this is an unauthorised absence and causes us some concern if we do not know where the children are. If your children are late this also results in an absence mark for that session. If children have absence data below 90% contact will be made with the parents to discuss improving this-this may include children whose absences are as a result of repeated illness. This is because it is our job to help the children be in school as much as possible so communication to see if there are any triggers or factors can be really helpful. We also acknowledge that if children are genuinely ill it is rather annoying to get contact from us, however we do need to be doing our job around attendance diligently and fairly.


The Children in Need cake sale raised a massive £650. Thank you for all your donations they were very well received by the children (and staff!).


Thank you once again for your continued support with all our test requests. They do seem to be catching the asymptomatic cases and helping to stop the escalation. Let's hope we can continue to do this together.


Mrs Robinson has gone off on her maternity leave today and we wish her all the very best for the next few weeks as she awaits the arrival of baby.


Have a lovely weekend all.