A FINAL THANK YOU
What a year! This newsletter is best read while singing Three Lions by Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds.
Everyone seems to know the score,
They’ve seen it all before.
They just know.
They’re so sure.
That COVID’s gonna be here to stay,
gonna lock us away,
when we all want to play.
But we remember…
The films the children made.
Roundwood making history!
Shakespeare on the stage.
We never stopped our singing.
So many jokes, so many treats,
But all those Google Meets
Wear you down
Through the year.
But we still see that library outdoors,
Children hunting for eggs,
And Extreme Reading
It’s Anson Primary School
The Annies all still gleaming!
What a year of fun!
COVID won’t stop us dreaming!
This year has not been easy for anyone. However, even with all the restrictions in place we have tried to give the children the kind of education that allows them to forget the troubles and be young, happy, creative children who love learning. We could not have done this without the support of our brilliant staff or without the support of our families and community. To everyone who worked out how to use Google Meet, find work on Google Classroom and Seesaw, created silly eggs, supported children to learn lines and songs and smiled in the playground: thank you. We can’t wait to do it all again next year!
BYE BYE TO MISS BELHADJ
We bring you more sad news this week as we will be waving bye bye to Miss Belhadj on Friday as she begins her journey to becoming a qualified teacher.
Miss Belhadj came to Anson as a pupil but she returned to support the children by working as a volunteer and then becoming one of our teaching assistant team. She has worked in Key Stage One supporting the team to provide the pupils with help in and out of the classroom. Perhaps she will be back one day as a teacher! We wish her all the best for the year ahead and beyond.
With transition day set for Thursday, all the remaining teachers will be staying in their current year group for the next school year. This will mean that we have experience and expertise in every year group in case learning is disrupted again by situations which may arise from the pandemic. On Thursday the brochures for each year group will also be released. These give you all the information you need to support your child with their learning next year.
BRENT HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AND FOOD PROGRAMME 2021
Brent have launched their programme to support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, encouraging them to engage in interactive and fun activities.
The programme will offer free places, on a range of holiday this summer for school-aged children in Brent (aged 4-16) who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals. Please see the attached letter from Marcus Rashford and Henry Dimbleby (page 3).
Holiday provision can also be open to children not eligible for free school meals, but participation may not be funded through the government grant. If you think your child may be eligible to access a free place but they are not in receipt of free school meals, please contact the school office so we can ensure you are receiving the programmes available to you. The full programme is still being prepared but you can take a look at some of the other summer activities in the meantime: https://tinyurl.com/BRENThaf
16th July 2021
BYE BYE MR BRADFIELD
Today we have some rather upsetting news to bring you: Mr Bradfield will be leaving Anson at the end of this academic year.
Affectionately known as the “King of Key Stage One”, Mr Bradfield has been part of the Anson staff since he arrived in September 2007. He has led the Key Stage One Team for much of that time and has also lead a transformation in the teaching and learning of mathematics at Anson. He will be hugely missed by a staff that value him as both a colleague and a friend and we know that many of you will be sad to see him leave too. He has taught so many children and we know you will appreciate the effort and support he has given to you and your children during his time at the school.
Needless to say we would not be so reckless as to let a teacher of Mr Bradfield’s quality leave for another school in Brent, so we have agreed to let him leave Anson as long as he agrees to also leave the country. Joking aside, he will be returning to New Zealand to reunite with his family and we know a time of happiness awaits. We would like to publicly thank him for all his time, effort, support, inspiration and kindness during his time at Anson. His shoes will be hard to fill, but his legacy will live on.
THURSDAY, 22nd JULY - TRANSITION DAY FOR ALL PUPILS
On Monday 19th July the Government is lifting some of the restrictions for primary schools in England and this will give us the opportunity for all the children to visit their new classroom and meet their new teacher for the 2021 to 2022 academic year.
The transition day will take place on Thursday 22nd July. There will be a short assembly on Zoom for all the children to watch in their current classroom, followed by the announcement of which class the children will be joining next year. This will then be followed by some time in their new classrooms with their teacher.
On Thursday your child will bring home some information about your child’s new class and we will send you further information about where you can access the aims for next year, the year group brochures and some other information about the school day.
KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER
We know that many parents really struggle with keeping their children safe when they are using technology during the long summer holidays. However, help is at hand.
We have begun our journey to becoming a certified safe school with National Online Safety. As part of this journey all parents can access the resources on the website for free or you can download the National Online Safety app.
The site contains resources and advice for every type of technology children are using as well as videos helping parents to understand the risks and solutions for technology use in the home. Please look out for the link to the site which will be sent to you in a text message.
SIMS PAY - DON’T FORGET TO UPDATE YOUR SETTINGS
As you know, all payments to the school are currently paid through our online payment system SIMS Pay. Later this month the system is changing names.
From 26th July SIMS Pay will be known as Pay360 Education Payments.
The way you make payments will remain the same, you’ll just notice a different logo (PAY360 by Capita - see left) on the login page and in the portal.
The link to login will be updated to pay360educationpayments.com and when you make a payment, you’ll notice the details on your card statement will show as ‘Pay360AnsonPrimarySchool (rather than CapitaAnsonPrimarySchool).
We would recommend that you add the new email address email@example.com to your contacts/whitelist to ensure the emails are not marked as spam.
Please note that there will be times during the changeover when the system is unavailable to users.
BRENT HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AND FOOD PROGRAMME
Brent have received funding from the Department for Education to deliver a Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme in 2021, as part of a national scheme.
The aim of the programme is to support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, encouraging them to engage in interactive and fun activities.
The programme will offer free places at holiday provision in this summer for school-aged children in Brent (aged 4-16) who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.
Holiday provision can also be open to children not eligible for free school meals, but participation may not be funded through the government grant. If you think your child may be eligible to access a free place but they are not in receipt of free school meals, please contact the school office so we can ensure you are receiving the programmes available to you.
The full programme is now available to book on the Holiday and Food Programme website which can be found on the following link: https://tinyurl.com/BRENThaf
YOUR SUMMER HOLIDAY ADVENTURES
As we approach the end of the school year we must remind you of you statutory duty to ensure your child is in school on the first day of the new term.
Our last day of term is Friday 23rd July. If you are planning any holidays, you must factor in the quarantine period and ensure that your child returns to school on Thursday, 2nd September 2021.
Next year is a special year. It is 70 years since the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and also 70 years since Anson Primary School opened the doors to our first pupils.
There is an extra Bank Holiday in June to celebrate the Coronation and this means that Brent have now taken a day off the Academic Year as the Bank Holiday falls in a Half Term. You can see the revised terms dates (right) for the next academic year. Our target for attendance is 97%, so let’s end this year and begin next year with everyone at school.