23rd November 2020
As you are aware, we, like most of us are unsure as to how Christmas 2020 is going to look. As we await government guidelines, we felt it was important to put together a plan as to how we would celebrate Christmas as a school and provide some lovely experiences for our pupils, in a COVID secure way.
I am therefore writing to you to share some of our plans and ideas. As I am sure you will understand, these are subject to change as the government guidance is updated. I will, of course, keep you up to date with any updates.
Unfortunately, due to government guidance and COVID 19 restrictions, we will be unable to host our usual annual whole school nativity this year. Instead, each class will be learning a part of the Christmas story that will be recorded. Each class will then be able to watch the school nativity in their classes on Christmas jumper day. Unfortunately we will be unable to share this digital nativity with parents/carers for safeguarding reasons. The teachers will, however, take a picture of your child in their costume and send it home for you.
My hope is that we will have another opportunity, later in the year, to be able to get together and invite parents and carers in.
We will be staying on curriculum in the weeks leading up to Christmas to support pupils with managing what can be an exciting time and to support them in catching up on some of the valuable learning time that many pupils may have missed following the first lockdown. The pupils will then have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas during the last 4 days of the term, with the following activities:
Friday 11th December - Christmas jumper day- Pupils will be invited to make a donation and wear a Christmas jumper or something festive. They will watch the school nativity in their classes in the afternoon.
Monday 14th December-Christmas film in classes
Tuesday 15th December-Christmas dinner in classes
Wednesday 16th December-Buffet lunch and Christmas parties in classes
Thursday 17th December-Santa Visit-Santa will be visiting the school in an outdoor grotto/gazebo. He will hand presents to staff within each bubble who will hand presents to children to ensure his visit is COVID secure. Pupils will finish at 12pm on Thursday 17th December for the Christmas holidays and return to school on Monday 4th January.
Christmas cards and presents:
We understand that pupils may want to bring in Christmas cards for each other over the coming weeks. To ensure we can facilitate this in a COVID secure way, we will have a post box in the hall that pupils can post their cards into. The box will be emptied on 15th December and all cards delivered on 16th December. Therefore please ensure all Christmas cards are sent into school no later than 15th December.
Pupils will remain in their bubbles, at all times and will continue to be supported by their class teacher and the structure and routines around these activities.
We hope that, whatever the decisions to come from the government, that we will be able to allow the children to celebrate Christmas in a safe way and that they can enjoy some well earnt time to relax and enjoy these activities at the end of term. I am exceptionally proud of the children and staff and how hard they have worked this term, under such challenging circumstances. I look forward to a positive end to the term and a bright start to the New Year.
As ever, please do contact the school office if you have any questions or queries or if there is any support we can offer to you or your family. It is more important than ever that we look after each other and work together at this time.
In the meantime, on behalf of us all at Fortuna school, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Mrs H Keegan
Head of School