Firstly, I hope all our families are safe and well. Please remember staff in school are available if you require any support. Additional support information is also available on our school website.
I would like to take this opportunity to update you all on developments in school.
You may have seen the announcement today by the Government that schools will be fully open from September. We are all very pleased to hear this news and are looking forward to welcoming the children back. Until we have completed our risk assessments and new procedures, we are not able to provide full details of how school will operate but we hope to share these with you soon. Our expectation is that we will welcome all children in Years 1 to 6 back on Wednesday 2nd September. Arrangements for our new Reception children haven’t been decided yet.
As is usual at this time of year, we will see a number of staff leaving and some new arrivals. We recently welcomed Mrs Emma Mann onto the staff team as an Assistant Headteacher. Mrs Mann’s first role will be to support the further development of the curriculum. From September, Mrs Elaine Caine will also be joining the teaching team. Mrs Caine currently works at Hillside Primary in Ipswich. Leaving us in July will be Mr Aspinall, Miss Maddock, Miss Stuckey and Mrs Banks. Mr Aspinall has moved back to Colchester and will be starting a position at Paxman Academy in September teaching Years 7 and 8. I know many families will be sad to see Mr Aspinall leave Melton as he has been a dedicated member of the staff for a number of years and is popular with the children. I know you will join me in wishing him and his family the very best of luck for the future. Miss Maddock and Miss Stuckey have been with us since September on one year contracts. Miss Stuckey hopes to continue working in schools, while Miss Maddock has travel plans (once any restrictions are lifted). In contrast to the previous two, Mrs Banks has work at Melton for 31 years in various roles but most recently as our Librarian. She has now decided it is time to spend more time reading books for pleasure than tidying shelves. We all wish her many happy years in retirement. I would personally like to thank all four members of staff for the contribution the have made to Melton School.
Teaching arrangements for September
Robins (Reception) Miss Hannah Grant
Puffins (Year 1) Miss Charlotte Jones
Parrots (Year 2) Mrs Katie Smith
Eagles (Year 3) Miss Vicky Lumsden
Woodpeckers (Year 4) Mrs Elaine Caine
Penguins (Year 5) Miss Summaia Begum
Owls (Year 6) Mr Mike Burges
End of Year Reports
Your child’s end of year report will be published next Friday. These will be sent to you via either Seesaw or email unless your child is currently in school. All children will receive a paper copy of the report in September.
We are excited that there is a lot of building work planned over the coming months. This will include; a new roof, new windows, new external doors, repaired and painted facia boards, anti-glare protection on the hall windows and refurbished toilet block (old changing rooms).
It is a shame more families have not seen our new allotment developing. Thanks to some hard work by Ms Barr and the children, we now have a range of flowers, vegetables and fruits growing nicely. We have already harvested our first crop of potatoes which were used by some of the children in school.
Free School Meal Vouchers
Families in receipt of Free School Meals will continue to receive vouchers during the summer. This should arrive around 20th July and will be one voucher to cover all six weeks. If your expected voucher doesn’t arrive by 24th July, please let me know firstname.lastname@example.org
Between now and 17th July, teachers will continue to produce plans to support home learning and will be available for advice. Please continue to stay in touch with your child’s class teacher via Seesaw and upload examples of activities completed at home. However, I ask that after the 17th July you allow teachers to enjoy their summer break with their families. They have all worked extremely hard and need some ‘down time’. If you need information from school, please contact either myself email@example.com or the admin team firstname.lastname@example.org.
It would also be nice to receive any photos of sunflowers grown using the seeds we put out for families to take.
I will write again before the end of term and hopefully will have more information about our plans for September.
Take care and keep safe.
Alun Davies (Headteacher)