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Lockdown Learning 

I cannot believe that we have reached the end of the second week of lockdown already. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for engaging so well with the home learning which has been set by the teachers. Please do not hesitate to give us a call if we can assist you any further e.g. with printing sheets or providing paper. This situation is still very new and different for us in school and we are trying to make remote learning as effective for your children and as stress free for yourselves as parents! I am really delighted with the way in which you and your children have engaged with the learning activities. I feel that there are plenty of activities to keep the children busy but, by recording lessons/directing you to pre-recorded lessons, there is a degree of flexibility to the day. I feel that this is particularly important if there are multiple children in the home with limited devices. We are monitoring the engagement with the learning and will contact you if there are any concerns or to offer help.

Throughout the Lockdown, pupils are still able to receive Headteacher's awards virtually. Children can collect their certificate and reward from the treasure chest when they return to school in person. 

We have also had some brilliant learning from the key worker children in school and many other Headteacher awards have been presented too - Stephen, Ivy, George, Cara , Imogen (x3), Ben, Zack, Liam, Joe and Isla (apologies if I have forgotten anyone!)

I wish you all a safe weekend and will see some of you next week.

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Virtual Christingle! 

It's Christingle time again - but with a difference! This year all of the children learnt about the significance of the Christingle and they all made one- complete with a safe 'glow stick' candle. We then met virtually via the 'teams' APP and shared a video about Christingle which was kindly created by the Reverend Chris Painter. Year 4 provided some readings to round it all off. What a lovely way to spend a cold December afternoon thinking about the true meaning of Christmas.

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It's Christmas! 

As this strange, unique term draws to a close I hope that you have all had the chance to look at some of the Christmas activities which have been taking place in all of the bubbles! A particular highlight has been the Reception bubble Nativity with wellies! Have a look on the Harlyn Bay class page or Delaware school's Facebook page- it is sure to raise a smile and make you feel extremely festive. 

Also Perranporth's 'A Modern Miracle' is extremely heart warming and showcases the pupils' talents beautifully.

I want to take this time to thank all staff for their dedication, bravery, teamwork and for 'going the extra mile' to ensure that your children have been as safe as possible. I know that you will echo my thanks to them. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas with your families and I hope that you will be able to spend time with your loved ones. Take care and stay safe. See you all in 2021! 

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'Tis the season to be generous! 

A huge thank you to Ron Johns from Mabecron books who generously donated a large selection of Cornish themed books. We are so thankful! 
Also, to Tesco at Callington who donated a tub of sweets to each bubble in both bases- they were very well received!

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Children in Need 

This year's Children in Need looked a little different than usual. The school council arranged fund raising activities in each separate 'bubble' ranging from film mornings to lucky dips and fancy dress.  We raised an incredible £401.48 across both bases! Well done everyone for showing your spots! 

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Letter from Cornwall Council to parents 

Please see the letter from Cornwall Council saved below. It gives details of what to do if your child develops COVID 19 symptoms over the Christmas holidays and some FAQs on Christmas support bubbles.  

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Virtual Harvest Festival 

Thank you to Reverend Chris Painter who led a Virtual Harvest Festival, via Zoom, for both school bases today. We are collecting tinned and dried goods to be donated to Callington Foodbank. Tesco at Callington are kindly going to match any donations.

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Welcome Back 

Welcome back to school. I hope that you have all had a relaxing and safe half term with your families. As we enter the next partial lockdown I would like to reassure you that the measures that we have adopted in school,thus far, have kept everyone virus free. So,I would ask you to continue to remain socially distanced at all times on school property and, if you do need to enter the building would you please wear a face covering.
We are having a 'virtual' Harvest Festival tomorrow and if you could spare some tinned/dry food for the local food bank then this would be very much appreciated. We will be taking donations until Tuesday 10th November. All donations will be given to the local food bank and Tesco at Callington have kindly agreed to match and donations.
Look out for details of fundraising initiatives for Children in Need on 13th November. The school council have worked hard to organise this for individual 'bubbles'.




I want to continue to thank parents and children for adapting so well to these new circumstances. As you may have already guessed the Government advice has not changed with regards to 'bubbles' and school organisation so the current organisational procedures and use of both school bases will remain in place after half term.
I am delighted to share the good news that Mrs Marshall is expecting her third child (Some of you who frequent the Delaware base will have noticed this.) She is taking advice from her midwife and will not be returning to school  during the second half of term- I know that you will wish her the very best for the arrival of baby Marshall in January. We are currently in the process of recruiting a replacement and I will let you know as soon as I know who this is!

We would welcome your feedback on the introduction of the new PSHE and RSE curriculum that has just been launched across the trust. As the DfE stated in July “Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. (Gavin Williamson Secretary of State for Education). Please use the form on the website to leave feedback by the 22nd October. You can find the survey in the policies section under PSHE/SRE.

A reminder that half term is from 26th October to 30th October and the school will not be open for pupils on Monday 2nd November as this is an INSET day.


Welcome back to school! 

It has been a very long time since we were all back together but on the 7th September we will all be finally reunited! I know that everyone who works at Delaware and Gunnislake are super excited to see all of the children again. They have been working hard, giving up several days of their holiday, to get all of the learning environments ready. Not just making sure that they are safe but also bright and exciting to make the transition back to school fun! I absolutely know that you will still probably have lots of questions about the new procedures- we are all learning as we go- but together we will make this work for you and your precious children. A huge welcome back to you all! 


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