So Close Yet So Far!

Headteacher Newsletter - Tuesday 20th July 2021

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1. So Close Yet So Far;

2. Weekly Tweets;

3. Crawford's Workforce Summer Days;

4. Farewell;

5. Government letter re: Test & Trace;

6. Arbor accounts;

7. Term Dates Reminder;

8. Summer Events & Clubs;

9. Safeguarding & Wellbeing.

1. So Close Yet So Far!

I can't believe this is the last HT newsletter of 2020-2021; in some respects, it feels like this year has flown by - in others, it feels like we've all endured a rather long and arduous year!

The recent school closure reminded me that we're so close yet so far; I think it's safe to safe that we all still need to follow the protocols and ensure we are protecting ourselves, as well as others!

It was so devastating to close on the last school day of the year (having not had to close all year). My heart goes out to our Year 6 Leavers' who we wanted to say goodbye to in style. They've been such a lovely cohort that have made so much progress; most notably, under the tutelage of Miss DP. She will most certainly miss them as they've become such an integral part of the school, its ethos, and its journey these past few years.

Anyway, regardless of the lens, we look through, I am immensely proud of the journey and achievements of Crawford's Primary School this past year!

It would take me an age to list all of the wonderful experiences, achievements, and milestone moments; so, as a summary, please join me in this time-lapse of life at Crawford's during 2020-2021...

September 2020

  • Early-morning FREE 'Milk N Shake' breakfast clubs from 7.30 am;
  • FREE after-school clubs until 5 pm;
  • Class 4 experience Alton Waters for some rather a cold terrain.

October 2020
  • Outdoor Play And Learning (OPAL) is born;
  • Our new 'Golden Circle' curriculum, policies, and procedures;
  • We begin a 4-year journey with the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics.

November 2020

  • New storage is built for our OPAL provision;
  • We experience our first Outdoor Learning Day on 5th November;
  • A touching Remembrance Service on The Green;
  • Ipswich School hockey coaches teach Class 3.

December 2020

  • Christingle Service;
  • Christmas Nativity performance.

January 2021

  • Learning becomes a remote offer - AGAIN;
  • We ship Chromebooks out to every child who needs one;
  • Mr Hurkett launches 'Work it With Hurkett' Youtube channel.

February 2021

  • We launch our new School Song: My Lighthouse by Rend Collection;
  • 'Live' remote learning lessons;
  • 'Live' Work it With Hurkett sessions;
  • Jasmine & Harry make the PEW News;
  • The digging pit is created.

March 2021

  • Whole-school return;
  • Mr. F presents at the live OPAL conference, across the globe;
  • Around The World PE Challenge;
  • World-renowned Football Freestyler Jamie Knight;
  • Mrs. Welch's incredible Collective Worship(s).

April 2021

  • The front garden and playground has an OPAL make-over - welcome sandpit, den-building, construction area;
  • Active Outdoor Discovery Day;
  • The Golden Mile returns;
  • Staff get kitted out with new OPAL merchandise.

May 2021

  • BMX workshop;
  • Whole-school trip to Thorpe Woodlands.

June 2021

  • Sports Day Success;
  • The England FC journey begins;
  • A nail-biting 2-2 draw between the staff and pupils.

July 2021

  • Sports Day success;
  • Whole-school Ely Cathedral trip;
  • Class 4 Alton Waters wind-surfing and sailing;
  • The Young Ambassadors are awarded the 'Most Impactful' Project Award in Suffolk;
  • The Young Ambassadors Christchurch Mansion MARVEL exhibition;
  • Year 6 Leavers' Pleasurewood Hills trip.

2. Weekly Tweets...

Don't forget to check our Twitter page to see our learning throughout the week.


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3. Crawford's Workforce Summer Days

A huge thank you to those who have responded and are ready and able to help. We've got 8 helpers thus far. Please just turn up on the day - we'll be here and raring to go!

There is still time to commit a day or two, therefore, please click on the Google Form below and fill it in for us.

Huge thanks!

4. Farewell

I'd like to say a huge thank you and farewell to Mrs. Carter. Having shortly returned from maternity, Lisa is looking forward to spending more time with her baby, Willow; however, she has promised to stay in touch and to regularly pop in to see the children and staff. We'll all miss you, Lisa. Especially your humour!

I'd also like to wish Mrs. Beckett luck as she ventures on a new project as school cook of Wetheringsett Special School. This is an exciting opportunity for her so good luck, Claire.

5. Government letter re: Test & Trace

Please click on the file, below, to read Frequently Asked Questions for Contact Tracing for Step 4 Onwards

6. Arbor accounts

Please ensure that you clear any outstanding balances on Arbor before the summer holiday. Thank you.

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7. Term Dates Reminder

8. Summer Events & Clubs

Helmingham Hall Food Festival

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Pro Corda Performing Arts Holiday Club - Free workshops for children with additional needs and disabilities who are eligible for FSM

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Rocksteady sign ups now open for September start

Suffolk Holiday and Activity Food Programme

Dear Parent,

Suffolk County Council is currently working with partners, providers, and communities to develop an exciting programme of holiday activities for Summer 2021. Activities will be available across Suffolk that will provide fun-filled days for kids, lots of physical activity, enrichment, and some delicious and nutritious food!

Places will be free of charge for children and young people who are age 5-16 and are eligible for benefits related to free school meals.

Holiday activities are being led by a range of organizations across the public, private, community and voluntary sectors, to ensure that there is a varied menu of activities available to the children and young people of Suffolk this summer.

For more information and to find out what activities are taking place in your area please visit Suffolk Infolink

9. Safeguarding & Wellbeing

Please see our recently updated safeguarding policies.