Back To Our Own Country

Headteacher Newsletter - Friday 6th March 2021

There is hope for your future, declares the Lord, and your children shall come back to their own country. Jeremiah 31:17

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Contents

1. Back To Our Own Country

2. Returning to school - a quick recap

3. Class Updates

4. Weekly Tweets

5. Church Survey

6. Donation

7. FREE Easter Sports Clubs

8. Chromebooks

9. SCC Easter Holiday food scheme

10. School Milk and School Fruit & Veg

11. Exciting Events On The Horizon...

12. Safeguarding & Wellbeing

1. Back To Our Own Country

Good afternoon everyone,


We can't wait for you all to return.


It's another smorgasbord of news, events, and looking ahead. So without further ado, please enjoy this week's edition of the Crawford's Community Newsletter!


Mr. Francksen

Executive Headteacher

2. Returning to school - quick recap

  • Please drop off from 8.35 am, the churchyard school gate is closed at 8.45 am in time for registration. Please use the oneway system, wear a mask and maintain a 2m distance from others;

  • Pick up is at 3.10 pm; please wait on the playground at a 2m distance from others. Only one adult to pick up please, to avoid overcrowding;

  • Please wear your usual school uniform, but do wear layers as the school has lots of doors and windows open for ventilation;

  • Ensure you have a waterproof coat and gloves/hat to put on for OPAL - Outdoor Play and Learning;

  • Also keep a pair of wellies and spare socks in school;

  • Pupils only need a water bottle and book bag in school, no other items from home;

  • On PE and Forest School Days, please arrive at school in your outdoor/sports clothes;

  • If you have a Chromebook please return this to your class teacher immediately upon your return;

  • School dinners are being provided following the regular menu; don’t forget that you can have a jacket potato or a school-packed lunch - just let your teacher know at registration;

  • REMEMBER - we are a NUT-FREE school. Only water and healthy snacks;

  • After-school Club and Breakfast Clubs are on offer - please check with the office.

3. Class Updates...

Class 2

This week Class 2 has focused on the Courageous Cog through exploring the story of St. George and the Dragon. We enjoyed discussing our two questions in the philosophy session with Philippa Stevens from Ely Cathedral. The questions were: Why did George take the dragon to the village to kill it? And why do we have to do things that we are worried about? Both were excellent questions created by the children with support from the adults. The children had lots of ideas and suggested that being courageous is important because you have to set a good example to others and it is through overcoming your fears that you learn and grow as a person. The adults thought that this conclusion from a group of children aged just 5-7 years old was pretty impressive!

Class 3 & 4

We have been thinking about how to be courageous like St. Thomas and listening to the story of St George defeating the dragon. The story was told through our Postcards from Ely Cathedral, with children thinking up their own ‘Big Question’ about how to conquer our fears and building on their thinking skills using the ‘Philosophy for Children’ approach. In maths, Hedgehogs have been continuing their work on fractions and Llamas have been learning about money. In English, we have progressed with our persuasive writing; we designed a healthy snack and wrote an advert for it. We have learned all about light and how shadows are formed, in our science lessons.


We can’t wait to have the whole class back in again and introduce them to our new OPAL playground. We have been writing for the Pew News again, and really enjoying our daily story reading of Kensuke’s Kingdom. Next week we will have a new book to look forward to.

4. Weekly Tweets...

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5. Church Survey

In partnership with the church and the community, please could you complete this survey, for governors, regarding St Mary's Haughley Church and Community Survey Group. This is to canvass thoughts and opinions with regard to the church's involvement in the community and to ascertain feedback, which can help, moving forward.


If possible, please could you complete this by Monday 15th March at the latest.


On behalf of Mike Walker, the church, and myself, thank you.

6. Donation

A huge thank you to governor Gabi Wood, who has donated a brand new greenhouse for the school to begin our springtime growing and gardening club initiatives.

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7. FREE Easter Sports Clubs

We would like to offer 2 FREE days to keep up all the great work for staying healthy and physically active. Therefore, if you are interested please complete the form below:

Easter holiday activities flyer

We have agreed to circulate details of this Easter holiday club programme to be held in Bury St Edmunds. Please note that the School is not involved in the event and any queries should be directed to the organiser.

Easter holiday tennis camp - Walsham

We have agreed to circulate details of this Easter holiday tennis activity programme. Please note that the School is not involved in the event and any queries should be directed to the organiser.

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8. Chromebooks

If your child has been loaning a school Chromebook (to aid them with their remote learning) please can you ensure they return it with its charger upon our return?!

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9. SCC Easter Holiday food scheme

This information comes from Chrissie Geeson, Head of Localities at Suffolk County Council


If your child is eligible for free school meals, or if you are facing hardship, we encourage you to register for a food parcel that will be delivered to you by our partner The Pink Orange. To register, you must complete a short online form on the Smart Survey web page smartsurvey.co.uk/s/easterholidays, or scan the QR code in the attached letter. You will be required to provide your child’s details and to consent to these being shared with us at Suffolk County Council to enable us to check eligibility. Alternatively, if you are unable to complete the form online, please call The Pink Orange on 07553 894 233. You must register before 5pm on 15th March 2021. Visit our website healthysuffolk.org.uk for further information about the Holiday Activity and Food Programme.

10. School Milk and School Fruit & Veg

We are pleased to hear that the School Milk scheme will resume from next week. If your child has School Milk (either under the free milk scheme or paid for by you), this will restart.


Our supplies of school Fruit & Veg resumed recently, so all pupils aged 4-6 (YR, Y1, Y2) are offered a daily piece of fruit or veg.

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11. Exciting Events On The Horizon...

During this lockdown, the staff at Crawford's have been busy preparing for some wonderful activities throughout the remainder of the academic year. We will, of course, let you have more detail as you need it.

  • Monday 8th March - Return to School for all pupils and distribution of World Book Day vouchers;

  • Thursday 11th March - Rock Steady Returns;

  • Tuesday 16th March - Jamie Knight, world-renowned freestyle footballer in for a whole school Enrichment Day. See Jamie’s website showreel for a taster;

  • Saturday 27th March to Sunday 11th April - Easter holiday;

  • Friday 30th April - England Does the Daily Mile;

  • Monday 12th April - the launch of new EATS school menu;

  • Monday 3rd May - May Day bank holiday, no staff or pupils in school;

  • Friday 7th May - Whole school trip to Thorpe Woodlands;

  • Thursday 20th May - Outdoor Classroom Day;

  • Spring/Summer Term - Parents/carers’ Consultations (TBC);

  • Saturday 29th May to Sunday 6th June - May half-term holiday;

  • Leavers’ service & achievement awards, whole school - Monday 12th July (Provisional date, TBC);

  • Sports Day (Friday 11th June with 18th June as ‘backup’, in case of poor weather);

  • Monday 19th July - last day for pupils in school.

12. Safeguarding & Wellbeing

Please use the links below to learn more about important topics including online/social media, safeguarding and wellbeing resources, updates.