Dear Marlborough families,
It is such a relief to see the cases of Covid-19 decreasing and the alert level is being lowered from four to three. However, we must remain vigilant and continue to follow the guidance closely; this remains a major global pandemic.
We are still very much working within bubbles and zones across the school and there is very limited contact beyond this. Lunchtimes and playtimes remain staggered, meetings and assemblies are still virtual. It is amazing how well everyone has adapted to working this way. Thank you for your continued support in keeping everyone at Marlborough safe.
Geraldine Foley – Headteacher
Wishing all our Marlborough families and staff a very happy and peaceful Eid
Nursery and Reception Pupils September 2021
Over the past few weeks parents should have heard if they have secured a Reception or Nursery place at Marlborough for September 2021.
Usually during the summer term we would invite Nursery and Reception parents into into school for a meeting. Due to the current Covid restrictions, we will be unable to hold meetings with parents in person. Instead we will be holding live webinars for Q & A sessions on:
Parents of Reception Pupils
- Wednesday 30th June 2.00pm – 3.00pm
- Thursday 1st July 5.00pm – 6.00p.m.
Parents of Nursery Pupils
- Wednesday 7th July 2.00pm – 3.00pm
- Thursday 8th July 5.00pm – 6.00p.m.
The School Prospectus has also been updated and can be viewed by clicking the hyperlink below.
Thank you from Ray
Ray has asked me to pass on his heartfelt thanks for his retirement presents and cards. He has been overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity.
Flourishing School Community
Many of you will know Sally Evans who led our wonderful Flourishing families programme earlier this year. I am very grateful to Sally who has recorded monthly webinars to complement and consolidate the work that we do in school. This month’s theme is How to maintain perspective. I can thoroughly recommend watching it, 10 minutes well spent!
Marlborough Sports Day 2021
The week beginning 24th May marks a very special week of sport at Marlborough. Mr. Goodman has been leading a team of staff to ensure that the children have a wonderful sports day this year. Due to Covid-19, we are unable to compete at NIAC, nor are we able to invite our Marlborough families to come onto site and watch. However, we have a wonderful week of sporting competitions planned.
We will be live streaming the events so that families can still cheer the children on from the comfort of your home / work office. Events will be taking place during the afternoons – everything crossed for good weather!
- Monday 24th – afternoon – Reception and the Specialist Resource Base
- Tuesday 25th May – afternoon – Year 1 and Year 2
- Wednesday 26th May – afternoon – Year 3 and Year 4
- Thursday 27th May – afternoon – Year 5 and Year 6
Down on the Marlborough Farm
We had a glorious day down on Marlborough Farm on Friday 30th April. We planted seeds, rode on hobby horses, bounced on inflatable pigs, hooked the duck, competed to see who could throw the wellie the furthest, picnicked on hay bales and fed the pigs.
Thank you to the brilliant team of staff who were so creative and energetic in ensuring that the children had a wonderful school ‘trip’. The next school trip at Marlborough is Sports Day, followed by our very own Glastonbury Festival in June and Beach at Marlborough day in July.
100 Miles in May
The Wellbeing Team has set us the goal of joining Mind’s 100 Miles in May challenge. You can run, walk or cycle to improve your mental and physical health! Each class is taking part in the challenge and the staff are too. https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/donate-or-fundraise/take-on-an-active-challenge/100-miles-in-may/
Parking around the school
I appreciate how pick up and drop off times can be difficult and very busy due to large amounts of children arriving on our site, however, a small minority of parents are parking without any thought for the safety of our pupils or local residents.
Parking on the double yellow lines and on street corners is both dangerous and illegal. This parking can pose a safety risk to pupils and parents that do walk and cycle to school, as well as to other road users. In addition the concerns over unsafe parking can be a major barrier to increasing levels of walking and cycling to school.
Now the mornings and evenings are lighter to ease this problem I would also encourage parents and pupils to use more sustainable modes of travel to get to school where this is possible.
I do understand that parents or carers will sometimes need to drive their children to school, however I would urge where possible for parents/guardians to park away from the school and then walk in.
Thank you in advance for your support in this important issue and let’s hope together we can ensure the safety of the children and be considerate to our local residents
Dates for your diary
- Friday 28th May – Celebrating our first 10 years as a primary school and strategic planning ahead for the next 10 years.
- Monday 19th July and Tuesday 20th July – days taken in lieu of additional staff development hours worked throughout the academic year.
A huge thank you from Rollo for all of his birthday cards and presents. He had the best 2nd birthday ever!