Weekly Update 22.4.21

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Please find weekly updates and reminders below:

School Office/Reception 

If you need to visit the office/reception, please do not come into the actual reception area but come to the foyer outside main reception.  Just ring the bell or knock to let us know you are there and we will be able to speak to you through the hatch.   There are also copies of useful forms in there for you to help yourselves to. 

If your child is arriving late or leaving early then we will sign them in and out for you. 

Ordering Lunches on Aspens

Thank you for remembering to order your children’s school lunches on Aspens.  The inset day that was cancelled on 28th May is now showing correctly as a normal school day on Aspens ready for you to order. Monday 7th June is now also correctly showing as an inset day.

World Book Day and Pyjamarama

As you know, children learning both in school and at home took part in World Book Day on 4th March.  We have been asked to publicise a parent survey from the World Book Day people about this year’s events.  This can be completed by going to https://www.research.net/r/SCMDBSG There is a chance of winning one of five £25 book tokens for taking part.

Because of the timing of this year’s event, things did feel a little different around World Book Day this year.  So the Infant School are planning to take part in Pyjamarama Day, organised by the Book Trust on Friday 14th May.  On that day, Infant and Nursery children are invited to wear their pyjamas to school and take part in fun classroom activities linked to reading and books.  The Book Trust is a charity, which amongst other things, provides the free book which every Nursery and Reception child receives during the year.  We are therefore asking for a £1 donation per child to go to Book Trust, but the most important aspect of the day will be supporting and promoting the children’s love of reading.  

There is more information about Pyjamarama day on the Book Trust website https://www.booktrust.org.uk/

Social Distancing 

Thank you to all those who are ensuring that social distancing is maintained when on school site and also when using Down Road.  Please can we remind parents to be kind, courteous and respectful when trying to social distance, especially to those who are with very young children and walking at a slower pace – but also for those who need to walk at a slower pace, to be mindful of those who need to pass by and pull in where you are able, so we can avoid families having to walk out onto the Road. Thank you.

Other Reminders 

Please ensure that your children remain with you when collecting siblings. They should not be running around the playground or using any of the equipment.

As we are now also enjoying good weather, please can you apply a daily/10 hour protection sun cream, before the school day, for your child.  Please note our school policy does not allow staff members to apply sun cream to the children. Please contact your child’s teacher if your child has any specific medical requirements/exceptional circumstances that need to be considered.

Online French club 

French club is continuing with weekly zoom clubs for KS1 and KS2 for the time-being. These are at 4.15 and 5pm on weekdays. If you’d like to be put on a waiting list for when the club can return face to face at school on a Thursday after school, please let Anna-Kate at Clubs for Kids know. There are also a few spaces left in the Tuesday 5pm and Saturday 11am club de cuisine – where they are learning to make the following sauces – velouté, tomate, espanole, hollandaise, béchamel. Please send an email for more details to ak@clubs4kids.comor call 07375306881.


The North Somerset team at www.kooth.com  continue to be available for young people aged 10-18+ (up to 25 in leaving care or have an additional need) in North Somerset for free, safe and anonymous wellbeing support and advice, accessible from any internet enabled device. There are a number of ways young people can access support on Kooth from our Magazine, Forum, Therapeutic activities, Journal, Goals, messaging & chat!

On April 26th at 4pm Lauren Finn (South West Lead) will be running a KOOTH PARENT & CARER INFORMATION session. Anyone is welcome to join if you want to know more about Kooth!


We hope you all have a great weekend.

Kind regards

School Office

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High Down Schools
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Bristol BS20 6DY