First week back at school has been fantastic. The children have come back to school calm and focussed, so you’ve obviously done a great job helping them with their learning during lockdown. We also love how much more independent many of our younger children have become. They carry their own bags, organise book bags, find shoes etc. The teachers are loving it and it is so good for them to be responsible for themselves. They are such lovely children, well done everyone.
After a rocky first day of after school pickups, we revised the system and it is now working like clockwork. Again that is all thanks to you. You have been so supportive of the new way of doing things and we all really appreciate it. In fact, the new system is working so well we can adjust the leaving times in the afternoon.
From Monday, juniors (years 1, 2) and family groups will leave at 2.45. No change for years 3, 4, still leaving at 2.50 and years 5, 6 at 3pm.
Board of Trustees Resignation
Bridget Snelling has resigned from the board of trustees. Bridget has been a trustee for three years and has made a wonderful contribution to the governance of Victoria Avenue School. I have particularly appreciated her ‘outside of the box’ thinking and her pragmatic approach. However, it is not farewell to Bridget as she intends continuing her support of the school through the Friends of VAS.
Important Message from Board of Trustees
The board of trustees has chosen to follow the selection process as laid out under Section 105 of the Education Act 1989. For this process to be done properly the community needs to be notified that the board intends to fill a casual vacancy by selection and that there are 28 days for 10 percent or more of eligible voters to request a by-election. Once the 28 days are up, without the 10 percent threshold being reached, the board can select someone to fill the vacancy. If the 10 percent threshold is reached the board will hold a by election.
If ten percent or more of eligible voters ask that a by-election be held, the board must set the election date either on the tenth Friday after the end of the 28-day notification period or earlier date (the board must set this at least six weeks out from the election).
We won’t be having any full school assemblies in the near future. Instead, we will have virtual assemblies where each class will prepare an assembly item which we will film and post along with the Principal’s Awards and Pupil of the Week. A new way of doing things continues!
Years 5 and 6 Production
We are investigating different ways to showcase our wonderful children as putting on a production as we have in the past is not feasible under the current conditions. Once again, an exciting opportunity to do something different.
Finally, a light moment:
With all the handwashing and hand sanitising we are doing all day every day, you might appreciate this!