We would like to say a huge thank you to all of you for your understanding and patience during these last few days. As you already know today is the last day of school for most of our children and there are some key messages we need to share with you.
Each class has an email address and teachers will try to send regular messages to their classes. Please keep in touch!
On our website there is some home learning for the children to do. If we are still closed after the Easter holidays we will start to post weekly packs for each year group.
The government has issued clear guidance for schools, some of the key points are:
• If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
• Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
• Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
I will send out a separate letter to those parents who we have identified as a key worker and whose children will be in school from Monday detailing the arrangements we have made.
Please note that we are trying to limit the amount of contact we have with people and would really appreciate it if you do not come into the school building. I will be outside at the end of the school day if you have any questions.
The staff and I would like to this opportunity to wish you well; we will do our best to stay in touch with all of you via email/text in the coming weeks.
Further to the announcement that all schools should close from today but should provide childcare for vulnerable children and those who have parents who are key workers, the government and Buckinghamshire County Council have issued guidance to support schools and families with who should access school provision from Monday.
The full guidance, including the detail around which employees are classed as key workers, can be found at:
Please see the guidance below for parents and carers:
The key principles behind the provision are:
Every effort will be made to meet the needs of the community with regards to childcare provision based on the principles above but, as I am sure you will understand, such measures will be reviewed daily based on the school’s capacity due to staff illness.
Thank you for your continued support.
As you know the government is closing all schools to most children. However, we will be open for the children of key workers, children who have an EHC plan or who are vulnerable.
If you feel that you fall into the category of a key worker and wish for your child to attend IVJS, please either call the school or email the office at email@example.com as soon as possible but please make sure you have done so by 9am on Friday 20th March.
Thank you for your continued support.
We have provisionally booked a 4-night residential visit to the Windmill Hill near Hailsham, Sussex from
Monday 19th October – Friday 23rd October 2021. The visit includes a full programme of activities and is similar to those we have run in the past. The group will be accompanied by teaching staff from the school and fully qualified instructors at the centre supervise each activity. The cost will include travel to and from the PGL centre and full board while they are away. Whilst the trip is not essential for curriculum purposes, it provides an excellent opportunity for children to extend their learning and to refine their personal and social skills. A meeting for parents giving detailed arrangements will be held nearer the time.
The Year 6 residential trip is at beginning of the year to allow children to bond with their new teacher ready for the remainder of Year 6. It is also an opportunity for teachers to identify different strengths in children that we can build on throughout the year.
In order to help organise and plan this trip in advance, we would need to get an idea of the numbers of pupils who would like to attend. Therefore, for the visit to take place a payment of £410.00 per child is required. A non-refundable deposit of £50.00 must be paid via School Money with the form below returned in order to secure a place by 7th May 2020. The full cost must be paid by monthly instalments of £36 a month (for 10 months) via School Money from June 2020 and fully settled by 31st March 2021, although we would appreciate it if payments could be made as early as possible. Cash and cheques will also be accepted. Cheques should be made payable to Buckinghamshire Council Receipts Account. If you receive Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance or Child Tax Credit (not entitled to Working Tax Credit and with an income below £16040pa) please feel free to contact us if there are any difficulties involving the cost.
Only a limited number of places are available and we ask that completed forms and deposits are returned to school no later than 7th May 2020 to avoid disappointment.
Payments: £410 total
Non-refundable Deposit of £50 by 7/05/20
Ten Monthly payments of £36 starting on 1/6/20 until 1/3/21 via School Money
Re: Monitoring visit from OFSTED
In January we had ‘the call’ to say that we were to have our monitoring visit from OFSTED. As part of the cycle of inspection, we knew that 2019-2020 was the ‘OFSTED year’ as our previous inspection had been in June 2016.
The inspection report is now available and will be published on the OFSTED website from today (Monday 2nd March) and it is all incredibly positive. I feel enormously proud to be the Headteacher of IVJS and be able to work in such a friendly and supportive school. It is very pleasing to read such positive things about our school and I would like to thank everyone in our school community for all their support, especially our children who spoke with such pride about our school. The inspector was very impressed with how keen our children were to speak to him!
The whole monitoring visit was a very positive experience for the school and highlighted the nurturing and caring ethos that the school has. I have listed the key points from the report below.
The full report is available here and on the OFSTED page on our website. If you have any questions about the OFSTED visit, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
All children will be taking part in the Inter-House Mile on Thursday 26th March, this will involve all children and staff walking, jogging or running a mile during the school day. This is also an Interhouse event so children will be competing to earn house points for their house.
IVJS are also making this a sponsored event in the hope of raising some money to help towards the cost of transport to future tournaments and other sporting events.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their support with our previous sporting events and look forward to this next Interhouse event.
We have sent children home with the sponsorship form, we would be very grateful if your children can get as many sponsors as possible.
In order to enhance their learning this term, we have arranged for Rosen and Rowling classes to take part in a visit to Denham Country Park on Tuesday, 24th March. The visit will include a walk around the park and some supervised science activities in the river. The coach will depart school at 9.20am and will return by 3.15pm. Further details will be given nearer the time.
We are asking for a voluntary contribution of £14.00 to cover the cost of the visit and the coach to and from Denham Country Park. Unfortunately, the trip will not be able to go ahead without enough contributions.
Children will be river dipping so it is really essential that they have wellington boots that come up to the knee for this trip. If you do not have these, they are available to purchase from very reasonable prices, approx. £5 - £10, from a variety of retailers.
Some additional adult support may be required on this trip and we would be grateful if you could also indicate on the return slip if you would be willing to help supervise a small group of children on the day. If your help is required, we will let you know as soon as possible.
Miss Bjorck and Mrs Bowden
We are excited to have the opportunity to cook this term as part of our Humanities topic ‘Africa’. This term we have been studying the different regions of Africa and as part of our learning about Northern Africa we are going to be making a Moroccan harira soup. Your child will be involved in making soup in class and will have the opportunity to taste it in the afternoon.
Year 4 will be making Moroccan harira soup using the following ingredients:
1. Vegetable oil
7. Red chillies
8. Tomato passata
9. Vegetable stock cube
10. Green lentils
13. Sweet potato
Please can you confirm that your child is allowed to take part and has no allergies to the ingredients stated above.
If you have any concerns, please discuss them with your child’s class teacher.
Miss Rowe and Miss Booth
On Wednesday 25th March, our Year 5 classes will be visited by an Education Group to provide a Virtual Reality Space workshop linked to their science topic ‘Space’.
During the morning every child in the class will become an astronaut. Virtual Reality will transport them to a place they cannot easily visit. The whole class will simultaneously blast off into space, piloting their research vessels around planets and moons, learning about the solar system. This incredible immersive experience will truly boost learning and inspire our children about the world around them!
For further information and a trailer of the workshop please visit:
We are asking for a voluntary contribution for the visit of £8.50 to cover the cost of the company and use of the virtual reality headsets. Unfortunately, this experience will not be able to go ahead without enough contributions.
Please make payment on the School Money system, should you have any issues with the online payment system, please speak to the school reception.
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