October 2020 

The term is off to a fine start! Our 6th annual Wateringbury Walk took place, as always, on the first Friday afternoon back at school and we all enjoyed a picnic at Teston Country Park.  It was wonderful to see our classes back and enjoying each other’s company. All our children completed the 2-mile walk with only a few achy legs. Building fitness and stamina are school priorities and the children will be working towards running a mile or half mile, depending upon age.

Our annual Harvest Service will, sadly, not be able to take place at church due to restrictions but we are making plans for an outdoor service to bring some of our children together with safe space and fresh air between them.

Our new Reception Class have had small group taster sessions and they already feel a real part of our school. The children haven’t had the usual transition due to Covid but the teachers have worked hard to put in visits and videos which have been a valuable substitute and the children arrived confident and ready to go!

Over the summer we had to carry out urgent work to expand two of our cramped classrooms to give the children more space. We are very grateful to all those who have already contributed to our village fundraising for this critical project. If you haven’t yet heard about the project or been able to donate, it’s not too late. You can donate online at www.givey.com/classrooms2020 or send a cheque in to school made payable to Wateringbury CE Primary School. Thank you for your support for this project. The newly enlarged classrooms are wonderful and children and teachers are settling in well. The project couldn’t have been completed at a more significant time. The fine weather has been welcome as classes have spent a great deal of time outdoors for play and learning. The zoned areas for class ‘bubbles’ are working well and the children seem to enjoy the focused time outside with just their class. Many dens and fairy houses are cropping up around the field!

This has been a school year start unlike any other and I am grateful to the community, parents, staff, governors and children for their support and communications during a very difficult lockdown. We are all looking forward to 2020-2021!

Chasey Crawford Usher – Headteacher