End of half term Letter - October 2020Posted on: 23/10/2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Here we are at the end of the first half term of the new academic year. I can report with a great deal of satisfaction that it has been a very calm and – set against the national and local context – a very normal half term. Lessons and extra-curricular activities have been taking place; pupils and students have been very engaged and we have had no interruptions or distractions.
The New Normal
I can report that the great majority of our pupils and students have adapted very well to the new rules and guidance around the coronavirus. The one way systems are understood and pupils are familiar with the idea of frequent sanitising of their hands. As you will have seen from the media, this is not going away anytime soon so please do support us in these practices.
A Note on Masks
The most recent development of course, since London went into Tier 2 restrictions is the requirement to wear masks in corridors and communal areas. Please can I ask you to provide your child with a reusable mask or enough disposable masks to get them through the day. At the moment we are giving out about 100 masks a day and I would rather be spending school money on the more essential items of educational equipment so please do provide your child with masks. Obviously there are also environmental advantages to using a reusable mask. I might add that whilst pupils and students are generally compliant they do need to understand that masks need to be worn so they cover both the nose and mouth.
Driving up to the School
Please can I ask all parents to be very thoughtful about driving up to the gates and turning in front of the school. It can lead to high levels of congestion so please drop children further down the road. It is also much safer for our children if cars are not turning and manoeuvring at the gates.
If it rains at lunch we are presented with a significant challenge as we cannot mix the bubbles in communal areas like the canteen or put everyone in the school halls as we might have done in the past. There is the option to send pupils to their form rooms in extreme weather but please note this will only be used in extreme weather as this prevents teachers from having their lunch break. Obviously staff need a break if they are going to carry on teaching to the high standards that we expect and are used to. Therefore, please supply your child with a waterproof and even a foldable umbrella as on days of light rain they will stay outside.
I would like to again recommend that you follow the school on your social media platform of choice. This is an excellent way of keeping in touch with the many exciting things that are going on at the school and they will also help you know and understand the school much more fully.
They are as follows:
Instagram - @tmcspurley - https://www.instagram.com/tmcspurley/
Twitter - @tmcspurley - https://twitter.com/TMCSPurley
Facebook - Thomas More Purley - https://www.facebook.com/tmcspurley/?ref=nf
Finally, I would like to wish you a very happy half term. It has been a half term of hard work for our pupils and they have risen to the task very well. Everyone needs a good break before we return.
God Bless and Kind Regards