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     Head Teacher's Welcome 

     A very warm welcome to Chesham Primary School (academic year 2021/2022)

The last 18 months really have been the most unusual, unpredictable and unprecedented in the history of schools and the world at large. It is hard to think back to March 2020 when we thought that, by the following June, we would be fully open and the virus would be under control, not having such a significant impact.

But as we open for the new academic year, we look forward to increasing levels of "normality" whilst maintaining cautious but sensible restrictions at least until we have seen the initial impact of schools reopening and holidays finishing. I must again thank and recognise the way in which all staff pulled together and worked so hard in such a difficult situation to ensure everyone was safe and looked after. And equally I must thank our parents and families for their unstinting support during times which must have been equally challenging for you/them.

A vitally important aspect of our school, and one which we are renowned for, has been the range of after school clubs, sporting and musical activities and other events. Although there will still be some limitations, we will continue to use technology to share with you some of what we are doing in school and be creative to ensure we offer all our children as many opportunities as possible. Some dinner time and after school clubs will be starting towards the end of September, albeit within the existing bubbles, choir will be restarting ahead of an exciting opportunity to sing at the Bridgwater Hall at Christmas, and outdoor inter school events will return. Also this term, we have our residential PGL trip in October, a return to the swimming programme at the Castle Leisure Centre and class trips to the cinema.

School still does not look quite the same, although we continue to maintain as much warmth and welcome as we can.  Desks still face forwards in rows. Posters remind everyone about social distancing and hand washing routines. Sanitiser is everywhere! 

Please refer to the relevant class page to find out what else might help to support your child's learning and what they will be doing in school. You will also find details for the start and finish times for children which will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

Chesham remains a wonderful school with fantastic children and it has been so lovely to welcome them all back in September. They have once again settled in so quickly as if they've never been away!

We will keep parents regularly informed of any changes and updates but in the meantime look forward to getting going again. This year will continue to be challenging, but exciting, hard working and fun packed too!

                                                                                                                                             Mr. Hudson           September 2021