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     Head Teacher's Welcome 

     Welcome to Chesham Primary School during the academic year 2019/2020

This has surely been the most unusual, unpredictable and unprecedented academic year in the history of primary schools; certainly in all my 37 years of teaching or 21 years at Chesham

Back in September as we prepared for another action packed, hard working and exciting year ahead we could not have imagined what lay ahead. 

We played a few sports fixtures with some success, especially in football, we held a musical spectacular with our ALFA team supporting just before Christmas and of course the whole Christmas period was as busy, fun filled and exciting in school as ever. 

Our curriculum work continued apace and we moved into the spring term with plans for residential trips and many sporting, musical and class events to come. The sudden instruction for schools to close on March 23rd came with only a days notice but obviously was part of the complete lockdown of the country.

We planned as much and as quickly as we could but very soon our school became a very quiet and strange place to be with only a dozen or so key worker and vulnerable children attending and many of our teachers self-isolating to protect themselves and/or their families too. And there we have remained ever since.

We have opened to more and more key worker children as the lockdown has eased and parents have either had to return to work or have used up all of their annual leave. We now have nearly 30 key worker children each day and from June 23rd we have 35 Year 6 children also attending. It is/was lovely to see them all return and we very much look forward to the day when we can welcome everyone back. Most staff have also now returned to school.

However it is a very different school to the one they all left in March. Classrooms have minimal equipment and few displays on show, set up for group of between 10 and 15 depending on their size. Corridors are marked out for a one way system and posters remind everyone about social distancing and hand washing routines. But we try to make it the happy, welcoming and friendly place it has always been and staff have worked tirelessly throughout the lockdown to support home learning, plan work packs, prepare for reopening, write reports and increasingly make contact with all our children and families.

Please refer to the front page to see the main online links to support your child's learning at home and go to the relevant class page to find out what else might help to support the children's learning and find creative ways to keep themselves occupied.

Chesham remains a wonderful school with fantastic children, fabulous staff and teachers and supportive parents and we really do appreciate how supportive you have been.

We remain busy planning how we can reopen more widely in September and also reorganise the residential trips offered to Year 3 & 4 children (Robinwood, Todmorden) and Year 5 & 6 children ('Little Canada', Isle of Wight).

We will keep parents informed as and when we know what is expected of us in September but wish you all a lovely summer holiday with, hopefully, some more of this lovely British sunshine we have enjoyed during the pandemic.

Next year is going to prove an exciting, hard working and packed year!

                                                                                                                                               June 2020