21 February 2021, Comments: 0

Welcome back to what is going to be a busy half term as we look forward to the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday regarding his roadmap for the wider re-opening of schools from the 8th March 2021.

As soon as we receive this announcement we will be writing to all of our families with further details regarding the re-opening of Richard Taylor School.

It is wonderful to be able to welcome back the children who are part of the Swale/Nidd and Wharfe/Wens critical worker and vulnerable learner bubbles on Monday following their periods of self-isolation. It is more important than ever that we continue to prioritise the key messages around COVID-19 safety to allow the school to remain open for children as we prepare to increase the numbers being taught on site. We are very aware that children do not always present the three classic symptoms of COVID-19 and so our advice to parents remains the same; if you child is unwell do not send them to school, access a test and rule out COVID-19 as a possibility before they return to school, 24 hours out of school is much better than 10 days.

This week sees the start of Fairtrade Fortnight 2021; the focus for this year is the impact of our choices on the climate which many farmers from around the world depend on to grow the foods we enjoy. Our worship times will focus on these themes and there is a challenge for everyone to participate in (see Monday’s worship).

Congratulations to the children in Wharfedale and Swaledale who topped the charts in the PE Challenge personal best target throwing activity.

This week sees the start of a new personal best challenge focusing on the skills needed to play volleyball, good luck if you are participating.

Our remote learning platform will re-open on Monday for home learners and we will be updating everyone with further news as soon as we receive it.

Mr Symonds

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