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Dear Parents and Carers


We finished our last Friday Celebration Assembly with Elton John's 'I'm Still Standing' today, and it seemed a fitting last Friday dance for us at Bishops Waltham Infants. We  have all 9 classes in today (welcome back Hedgehogs), and the majority of our children in school. Understandably, many parents are anxious regarding the recent rise in cases in Bishops Waltham, and the government advice from Monday 19th July. We have been issued with guidance for Hampshire schools for our last few days of term. This was emailed to everybody today, and links are also in there to national guidance. A copy is also on our Parent Information page.


I just wanted to reflect a little on our successes this year. Despite our disruptions to learning, the teachers, Classroom Assistants, Office Staff, Site Team, Kitchen Staff and Sports Coaches have all pulled together to teach an inspiring curriculum, have amazing first hand experiences, be fed healthy food and keep everybody informed to the best of our knowledge. Our children have been brilliant at adapting to changes in their place of learning and constantly striving to develop their skills and knowledge through our integrated curriculum. Our governors have supported the school, offering welcomed chats when needed. However, we also wanted to recognise the fantastic effort that all our parents and carers made this year too.


There have been many times that times have got tough, either financially, timewise, organisation wise or work wise. You have been expected to help your child learn a lot more at home, many of you more than once. Lots of you are juggling many 'hats' when trying to do this. It has been a testing and trying time for everybody. We have been blown away by the support you have shown your child, us and our school. This has made such a difference to our experience of the ever changing landscape we have worked through. 


Bishops Waltham Infant School has always been a special place to teach and learn in. From the moment we come in in the morning, to the time we leave, we have one of the happiest schools I have ever known.  It still is, and at the time of writing this we are 'still standing'.


Next week we will be saying goodbye to our leavers, and I can't wait to see their special leavers video. We will also be saying goodbye to Miss Harper, who will be going to follow her main degree and become a Psychology Assistant.,Mrs Blackwell will be leaving us to become a Human Resources assistant and Mrs Aiello is going to pursue her dream of a class role with children. We wish all our leaving staff the best of luck in their new ventures, and they will be missed.


I hope you all get to enjoy the sunshine this weekend.


Best wishes


Mrs Riches



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