Boys School Newsletter – Friday 23rd April 2021

Weekly Newsletter

Friday 23rd April

Cumnor House School

Dear Parents

Welcome back, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break. Now that restrictions are
beginning to be lifted it has been lovely to see people catching up with family and
friends in the garden and local parks and we have certainly had the weather to be able
to do this.

We are working towards the many Summer Term events in the hope that we will be
able to celebrate our Sports Days, Swimming Galas, Transition Events, Speech Days
and various concerts with the relevant restrictions in place. These dates have now
been added to the Cognita Connect Calendar for you to pencil into your diaries and we
will keep you updated as to parent attendance.

In our first week of the Summer Term it has certainly been busy. RS have been looking
at Vincent Van Gogh’s painting ‘Sunflowers’. They have used oil pastels to create their
own artwork inspired by the painting. You can see Joshua, Dhruv, Viaan, Krish, Max,
William, Dian, Agastya and Thien’s work at the top of the newsletter. I am always
amazed at the wonderful Art on display at Cumnor celebrating the learning that is
happening across the school. We will be working on our annual art exhibition at the
beginning of the Autumn Term celebrating diversity through different media and we
are very much looking forward to inviting parents to view the exhibits.

I am excited to announce that some of our Year 6 boys will be taking part in an online
National Science Quiz next week. Good luck and I look forward to hearing of your
excellent success!

As we approach the end of the academic year some of our pupils will start attending
transition events to their new senior schools. Please make sure that you inform your
son’s Form Tutor, Head of Section and the School Office if your son is absent from
school to attend another school. It is important that we are made aware of the
procedures put in place by the school you are visiting to keep your son and his Cumnor
bubble safe. Many senior schools are seeing families individually or in small groups
and I would like to make sure that we avoid any bubble closures.

We would also like to make you aware that every effort has been made to ensure the
final term of your son’s academic year remains as close to ‘business as usual’ as
possible. To this point we have made arrangements so that every boy from Reception to
Year 8 can enjoy a trip, either as an overnight residential or day trip, before the term
concludes. We are closely monitoring the Government guidance and the continuum of
stages of the the road map to come out of lockdown therefore further information will
be announced once the arrangements have been finalised and approved.

I would like remind you that our new school uniform supplier’s website Perry is now
live. Cricket Kit for Year 3 to 8 is available and I have received excellent feedback
regarding their customer service and delivery times. Unfortunately the manufacturers
were unable to supply the cricket pull over in small sizes and so we recommend that
boys wear their white cricket T with a base layer or a similar cricket pull over from
other outlets. We are hoping to rectify this as soon as possible. You will have a
received a notice regarding this via Cognita Connect during the Easter break and we
will keep you updated throughout the term.

Our staff have continued to carry out their lateral flow tests twice a week throughout
he Easter break as advised by the government and will continue to do so until further
notice. May I please remind our Year 7 and 8 parents that the boys will need to do the
same. Test kits will be distributed at key points throughout the term. This has been
very effective in testing for those who are asymptomatic which in turn has enabled us
to protect our bubbles from contracting the virus.

Over the next term we will be continuing to work towards our end of term assessments
with our Progress Tests in English and Maths taking place next month. This is an
excellent way of measuring progress across the year and informs teachers in their
planning for future teaching. The results of these tests will be freely available for
parents and I will update you on how we will report these to you shortly. Our Year 8
boys are working hard to fine tune areas for development which have arisen from their
mock exams to enable maximum effort in their final ISEB Common Entrance
examinations in June. Our Year 5 boys are in full 11+ mode as these assessments come
round very quickly in Year 6.

I do hope the boys have a wonderful Summer Term and I look forward to seeing many
of you at our internal fixtures, and various outdoor events restrictions permitting.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Kind Regards

Miss Edwards

020 8660 3445