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Newsletter 17.07.20


Dear parents and carers,

We made it! There were times when I wasn’t sure this day would ever come, and yet, here we are. It hasn’t exactly been your typical school year and it has been, to say the least, unpredictable. But, we can definitely say that it has now come to an end. And with that, there are some final things that I would like to say though, before we all log-off for the summer.


Breakfast club (Space Cadets)

We will be running breakfast club when we return in September although it will operate differently compared to pre-lockdown. From September, parents will need to book breakfast club places online and in advance using the SCOPAY app. There will be three time slots to choose from and all places will need to be paid for in advance. To begin with, we will be limiting the number of places available to 60. The children will be organised and looked after in three separate groups which will support their school bubbles. Children who have not been booked a place, using the online system, will not be able to attend. We have created a helpful guide to SCOPAY and how to use it to book breakfast club spaces which has been sent out, via ParentMail, with this newsletter. From September we will be looking to become a cashless school with all payments (space cadets, school dinners, uniform, trips…) being made online. We will provide more information on this in the new year.


School Dinners

Our first school menu of the new year has been created and is ready to share. We are really pleased to say that we putting in place ‘meat free Mondays’ which was something our school eco-team were planning on introducing this year. As with other school payments, parents can pay for school dinners using SCOPAY.



We say goodbye to our Year 6 children today. This year we were unable to send them off with the usual fanfare but that doesn’t stop us from sending them our best wishes for their futures. We will really miss you. I hope that you all take the time to watch your special graduation videos as there are lots of memories and heartfelt sentiments from all of us at Air Balloon. Take care of yourselves and remember that being safe, kind and respectful is for life, not just for Air Balloon. Have a fantastic summer – you deserve it – and please keep in touch as we will all like to find out how you’re doing in big school. Take care of yourselves and good luck!


Summer support

Even though the staff at Air Balloon will be taking a well-deserved break over the summer, there is still plenty of support for families available throughout July and August. Our Facebook page and school website has lots of information for families:

  • Staying Safe
  • Parenting Support
  • Food Support
  • Adult Mental Health
  • Children’s Self Care Activities
  • Coming back to school.
  • Families in Focus Bulletin (Activities, information and support)

For details, please click here.


YouTube messages

I found out that since we started our school YouTube channel, we have had an incredible 40,000+ views of our school YouTube channel. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to our video collection and to those that have watched our online content.

Families should have been sent a link to a special video introduction to their new teacher. The children can also find a special summer message from me (and Grills) by clicking here. As well as being a chance to wish everyone well for the summer, my video might help some children who are feeling anxious about returning to school. So please do take the time to watch it before September. And, as I have said before, we will also send out some of the recent school information again during the holidays so adults can talk to the children about returning to school.


Thank you

I could not end my final newsletter of the year without extending some heartfelt thanks across our school community.

To the parents and carers, I’d like to say thank you for your patience and understanding as we tried to figure out how to be your child’s school at a time when they were unable to set foot in the building. Thank you for supporting your child’s learning at home and for keeping your children motivated and engaged with their work for all this time. I know it wasn‘t always easy but we all really appreciate your efforts and I hope that you are able to enjoy yourselves now that (home) school’s out for summer!

I would like to thank the children for all their hard work too. It’s not easy getting to grips with the curriculum when you’re not in a classroom with your teacher. But, as all of our YouTube celebration assemblies prove, you didn’t give up and you still achieved. Thanks to all of you who sent us messages and pictures as well, they really helped to motivate us and cheer us up during this time apart. We are all really looking forward to seeing you all again in September.

And I must thank the staff, who have worked so hard during these months of lockdown. It has been a real team endeavour where every effort has helped us through this challenging time. So many of us have had to find new ways of doing our job and this has sometimes put us out of our comfort zone. But nobody has shirked from the task and everyone has shown a real commitment to our school community.

I would also like to thank everyone for their trust and support. As in many things in life, being the Head of a school ain’t always easy, but you’d be hard pushed to find a better or more supportive school community than Air Balloon.


And that’s it!

Be safe and take care and I will see you all in September. Have a great summer.

Tim Browse

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