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School Newsletter (26 February) - Security measures and World Book Day/Book Fair

School Newsletter (26 February) - Security measures and World Book Day/Book Fair
by Oscar Guerra - Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 12:06 PM

The PTA were very pleased to see new faces at their meeting on Tuesday. There was lots of discussion about the Summer Fair and how this could look this year. Thank you to everybody that attended.

Yesterday Class 4 went to visit the Natural Science Museum and had a great time. Apparently they impressed their guide with their knowledge and questions, not to mention their behaviour. They were even able to have a behind the scenes visit, to see items that are not on view to the general public, and so were very lucky indeed.

We are sure that the Class 2 children will learn just as much when they visit the Musee des Enfants next Friday.

Next week we have another exciting day to look forward to. On Thursday (3rd March), we will be celebrating World Book Day. This year we will be focusing on illustrators rather than authors, and seeing how important their role in book making is.

As always, the Book Fair will also be in school on that day, and so all of the children from Class 1 upwards will have the opportunity to visit it with their teachers. You can also come and visit; it will be open from 09.00 onwards. Your child(ren) may like to bring in some money to spend, which will in turn help us to buy some new books for the library. If you have any questions about World Book Day please ask your child’s teacher, they will be able to explain what will be happening in their classrooms.

Since January we have gradually been reducing the higher security measures we introduced following the security threats in December. However, we have been monitoring these closely, and as a result have decided to alter our ‘Wet Dismissal’ procedure. This is as this time was identified as a time when it is increasingly difficult to monitor who is entering and leaving the building. The front door is often left open, or people let other people into school when they are entering or leaving, and we do not know who is in the building.In light of this we have decided that from Monday children will always be dismissed in the playground, even if it is raining.

You will continue to be welcome in school, but we will now ask you to make an appointment, or if you need information from Dominique, to ring on the front door bell and announce yourself before going straight to her office to sign in and receive a ‘Visitor Badge’. Anybody in school without one of these badges will be asked to go to Dominique and collect one immediately. Outside of office hours (08.30 – 16.00 or 14.30 on Wednesdays) you will not be able to enter the main school building.

Thank you for your support with these new procedures. We are sure that you will understand that we are introducing them to ensure the safety of the children, as always we have their best interests at heart.

We would also like you to be aware that an automatic closing system for the back gate is also on it’s way, and so this will mean that the back gate will automatically close behind you when you enter or leave.

Dates for your diaries:

Thursday 3rd March – World Book Day – the Book Fair will also be in school.

Friday 25th March – School ends at 12.30

Monday 28th March – Tuesday 12th April – Easter Holidays (Please note that there isn’t school on Monday 11th April as there is a Teacher INSET Day)

Tuesday 19th April – Parent/Teacher Consultations (from 16.00).

Finally, we would like to remind you that a unique exhibition is taking place at Lycée Moliere over the weekend and that BEPS parents are welcome to visit. The doors are open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.

Best Wishes

The Leadership Team