Constantine Cornwall

Constantine School carries on through Covid

Gags Glbert, Head of School

What a strange start to the school year it has been with a full school in one day, closed the next following Boris’ announcement and then open again on Wednesday with Remote Learning also in full swing. Our staff, pupils and parents responded so well to the changes and we had no prior warning, finding out by listening to the news at 8pm along with most of the nation on Monday 4 January.

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Constantine School Report

We are delighted to be back in school again with all pupils and staff in attendance. The summer term was very strange for us here at CPS, but now we are all back together it is great. Of course, school is a little different as we are working and playing within our class bubbles only. However, we are here, attendance is very good, and we are making the most of the great social times and friendships we had missed.

We have extra cleaning regimes in place and staggered start, finish, lunch and playtimes
and it is working well now everyone knows the routines. We also have more pupils who have joined our school during the last few months and we are delighted they have chosen Constantine and we are almost full!

We are used to the ‘new norm’ and are really hoping that plans we have in place for all the fun activities we usually have to look forward to can go ahead, especially our camps. Years 5 and 6 are due to go to the Isles of Scilly next Summer term so please keep everything crossed for us to help make this happen.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming parents back into our school as soon as we are allowed to do so. You have all been amazing in adjusting and we can’t thank them enough for all your continued support.

New Reception Class 2020
If you receive the local newspapers, you may have already seen our wonderful new Reception children. They have settled in incredibly well and Mrs Savage and Mrs Kent have been really enjoying getting to know them. They are an amazing class.

French skipping has taken off
To help the children all be more active and play at break times, each class has a bucket full of ropes, toys, balls and other equipment. One addition has been French Skipping elastic. Many of the chil- dren have enjoyed challenging them- selves to learning new routines and some have made up their own awesome rhymes and songs to go with the skipping.

Website Facelift

You may have noticed that our brilliant website is having a facelift. There are still some pages under development but it is very nearly finished. Mr Wild and Jeff Meadows (former governor) have worked hard and for many hours to ensure that it is easy to navigate, giving visitors a smoother, cleaner experience whilst retaining its creative personality, friendliness and child centred news focus. It is now also more compliant with OFSTED requirements and other Kernow Learning websites. We believe it stands out from the crowd more than ever now. We hope you like the changes we have made. Take a look by clicking here or on our much loved aeroplane image link or by visiting .

Cornwall School Games 2020
At the start of term, Head of School Mrs Gilbert was presented with our trophies following the Cornwall School Summer Games. We were awarded with three Golds for tennis in years 3 and 5, and volley ball in year 6. Due to the success of the games during lockdown and the restric- tions on sporting events this term, the Cornwall Sport Partnership have decided to run a winter school games also. We started by entering the athletics and we have the cross country, gym fit and badminton to look forward to before the Christmas break.

Science
Helford Class have been learning about sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks. They have carried out two experiments. In the first they used chocolate to create representations of how igneous rocks are formed. In the second they observed different types of rocks to classify them. They are working hard to think scientifically. Did you know, crystals form when magma cools?

New Appointments
We are delighted that Gill has joined us to be our new school chef. She is amazing and provides us all with delicious hot meals every day. She is so smiley and we look forward to lunch every day – it really is good!

Gill & Bronwyn

Our amazing cleaning team
Mrs Stocks and Kirsty are doing a brilliant job of keeping our school clean. They come in early in the morning, during the day and after school to ensure everything is squeaky clean in these unprecedented times!

New Governors
We also have two new Governors; Emma Vyvyan as a community member and Charlotte Evans as a parent member. We are delighted to have them on our team along with our Chair, Judith Carroll and community member Jo Bryce. If you are interested in becoming a Governor, then please make contact with the school on 01326 340554.

Friends of Constantine School
Over the years, the Friends of Constantine School has hosted many great events and with your huge support, we have managed to raise many hundreds of pounds. The money has helped to fund school trips by paying for coach travel and admission fees. We have also been able to buy gazebos and tables that help to make our sports day a truly brilliant event. Collectively we have funded the purchasing of countless resources and new sports equipment. We have even helped with upgrading IT equipment.

Due to distancing regulations, we are unable to host the regular Halloween discos, sports day activities, Autumn and Christmas fairs. This has had a detrimental effect on The FoCS kitty and for this reason we are setting up a Just Giving Page.

The need for FoCS donations to the school are greater than ever at the moment and we ask to give what you can. Every time you shop online you could be helping Constantine School raise funds for free. Over 4000 retailers will make a donation to Friends of Constantine School when you place an order online – such a simple easy way to help your local primary school at a time when they can’t put on their usual Autumn term events and activities.

1. Register for free by visiting easyfundraising.org.uk
2. Choose Friends of Constantine School
3. Select your retailer, place an order and our school receives a donation!

The Friends of Constantine School Just Giving page is another great way to show your support and you can add to this anytime. Can you help raise £2000 to help fund school trips and to buy resources and new equipment? Please donate on their Just Giving crowdfunding page .

Thank you for all your continued support for what we believe is the best community-led school ever!

Constantine School News

Cags Gilbert, Head of School

We were delighted to open more widely in the second half of the summer term allowing more pupils to return to school. This enabled the majority of Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 to return along with children of Key Workers in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5. Remote learning continued to take place via Class Dojo which is the platform we use to communicate with parents, carers and children at home and this proved very successful.

Those children at home continued to impress us with the quality of their home learning projects and ongoing maths and spelling work. Those in school also did well and here are some snippets of what we were getting up to:

Year 6 did a week long project and made some mechanical toys in Design Technology, learned how to do screen printing in Art, and in Drama they performed their play on the Jabberwocky in the woods.

Fal Class had some amazing Pirate fun and themed days. They also spent time improving the school environment.

Cornwall School Games 2020

As sports day couldn’t go ahead and the Cornwall School Games as originally planned couldn’t go ahead, we joined in with the virtual Cornwall School Games. This also took part during National School Sport Week and what a week we had! We joined over 10,000 unique participants and nearly 40,000 individual results registered, which is AMAZING!

It was an overwhelmingly positive week with so many children getting in- volved and getting active with their teachers, families and friends in school and at home. We take our Physical Edu- cation, school sport and physical activity very seriously and always promote the enjoyment and fun elements with all our children and staff. As a bonus we were delighted to finish the week having been awarded with eight medals in the following categories:

  • Gold Volleyball Year 4
  • Gold Volleyball Year 5
  • Gold Tennis Year 3
  • Silver Tennis Year 4
  • Bronze Tennis Year 2
  • Bronze Tennis Year 6
  • Silver Gym & Dance Year 3
  • Silver Making up the Miles Year 3

The games were streamed live daily on You Tube and they have been great and enjoyed by us all. Here are some quotes from our children and staff:

Erin Y4 “It helps me feel connected to my friend who I haven’t seen at all in lockdown “
Lucy Y4 “I like doing the miles and adding up over the day”

Sophie Y2 “I like the gym”
Morva Y1 “I have done lots of running”
Emilie Y1 “I liked the jumping high. I did one at home indoors and I’m going to do the ball one today at school”
Jimmy Y2 “I’ve been walking with my brother and sister and father”
Matthew Y2 “I love being active”
Alex y6 “it’s better doing things with friends”
Elijah “I was good at jumping because I do parkour “ Mrs G “It’s great to see every child and adult in school active, happy and going for it. There is a real buzz in every classroom. This virtual year has really enabled us to focus even more on equality and inclusion which has been inspirational- something that should surely continue next year’”
Miss M “it’s been great to get the kids active and focused on a common goal. They get so excited when they see our school in the videos”

Year 6 Leavers

Our Year Sixes were delighted to be back in school and although we couldn’t continue with all the usual Constantine School traditions we did manage a few surprises. They loved their leavers’ celebration, hoodies, gifts, awards and cream tea delivered on roller skates by the staff! We will miss them all greatly and wish them well in their future secondary schools for September. They have been the most amazing class and I have no doubts that they will continue to do us proud.

In line with government guidance, from September we will be welcoming ALL registered pupils to our school. There will be additional measures in place to ensure all pupils, parents and staff remain safe and these have been communicated via Class Dojo. If you have any questions then please contact school via email on: constantine@kernowlearning.co.uk

Constantine School – news and life under lockdown

Cags Gilbert, Head of School

Essential childcare for Key Workers

You may be aware that Constantine Primary School has merged with three other Kernow Learning Trust Schools in order to continue providing essential childcare during Covid-19. We have been operating out of Falmouth Primary School daily since 30th March where our staff are working alongside the other school’s staff. This has enabled us to minimise the number of staff and children who are exposed to each other and ensure we can adhere to social distancing measures where possible, with those children on site who really do require essential childcare.

If your circumstances change and you need to call us, then please ring our usual number (340554) and leave a message or call Falmouth Primary as stated on our website on: 01326 341070. The other way to contact us is via Dojo.

CPS in the community

Prior to merging with three other schools we continued operating from our school site
and were approached by Mrs Olds to write messages to people in care homes in Mawgan
and St Keverne due to them not being able to see visitors and family members. The few
pupils we had in school during the first week of lockdown rose to the challenge and made a
huge rainbow poster for those in Park Vro Residential Home, Mawgan and made individual
rainbows and messages of hope to those in Polventon House, St Keverne. These were all gratefully received and put a huge smile on the resident’s faces.

Learning

Our teachers and staff have been very busy working from home since lockdown was an- nounced to ensure a variety of home learning activities and ideas are posted daily on our school Dojo system. Whilst keeping up with daily maths, reading and writing challenges we have been in awe of all the amazing learning that has been sent back to us. We’ve had models of countries made from pasta, wine bottles and Lego, some amazing art in the great outdoors and even skills such as cleaning and baking to help at home.

Tamar Class Blog

https://constantine.cornwall.sch.uk/tamarblog/There are some very enthusiastic writers at Constantine School who have continued to update the Blog whilst away from school, especially in Year 5. You can follow their Class Blog at the following address: constantine.cornwall.sch.uk/tamarblog/

Our Curriculum

Although the curriculum is a little different right now the teachers are all busy planning and preparing our curriculum re-design from their own homes. They are ensuring that what we have planned is current and in line with all guidelines as there are many changes in edu- cation all the time. The new RE Agreed Syllabus for Cornwall has been published recently along with new statutory guidelines for relationships education.

Staff have also been taking part in online training to update them in many areas such as; fire warden, safeguarding, equality and diversity, risk assessments and safe working practices. So, once we are back in school we shouldn’t need time out of classrooms to train. We want to be with our children all the time once school does start again.

To help keep spirits up during this time the staff have been publishing photo messages to keep in touch. See our Website Twitter feed: We miss you; Super heroes; Flora Day; Reading challenge.

Return to school

We have always been open for the children of key workers and are potentially opening more widely for Reception children on June 3rd and Year 1 children on June 8th. We have our plans in place but won’t know if this will actually go ahead until the Government make the announcement on 28 May.

Unfortunately, we don’t have the capacity to open for Y6 also, as by following Govern- ment guidelines we don’t have the space or staff numbers to adhere to social distancing and the group sizes recommended and this is still a top priority. The key is to keep children and staff safe, reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.

If we do open, we cannot mix our groups of ten children or the staff who are with them, we will have staggered start times, staggered play, lunchtimes and end of the day pick up. School will be very different for a while, that’s for sure.

As a team we are really missing not being in school with all the children and are very much looking forward to a time when we can all be together again. Unfortunately that cannot happen until it is safe to do so and we will be guided by the Government and Kernow Learning Academy Trust.

Summer holidays begin

Summer Term begins

School breaks up for Easter

Parents curriculum evening, cheese and wine

Constantine goes back to school

Children start back to school after Half Term.