Friday Messages from the Headmaster – 2 October 2020

Dear Parents,

It is usually at the start of October that we have our first opportunity of the academic year to join together as a St Francis School community to celebrate Harvest. This is always a special time at the school, considering our location and background in a farming district, with farmers on the parent body, and a school campus, some of which was previously a farm. Sadly we cannot gather this year, but we are still showing our care and kindness for others by collecting together produce for the benefit of those who require some form of assistance. Thank you for your support of our Harvest collection in aid of the local food bank. We are still able to receive gifts on Monday, so please do not hesitate to add to the collection. Thank you in advance.



ISC Coronavirus Parent Survey 2020

Thank you to those who have responded to the current Independent Schools Council Coronavirus Parent Survey. The survey will be closing on Monday 12th October so we would be grateful if you could please complete your entry if you wish to and have not done so already. The link to the survey is as follows:

Thank you. 

Staff News

We are very sorry to be announcing that Angela Baish, who has been our catering manager for nearly twenty years, has decided that the time has come for a change of career. It will be with a heavy heart that we say farewell to Angela at the end of this month, but we wish her every happiness in the future and good luck with her new direction.

We are also sorry to be saying farewell to Jon Murphy-Gray who has been a stalwart on the Nursery staff since the new Nursery was launched just over three years ago. Jon, who has also worked in the sports department and on the recently-launched Holiday Camps, is also moving on to a new career and we wish him every success.

Covid Symptoms, Colds and Illnesses

Everyone has a role to play in keeping our schools safe and helping to stop the spread of Covid-19, and we thank you for following the guidance.  Please remember that, if your child or a member of your household shows at least one of the following symptoms, a test should be booked and the household should self-isolate:

·       a high temperature – this means they feel hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure their temperatures); or

·       a new continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour; or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if they usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual);

·       or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste – this means they’ve noticed they cannot smell or taste anything; or things smell or taste different to normal.

We have already seen the common cold amongst the pupils and staff over the last few weeks so it is even more important that we continue to adhere to the guidelines that have been passed to the community recently (hands, face, space). If your child does not have symptoms of COVID-19 but has other cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, they do not need to be tested and they or members of your household do not need to self-isolate.  Your child can attend school if fit to do so.

Archery Club – Update

Parents will have received an email from the School Office regarding the start of Archery Club next week.  Please note that Archery will start on Tuesday, 13 October 2020.

Parent Consultations 

A reminder of the dates of forthcoming parent teacher meetings. Further details will be sent in due course.

Year 4 – Week 9 – Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th November – 4.30-6.30pm

Year 5 – Week 9 – Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th November – 4.30-6.30pm

Year 6 – Week 7 – Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th October – 4.30-6.30pm

Years 7 and 8 – Week 12 – Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd December – 4.30-6.30pm

Easy Fundraising and Amazon Smile

The FOSF have recently registered with Easyfundraising and Amazon Smile. Please join up to these fantastic fundraising schemes which donate directly to the school’s Parent Association with each online purchase you make.

Easyfundraising is a great site where you can help St Francis School and FOSF raise funds simply by doing your everyday online shopping! Over 4,000 big name retailers are included, such as John Lewis, Uswitch, ASOS, Argos, Expedia, M&S, and BT. Every time you shop, the School receives a small donation to say ‘thank you!’ It’s completely free and over £31million has been raised for causes so far. Shop through the following link:

Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of whatever you spend back to the school. Please click the following link and select “Hayfran Trust (St Francis School)” to do your amazon shopping:

FoSF Times

The first newsletter of the new academic year was sent out earlier this week by the Friends of St Francis. In case you missed it, the newsletter has been attached to these Messages.


  1. (For all) The Friends of St Francis Times 

And finally

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable weekend!

Yours sincerely

David Sibson

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