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School will reopen to children on Monday 7th September when all year groups will return to school full-time… Gates will be open for Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children from 8:30am - 8:45am to minimise gathering. Lessons for these children will start at 8:50am… Parents and Carers of our new Reception cohort are asked to arrive from 9:00 - 9:30am during the first week, when they will be able to walk their children down to the Reception classrooms and help them to settle. Unfortunately Parents/Carers will not be allowed into the classrooms, and will be asked to wear a face-mask whilst on site.

Windrush Day

 

Windrush day 2020 marked 72 years since the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks on 21st June 1948. The passengers, disembarked on 22nd June 1948. The Windrush Generation were invited to Britain to work and to help rebuild Britain after the war. The Windrush arrivals had a big challenge, they were treated badly because of the colour of their skin.

 

At Downderry we believe that all people should be treated fairly and the same, regardless of their race, skin colour, culture, gender or sexuality. Our community needs and deserves to feel safe and valued. Black Lives Matter! Downderry is made up of 26 different ethnic groups and 3⁄4 of our school population is made up of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic pupils.

 

Year 1 have written ‘I am’ poems about being different.

 Throughout the school children have been making beautiful commemorative stamps to mark and celebrate ‘Annual Windrush Day’.

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