A round-up of the latest school news for week ending 09.09.2021
Dear Parents & Carers
Welcome back to the new school year and a very warm welcome to our new children and their families.
Change to planned training day
Under new Ofsted guidance the school has had to purchase a whole new phonics / reading scheme which will be used throughout the whole school. Training is needed for all staff on this new scheme so we will be moving forward one of our planned training days. School will be closed to pupils on Friday 22 October 2021 instead of Monday 25 April 2021. Attached is an updated term calendar.
As cases of coronavirus remain high nationally, then there is an increased risk of the infection coming into the school. In order to minimise the risk of this happening please can you continue routine LFT testing within your family and remain vigilant in recognising the symptoms of COVID-19, which are;
a new continuous cough,
loss/change in taste/smell.
other less common symptoms of COVID-19 include; headache, sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, blocked/runny nose, diarrhoea and vomiting.
Anyone with one or more of the 3 main symptoms (irrespective of how mild) should isolate with their household and book a PCR test: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Within school, we are continuing to ensure good hygiene for everyone, to keep occupied spaces well ventilated and maintain cleaning regimes.
In the event that we have a positive case in school, then we will inform the parents of pupils who are close contacts and recommend that they take a PCR test and continue with twice weekly LFT testing.
New playing field
Our new school playing field is now in use and feedback from the children has been really positive. We have some fantastic new sheds on the back of the school building to store all our PE equipment. We would like to say a huge thank you to Ben Ranner who built these for us.
The new sheds have replaced our old PE shed which is a good solid shed measuring:
W2.45m X L3.7m X H2.7, height is measured to the apex of the roof. Photos attached.
As we no longer need this we are looking to sell it. If anyone would like it or knows someone that might like it for a donation to school funds, please get in touch with Mrs Thirlaway in the office.
Meet the teacher sessions
Once again, for Classes 2, 3 & 4 we are sending out the information normally covered in the Parent Teacher meeting via Class Dojo. This information will be in the form of a PowerPoint presentation.
If, following the presentation, you still have questions then please email these to the school office on email@example.com. We will collate questions and Class Teachers will either send out a general response via Class Dojo, or where questions relate to specific children, they will contact you personally.
For Reception, Mrs Horton will be doing a live meeting via Teams at 3.45 p.m. A Teams invite will be sent to your email address.
Guitar and piano lessons will both take place on a Tuesday this year. Guitar with Stefan Prydderch and piano with Martin Bissell. These will start next Tuesday 14 September.
Please see updated privacy notice for 2021 2022 under GDPR.
Updated contact details
Can we remind you that if you have moved house or changed any of your contact details over the summer holidays to please let us know so we can keep our records up to date in case we need to contact you in an emergency. Thank you
If your child bumps their head during the school day they are sent home with a head injury letter. In addition to this they will now be given a wrist band to wear in school so that all staff are aware of the injury and can monitor the child in school. Also if letters don’t make it home for any reason, parents will be aware that their child has had a bump to the head.
Lost mobile phone
During the summer holidays a black mobile phone was found outside the school gates. If anyone has lost a phone or knows someone that has, we have it safe in school so please contact Mrs Thirlaway.
DIY Day – Saturday 18th September is the next DIY day in school where parent volunteers come in and help with DIY jobs around the school. This is a huge help to the school as it means funds can be spent on resources for the children instead of repairs and maintenance.
Morrisons ‘it’s good to grow’ – we have registered for the ‘It’s Good to Grow Scheme’. For every £10 spent in store at Morrisons or on-line, you’ll get one Grow Token that we can then redeem for a wide range of gardening and growing equipment. Please follow the link for more details: https://itsgoodtogrow.co.uk/
Morrisons It’s Good to Grow
It’s Good to Grow from Morrisons is a school’s collection scheme giving away FREE gardening equipment to get kids growing!
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