A round-up of the latest school news for week ending 18.11.2021
As some of you may know, every year we take the whole school to the pantomime. We obviously couldn’t do this last year and have now made the decision not to go again this year. However, we have purchased an on-line performance of Cinderella which all the children can watch in school in their classes during December. We would like to ask for a voluntary contribution of £2.50 per child. The children will all be given an ice cream to enjoy whilst watching the performance. Please pay your voluntary contribution via the Schoolcomms Gateway. Thank you.
Reception and KS1 Nativity Play
We are really pleased to say that we have made the decision to go ahead with live performances of the Reception and KS1 Christmas Nativity play this year but with some Covid measures in place.
The performances will take place at 9.00am and 2.30pm on Monday 6th and Thursday 9th December. You will be able to book 2 seats per family on one of the four performances only. We are in the process of setting up an on-line booking system, as soon as this is ready we will send the link out.
Parents evenings take place over two nights on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 December. These will be held virtually via TEAMS. An invite will be sent out to your child’s we-learn address nearer the time. A link will be sent out next week to book slots.
PTA DIY Day
A huge thank you to everyone who attended the DIY day last Saturday this has been an enormous help in getting a lot of maintenance jobs done. Big thanks to Kate Drysdale for organising the event.
BBC Children in Need
A reminder that Friday 19 November is dress down day for Children in Need. Children can come to school dressed in clothes of their choice in return for a donation to the Children in Need Charity. Donations can be made directly on to the Just Giving Page here: www.justgiving.com/Jane-Thirlaway
Christmas events calendar
Friday 3 December – Christmas jumper day for raffle donations and Christmas film night
Monday 6 December – KS1 & reception Nativity play 9.00am & 2.00pm
Thursday 9 December – KS1 & reception Nativity play 9.00am & 2.00pm
Wednesday 15 December – Visit from Father Christmas
Thursday 16 December – Baileys Christmas Dinner
Friday 17 December – Break up for Christmas holidays
Reception applications for September 2022
Please note that the deadline for Reception and Junior school places 15 January 2022. This applies to children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 for Reception, and any child currently in Year 2 at an infant school who want to move to a junior school.
All applications received by the deadline of 15 January will receive a school offer on 19 April next year, which is National Offer Day. Any applications submitted after the 15 January deadline will only be considered after this, meaning the child is much less likely to be offered a place at a preferred school.
Applications should be made online at: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/school-admissions-appeals.
Warwick library Victorian Week
To link in with upcoming Warwick Victorian Evening, the library will be running a Victorian themed week (to include a display of local photographs from the era, Victorian themed books as well as drop-in family activities). Please find attached a poster with further information.
Support for your child’s mental and emotional wellbeing
This has been another tough year for many, with COVID still present in our communities and many children and young people experiencing a detrimental impact to their mental health and wellbeing.
As we know the winter months can often be challenging for young people, with the longer nights and colder weather, we wanted to take the opportunity to share the support available in Warwickshire for anyone who might be feeling anxious, depressed, stressed or worried. Even if they don’t feel they can talk to someone they know there is always someone who will listen and who can help.
“I really like how you can share your problems anonymously and have help from others. It makes me feel accepted and that people will not judge me.”
Kooth provides a free, safe and anonymous online community where you can access and contribute helpful articles to their online magazine, join a conversation in the discussion boards, keep a log of how you’re feeling with the daily tracker and chat to one of the team anonymously either through live chat or via message. Visit kooth.com to find out more.
Coventry and Warwickshire Rise (CWRise) specialise in providing emotional wellbeing and mental health support to children and young people in Warwickshire. They are made up of a number of different services, each led by mental health specialists.
24/7 support is available online at www.cwrise.com including COVID-19 related resources, links to other resources and trusted organisations offering a variety of support, as well as a range of videos and leaflets. A whole host of videos are also available from Rise & Shine Fest, which took place during half term, covering things like the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and topics such as Autism and ADHD, bereavement and anxiety. You can view these resources at cwrise.com/rise-shine-fest.
If you are struggling with complicated and negative thoughts and feelings, or if you are worried about someone else go to www.dearlife.org.uk for information, advice and service information.
You can also find a wide range of advice and mental health and wellbeing support available to you in Warwickshire at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth.
Support over the phone
ChatHealth is a confidential and anonymous text messaging service for young peopled (aged 11-19) to contact their local school nursing team. The service is provided by Compass wellbeing workers. You will get a reply within 24 hours between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays).
• 11 to 19 years olds can text a school nurse on 07507 331 525.
• Parents or carers of under 5s can text a health visitor on 07520 615 293.
• Parents or carers of 5 to 19 year olds can text a school nurse on 07520 619 376.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis you can call the Rise Crisis Team’s freephone number: 08081966798 (select option 2) at all times, though it is an advice-only service overnight from 8pm to 8am.
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