March 13th 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been a busy week at school – with much washing of hands fitting in amongst the lessons! The uncertainty about Coronavirus does lead people to worry and I am aware that children can easily pick up misinformation and become anxious. We have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus amongst pupils and staff, although the children tend to think that anyone absent is suffering with it. We will continue to make school as normal as possible and repeatedly remind children of the precautions we can take to stop catching and spreading the virus – namely washing our hands.    I’d like to thank all parents for their support and encouragement at this confusing time.

We have seen a lot of creativity across the school this week. Year 1 have enjoyed making their own family trees, Year 3 have made tin foil models and written and performed poetry about the Iron Man whilst Year 4 have investigated the world of journalism. Year 2 also enjoyed their trip to Shrek’s Adventure at the beginning of the week. I have also enjoyed hearing the children audition, ready for what promises to be an inspiring music concert.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the parents’ evenings on Tuesday and Thursday, and at the Year 6 learning reviews on Friday. As some of you are already aware, Mrs. Roe is absent at the moment. Any emails sent to her are being checked. We had hoped that she would be back and available to parents at these meetings but she will not be. I know I have met with many parents of children with SEN individually, but if you have any concerns about your child and their SEN, or potential SEN, please speak to Mr. Burkinshaw or myself at the parents’ evenings.

Coronavirus

As you will no doubt have seen on the news, yesterday evening the government updated its guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  • the recent start of new continuous cough and/or
  • the recent start of high temperature (37.8 degrees or higher)

Key messages

  •  if you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation for more information)
  • this action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible
  • sleep alone, if that is possible
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water
  • stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible
  • you do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Reporting your child’s absence

Please do not send your children to school if they have the above symptom/s. Please report any absence, as normal each day, preferably using the Notify Absence facility on ParentMail.

Hand cream

Children will be allowed to bring in hand cream, if they have skin problems caused by the increased frequency of handwashing. Cream should be in a named container and must not be shared. Children must ask the permission of the class teacher before they use it.

Contingency

We have been advised that schools are an essential service and should stay open, unless advised to close by Public Health England. Unless this advice changes, the only instance we would close was if we had insufficient staff in school to run safely. However, we have put contingency plans in place, just in case, so please can you make sure that you and your child know their EducationCity logon and password. If you don’t then please email your class using the class email address.

Little Green Fingers

We are launching an exciting new gardening club, Little Green Fingers for our Year 1 and 2 pupils after Easter (for which there will be a charge). The sessions will be very hands-on with pupils developing a variety of gardening skills, mostly within our wonderful natural area. Mrs Honeybone will run the club during lunch break on Tuesdays. If you would like to volunteer to help Mrs Honeybone, she would be delighted to hear from you. Please email her directly using squirrel@ccnm.rbksch.org. Look out for booking information when we release next term’s club information.

Thank you

Mrs Honeybone would like to extend a huge thank you to all the parents who came in last Sunday to continue to develop our natural area – it was lovely to see so many willing helpers and it is so encouraging to see the progress we are making together. You’ll be pleased to hear that many of our classes have visited the pond this week to see the abundance of frog spawn!

Lunchtime Thunk

The thunk this week is ‘If I borrow a million pounds, am I a millionaire?’

Reminder – No clubs next week

Please remember there will be no clubs running at either site next week due to parents’ evening.

Apprentice Vacancies

We are looking for two Apprentice Teaching Assistants whose role will be to support individual children and a Business Administration Apprentice to join the Office Team. All roles are 36 hours per week term time plus INSET days. If you or anyone you know are interested in applying and would like more details please contact Mary Castledine at Way2 Work 020 8734 3380 or email way2work@achievingforchildren.org.uk.

Best wishes,

Tabitha White, Headteacher

 

Key Dates

Here is a list of key dates for the remainder of this half term:

  • Tuesday 17th March – Parents’ Evening @ 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*
  • Thursday 19th March – School Finishes Early at 2:15 p.m. Infants / 2:30 p.m. Juniors
  • Thursday 19th March – Parents’ Evening @ 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.*
  • Friday 20th March – Junior Music Concert (selected pupils) – 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday 20th March – Year 6 Learning Reviews 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*
  • Friday 20th March – PTA Disco @ 4:00 p.m. #
  • Friday 27th March – Gold Day (Fundraising for Momentum Children’s Charity)
  • Wednesday 1st April – Easter Bonnet Parade @ 9:00 a.m. (Infants)
  • Wednesday 1st April – Year 5 – Easter Experience, Baptist Church @ 9:30 a.m. #
  • Friday 3rd April – Easter Service @ 9:45 a.m. (All)*
  • Friday 3rd April – School Finishes early
    • @ 10.45 a.m. AM Nursery
    • @ 2:15 p.m. Infants
    • @ 2.20 p.m. PM & Full Time Nursery
    • @ 2:30 p.m. Juniors
    • @ 5.15 p.m. Connect

#Parent help needed

*Parents invited