What a week, just when we thought we have missed out on a Covid-19 case we had a pile! To date we have 4 of the Year 4 staff, 1 Year 4/5 staff member, 1 Year 1 child (sibling in Y4P) and 8 Y4P pupils. The surprise in all this was the fact that the only symptoms were cold like with a couple of children having a mild cough, 4 or 5 days in staff have had temperatures and lost smell and taste. As you know all staff members were tested and thankfully no one else has tested positive (at this time), there have been no further related child cases in the school but this could also be because all the children have not been tested. Please monitor your children and family members for any signs of unwellness and contact the NHS if you have any doubts. There are lots of useful resources on our website on our dedicated Coronavirus page.
I want to thank you all so much for your support over this challenging week, nothing matters more to us than the health and wellbeing of the children, staff and parents of our wonderful community. To date thankfully everyone who has tested positive has mild symptoms, more flu like and some coughs; my Christmas present would be that everyone recovers quickly and well.
The school is still open and if your child does not belong to a self-isolating bubble (Year 1, 4P, 4M, Y5 or someone who attended Funzone Breakfast or After School care on Thursday 3rd or Friday 4th December) then they are encouraged to be at school. If you have taken your child out of school as a precaution and on reflection would like your child to return to school, please let us know. There are changes from Monday to the self-isolation periods and this has been sent to you all in a separate letter which is attached.
Once term has finished - from Saturday 19th December:
During the holiday period, if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school (by Sunday 20th December), the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the email header: Positive Covid Test so I can inform the health teams of any new cases linked to our Nursery or School.
From Monday 21st December:
Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, then you must follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.
The DfE have updated their guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
On to some lovely things: I really hope you enjoyed reading your child’s report and having the chance to talk it all through with the teacher, apologies to anyone who had technical difficulties. We look forward to having face to face parent/teacher meetings in the future but we will make sure there is the online option for those who would have expressed a preference for that method.
The online panto was a great success and a joy for the children, hope you all managed to see it. One of our parents has shared something else - another fun free Christmas show for children; Surrey Libraries is offering free tickets to stream The Selfish Giant by the Riding Lights theatre company. Viewers don’t have to be library members, here is the link https://t.co/Ig4FEjgQLH?amp=1 Register quickly to secure a free ticket and the show is available to watch until 4th January.
School is open all week and we have lots to enjoy in this last week of the term:
Mrs Haygarth has worked with the children to produce a Christmas reading and song collection, here is the link for you to enjoy, I especially love the Happy Christmas song at the end. We will be sharing this with the Care Homes we visit as well to bring them some Christmas joy.
To watch visit https://youtu.be/HhvhlUe8hMk
Our draw will be on Tuesday 15th December at 2.45pm; Year 6 will help me to draw the winners and I will share through email and on our website. There are 14 prizes: 11 hampers, A Veggie Box Voucher and 2 enormous popcorn bags; remember the first 3 winners have money as well as hampers. A huge thank you to the PTA team for gathering all the items and making up such wonderful hampers.
Free School Meals (FSM) Vouchers for the Christmas Holidays
The government have announced that they are providing vouchers for all those families who are entitled to Free School Meals and those in receipt of Early Years Pupil Premium which is a FEET funded place in Nursery 1 or 2.
If your circumstances have changed in the last few months and you think you may be eligible contact the office team and they will pass on the relevant forms.
Families will be able to select a voucher for Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Aldi, Sainsburys, Iceland, McColls or Waitrose. Further details have been sent out to eligible families separately.
Extra Learning Opportunity (not class homework)
The Mini Winter Reading Challenge began on Tuesday 1 December 2020. Children can rate and review their books, collect rewards, and take part in Winter Mini Challenge activities through their website www.wintermini.org.uk. The Mini Challenge will end online on Friday 15 January 2021.
This last week will not overshadow our wonderful Autumn term of learning, with children achieving so much and working so hard. There is much to be thankful for and at Christmas time and every day of the year may the love we have for one another fill our hearts and all those in our precious world. On behalf of all the staff we wish you a very merry Christmas, may it be a time or relaxation, connection with those you love and bring memories to cherish. Please do all you can to keep safe and well, see you all on January 5th 2021 (4th January is a INSET day for Staff Training).