Thank you to everyone who made our end of term so special, attending our family picnic to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.
The weather was beautiful, and our families and friends made the most of our school grounds, enjoying their picnics and ice creams.
There were prizes for the crown competition, won by Lyra in Year 3. A cake fit for a queen, won by Mrs Ball and we were treated to some fabulous story telling in our morning assembly, all children did extremely well reading their stories to the whole school. All children who won received a special Jubilee notebook and Lucy in year 6 received a special award for her amazing writing progress.
Well Done Everyone.
There are a few photographs of our Jubilee Celebrations below.
Have a wonderful time celebrating over the bank holiday weekend.
The importance of regular attendance and punctuality
Children only get one chance at school; making the most of it enables them to succeed and flourish later in life.
Children who attend school regularly
- make and keep friendships and enjoy the social side of school life
- keep up with school work and achieve well
- increase their chance of finding and keeping a job in the future.
Children who miss school regularly
- find it difficult to form and maintain friendships
- struggle to keep up with school work
- struggle to find and keep jobs later in life.
Arriving at school on time is also vital. Arriving late to school disrupts the child, their peers and teacher. Punctuality is also essential at the end of the school day and the late collection of children is taken seriously.
Given that staggered start and finish times that were introduced during the pandemic are no longer required, from September 2022:
- Children in reception, year 1 and year 2 will start school at 8.40am and finish at 3.10pm
- Children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will start school at 8.45am and finish at 3.15pm.
Dunalley Primary School therefore expects the highest attendance and punctuality from all pupils, at all times. We support pupils and their families in ensuring that excellent attendance is achieved. We therefore aim to achieve 100% punctual attendance. We are committed to eliminating unauthorised absence from school and poor punctuality.
Regular attendance at Dunalley Primary School is achieved when there have been no unauthorised absences from school within the last 12 months.
The children enjoyed putting their science and engineering skills to the test to create a strong, tall and sustainably built structure. We look forward to seeing some of our winning poster competition entries at the Cheltenham Science Festival.
On Monday, eight Y5 children travelled to the Park Campus to take part in a Move More orienteering competition. There were five stations set up, each involving map reading skills, orienteering posts and compass points. Organisers of the event were asked to look out for schools who demonstrated the key values of MoveMore, including teamwork, communication, passion and determination. And, out of ten schools, Dunalley won GOLD medals. Fantastic work Dunalley!
Nursery & Pre-school held their first Family Focused Events on Monday; a Yoga and Mindfulness session, led by Emma, one of our amazing parents. Parents and children learnt yoga moves that they could do at home together as well as learning how to focus their breathing, finishing with a healthy fruit snack and some mindfulness colouring together.
Scarlet fever and chickenpox
We have been informed that there have been cases of both chickenpox and scarlet fever at the setting.
Although scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, it should be treated with antibiotics to minimise the risk of complications and reduce the spread to others.
The symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. This is followed by a fine red rash which typically first appears on the chest and stomach, rapidly spreading to other parts of the body. On more darkly-pigmented skin, the scarlet rash may be harder to spot, but it should feel like 'sandpaper'. The face can be flushed red but pale around the mouth.
If you think you, or your child, have scarlet fever:
- See your GP or contact NHS 111 as soon as possible
- Make sure that you/your child takes the full course of any antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.
Stay at home, away from nursery, school or work for at least 24 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment, to avoid spreading the infection.
Chickenpox is usually a mild and common childhood illness that most children catch at some point. It causes a rash of red, itchy spots that turn into fluid-filled blisters that crust over to form scabs. To prevent spreading the infection, children with chicken pox should stay away from the nursery, school or playgroups for at least 5 days from onset of the rash AND until all the spots have crusted over. Ibuprofen (Brufen, Nurofen, Calprofen) should NOT be given to children who have Chickenpox.
If you are pregnant or immunosuppressed and are certain that you have been in contact with chicken pox, then please consult 111, your GP or midwife as soon as possible. If you have had chicken pox in the past, you will be immune and there is nothing you need do.
Children who have chickenpox or influenza at the same time as scarlet fever are more likely to develop more serious infection so parents should remain vigilant for symptoms such as a persistent high fever, cellulitis (skin infection) and arthritis (joint pain and swelling). If you are concerned for any reason, please seek medical assistance immediately.
If your child has an underlying condition which affects their immune system, you should contact your GP or hospital doctor to discuss whether any additional measures are needed.
You can find more information in the attached Frequently Asked Questions and further advice can also be obtained from the Health Protection Team on 0300 303 8162 during office hours.
If you have any questions please either contact your GP or ring the Health Protection Team on: 0300 303 8162 Option 1 (Health Protection) then Option 0
Health Protection Team
UK Health Security Agency South West
We are starting to plan for a summer fete and have a provisional date of after school on July 15th
More details will follow of course, but for now you are able to add the date to your diaries.
After a strange couple of years, we are delighted to relaunch the Dunalley PTFA.
As a team, the PTFA have launched fundraising campaigns, hosted events, reviewed funding requests and helped the school community…but it’s time for some fresh ideas and renewed energy.
What does the PTFA do?
As a committee, its’s up to you! The PTFA is here to support the school and its families. Previously, events such as cake sales, pre-loved uniform sales and the summer fête have been a big hit and raised money to fund outdoor play equipment, books and year six leavers’ hoodies, amongst other things.
How do I get involved?
There are plenty of ways to support the PTFA—as part of the school community you are automatically a member!
Please find full details about the PTFA at he following link: Welcome_to_the_Dunalley_PTFA_2022.pdf.
If you would like to join the PTFA or have any questions, please contact us!
Email: [email protected]
School Twitter: https://twitter.com/dunalley4lb
PTFA Charity Number 1153823