As we approach the half term break, we would like to congratulate the children on continuing to embrace learning and school life and continuing to show resilience and a growth-mindset in their approaches to learning whether in the classroom or outside. The children have embraced their new areas of learning and their books and classrooms are filled with lots of fantastic work.
We would once again like to thank you, too, for continuing to follow our covid-19 procedures especially at drop-off and pick-up times and being especially vigilant with symptoms and getting PCR tests when required. We can all do our bit to try to ensure that we keep our whole school community as safe as possible and most importantly the children in school and learning. It will be important that we continue to adhere to this when we return after the holiday.
The weather is set to be good next week which will be welcome after the wet weather we have experienced during this last month. Enjoy the break and we look forward to seeing you all safe and well for the final half term of this academic year on Monday 7th June.
If a child or member of staff develops Covid-19 symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, and subsequently gets a positive test result, we will need to alert affected families as part of our responsibility to help with Track and Trace.
If your child develops any of the Covid-19 symptoms before Monday 31st May:
- Get a PCR test straight away - a lateral flow test MUST NOT be used
- Let us know that you have booked a test because your child has one or more covid-19 symptoms
- Let us know the result of the test as soon as you get it.
Do this by texting or phoning Alison Godfrey on 07413173395 and emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please label the email COVID-19 with your child’s name and class.
The quickest way of getting a result is by going to a test centre, the postal service takes longer. If you need a PCR test, you can book one on-line. The nearest testing centre to our school that you can book a PCR test is at the High Street car park, Swindon Road, GL50 3HQ.
If the test result is positive, we will immediately contact affected families to let them know that their child needs to isolate for 10 days.
Thank you for helping us to keep our community as safe as possible. Whilst we very much hope that no one develops symptoms, it is important that we know about it so that we can play our part in reducing the transmission of covid-19 in our community and make sure that families have all of the information that they need in order to plan their time during the holiday period.
Please email email@example.com if you are planning to travel to an amber or red list country during half term as this will mean that your child/children will not be able to return to school immediately after the holiday. Please be aware that if you break the quarantine rules, you may face a penalty of up to £10,000.
Government guidance states that ‘there are no longer any restrictions on leaving England to travel internationally, however to protect public health in the UK and the vaccine roll out, you should not travel to countries or territories on the red and amber lists’. You will find further information here - (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
If you are planning to travel abroad during the half term holiday, you should look at the rules in place at your destination and be aware of the coronavirus restrictions that you will need to follow on your return.
If you visit an amber or red country, your family will need to quarantine for 10 days after your return, either at home (if you were to visit an amber country) or in a quarantine managed hotel (if you were to visit a country on the red list). You can access further information here - Red, amber and green list rules for entering England - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
We have noticed that toys and equipment have been creeping into school. Please can we ask that all toys and equipment are kept at home after the holiday – this includes ‘poppits’. Thank you for your co-operation.
We have had lots of TTRockstars competitions this week in school. This is a great way of sharpening the automatic recall of multiplication facts to support learning across many of areas of maths. Well done, to year 2 who also took part for the first time. Lots of certificates were presented to the children. Thanks to Mr L. Jones for organising the event.
The battles were closely fought and the winning classes were as follows:
Year 2 - Mrs Freeman
Year 3 – Mrs Raybould and Mrs Flood
Year 4 – Miss Woollatt
Year 5 – Mr Jones
Year 6 – Mr Wilson
A reminder that information relating to keeping your child safe online can be found on our website at the following links: