Weekly Newsletter Monday 13th – Friday 17th September 2021
It has been lovely to welcome our new YR and nursery children into school. They have all settled really well and appear to have enjoyed their first week in school.
We have had another positive week across our Y1 and Y2 classes. The children are really starting to gel in their new class groups and enjoying their learning. Please make sure you have signed up for a meeting with your child’s teacher so you can tell them all about your child, hear how your child has settled back into school and find out about the learning your child will be undertaking this year.
At Stonehouse Park Infant School we aim to provide a curriculum that will inspire children to learn and help them to achieve success. Our teaching team have been working on designing a carefully sequenced curriculum for children aged 2-7. These learning pathways will be published on our website very soon.
We are also going to be working with Park Junior School to create 2-11 learning pathways for every subject so that children’s learning is seamless and one continuous journey.
Please may we politely remind everyone to follow our one way system around our site. PLEASE DO NOT COME ONTO THE SITE VIA THE CAR PARK GATES- THIS IS THE EXIT ONLY. Thank you.
If you or the person who brings your child to school / collects them is clinically extremely vulnerable or have mobility issues you may use the main entrance of the school building. Please provide a letter from your GP/ medical professional. Please may we ask that you bring your child to school at 9.00 AM and collect them at 2.50 PM. Thank you.
We carefully follow all Department for Education and Gloucestershire County Council procedures with regard to Covid. If there is a confirmed positive case within our school community we will inform the families of that particular class. We are instructed not to close the school or classes. The person who has tested positive MUST isolate and NHS will advise close contact / family members if they need to take a PCR test. If the PCR test is negative the other members of the household can continue to go to work/ go to school unless they have symptoms. If you or your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and the definition of close contact is face to face for more than 15 minutes, AND you have symptoms you should request a PCR test and isolate while you wait for the result. The cough should be continuous i.e. at least a coughing fit every 15 mins. If you do not have symptoms there is NO NEED to get a PCR test unless you are instructed to do so by a medical professional/ NHS Track and Trace. If the procedures change, we will inform you immediately. Please see the attached Guidance for Childcare and Educational Settings in the Management of COVID-19
Home learning will be provided for children who are well but have to self isolate due to Covid.
A big thank you to everyone who has completed a federation consultation form. There is still time for you to share your views as the closing date is Monday 20th September. Forms are available from both the infant and junior schools.
All school’s receive additional funding called Pupil Premium for children whose families are in receipt of certain benefits. This money is used to provide extra support in school and to subsidise the cost of school trips. Children who qualify for Pupil Premium also qualify for free milk every day. If you feel that your child may qualify for Pupil Premium please click on the link and complete a very short form. Please apply at https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/education-and-learning/school-transport-and-free-school-meals/apply-for-free-school-meals/
As you may be aware, an extra bank holiday has been announced for 3 June 2022 for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. As on previous similar occasions (eg the 2012 Diamond Jubilee or 2011 Royal Wedding), the DfE has amended the Education (School Day and School Year) (England) Regulations to reduce the school year 2021/22 for maintained schools to a minimum of 189 days, in order to allow schools to close that day or on another day. Schools not already on half term break on the day of the bank holiday will be able to close that day. Most schools will, however, be on half term at the time of the bank holiday. This change to the Regulations will allow maintained schools to be able to close at another time to give staff and students an extra day off. Our children will now finish school for the Summer holidays on Thursday 21st July 2021.
We hope that you have a happy and healthy weekend and look forward to seeing you next week.