Weekly Newsletter Monday 13th – Friday 17th September 2021

 

Hello Everyone,

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.

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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.

Best wishes

Rachel Edwards

Headteacher

Welcome Back to School

Hello Everyone

It has been wonderful to welcome our Y1 and Y2 children back into school this week and to welcome our new YR and nursery families into our school.

We have had a lovely first week back in school. The children have all, without exception, settled so well into their new classes. They have all grown so much and look so smart in their uniforms, thank you.

Thank you for following our Covid safe procedures. We hope that you all feel safe and confident to be back in school.

Your child’s teacher will be in touch with information about P.E, reading books etc for your child’s class. Please sign up for a ‘Getting to Know You’ meeting time. These informal meetings give you the chance to come into school to meet with your child’s teacher to share information about your child and for you to ask questions.

If you would prefer a telephone appointment please let your child’s teacher know and she will be able to arrange this. We are sorry that we are limited to a 10 minute meeting but the teachers have limited time. If there is a lot to discuss they will arrange to contact you on the phone another time.

Next week we welcome our new YR and Nursery children. We are looking forward to getting to know you and your children and building positive relationships with you. We know children are happiest in school and do best when home and school work closely together. We will do all that we can to make sure your child has a happy start to their time with us. If you every have any worries or questions, please contact your child’s teacher or room leader in the first instance, or come and talk to me when I am outside every morning or e mail us. We will do our best to help you and resolve any difficulties that may arise.

We hope you have a happy and healthy weekend and look forward to seeing you next week.

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Weekly Newsletter – Monday 28th June 2021 – Friday 2nd July 2021

 

Hello Everyone,

I hope you have had a positive week.

We have been busy practising for our assemblies that we are so looking forward to sharing with you over the next couple of weeks. We are keeping everything crossed for the weather to be good so we can invite you into our garden to watch the assembly. You will also be able to look at your child’s learning in their books. We will be filming the assembly and we will make this available to you on line. I can assure you this will be done safely so only you can access the film of the assembly. The film will be shared with the parents of the children in your child’s class so if you do not wish for your child to be filmed please let us know. If the weather is poor we will have to cancel the live assembly.

Monday 5th July                Oak

Tuesday 6th July                  Willow

Wednesday 7th July           Apple

Thursday 8th July               Cherry

Monday 12th July              Lime

Wednesday 14th July       Birch

Assemblies will start at 2.30 prompt. We will open the side gate at 2.20. Please remember we cannot accommodate more than 2 adults for each child safely. Please do not put staff in a difficult position and request that more people attend. Thank you.

We have to limit the numbers to comply with Covid restrictions. There will be benches for you to sit on. We request that no more than 4 people sit on a bench. We are sorry but we are unable to provide toilet facilities.

Please leave the site at 2.55 p.m. so that the site is clear for the end of the school day. Thank you.

We will be sending home letters with details of your child’s class and their teacher and TA on Monday 12th July. Your child will spend the afternoons of Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th July in their new classrooms with their new teachers and TAs.

We will be sending home your child’s end of year report on Friday 16th July.

It really has been a strange and difficult school year so we sincerely hope that you are able to come into our garden so we can at least celebrate the children’s wonderful achievements with you. We also sincerely hope, that, by September, we are able to return to all of our usual parent and school activities as we have really missed those this year.

The Covid-19 Local Support Grant has now been extended, applications are now open until September 30th at 5pm.

The Covid-19 Local support Grant was created to support people who have been financially impacted by Covid-19. The grant can help with the cost of food, household bills and other household essentials. Applications for the COVID-19 Local Support Fund will close at 5pm on the 30th September 2021. Families or individuals can apply directly but applications can also be submitted by professionals who are working with families (providing consent has been sought) for those who may have trouble accessing the link.

The application form and further information can be found here: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/gloucestershire-welfare-support-scheme/covid-19-local-support-grant-find-out-more-and-apply/how-to-apply/#main

We all need to continue to be very careful as Covid case are really on the rise across Gloucestershire.

We hope you have a happy and healthy weekend.

Best Wishes,

Rachel Edwards

Headteacher

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