4th January 2021
Dear Parent, Carer,
Following tonight’ s announcement from the government it is with a heavy heart that I have to tell you that our School and Nursery will be CLOSED to ALL children tomorrow Tuesday 5th January. This is to enable us to plan and prepare for the safe care of the children of key workers and vulnerable children during the period of national lock down. As you can imagine, we need sufficient time to organise groups of children, safe spaces for them to learn and play in and to finalise preparations of our home learning packs.
We will be in touch with you tomorrow with our home learning programme and details of the child care we will be providing for the children of key workers and for vulnerable children.
We will re-open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children on Wednesday 6th January.
I apologise for the very late notice but we only heard the news of school closures when you did a few moments ago, when the prime minister made his announcement. It is essential that the school remains a safe place for staff and children, hence the need to plan properly. I hope you understand.
I do feel very sad about the current situation we find ourselves in, and I know that our team at Stonehouse Park Infant feel the same, but we all have to do whatever we can to keep everyone safe and play our part during this national emergency.
I really hope that you all keep well and safe. We will be in daily contact with you and we will do our best to ensure your child’s learning continues as best as we can.
We will also do whatever we can to help anyone who is experiencing difficulties.
18th December 2020
Dear Parents, Carers,
Please see the above video showing you all around our wonderful Reception Classes and outdoor area.
If you have any further questions you wish to discuss please contact Mrs Edwards on 01453 823052.
27th November 2020
I hope that you have had a positive week despite the news that we in Gloucestershire ,are in Tier 2, along with the majority of counties across the country. I imagine, like me, that you are very disappointed that we cannot meet up with our friends and families in our homes. The government have said that this will be reviewed every 2 weeks, so, we have to hope, that if we all keep to the rules, the infection rate will continue to fall and then we might be moved down to Tier 1. At the moment I think it is essential that we are all very careful because the last thing we all need is for there to be a positive case within our school community right at the end of term. This would mean the whole year group bubble having to self-isolate over the Christmas period and not being able to spend time with friends and family outside of the household bubble. That eventuality would be desperately sad and difficult for everyone.
This morning we received guidance from the Department of Education with regard to the new tier system and any further measures we need to take. For primary schools, things will continue as they are for the time being. This means our one way system, staggered start and finish times, year group bubbles, the wearing of face coverings as well as the increased cleaning and hygiene measures will remain in place for at least the rest of this term. A heart felt thank you once again for supporting us with all of those measures.
I am pleased to be able to tell you that we will be having Christmas parties this year. Each year group will have their party on a different day during the last week of term so that they can use the hall for party games. The children will be able to bring in a ‘party food’ packed lunch and wear party clothes. More information to follow.
Many of you are asking whether you are still able to buy Christmas gifts for school staff. I am going to seek advice about this and let you know. You are always so kind and generous and we appreciate your thoughtfulness. However, this year, more than ever, money is tight so please, instead a, “Thank You and Happy Christmas” e mail or verbal message would be lovely.
We have had a fantastic week in school. I met with each year group’s teachers after school to look at the children’s learning journals and maths books. I was really pleased with the progress that the children are making in every year group. Staff have reported how brilliant you are with reading at home. That is brilliant. Thank you! Reading is so important because being able to read confidently is like the magic key which unlocks all other learning. Please keep this going.
Please see attached our weekly newsletter and information from our PTA about the Christmas Raffle.
I hope you have a happy and healthy weekend and I look forward to seeing you all again next week. Take care.
20th November 2020
The children have been doing some wonderful writing this week and really enjoying the key texts and stories that the teachers have chosen to focus learning on. In my socially distanced visits into classes I have been impressed by the children’s joy and engagement in their learning and the way they care so much for each other. We have so many children in each class who are great positive role models for others.
Please see attached our weekly newsletter to see what all our children have all been doing in School & Nursery this week.
Like you, we are awaiting news of the next phase of the Covid response from the government and also wanting to hear about what we are able to do over Christmas in terms of spending special time with family and friends. We will do our best to make sure that your children have a special time in school celebrating Christmas even though we can’t exchange Christmas cards this year.
Thank you to everyone for wearing a face covering when coming onto our site and for continuing to follow our staggered start and finish times and one way system, even in the cold and the rain. I am looking to see if anyone has invented a visor with windscreen wipers!
On Friday 11th December 2020, Caterlink will be providing a Christmas Lunch Box for all our children. This will include a Roast Turkey Baguette served with a mini sausage roll, vegetable crudities as well as a piece of fruit and chocolate biscuit. A letter has been sent home with your child this afternoon. Please return the slip by Friday 27th November 2020, if you wish your child to have a Christmas Lunch Box. Thank you.
A reminder that all infant aged children are able to have a free packed lunch. The children have a choice of a ham, cheese, tuna or egg baguette with vegetable crudities, a piece of cake or homemade biscuit and a piece fruit. You can also send in a little extra if you wanted to e.g. a small packet of crisps, a small chocolate bar etc for them to have with the school packed lunch.
As you are aware Covid has affected our ability to fundraise this year which is why we are pleased to be working in conjunction with a local business Dixie Dot Crafts. Dixie Dot is based in Quedgeley and offers a wide range of gifts and lovely things, from personalised pottery painted items to bath bombs to craft kits. For every order that is placed through the website (www.dixiedotcrafts.com) between now and 31st December 2020, 10% will be donated back to our school to kickstart the fundraising into 2021. Our Unique code is PARKIS2020. Please do share this with all your family and friends so they can purchase Christmas gifts and craft projects through Dixie Dot while helping our school. Thank you in advance for your support!
We hope you all have a happy and healthy weekend and we look forward to seeing you all next week.
13th November 2020
Thank you to the majority of you who are wearing masks when coming onto our site.
This week the children have been learning about Remembrance Day. We have been impressed with how respectful and thoughtful they have been. It has been touching to hear some of your family stories about family members who served in the first or second world wars. It is so important for these stories to be passed down through the generations.
We have really felt the impact of Covid on school this week. We have had several members of staff absent from school having to self-isolate. I apologise for having to postpone some of your parent-teacher telephone meetings until next week. We have prioritised the children, as always, and I can confidently say that their learning in school has not been adversely affected. This is thanks to the work of our wonderful team.
As I type this, I can reassure you that we have NOT had any confirmed cases of Covid in our School or Nursery community as yet. However, we must be prepared for such an eventuality and so I would like to assure you that we have comprehensive plans in place to respond immediately if we receive information that a child, their family member or a member of our staff team tests positive for Covid.
For the latest advice and guidance from the Department for Education please click the following link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term.
I would recommend that you find time to read this through. It stresses the importance of children being in school and nursery. It also gives clear guidance about what to do if you or a member of your household experience Covid symptoms or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid.
Unfortunately we have received guidance from the Local Authority that due to Covid-19 restrictions Christmas Cards are not to be sent in to school so there will sadly be no Christmas Post Box this year.. Thank you once again for your co-operation with all of our Health & Safety procedures and for your words of support.
We hope you have a happy & healthy weekend & look forward to seeing you all again next week.
Keeping children safe during lockdown and beyond – Parents’ pack https://www.capt.org.uk/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=44e36e43-bd5e-4dd0-acae-e040f37fe2ef
A big thank you again to nearly all of you for keeping to our start and finish times and following our one way system. We have to have these procedures in place to keep everyone safe. My biggest concern is the number of people waiting to come into school in the mornings. Some parents have felt, quite understandably, very anxious and upset.
Please, please do not arrive too early! If everyone kept to the 5 minute intervals between year groups we would have a steady flow of people around the site whereas at times this week it has felt far too crowded.
Please remember that the ‘rule of 6’ does apply to school and the area outside of school. Please try to maintain the 2m distance between you and your children and another family.
Park Junior School have a ‘soft start’ policy where children can arrive anytime between 8.40-8.55 am. If you do have older siblings at Park Junior School it would make sense to arrive at the Junior school no earlier than 8.45.
To avoid the morning crowd and putting yourself, your children and others in danger please arrive as follows:
Y2: If you have a child at Park Junior leave them no earlier than 8.45 so you can enter our site at 8.50. If you do not have any older siblings please do not arrive on our site any earlier than 8.50 .
Y1: If you have a child at Park Junior leave them no earlier than 8.50 so you can enter our site at 8.55. If you do not have any older siblings please do not arrive on our site any earlier than 8.55.
YR: If you have a child at Park Junior leave them no earlier than 8.55 so you can enter our site at 9.00. If you do not have any older siblings please do not arrive on our site any earlier than 9.00.
I am sorry if we have to be strict about this but when the safety of children, parents and staff is at risk we must all do our bit to keep everyone safe by sticking to the times. Thank you
A reminder for ALL children to bring their P.E kit into school on Monday. This will stay in school all week and then be sent home on Friday to be washed. Please send the washed P.E kit back to school every Monday. Thank you.
Please remember that all children at our school are entitled to a free packed lunch. There is a choice of cheese, ham, tuna or egg baguette; we can even accommodate requests of no butter! The children also have some fruit/vegetables and a piece of cake. This packed lunch is healthy and filling. Please refer to the lunchbox guidelines sent out previously if you are providing your own packed lunch. The children do have half an hour to eat their lunch but some children have so much food in their lunch box that they are unable to eat it all and for some children it really is too much. To prevent against choking please make sure that grapes are cut in half. Thank you .
We have had another happy week in school. The children are really making progress and are loving being back at school. This is a long 8 week term and the children are very tired so please make sure they have plenty of sleep.
Your child’s teacher will be in touch with you to arrange a telephone conversation to talk about how your child has settled back into school, how they are getting along with their learning and how you can support their learning at home.
Please know that if you are experiencing difficulties with your child at home you can talk to your child’s teacher in confidence and we will do our best to help you.
We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you next week.
2nd October 2020
We are pleased to report to you that we have had a happy, positive week in school.
The staff have been busy assessing the children so they can plan work to match your child’s learning needs and to make sure they make good progress. The children are really enjoying the learning in school.
We will be putting the teachers’ weekly plans on our website soon so that you can see exactly what your child will be learning in school the following week so you can talk to them about it.
A reminder that Y1 & Y2 children will need their book bags in school on a Monday and Friday. Please make sure you return the reading book and write a comment on the slip. The books then go into quarantine for 72 hours before being put back on the shelf. YR children do not need their book bags at the moment. The teachers will tell you when you need to bring them into school. Thank you.
With the wet and colder weather with us children will need a coat in school every day and a pair of welly boots please that can stay in school.
From Monday 12th October please could your child bring their PE kit to school. They will need it in school on a Monday and then they will take it home again every Friday so it can be washed over the weekend. Thank you for your cooperation with this.
Thank you once again for your co-operation with our one way system and staggered start and finish times. Because the mornings are working well we are able to adjust the times slightly:
Y2: 8.50 arrive for 8.55 start
Y1: 8.55 arrive for 9.00 start
YR: 9.00 arrive for 9.05 start
We will keep the finish times as they are next week.
YR: 2.55 p.m.
Y1: 3.05 p.m.
Y2: 3.15 p.m.
To reduce the number of parents leaving the site through the same exit Conkers parents can exit via the path that runs along the front of the Children’s Centre into the car park and then through the car park.
As a Health & Safety issue can we also please remind parents that bikes and scooters are not be rode on around our school site.
We hope you have a safe and happy weekend despite the weather and look forward to seeing you all next week.
We are really pleased to report that we have had a very happy, positive week in school. We are thrilled with the way the children have so easily settled back into school. We know it is very early days but what a wonderful start!
Thank you for your co-operation with regard to our staggered start and finish times and following our one way system around the school site. One parent commented to me that the beginning of the day was happy and calm which is just what we want to achieve so that children come into their classes happily so they are then in the right frame of mind to learn and play. Of course, we will continue to review all of our systems and make adjustments as we go to ensure the site and the way we organise the school day is as safe as we can possibly make it.
We always welcome your feedback so if you have ideas please share them with us.
We apologise that at the moment we are not able to offer a cooked school meal. At the moment the children have their lunch with their class bubble in their classroom. With young children it would be impossible to serve up hot dinners in spaces that need to be used for learning in the afternoons. Our young children also need a lot of adult support to eat their hot lunch e.g. cutting up food, and we simply do not have sufficient staff available to do this without staff working across different class bubbles, which we must avoid as much as possible. We hope that we will receive updated guidance from the government this term with regard to the use of shared spaces such as the hall so that we could start to offer hot lunches again in the winter when children need a hot meal at lunchtime most.
Our teachers and teaching assistants are busy settling children into their new classes and carrying out assessments on all areas of learning. This is very important so that we can plan learning at the right level for each child and also plan in learning to catch up on learning missed during lock down. Once those assessments have been completed children will be able to bring home reading books again. We aim for this to happen on Friday 25th September. There will be set days for returning books and receiving a new book home. Your child’s teacher will be in touch with all of the information about the new system in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime please keep reading going at home using the on-line Oxford Owl books and reading activities on BBC Bitesize. Please continue to read to your child and share books together.
Thank you for sending in and e-mailing the photos of your child engaged in home learning activities during lock-down. We have loved looking at them and hearing from the children about all of the things they learnt with you. Once again, thank you for all you did to keep your child’s learning on going at home. Our assessments to date prove what an amazing job you did and now we look forward to working in partnership with you to make sure every child in our school loves learning and makes good progress.
Although in many respects lock-down is over there are worrying statistics about the rise in the number of Corona virus cases across the country. We all must continue to ensure we follow all of the Covid-19 Rules even though this is difficult. We are aware that the impact of Lock-down is starting to hit in terms of people being made redundant and families experiencing financial difficulty. Please let us know if this has happened to you because we may be able to help to make sure you are getting all of the financial support you should be getting and we can refer you to people who can help you as well as apply for different grants. You can talk to me or any member of staff in confidence.
Finally, it has been fantastic seeing you and your children again. The school is once more full of laughter and happy faces – which is exactly how it should be.
7th May 2020
I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the return of the sunshine.
Please follow this link:
https://www.ghll.org.uk/covid19/wellbeing-packs/ to access some child friendly resources on health & wellbeing.
Please click on the following link to see our message to all parents,carers and children.
I hope that you have all managed to keep healthy and have had a happy week despite the difficulties and worries we are all facing.
I would like to thank you for the lovely messages you have been positing on our Facebook page and the e-mails you have been sending. We have all really appreciated your kind words.
I would also like to apologise that we are currently unable to provide anymore of the paper based learning packs.
We have been told that we have to limit the number of people coming on site and we have all been told very clearly by the government that we should only be making essential journeys.
I have just heard that from 20th April the BBC will be providing more on-line learning. Once we get more details we will send you the links to access this. We will also continue to send texts out and put suggestions on our Facebook page after the Easter holidays.
We will be open Mon-Thurs next week caring for some key worker parents who have pre-booked this service with us.
I would like to thank those staff who have volunteered to come into work to provide this emergency care. As we are trying to operate with a small number of staff on site all care must be booked in advance and is only for key workers who do not have another adult at home who can provide the care. I hope you understand that whilst we are doing our best to play our part during this crisis I also want to protect our staff team and their families.
I have been able to talk to lots of you and have seen some of you and it is great to hear the positives that are coming out of this difficult time. Many of you have said that you are enjoying spending time in the garden with your children and are enjoying a slightly slower pace.
Please tell the children that Marmalade is keeping well. He helped me water the plants at school yesterday. We also saw a barn owl together when we were driving up to school early yesterday morning. The owl flew right in front of us. That was very special.
I hope you and your families keep well. We will be responding to e mails even when the building is closed so if you need us for anything please communicate that way. The office will be responding to phone calls Mon-Thurs next week and then every day from 20th April.
Looking forward to seeing you all again soon
Love from Mrs Edwards
Please copy and paste the following link to view an explanation for children ‘Why our school is closing?
ADVICE FOR PARENTS AND CARERS – CORONA VIRUS
• Schools have not ‘shut down’ – Although most children will not be able to physically attend school you will still be able to communicate with senior leaders or, in some instances, teachers.
• Don’t try to replicate a full school timetable – It won’t be possible to replicate a full school timetable for a variety of reasons. Giving yourself and your children permission to accept this can be a big weight lifted.
• Expect stress – This is an uncertain and unpredictable situation, stress and anxiety are normal.
• Reassure children – Children can sometimes believe they are responsible for things that are clearly beyond their control. Reassure children that it is the adult’s job to make sure things are OK and to keep them safe.
• Help children stay connected to their friends – Friendships are a key resiliency factor for children and young people. Most children see their friends nearly every day of the week and so not being in contact with them for some time might be upsetting. Is it possible for children to talk to their friends on the phone? Perhaps establish a group Skype or WhatsApp call? Perhaps they could write letters to each other. • Normalise the experience – Normalising the experience is likely to reduce anxiety for many children. Reassure children that lots of adults and other children are in the same situation.
• Have a routine and structure – Having a plan and a predictable routine for the day can be very reassuring. As adults we like to know what is going to happen, and children like this too. A consistent routine lets everyone be secure about the plans for the day. It is often useful to involve children in creating this routine, so that they feel part of the plan, rather than the plan being imposed on them. You could display the routine using a timeline, or maybe pictures and visuals. Encourage children to develop independence by referring to their own routine/plan themselves.
• Don’t worry if the routine isn’t perfect – Remember, this isn’t a normal situation. If you find that planning and sticking to the routine is causing more stress, friction or conflict, then it’s OK to be more ‘free-flow’. Perhaps be guided by the activities that children want to do. • Avoid putting too much pressure on academic work – Most parents and carers aren’t teachers and so it’s OK not to be doing ‘school work’ for six hours a day. It might be more important to be spending time together, building relationships, enjoying shared activities and reassuring children, as opposed to replicating the school timetable.
• Try to keep work in one place – If children are doing school work or project work at home, try to keep it all in one place so that it doesn’t spread out over the house. This can help to maintain a work/home boundary.
• Reduce access to rolling news – It is important to keep up to date with new developments and announcements, but it can be hard to switch off from the constant stream of news from media outlets and social media. Reduce the time spent hearing, reading or watching news – at the moment it might be overwhelming for adults and children. Try to protect children from distressing media coverage.
• Supervise children with screens – It is likely that children and young people will be using screens more often over the coming weeks e.g. phones, tablets, gaming consoles and the internet. If this is the case make sure they are supervised. Ensure appropriate content filters are active – the UK Safer Internet Centre offers guidance on setting up parental control. Try to ensure all children have a balanced range of activities each day. Involve children and young people in these discussions so that they feel part of the plan. • Provide reassurance about exams being cancelled – Young people may now be concerned about the announcement that exams later this year will not be going ahead as planned. They may feel like all their hard work has been for nothing. Reassure young people that the Prime Minister has said that all children and young people will get the qualification they worked towards, but acknowledge that the plan is a bit uncertain right now. Reassure young people that the government and Department for Education are working on a plan. • Play – Play is fundamental to children’s wellbeing and development – children of all ages! It’s also a great way to reduce stress in adults.
13th March 2020
Dear Parents / Carers
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the information attached to our newsletters we have sent to all parents. If possible, please take time to re-read this information and talk to your children about protecting themselves.
We are continuing to receive and review the daily DFE updates that schools receive and will update you if any advice changes.
Here at school we are taking the following additional measures:
- Children are being supervised to wash their hands before starting lessons at school and at key times such as lunchtime, using the DFE/PHE (Public Health England) guidance
- There is plenty of hand wash, tissues and disposable towels for pupils
- Children are reminded and encouraged to wash their hands and sneeze into readily available tissues and then wash their hands as per the DFE/PHE guidance.
- Staff are being vigilant as to the symptoms of Coronavirus and we would ask that you follow guidance from the DFE in the links on the following page.
Much of the above is embedded in our general expectations around hygiene however we will continue to be extremely vigilant due to Coronavirus. We continue to plan for any situation where the Government or DFE instruct schools to close and will stay in touch with any updates to advice received. Please see the page overleaf for the latest advice we have received from the DFE.
Please can I remind you that if you have symptoms and have recently visited an affected area please follow the health advice, stay away from school until you have sought medical advice, and notify us immediately. If a student or staff member presents symptoms at school and has recently visited an affected area, we will arrange for them to be sent home. They should remain at home pending medical advice and follow any actions advised. We ask that the school is kept up to date on advice and actions that you may receive.
Government coronavirus action plan
The government coronavirus action plan sets out what the UK has done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what we plan to do next.
The situation is constantly reviewed and action informed by expert science and advice, guided by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.
The action plan can be found here:
Action plan recap
The action plan sets out a four-phased approach in response to coronavirus – Contain, Delay, Mitigate, and Research, based on the latest scientific evidence.
The current emphasis is on the Contain and Research phases, however planning for Delay and Mitigation is already in train.
As part of the Contain phase, we have been providing advice to educational settings in England. We also launched a DfE helpline to manage the flow of increasing queries, from providers parents and young people.
How to wash your hands properly
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:
Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
We extend a very warm welcome back to school for all of our families.
We look forward to working in partnership with you all again this year to make sure your child has a happy and successful time in school.
Please remember that we are always available to meet with you if you ever have any worries or if there is anything that you need help with.
Our priority for the first few weeks of the school year is to make sure every child is happily settled in their new class and that our staff get to know every child and parent.
To help with this your child’s teacher is arranging some ‘Getting to Know you’ meetings.
This is an opportunity for you to tell your child’s teacher all about them and for the teacher to talk to you about the year ahead. You will also be able to ask any questions.
We do hope that you are able to take this opportunity up.
Thank you for making sure that your child has come back to school looking very smart
in their uniforms.
Please make sure you have named everything so that the new clothes you have gone to the expense to buy do not go missing.