PTFA Easter Activities and Winners! (29.03.2021)
Thank you to all who took part in the Easter Egg Trail this weekend, we hope that you and your child/children enjoyed it! Please see raffle winners below as well as winner of the Guess The Number Of Eggs In The Jar! Prizes will be coming home today!
With a guess of 218 eggs the winner of the Guess The Number Of Eggs In The Jar competition was Isabelle T in RP.
Raffle winners: Kathryn C in 4A, Eva P in RG, Beatrice C in 2P, Rosie H in 3W, Mia B-S in 3W and Brooke M in RG.
Well done to the winners and thanks once again to all who supported and of course to our fab PTFA team for organising!
Survey about ASC and Learning Disabilities (26.03.2021)
I have been asked to share the survey at the link here with children and young people who are autistic, have a learning disability or both (and their families). If necessary, please support participants to complete the survey.
Support for families in receipt of free school meals (26.03.2021)
Staffordshire County Council are giving residents up to £200 financial help to pay their heating bills. This money does not need to be paid back.
This support is available to families who claim free school meals for their children, or anyone who has lost their jobs due to covid, have low or no income or claim benefits.
Check the full eligibility criteria and apply online now.
This offer is only available until the end of March 2021.
Summer Term After-School Activities (26.03.2021)
Summer Term 2021 After-School Activities - Bookings now open
Please see the attached letter and table of clubs available for the children during the Summer term. The clubs all start after the Easter holiday during the week commencing Monday 19th April 2021.
Places are limited and should be booked and paid for via ParentPay by Thursday 1st April 2021 to enable registers to be printed before clubs resume.
We offer a free after-school club to the children who are entitled to Pupil Premium and those parents have been previously notified. Parents of children wishing to take up this offer should email the office with their child's choice of club so that a place can be reserved.
Nursery Newsletter (26.03.2021)
Please see this weeks Nursery Newsletter attached.
3W contact details (26.03.2021)
Parents should now have all booked their Parent Consultation phone calls. Staff are looking forward to speaking to you in these opportunities. I am aware that I haven’t yet shared Miss Tunnicliffe’s email address for 3W families and that Miss Wild’s maternity leave will commence at Easter.
Mr Gough has responsibility for Key Stage 2, curriculum and pastoral care and can also be contacted in an emergency.
Please only contact teachers with essential messages as they are all in school now all of the time. Any urgent messages should be emailed to the school office as teachers may not always pick them up during the school day.
Parking Around School (26.03.2021)
Parents are reported to be parking on the pavements, obstructing the pavement for pedestrians and creating difficulties to social distance for those on foot. Please exercise care and caution to ensure that we don’t have an accident.
Message for parents of Reception, 3G and 4A pupils. (26.03.2021)
As it is set to rain on and off all day, we will move our Reception Easter Bonnet Parade down on to the playground. It will commence at 3pm promptly and we would ask those spectating to wait around the edge of the playground with maximum distance between you as possible. Please leave any siblings at home that do not need to be with you and wear a face mask. As we are moving location, parents can enter school for the parade at the normal school entrance points, as opposed to the rear of the hall. Gates will open from 2.50pm.
Miss Pugh and Miss Griffiths will have children ready promptly for a 3pm start packed up with bags and coats on and of course with their Easter bonnets on. They will then come out and do 2 laps of the playground before being dismissed to you. Please do give them a clap and some words of encouragement as they go around. Once the parade has finished please remain where you are and staff will dismiss your child to you.
I am conscious that Mr Gough and Miss Abbiss dismiss their classes at 3.15pm and parents will start arriving for them then. If we can ask their parents not to come on to the playground where possible until that time and also where parents only have 1 Reception child if they can vacate the playground as quickly as possible after the parade to ensure that we don’t have too many families on site at the same time.
Thank you for working with us to try and keep opportunities available to the children in the safest way possible.
Nursery have a new shelter! (25.03.2021)
To enable the children to be outdoors more in all weathers we are proud to say we have now got a new canopy/shelter for children to stay dry under or take shade. This will help protect the children from the elements and of course keep our equipment from being as weather beaten! The children enjoyed watching the canopy being erected and all of the equipment and machinery!
New Primary Spring/Summer Lunch Menu (24/03/2021)
Our catering team will be providing lunches from the attached Primary Spring/Summer Menu after the Easter holidays. Please click below to see the 3 x weekly menus that are available for your child to choose from.
There is no cost to children in Reception to Year 2 due to their entitlement to Universal Infant Free School Meals. The cost for children in Nursery and Years 3 & 4 is £2.34 per meal payable on the Dinner Money Payment item on ParentPay.
We hope the children enjoy these new menu choices.
DFE Helpline Easter Holidays (24.03.2021)
Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline opening hours over the Easter holidays
The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline will be open every day over the Easter holidays to answer any questions you have about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education settings and children’s social care. Over the bank holiday weekend (Friday 2 April to Monday 5 April), lines will be open from 10am to 4pm.
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Our usual opening hours will resume on Tuesday 6 April.
Parent/Carer Test and Trace Support Payments (22.03.2021)
Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria. The extension of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, which is administered by district and unitary local authorities in England, ensures that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities.
Parents and carers should apply to their local authority to receive a payment. Applications for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme are made via the local authority in which the parent or carer resides, not the local authority where the setting is situated, if these are different.
To be eligible applicants must meet all of the criteria that:
- they are the parent or guardian of a child or young person in the same household and need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate. This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period
- they are employed or self-employed
- they cannot work from home while undertaking caring responsibilities and will lose income as a result
- they meet all the other means-tested eligibility criteria for a Test and Trace Support Payment or locally determined criteria for a discretionary payment
That their child or young person:
- is aged 15 or under (or 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC)) and normally attends an education or childcare setting
- has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)
Easter Bonnet Parade (22.03.2021)
We will allow 2 adults to attend the Easter Bonnet Parades (definitely no more than 2). We would expect that families stand as a unit, 2 metres apart from one another on entry. Parents muct be mindful to allow space between other parents when walking up to the field too and keep any younger siblings with them either in pushchairs etc or holding hands. We will continually evaluate and update risk assessments at each event, so please do follow the rules to ensure other year groups are able to have theirs.