Jul 11

Update on class closures and isolation requirements

Good Afternoon, 

I hope you are all well, having a good weekend and I know many are looking forward to the match this evening. 

Update on Class Closures

All members of staff who tested positive using LFT tests have now tested positive on PCR tests. They all have symptoms but are feeling ok. This means that all the pupils and staff in the affected classes (Nursery, Mrs Allan, Mrs Cox/Mrs Mackey) must isolate until Saturday 17th July 2021 and unless they are showing Coronavirus symptoms, can return to school on Monday 19th July 2021. 

All the information I have given has been verified by Public Health England and the Department for Education. If you have any questions, please direct them to school only. 

I am aware that there are a number of children in school who are showing symptoms and parents have or are having getting a PCR test. If your child has the following symptoms, you must keep them off school until they have tested negative on a PCR test. 

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

If your child is showing any of the symptoms outlined in blue below, from the letter from Dean Wallace, director of public health, they must have a PCR test. The letter doesn’t say  they need to isolate until the result comes back but I request that they don’t come into school until the result comes back. I don’t ask this lightly as it goes against everything we believe in and want the children in school. However, this is to keep our school community safe and reduce the chance of further bubble closures and the need to isolate.  Please inform school using the child absence form on the website, text system or phone school to notify us and we will authorise the absence. 

Extract from letter by from Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health.

We are now seeing the Delta variant become the dominant variant within Derbyshire County as it
is across the country. It has been recognised that those people testing positive with the Delta
variant may have other symptoms aside from a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a
loss or change to sense of smell or taste – which are the main symptoms of coronavirus.
The additional symptoms are:
• tummy ache
• sore throat
• headaches
• runny nose
• sneezing
• joint pain
• muscle aches or generally feeling
poorly.
• loss of appetite
• diarrhoea
• feeling or being sick
• muscle ache
• feeling drowsy
• tiredness
If anyone in the school/early years community (parents/carers/siblings/staff) has any of the above
symptoms we are advising you to get a PCR test – tests that are sent to a laboratory.

Isolation and Google Classrooms

For those children isolating and we will provide work Google Classrooms, as we did during the last lockdown. Those children and staff must isolate in line with the government guidelines and must not come into school to pick up siblings. Please see the NHS isolation information below. These are not school rules, they are government instructions and law. Please follow the guidance to reduce transmission, keep people safe and avoid a fine or prosecution.  

Everyone’s circumstances are different, if you have no other choice but to keep siblings off school, please notify school (as above) and the absence will be authorised. 

NHS Isolation Information

I fully appreciate how difficult juggling work and childcare is and we all in school fully appreciate your support and patience. 

I would like to finish with a massive thank you to all staff and the whole school community for the really positive way you have all dealt with this pandemic. 

I am sorry for the weekend message.

Have a great weekend. 

Mr Woodward

Nov 24

Cross Country 24/11/2021

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Nov 18

PTA donation and non-uniform day

Friday 19th November is the PTA non-uniform day.

All pupils can wear non-uniform and bring in an optional donation and some suggestions are listed below. 

Nursery, Reception, & KS1 (Yr1 & Y2) – Christmas items. This can be anything
associated with Christmas including: Christmas cards, baubles, wrapping paper,
Christmas napkins, crackers, Christmas treats, including chocolates, biscuits,
selection boxes, advent calendars etc.

KS2 (Yr3, 4, 5 & 6) – Items that could be given as small gifts including, gift sets,
a diary, ladies/gents gloves, ladies/gents socks, candles, cosmetic bags, notebook
and pen, hand cream, perfume/aftershave etc.

School staff will also be donating items to produce a large food hamper too!

Mr Woodward and Mrs Rimmer

Nov 18

PTA Hamper Raffle

Thank you all for the fantastic donations for the hampers. Have a look at the pictures, the hampers are really good and Mrs Rimmer has worked really hard to put them together. 

Friday 19th November is another non-uniform and donation day and there will be more hampers made from these donation. 

Shepley’s Butchers are also donating 6 Christmas lunch hampers, which will be in the raffle. 

There is still time to get tickets for the raffle. Please speak with the office if you would like a ticket.

You need to be in it, to win it. 

Mr Woodward and Mrs Rimmer

Nov 12

Bantama School update and thank you video

These are the first two desks for which we fundraised, for the school in
rural Bantama village, Ghana.

They were made by a carpenter in Kumasi approx 120 miles from Bantama.
There are 100 desks and chairs for children plus four for teachers. They
were transported by a truck which came down from Bantama to get them.

Because the roads are narrow (only two carriageways, one going north and
the other south) the journey takes 5 hours each way. The furniture was
stacked in parts in the truck,  and is being made up on site.  The
carpenter came up with the load and will work on assembling  the desks &
chairs over the next few days, then he will return to Kumasi by public
transport. The next thing is raising money to buy the teaching materials
for the children (books, etc.), get the bookcases made up, then get in
the inspectors (Ghana’s OFSTED!), then the school is ready to be opened.

Nov 12

Girl’s Football Team 11/11/2021

Well done to the Girl’s football team. They competed for the first time yesterday and did really well. 

Thank you to Mr Hannan and Miss Horrocks for organising the event. 

Mr Woodward

Nov 11

Remembrance Day 11/11/2021

I was very proud of all of our children today during our 2 minutes silence at 11am for Remembrance Day. You can see from the pictures that classes have worked really hard in learning about remembrance day. 

Mr Woodward 

 

Last Post

Nov 11

Children in Need day and PTA donation day

We have made a mistake in the diary and we have got the wrong Friday for Children in Need. I am very sorry for this mistake. 

We will still go ahead with our non-uniform day for ‘Children in Need’ tomorrow (Friday 12th November) and you can donate to the official website if you choose to. 

We have organised the non-uniform day for PTA donations on Friday 19th January (see PTA newsletter). This is the reason we can’t move ‘Children in Need’ to the official day on Friday 19th November. 

I am very sorry for the mistake and confusion.

  • Friday 12th November – ‘Children in Need’ non-uniform day and optional donation to the official website. 
  • Friday 19th November  – Non-uniform day – PTA donation day.

Nursery, Reception, & KS1 (Yr1 & Y2) – Christmas items. This can be anything
associated with Christmas including: Christmas cards, baubles, wrapping paper,
Christmas napkins, crackers, Christmas treats, including chocolates, biscuits,
selection boxes, advent calendars etc.

KS2 (Yr3, 4, 5 & 6) – Items that could be given as small gifts including, gift sets,
a diary, ladies/gents gloves, ladies/gents socks, candles, cosmetic bags, notebook
and pen, hand cream, perfume/aftershave etc.

School staff will also be donating items to produce a large food hamper too!

Mr Woodward

Nov 11

Individual and sibling photographs on Monday 15th November

On Monday 15th November, we will be have have individual and sibling photographs.

  • All pupils are to wear full school uniform. 
  • Mrs Collins, Mr Hannan and Miss Kuczaj’s classes have PE on Monday and need to come in full school uniform. PE will still happen and will be adapted as the children will be in normal uniform. 
  • If there are any siblings not in school, these photographs will take place from 8:30am. Please go straight to the school hall. For example; if you have a baby and would like a picture with your Y1 child, please come in at 8:30am. 

Mr Woodward

 

Nov 08

Children in Need Friday 12th November

Friday 12th November is Children in Need and we will be having a non-uniform day. There will be no donation but if you would like to donate, please follow the link below to the official website. 

Children in Need website

Mr Woodward

Nov 03

Parent Questionnaire November 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Please take the time to fill out the questionnaire below, your views are really important and have brought about positive change for our school.

Parent Questionnaire November 2021

Thank you 

Mr Woodward