Oct 23

Update 23/10/2020 and Parents Evening

Dear Pupils, Parents and Guardians, 

We are at half term already and time has gone very quickly. This has been a very different start to the year but it has been  hugely positive. The atmosphere in school has been wonderful and I am very proud of all of our pupils. They have settled in well and all staff have been working really  hard to identify and close any gaps in learning and well being. This fantastic start to the year has been down you as parents and the hard work of all of our staff and I thank you all for all you have done for our pupils and school.

We all know from the media that cases are still rising and we are under either tier 2 or tier 3 restrictions depending on where we live. We must continue to follow all government and school guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading the virus in school and causing closures. 

A huge thank you to everyone who has followed our guidance. Please find below a reminder of this guidance. 

  • All parents or people dropping off and picking children up must wear a face covering unless they are medically exempt. 
  • Follow the one system in school.
  • Please don’t come into school or send your child in, if they are showing the following symptoms. 
    • New dry continuous cough.
    • Temperature over 37.8 degrees.
    • Loss of taste or smell. 
      • If your child develops, these symptoms, you will be asked to collect them.
  • Where possible, one adult per child or family coming into school.

Traffic near school

I fully understand that parking is very difficult on this estate but please avoid driving down  Chadwick Street as there have been a number of near misses. The last thing anyone in our school community wants is a child or adult being hit by a car.  

  • Please don’t park in the disabled bays unless you have a valid blue badge. 
  • Please don’t park in the staff carpark or near the garages. The land owner has stated legal action may be taken.

We know these are difficult times and we thank you all for your support in all of these areas. 

Scooters and Bikes

We fully support riding and scooting to school but make sure your child pushes the bike or scooter in the school grounds.

Parent Evening

Unfortunately, we will not be able to meet with parents in school but it is really important for you as parents to find out how your children are doing in school.

We are going to send report cards to parents on Friday 06/11/2020, which will report on effort in the key areas and you can arrange a 10 minute phone call with the teacher if needed. Please see the templates below.  Attainment information will be shared in January 2021 as it was last year. 

Autumn Term Parent Contact Form Nursery

Autumn Term Parent Contact Form Reception

Autumn Term Parent Contact Form KS1 and KS2

I hope you all have a fantastic half term break and we look forward to seeing you Monday 2nd November. 

Best Wishes

Mr Woodward

Oct 22

Y4/5/6 Daisies and Honeysuckle Stargazers Wow Day 02.11.2020

On Monday 2nd November, children in Mrs Collins and Mr Doyle’s class are invited to come into school dressed in space themed clothing. They could be in all black like the night sky, covered in stars, planets or dressed as an alien or astronaut !

We will learning about all sorts of things about stars and space during the day! 

Look below for some ideas!

Oct 22

Y6 Wildflowers Mexican Wow Day 02.11.2020

On Monday 2nd November, children in Mr Ford’s class are invited to come into school dressed in traditional Mexican dress or to come into school in bright colours.

We will be setting off on a magical (virtual) tour of Mexico! We will start to learn about the amazing vibrant colours and culture of Mexico. During the day, your child will try some traditional Mexican food, learn a little about Mexican culture and traditions and take part in some other brilliant activities too.

Please see below for some ideas!

Oct 19

School Photographs Tuesday 03/11/2020

School photographs will take place on Tuesday 3rd November 2020. There will be some changes to keep the staff and children safe. 

  • The proofs will be sent home by school and all orders and payments will be done online..
  • The children will be standing, rather than sitting. 
  • Siblings will have their picture taken but only if they are pupils in school, we won’t be able to accept siblings from different schools as we have done in the past. 

Thank you 

Mr Woodward

Oct 19

Light Magazine Tanzania Trust

Light magazine Tanzania trust page website

Oct 19

Harvest donations for the Grace Kitchen

I can’t thank you all enough for your donations today, it was overwhelming. All donations will be distributed locally, through the Grace kitchen and will support local families. 

Oct 16

Update 16/10/2020

Good afternoon, 

I can’t believe we are in the middle of October already and we have one more week until half term. This has been a great half term and I am really proud of all of our school community for way everyone has approached our new way of living and learning. The atmosphere in school has been really positive and the pupils, our families and staff have shown a huge amount of resilience. 

However, we are all aware that locally and nationally, cases are of Covid 19 are rising. This week was a sobering reminder of how widespread this virus is as we had our first cases of parents contracting the virus. All procedures have been followed and no children or staff have been symptomatic or have tested positive. The tier system doesn’t have an impact for schools, we are in a tier 2 (high risk area) area and we need follow all the guidelines carefully. It has made clear to us all that we must keep following all of the procedures to ensure we reduce the risk of class bubble or school closures.  We have been preparing and creating work for those pupils self isolating and in the event of class closures. Thank you to everyone who has filled in the online learning survey, it will make providing work and support much easier. 

Staffing Update

  • It is a great pleasure to announce that we recruited a very experienced and skilled year 6 teacher and Key Stage 2 leader. Miss Warburton will be joining us after Christmas and will be an amazing asset to our team. 
  • Mrs Mackey will be having a planned operation on Tuesday and will be off for 2 – 6 months. Mrs Mackey wasn’t expecting to get a date for the operation until the new year and I am sure you will all join me in wishing Mrs Mackey a speedy recovery. I am very pleased to welcome Mrs Madigan to our team, who is very experienced and will be a great addition to our school. 

Harvest Donations

I can’t thank you all enough for your donations today, it was overwhelming. All donations will be distributed locally, through the Grace kitchen and will support local families. 

Swimming

Year 3 and 4 pupils normally go swimming but this will not be possible this term. It will be under constant review and as soon as it is safe, we will start going again. 

Parents Evening

It is really important for you as parents to find out how your children are doing in school. It will not be possible for parents to come into school and I will give more information next week on how we will communicate with parents. Please continue to contact the class teachers using the class emails. 

Thank you all again for your continued support and I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. 

Mr Woodward

Oct 08

Text message issues and reporting issues

Good morning, 

I hope you are all well in these interesting times. 

I believe there have been some issues with some parents not getting text messages. The messages I have checked have shown they have been delivered but if there are any issues, please contact school and we will update numbers and investigate problems. 

We became aware that some parents were not getting texts by accident, please contact school if you are having issues or have concerns. Social media is not monitored by school and issues can only be solved if school is notified of any issues. 

Have a great afternoon.

Mr Woodward

Oct 08

Grace Kitchen Harvest Donations

Grace kitchen donation request

Oct 06

St Phillip Howard Virtual Open Evening

It is that time of year again, please see the leaflet below for St Phillip Howard’s virtual open evening.