Issue 913: 17th December 2020

What a Week!

As I am sure you will appreciate this week has been incredibly challenging. The latest directive from the DfE has meant that we have had to deal with an increase in positive cases as a result of the system identifying more and more asymptomatic people. I apologise for the number of emails we have had to send and, as I said, I will limit this to once a day whilst mass screening is taking place, unless of course your child is identified as a close contact. What has become apparent is that most test results seem to come in over night or first thing in the morning. This means that pupils are arriving at school before we have always managed to identify all close contacts. Whilst we start at the crack of dawn, this process is thorough and takes time. We use seating plans to physically measure distances within the classrooms, and also have to have a detailed discussion with any affected pupil to identify any close contacts they have had outside of lesson time. This then has to be cross-referenced against an attendance register. Consequently, we have no option other than intercepting pupils once they have arrived on site. I appreciate that this is far from convenient for you but the situation is unavoidable.

In order to assist with the speed of identification, I would be grateful if you would please email or call the school as soon as you have received a positive test result, no matter what time of the day or night!

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Thank You

I would very much like to take the opportunity to thank you for the huge number of messages of support and gratitude we have received. I am sorry that it has not been possible to reply to each one individually, given the current situation, but they have been shared with staff and are very much appreciated. As always, thank you for your ongoing support and understanding during this unusual period of time.

Start of Term Arrangements

As a reminder, Monday 4th January will be a remote learning day for pupils to allow us to deal with the matters that will have arisen during the latter part of the holidays. None of us can foresee what the situation may look like in the New Year, but I will, of course, send any necessary updates. I may well be sharing information about the latest DfE announcement regarding asymptomatic testing in schools, but at the time of writing we have no more details than you will have seen in the News. Do watch this space! As it stands, we will look forward to welcoming pupils back into school on Tuesday 5th January.

Finally, may I wish you all a very happy, safe and healthy Christmas, and I send my very best wishes for a better year ahead!

Mental Health and Social Media

Since the coronavirus shutdowns, our lives have been disrupted greatly and usual routines have changed for most of us.  Whilst social media can be an effective tool for staying connected to friends and family, it can also be a place where negative language and imagery is regularly shared which can have a negative impact on our mental health and wellbeing.  Please do follow the link below to a social media booklet which aims to highlight some key social media issues and offers advice and guidance on how to minimise the impact of social media on your mental health.  The booklet was written by Louisa Rose

https://www.annafreud.org/media/12778/social-media-final.pdf

Book of the Term

CRATER LAKE
by Jennifer Killick

“Who is the mysterious bloodstained man who stops their coach? Why is no one around when Lance and the rest of Year Six arrive at the brand new Crater Lake activity centre?

But this is just the beginning of the school trip from hell; a fight for survival that sees five pupils band together to save their classmates from an alien fate far worse than death. But whatever happens, they must Never. Ever. Fall Asleep!”

The perfect mix of horror, sci-fi, adventure and humour;  a highly entertaining read!

The most popular book loaned this term!

Twitter Giveaway

Look at all the books Mrs Waghorn won in a Twitter Giveaway from Peters Books. They are all biographies and will be a great addition to the Library!

Are you ready for Christmas?

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