NEWSLETTER FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
I was absolutely delighted to hear the news on Monday that children will be returning from remote learning on Monday 8th March. It is wonderful news and we are very much looking forward to having everyone back.
The main focus from the 8th March will be well-being of the children, staff and families. We want the children settled and happy to be in school.
There will also be a big focus on speaking and listening and reading. It is important that the children still experience a broad curriculum and they will continue to have these.
HOW CAN WE WORK TOGETHER TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD’S TRANSITION BACK TO SCHOOL?
We are keen to work with parents to ensure that the children’s transition back to school goes well.
If you feel there is anything that your child’s class teacher may need to know before they return to school, we would be grateful if you could get in touch.
You may wish to make us aware of a family bereavement, any anxieties your child has about returning to school, particular difficulties with learning you feel we should be aware of or any medical updates regarding your child, so we can update our records.
If this is the case, please contact the school office or your child’s teacher directly by email with any relevant information.
I cannot emphasise enough the importance of following the guidance we issued in September and I have included the key information below. As Boris Johnson stated on Monday evening, we still have to be extremely cautious and I ask that you all support us by respecting the guidance that has been given.
WILL THERE BE BREAKFAST AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS?
Breakfast Club will continue to open at 7:45am until the start of the school day. After School Care will be from the end of the school day until 5:30pm.
Both clubs will be in the Sports Hall. There may be times that Mr Chidgey will require the Sports Hall and After School Club will move to the school hall.
WHAT WILL BE THE START AND FINISH TIMES TO THE SCHOOL DAY?
The school day will be staggered like it was in the Autumn Term.
The car park gates will open for Key Stage 2 families (including those with KS1 siblings) at 8:35. The Key Stage 2 day will start at 8:50. Families must be at school for this time. KS1 siblings will go into school at this time. Cars must leave the premises promptly so that families can start to enter the car park.
The Key Stage 1 will start at 9:10. Families must be at the school for this time. Key Stage 1 cars and pedestrians cannot enter the playground area until 9:00.
The Key Stage 1 day will end at 3:05. The car park gates will open for Key Stage 1 families at 2:45. Families must be at the school for 3:05. Please reverse into a space and do not get out of your car until signalled to do so.
The Key Stage 2 day will end at 3:30. Key Stage 2 families must not drive onto the car park playground until the Key Stage 1 cars have left. Families must be at the school for 3:30. Please reverse into a space and do not get out of your car until signalled to do so.
WILL PARENTS BE ALLOWED ONTO THE MAIN PREMISES OF THE SCHOOL?
No, parents must not pass the gates that lead on to the swimming pool playground and past the gate at the side of the school.
WILL MASKS BE WORN DURING THE SCHOOL DAY?
The children will not be required to wear masks. The staff will not be wearing masks in their bubbles unless they wish to but will be wearing them as they travel around the school. Parents and carers will be required to wear a mask when entering the school office area. Parents and carers may wish to wear a mask in the car park area. School staff will continue to wear a mask at drop off and pick up.
WILL MR C STILL HAVE HIS CLUBS AFTER SCHOOL?
Yes, Mr C will still be offering his various clubs after school from Monday to Thursday. The timetable of clubs are:
Monday – year 5 Football/Basketball and Year 6 Football
Tuesday – year 3 Football and year 4 Basketball
Wednesday – Year 2 and 4 Football
Thursday – Year 1 Football and Year 6 Basketball
Please can you contact Mr C to book your child into his club on firstname.lastname@example.org .
WILL THE CHILDREN STILL BE IN CLASS BUBBLES?
Yes, the children will still be in their class bubbles and will be socially distanced from every other class.
WILL SCHOOL MEALS STILL BE AVAILABLE TO ORDER?
Our catering provider will still be providing hot meals. Please ensure you order them by Wednesday 3rd March.
DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO ATTEND SCHOOL?
School attendance will be mandatory for all pupils from Monday 8th March.
DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO WEAR SCHOOL UNIFORM?
Yes, children are to wear our school uniform. The children can continue to wear trainers for the rest of the academic year.
On the days your child has PE, we ask that the children come in wearing their PE kit.
Children are allowed to wear an extra layer on a cold day. Classrooms are ventilated by keeping doors and windows open. This can make the classroom cold.
WHAT DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BRING TO SCHOOL?
The bare minimum! Key Stage 1 children must not bring in pencil cases. KS2 can but must keep them in school. We also ask that children do not bring in toys or balls etc.
WHAT IF A MEMBER OF MY HOUSEHOLD HAS SYMPTOMS?
Pupils, staff and other adults must not come into school if:
- They have one or more coronavirus symptom. These are a new and continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell.
- A member of their household (including someone in their support bubble or childcare bubble if they have one) has coronavirus symptoms
- They are required to quarantine having recently visited countries outside the Common Travel Area
- They have had a positive test.
They must immediately cease to attend and not attend for at least 10 days from the day after:
- The start of their symptoms
- The test date if they did not have any symptoms but have had a positive test (whether this was a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test)
Anyone told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their public health protection team has a legal obligation to self-isolate.
CAFOD WALK FOR WATER CAMPAIGN
St George’s are running a ‘Walk, Run or Jog for Water’ event next week. The whole school community will be taking part in our campaign to raise money for CAFOD to help those who struggle without access to one of life’s most basic necessity: clean, safe and easily accessible water.
Children at school and families at home are all being asked to take part. At school, we will walk, run or jog a course around the school. Our school challenge: how many times can each class reach 10,000 steps?
At home (individually or as a family team) we would like you to aim for 10,000 steps during the day.
Don’t worry, you don’t need a step counter to take part. 10,000 steps is roughly 1 hour and 30 minutes walking, so if 3 family members went on a 30 minute walk, this would achieve the step goal.
We don’t mind if you walk, run, hop, skip or jump on the day, we just want to get moving and get fundraising for this worthwhile cause!
Please visit our school ‘Go Fund Me’ Page to donate at:
Our target is to raise £400, so together, let’s get stepping and make a difference.
WORLD BOOK DAY – THURSDAY 4 MARCH
We will be celebrating World Book Day here at St George’s next Thursday 4th March.
We will be hosting World Book Day as a whole school event on the ‘Library Club Page’. Your Class teacher will be able to tell you how to access this page if you have not already done so this academic year: please contact your class teacher about this.
There will be a wide range of activities posted for children in each key stage. We are hoping to blend reading with writing, artwork and fun! We will not be asking children to dress up for the event but in honour of ‘the bedtime story’ children may come to school in their pyjamas. Children working at home, if suitable to do so, may spend the day in pyjamas as well. If this is a PE day for your child at school, please could your child come wearing suitable footwear for PE.
If you are in KS1 your child among other tasks, is going to be asked to decorate a household item such as a potato, wooden spoon or a paper plate. In KS2, children will be asked to build a book in a glass jar or an old shoe box. They will also be asked to make a reading den!
DO WE HAVE ANY CHILDREN OR STAFF THAT ARE KEEN PHOTOGRAPHERS AT ST GEORGE’S?
Spring Photo Competition
Spring is in the air and we would like you to get outside and connect more with nature by capturing the changing seasons. This competition is open to all students and staff of St George’s. You may submit one photo only and it must be handed in on the Spring Photo Competition Assignment of Mr Braund’s Google Classroom page. Do not upload your entry on the Class Stream. One winner per class to be announced on Wednesday 31st March. Deadline for entries: Friday 26th March 2021.
With Best Wishes