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Headteacher's Newsletter

11 September 2020

Headteacher’s Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Covid Recovery Update

Thank you for working in partnership to keep our school community safe.  We really appreciate the effort that everyone is making with the Covid recovery arrangements. The safety of our school community remains our primary objective. In order to keep our school community safe so that our school remains open to all, please note the following:

  • Parents and children to arrive at the allocated gate on time for drop off and pick up
  • Parents to social distance and leave the drop off point promptly
  • Children to bring in a plastic pencil case with items listed previously
  • Children to have their own tissues available
  • Parents must not enter the site
  • Parents can come to reception by appointment only
  • Children to come to school with all items needed, such as PE kits and lunch boxes to avoid parents returning to school to drop them off
  • Walk or park and stride from Tesco to school
  • Do not drive down Orchard or Osborne Rd
  • Adhere to government guidance outside of school keeping to 6 people together

Reporting Testing to School

If your child is absent from school because they are experiencing coronavirus related symptoms or if they are going to have a coronavirus test, you must inform the school at the earliest opportunity via the helpdesk email helpdesk@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk.

The Helpdesk@ email should now be used solely for the purpose of reporting absences related to symptoms of coronavirus. All other queries should be emailed to pupil@stvincents.traford.sch.uk.

If you are reporting an absence related to symptoms of coronavirus, please state your child’s name, class and teacher and description of symptoms. Please also state whether a test has been booked. You can find guidance below.

In line with the latest government guidance and guidance from Public Health England, we ask that parents:

Book a test if they or their child is displaying symptoms. Pupils must not come into the school if they have symptoms and will be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them in school. All children can be tested, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents/carers if using a home testing kit.

Provide details of anyone they or their child have been in close contact with if they were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or if asked by NHS Test and Trace

Self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or if anyone in their household develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet. Essential workers, including anyone involved in education or childcare, have priority access to testing.

We ask that parents inform us immediately of the results of a test and follow this guidance.

If someone tests negative, they can stop self-isolating if they feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19). They could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until they are better. Other members of their household can stop self-isolating.

If someone tests positive, they should follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and must continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms. They can then return to school only if they do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone. The 10-day period starts from the day when they first became ill. If they still have a high temperature, they should keep self-isolating until their temperature returns to normal. Other members of their household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days.

Covid Recovery Wellbeing

The children have adapted extremely well to our routines and we all feel like we have settled back into school life well. In my conversations with the children this week, the children have been telling me how pleased they are to be back at school and how much they missed their class. Our classes are bonding well and as they are in bubbles, their bonds are being further nurtured. We have certainly been letting our light shine in so many ways.

Pastoral Team Update

This week our focus is connect. As a school community, we have enjoyed re-connecting with each other and our families. We are so delighted to welcome all the children back and are thrilled to welcome our new reception families too.  

 

Date for your diary: Macmillan Coffee Morning (via Zoom) Friday 25th September 10.30-11.30am. It would be lovely to connect by having a remote coffee morning. Look out for further details.

We would like to provide additional opportunities for our parents with limited English to connect. Sometimes it can be difficult to access information and communications may be missed. If you are a parent who speaks a language other than English and you could help another parent who needs this support, please could you email pupil@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk for the attention of Mrs Tiernan, with the language being offered and we will get back to you. Just a reminder that our website can be translated into a number of different languages by clicking on the world icon on the top right hand corner. Please let us know how we can support you further in accessing school information.  Please also see attached a leaflet detailing how you can access Covid information in different languages.

Covid Curriculum Recovery

At this time of year, we would usually have a curriculum evening where parents would be invited into school to meet their class teacher and learn about the curriculum. In light of the restrictions, this will be delivered online and details will follow.  Over the course of lockdown, we have been working on our Covid Curriculum Recovery Plan and this will be shared with parents during the online curriculum ‘meeting’.

Class Assemblies

We have been looking into ways to share our class assemblies with you during this time. Assemblies will be recorded and shared with you via a link. If you have not given permission for your child to be photographed or filmed and you wish to grant permission for this purpose then please let the school office know by email. Assemblies will be shared on a Thursday and the first two assemblies on Thursday 24th September will be KS2 Class Assembly: Y5 Mrs Luckham’s Class; KS1 Assembly: Y2 Mrs Burke/Mrs Robinson’s Class

Further Covid Support and Guidance

We have a dedicated Covid-19 Recovery page on our website. It details support you can access and our risk assessment. Please follow this link for more information.  http://www.stvincents.trafford.sch.uk/page/covid-19-information-and-support/75478

Road Safety and Walk to School

Thank you for supporting us in keeping our children safe. We have seen a decrease in the number of cars driving down Orchard Rd and Osborne Rd at drop off and pick up times. In order to maintain this, we are re-launching our interactive travel tracker, which was a huge hit with the children last year. It is a pupil-led initiative where children self-report how they get to school every day using the classroom interactive travel tracker. If children travel sustainably (walk, cycle or scoot) once a week for a month, they receive a rewarded with a badge.

It is simple to run and children enjoy taking part. On average, participating schools see a 30% reduction in car journeys taken to the school gate and a 23% increase in walking rates.

What are the benefits?

We will be re-launching our challenge from Monday 14 September. The park and stride option is available which allows parents to park in Tesco car park and walk with their child or by parking safely in a space away from the school and walking the rest of the way (at least a 10 minute walk is required to earn their badge). We are also looking at storage solutions for cycles and scooters.

We recognise that some of our pupils/parents are unable to walk longer distances due to mobility/physical difficulties and would never penalise them because of this. In this instance, a commitment to some element of the challenge is more than sufficient to earn their badge and can be discussed with the class teacher or SENDCo.

More information about the WOW Year Round Walk to School Challenge can be found by visiting the site at https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/products-and-services/projects/wow

We look forward to continuing to work with you on this exciting, active and environmentally significant challenge, and will be giving updates in the coming weeks, including information about Walk to School Week scheduled to take place on w/c 5 October 2020, as part of International Walk to School Month.

Site Developments

Over the last six months we have been progressing with our building developments when we have been able to do so. During the summer, we completed the remodelling of the junior department entrance and we now have a secure entrance and waiting area.

We refurbished all three Year 3 classrooms and they look modern and bright and are further conducive to learning. We also painted our junior corridor between the hall and the end of the Year 3 corridor. We have also been repainting some of our woodwork and changing some of it to our blue school colour.  We are currently researching cycle racks and a scooter park to encourage other modes of transport to school and hope to have these in place in the near future.

Once again, thank you for working in partnership with us. Our true St Vincent spirit is shining through.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs Harrop

Headteacher

 

 

Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

Tel: 0161 911 8040
admin@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk

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