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Headteacher's Newsletter

26 February 2021

Dear Parents,

Headteacher’s newsletter

Returning to School

On Monday 22 February, it was confirmed that schools will reopen to pupils on Monday 8 March. This means that all children are expected to return to school on this date.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming the children back to school and have lots of exciting activities planned for them.

Please be assured that the St Vincent community is as safe as it can possibly be. Our risk assessment control measures are well established and the children are aware of the measures in place. The teachers will be reminding the children of the measures before they return.

The staff continue to have lateral flow tests twice a week and wear face coverings in school. As we move through the roadmap out of lockdown, these measures will be reviewed, whilst always putting the safety of the St Vincent community first. 

We recognise that many children have not accessed face-to-face teaching since December and that the children have spent a large amount of time away from their peers. In order to ease the children back to school, we will focus on rebuilding relationships. We have planned special wellbeing activities, taking time to learn about the five ways to wellbeing. We have also planned team-building activities for each class bubble and PE lessons to include working collaboratively.

We are looking forward to seeing all of the great work the children have been completing at home and we ask that the children bring their home learning books back to school with them on 8 March.

Please see the document attached for the full guidance for our school procedures for reopening on Monday 8 March.

Lent

We are pleased that the children will be returning to school during this special season of Lent. We have been discussing, in school and online, the importance of this time. We also held liturgies in class groups and we joined together in prayer. We have been discussing the importance of Jesus fasting in the desert for 40 days and nights before beginning his ministry. We asked the children to keep this in mind, as today is CAFOD Family Fast Day. If you are looking for activities to do with your family during Lent then please see the Mission Together Lenten Calendar. It can be found using this link:

https://missiontogether.org.uk/calendar/resources-for-lent-2021/

World Book Day – Thursday 4 March

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”

Books have provided many of us with joy and escapism. We are looking forward to a day of celebrating reading on World Book Day. Dressing up will be optional this year for both the children in school and the children at home, to alleviate some pressure whilst non-essential retail remains closed. Instead (or as well, if you can), the children will be taking part in a tour of St Vincent’s Virtual School Library, meet the St Vincent’s masked readers and have their tasks for the day explained. All children will be set the following tasks to complete before our full school return on Monday 8 March:

  1. Create a poster or picture of the cover of their favourite book. This can be a copy of the cover, a picture relating to the book or a re-imagining of the cover. We encourage children to display these in windows and see if they can spot any during their leisure walks.
  2. Decorate an item in the style of their book or book character. This can be a potato, paper plate, toilet roll, pebble, wooden spoon, shoebox, lolly stick, paper lantern, pillowcase, t-shirt… the list is endless!  If your child attends our critical worker and vulnerable child provision, they will need to bring the appropriate resources in for World Book Day. We would like all of the children to bring their item into school on Monday 8 March to share as a class.
  3. Complete some reading time and send in a picture of themselves reading via Google Classrooms. This can be as adventurous as you wish; we have had some very creative examples of extreme reading in the past, but please remember to stay safe.

There will be additional activities set in school and through Google Classrooms in each year group but the focus for the day will be celebrating our love of reading and sharing some wonderful books.

British Science Week – 8 to 12 March

The theme for the British Science Week 2021 is ‘Innovating for the future’. To celebrate the occasion, we would like the children to present an experiment, talk or demonstration to their classmates in school on a science topic/interest of their choice in a ‘Class Science Fair’ on Friday 12  March.

Some ideas could include: 

  • Sharing an idea for an invention:  Think about new ideas for the future - inventions, products or services we have never heard before that would make the world a better place and present them to the class.
  • Create a PowerPoint about your favourite scientist or area of science to present.
  • Build a scientific model of the solar system or human body etc. and describe it.
  • Undertake a scientific experiment using safe materials and explain to the class what scientific processes are occurring.
  • Younger children could make their own snow/flitter jars using glitter or foil, food colouring and jars. They could grow salt crystals, use food colouring to make chromatography flowers or anything else.  

 

We have included some links below to help you with ideas: 

https://www.britishscienceweek.org/app/uploads/2021/01/BSQ_BSW_PACKS_1120_EY_v14.pdf 

https://www.britishscienceweek.org/app/uploads/2021/02/BSQ_BSW_PACKS_0221_Primary_v15.pdf 

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/parenting/g32176446/science-experiments-for-kids/ 

https://sciencebob.com/category/experiments/

 

Parent Online Safety Information Evening

Childnet will be delivering an evening remote session designed specifically for primary aged children on Monday 22 March. The Childnet parent and carers sessions provide insight into some of the aspects that children are currently experiencing with regards to the internet and technology. The topics they will cover include; screen time and digital wellbeing, digital footprints and gaming, social media, cyberbullying, misinformation, keeping personal information safe, online friendships and inappropriate content. They will talk through the risks associated with all of these and give guidance, advice and tips about how to manage them as well as where parents can go for further support. Childnet take a balanced approach and want to emphasise the positive aspects of life online too. They want to empower parents to talk to their child about the online world to help them fully enjoy all the benefits of the internet while staying happy and safe online. They will finish the session by answering any questions from parents. Further details will follow on the start time, how to sign up and attend.

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

Parents were asked in the autumn term to respond to our parent survey about RSE as part of our consultation on the revised Relationship and Sex Education Policy. Thank you to the parents who responded to the survey. The revised RSE policy is on the website and the link to the curriculum content for each year group can be found on this link.

http://www.stvincents.trafford.sch.uk/page/relationship-and-sex-education-/44156    

 

Helplines

If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulty at this time please contact the support agencies below. Making the first step is the hardest, but there are people who can help and support in times of need.

National lockdown guidelines

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae

Covid medical advice

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Help for google classroom

Class teacher via Google classroom; helpdesk@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk email regarding login to it.

Pastoral matter

Contact the helpdesk to request a phone call: helpdesk@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk

Covid support

https://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/coronavirus-covid-19/

General support

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help      Tel: 116 123

Addiction helpline

https://www.recovery.org.uk/addiction/addiction-helpline/    Tel: 02035 530 324

Alcohol dependency

https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/facts/health-effects-of-alcohol/mental-health/alcohol-dependence    

Tel: 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–2pm, weekends 11am–4pm)

Domestic abuse

https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/        Tel:  0808 200 0247

 

https://www.tdas.org.uk/ Trafford Domestic Abuse

 

24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline:  Tel:  0808 200 0247 

www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk​​

 

Men's Advice Line (support for men who experience domestic violence and abuse): 0808 801 0327 www.mensadviceline.org.uk 

 

​The Counselling & Family Centre, Altrincham: Tel:  0161 941 7754

www.thecfc.org.uk

We work in partnership with parents. Mrs Tiernan (deputy head teacher based in the infant department), and Mrs Sutton (deputy head teacher based in the junior department), and I are very happy to answer any questions you may have.

Kind regards,

 

Mrs Harrop 

 

 

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

Testimonials

We couldn’t be happier with St Vincent’s, our children are really happy there. - Parent Survey
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