Welcome to St. Mary's Church of England Primary School
"St. Mary's brings the best of Christianity and Islam together" Parent
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We are coming to the end of a very different kind of half term. Although things have been very different and, I know challenging, some things never change. The amazing behaviour of pupils and the attachment to their learning, the commitment of staff and governors and the humbling support from parents and families. It has, despite various challenges, been a hugely positive and successful half term. The school team has pitched in at all times and made transitions to home and school smooth and enjoyable for pupils.
We have had to close bubbles in school but I am happy to say that all those affected are making good progress and we hope that, after half term, we can welcome back our whole school again. This is what we love and when we are happiest.
We need your help:
We need to be sure that when we close class bubbles, children are continuing to learn as best they can. 2 weeks out of school can have a huge impact on children’s learning and long term outcomes. We have been training staff and children to use
Google Classroom in Y3 –Y6, SEESAW (Y1 Y2) Tapestry (Nursery and Reception) when at home.
We have access to all the work children do and we have been concerned that a large number of children have done very little, or no school work while off. The teacher checks who has done their work and who hasn’t. Children need to return their work so we can ensure that they are able to understand.
If your child is not in school because of a bubble closure and not ill, we will expect engagement every day. Your child must do their tasks and send back to the teacher each day. If you are struggling to get on or have difficulty with anything please ring the school office. They will direct you to someone who can help. Your child will be expected to catch up over the holidays if they didn’t do the work in the closure period.(Y3M Y4M Y4E) This is a helpful guide if you’re stuck.
Thank you for your support to school at this period. We look forward to 2nd November when we can all start a new and exciting half term. I am attaching the latest guidance on staying safe. Take care and stay safe.
Classes currently closed are 2MH, 4E,1C & Nursery due to positive tests results. We will be sending work home using Seesaw, Tapestry and Google Classroom to keep learning up and running.
Please see video below for information on Covid-19 symptoms and what to look out for.
General letter to all school students / parents / guardians and staff
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.
If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.
Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community. If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Mrs J McGarry
Remember to look after your well-being during this challenging time. Try these simple and easy to follow mindfulness audios.“
Please play and enjoy!
St Mary's song......... Every Child has 'Rights'
"Your right to become the best that you can be"
Article 29: Children's Rights Charter
"Love thy neighbour" Matthew 22:39
"Humanity is but a single brotherhood: so make peace with your brethren"
The Qu'ran Surah Al-Hujarat 49:10"