Welcome to our Newsletter for week ending 22nd January 2021!
We've come to the end of another week and all has been well in school. Thankyou to parents who are bringing children in at the moment- by following our guidelines we can keep our school building as safe as possible.
We have now received our first batch of 'rapid test' kits for staff to use, meaning that we can be secure in knowing staff in school are 'negative' and that we can take very prompt action should there be a positive test. It also means that we can get members of staff back in school quicker after taking a test.
We know that health professionals and the elderly are receiving vaccinations now (fantastic news!) but please remain extra vigilant when in and out of school- if your children are in school, we really need you to be following the 'stay at home' rules. We want our school family to stay safe and get through this together.
Thankyou to the many families who completed the online survey about Remote Learning at the start of the week. We had a fantastic response and were able to get a good idea of what is working, what needs tweaking and what we need to change.
Here's an overview...
- most parents think the right amount of work has been set
- most can access the work without too many problems
- most would prefer to contact teachers via email
- most say their children are OK at home and fairly happy
- most parents said their child could access the Teams meetings without a problem
- lots of parents said they'd like more paper based resources
Catching Up and Checking In!
Some parents have asked for more individualised contact from their teachers and a few have asked about Live Lessons or more 'live' contact. Although we are not going down the 'live lesson' route, we do think that 1:1 support will help some children and families, so we've asked teachers to make themselves available for 1:1 Teams Meetings. Your teachers will have already sent a message out, letting you know to contact them - if you missed it just email them and they will organise something for you.
We've seen lots of children on the class Teams meetings which is great. Again, look out for information on class pages or sch.life messages for details of when your next 'catch-up' will be!
A Message from the Pastoral Team- Keeping our WELLBEING in Good Shape!
Message from Mrs Cadman!
by Spike Milligan
Smiling is infectious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner
and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized
I'd passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile,
then I realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine
could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin,
don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick,
and get the world infected!
TT Rock Star Super Stars!
If you can't remember your username or password or are having any problems, please email Mrs Morgan on firstname.lastname@example.org
The very best of birthday wishes are sent to all these children who have had their birthday since the last newsetter or will be celebrating this weekend. Happy Birthday to you all!
- Frankie (2)
- Alyssia (4)
- Nelly (2)
- Georgia (6)
- John (5)
- Harrison (2)
- Tilly (6)
School closing next at 1.00pm on Thursday next week...
Just a reminder that we are closing to all children at 1pm next Thursday (28th) so our our school community can pay their respects to Mrs Orme and her family, for her funeral. Could parents please ensure that children are collected by 1.15pm at the lastest (from the usual doors). Usual lunchtime options are still available on that day.
Thankyou for your understanding and support.
Have you got what it takes...?
Don't forget we've got competions and challenges to keep you busy during the lockdown, not to mention our 'virtual' talent show! More details can be found on our Learning from Home page but you can follow the link here too! So get your thinking caps on and get busy sending in your entires...we'd love to feature some on next week's newsletter!
What wonderful snowy photos from Eve, Jenson and Evan! Thankyou. It looks like you had lots of fun in the snow!
If you would like to share your outdoor adventure snaps with us, send them in via email@example.com and we'll feature them in next week's newsletter.
Looking After our Community...
|We are looking for adults who can be positive role models for our Cadets, someone who can help to guide and support them to be the best that they can be, to help them become active citizens with a voice. To help them to achieve and push through any boundaries to reach their full potential. Adults who can listen, support and encourage, motivate, inspire and care. Could that be you ? If so, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.|
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Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter
|If it’s not 999, go online
It's really important we keep our emergency 999 phone lines free to help those most in need.
We find that many of the calls we receive can be resolved online. So for all non-emergencies please try visiting our website first. http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/
If home doesn’t feel like the safest place to be, you can contact us on Live Chat where specially trained officers can provide support and help keep you safe. Remember, in an emergency always call 999.
Thanks for doing your bit to help us at this difficult time
We want to take a moment to thank everyone who’s doing their bit to stop the spread of coronavirus. It means we can spend more time tackling crime and keeping you safe.
This video shows some of the work we have been doing recently. https://youtu.be/D3yVo3RhQPs
Amazing acts of kindness from staff at WMP
There’s a saying that police officers are never off duty. CoVID-19 has proved that this is true for many of our people who’ve been going the extra mile in their own time.
In Birmingham, Police Community Support Officer Sam O’Dell joined forces with her neighbours to share their details with hundreds of people in Harborne.
As well as collecting prescriptions and shopping for those who were shielding, Sam and her neighbours made protective visors for care home staff.
Harvi Kang, from Business Partnering at headquarters, signed up to the Royal Voluntary Service where she helps pharmacies by delivering prescriptions to shielding patients, goes shopping for older people or chats to those who are feeling lonely.
By day, Chief Superintendent Kim Madill is responsible for policing across the whole of Dudley borough. Early on she realised how serious the pandemic would be and quickly organised her family to help people in need.
Together they began offering neighbours help and a man came out of his home and explained to Kim that his wife was disabled and all his family lived in the south. So Kim did their shopping, and offered telephone support and socially distanced conversations on the doorstep.
We’ve lots of opportunities to suit you if you have been thinking of volunteering. You could share safety advice as a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator, become a youth Cadet leader or even becoming a volunteer police officer. Email us to find out more: email@example.com
Awards for Outstanding citizens
We know that there are many more stories of people’s kindness and generosity happening every day in our communities. Here’s your opportunity to put forward someone you know, who deserves official recognition for a West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s Outstanding Citizen Award.
They maybe a volunteer who has gone above and beyond to help vulnerable people in the community deal with the pandemic, a young person who has made an impact or a community organisation who have bought local people together.
The awards ceremony will take place online this year and nominations are now open.
You can find out more and make a nomination for the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Outstanding Citizen Award here. https://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/nominations-open-to-find-outstanding-citizens/
Arrests made at Birmingham Covid-19 gathering breach
Last week, we warned members of the public against attending a planned protest in Birmingham City Centre, as this was unlawful under the new Covid regulations. Sadly nearly 150 people chose to ignore our pleas and still turned up.
We spoke to attendees and asked them to move on, but despite explaining what was expected of them and encouraging them to disperse, some did not listen.
We had no choice but to enforce the rules and issued three fixed penalty notices and made 11 arrests.
Chief Superintendent Kim Madill, who oversaw the event, said: “While we always respect the right to protest and have an active duty to facilitate that, the overriding human right in this case was the right to life. People are dying of this disease. Large groups of people not playing by the rules affect us all and put lives at risk.
“We always seek to speak with the people who are suspected of being in breach of the regulations, but when people are not working with us or listening to our instructions, then we need to keep our communities safe and must enforce the rules and arrest people where appropriate.”
The current Government lockdown restrictions, which are in force throughout England can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home
Every Mind Matters campaign
Public Health England has launched the next phase of the Every Mind Matters campaign today to support the nation’s mental wellbeing. https://bit.ly/3hsi3My
Keeping everyone safe and well is important to us and we want to support this campaign by reminding everyone to look after their mental health. You can start taking care of yourself by completing a Mind Plan (https://bit.ly/3pAr2yO) to get personalised advice.
We are recieving information that some residents are seeing leaflets advising to ignore lockdown measures. If you recieve these leaflets it can be confusing and may appear to be anti lockdown. Please do not rely on leaflets and refer to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home for upto date information regarding Lockdown measures. Please be advised that goverment lockdown measures are in place to help control the spread of the virus and the Police must work in the interest of protecting the public. Therefore, refer to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home which contains accurate information.
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Assemblies, A,B,Cs and SPARKS!
Today's A,B,C Assembly is available on our website in Pupil Pages or can be watched via the link here. Don't forget we are also still looking for children who demonstrate our SPARKS values. This half term we are focusing on AWARE. If you have any nominations from home, send them in and we'll add then to the contenders for this half term's awards.
We know that lots of you are continuing to find home learning a challenge- we hope that some of the tweaks we have made might ease some of your concerns. As always, please get in touch if you are struggling in any way.
We're all hoping and praying that we can get back to some kind of normal soon- as soon as we know anything, we'll let you know (however any developments tend to be on the news before we're told!). Please be assured that as soon as we get the go-ahead for more or all children to be back in school, we'll do everything we can to support our families.
Keep safe over the weekend and look after each other.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is the responsibility of everyone in our school and at all times we consider what is in our children’s best interests. We work to ensure our children our safe and cared for and by doing this we are protecting their health and development and preventing them from harm. If we are worried, we will raise concerns, share information and take prompt action with the aim of ensuring families receive the right help at the right time.