Swinton Queen Primary School newsletter 19th march 2021


  • Headteacher update.
  • Staffing update - Class 3 and Class 7.
  • Daffodil / Tulip stall run by Class 2.
  • Updates from school.
  • Head lice.
  • Epilepsy awareness day.
  • Diary dates

Message from Mrs Cunningham and Mr Goddard

Another great week at Swinton Queen Primary School with some incredible work being produced in all classes. We have been really impressed with how quickly everyone has settled back into the school routine.

As part of the support we receive from Whitewoods Primary Academy Trust, we have had our half termly review meeting with the CEO and our Hub lead this week. This was a really positive meeting with the hard work that is being done recognised as well as the progress against our school development plan. As we walked the corridors they were impressed with the work being done particularly around reading and the investment we have made, both in terms of the environments and the resources purchased to teach phonics and early reading.

Staffing Update

Unfortunately, over the course of a year in all professions, it is inevitable that there will be some changes with staffing. This is also the case at Swinton Queen Primary School and we have a couple of staff changes to inform you about.

Mrs Green has been teaching Class 7 this year and has very recently been told she requires immediate surgery on her knee. The planned recovery time from this operation is expected to be three months which will mean she will be off work for the Summer Term. I am sure you will all join with me in recognising the amazing work she has done this year and wish her a speedy and full recovery.

We also have a member of staff who came to school in September on supply to cover two terms maternity leave. Mrs Drake has been teaching Class 3 and has been a huge asset to the school and quickly became a valued member of the team. We would like to offer our thanks to her for everything she has done and wish her every success in her next adventure.

With these changes to staff we will be updating each class with details about the arrangements for after Easter next week. We can reassure both classes that the provision we have in place, and the staff who will be leading these classes, is of the highest quality and will not have a negative impact on the children's progress. Both classes will have the same support staff with them to ensure consistency and a familiar face.

Both classes have been told about this today by their class teacher about these changes and either Mrs Cunningham or Mr Goddard have been into the class to answer any questions. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact school at the start of next week once we have updated you with who the class teachers will be.

Class 2 enterprise

Next week Class 2 will be selling Daffodils and tulips (as well as a few other plants) from outside their classroom door. All money raised by this will be split between the Marie Curie charity and school (purchasing books for the school libraries).

These will be on sale from 2.50pm up to 3.30 pm.

Price list

50p per plant or £5 for a tray (18 plants per tray).

Updates and reminders from school.

COVID Guidance

As the exit to lockdown continues to follow the roadmap it is essential that we continue to take every measure possible to prevent the spread of the virus. Can we please ask that, unless you are medically exempt, you continue to wear a face mask when dropping off and picking up and keep 2m apart.

Scooters / bikes

We are happy for children to come to school on scooters and bikes as long as they are either with their parents or are old enough to do so without being accompanied and have their parents permission. We will remind children about not riding these in school and would be grateful if you could pass this message on aswell.

Arbor App

If you are yet to download the 'App' and need support to do this please contact us so we can help you do this. This is the main way we will be sending important messages out as our 'texting' service contract is coming to an end.

Contacting School

Please do not feel that you can only use the App to contact school. We are still at the end of the phone if you have any questions. This is often the quickest way we can respond to any queries.

Head Lice and nits.

Please can we ask all families to check their child's hair as it appears we may have some unwanted visitors in school.

NHS link - Click here.

Nitwits factsheet - Click here

Advice on free treatment - Click here

Epilepsy awareness day

March 26th

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain. When someone has epilepsy, it means they have a tendency to have epileptic seizures.

Epilepsy is one of the most common serious neurological conditions in the world. It affects around 600,000 people in the UK. This means that almost 1 in 100 people in the UK have epilepsy. Around 87 people are diagnosed with epilepsy in the UK every day.

We have a number of current and former pupils, staff and parents who are diagnosed with this condition and as such are giving children the option to wear something purple on the 26th March. This could be a headband, ribbons in hair, socks, hats or even a t-shirt. This is not a non-uniform day so if it is not purple we expect children to be in school uniform.

School Holidays / Diary Dates

Friday 26th March - ' A splash of purple'

Easter – School closes on Friday, 26th March 2021 and re-opens on Monday, 12th April 2021.

May Day – School closes on Friday, 30th April 2021 and re-opens on Tuesday, 4th May 2021

INSET DAY - Thursday 6th May

Spring Bank – School closes on

Friday, 28th May 2021 and re-opens on Tuesday, 8th June 2021. The 7th June is an INSET day.

Summer – School closes on Tuesday, 20th July 2021.


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