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Swinton Queen Primary School newsletter 22nd january 2021

Thank you for taking the time to read our latest newsletter.

One thing I am sure you will have noticed over the last few weeks is that we have tried to develop our communication with parents at such a difficult time. We do intend this to continue after lock-down and we genuinely welcome feedback from you about how we are doing. As a school we make our decisions based on what we believe is the best for your children, and while we may not get this initially right at every stage, we thank you for working with us to make this school the best it can be and somewhere we are all proud to be associated with. We have added a section to this newsletter with some of the questions we have been asked and our responses to these.

On the back of some conversations we have had with our children and families we have created a short questionnaire - please use the link below so we can get as many responses as we can and use these to support our school development.

Parent Survey- click here

School Slogan - thank you for all of the suggestions that have been sent in. Once we have all suggestions we will create a shortlist that we can then vote on.

As always if you require any information or have any comments or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office.

Stay safe and look after each other.

Mrs Cunningham & Mr Goddard

Questions we have received and our responses.

You have sent out the uniform letter but we have already bought different items. What should we do?

In school we have noticed a decline in the amount of school uniform being worn and that is why we sent out the policy as a reminder. While we are clear that wearing uniform is a must we understand the position you are in. What we will ask is that if you have recently bought a different colour of uniform e.g. black polo shirt or grey trousers, you use these for now but next time you purchase uniform you buy these in line with the policy.

Due to the current weather conditions, and again due to timing, we are fine with children wearing alternative sensible footwear e.g. boots / black trainers. Again, can we ask then when these are due to be replaced this is done in line with the policy?

The parent questionnaire we are sending out will also have a few questions linked to school uniform.

When and how do we receive the Eden-Red school meal vouchers?

We have been chasing these on your behalf all week (as we have no control over these) and we have checked the data we have been sent, approved this and you should have them today.

I have children at home and we can't get through all the remote learning work sent. What can we do?

The timetables we have in place for remote learning are only suggested ones in line with how a school day would normally run. We fully appreciate how challenging it is for many families at this time. We would suggest that as a minimum all children should complete the literacy and numeracy work set. This will narrow any gaps in learning once school can re-open for everyone. School have pencils and exercise books in school if you would rather work in this way and then post a photo of the work into their portfolio. Please don't feel you have to copy out worksheets for your child to complete.

Why are school using recorded teaching sessions and not doing live teaching?

After feedback from parents we are using recorded sessions so that children can access these at any point over the day. We hope that in doing this it relieves some of the pressure on our families, especially where they have more than one child and limited online access.

After parent feedback we are trying to add more live sessions each week where the class can have more relaxed conversations and see each other.

Why are you asking my child / children to wear a school jumper or polo shirt for the 'live sessions'?

We all recognise how hard it is for our children at the moment and there are a number of reasons we have asked for this. The first one is linked to having a sense of belonging and feeling a part of the school even though they are at home. When everyone has a school top on the screens look more like a classroom. The second one is linked to an acceptable dress code and not creating a competition where children are trying to out do each other, or are coming on line still in their night wear.

What do I do if i need to collect my child early from school?

Due to the current restrictions with social distancing, can you please phone the office with the time that you will be collecting your child from school? The office staff will then ensure that they are brought up to the main reception area where you can pick them up.

Remote Learning

A huge thank you to our children and their families who have been working remotely. We know it has been a huge challenge for you all. Please remember to check the school website for some useful information. If you have any problems logging on or questions please don't hesitate to contact us. You should find that in your child's Dojo page there is now the option to message either us (Mr Goddard or Mrs Cunningham) as well as the class teacher. If you have general questions or ideas that could help please do message us and we will try to help as best we can. If it is a question specifically about the lesson content, logging in or a general class matter please message the teacher as we won't be able to help you with that.

https://www.swintonqueenprimary.org.uk/remote-learning

We have spoke to a number of pupils and parents about how we are running this, and in light of the feedback we have received we are looking to add more live sessions where the children can chat with their usual class teacher and their classmates. As you know we have had an internet outage and we, as well as the Trust, are pushing for the quality of our internet to be improved. Currently if we have more than 3 classes running a live session the system can't cope and the internet drops.

We are also working with other Primary Heads to explore the best practice so we can make our home learning as meaningful as possible. One area we are looking into is - do we have live teaching or pre-recorded lessons uploaded? We are trying to cater for a lot of families who may struggle to get online for the live sessions and don't want these children to miss out on the input completely.

School Holidays

Feb. half-term – School closes Friday, 12th February 2021 and re-opens on Monday 22nd February 2021.

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

Spring Bank – School closes on

Friday, 28th May 2021 and re-opens on Tuesday, 8th June 2021.

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

School uniform

Please can you ensure when attending school your child wears the full school uniform, even throughout this current period. Can we also remind families that we expect children to wear either their school jumper or school polo shirt for 'live' sessions when working remotely. This acts as a way to get children into the correct frame of mind for their home learning.

To remind you, our uniform is as follows:

  • School sweatshirt with school logo (optional) or school cardigan with school logo (optional)
  • Yellow / gold polo shirt or shirt
  • Black trousers, skirt or shorts
  • Dresses in the school colours
  • Black shoes, trainers or plimsolls

Sandals are acceptable in the summer months. (Flip-flops, toe posts, high wedges or heels are not safe in school and should not be worn.)

Non uniform days still require safe clothing and sensible footwear to be worn.

PE Kits are as follows:

  • School white T-shirt
  • Black Shorts
  • Suitable trainers / plimsolls

A track suit can be worn in the winter months. No baggy T-Shirts as these can be dangerous. Parents are responsible for ensuring their child brings their PE kit (Swimming bag) to school when needed.

Footwear

Black shoes, trainers or plimsolls should be worn. If a pupil needs to wear wellington boots or warm boots to travel to school in comfort, they should have their normal school shoes with them to change into.

We believe a uniform allows all pupils, regardless of background, to feel equal to their peers, sets the correct tone for work and pride in the school.

Jewellery

No jewellery to be worn other than a watch and stud earrings.

Free School Meals

As many of you will know, those families who are entitled to free school meals (not the free meals the government provide for the younger children) will be receiving a £15 voucher every week during lockdown per child. We are currently in the process of organising these vouchers, please be patient with us and we will email them to you as soon as possible. Even if you have children who currently receive a free meal due to their age we would encourage all families to see if they meet the criteria for this.

If you think you are entitled to receive free school meals benefit for your child you can apply to the council using the link below.

HYPERLINK "https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/benefits/apply-free-school-meals/1" https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/benefits/apply-free-school-meals/1

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