Hoyland Common Primary School September 2020 Newsletter

Welcome Back

It has been lovely seeing all of our families back at school - we have missed you all! The children have come back to school ready to learn and are already impressing me with how much pride they are taking with their work.

Last week we had 95.2% attendance which is fabulous! Thank you for giving us feedback on our systems and working with us. We would also like to thank the parents/guardians that are using the systems correctly and adhering to the new rules that have been put in place with the car park. This is working really well and we appreciate your cooperation

Meet the Team


We have noticed a large amount of children wearing jewellery in school which is creating a health and safety concern.

To ensure children are safe in school children are allowed to wear stud earrings and a watch. No necklaces or bracelets please as these can cause serious cuts to the skins if they are caught whilst children are playing. Earrings MUST be taken out for PE and if your child cannot take out their own earrings, then they cannot participate in the PE session. Please note that staff cannot take out or put earrings back in.

Cashless Office

From 1st September 2020, Hoyland Common Primary School will be going 100% cashless. Our decision is based on the World Health Organisation advice to use contactless payments wherever possible to prevent the spread of COVID but also to reduce the administration burden of cash payments. This means anything you previously may have brought money to school for, including school meals, trips, breakfast and after school clubs will have to be paid for online, not with cash or cheques.

All payments will be processed using our cashless payment partner, ARBOR. For more information about ARBOR, click here. Money can be added to your ARBOR account using a debit or credit card or a direct bank transfer.

If, like many of our parents/carers, you are already registered for ARBOR then you don’t have to do anything except ensure that your child has money in their dinner account on the first day back. If you have not yet registered for ARBOR then you need to get in touch with us as soon as possible. We will then send out your login details to ARBOR.

To request a login for please contact us via the ARBOR app, by email on office@hoylandcommonprimary.co.uk or by phone on 01226 369640.

If you are having issues creating or accessing your ARBOR account first please view the ARBORhelp page. If you cannot find the answer here please contact school on office@hoylandcommonprimary.co.uk or by phone on 01226 369640 and we will do our best to help you

Covid 19 update

There has been a spike in the number of positive tests across the UK this weekend so it is really important that we all follow the government advice. Please ensure you are socially distancing when queueing to collect or bring your child to school - could we also resist smoking whilst queueing to make it pleasurable for all people please. If parents can disperse quickly that would also help us keep the entrance and exits clear and safe for parents and children.

We have received the information below in regards to colds, bugs and Coronavirus for our Local Authority - it is the time of year with weather changes where children will naturally have coughs and colds, please follow the advice below.

Colds, ‘Bugs’ and Coronavirus:

As we move into the winter months we will start to see lots of children presenting with runny noses, sore throat and other minor symptoms of colds or similar ‘bugs’. I would like to remind you will be looking for the three main symptoms of coronavirus as detailed on the NHS website with regards to any advice for a child to go home, isolate and get tested:

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

Please call 119 to arrange for a local test if you or your family have any symptoms of Covid-19 and notify school ASAP. Alternatively you can also access test from GOV.uk get a test website. Please let school know the result of COVID tests as soon as you receive them please.

Inset Day

School will be closed to pupils on FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER, pupils can return to school on Monday 5th October.

SMSA Vacancy

We are looking for a dedicated person to join our team of School Meals Supervisory Assistants on a temporary one year contract to commence as soon as possible. The role will involve the supervision of the children the lunchtime period. The hours of work will be 1.5 hours per day, 5 days per week during term time (from 11.30am until 1.00pm), pay grade 1 (our school has adopted the living wage rate).

This role will require the successful candidate to complete a DBS check.

If you are interested in applying for this vacancy please contact the school office for an application form, 01226 369640.

Dinner Menu

Magic Breakfast

We are excited to share that we have funding to continue our Magic Breakfast provision up until the end of the Autumn Term at least. As it is not possible to do the bagel playground offer as present, each family will get a box of cereal and a bag of bagels to take home on a fortnightly basis. Look out from them coming home soon! More information on the scheme can be found at https://www.magicbreakfast.com/.

Mr Hastey's Choir

We are happy to announce that Mr Hastey will be starting up his lunch time choir again! Mr Hastey invites the Y5 children to join him on a Thursday lunch time to sing together.


Please can we remind parents/guardians the importance of using the crossing in a morning. The crossing is there to ensure that parents and children can get to and from school as safely as possible and we have noticed that some parents are not using it correctly.


For anyone that is wanting to order school uniform, we are still using Vortex as our uniform suppliers, however, they have now introduced a reduce collection and delivery schedule. They will be coming in to school to collect orders and deliver uniform on a fortnightly basis, meaning that there will be a delay on uniform deliveries getting to school, so we are encouraging all parents to use the Vortex website to order uniform.

Please see the attached link for the website- https://www.vortexschoolwear.co.uk/

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