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Weekly Newsletter 9 October 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians

I hope you all have had a good week and have made the most of it. With cases continuing to rise, it does look as though the country is going to face additional lockdown restrictions and we await information from the Government as to what this may be and what it means for us. This is where, as a community school, we really have to look after those around us, both in helping neighbours and the community but also in following the guidelines set out, as our actions can impact on others who may be following the rules. Avondale has such a fantastic community that I’m sure we will all respect the rules and help keep each and every one of us as safe as we can.

School photos

Schools photos will take place this year on Wednesday 21 October. This year we will only be able to host individual photographs. There will be no opportunity for sibling photographs sorry, as we need to keep classes separate and within their own bubbles.

Although we cannot have a whole school assembly at the moment, staff are still choosing a star of the week from each class. The star of the week will receive a phone call home from the class teacher to explain why they are the class superstar. Our stars of the week this week are:-

Our assembly theme this week is our school value 'Make the Right Choice'. We will also be exploring the question 'Is it the responsibility of the young to protect the planet?

A huge thank you for your support in entering and exiting school, everyone now knows where they are going and as a school we really appreciate everyone’s compliance. Just a reminder regarding drop off and collection times please - the methodology behind the staggered starts is to keep the two year group classes separate, so please arrive at the right time to drop off and collect so that we can reduce contact between people. Also, a reminder that children should be supervised by parents whilst waiting to go into school. Class based staff are busy preparing classrooms, and although we have staff on the yard it isn’t possible to watch everyone and interact with parents and this cannot be guaranteed each and every morning. Thanks for your co-operation and understanding.

Primary School Applications

On Thursday 15 October we will hosting our open night for prospective parents and children for September 2021.

Each small group will be led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team and therefore will be in a position to answer any questions you may have. In addition, on the evening we will have copies of our latest prospectus which provides lots of information about our school.

However, in current circumstances we need to ensure that we adhere to current guidelines and recommendations. As such, our ‘tour’ of school will be slightly different to what we would normally like to offer but will hopefully give you a good insight to our fabulous school.

If you would like to bring your son or daughter that may start with us in September 2021 that would be lovely, however, please do not bring any other siblings so that we can keep numbers of people in school to a minimum.

Please send an email (office@avondale.blackburn.sch.uk) to school clearly identifying who will be attending – names of adults and children and a telephone contact. The slots we still have available are at 6.15 or 6.30 pm, so please advise as to which is more convenient.

We fully appreciate some parents may not feel comfortable coming into a school, or the date given may not be convenient, so we have put together a video which also shows the different areas of the school. See our website or click the video below to view.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ring the school or email.

Contingency Plan

As you will have seen from the daily figures reported in the news the number of people infected with corona virus continues to rise. With this in mind school has put together a contingency plan so that we can continue to provide quality education in the event of a bubble bursting or in the event of absent staff. This plan can be found on the school website under Covid 19. Whilst I’m hoping we don’t need to use our contingency plan it is better to be prepared and organised.

If a child is off for a few days feeling unwell or awaiting results then the child should access resources from TT rock stars, Purple Mash, Studdyladder or My Maths.

If a child needs to self-isolate for 10/14 days, due to symptoms being displayed by the individual or in the household, or if a child has been a close contact then school will provide a work pack for the child to complete. These are available for collection in the office area at school. The content of the packs link in with the work being completed in class.

If a bubble needs to self-isolate then we will revert back to home online learning, as we did during lockdown. However, to make the teaching more interactive there would be daily registration via Zoom at 9.00 am for all children in the class. During this session, teachers will talk the children through the set work. There will also be a round up to the school day at 2:30 pm, again via Zoom, for teachers to talk through with the children the work they have completed and take any feedback that needs to inform the following day’s lessons. We have decided on these set times as we are aware parents may have other siblings to collect. If you don’t have access to devices at home for your son or daughter to complete their work on, then please can you contact the office to let us know, either by telephone or e-mail, so that we can ensure we have alternative appropriate work prepared.

It is an expectation, from the Government, that schools set work if your child is at home. It is also an expectation that this school work is completed by the children and supported by parents. This is so that children can catch up and not get further behind. We realise this is tricky, especially if parents are working at home, so we have tried to make our offer as supportive as it can be.

Dates for the diary

  • School Photographs - Wednesday 21 October
  • Assessment week in school - week beginning 19 October
  • Half term Break - school finishes at normal time on Friday 23 October
  • Parents’ Evening - Wednesday 4 November
  • Christmas Craft Day - Friday 27 November
  • Assessment week in school - week beginning 30 November
  • Christmas Lunch Day - Thursday 17 December
  • Christmas Jumper Day - Thursday 17 December
  • Christmas Holiday - school finishes on Friday 18 December at 1:30pm

Thanks for reading

Year 1 children working hard

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