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Swinton Queen Primary School newsletter 16th april 2021

Contents

  • Acting Headteacher update.
  • Updates from school.
  • Beat the Street - Swinton Queen style.
  • Events already planned.
  • Current COVID government guidance.
  • Diary dates.

The Summer Term is here, the sun is out, the country is starting to open up again and life is starting to feel good.

Can we please remind all parents that school are still operating the policy where we request that face coverings are worn by everyone, unless medically exempt, on school grounds when dropping off and collecting children. We have noticed an increase in the number of parents who are not doing this and politely request this in order to keep all our community safe. This means we can reduce the risk of spreading COVID and bubble closures.

It has been a lovely start to the Summer Term and there is a real buzz around the school. The children are clearly enjoying the sunshine and being in school. As we continue to follow the government guidance we are busy planning events that we can run in school. As these events are confirmed we will let you know. We can let you know that we will be having a sports day (date to follow) where parents will be able to attend following the COVID outdoor guidance.

Mrs Cunningham

Updates and reminders from school.

Arbor Parent Portal and Parent Pay

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.

The office staff are currently setting up the 'Parent Pay' function of this app as well for future use so it is essential that you download the app.

We have sent out some important messages via this and we will be using this system to book parents meetings in the Summer Term. If you have any questions about how to access this please contact school.

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.

Beat the Street - Swinton Queen style

After the disappointing news we shared on DOJO that our region does not fit within the Rotherham Beat the Street map, we have decided to run our own version of this in the next half term.

Mrs Robinson and Mr Allen have volunteered to take the lead in creating this challenge. WIthout giving away too many details it will involve families having to locate various places around the community and take a photo of themselves there. Each point located will earn a number of points and there will be a number of prizes for those who take part.

Events already planned

Over the course of the Summer Term we have a number of exciting things happening in school and wanted to share these with you.

Bruce Dyer is coming into school next week, initially working with Classes 1, 2 and 3, around making the right choices and what it means to be part of a community. Bruce is an ex-professional footballer who has dedicated his life to support children across South Yorkshire and we are delighted that he will be working with us over the Summer Term.

As a result of the COVID restrictions we have not been able to take children to Crucial Crew so we have arranged for PC Mick Plant to come into school. He has 19 years experience working in SYP and has supported a number of schools locally so this will be a really useful session.

Classes 4, 5 and 6 have already had a visit from a local artist and have all made clay rhinoceros sculptures. These will form part of an exciting exhibition and we can't wait to see it.

In addition to this these classes are taking part in a writing project ran by Pie Corbett and David Mitchell. Pie Corbett is an English educational trainer, writer, author and poet who has written more than two hundred books. His passion for writing is incredible and the children will get so much from these sessions. We will also be extending our school Blog to share and celebrate the work that they will be doing. 

Classes 7, 8 and 9 will be taking part in an Enterprise Challenge day based on their current topic - At the Seaside. This day will be run by Paul Robson from 'Primary School Enterprise' and will see children working in teams to design and make a product. These will then be showcased to the school and families.

COVID Guidance from the government

Changes on 29 March

Social contact

The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. And this is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.

Business and activities

Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

Travel

The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme. The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel which will report on 12 April.

School Holidays / Diary Dates

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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