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Swinton Queen Primary School newsletter 25th June

Contents

  • Message from Mr Goddard
  • Sports Day
  • School uniform update - providers
  • Updates
  • Water Safety
  • Diary dates.

Hi;

It has been a while since I added a message to the start of the newsletter so I decided to steal this away from Mrs Cunningham for a week.

Firstly can I say a huge thank you to everyone involved in the school. The last 6 months, in fact the last 18 months, have been incredibly challenging for everyone for a range of reasons. It has been brilliant to see everyone joining together, supporting each other and doing everything possible for the children, families and staff in school. I know COVID has created some frustrations with the way we have had to do things, and as a staff we share many of these frustrations with you. There are many things we would have liked to have done but the restrictions placed upon us have meant these have not been possible.

As the Associate Head, and with the support of Mrs Cunningham as Acting Head and the entire school team, my focus has been to make sure that Swinton Queen Primary continues to develop and offer a quality education for all the children. There have been times when this has been easy to do, times when it has been challenging and times when myself and the school haven't quite got things right first time.

Every decision we make as a school team is done with the following question in mind - 'Will this make a positive impact on our children?' Whilst not everyone will agree with everything we do, and that is normal, I can honestly say that if the answer to this question isn't 'Yes' then we won't do it. Unfortunately COVID has impacted massively on this as there have been things we would loved to have done but have been unable to do so and again I would like to thank you all for your understanding with this.

Over the last few weeks I have had the pleasure of working alongside Mr Higginbottom, and have shared with him the work that is taking place in school as well as hearing about his ideas for the school moving forward under his leadership. The future of SQP is certainly very bright and I look forward to seeing all the amazing things that will be happening.

I know there are a few weeks this year left but I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their warm welcome and support during the time I have been at SQP. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at school and I am sure that the school will continue to grow and I will genuinely miss being a part of the school community.

Mr I Goddard

Sports Day

Sports Day

Sports days will be taking place on the following days (if the weather is kind to us) - children can come to school in their P.E kits on these days.

  • Monday 5th July - Key Stage 1 (Classes 9, 8 and 7)
  • Tuesday 6th July - Lower Key Syage 2 (Classes 6, 5 and 4)
  • Wednesday 7th July - EYFS
  • Thursday 8th July - Upper Key Stage 2 (Classes 3, 2 and 1)

These days will be a combination of sporting challenges and some races, all of which will be done in a COVID safe way with each class remaining in their bubble.

We have been asked by a couple of parents why we have decided not to have this as an open event so wanted to post something publicly. Like you, we hoped that we could return to normality but with the government delaying the lifting of lockdown this puts school in a difficult position. Whilst the risk of catching COVID is greatly reduced when people gather outside it is not guaranteed that the infection would not spread. School cannot therefore guarantee that our families would be safe from COVID if they attended and that the virus would not then be passed onto any children within our setting. If there were any new cases reported the accountability falls with school, and I am sure there would be many questions and concerns raised about this. Until the Government announces that lockdown has been completely lifted, we will not be running large scale events that are open to the wider school community. This has been an incredibly hard decision to make but the health of our community has to come first and we would like to thank everyone for their understanding with this.

School Uniform Providers

Following on from the updated school logo, and the easing of lockdown restrictions for businesses, we are pleased to inform you that we once again have two school uniform suppliers.

Parents and guardians have the option of using either Vortex or Pinders. We have always used Pinders, and are proud to support local businesses, and are pleased we are continuing using them. A full price list will be on their website in the next few days. We are also disappointed that Vortex have increased their prices without telling us about this. We agreed the prices when we started working with them and were not informed that these would be increased at any point. They have agreed to honor the original prices for the next few weeks.

Pinders are in the process of 'digitising' the logo so they can add this onto uniform and this should be set up in the next few days.

They also have 90 Polo shirts and 5 Cardigans with the old logo on that they will be selling at a discounted rate and we are more than happy for them to do this as we would not want them to have surplus stock they can not use.

This is the message we have received from Pinders for information.

In our stores and on our website we offer parents the option to have their orders delivered to their home address (additional cost), delivered to school free of charge (if school wishes to offer this option), or to collect it from one of our 3 retail outlets free of charge, a little like a click and collect. Any orders delivered to school will come in a sealed bag with the student name and year group clearly labelled on the front.

If you still wish for parents to fill out forms for us to collect we can look at doing this. We are trying to eliminate any cash collections to make life easier for schools but also to avoid any cross contamination with the current COVID situation.

We have asked we have order forms in school as we are aware not everyone is able to access their online store.

Updates

Masks on school grounds

School have received a message from the DfE stating ' At a time when further easing of restrictions has been paused, the current system of controls should continue to be implemented in education and childcare settings'.

Can we therefore once again request that any adults entering school grounds wear a face covering. We know that not everyone wants to do this, and are frustrated by the different rules for various events, especially when spectating sporting events, but we ask this to keep all our community as safe and protected as we can.

Classes for next year

We have been asked by a couple of families about the arrangements for next year and when we will be letting children know which classes they are in. School are currently recruiting a couple of teachers to join the team in September and the classes that they will teach will be based on their skillset. As soon as these positions have been filled we will then be able to share with you how the classes will look and who the class teachers will be.

Transition days

With the current COVID restrictions, we are limited to the options we have available for transition as it is essential that we maintain our class bubbles. We hoped that restrictions would have been lifted but as we know this is currently not the case.

At the moment (and again this may change with any new guidance from the Government) we are looking to have two full days of transition on the 19th and 20th July. This will mean that there will have been 48 hrs between when pupils were last together on the Friday so will be able to form their new class bubbles the following Monday.

Timings for the school day for the next academic year

We are still waiting for guidance from the DfE and the Government about this, however we are hoping that there will be no need for staggered starts. We will of course confirm this as soon as we are able to along with the timings for the day.

Beat the Street - SQP style

All the packs have been distributed and the location maps have been uploaded to the school website. Children are already coming to us saying where they have been and some of the answers to the questions (but being quiet so no one else hears their answers).

Good luck everyone, have fun and stay safe.

Water Safety

Water Safety Code

We have all heard the recent and tragic news about the child who tragically lost his life after getting into difficulty whilst playing in the River Calder. As the weather warms up, and the holidays approach, we wanted to remind everyone about the dangers of playing in and near water and some advice on what to do to keep you safe.

Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous.

Learn to spot and keep away from dangers. You may swim well in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you will be able to swim in cold water.

Stop and think - spot the dangers

There are many dangers with water, which can include:

  • It can be very cold.
  • There may be hidden currents.
  • It can be difficult to get out (steep slippery banks).
  • It can be deep.
  • There may be hidden rubbish, e.g. shopping trolleys, broken glass.
  • There may be no lifeguards there.
  • It is difficult to estimate depth.
  • It may be polluted and may make you ill.

Stay together

  • It is always better to go to the water with a friend or family member.
  • Children should always go near water with an adult.
  • An adult can point out dangers or help if somebody gets into trouble.

Float

  • If you fall into the water unexpectedly – float until you can control your breathing. Then call for help or swim to safety.

Call 999

  • You may be able to help yourself and others if you know what to do in an emergency.
  • If you see someone in difficulty, tell somebody, preferably a Lifeguard if there is one nearby, or go to the nearest telephone, dial 999, ask for the Fire Service at inland water sites and the Coastguard at the beach.
School Holidays / Diary Dates

Sports Days - Week commencing 5th July.

Transition days (subject to any new government guidance) - 19th and 20th July

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

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