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Swinton Queen Primary School newsletter 23rd april

Contents

  • Acting Headteacher update.
  • School Photos
  • Updates from school.
  • PE Kit
  • Current COVID government guidance.
  • Diary dates.

Once again we have had another busy week at Swinton Queen Primary. We have been fortunate to welcome ex - England football player Bruce Dyer to work with the older children on making good choices. The children thoroughly enjoyed meeting Bruce, hearing his footballing stories, watching him scoring some amazing goals and seeing some of the memorabilia he brought in - you can see these on School's Twitter page. The children will continue to work with Bruce over the coming weeks.

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.

The lovely sunny weather is really helping us all feel that summer is truly on it's way and is lifting the spirits of the school. As we continue to follow the government guidance we are busy planning events that we can safely hold following COVID outdoor guidance. We will let you know in due course what these event will be.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mrs Cunningham

School Photos

On Wednesday 12th May Tempest Photography will be in school to take class photos. After such an unsettled year we wanted to make sure that class photos take place (following all the guidance).

As in previous years this will be in the 'Vista' style - a modern alternative to a traditional group photo. The photographers take a series of images (between 3 and 5 children) and are then combine to create the class photo.

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.

PE Kit

PE Kit

Next week (from 3rd April), we are revising our policy on coming to school in PE kits. If your child is in Class 1, 2 or 3, they can continue to come to school in their PE kit on their PE day. For children in other classes, they come in School Uniform as usual and change into their kit – as they did – prior to the Covid pandemic. Therefore, children will need to bring their PE kit in a separate bag on this day. Thank you for your co operation.

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.

Credits:

Created with images by JillWellington - "flower nature flora" • RoboMichalec - "football children prep" • No-longer-here - "calendar icons calendar icons"