Galley Hill Primary School Newsletter 28th February 2020

Welcome back. I hope that you all had a wonderful half term. The mornings are slowly becoming lighter and there are more opportunities for the children to be out and about. This week, in our Values assembly, we looked at 'Being Active'. With a summer of sport ahead of us: the Olympics, Paralympics and the European Football Championship, it was a great way to start an active half term.

House Points

School life

We have had some wonderful little mathematicians in nursery this week. The children set up their own game, each taking turns to throw the dice and then shouting the number represented by the dots.

The afternoon children are real problem solvers too. They enjoy connecting the pieces of jigsaw together by closely observing details in the picture.

Reception went on a school trip to Preston Park this week. They visited the street, had a wonderful time and were knitted into a scarf. Their behaviour was commented on by the staff there as being wonderful. A big well done to all of the reception children, who had a thoroughly enjoyable trip. They also had great day on Tuesday trying some pancakes.

Year 3 went on a rock hunt for Dr Sarah Stone to investigate what type of rocks are in our local area and what they are used for.

Fire Brigade visit

On Friday afternoon we had the Fire brigade in to talk to the school about the importance of Road Safety.


Request from reception

If anybody is making room by getting rid of an old sofa, please get in touch with Mrs Greenhalgh who is looking for one in reception.


This week the Head Boy and Head Girl Values certificates were awarded to:

Well done to Amber J in KS2 for always working hard, especially in school and helping others when they need help.

Well done to Luke D in KS1/EYFS for always being a good friend making sure that everyone gets to join in when on the playground.


On Thursday evening, Miss Rees and Miss Robinson held a Phonics information evening for Year 1 parents. It had a wonderful attendance. Miss Rees and Miss Robinson shared the way that we teach Phonics at Galley Hill. Here is the link for the online course Miss Rees mentioned:


SPorts ambassadors

This week Reuben and Ella met with the other Sports Ambassadors that form the local Sports Partnership. They judged a flag competition for the partnership, as well as learning some new games that they could share with the play leaders in school. The work that they are doing is helping promote lots of different skills. This month the theme that they will be working on in school is honesty.


Just a little reminder that the car park is for staff only. Parents/carers should not be using the school car park during school times (including Pick up and drop off times) unless it has been agreed. Thank you for your cooperation.

Swimming -The Cleveland Swimming Gala Final at Loftus.

Some great sporting achievements this week. After the successful first round of swimming a few weeks ago, it was the Cleveland area finals at Loftus on Thursday. Our Y5 boys team came 2nd place Dale S, Ben D, Ben J, Cameron C and Jamie D. Our Y6 boys team came first and will go on to compete in the Tees Valley Final at the Dolphin Centre on Wednesday 1st April. Those boys are Finley L, Reuben T, Callum H, George P, Ollie L and Luke G. A huge congratulations to all of them.


FOGH are keen for you to follow them on their Facebook page. The link below will take you to their group (which is a closed group and you will need to click on join and be accepted).

FOGH Facebook Page

April 2nd - Easter Disco

May 15th - Tom Rolfe

July 9th - Summer Disco

A big thank you to Morrisons who have supplied FOGH with the hot dogs and buns for the Neon Disco tonight.

Also a big Thank You to Natalie Toogood from Natalie's fitness

#Reading rocks

The school librarians are promoting the love of reading in school. Starting next week, they will be reading different stories to KS1 children at break time. At lunch time, they are organising a quiet reading session for KS2. Their plan is for this to turn into a book club, promoting different books and discussing them with others.

world book day

World book day is next Thursday 5th March.

FOGH will be serving tea's, coffee's, cakes and biscuits on the afternoon. It will be a great chance for you to share a story with your child, promoting the love of reading. All refreshments will be on a donation basis.

Children will come to school as normal on Thursday (World Book Day), with those that would like to get dressed as their favourite book character being able to do so for the afternoon, after lunch. There is no need to dress up, we will be having lots of book and story related activities on the afternoon, to really celebrate the book part of World Book Day this year. You can also bring in your favourite books to read alone or out loud and spread the wonderful news of why others should read your favourite read.

Children will be able to share their favourite stories with you, you will be able to read with them and there will be lots of book recommendations for you to look at. We will also be setting up a 'pop up' reading rocks blog, where you will be able to share your favourite book and why other people should read it, just like the children have started.

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday afternoon to share in the love of reading on World Book Day.

Coronavirus Concerns

You will have heard a lot about the Coronavirus, especially with several schools locally closing as a result of Ski trips during half term. We take health and safety very seriously at Galley Hill, so I am sharing guidance from Public Health England on steps you should be taking.

There is currently no concern at Galley Hill, but will keep you informed about any developments and ensure we are keeping the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus.

Prevent the spread of infection

Make sure that you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

- Wash your hands often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol based sanitiser if soap and water are not available

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

- Avoid close contact with people who are sick

-If you feel unwell, stay at home and do not attend work or school

- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin

- If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111 - do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.

The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

- cough

- difficulty in breathing

- fever

If you or your children have returned from a Category 1 country or area in the past 14 days: Travellers should self-isolate, even if asymptomatic, and call NHS 111 to inform of recent travel. Go home or to your destination and then self isolate.

If you or your children have returned from a Category 2 country or area in the past 14 days: Travellers do not need to undertake any special measures, but if they develop symptoms they should self-isolate and call NHS 111.

The guidance for Italy, Iran, Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea), Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam applies to individuals who returned from these specific areas on or after 19 February 2020.

Further information on Coronavirus can be found here


People who suffer from nut allergies can develop a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. If someone has a nut allergy, it is not just eating nuts that can cause a severe reaction, just being touched on the skin or smelling the breath of someone who has had nuts or a product containing nuts can trigger anaphylactic shock (which can cause breathing and swallowing difficulties).

First aid staff in the school are trained to use the Epi-pens (an injection of adrenalin) which is required immediately if this happens.

Our school being ‘nut free’ means that the following items should not be brought into school:

 Peanut butter sandwiches

 Some cereal bars

 Some granola bars

 Cakes that contain nuts

 Biscuits / Cookies that contain nuts

 Peanut butter cakes

 Some Asian food, including satay

 Sauces that contain nuts

This list is not exhaustive, so please check the packaging of products closely.

We appreciate that this is an additional thing to check and we know that you recognise the importance of it. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

dates for your diary and community news

I would like to share with you some dates and activities:

World Book Day: Thursday 5th March 2020 - Parents/Carers/Family will be invited in the afternoon 1-3.

Easter Service at St. Nicholas Church: 31st March 10:30am

Spring term Topic afternoon dates: Thursday 26th March from 1pm

Parent Forum: Tuesday March 31st 5pm

SEN Forum: Wednesday 1st April 5pm

End of Year Service St Nicholas Church: 7th July 10:30am


Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week for World Book day and lots of other wonderful activities.

Mr McGeeney