Updates 

Date 

Time

25/09/20

14:50

All historic updates can be found further down the page 

Quick Links

Photo consent

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Walking home (5&6)

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Medication

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Collective Worship & Celebration Assembly

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Organisation Page

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NHS Guidance (colds)

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Covid- what to do if...

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Government Letter to Parents - Covid 19

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 Update

Please take time, if you can, to look at some of our assemblies and collective worship on the link opposite. We are working on our celebration assembly and may well live stream sometime soon!

 

We are very grateful for people's patience and understanding at drop off and pick up. We really do appreciate it.

It has been quite challenging on the road this week with some cars attempting to park and turn round on Trinity Lane and parking for extended periods in the bus bay on Church Lane. 

We are doing our best to try to minimise risk for our children and families and the vast majority of our community are too. We ask that people, in the busyness of their morning or afternoon, consider the safety and welfare of everyone, including school staff.    

Wet, Dry,Windy

It has been a week of four seasons and many of them appearing in a single day. The children really need to go outside to play and given the restrictions on inside spaces all our PE is currently outside too.

Please can you help us by ensuring children all bring a coat and have suitable kit for PE, including outdoor trainers - layers are a good idea and a waterproof top for PE is a ideal too. Mrs Rees is out in all weathers and loves to take the children out. 

As one parent wrote to me this week:

'My Child did PE in the rain on the field this week, I fully support this. I hope playing out whatever the weather continues over the winter. It is really good for children'.  

 

Cycling

We are pleased to be able to offer beginner cycling workshops to our infant children during the Autumn Term; starting with Year 2. To help us accurately create groups, please complete the following form. Each child who is not confident at riding will have at least one session with a qualified professional. We hope to have all our Year 2 children confidently riding a bike before they move up to Year 3. Bikes and helmets will be provided by the instructor and we have strict hand washing and sanitisation procedures in place. 

Click Here for the Form 

 

Flu Immunisation - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 27/09/20

The flu immunisation team are due to visit our school on Wednesday 30th September to give children in all years from Reception to Year 6 their flu immunisation. Parents need to give consent to the NHS team for this to take place – please click here for all details.

 

Attendance 

YR Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6
98% 94% 91% 96% 94% 95% 91%

  

If there is anything that you think would be helpful to add or ideas to help with school organisation, I would be very grateful to receive them. Equally, if you do have specific questions please email: headteacher@htceschools.co.uk

 

Paul Bowlas 

 

Update Archive

22/09/20

Thank you for working to stick to times at drop off and pick up. We still have some issues with queuing especially where people are arriving well before their window.

There are a few things we need to be careful with; being careful in cars as there are pedestrians and cyclists moving about at peak times, the Junior school bus lane is for drop and go only please avoid parking in the space. 

  

Covid What if... -

Please see the 'Covid What if..'. link in the table opposite for a reference guide to illness. 

 

 Flu Immunisation - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 27/09/20

The flu immunisation team are due to visit our school on Wednesday 30th September to give children in all years from Reception to Year 6 their flu immunisation. Parents need to give consent to the NHS team for this to take place – please click here for all details.

 

 

 

 

18/09/20

 Virtual Tour & Newsletters

At this time of year we normally hold open evenings for parents and families as we realise how important it is for parents to see where children learn each day. Staff insisted we still found a way to do this and I am thrilled and proud that all classes have posted a virtual tour of their classroom in children's TEAMS. Alongside this you will also find the class newsletter with lots of information about the coming term. Please look at these with your children so you can share what it is like and what they will be doing and learning in school.  Every child will be using TEAMS so please let us know if you have login issues.

 

Collective Worship & Celebration Assembly 

We are continuing to stay true to our Christian ethos and children and staff are still partaking in a daily act of worship (albeit in a slightly different way). You will find a link to daily worship - including celebration assembly - in the quick links box at the top of this page. If your child is chosen for celebration assembly, you'll also receive a photo in your child's private channel.  

 

Drop off and Pick Up

We would like to thank parents and child-care providers who have been incredibly supportive and understanding whilst moving up and down Trinity and Church Lane and while waiting for allotted times. The narrowness of the pavement and road along with the amount of traffic and pedestrians makes it challenging, we won’t be winning any traffic control awards but together we are making a good team.

 To help improve things further please can we ask for your support in:

  • Arriving within your year group times – early arrival is the reason for queuing, if everyone arrives within their time there won’t be a queue and social distancing will be much easier
  • Avoid bringing dogs (as much as we love dogs) it adds to the complexity of people moving around safely

 For a reminder of the timings, please see the organisation page.

 

Illness - Shall I send my child to school ?

We have had lots of phone calls from parents this week worrying about children who are feeling unwell, mainly with cold like symptoms. Please see this NHS guidance re: colds and Covid Click Here

 

There will always be illness at this time of year and we know that with lots of children being at home for so long, they haven't necessarily built up the immunity that they would normally have.  

 

Covid Testing - If anyone in a household is asked to take a Covid test then the rest of the household should self isolate, go for testing and then if a negative test is returned the children can come back to school.  

We are always happy to discuss concerns with anyone,  we don't want children to miss school unnecessarily and we also want to make sure we look after everyone's health and wellbeing. 

 

Attendance  This Week:

Attendance Week Ending 18/09/20

Year  % Present
R 97%
1 94%
2 96%
3 97%
4 98%
5 95%
6 96%

Fundraising

As you will imagine, we have incurred lots of additional costs - as we also did before summer - for cleaning, providing individual resources for children and ensuring there is adequate computer equipment for children to use. During lockdown, we were pleased to provide laptops (including 50 Chromebooks) for families to borrow where this was necessary to support access to learning, and this made a great deal of difference to the overall number of children engaging with the work set by teaching staff. We recognise that for many families there simply isn’t / wasn’t enough IT equipment at home when parents were also trying to work alongside home schooling.   

 

We are currently in a position where our additional costs are not going to be reimbursed and we are continuing to provide, amongst other things, enhanced cleaning, individual resource packs for children and enough computer equipment to limit sharing across each bubble and year group. We also want to be in a strong position should there be further local or national lockdowns.

 

We would greatly welcome any support you are able to give by way of a voluntary donation via Parent Pay. A contribution of whatever is affordable would be greatly appreciated - with my assurance that 100% of it will go on resources which directly benefit our children. Thank you for your consideration and please don’t worry if you are unable to contribute - we realise this year has been very difficult for many families.

 

Photo Consent

Thank you for completing the photo consent form. The majority of parents have responded, if you haven’t yet, please could you do it as soon as possible as staff would like to be able to share learning through your children’s team channel. 

    

 

16\09\20

Thank you for the ongoing support with pick up and drop off.  Things seem to be going well from our point of view. Year 5 and 6 are very slick and demonstrating great discipline with social distancing on the playground.  We will review timings and if we make any changes we will let you know as soon as possible.

 

Photo Consent

Thank you for completing the photo consent form. The majority of parents have responded, if you haven’t yet, please could you do it as soon as possible as staff would like to be able to share learning through your children’s team channel.

 

Funding

We are really pleased to have everyone back in school. As you will imagine, we have incurred lots of additional costs - as we also did before summer - for cleaning, providing individual resources for children and ensuring there is adequate computer equipment for children to use. During lockdown, we were pleased to provide laptops (including 50 Chromebooks) for families to borrow where this was necessary to support access to learning, and this made a great deal of difference to the overall number of children engaging with the work set by teaching staff. We recognise that for many families there simply isn’t / wasn’t enough IT equipment at home when parents were also trying to work alongside home schooling.    

 

We are currently in a position where our additional costs are not going to be reimbursed and we are continuing to provide, amongst other things, enhanced cleaning, individual resource packs for children and enough computer equipment to limit sharing across each bubble and year group. We also want to be in a strong position should there be further local or national lockdowns.

 

We would greatly welcome any support you are able to give by way of a voluntary donation via Parent Pay. A contribution of whatever is affordable would be greatly appreciated - with my assurance that 100% of it will go on resources which directly benefit our children. Thank you for your consideration and please don’t worry if you are unable to contribute - we realise this year has been very difficult for many families.

 

  

11/09/2020

Dear All

Thank you for helping make this week go smoothly. There are few things for us to consider but overall the week has been successful.

There are a number of things to share and please can I ask that you read to the end, actioning  things ASAP to help us with our planning.  

Forms

I've added a quick links table here, please can you:

  • Complete the photo consent form - This is for everyone please and we need it so we can start sharing pictures and videos of learning in children's channels - they will love to show you!
  • Walking Home - for anyone in Y5 & 6 wishing their child to walk to and from school unaccompanied 
  • Medicines - in the rare event that prescribed medication is needed to be administered in school and / or children have inhalers, this form needs to be completed and emailed to: admin@htceschools.co.uk  

 

Flu Immunisation

The flu immunisation team are due to visit our school on Wednesday 30th September to give children in all years from Reception to Year 6 their flu immunisation. Parents need to give consent to the NHS team for this to take place – please click here for all details.

 Communication

I appreciate very much that it is difficult not being able to see and communicate with children's class teachers directly each day. I can only apologise and hope everyone understands that this is about safety for all. 

If you do need to talk to a class teacher please pop a note in the planner or email / phone the school office and somebody will get back to you. Thank you for your understanding.  

 Class newsletter next week

Next week we will be publishing class newsletters in children's class teams.  These provide information about the term and include daily and weekly routines. The newsletters are really worth a read as they share things about learning and what children will be doing. Please try to look at your child's team with them as regularly as  you can.  We will also be including a tour of classrooms so that you can see where your children are learning. 

 Attendance 

Excellent attendance - thank you 

Reception 99.4%

Yr1 96.8%

Yr2 95.6%

Yr3 95.6%

Yr4 100%

Yr5 97.9%

Yr6 95.7%

If you have questions about attendance please do contact school. We want to keep everyone safe and healthy and are aware that at this time of year there are colds and other bugs going round all of which are not Covid-19 related. 

 Applying for a Secondary School Place (Y6)

There is a letter here from the local authority admissions department - Click Here

 Keeping Safe

People were generally careful and safe during drop off and pick up this week and as we got slicker with coming in and out there was less queuing. Please can I ask that everyone is careful and conscious of where they stand, ensuring pavements are as clear as possible.

Each evening this week, the park has been busy and I very much hope people have been following social distancing rules. We are doing our best in school and at the gates and ask that you remain vigilant beyond school. From Monday there are new rules about gatherings which I hope everyone is aware of and will follow. Please keep watching the news as things change and develop. 

  

09/09/2020

From the 14th September children in Years 5 and 6 an walk to and from school if permission has been given by parents.
All children will need permission via the form below regardless of a letter or email previously being sent in. Thank you for your understanding and help.

Click Here for the form

 

 08/09/2020

 Thank you everyone for your patience in making the first day back run smoothly. We are really pleased to welcome the children back and it was great to see so many excited faces. Some children were understandably nervous but soon settled. If you would like to see today's assembly please CLICK HERE - Choose week 1 Tuesday.

 

We review our processes each day including following guidance for all Covid related matters and responding to information from staff. We are grateful for your support and if there is any feedback from yourselves please do email  

headteacher@htceschools.co.uk to help us.

 

Please find points from today below and for your information:

 

What went well:

  • Attendance is excellent Y1 - 98%, Y2 - 95%, Y3 - 98%, Y4 - 100%, Y5 - 98%, Y6 - 95%
  • The vast majority of children arrived at their allotted times
  • Lunchtime worked well and children were very sensible and thoughtful with the arrangements
  • Children were very calm in their classrooms throughout the day and it was great to see some real learning and lots of happy faces
  • Children enjoyed spending some time outside with their friends and some made new friends
  • It was really helpful that children had the correct equipment and bags that weren’t too large
  • Children looked very smart
  • People being aware of and thinking about other children and families as well as their own at drop off and pick up

 

What we’ve learnt:

  • It is a challenge for parents and especially those new to school not to be more involved on children’s first day back

Action – I am really sorry about this and genuinely wish it could be different but the current situation doesn’t allow. Parents will soon be receiving virtual tours of their children’s classes.

 

  • Adult Social Distancing on very congested pavements
    Action – Please arrive within allocated time slots and please move on quickly after drop off and pick up. We will try to be more flexible with siblings once the routine is bedded in.

 

  • Some parents being unaware of arrangements
    Action – please read the website – this is where all information is shared and updated on a regular basis. Download the APP to receive alerts about updates

 

  • Classes must be out in good time to avoid backlogs and waiting on the road
    Action – we have reviewed this where necessary

 

We have continued to make sure there has been very regular handwashing, rooms and high traffic areas have been cleaned through the day and there is deep cleaning every evening.

 

Please thank the children for me as they have been great! 

  

05/09/2020

 

We have added further information on the organisation page including:

  • Updated Risk Assessment and Staff Guidance (following DfE updates)
  • Encouraging parents to contact out of school child care settings if they use them
  • Masks
  • What to Bring 
  • Ordering Lunches and Menus
  • School office arrangements

 

I have been asked by a number of parents:

Are there other arrangements for Sibling drop offs / pick ups?

A As I am sure you can imagine this is very complex to plan for as we have over 400 children and within this many siblings. We have tried to make it so that the end of one drop off / pickup window is not too far away from the beginning of others across year groups and sites.  

By the end of the first week I am sure we will have established routines and know how well timings work for everybody. We will be reviewing timings regularly and are grateful for your understanding. 

 

Q How can I be sure that, although the school is taking steps, other families in our area  are following the guidance on Covid -19?

A Other than remind parents and families, we need to trust that people are taking this seriously and not putting themselves or others at risk.

 

Q I am not sure about sending my child back to school.

We are very keen for all children to be back in school as we want children to keep up and not have to keep catching up with their education. Please see Attendance Page. The Government's guidance is on this page and sets out what we are required to do in the event of children not being in school. 

Beyond the guidance we genuinely do want the children back in to school. We are trying to make things as normal as possible and everyone has spent some time in school over the last few weeks getting everything ready for the children's return. 

Please can you contact me as soon as possible headteacher@htceschools.co.uk with attendance concerns.   

 

 

01/09/20

We are looking forward to welcoming all children old and new back to school next week.

 

Nursery and Reception children will be starting on either 8th, 9th or 10th September.

Nursery parents- you will have received an email last term providing you with starter information - the emails will have come from Sarah Cullis (sl.cullis@htceschools.co.uk) and could possibly have gone into Junk folders. If you cannot find the information, please email Sarah Cullis.

Reception parents- starter information was posted in your child's channel in TEAMS last term and you will have received an email letting you know the login details. If you cannot find the information, please email Sarah Cullis.

 

For children in all other year groups, please see the organisation page for year group start times on Tuesday 8th September.

  

For information on using 'Teams' - Click Here

 

We have added additional information on the organisation page in relation to what children should bring to school - please Click Here to go to the page.

 

31/08/20

The latest guidance has now been released by the DfE (Department for Education) for the return to school. Members of the school team have been working over the weekend to ensure our approach to reopening reflects this guidance and most importantly takes account of our local circumstances. 

 

On the organisation page you will find the latest documents. These are by their nature draft, in that we will regularly review and update them if and when things change. 

 

We are aware that one of the pressures of the previous lockdown was access to technology at home. If anyone is thinking of buying new technology for children we can help with advice, technical support and purchasing options. The governing body has enabled us to buy some new chromebooks for use in school and we are looking at ways to extend this further.

 

I will be providing updates and information for parents and children this week. Please do encourage other parents and families to download the app and enable notifications.  Please note that the only place I publish anything to do with the schools is here. It is very helpful if parents keep on top of the updates as the vast majority of emails, questions and issues are ones where information has been missed. Previous updates are posted below. Thank you!  

 

 

21/08/20

Thank you for your patience whilst we are making preparations for September opening. 

You will notice that all information from this point on has moved to the 'home' tab and the 'public health' tab has been archived. 

 

Some of the pages are in the process of being updated. We have chosen to make these live as I am aware that many of you are trying to plan your own arrangements for the start of term and need the information as soon as possible.

 

If you look on the organisation page you will see that we have begun to add essential returning to school information including the specifics of pick up and drop off times. 

 

As we start to finalise our plans and add more information I will send occasional updates. Please can you encourage friends and other parents to download our APP and check the website regularly - keeping up to date ensures people are aware of important return to school information. 

  

04/08/20

Please be reassured that we are currently working on plans for the return to school at the start of the Autumn Term.

We will provide more information and details before term starts and hope the following is helpful at this point:

 

  • All children will be able to return to school full time in September. 
  • Staggered drop off and pick up times will be allocated for each year group with the morning being between 8:30 and 9:00 and the afternoon between 3:15 and 3:45.
  • Parents / responsible adults will need to drop off and pick up children for the first week for all year groups. Children in years 5 & 6 will be able to come unaccompanied from the second week if parents so wish.