Updates 

Date: 27/11/20

Time: 16:00

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Communication - Changes to Parent APP

Following feedback from parents, and research into the many options available to us, we are introducing a new app for parents and families. In addition to the facility to send you messages and updates, the new version has many new features, allows you to respond to some messages, and provides opportunity for you to check the information we hold for you & your child and let us know if any of these details are incorrect.

 

Please look out for an email early next week, with details of how to install the app, sent to the email address held on your child's school record (please let us know if you think you may need to change this by emailing admin@htceschools.co.uk).

 

We hope you find this aids communication and would very much welcome feedback once it is up and running.  Please see next Friday's web update for the latest status of the apps.

 

Bad Weather Arrangements

In the event of bad weather we always do everything we can to stay open and as we head further into winter, please be aware of our school closure / weather procedures:

  • We will start positing updates about anything related to potential closures from 7:30 a.m. on the school website
  • Decisions on closure take account of local conditions as well as conditions in places from which staff travel (we need to have adequate ratios of staff to open safely)
  • If it is necessary to close during the day we will update the app and the school website.
  • Please can you add the website to your favourites / bookmark bar
  • Keep your information and access to the app up to date as ongoing information will be shared there too 
  • Avoid ringing or emailing to ask if we are open or closed as it blocks our communication channels and takes staff away from supervising children
  • In the event of bad weather please make sure children have suitable clothing and footwear for the conditions. We often let children play outside in the snow but only if they have suitable boots or wellies

Thank you for your support

 

Christmas Cards & Gifts

As we move into the Christmas season, staff and children would usually be receiving lots of cards and the occasional gift from each other. This year we are unable to do this as the biggest gift we can give each other is a Covid free Christmas. Instead of sending cards into school, each class will be coming up with creative ideas to make a class Christmas card to everyone which we will share virtually nearer to Christmas. If you usually send a gift or buy cards for your child to give out, why not choose to give a donation to your favourite charity or use it to buy a balloon in the school virtual balloon race instead (see below). Thank you and I promise I'm not Mr Scrooge!

 

 Fundraising Fun

86 balloons have been purchased and are ready to enter our virtual balloon race - there is still time to enter! The Friends have very kindly purchased balloons for each house in school (Studley, Brimham, Newby, Fountains) and children and staff will be eagerly watching in their classes to see who is in the lead.

Great prizes are to be won and fun to be had too !

Click Here - https://ecoracing.co/user/page/1049

 

 

Local Shops

Once we come out of this lockdown it would be lovely to think that we can all support our local shops. We are so very lucky in Ripon that we have some super national as well as independent retailers. Did you know that Peter, our crossing man also owns the Easy Learning Toy Shop? When you see him at the crossing please say hello, pop in the shop and visit the website:

https://theeasylearningshop.co.uk/ 

 

 

We are fortunate to have our own Little Ripon Bookshop too and they have not only supported us over the years but have also helped to inspire a generation of readers. Please support them as they reopen next week.

 

Good luck to all local business owners and those who work for them.  

 

Attendance 

w/c 23rd November

Weekly %

Reception

99%

Year 1

96%

Year 2

97%

Year 3

96%

Year 4

97%

Year 5

98%

Year 6

98%

Please note that these figures include those who have been asked to self-isolate and are fully engaging with home learning. 

Very impressive - thank you everyone!

 
Have a lovely weekend

  

Paul Bowlas 

Update Archive

Update 23/11/20

KS2 Lunches

From Wednesday we are pleased to resume a hot lunch menu at KS2. The menu for the rest of this week is:

  • Wednesday - Beef Burger & Chips OR Jacket Potato served with tuna
  • Thursday - Pizza & Wedges OR Jacket Potato served with cheese
  • Friday - Fish & Chips OR Jacket Potato served with beans

Dessert will be traybake of the day

 

From Monday 30th November we will return to the menu published in the School Meal Arrangements tab under the Parents heading.

 

Updates

Anyone following the local news will have seen the increase in Covid infections across North Yorkshire. We are following strict protocols in school and doing our best to manage everyone’s health and well-being. We have a small number of children across the federation currently isolating and as you are aware the kitchen at the Junior School has been closed this week. It is very important that as well as keeping children safe and well, the staff are also considered. Therefore, please can I ask that all parents follow the current lock down guidance from the Government and consider how not following this guidance could put those in school and our wider community at greater risk. The adults as well as the children in school mean a lot to me.

 

Precautions and Safety

We have received updated guidance from the Local Authority this week in light of increases in infection rates in our area. Please support us by:

  • Adults wearing masks at drop off and pickup (where health allows).
  • Only having one family member dropping off or picking up to make more space.
  • Being aware of creating more space on pavements for people to transit through.
  • Not walking dogs on main transit areas during drop off and pick up time.
  • Keeping to your pick up and drop off windows.

 

Lunches

Thank you for your patience this week with lunches at the junior school. We are hoping to have a hot meal service back by the middle of next week and will let you know as soon as we can.

 

Parents’ Evening

Thank you for joining our teachers for parents evening this week. For the vast majority of you, the meetings worked well, we have had lots of positive feedback about the system and also because teachers and parents could finally meet. Teachers are currently following up all who they didn’t get chance to speak to.

We are aware that for some there was a compatibility issue with older browsers, we have fed this back to the software provider and I do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

After School Clubs (Mrs Rees PE )

Due to the current situation and the restrictions that are in place, many children are having to miss out on their regular clubs both at school and within the community.  Regular exercise is vital to the health and well-being of children and even more so at a time like this. The Youth Sport Trust is running a virtual after school sports club with the sessions run by athletes from different backgrounds, including Rachel Mackenzie, World Thai Boxing Champion, who some of the children may remember from our well-being day. The 30-minute sessions are run on YouTube each evening at 5pm until 18th December and are an ideal way of keeping active.   All you need is a device on which you can view YouTube and a bit of space.   

Click here to take part and join in the fun. 

 

Attendance (week beginning 16/11/20)

Congratulations to Reception children and parents on their amazing attendance this week! We are really proud of how positive attendance continues to be. It really does make a difference to your child's learning and progress in school. 

Rec Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6
100% 97% 97% 97% 97% 97% 97%

 

Update 17/11/20

Following our communication yesterday regarding school lunches at KS2 (Junior) site, the children have again had a picnic lunch today. 

 

Kitchen staff have been required to self-isolate, therefore the kitchen will be closed for a period of up to 10 days following a member of the team testing positive for Coronavirus.

 

We have worked with Mellors, our caterers, and they are able to offer grab bags for this period of time so that we can continue to provide the children with a nutritionally balanced lunch. These will be prepared at our KS1 (infants) site and contain:

  • a choice of cheese, ham or tuna sandwich
  • yogurt
  • fruit
  • crudité
  • bakery item of the day

Thank you for your continued support during the pandemic and please be assured we are doing everything we can to ensure safe practice in line with government guidance. We would of course much prefer to provide a cooked lunch and if  relief staff are able to be found we will resume normal service sooner.

 

Update 15/11/20

Where Covid cases are identified in school we follow our strict protocols, including liaising with the Local Education Authority and where appropriate Public Health England. We also ensure we contact parents of children who need to self-isolate and provide specific advice and guidance including who needs to isolate, how distance learning plans will work and what families are required to do when a child needs to self isolate. 

We have had a number of questions recently about children self isolating at home and the main one being whether or not whole families need to isolate. In most cases families are not required to isolate if a child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

We have had one positive case in school and the procedures above have all been followed and some children have been asked to isolate at home. Unless we have contacted you, your children should continue to come to school as normal. 

These are difficult times, we appreciate your support in respecting families' privacy and ask that speculation and discussion on social media does not happen.  

Thank you.  

Paul Bowlas

 

Update 13/11/20

Thank you for booking your parents’ evening appointments. Over 90% of parents have now booked and we always aim to get to 100%. 

In most cases booking was straight forward and where it wasn’t it seems to have been due to information we hold on our system needing updating or adjusting.

 

You will have received an email with a link to go to the meeting which you need to click prior to your start time. Please be aware that all appointments are 10 minutes and the software will close the meeting on the 10 minute mark. In an ideal world we would much rather meet face to face and although we can’t this time for safety reasons let’s all hope we can next time!

 

Parents’ Evening 

Online parents’ evenings will take place for all year groups (including nursery): 

- During week beginning Monday 16thNovember.  

- Booking opens on Saturday 7thNovember at 8:30am and closes at Midday on Sunday 15thNovember.  

 

Click here to book an appointment for a child at the Infant School 

Click here to book an appointment for a child at the Junior School 

 Please click here to access the Parent's Guide to Joining your meeting 

 

Communication Update

We are aware that some parents have had issues with Parent Hub not working on their devices or dropping the connection to children’s classes, we also know that people do tend to change their phone numbers, email addresses and contact information and don’t always get round to letting us know.

 

Therefore, over the next month we will be moving to a new system which will allow you to update information yourselves and check what we currently have on file. This will also include a new way of sharing information with you and alerting you to new information we need to share. Look out for details coming soon!

 

Flu immunisation 

hdft.childhood.immunisations@nhs.net

01423 553115

 CHANGE OF VENUE FOR HARROGATE DROP-IN FLU CLINICS

 Our scheduled drop-in flu immunisation clinics for children who missed out on receiving their flu vaccine in school this term now have a new venue. Though we had originally advertised these clinics as taking place at the Jennyfields Styan Community Centre, due to the new lockdown restrictions the venue has taken the decision that they can no longer accommodate us.

 

We will instead be holding the HARROGATE DROP-IN clinics at this address:

 Knaresborough Community Centre,

79 Stockwell Avenue,

Knaresborough,

HG5 0LG

The dates and times remain the same as originally advertised:

Tuesday 24th November- 3:00-4:30pm

Tuesday 8th December- 3:00-4:30pm

These are both drop-in clinics. You do not need to contact us to make an appointment.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Yours sincerely,

Childhood Immunisations Team

North Yorkshire and City of York

 

Virtual Trinity Balloon Racing

The Friends of Holy Trinity now have their own section on the website - Click Here. Please visit these pages to find out more about the virtual balloon race. Friends have already purchased balloons for each House and we can't wait to see what happen at launch time!

 

Parking

Our local traffic warden informs us that until the end of this lockdown parents and families can use Booths car park for free at pick up and drop off.

11/11/20

See the Quick Links Page to watch the Remembrance Service

 

In what has been a rather strange week for everyone, we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you who are working with us to ensure that pick up and drop off continues to be as safe as it can for all concerned. As we shared last week, our priority is keeping school open so we ask that you continue to consider the safety of all members of our school community when following the government guidance.  

 

Admin update 

We know that everyone has a lot on their minds at the moment. To avoid us needing to contact you, please can we ask that you check your Parent Pay account to ensure it is up to date.  

As in normal times, if your child will not be in school, please ring the school office to let us know. Phones are answered from 8:30 onwards. Please report the absence by 9:30am.    

 

Parents’ Evening 

Online parents’ evenings will take place for all year groups (including nursery): 

- During week beginning Monday 16thNovember.  

- Booking opens on Saturday 7thNovember at 8:30am and closes at Midday on Sunday 15thNovember.  

 

Click here to book an appointment for a child at the Infant School 

Click here to book an appointment for a child at the Junior School 

 

Please click here to access the Parent's Guide to Joining your meeting 

 

Thank you to those of you who have contacted us this morning with queries around the booking system. To ensure the safety of the system, it will only recognise you if you use the same details which you have provided for us previously (including your correct title Mrs, Ms etc. - which may also need a full stop e.g. Mrs. ). For children arriving this year, they are the ones you put on the admission form and for those who have been with us longer, these are the ones we ask you to check and update at parents' evenings. 

If you discover that the details we hold for you are out of date, please email your child's name and all your correct details to admin@htceschools.co.uk. Thank you

 

Childcare Arrangements 

Many of you have asked about what childcare arrangements are allowed during this time’s lockdown. The government have provided guidance to help you with this. In brief it says that: 

  • Formal childcare such as that provided by childminders and private settings can go ahead as normal. 
  • An informal childcare arrangement can be made with one other household if this is needed to enable parents to work 
  • Children with split families can move between parents’ houses as normal 

For detailed information click here

 

MSA Vacancy

We now have a vacancy for a Midday Supervisor - please click here for more information. 

 

 

3/11/20

Technology At Home

 As we move into the next phase of Covid restrictions, we are aware that there may be days when children are not able to attend school, for example, awaiting a Covid test result. It is important children are able to keep up with the learning taking place in their classroom. We will be providing children with a distance learning plan and to help with this we need to know what technology children have access to at home. Please complete the short form in the quick links section opposite. 

 

Returning to School

 We hope you have all had the opportunity for some rest and family time this half term. 

You will be aware of government announcements this weekend.  We are pleased that we are able to stay open...

 

Your help is essential to keep everyone in our school community safe and school open. We need you to be aware that:

 

- Staff on the gates will be wearing masks. Please prepare your children for this 

- Nursery and Reception staff will be wearing masks at drop off and pick up from Thursday (they will be introducing this in a careful way to the children)

- Masks will not be worn within school unless we are requested to do so through guidance

- You need to adhere to your year group bubble drop off and pick up times (click here) to avoid queuing and reduce congestion

- We are concerned for everybody's safety and in order to keep school open we continue to have strict protocols in school and have added some additional ones.

- Keeping staff safe and protected as much as possible from Covid is essential in the continued running and opening of school. 

- With the above in mind, we ask all parents and families to adhere to government guidance in relation to household mixing. Hopefully this will ensure that risks of infection and transmission of Covid in our school community is minimised.

Thank You  

 

27/10/20

 Menu Changes

The first week back after half term there will a couple of changes to the menu. This is because we will be having a special Bonfire Lunch on Thursday 5th November. Click here to view the school menu

Meals

Many Ripon business are very kindly offering meals for free or at heavily discounted or incentivised prices. People are incredibly kind and it is always amazing how generous people can be when things in life can be challenging.

 

I have been made aware that lots of businesses and organisations are advertising on the Blow Your Horn Facebook Page - please have a look.

 

Holy Trinity Church are also offering meals to children, families and individuals...

 

Meals because we care…

You are able to have a hot meal from Holy Trinity church, if you are on free school meal vouchers, had a family member furloughed, live by yourself or are elderly. We would love to cook you a meal!

Lunches are for delivery or collection only between 12 and 1pm,  They are totally free this is only for the week of 26th -30th October, there is limited availability. Please book your food by 7pm the day before you need it.

 

To book a lunch please email matt.davies@holytrinityripon.org.ok or call 07934191337.

 

The menu is Monday, Chicken pie and fruit crumble, Tuesday, Sausage casserole and pineapple upside down cake, Wednesday, Cottage pie and fruit sponge Thursday, Chicken curry jacket potato and apple pie, Friday, Pasta bake and lemon Tart

 

If you would like to make a donation to support this please use Account number 90445231 and sort code 403823 please use the reference lunches. The account name is Holy Trinity PCC. Cheques made payable to Holy Trinity Ripon PCC with a covering note saying lunches.

 

Please do get in touch if you have any questions - we would love to hear from you.

 

 

School Update

Thank you for all your support this half term - together we have achieved a lot for our children. Having the children in school, learning, socialising and making progress has been a delight to see. That said, it has also taken its toll on their energy levels and they deserve a well-earned rest next week.  

Over half term, we are working on plans for parents' evenings and developments in lunch service - look out for updates about this early next half term.  

We wish you all a safe and enjoyable break and we'll see you back in school on Monday 2nd November. 

Attendance Week Beginning 19th October 

Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
99% 93% 98% 93% 97% 98% 95%

 

19/10/20

Update

Thank you everyone for continuing to work with us at drop off and pick up. I have chatted to many of you this week and we are very aware that children are extremely tired and the physical demands of being in school is taking its toll with some children being unusually emotional. We were expecting this given the disruption to their schooling last term. We highly recommend some early nights this weekend and next week to help everyone to enjoy their last week before a well-earned rest. 

 Y1 Cycling

Those children in Y1 who can't ride a bike or are a bit unsteady started their cycling lessons this week with some learning to ride in just one session! If your child is in year 1 and you haven't already registered them for cycling sessions, please follow the link in the quick links table.

Year 6 - Secondary School Applications

Applications for secondary schools need to have been completed by 31st October 2020. To apply for a secondary school place for your child, please follow the link www.northyorks.gov.uk/schooladmissions

 E45 & Hand washing

Hand washing is a big part of our Covid safety arrangements in school and we are aware that some children’s hands are suffering because of this. We have had some requests for children to bring their own moisturiser and whilst we completely understand why, the management of checking they don’t contain nut oils and ensuring children don’t share it with others can be time consuming. To address this safely, we have purchased E45 for every classroom which children can use if their hands become sore – if your child is unable to use this product, please complete the form at the top of the page in the quick links box.

 Attendance Week Beginning 12th October (Well done everyone!)

Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
98% 98% 97% 95% 99% 98% 96%

 9/10/20

Harvest service

On Wednesday we celebrated our Harvest Service and although we weren’t able to come together in church, Mrs Ferguson and our local churches did a fantastic job of putting together a celebration for all to enjoy. In these times, it can sometimes be easy to forget what joins us together so we can highly recommend taking some time as a family to watch the service together this weekend. Your child will also be bringing home a collection box, which has been quarantined, for you to donate to this year’s Harvest Charity if you feel able to – the details for this are also explained in the harvest service. We hope you enjoy it although I must warn you, you’ll spend the rest of the weekend singing about big red combine harvesters!

Click here for the Harvest Service

Communication

We recognise that in this modern world there are more and more requests for people  to look at and read letters and communication of all types. 

Throughout the whole pandemic we have followed the same model of communication which is to provide all information through the school website and let everyone know when there is an update through the parent hub APP.  It helps us hugely if parents and families could check regularly and especially when we send a parent hub update out. Please also encourage everyone to do the same as this is the only place we publish information - thank you!

 

Attendance Wk Beg 5/10/20

Amazing!

Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
98% 98% 97% 97% 99% 98% 98%

Year 5 and 6 - Choosing High Schools 

Click here to access information about St Aidan’s virtual tour and information evening. 

 

Nursery and Year 2 - Applying for School Places

If you currently have a child in nursery who is due to start full time school in September, you will need to apply for a school place - please click here for information about this.

 

As we are an infant and junior school, children are not automatically given a place in Year 3 so if you currently have a child in Year 2, you will need to apply for a Year 3 school place – please click here for information about this.

 

E45 & Hand washing

Hand washing is a big part of our Covid safety arrangements in school and we are aware that some children’s hands are suffering because of this. We have had some requests for children to bring their own moisturiser and whilst we completely understand why, the management of checking they don’t contain nut oils and ensuring children don’t share it with others can be time consuming. To address this safely, we have purchased E45 for every classroom which children can use if their hands become sore – if your child is unable to use this product, please complete the form at the top of the page in the quick links box.

 

Reviews for children with Special Educational Needs

Over the coming weeks we are holding reviews for those children who have additional or special education needs. You will have already received a letter providing you with details about this and if you haven’t already done so, please visit the Parent SEND review page to book a time for your child’s review. As explained in the letter, this term, these will take place virtually.

 

5/10/20

Traffic and Pedestrian Management 

We have had communication today with highways in relation to vehicle and pedestrian movement in the vicinity of our schools. 

Please support us by:

- There can no longer be pick up / drop off outside the Junior school and enforcement officers will ticket anyone parked or pulling in there. 

- Sticking to your drop off and pick up windows (being early creates queues).

-  Being aware and showing awareness  to others of social distancing when walking to and from school.

- Avoiding blocking pavements and being aware of transit areas so people can safely walk by.

- Avoid standing in groups 

- Not parking on any of the restricted areas around either schools. 

 

Please walk, cycle or scoot to school and avoid coming in the car. If it is essential to drive please allow extra time so that you can park safely and away from the schools. 

Thank you for your support.

 

02/10/20

 

Lots of normality this week including the return of piano lessons and Dave the cycling man. We are pleased to welcome these well known people back in to school and please be rest assured they follow rigorous protocols before entering school, when working with children and leaving the premises.

Flu Vaccine - Very Important

There appears to have been some problems with registering for Flu vaccines for which I apologise but had no control over - the link for registration was provided to us.  There are further clinics taking place in the area:

Ripon - Monday 5th October and Monday 16th November from 3:30-4:30pm at Ripon Leisure Centre. These are by appointment only (parents to make an appt by calling 01423 542360). 

Nidderdale Virtual Open Evening for Y5 & Y6

Nidderdale High School produce a newsletter for parents and children and in this half Term's they are promoting a virtual open evening. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Ripon Library Service write...

As I’m sure you are aware Libraries Week takes place in October (5th to 9th Oct) and is a national celebration of libraries and the benefits of reading. Libraries opened slowly after lockdown (so that we had time to put all the appropriate safety measures in place) and we had to make the decision to support the digital Summer Reading Challenge rather than run it with the physical rewards from libraries as usual. We know many children missed taking part and the online version was not as popular and did not provide the same encouragement to keep reading during the holidays. 

Teachers have worked tremendously hard this year to keep children’s education on track and we know access to books & libraries supports that work by helping children to develop those vital language & literacy skills. So Libraries Week seemed like the ideal time to ensure parents and children know that their local library is open again, what the slightly different hours are, how to access the digital library and remind them of how much children benefit from reading.

Click Here for The Library Flier

Click Here for Super Hero Activities

 

Attendance 

YR

Y1

Y2

Y3

Y4

Y5

Y6

97%

94%

91%

95%

94%

96%

95%

 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.

 

Attendance 

YR

Y1

Y2

Y3

Y4

Y5

Y6

98%

94%

91%

96%

94%

95%

91%

    

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.