Coronavirus Update – 31/3/20

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Whilst our school buildings are closed to most pupils, our school itself remains open and we are all continuing our learning from our homes with our families.

Suggested learning will be uploaded onto our website daily at 10:00 am.  These can be accessed by clicking Home Learning’. We are also using Showbie during this time and will be monitoring usage of this, checking that everyone has access to learning.  

Please note, we are aware of pressures on parents at this difficult time, so the activities are based around what the children already know and should be able to do. We will provide general feedback each day, but we do not expect children to keep the work completed nor bring it back to school when we re-open. 

There is also now a PE tab on the website with lots of links to exercise and dance videos.  This extra resource is for children to access – why not have a go with your child?

Keeping in touch

Teachers will be contacting pupils in their class by phone over the next few days, we are looking forward to saying hello to our children!  The call will come from a withheld number.  If you have any troubles logging in or accessing learning, do let the class teacher know.

If you are worried about your individual family circumstances during this period of closure then please email

sao@heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk 

and someone will get back to you.

Please let us know if you are:

  • worried about your child’s emotional or physical health and would like to talk to school staff about ideas to support this during any closure.
  • you would like advice about your child’s behaviour if you are at home for a few weeks.

Update – 20/3/20

The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors are outlined here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus- covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on- maintaining-educational-provision.

Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home and every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

If your child is vulnerable or either parent is a critical key worker to the Covid-19 response and the child cannot be safely cared for at home, then you need to inform the school today (Friday 20th March) by filling out and submitting the form here:

https://forms.gle/9nLSsLKL8V8Z9biC8

This is so we can ensure there is adequate staffing to supervise the children.

Please find below information about the provision available at Heronsgate.

  • Heronsgate’s provision is only available to children who meet the government criteria and cannot be safely cared for at home.
  • The provision will only be at the Thamesmead site- the Royal Arsenal site will be closed, however the provision is open to children of eligible families from both sites.
  • It must be stressed that the school is providing a childminding service. Whilst in school, the learning, and feedback available will be exactly the same as that available online and accessed at home.
  • Once we have identified parents requiring this service, we will send a COVID-19 Provision Form which must be fully completed and submitted before children attend on Monday morning.
  • Core hours will be from 9am until 3:30pm. However, the school will provide wrap-around care for critical workers only between the hours of 8am until 6pm. Children arriving in school between 8am and 9am will be offered breakfast. Please provide a snack for children, particularly if your child is staying at school past 3:30pm. We are aware key workers hours are flexible.
  • Lunch will continue to be provided as normal. If your child has a packed lunch, please continue to send this in.
  • All children must enter and leave the school building via the main entrance. Breakfast club and Happy Herons entrance will be closed.
  • Children in Years 5 and 6 who already have permission to walk home may continue to do so if they leave at 3:30pm. Should they stay for the wrap-around service, they will need to be collected by an adult.
  • Children attending the school who require medication, must ensure this is brought to school on Monday and handed to the office: all medication currently at school will be sent home today.
  • To provide some continuity, children attending should continue to wear clean school uniform where possible and bring in suitable clothing and trainers for physical activities.
  • Parents must keep their children at home if they are unwell OR if the rest of the family have been advised to self-isolate.
  • We expect that parents will collect children promptly should they become unwell during school hours.

We would like to remind parents that they should do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

Update – 19/3/20

School Closure

Following the updates from the government today, we can confirm that school will be closed from Monday 23rd March until further notice. Please keep a regular eye on this website for all updates.

Home Learning

During this period of closure of the school building, we remain open as a virtual school and suggested learning will be uploaded onto our website regularly. On Monday, learning for the first three days will be available by clicking Home Learning’ on our website. We will also be using Showbie during this time (pupil logins will be emailed home shortly). We will be monitoring usage of this, checking that everyone has access to learning.

From Thursday 26th March new activities will be uploaded daily at 10:00am. Please note, we are aware of pressures on parents at this difficult time, so the activities are based around what the children already know and should be able to do. We will provide general feedback each day, but we do not expect children to keep the work completed nor bring it back to school when we re-open. 

We will continue to work to support our children and families.

If you are worried about your individual family circumstances during this period of closure then please email sao@heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk and someone will get back to you

Please let us know if

  • you are worried about your child’s emotional or physical health and would like to talk to school staff about ideas to support this during any closure.
  • you would like advice about your child’s behaviour if you are at home for a few weeks.

Please note: if you are a key worker from either Campus and your child is going to be attending school then they need to come to the Thamesmead Campus. Further details will follow on the website.

Throughout any closure, the school can be contacted by emailing the following email address sao@heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk .  We will answer all emails and will phone you if you ask us to. 

Frequently Asked Questions

My child is already at home and didn’t receive the work pack already sent home. Can I come in and collect it?

You will be able to collect work packs from Monday 23rd March from the Thamesmead school office, so long as you are well and are not self-isolating.

I don’t have a printer. How can my child complete learning tasks that have been posted on the website?

All of the online learning is uploaded at http://www.heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk/school-closure/. However, it is also available on Showbie, which has digital tools to allow children to complete activities online without the need for printing.

How long will the school be closed for?

The school is closed until we are notified otherwise by HM Government.

Is the school open tomorrow (Friday 20th March 2020)?

Yes, the school will be open on Friday 20th March 2020 until 3:30pm. Breakfast club and Happy Herons will also remain open tomorrow.

I am a key worker. Am I eligible for my child or children to continue attending school?

Yes – HM Government will shortly provide a list of eligible key workers. Please contact the school office on 020 8317 0809 to register your interest and for further information.

How long should I isolate for if I or someone in my family has symptoms of coronavirus?

The HM Government advice is as follows:

If you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

For anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.

Please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection for more information.

My child is eligible for free school meals. Am I able to get vouchers or meals for my child?

The school is working with the Royal Borough of Greenwich on how this will be implemented.

Apple Distinguished School

Heronsgate Primary School is pleased to announce that it has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019–2022 for its innovative use of technology as a tool for learning across the curriculum made possible through its one-to-one iPad programme across Key Stage One and Two.

Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of innovation, leadership and educational excellence that use Apple technology to inspire creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching and the school environment, and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

“Our school iPad programme has allowed our children to explore their ideas and collaborate with others in their class and beyond. This has had a powerful impact on their learning and has helped them realise their inner genius”. (Stephen Harris, Executive Headteacher).

The selection of Heronsgate Primary School as an Apple Distinguished School highlights its success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages pupils as well as the wider school community and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.

Since 2010, the school has increasingly made use of Apple technology as a tool for learning across the curriculum, with all children in KS1 and KS2 assigned an iPad each and class sets shared in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The iPad as a tool for learning has enabled children at Heronsgate to work together, communicate and create, using a range of apps and services such as Showbie, Book Creator, iMovie and Pages across the curriculum. The school also recruits ‘digital leaders’ who support their peers and contribute to the school’s digital vision. Parents engage with the technology, viewing children’s work digitally as well as attending workshops on online safety. Teachers embed the use of Apple technology day-to-day, receiving regular training and coaching, with 75% earning their Apple Teacher status in the last year.

You can read more about our story by visiting https://books.apple.com/gb/book/tool-for-learning/id1487181133.

You can also download a non-interactive PDF version below:

Artsmark Gold

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Artsmark Gold award for our ‘continued commitment to provide high quality arts and cultural experiences for pupils.’
The Artsmark council noted that at Heronsgate ‘You have continued to build on your already strong partnerships, including with Snap Theatre and developed new ones with the Tate gallery. Heronsgate Radio is an example of an innovative project which has engaged pupils and you have continued with a wide range of afterschool clubs.  Pupils have also had the opportunity to perform in a range of settings including a large-scale performance with Young Voices at the O2, and end of year arts showcase at a local venue. During the recent inspection, Ofsted has commented positively on your curriculum and provision for pupils, you have also provided ongoing CPD for teachers which has raised the ambitions for pupils and teachers.’  

Well done to our brilliant Arts team for their dedication and hard work.

Summer Term Displays

At Heronsgate, we regularly update our corridor displays to reflect the breadth and depth of learning that happens in school. Please browse through the photos in the gallery below to get a taste of all that’s been going on this Summer term!

Outstanding!

Tuesday 5th March 2019

Dear parents/carers,

Please find attached the report following our recent Ofsted inspection.We are sure you will be absolutely delighted to read what the Ofsted team said about Heronsgate. To be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas is a wonderful achievement. We gather, in the last school year, only 2% of primary schools have been graded as ‘Outstanding’.

During the inspection the Lead Inspector, who is one of her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools (HMI), told the Leadership Team that this was a very special school and they did not often see such an amazing curriculum which sets children up for the rest of their lives.

They were hugely impressed with our work in Information Technology (IT). This was something they had never seen used so effectively in other schools (primary or secondary) and was one of our great strengths.

The children were wonderful! ‘Pupils are respectful, interesting, lively, engaged and happy. They are proud of their achievements’. What more can we say other than share the immense pride we felt when all inspectors told us what a delight our children were. ‘Pupils understood how unique and special and how amazing their school is’.

We work with the most wonderful team of adults who strive to ensure that the children get the very best possible education. We are thrilled that this hard work and dedication has been acknowledged as they recognised the ‘staff’s commitment to go above and beyond for the pupils of Heronsgate school’.

The school has a ‘highly effective, confident, resilient, reflective leadership team’. Mr Connors says ‘My leadership colleagues are by far the best team I have worked with in my 31 years as a Head Teacher’.

Thank you so much to our families. Parents and carers give strong support to the school and for that we are very grateful.

We truly ‘discover and realise the genius in everyone.’ With our very best wishes to you all.

Steven Connors (Executive Headteacher)

Michelle Beyram (Chair of Governors)

Heronsgate Extra!

Children in Year 5 and 6, assisted by the former radio producer Miss Robertson, have launched a new radio station for the school: Heronsgate Extra! Every fortnight, they record stories from around the school and then release the show in time for Friday afternoon ‘Golden Time’ for students to listen to.

Please do check out the episodes by visiting our Heronsgate Extra page!