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.

School Journey 2020

In February, 84 children from Year 6 went to Osmington Bay in Dorset for school journey! Their week was filled with thrilling activities, which included abseiling, climbing Jacob’s ladder, street-surfing, zip-lining, fencing and so much more. Each day the children took part in activities that challenged them, encouraged them to stay resilient, trust themselves and peers and most importantly, have fun! The children also enjoyed nutritious and filling meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which gave them all the fuel they required. Each day ended with exquisite evening entertainment, which included a cosy camp fire and a dazzling disco.

Young Voices 2020!

On Wednesday 5th February 2020, Year 5 children took a trip to the O2 to join in a massed choir of 8,839 children singing in the Young Voices concert. They spent the afternoon rehearsing the songs they had been learning since the start of the year, followed by an evening performance. There were special guest performances from Tony Hadley, The Shires and Ruti as well as street dance act Urban Strides. As always, it was an amazing experience and a fantastic opportunity!

Apple Education Leadership Event

On Thursday 23rd January 2020, six children from Year 6 took part in a ‘schools experience’ at the Apple Education Leadership Event in central London. Alongside three other schools from Germany, the Netherlands and Italy, they demonstrated to school leaders from across Europe how they use iPad in their learning. Our students were confidently able to talk about how using technology helps in their learning as well as show how some of the different tools work.

“My favourite part of the day was speaking to kids from around the world. My favourite creation was the robotic arm made by a student from Germany.”

Precious

“I loved the trip a lot! Talking to people made me have lots of confidence talking to strangers. Seeing people from different countries and they’re different ways of presenting their learning was spectacular!”

Sarah

Autumn 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 Autumn term!

STEM Showcase

STEM club spent their final week of their club putting on a showcase to parents demonstrating all the learning that has taken place this term. The children explained the 9 different challenges they faced over the Autumn term with live demonstrations. Highlights included designing and building an array of different structures, lava lamps, recording the impact of hailstones and making catapults. They all had a great time and the parents enjoyed seeing all of their hard work.