Welcome back and update on school operations

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Dear Parents/Carers,

As we start the new half term, we have the chance to reflect on the first part of this academic year. We would like to thank everyone in our school community, parents, staff and our amazing children, for working hard to keep us all safe.  The return to school over the last two months was incredible and we have seen lots of fantastic learning.

At this point, schools have been given no updated guidance about their operations so we will not be making any significant changes to our current arrangements.  We will, of course, update parents of any future changes. 

In line with the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday, schools will be open throughout the next period of restrictions.  Children should attend school unless they are unwell, are showing one of the symptoms of Coronavirus (high temperature, continuous cough, sudden loss of taste or smell) or they have been directed to self isolate.

If children are told to self isolate then our remote learning plan will be put into place.  Daily learning will be published and there will be regular contact with teachers.  We have appointed a Virtual Teacher who will support the learning of any pupils who have to self isolate when their class is in school. This will start soon.  

We have the following specific request for parents.  As new restrictions come in, we remind all parents that they must practise social distancing in and around the school grounds.  At this time, we have to ask all parents to leave the school premises swiftly.  Parents are not to stay in the school grounds talking with other parents. 

Some teachers might be available for urgent short chats but we ask that non-urgent messages are communicated by phone or email to the school office.  If you do talk to a member of school staff please do not be offended if we ask you to step back or we direct you to phone or email the office.

We thank all parents for their support and for keeping their distance at the start and end of each day.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do contact us on sao@heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk

Welcome to the new year

4 September 2020

We hope that everyone has had a great and sunny summer holiday. We have had a busy few weeks. The school has been thoroughly cleaned and we have reviewed our risk assessment so that we are ready to welcome pupils next week.

Below you will find information about school operations for this term. This information was sent in a whole school letter at the end of July.

We ask that parents read all of the sections below as some arrangements have changed in line with updated guidance from the government.

We know that we will all quickly settle in to the new routines that are in place and that we will have a fantastic year. We are all looking forward to seeing the excellent learning that our children will complete this term.

If you have any questions about any information, please phone the school office or email:

sao@heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk

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SCHOOL OPERATIONS / INFORMATION 
2nd September 2020 

Promoting excellent hygiene

In preparation for the return to school, we ask that all parents talk to their children about the importance of avoiding the spread of germs. We will be using the catch it, bin it, kill it message.

Keeping everyone safe – what to do if a member of your family is showing coronavirus symptoms:

If a child, or any member of your family, is showing COVID symptoms then you must not enter the school grounds.

You must:
Stay at home (self-isolate) – do not leave your home or have visitors. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also self-isolate.

Get a test – get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, should also get a test if they have symptoms.

Phone the school – so that we can contact our local health teams. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If a child shows coronavirus symptoms during the school day, then they will be removed from class and placed in an isolation space with a member of staff. Parents will be contacted, and we ask that they collect the child immediately and follow the steps above. Therefore, please ensure the school office has your up to date contact details.

Attendance from September

The Department for Education has instructed schools that school attendance is now compulsory. If a child is absent for any reason, then parents should phone the school office to note the absence and give a reason.

We will work with families to support full attendance from September. If you have any questions about our school operations, please contact the school.

Start and end of school day

To allow us to maintain social distancing at the beginning of school and at home time, these times will be staggered so that different year groups arrive and leave at different times. These times were shared in the letter at the end of July.

Changes to the school day

To keep everyone safe, children will spend most of their school day in their class group – this will be called a class bubble. There might be times when different children come together for learning breaktimes or other activities. We will keep this to a minimum and we are creating a timetable that means only a limited number of bubbles meet each other.

There will be no large school events – assemblies will be cancelled. We will also not be going on any school trips for the first part of the term.

School uniform

Children should wear school uniform as usual.

Parent / school contact (update)

The school office remains closed to parents.
If parents wish to talk with a member of school staff then they should phone the school office or email:

sao@heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk

As always, we ask that parents do not have lengthy conversations with teachers at the start of the school day as teachers are focussed on getting their classes safely into school. If parents have an urgent message, please phone the school office.

If parents are talking to school staff then they should follow social distancing guidance.

Face coverings (update)

The DFE guidelines for primary schools states that primary school children do not need to wear a face covering.

The school will not be enforcing the wearing of face coverings by parents. For now, parents will not be entering the school building and parents should maintain social distancing when they are waiting at the start or end of the school day.

Parents are reminded that face coverings should be worn on public transport.

Breakfast club/After school club

Breakfast and After school club will not be available in the first week of term. We hope to be able to offer these clubs from Monday 14th September. We will give more information about this next week.

There will be no other clubs in the Autumn term.

World Oceans Day

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World Oceans Day took place on 8th June and to mark the occasion, Mrs Ahmed led two online assemblies for children in Year 1 and Year 6 about the importance of our oceans and looking after our planet. 

Following this, she launched a competition for Year 1 and Year 6 children to design a World Oceans Day poem or a poster to highlight some of the problems our planet faces and how we can help.

She was blown away by the number of entries (over 80!) which were all of very high quality- it was a very difficult task to choose the winners.

The winners can be found below, along with Mrs Ahmed’s comments:

Jiiah from bubble 6RA.
“I loved how striking and bold it was but particularly how clever the idea was where it seemed the sea creatures have been trapped in the plastic bottle.”

Precious from Bubble 6C Thamesmead.
“A simple, bold and striking poster- the message ‘There is no planet B’ is so clever.”

The Year 1 winners are below:

Almona from Bubble 1E Thamesmead.
“What beautiful bright colours with a lot of detail. She has also included the word ‘biodegrade’ which is a word we learnt the meaning of in the assembly.”

Jason from bubble 1RA.
“The collage is so striking and the expression on the octopus says it all!”

In addition to having their artwork featured on the website, all winners also received a Heronsgate tote bag and mini set of crayons.

Well done to everyone who took part.

George Floyd – Our Response

The killing of George Floyd in America has shocked us all, both here and across the world. If we had all of our classes open, we would, at this time be talking with our children about this. We want our pupils to understand how we must all make sure that we contribute to a world that is built on respect and equality.

We will make sure that when we return to our classrooms we continue to talk about our school value of respect and how our school must show this value through every action that we take. For now, we have placed some resources online to help parents talk through the news stories – there is a Key Stage 1 and a Key Stage 2 version.

As a school, we are committed to working with our pupils and families to combat racism and discrimination. We do this through our actions today and by giving our children the strong values that they will carry forward into adulthood.We invite parents to contact us if they would like to talk about anything that concerns them at this time.

Stay safe and keep well.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Harris, Executive Headteacher

Shahnaz Ahmed, Head of School

Hafeez Khan, Head of School

https://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/news/article/1636/royal_greenwich_stands_together_against_racism

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52978346​​

We are an EdTech Demonstrator!

Heronsgate Primary School is delighted to announce that it has been recognised as one of 20 EdTech Demonstrator schools and colleges from across England in light of our effective practice in the use of technology.

As an EdTech Demonstrator School, we will provide professional development to other schools across the country, initially focussed on supporting the effective delivery of remote teaching practices. The programme will target schools and colleges who are most in need of support; for example, those getting to grips with using a new online learning platform and those with the most disadvantaged learners.

If you would like to register for support from the EdTech Demonstrator School programme, please, visit https://edtech-demonstrator.lgfl.net and register your interest.