School Operations from 8th March 2021

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We are all looking forward to welcoming our children back to school on Monday 8th March.

Our school will use the plans that we successfully used in the Autumn term. These follow the Department for Education control measures and helped us to minimise the number of bubbles that we had to close from September to December.

How parents can help us keep our school safe

We encourage parents to wear a face covering when dropping off or picking up children. Staff will not be enforcing this but we strongly request that parents wear a face covering. We also ask that only one adult attends the school at the start and end of the day.

Parents must:

  • inform the school immediately if their child receives a positive test result for COVID.
  • avoid making contact with other families during school drop-off and collection.
  • continue to observe social distancing and follow one-way routes where these are in operation.
  • minimise the time that they are at the school. Parents should avoid arriving early and must
  • make sure that they leave swiftly once their child/children have gone into school/been collected.
  • avoid long conversations with staff – please email any questions to sao@heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk and we will ensure that we get back to you.
  • not come into the school office without an appointment.

We also ask that parents continue to follow the rules regarding meeting other families outside of school. These will change over the next few months but families must follow government guidance so that we can minimise the spread of Coronavirus across our community.

Contact tracing

If your child receives a positive result for coronavirus please let the school know immediately by emailing sao@heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk. If we receive a positive test result for a child then we will notify their close contacts telling them to self- isolate for a period of time.

Breakfast Club and After School club

Breakfast Club will be open from 7:30am on Monday 8th March, the cost is £5 per session and places must be booked in advance on our sQuid online payment system. Happy Herons will also be open from Monday 8th March, starting at 15:30 and finishing at 18:00. The cost is £7.50 per session and places must be booked in advance on sQuid.

School Dinners

Hot meals will be provided by our catering team. School dinners are free to children in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and children whose families are in receipt of a qualifying benefit. School meals are charged at £2.75 per day and can be paid for in advance on our sQuid system.

Water fountains will remain switched off so please provide your child with a water bottle from home.

School iPads

If your child has borrowed a school iPad over the lockdown period, please ensure it is returned on Monday 8th, along with the charger, ready for them to use in school. Unfortunately, we do not have any spare devices should these not be returned.

Attendance

The government have stated that attendance at school will return to being compulsory from 8th March. If you have any concerns about returning to school please email sao@heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk

Finally, a big thank you to all parents for their support with home learning during the last two months. The work that has been uploaded to Showbie/Tapestry has been incredible. We know that there might be some concerns about missed learning. We want to reassure parents that children made tremendous progress during the Autumn term and we are confident that this will happen again when classes fully reopen in March.

School closure and remote learning- please read

Dear Parents,

On the 1st January, the government made changes to its plans for the opening of schools in January. All primary schools in London will now start the spring term with remote learning.

This means that we have to close our school classrooms, children will not attend school but will continue their learning at home via Showbie (Y1 to 6) and Tapestry (Nursery and Reception).

We will be hosting a provision for vulnerable children and for families where parents are key workers (see below).

REMOTE LEARNING PROVISION

Remote learning will start on the first day of the term for children – Tuesday 5th January. Class teachers will send information about the activities available, and their timing, on Monday 4th January.

PROVISION FOR KEY WORKER FAMILIES AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN

If your child is eligible to attend the provision for key worker families and vulnerable children, you will have received a link to register your child(ren) for a place. Further details regarding this provision will follow on Monday afternoon.

If you need any further support at this time please e-mail our school office
sao@heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk

We understand that the government is keeping this situation under close review with the intention of opening classrooms as quickly as possible. We are currently planning for our classrooms to be closed for at least the first two weeks of term. We will send further updates when we are given information from the Department for Education.

December events at Heronsgate

Dear Parents/Carers,

We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your support during what has been a very strange term. You (along with our wonderful pupils and staff) have been incredibly adaptable and understanding, and this is very much appreciated. In spite of the restrictions placed upon us, we would still like to mark the Christmas period with the usual festivities. Children not taking part in Christmas events will have other activities provided for them. 

Please see below what we have planned this year:

Virtual Pantomime (“The Snow Queen”)
We have arranged for a pre-recorded pantomime to be played in all classrooms on Wednesday 9th December. Parents/carers will not be required to pay for this.

Bright Jumper Day
On Thursday 10th December, children are invited to wear a bright jumper in support of Save the Children, with a suggested donation of £1, payable via Squid.  A poster is attached here.

Festive Menu
On Thursday 10th December, the catering team will be providing a festive menu meal option. If your child would like to have a Christmas dinner, you will need to give permission via the Squid offer ‘Christmas Dinner permission’ by Thursday 3rd December.  This lunch is free for children in Reception up to Year 2 and £2.75 as normal for Years 3-6. The festive menu is attached here.

Christmas Parties
Children will have class bubble parties on Thursday 10th December in the afternoon.  Please note that food cannot be brought in from home on this occasion.  Children will not be changing into party clothes this year.

Virtual Class Christmas Performances
Each class will be uploading a short video, including readings, artwork and dance, based on a Christmas theme. You will be able to access this via your child’s Showbie/Tapestry account from Friday 11th December.

Christmas Card competition
Children across the school have been given the chance to submit their own Christmas card design based on the theme of ‘hope’.  The deadline is Friday 4th December and judges will pick a winner from each Key Stage.  Winners will receive an arty prize, be featured in the school newsletter and their card will be sent out digitally to governors and members of the community.

Christmas Cards from home
Christmas cards will be allowed within your child’s class bubble only.  If your child would like to do this, they will need to hand the cards to the class teacher who will place the cards in quarantine for 48 hours before handing out.

End of Term
Normal staggered finish times apply for the last day of term (Friday 18th December). 
Nursery children will finish on Thursday 17th December.
There will be no Happy Herons provision on Friday 18th December.

Start of Spring Term
The first day back for pupils will be Tuesday 5th January 2021. Please note that our current staggered start and finish times, along with all other restrictions, will remain in place at this point.

If you have any questions regarding these events, please contact the school office via email at sao@heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk

Thank you again for all your support this term. We wish you all a very happy and restful Christmas break.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Harris                                  Mrs Ahmed                                         Mr Khan

Executive Headteacher             Head of School Thamesmead            Head of School RA

Reception information for new parents

If your child turns four on or before August 31st 2021 you must apply to the Royal Borough of Greenwich for a primary school place (the school has no control over admissions for pupils in Reception and above) by 15th January 2021.
All the information you need to apply can be found online here. 

Please see our webpage for welcome videos, a virtual tour of our school and further information about our Reception classes at Heronsgate.

We hope this information will be helpful and hope to see your child at Heronsgate in September next year.

Specsavers High-Visibility Jackets for All Reception Children at Heronsgate

The giving season has come early and Specsavers have been extremely generous- delivering snazzy and lustrous high-visibility jackets for every single Reception child across both school sites.

At Heronsgate, we encourage walking, scooting and cycling to and from school as part of a healthy lifestyle as well as to reduce pollution. These Specsavers jackets will help our younger children to stand out more when actively travelling, particularly in these darker mornings and evenings when drivers may be impacted by the low light levels and the glare of other vehicles.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be continuing our ‘Be Bright Be Seen’ initiative within school, involving a video presentation to all classes from our Junior Travel Ambassadors, an artwork competition and the ongoing current sQuid sale of reflective road safety items.

Huge thanks to Specsavers, the Brake road safety charity and the Road Safety Officers of the Royal Borough of Greenwich for helping keep us all safe this winter.

Best wishes,
The Healthy Schools and Travel Team