I cannot believe that we are nearly at the end of our first term of the year, the last few weeks have flown by.
It has been so wonderful to see the children return to school after such a long time away from us. A special welcome to our new Nursery, Reception and children who have joined us in other year groups and their families. We look forward to working with you over the coming years.
Prior to lock-down a group of parents met with Mrs Charles to discuss school communication. They requested that alongside our letters that we send to you we looked to produce a newsletter, where information, news and things to celebrate could be shared with our school family. We would appreciate any feedback you wish to share with us regarding this form of communication.
You will have noticed that myself and my Senior Leadership Team (Mrs Mawdsely and Mrs Webb) have been present on the gates and playgrounds at the start and the end of each day, please do talk to us about any questions of concerns that you have, equally if you have some positive or exciting news we would like you to share that with us too.
I have been overwhelmed by the messages of support we have received since returning. In these challenging times we have had to make many changes to what school looks like for you and your children and your feedback has been appreciated.
Dairy Dates for Term 2
In the current climate we are not able to hold parents' evenings as we normally would. On Monday you will receive a settling in report for your child, which is designed to give you the information you would receive during a face to face meeting with your child's teacher, how they have settled in since coming back to school in September, what's going well and what their targets are for the next term.
Once you have had the opportunity to read this, if you have any further questions or comments to make, please do not hesitate to contact the class teacher, their email address will be on the report.
Drop off and pick up times
Our one way system and the staggered start and finish times enable us to try to keep you and your children safe by limiting the contact with those outside their bubble. As a reminder the timings of the school day for each year group is as as follows:
Reception 9:00am - 3:00pm
Year 1 8:45am - 3:00pm
Year 2 8:50am - 3:05pm
Year 3 8:45am - 3:10pm
Year 4 8:50am - 3:10pm
Year 5 8:55am - 3:10pm
Year 6 8:55am - 3:15pm
Nursery morning sessions 9:00am-11:30pm
afternoon sessions 12:30pm-3:00pm
We have asked that parents do not arrive more than five minutes before the start of the day, this is to support our efforts in trying the limit the number of people on site at any one time, it is also to try to reduce the amount of people waiting on Market Road. Over the last few weeks we have noticed that some parents are arriving as early as 8:05am. Please could I remind parents to avoid queueing up early in the mornings as it impacts on other parents being able to maintain their distance while bringing their children to school.
We are also noticing that some parents are not adhering to the one way system we have in place, again we respectfully request that this is followed to try to limit the amount of close contact between families.
Social distancing while on site
Thank you to all of the families who are supporting us with trying to maintain social distancing while on site, we know that even with the measures that we have put in place, it is sometimes difficult to do this.
We have a duty of care to our pupils, parents and staff to keep each other as safe as we can in this current climate and because of this from Monday we are asking you to support us by doing the following;
all adults coming onto the school site must wear a face covering. Staff will be wearing face coverings while on the playgrounds at the start and the end of the day.
leave the school site as quickly and as safely as possible
while waiting on the playground for older siblings, at the end of the day, children must stay with the adult who has collected them.
World Mental Health Day
It was so lovely to see our school community dressed in a sea of yellow last week in support of 'Wear it Yellow Day'. We are still in the processes of counting the donations that were made - all proceeds from the day will go to YOUNGMINDS a fantastic mental health charity.
Thank you to all of the families who have been able to support us with our Harvest donation this year. We have been overwhelmed by your generosity in these difficult times. All of the items that you have sent into school will be delivered to the new food bank in Thrapston who are working hard to support our community. For more information about the work that they do have a look at their Facebook page.
Please ensure that you apply for a secondary school place for your child and that this is received before the closing date.
A late application will mean that the chance of getting one of your preferred schools is greatly reduced.
PRIMARY SCHOOL PLACES The application process for starting primary in September 2021 is now open.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on 15 January 2021.
If your child is currently in our Nursery setting and you would like them to attend Reception at our school you must apply using the above link.
IF YOU ARE NOT SURE HOW TO APPLY OR NEED SOME SUPPORT, PLEASE SPEAK TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE
Nut free school
Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies in children.
We have children in school who suffer from severe nut allergy and so it is vital that we do not have nuts in school in any form, either in lunch boxes or brought in as treats.
Some examples of products containing nuts and therefore not allowed in lunch boxes are:
Cereal bars/Muesli bars
Some granola bars
Some cakes, cookies and biscuits
Some Asian food, including satay
All types of nut
The list is not exhaustive, so please check the packaging of products closely. We are making regular checks on the children’s lunches to ensure these rules are being followed.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to share out boxes of chocolates brought in to celebrate birthdays if any of the sweets inside contain nuts, and these will have to be returned home unopened. Thank you for your support.
Thrapston focus on ......
In each newsletter we will be focusing on an area which we feel would be of interest to our school community. This issue's focus will be Online Safety.
In January 2020 the NSPCC reported that an estimated 90 cybercrimes recorded a day were against children*
They estimate that from the period April 2019- January 2020 more than 25,300 child abuse image and grooming offences have been recorded by the police.
Based on latest police recorded crime data, it's estimated an average of 1 online abuse offence against a child was recorded every 16 minutes in England and Wales
the sites they can visit and the type of information they can share.
Agree with your child when they can have a mobile phone or tablet.
The best way to find out what your child is doing online is to ask them to tell you about what they do and what sites they like to visit. If they’re happy to, ask them to show you.
Talk to them about being a good friend online.
Put yourself in control
Install parental controls on your home broadband and any Internet-enabled devices.
Set up a user account for your child on the main device they use and make sure other accounts inthe household are password-protected so that younger children can’t access them by accident.
Use airplane mode
Use airplane mode on your devices when your child is using them so they can’t make any unapproved purchases or interact with anyone online without your knowledge.
Encourage them to use their tech devices in a communal area like the lounge or kitchen so you can keep an eye on how they’re using the Internet and also share in their enjoyment.
Talk to siblings
It’s also a good idea to talk to any older children about what they’re doing online and what they show to younger children.
Encourage them to be responsible and help keep their younger siblings safe.
Use safe search engines such as Swiggle or Kids-search. You can save time by adding these to your ‘Favourites’. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines, as well as YouTube.
Check if it’s suitable
The age ratings that come with games, apps, films and social networks are a good guide to whether they’re suitable for your child. For example, the minimum age limit is 13 for several social networking sites, including Facebook and Instagram. Although sites aimed at under-10s like Moshi Monsters and Club Penguin also have social networking elements Content