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Newsletter - Friday 3rd April 2020

Dear Parents and Children

We hope that you are all safe and well and coping with the new routines. Well done to all children who have been learning at home and carrying out the tasks as set by your Teachers. We are going to be giving the Teachers a rest over Easter and we feel you should have fun time with your family too. Therefore no work will be set for Easter. There are some Easter activities on our website should you wish to do them. We will have more learning on our website for the start of what would be our summer term. You can find your learning on the children’s page, in the section called Learning at Home. We have seen on the news today that the BBC are also launching learning activities for primary aged children which will commence on April 20th.

Exercise

Well done to all of you who are taking part in the Joe Wicks exercise routine each day which can be found at 9am each day on You Tube. Today Mrs Burling and Mrs Leach took part in the fancy dress workout, we had the hungry caterpillar and a giraffe bending, stretching and jumping! It is really important that the children keep active and, with the weather improving, a safe walk out with the family once a day is recommended.

Life in School

School is open each day for children whose parents are critical workers and for those children who are vulnerable. The children have been great and have enjoyed a wide range of craft activities, gardening activities and games. We now have five lovely new class cushions in our lobby! We are pleased that we can help our NHS workers and Carers at this time and we are grateful to all the staff who are coming to school and ensuring the children have an enjoyable day with us.

If any of you need to contact the school, we are open from 9am until 3pm Monday to Friday. We might not always hear the phone but we will try to answer calls when we can. The best way to contact us is to email (admin@stlukesfirst.worcs.sch.uk ). We do ask that you do not come to school as we are trying to observe social distancing as much as we can.

Safeguarding

We have added an annex to our current Child Protection Policy to include safeguarding measures during this national emergency. This has been added to our website. In this annex is guidance to keep children safe online whilst at home. If you are concerned about the welfare of a child, you can still contact children’s social care and the Police through the usual channels.

Mrs Pemberton and Mrs Coleman are the safeguarding leads at St Luke’s and are ensuring that all safeguarding measures have been taken to protect children and staff.

Malvern Residential

Unfortunately due to the current crisis, our Malvern residential in May for Year 4 children has been cancelled and will not take place before the end of term. We are very sorry as we know this is something the Year 4 children very much look forward to. We know that, as they move to middle school, there will be opportunities in the future to go on outdoor residentials.

All monies paid so far will be re-funded. This will be actioned at the start of the summer term when our finance administrator is back in school.

 

 

Transition to middle school

We know that our Year 4 children were particularly upset on the day we closed the school as we are not yet sure whether we will return to school before the end of the summer term. At the moment we are not setting out any plans for transition as we don’t know how long the schools will be closed. As we get nearer the time, we will be working with the middle schools to consider how transition is managed and we ask for your patience and understanding at this unprecedented time.

I do want to reassure Year 4 children however that, should we not return before the end of the summer term, we will arrange a final get together when life returns to normal.

Free School Meals

For all families who are in receipt of free school meals, we are sending out food vouchers for the Easter two weeks. These vouchers can be spent at Asda on food items only. The Government have set up a vouchers scheme to ensure that free school meal children are provided for. We will start to use this scheme after Easter. We will email those families once we have more information.

Please note that free school meals is not the same as universal free school meals. We are only providing vouchers to families who are in receipt of benefits and have been given free school meal entitlement.

Stay Safe

We would like to wish all of you a safe and relaxed Easter break. We know it won’t be the same as usual but hopefully the sun will shine and we will all be able to spend quality time with our families. Our thoughts and prayers are with all our families at this time and we very much look forward to the time when we can all be back together again.

Take care and stay safe.

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