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Weekly Update - 25.9.20

Dear Families,

As we come to the end of another busy week, I think that we should compliment the children and staff of St Mary's for all of the wonderful learning opportunities that have been going on in school. It's been fantastic to see super reading, writing and maths but also to hear music, French and laughter. Everyone is enjoying opportunities to talk, for PSHE, for mindfulness and for physical activities. Class 6 have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the daily mile this week.

 

 

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister announced further national measures to address the rising cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in England. These measures came into force from Thursday onwards. It is vital that children and young people continue to receive an education, therefore, schools, colleges and universities will remain open. Full details of the new measures and when they come into force can be found in the guidance on what has changed: 22 September.

 

We want to keep everyone in our school family and community as safe as possible. Thank you for all of your support with the measures that we have put into place at St Mary's.

 

Staggered Entry and Exit - We ask that only 1 adult accompanies their child/children to school.

Please socially distance when dropping off and collecting children. Wearing a face covering can help to mitigate risks. Please exit the site as soon as possible.

 

Socialising - We have local restrictions in place. 

You must not meet people who do not live with you or are not part of your support bubble, either indoors or outdoors, unless for the specific purposes mentioned below.

People should only come inside your home for specific purposes:

  • where everyone in the gathering lives together or is in the same support bubble
  • to attend a birth at the mother's request
  • to visit a person who is dying (the visitor can be someone the dying person lives with, a close family member, friend or, if none of those is visiting, anyone else)
  • to fulfil a legal obligation
  • for work purposes (see guidance on working safely in other people's homes), or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services
  • for the purposes of education or training
  • for the purposes of childcare provided by a registered provider
  • to provide emergency assistance
  • to enable one or more persons in the gathering to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm
  • to facilitate a house move
  • to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents.

 

Childcare - You can continue to use early years and childcare settings, including childminders and providers offering before or after school clubs or other out-of-school settings for children. You can also continue to employ nannies, including those living outside of the region. Children of parents who are separated can continue to move between households.

'Informal' childcare, for example grandparents looking after children, is allowed for children under 14 or vulnerable adults where that is necessary for caring purposes. It does not allow for play-dates or parties.

 

You can find out more at www.durham.gov.uk/localrestrictions

 

PE Days - please send your child to school in their PE kit.

Class 1 - Monday

Class 2 - Monday & Tuesday

Class 3 - Tuesday & Wednesday

Class 4- Tuesday & Thursday

Class 5 - Tuesday & Friday

Class 6 - Wednesday & Friday

 

Hot meals -  Meals are charged at £2.10 per day. As the weather gets colder, please take up the option of a hot meal and support Mrs Tully and Mrs Bandtock in our school kitchen.

Monday - Sausage Roll and Chips

Tuesday - Pizza and Jacket Potato

Wednesday - Breaded Chicken and Roast Potatoes

Thursday - Tomato Pasta and Garlic Bread

Friday - Fish and Chips

There will be fruit, biscuits and cake available too.

 

School Fund - Please try to support us in offering our children additional opportunities and resources in school by contributing to school fund if you can. Mrs Corbett is setting this up on Parent Pay. Families can contribute £2 a month or £22 for the academic year. Your generosity is much appreciated.

 

Flu Immunisations - Please can you send completed forms back to school? Thank you

 

Website Update - Our new website should launch on October 26th. Access on androids and tablets will be easier due to updated technology.

 

Remote Learning - Please continue to access all of the children's accounts - Reading Eggs, Epic, Mathletics, Numbots, TT Rockstars, Charanga and Espresso. 

 

Thank you for your continued support. Take care and have a lovely weekend.

 

Mrs Robson

 

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