Welcome Back! – Hook’s Book Day, Red Nose Day, Class Photos, Family Lateral Flow Tests, Home Learning Questionnaire

8 March 2021

Dear Families,

A sincere ‘Welcome Back’ to all our families. Even the rain could not dampen our spirits today. We know that the children will have felt a range of emotions this morning, especially those who have not been in school since 18th December. The staff are using the next three weeks to get the children settled back into the routine, rebuild relationships and identify and work on any key learning missed.

Please find below further information about exciting things that are happening in the next few weeks.

Hook’s Book Week/Day

We made the decision to delay our World Book Day Celebrations until the children were back in school.

On Friday 12th we invite the children to come dressed up as their favourite character if they wish. We have a virtual book fair running all this week. Click on the first link to find the full online catalogue using the second link to place any orders.

https://issuu.com/usbornepublishing/docs/issu_usborne_uk_trade_catalogue_2021

Facebook Hook Book Fair Link

For further information on our World Book Day events click here.

Red Nose Day Friday 19th March

The theme for this years Red Nose Day is “Heroes”. We invite the children to come dressed as a ‘Hero’ on Friday 19th March. This could be; their favourite super-hero, someone who is a hero in everyday life, a firefighter, a nurse, a teacher for example, or just to come dressed as themselves (we think they are all heroes!). In school, we are going to walk in the footsteps of one of this years Heroes – Sir Captain Tom Moore – and walk 100 miles across the week. Each class will take part of this challenge to gain a collective 100 miles. To raise money for this worth while charity, we will add a donation onto Parent pay, with a minimum donation of £1 but no upper limit if you feel you would like to donate more.

Class Photographs 23rd March

The class photographs last year were hugely popular so we have invited Tempest Photography back into school on Tuesday 23rd March to take their pictures once again. The children will stay in their class bubbles for the photograph with the photographer remaining socially distanced at all times. We will share information of how to order along with the proof.

Family Lateral Flow COVID Testing

We have been informed by the DFE that households of any school aged children are eligible for twice weekly lateral flow tests and have been asked to share the following information with you:

Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.

Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

> through your employer, if they offer testing to employees;
> by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests;
> by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most

If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.

Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.

Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.

Home Learning

We hope that whole school Home Learning has come to an end once and for all. However, don’t lose sight of your user names and passwords just yet. They may be needed in the event of a bubble closure and we are also evaluating how these systems may be useful in normal school times, e.g. setting homework. We would like to know what you thought of the Home Learning provision for this most recent lockdown and have a short questionnaire for you to share your views.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=_n5Qb3P0wkK3Cgj_m3wS1qWbYbsnwUlMlNTXJIzw8StUNVI2SkVNSVhRVFo2MEdCOTM1VjBZUlJLNy4u

We would really appreciate your feedback.

Thank you once again for your continued support. We are quite literally writing the history books at the moment and I hope it is documented how well communities pulled together to support one another when the going was tough.

Kindest Regards

Caroline Ainley
Head of School