Happy New Year!
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the Spring term.
I hope you all managed to have a nice Christmas break and it was lovely to welcome the children and young people back onsite this week full of spirit and stories. Unfortunately, I know that for many, COVID had other plans over Christmas and many spent it isolating, myself included. My youngest daughter tested positive on Christmas Eve and she was inconsolable thinking Father Christmas would not visit, but she was not disappointed on Christmas morning, and then my husband tested positive on Christmas day. Not the Christmas we planned for but we made the most we could out of our situation. I know many other families that have been in the same situation as us. However, I am thankful to be back in work, the girls back to school and we are looking forward to what 2022 has in store for us.
As we have returned this week we have faced new COVID guidance and cases as well as snow…
As you know, safety is our main priority and with the new guidance and updates released last weekend and this week we have updated our risk assessment and this can be viewed on our website. As I am sure you are aware there have been an extremely high number of cases in December and it is predicted there will be in January too, this inevitably will have an impact upon school and attendance of both students and staff. If any student does test positive, please inform school as soon as possible. If the student is well enough then remote learning will be provided by their teacher. I am committed to ensuring our children and young people receive the highest quality teaching with minimal disruptions to their education. This week, our staffing levels remain high and we have had minimal COVID cases. Throughout the coming weeks, this may change and we will act accordingly and in line with Public Health guidance. We are following all the advice from Public Health and measures are in place to try to reduce the spread – extra hand washing, ventilation and cleaning throughout the day.
Updated Isolation Guidance for COVID-19 Cases
The guidance on isolation dates for people with COVID-19 was updated over the Christmas break. Cases may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period if they do not have a high temperature. If these tests are both negative, then they can leave isolation on Day 7 following the second negative result. The first test must be taken no earlier than Day 6 of the self-isolation period and the tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This applies to all children and young people including those under 5.
So, if both these test results are negative, and the case does not have a high temperature, they may end their self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to education setting from Day 7.
If one of these tests is positive, then they can do tests 24 hours apart until there are two in a row that are negative. Once they have two in a row that are negative, they should stop testing and leave isolation. If the Day 10 one is still positive, they should stop testing and leave isolation on Day 11.
Also, guidance has been updated about confirmatory PCR tests as these have been temporarily suspended from Tuesday 11th January. This will mean that anyone who receives a positive LFD test result will be required to self-isolate immediately and will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.
When we experience heavy snow and ice, my priority is always the safety for the children, young people and staff. All decisions are taken around that concern. There may be extreme circumstances when it is necessary to close the school. I would only take that decision if the student’s and staffs’ safety are put at risk because:
• There are not enough staff in school because of unexpected snow/weather conditions
• The weather makes it too dangerous for staff and students to travel to school
• The grounds are too dangerous
• The heating/hot water is not working
• School dinners are not available
I will try to make a decision about school closure as soon as possible and will inform parents through ParentsApp, a message on the school website, social media, local radio stations and through Oldham Council’s website www.oldham.gov.uk (School Closures). Please can you ensure we have up to date contact details to ensure you receive any news as soon as possible.
After school club may be cancelled when the weather is poor too. We will contact parents via ParentsApp.
During the winter period, if it is safe to do so, the children and young people will spend some time outside playing in the snow. This means the children need wellingtons or sturdy boots plus a change of footwear and spare socks for inside. Also ensure your child is well wrapped up with a thick coat, hat, gloves and scarves.
Let’s see what Miss Simms’ class have been doing this week…
“Happy 2022 from our class! We came back to school on Tuesday and wanted to make this year even better than the last. We got to work straight away and created some New Year’s resolutions! These involved: trying out new things such as going for more walks, learning how to swim on our backs, eating more fruit and vegetables and drinking more water. We are looking forward to seeing how we can be the best person we can possibly be!
We have been learning about quadrants and translation this week in maths. Miss Simms has been so impressed with our perseverance and determination! We don’t say, “This is too hard, I can’t do it!” We keep trying and we don’t give up.
Our science topic for this term is “body pump” where we are going to learn all about the circulatory system. This week, we had a big discussion about what we already know about the human body and started to explore how the blood moves around our body. We also learnt about how to stay fit and healthy in our PE lesson and completed a circuit to make our hearts beat faster!
Over the next few weeks, we are going to be learning about the water cycle and rivers in our geography lessons. We had a go at acting out the water cycle this week and created a mini water world to watch the water cycle in action!
We started our new “Ancient Egypt” topic this week and we began by turning ourselves in to mummies! We learnt where Egypt is on the world map and discussed who the Ancient Egyptians were.”
Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs…
Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is Oliver for building a tall tower using bricks and requesting an adult to engage him in play, but also for overall brilliant engagement all week.
Mrs Lerigo’s SEAL Superstar is Euan for giving the biggest squeezes and amazing eye contact when staff interact and engage him in his learning.
Miss Marston’s STAR of the week is Lewis has got star of the week. Lewis has been fantastic this week. He has settled in after Christmas and has done brilliant work in maths. Well done Lewis
Miss Parkinson’s STAR of the week is Mia for having a great week back and brilliant work in maths and phonics.
Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Oscar for brilliant listening in his Maths lessons this week.
Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Isaam for some fabulous sharing this week.
Mr Corrigan’s WOW moment goes to Logan. Well done!
Mrs Halkyard’s STAR of the week is Chris for super effort in maths.
Mrs Halkyard’s SEAL of the week is Andie for great team work.
Mrs Halkyard’s DOJO winner is Marco. Well done!
Miss Prescott’s STAR of the week is Eli for settling into his new class and making new friends.
Miss Prescott’s SEAL of the week is Zack for using kind words, kind hands and kind feet in class.
Miss Prescott’s DOJO winner is Madison. Well done!
Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Elliot for being able to talk about his feelings.
Miss Simms’ WOW winner is Alfie. Well done!
Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Jacob for joining in with topic work enthusiastically.
Mrs Woodhead’s SEAL Superstar is Lewis for asking to join in with someone else’s game.
Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Marcus for having a great first week back and settling into his new class.
Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Daniel for recognising different ways of learning and settling back into school.
Miss Tootill’s DOJO winner is Charlie. Well done!
This week, our Story Bag winners are:
I hope you enjoy the little suitcase full of books with your families at home.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend. We are finally seeing family that we did not get to see over Christmas so we are very excited about seeing them.