Friday 17 September 2021

Weekly Newsletter - Friday 17th September

Headteacher: Mrs L Nicholls 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Covid-19 Update
This week we have been made aware that a very small number of pupils across the school have tested positive for COVID 19. We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. The school remains open and providing your child remains well and is not displaying symptoms of Covid-19 they can continue to attend school as normal. We will keep this under review.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home and you should arrange a PCR test. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via

Symptoms of COVID 19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
• new continuous cough and/or
• high temperature
• a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at

How to stop the spread of COVID-19
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
• wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
• use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• wash your hands as soon as you get home
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

In school we will continue with our measures already in place and will also continue to monitor closely with public health.

Reception Pupils

Our reception pupils started full time this week and have been enjoying their time in school already. Once again a very warm welcome to all of our new families. We look forward to our nursery pupils starting full time over the next few weeks and getting to know them all.

Dairy Dates
Monday 20th - Friday 24th September
On Monday some of our year 6 boys continue with their outdoor putrsuits learning in Boys Stepping up. Mrs Ellender is hosting a training session for anyone who has applied to be a volunteer in school.
Rev Rich is visiting on Tuesday and will be leading our key stage 2 assembly. Miss Young is interviewing some of our older pupils and thesuccessful candidates will become our ‘Digital Leaders’ and take on some technical responsibilities in school. In the afternoon some of our year 5&6 pupils will continue with their LAMDA sessions.
On Wednesday afternoon Redwood will be continuing with their swimming lessons.
On Thursday Cathy Forrester our school nurse will be available from 8.30 am in the school office. Please drop in if you have any health questions or need any advice.
We finish the week on Friday with our usual E for Excellence assemblies.

Shared mailboxes and communication
We have experienced some technical difficulties in the past few weeks. However, I can confirm that the emails below are now working correctly and staff are no longer using the previous emails. I apologise if you have not received a response from us but rest assured the problem is now fixed. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Reception to Year 6 Parents
You will receive information today regarding the flu immunisations. If you would like your child to receive this immunisation, please complete the consent form and return to school by Monday 4th October. The immunisation team will be in school on Thursday 14th October.

Year 6 Parents
As your child is now in Year 6, now is the time that you will need to make an application for your child to start secondary school in September 2022.
Without an application your child will not be offered a Secondary school place.
Please visit the Havering website where you will find a brochure titled ‘Transferring to a Havering Secondary School in September 2022’ along with a short presentation video which explains the application process and answers some of the most common questions asked by parents. You will also find a link to the application system (eAdmissions).
All applications for Secondary Schools must be submitted online by no later than 31 October 2021.

Year 5 Parents
Normally at this time of year, the local secondary schools would be inviting parents and pupils to visit the schools in preparation to apply when pupils are in year 6.
Given the current concern around Covid-19, some Havering Secondary Schools have taken a decision to amend / cancel the initial published open evening arrangements. Please visit the schools website or contact them directly for the latest open evening information. Some schools have indicated that these events may now need to be pre-booked to allow schools to control numbers and some have taken a decision to only hold a virtual open evening. In all cases where parents are allowed on schools premises, appropriate PPE and social distancing measures will be required.

Pupil Premium
The Government uses the number of children registered as eligible for Free School Meals as the basis for allocating extra funding to our schools. This is called ‘Pupil Premium’ funding and it has fantastic potential for supporting all of the pupils at our schools. That’s why it is so important that we have as many eligible parents and families sign up as possible. If you apply and are successful here are some of the benefits:
● You will receive a £40 voucher per child, per year to assist with the cost of school uniform redeemable at Premier Schoolwear.
● The school can provide assistance with contributions towards school trips and residential visits.
● After school clubs can continue to be free of charge
● Access to the Holiday Activities and Food Programme during the Christmas holidays and future school holidays for as long as government funding is continued
Remember - you don’t actually have to eat the school dinners!
Some children or families are put off because they think that Free School Meals status means that they have to eat the school lunches. This is not true! Should you prefer to bring a packed lunch from home, that is absolutely fine. But the school will still get this important funding. Even KS1 children who already receive Universal Free School Meals may still be eligible for this funding.
You may be eligible if you get any of the following:
● Income Support
● income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
● income-related Employment and Support Allowance
● support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
● the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
● Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
● Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
● Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
If it is confirmed that your child is entitled to free school meals, they will remain eligible until they finish this phase of schooling (primary) they are in on 31st March 2022. There will be no need to inform the school or council if your personal circumstances change.
What to do now:
You can make your application on the Havering Council website:
OR if you prefer, you can contact the school office and give your details and permission and we can check your eligibility for you.

Havering Catering Services

Week beginning 20th September is week 2 on the Havering catering services menu. All meals are served with unlimited salad and vegetables and cost £2.35.
Please be reminded that your child’s sQuid account should be topped up at all times. We cannot provide dinners for pupils whose account exceeds a debt of £10. If you are experiencing difficulties please contact Mrs West in the school office who will be able to provide you with support and assistance.

Weekly Attendance - Target 96%

KS1: 95%      KS2:94.57%     Overall: 95%
Congratulations to Apricot and Larch who top the attendance table this week.

E for Excellence Winners
These wonderful children have demonstrated excellence this week.












































Certificate of Presentation
The following children have been recognised for the beautifully presented work in their books. They clearly take pride in all that they do and are doing their best in every lesson.
Aarna, Brooke, Ellie, Aaliyah-Shae, Divine, Katlyn, Charlie

Star Writers
These children have been awarded a star writer certificate and golden pencil in recognition of their excellent writing, use of powerful vocabulary and sophisticated writing techniques.
Ruby W, Karimah, Annabelle, Hannah, Safiyyah, Peter, Anna, Larissa, Jacob, Dara, Aadya,Bella-Rose, William, Maddison, Lillie, Olivia, Ibukun, Paige, Jaabir, Ameera,

Learning Power Awards 
These are the key skills that our children will need to learn effectively in class and to be successful later in life.
These children have shown interdependence, collaborated effectively, listened to others, displayed empathy and have imitated effective ideas and methods from others.
Lukas, Niamh, Hope, Bella-Rose, Amari, Henry, Joshua,Jimmy, Edie, Millen
These pupils have planned carefully, revised ideas, identified key features and can talk about their learning.
Happiness, Noah, Maisie, Edward, Desara, Nathaniel, Zofia, Emily
These children have demonstrated perseverance, managed distractions, noticed patterns and been absorbed in their tasks.
Aisling, Ella, Dominic, Isla, Fariha, George, Batool, Esmee, Livi, Joy, Blake, Sonny, Martyn
These pupils have been curious about learning, made links between ideas, shown imagination, reasoned methodically and capitalised on resources.
Archie, Amber, Tiffany, Anna, Harry, Eric, Oneyka

Teacher Happy
Amelia, Thomas, Emily, Riley, Logan have all been making their teachers happy this week.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Yours sincerely,

Mrs L Nicholls 

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