26th March 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you have all had a good week this week.
This week the children have been as busy as ever and there has been some terrific learning taking place. A number of children have become more independent in completing routines throughout the week. A number are talking a lot more and using words like ‘excited’ in context. There has been some great maths learning and some wonderful physical skill development when using a new walker to navigate the corridors. In my favourite conversation of the week one young man came to collect a sticker for making really good progress in regards to being able to manage his emotions in class and learn with all his friends. I told him it might be a ‘2 sticker prestigious’ moment and we chatted about what that meant. When I said he could tell his teacher he was really pleased and I asked him what type of moment it was. He said it was a ‘2 sticker suspicious moment!’ Fantastic!
Diary date reminders:
The last day of spring term is Thursday 1st April as Good Friday is the 2nd April this year.
- Monday 19th April (this was postponed from 29th January)
- Friday 28th May (this was postponed from 22nd February)
- Friday 25th June (as planned)
Access to Lateral Flow Device Tests
NHS Test and Trace announced recently, that all adults in households with school and college age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.
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, 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.
Please do take up this offer if you can. Whist your children do not need to take the tests if adults around them are doing so this will help reduce transmission in our community. Thank you.
Bright Sky app
Bright Sky is a mobile app and website for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or who is worried about someone else. The app can be downloaded for free via the app stores. Launched in partnership with Vodafone, the app includes questionnaires to assess the safety of a relationship, and a section on dispelling myths around domestic and sexual abuse.
The website is focused on how to spot the signs of domestic abuse, advice on how to support someone you have concerns for, and ways to find help.
The app is available in 5 languages: English, Urdu, Punjabi, Polish and Welsh.
Download for android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.newtonmobile.hestia&hl=en_GB&gl=US
Download for iOs: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/bright-sky/id1105880511
Although lockdown measures appear as though they are slowly being lifted, the longer term impact of Covid still exists. People still need to self-isolate and families continue to suffer financial hardship. The West Sussex Community Hub remains open to support families and individuals who are experiencing financial hardship or are in need of supplies, including those not eligible for free school meals.
The hub is open from 8am-8pm, seven days a week and people can contact the Hub online or by calling 033 022 27980.
Very best wishes for a lovely weekend