Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have all had a good week. The children have had another busy week of learning! One young pupil was practising walking in the corridor and really focussed on walking rather than running. He kept watching his feet and putting one right in front of the other to prevent himself running! As he came near to another pupil, the other pupil said ‘please go past, I’ll wait!’ and then stood to the side. Such beautiful manners and communication! Another young lady used her eyes and her beaming smile to greet me and really held my attention. Another pupil has had dry nappy pads all day and used the toilet three times. One of our older pupils has produced his first story and came to read it to me: I loved the description of the fog whirling round in the forest! Another highlight has been one of our littlest pupils sharing his delight with mini-beasts after a rainy night. Spying two baby snails on the way into school he said “wow, snails!” He picked them up and then remembered he needed to sanitise his hands, so he turned to me and said ‘”you like snails? You hold them?” and proceeded to give me them (slime and all) whilst he washed his hands! Fantastic! Hearing him chatting away was worth all the slime!  

Palatine Primary School is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors.  Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in our school is the responsibility of the whole school community.  All adults in this school are required to report any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead. At Palatine, we have a safe and nurturing environment where children can learn and develop happily and we also aim to equip children with skills to help keep them safe. More information can be found here.  We use our puppet Saps to help explain to our children how to stay safe and includes areas such as road safety, e-safety, stranger danger and the importance of hand washing.  Ask your child about Saps!

As of Monday we enter the next phase of the Government’s Covid plan. In conjunction with other local special schools we will continue to follow our Covid risk assessments as they are for now. The government advice is that staff continue to wear PPE as they do currently and they will continue to take tests twice a week. We want to ensure that school continues with minimal disruption so feel it makes sense to move forward cautiously in order to protect our communities.  Please help us by maintaining vigilance around symptoms and following all government advice.

Thank you for your ongoing and continued support.

Have a lovely weekend.

Very best wishes

 

Catriona

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