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16th September, 2021

 

Information letter

 

 

Welcome back to the start of a new year. It has been wonderful to see the children so happy returning to school, and I must say, they have all settled back into the daily routine very well. The first week back is always exciting as the children get to meet their new teachers and staff; spend time in their new classrooms, see their friends again and start a new topic.  We use dojo to keep parents updated on a daily basis, if you are not connected to the class, please contact the school office.  I am sure you will agree, dojo is an excellent form of communication, it’s especially lovely to see the photos of the children throughout the day.

New Faces

This week we welcomed new children, families and staff to Newton. Our nursery induction sessions were held this week which provided a great opportunity to meet the children and their family members. We look forward to getting to know them all over the coming weeks as they settle into the school. We have had lots of new children join us this term, so a huge welcome to all our new families. We are glad you have chosen Newton and hope you will have a really happy time here.

Reminders

School starts at 8.50am (9.00am for nursery) and finishes at 3.15pm (3.00pm for Nursery). Many of you have been very keen to get to school this week, however, we would be grateful if you could not arrive in school too early, particularly at the end of the school day, as some of the yards are in use for lessons. Therefore, we are asking you not to be in school before 8.45am and 3.10pm and only one adult to pick up and drop off on the yard. Thank you for your support in this matter.

All absences must be reported to the office, even if you have also notified the class teacher.

Covid Update

We are hoping that this year will be as normal as it can be for our children. Although Wales is at alert level zero, in Newton Primary, we have kept many of our procedures in place for the start of the term. These procedures will be kept under regular review and will be amended in light of local and national guidance. Currently the main changes for schools are around the self-isolation and wearing of face coverings. This means that:

● Contacts of a proven case of COVID-19 who are under the age of 18 or those who are fully vaccinated do not have to self-isolate unless they themselves start to show symptoms of COVID-19. TTP (Test, Trace, and Protect) contact tracers (and not the school) will contact the positive case and get in touch with identified close contacts and offer them PCR testing on day 2 (or as soon as possible once identified as a contact) and day 8. TTP will also advise them on the most appropriate actions for their circumstances and for some, this will include advising to self-isolate. The majority of learners in a class/year group are unlikely to be identified as close contacts.  

The school has never been and will not be responsible for making any decisions regarding self-isolation.

● Face coverings are not routinely recommended for staff whilst in the classroom, but may be worn if the staff member wishes. Should there be any changes to local or national guidance, we will communicate them to you as appropriate.

Please continue to be mindful of the 3 main symptoms (new continuous cough, high temperature, loss of taste or smell) and DO NOT send your child to school if they display any of these symptoms. Thank you.

TESTING: Everyone showing symptoms requires a full PCR Test. Lateral flow tests are not reliable for children.

 

Personal belongings

We continue to work with the Local Authority in drawing up school risk assessments. In light of this, we ask pupils to only bring essential objects to school; lunch boxes and drink bottles. All personal belongings within school must minimised, e.g. no pencil cases or mobile phones.

 

School Uniform

Foundation Phase

Red sweatshirt/jumper/cardigan. (optional school logo)

Red, school summer dress.

Grey trousers/shorts.

Grey skirt/pinafore dress.

White shirt/polo shirt.

For PE: White T-shirt, black/grey shorts plimsolls/trainers.

 

Key Stage 2

Red sweatshirt, jumper/cardigan. (optional logo)

Red, school summer dress.

Grey trousers/shorts.

Grey skirt/pinafore dress.

White shirt/polo shirt.

PE: White T-shirt, black/grey shorts plimsolls/trainers

 

Footwear

Suitable and appropriate black shoes should be worn at all times. Shoes with high heels or flip flops are not deemed suitable.

Pupils are encouraged to wear trainers for PE lessons only. 

 

Jewellery

The wearing of most jewellery is forbidden for reasons of safety and security. Whilst parents are urged not to let their children wear earrings to school at all, we will accept simple studs. However for safety reasons, pupils will be required to remove theses studs for PE, therefore they must be able to remove them themselves. On no occasion will staff take any responsibility for the safe keeping of jewellery, watches or earrings

 

Simply Out of School

Donna intends to reopen private afterschool childcare later this term. Details to follow.

Dates for the diary (Autumn Term)

Thursday 14th October – Individual school photographs

Monday 18th October – Parent meeting week

Friday 22nd October – Last day in school

Monday 25th –Friday 29th October – Half Term

Monday 1st November – Pupils return to school

Thursday 25th November – School nurse -Flu vaccinations (Reception- Year 6)

Friday 17th December – Last day in school

Monday 20th December –Monday 3rd January – Christmas holidays

Tuesday 4th January 2022 – INSET DAY

Wednesday 5th January – Pupils return to school

 

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING (INSET) DAYS

Friday 3rd September 2021

Friday 17th September 2021

Tuesday 4th January 2022

Friday 8th April 2022

Monday 13th June 2022

Friday 22nd July 2022

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