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Headteachers Newsletter 28.5.21, by Mrs Collins

Date: 28th May 2021 @ 11:05am

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Newsletter 12.3.21, by Mrs Collins

Date: 15th Mar 2021 @ 10:20am

12th March 2021

Dear Parents / Carers,

As we approach the end of the first full week in school since the return of the children, I would like to thank you as parents for your support in following the Covid -19 requirements. It has also been a pleasure to see you and to hear of how you have coped during lockdown.

Children’s Return

It has also been a delight to see the children return to some form of ‘normality’ and to hear their chatter and laughter permeating around the school and the grounds. I have included a selection of photographs to illustrate some of the work and fun, which has taken place.

Wellbeing

As previously mentioned, we have focussed on the children’s wellbeing this week introducing our ‘myHappyMind’ programme and running a very creative curriculum utilising the outdoors where possible. Next week we will start to reintroduce some more traditional based learning, but will also blend this with outdoor opportunities to suit the needs of the children

Outdoor Learning

Our outdoor learning is growing from strength to strength and is being led by Ms Hill-Davis. On a cautionary note please be advised that the woodland area is quite muddy at present and therefore old clothing and footwear is the order of the day. Your child’s class teacher will advise you before your child is due to take part in outdoor learning.

Residential Visits

Sadly, we have had to cancel the majority of residential visits, which we were due to run this academic year due to the current regulations. However, there is a chance that we might be able to proceed with the Year 6 visit to the Lake District as this has been booked for the beginning of July and providing that the country follows the roadmap out of lockdown set out by the Government, this should be a possibility.

Due to the cancellation of residential visits this academic year, we have booked the following visits for each year group from September 2021. Please note that these dates are provisional and will only be confirmed when a further letter has been distributed and if we are permitted to run visits to these locations:

13th -15th October 21: Year 2 visit to Hartington (Current Year 1)

20th -22nd October 21: Year 3 visit to Anglesey (Current Year 2)

5th, 6th and 7th January 22: Year 1 visit to Tattenhall (Current Year R) One night per group.

9th -11th February 22: Year 4 visit to York  (Current Year 3)

23rd -27th May 22: Year 6 visit to the Lake District (Current Year 5)

Current Year 4 visit still to be confirmed.

Any money banked currently for a visit will automatically be transferred to next year’s visit, unless you notify us otherwise. Please note that this will not show in your account due to the money collection system used, but rest assured all balances will be transferred accordingly.

Wrap Around Care

Please can I remind parents to book for Wrap Around clubs in advance, especially ones for the following week, by the previous Friday at 12.00pm. This enables the staff to purchase the required amount of produce for meals and ensures that I allocate the correct number of staff to the facility.

Turn on the subtitles campaign

We have been asked to pass on the following information to all parents / carers.

Turning on the subtitles while children are watching television can double the chances of them becoming good at reading. Here is Stephen Fry to explain the benefits of turning on the subtitles in more detail. www.turnonthesubtitles.org/parents.

If you would like to know more about the campaign and understand all the research behind this, please look at www.turnonthesubtitles.org.

Red Nose Day – Friday 19th March

This year for red nose day we would like the children to wear an item of red clothing. They may also wear non uniform for the day. We will be collecting donations of £1.00 which will be sent to this worthy charity. Children may also wear a red nose should they wish to do so.

And finally

Please do not hesitate to contact us should the need arise via the school office or please use the following email accounts:

Reception: reception@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

Year 1: year1@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

Year 2: year2@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

Year 3: year3@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

Year 4: year4@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

Year 5: year5@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

Year 6: year6@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

returns@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Kind regards

Mark Joule

Head teacher

Newsletter 5.3.21, by Mrs Collins

Date: 5th Mar 2021 @ 3:39pm

5th March 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

We are looking forward to Monday 8th March, when we will be able to welcome all pupils back to school. It will be fantastic to see the children return to their classes and watch them interact with their friends and members of staff.

 

Prior to welcoming the children back to school, we would like to thank you as parents for your continued support during what has been a difficult period for all involved in education. With your support we believe that your children have managed to access the online learning provided and have continued to flourish.

 

Monday March 8th

In preparation for the full reopening of the school, we’ve been working closely with the local public health team to ensure that we are following the latest Government guidance and necessary precautions to make our school COVID-secure. Although infection rates are coming down gradually in the area, we can all continue to play our part to help reduce transmission of the virus by following these simple measures:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water or hand sanitiser
  • Wear a face covering when entering public indoor buildings or travelling on public transport
  • Make space by keeping a two-metre distance from anyone outside your household, where possible
  •  Self-isolate with your household and get a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms by calling 119 or visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus.
  • Self-isolate for 10 days if you are a contact of a confirmed case

Pupils and families are also reminded to follow the COVID-19 safety measures we have in place at our school.

  • All adults to wear a face covering when visiting or entering the school/early year’s premises including outdoor yard areas. 
  • All visitors and pupils to follow the one-way systems implemented on site.
  • Parents/carers to arrive and leave promptly when dropping off/collecting their child – please do not congregate and maintain social distancing as we know that the virus is easily transmitted from person to person. 
  • Pupils are to avoid congregating outside school, mixing with pupils from other schools and should go directly home. 

If you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of staff or a pupil in primary or secondary school you can also get a twice-weekly rapid lateral flow test. You can collect two packs of home test kits at a local collection point, which are open daily from 1pm to 7pm. Households in England with people who attend or work in schools in Wales are also eligible to access these tests. Full details of where you an access a test can be found on the Testing and Self-isolation section of the Government website:  www.gov.uk/coronavirus

From the 8 March the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme will be extended to assist parents and guardians whose child is required to self-isolate. This is restricted to one parent or guardian who are unable to work due to caring for a child who is required to self-isolate. For more details go to the ‘How to get help’ section at: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/covid

 

 

During the coming weeks please do not hesitate to contact us should the need arise via the school office or please use the following email accounts:

 

Reception: reception@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 1: year1@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 2: year2@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 3: year3@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 4: year4@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 5: year5@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 6: year6@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

returns@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

Newsletter 24.2.2021, by Mrs Collins

Date: 24th Feb 2021 @ 11:59am

Head Teacher’s Newsletter

24th February 2021

 

Dear Parents / Carers 

 

I would like to extend a welcome to all our remote learners as well as those currently in school. We trust that you had an enjoyable half term and were able to get some time away from the tablets / computer screens.

 

Having received the welcome news from the Prime Minister, we are currently planning for the full reopening of the school on March 8th.  We have therefore revised our risk assessments and procedures for when the full complement of children return.

 

As prior to Christmas, we will continue to operate staggered start and finish times as follows:

 

Children with surnames beginning with:

Parents / Children Arrive on site

Children enter class

Parents / Children Arrive on site

Children leave class

A - G

8.35am

8.40 am

2.55pm

3.00pm

H-O

8.55am

9.00 am

3.10pm

3.15pm

P-Z

9.10am

9.15am

3.25pm

3.30pm

 

If you have previously changed the allocated time through consultation with school, then we ask that you use the drop off and collection times that have been agreed.

 

Please note that entry and exit to and from the school will be from the vehicle gate on the high street and the pedestrian gate adjacent to the Kiddiecare pathway, a member of staff will be on duty on each gate to guide you if required. We ask that all parents / carers follow the designated one-way system.

 

Please note that it is essential that all adults and children over the age of 12 wear face coverings on entering the site. Adults who are exempt from wearing face coverings must display their lanyards or exemption passes.

 

Attendance

Please note that as Head teacher, I have been advised to inform all parents that attendance is mandatory for all pupils from the 8th March unless your child is classed as Extremely Vulnerable and has a shielding letter. We are also requested by law to follow our attendance procedures should a child not attend school from this date.

 

Before and After School Provision

From Monday 8th March we will be reopening the before and after school provision. Bookings for this service must be made in advance through the Eduspot booking system to enable us to prepare the area for the correct number of children.

Please note that drop off for the before and after school clubs is through the Verdin Exchange car park. Please use the pathway adjacent to Kiddiecare to enter site and follow the one-way system on exit.

 

World Book Day – Thursday 4th March 2021

 

World Book Day will look slightly different this year due to the restrictions that we currently face. Rather than asking the children to dress up as book characters, we would like the children at home to create a mask of their favourite book character, which can then be worn during World Book Day. The children at school will also be able to make a mask during the week of World Book Day.

 

The teaching staff are going to run, short reading sessions, which your child can choose to attend; these will run from 9am-2:30pm. Those children in school will be able to access specific sessions voted on by the class. We will distribute a timetable for the day and will post the links in the General Channel on Teams, so that the children can choose which stories they would like to listen to.

 

Scholastic are also putting on a range of workshops throughout the day, which we would encourage the children to take part in. We will distribute an email shortly to explain how you can book your child onto the workshops. You will also receive a World Book Day book token in the same email.

 

As a school, we have also decided to focus on a whole school text for the week leading up to World Book Day. The children will have opportunities to complete activities related to the text throughout the week, which will be geared to a level suitable for their age group.

 

 

PTA Valentines Raffle

I am pleased to inform you that Jessica O in Year 3 was the overall winner of the PTA Valentine’s raffle. Many thanks to all who took part in the event and to Vicky Raddy for supplying the cakes.

 

School Meals

Please note if you have a child in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, then they are automatically entitled to Universal Free School Meals. These can be ordered by your child on a daily basis. We are currently on Week 1 of the School Menu, which is available on the school website.

 

Pupil Premium

During these difficult times, we realise that many members of the school community will have lost their jobs. Should you be in receipt of any of the following benefits, then you might be entitled to Free School Meals (and therefore Pupil Premium) for your child:

  • 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 successful in your request, then your child will be entitled to free meals for 6 years in addition to significant discounts off school visits once we restart them. To see if you are entitled to this, please call: 0300 123 7039 the process takes only a few minutes, but could save you a considerable amount of money.

 

 

 

 

During the coming weeks please do not hesitate to contact us should the need arise via the school office or please use the following email accounts:

 

Reception: reception@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 1: year1@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 2: year2@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 3: year3@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 4: year4@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 5: year5@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 6: year6@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

returns@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

 

Newsletter 10.2.2021, by Mrs Collins

Date: 10th Feb 2021 @ 6:18pm

Head Teacher’s Newsletter
10th February 2021


Dear Parents / Carers
As we approach the half term break I want to celebrate the efforts of the children during what has been a very difficult period of time in their young lives. For those working remotely, we have been most impressed with their on line engagement and the work they have produced. In addition they have displayed a positive attitude to school and have made pleasing progress. This can be echoed for those children in school. This has been a different experience for those concerned, walking the quiet corridors and not seeing a large number of their peers, but in the same way as those working remotely, the children have applied themselves well and have produced good work and have continued to progress.


I would also like to extend my thanks to all the members of the High Street team who have worked hard during this period, learning new skills and techniques to engage the children.
Finally, but by no means least, we recognise the efforts of you as parents / carers. Without your support the aforementioned would not have been possible. We realise that in many cases, this has been a logistical nightmare, trying to juggle work and home as well as trying to enthuse youngsters. Thank you for your support!


Half Term
Following Government guidance, the school will not be open for any pupils and no on line lessons will be held. We suggest for the children’s wellbeing, that they have a break from formal lessons. However, regular reading and practical activities which don’t feel like learning e.g baking, and walks should be encouraged.


Return to school
Unfortunately, until we hear different from the Government and lockdown is eased, the school will only reopen to the children currently accessing the facility because they are children of key workers or they have been classed as vulnerable, following the half term break. Online lessons will resume on Monday 22nd February 2021 for all other children.


Half Term Test and Trace Arrangements
Parents should continue to notify the school if their child develops symptoms of COVID-19 or is asymptomatically tested (tested when they don’t have symptoms) during the next two days before the half term break using the year group email account if they have been in school.


Notifying the school of a positive test result
If your child developed symptoms of COVID-19 and has been tested or was asymptomatically tested (tested when they don’t have symptoms) and the results do not arrive before the school closes for half term, please email Mr Joule on head@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk as soon as the results arrive.


Notifying the school if your child develops COVID-19 symptoms after the school closes for Half Term.
Notify the school if:
ï‚· Your child develops symptoms or is asymptomatically tested (tested when they don’t have symptoms) before 3:30pm on 14th February 2021 and;
ï‚· Your child was in school in the 48hrs prior to the symptom on-set (or test if they have been tested but don’t have symptoms)
You do not need to notify the school if:
ï‚· Your child has not been in nursery/school in the 48hrs prior to the symptom on-set (or test if they have been tested but don’t have symptoms)
ï‚· Your child develops symptoms or is asymptomatically tested (tested when they don’t have symptoms) after 3:30pm on 14th February 2021


Testing
We would like to remind parents that children should only be tested if they develop any of the three COVID-19 symptoms:
ï‚· a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
ï‚· a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
ï‚· a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
They should not be tested asymptomatically (when they don’t have symptoms) unless they are part of a study or have been advised to do so by a Consultant in Public Health.


Returning to school
The school does not need to be notified if your child is required to self-isolate during the half term holiday. If your child is required to isolate after the 22nd February 2021 and would have been due to be in school due to your key worker status or because they are classed as a vulnerable child, please email the year group email account by the 21st February 2021 outlining the reason why they are isolating and the date they will return. We will then review these emails when we re-open on the 22nd February 2021.
Test and trace arrangements when the school re-opens following the half term holiday
From the 22nd February 2021 onwards the normal test and trace procedures will apply, and parents should contact the school to notify us if their child develops symptoms of COVID-19 using the following admin@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk
Summary of COVID notification requirements
Dates
Actions
Contacts
Up to 3:30pm on 14th February 2021
Continue to notify the school if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 or is tested asymptomatically (tested when they haven’t got symptoms) and attended school in the 48 hrs before.
head@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk
After 3:30pm on 14th February 2021
Do not notify the school if your child starts with symptoms of COVID-19 or is tested asymptomatically (tested when they haven’t got symptoms)
No contact required
21st February 2021
Notify the school if your child is self-isolating and will not be returning on the 22nd February if your child would be in school because you are a key worker or because they are in the vulnerable category.
admin@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk
22nd February
Notify the school if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 or is tested
admin@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk
onwards
asymptomatically (tested when they haven’t got symptoms)
Nursery Places
We are currently registering children to start in the school Nursery in September 2021, January 2022 and April 2022. Should you have a child who you feel will be eligible to start in the Nursery, please contact school by calling 01606 668066 or by emailing reception@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk
Free School Meals
Please note that following guidance issued by the Government, we will not be issuing Free School Meal vouchers for the half term break. Vouchers have been processed for the period up to and including Friday12th February. We will issue further vouchers to those families eligible following the half term holiday up until when all children return to school and those eligible can access free school meals on site.
Safeguarding
Please note that I have been asked to issue the following statement on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Safeguarding Children Partnership:
We are writing to let you know about an arrangement which is in place regarding all children living in Cheshire West and Chester. This agreement aims to support children who are affected by self-harming behaviour. Where a child under the age of 16 attends A&E or is admitted onto a hospital ward following a self-harm incident, the hospital will communicate this, at the earliest opportunity, to the Safeguarding Lead in school. This will help to ensure that the school are able to support children and young people in a way that means they feel safe and included. There may be the need, in some cases, for ongoing communication with CAMHS in order to meet the needs of the child. We are committed to working in partnership to safeguard and protect children and young people across Cheshire West and Chester and provide the best possible care and support for our pupils. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to someone further about this or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact either Mr Joule or Mrs Lowe at school.


And Finally


During the coming weeks please do not hesitate to contact us should the need arise via the school office or please use the following email accounts:
Reception: reception@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk
Year 1: year1@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk
Year 2: year2@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk
Year 3: year3@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk
Year 4: year4@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk
Year 5: year5@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk
Year 6: year6@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk
returns@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk


Kind regards


Mark Joule
Head teacher

Newsletter 8.1.2021, by Mrs Collins

Date: 8th Jan 2021 @ 2:56pm

 

08 January 2021

Newsletter

 

Dear Parents / Carers

 

I am writing to thank you for your continued support during what has been a most difficult week at Winsford High Street. From the initial announcement on Monday evening at 8.00pm by the

Prime Minister of school closure, the staff and I have been working nonstop to formulate up to date lists of children eligible to return to school as well as start a programme of home learning. We ask that you bear with us during the coming days as we modify specific aspects of home learning and prepare the tablets for the children in Year 1 – Year 6.

 

Year 1- Year 6 Tablets

A team of professionals have been working at pace to prepare these for the children. We are very close to having uploaded the relevant apps and secured the devices with Samsung Knox Data Management System. However, these things take time especially when you have to unbox each device, update the software, apply the news apps and security mark them for 475 devices. The roll out should commence early next week. We will notify each year group of the day to expect us.

 

Home Learning

The staff have been working hard to ensure that home learning has been planned and delivered: As a result, we have had some lovely feedback from parents. However, we realise that in most cases you also have work to undertake and in some cases, the children have not been able to access the materials. Please don’t worry if this is applies to you. Once the aforementioned tablets have been distributed, the home learning process will be easier. Once the children have clicked onto one of the specified apps, they will be able to work independently on their own device, with the remote support of the school staff.

 

Critical Workers

Thank you for those parents who have registered as critical key workers. We ask that you now send in confirmation that you meet the critical key worker status by Monday 11th January, even if previously sent to us, to ensure that we retain a place for your child. Please send this information to returns@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk Thank you for your support with this matter.

 

Free School Meals

We are awaiting clarification from the Department of Education with regards to the distribution of vouchers for Free School Meal Pupils. Once we have been notified, we will distribute these to the relevant families. Please note that these free school meals are different to the Universal Free School Meals for Reception and KS1 children, which are not provided unless the children are in school.  To qualify you need to be on 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 you feel that you may be eligible due to a change in circumstances please call 0300 123 7039. Should this be the case the school will then be informed to include you on the Pupil Premium List and you will receive vouchers and future reductions on school visits etc.

 

During the coming weeks please do not hesitate to contact us should the need arise via the school office or please use the following email accounts:

 

Reception:                   reception@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 1:                        year1@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 2:                        year2@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 3:                        year3@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 4:                        year4@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 5:                        year5@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Year 6:                        year6@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

All other queries:         returns@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

 

 

Newsletter 4.1.2021, by Mrs Collins

Date: 4th Jan 2021 @ 1:46pm

Newsletter

                                                                                                                        4th January 2021

Dear Parents / Carers

 

Happy New Year to you and your family. We hope that this year we can emerge from the current situation and start to move to some form of normality, although as I am sure you are all aware we have a way to go before we can achieve this!

 

Swimming

Unfortunately due to the Local Area moving into Tier 4, the Lifestyle Centre is closed until further notice. Swimming lessons will therefore be placed on hold for the year groups involved.

 

Current News

You may have heard in the news over the concerns raised by some individuals and unions over the plans to continue to reopen primary schools this week. As I am sure you can imagine, I have been working with the senior leaders in school, to ensure that we have reviewed our risk assessments to ensure that we make the environment as safe as possible. In doing so we will continue to implement what has worked so well for us to date, including regular hand washing, a staggered start and end to the school day, defined bubbles and the wearing of face coverings when on the school grounds by staff, parents and visitors over the age of 12.

 

However, with the new variant of the virus likely to be in the community, we need to strengthen procedures even more to reduce the risk to all members of the school, community.

 

On our return on Tuesday the following will apply:

 

School Office

This will be locked and not accessible in a morning or after school. However, the window to the office will be open to enable communication with the office staff. Where possible parents are asked to communicate via telephone or email. Please note that the new school number is 01606 668066.

Illness

Children displaying any form of illness will not be allowed to stay in school. We realise that this is the time of year when colds etc. circulate the most, but having read current guidance on the new strains of Covid-19 children with the virus can have lots of different symptoms. We therefore feel it wise to implement this until the February half term break.

Face Coverings:

These should be worn by all adults and children over the age of 12 on entry to site, unless an exemption lanyard is worn. Please wear one to allow staff to be aware who doesn’t need to be challenged.

 

Maintaining a family bubble:

Prior to Christmas it became apparent that some children were ‘staying over’ at their friends’ houses. Under Tier 4 this is not permitted and should be avoided at all costs. We also ask that only family members drop off and collect the children and not family friends.

One Way System:

Please follow the one way system as you enter and exit the site which has been implemented to reduce the spread of the virus.

Social Distancing:

Please adhere to social distancing when entering and exiting the site. This includes no groups of parents congregating on the car park, or children who aren’t in the same household, walking hand in hand off the site.

Parents on site:

Please note that only one parent / carer per family should be on site at any one time. Parents / carers are also asked to simply drop off their children and collect them as quickly as possible, remaining on site for the shortest period of time.

 

Please also note below the guidance issued by the Local Authority on the return to school:

 

We understand that some parents and families maybe concerned about the recent government announcements regarding the reopening of schools and the implications for us here in Cheshire West and Chester.

However, the Local Authority is monitoring the situation closely in light of the current information from PHE, including an update on the new COVID variant of concern and any emergent risks. This current information includes: 

  • No evidence that this variant causes more severe disease or higher mortality.
  • The New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) has moderate confidence that the new variant demonstrates a substantial increase in transmissibility compared to other variants.
  • More information on the new variant can be found at: New SARS-CoV-2 variant - GOV.UK https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/new-sars-cov-2-variant
  • There is no data available to us at a CW&C level on the spread of the new variant. Given the rate of increase we should act as if the new variant is within in our borough and, as a school we will continue to operate our risk assessment processes and follow the national guidance regarding social distancing, face coverings and hand washing.
  • The new variant is not expected to impact the performance of the testing processes that are in place.
  • No evidence to suggest that the new vaccine would not protect.
  • There is no change to infection control measures that are required and this highlights the importance of compliance with national and local control measures.
  • PHE are closely monitoring and investigating if there is any potential increase in transmission in children.
  • In response to some recent media reports of increased admissions of children and young people with COVID-19, The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have also made a public statement on 2nd January to reassure parents. https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/news-events/news/rcpch-responds-media-reports-increased-admissions-children-young-people-covid-19

Professor Russell Viner, President of RCPCH said: 

‘Children’s wards are usually busy in winter. As of now we are not seeing significant pressure from COVID-19 in paediatrics across the UK. As cases in the community rise there will be a small increase in the number of children we see with COVID-19, but the overwhelming majority of children and young people have no symptoms or very mild illness only. The new variant appears to affect all ages and, as yet, we are not seeing any greater severity amongst children and young people.’ 

The rates in Tier 4 areas in the South where some schools have closed under national DfE instruction have overall community infection rates that are 3 to 4 times worse than Cheshire West and Chester currently, even though we are within the same Tier, at the time of sending this briefing and the latest national data available. It is also worth noting that the current infection rates in CW&C are the lowest in the 0-9 and 10-17 age ranges.

 

We ask that all parents follow the aforementioned guidance. If this is done then we will stand the best chance of keeping the school open and safe for all members of the school community.

 

Attendance

Please note that we have been advised that normal attendance is expected for all pupils from Tuesday 5th January 2021. Those children who do not attend without a medical reason or appropriate authorisation, will have their absence classed as unauthorised. Please also note that the staff will be preparing to teach the children in school and will not be in a position to provide home learning for any children whose parents have decided not to return them to school due to the pandemic, without authorisation to do so. However, should a class bubble or year group be sent home by the school due to an outbreak of the virus, then home learning will be provided.

 

We look forward to welcoming your child(ren) back tomorrow.

 

Should you have any issues which you wish to discuss with regards to the current situation or school matters, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

 

Newsletter 18.12.2020, by Mrs Collins

Date: 18th Dec 2020 @ 12:24pm

18th December 2020

 

Newsletter

 

Dear Parents / Carers

 

New Phone Number

Please note that due to an upgrade in our school Broadband we have had to change the school telephone number. With immediate effect the new school telephone number is 01606 668066

 

Please follow the guidance below if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 after the closure of school today.

 

Notifying the school of a positive test result

If your child developed symptoms of COVID-19 and has been tested or was asymptomatically tested (tested when they don’t have symptoms) and the results do not arrive before the school closes today, please email head@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk  as soon as the results arrive.

Notifying the school if your child develops COVID-19 symptoms after the school closes for Christmas

Notify the school if:

  • Your child develops symptoms or is asymptomatically tested (tested when they don’t have symptoms) before 3:30pm on 20 December 2020 and;
  • Your child was in school in the 48hrs prior to the symptom on-set (or test if they have been tested but don’t have symptoms)

You do not need to notify the school if:

  • Your child has not been in nursery/school in the 48hrs prior to the symptom on-set (or test if they have been tested but don’t have symptoms)
  • Your child develops symptoms or is asymptomatically tested (tested when they don’t have symptoms) after 3:30pm on Sunday 20 December 2020

Testing

We would like to remind parents that children should only be tested if they develop any of the three COVID-19 symptoms:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

They should not be tested asymptomatically (when they don’t have symptoms) unless they are part of a study or have been advised to do so by a Consultant in Public Health.

Returning to school in January 2021

The school does not need to be notified if your child is required to self-isolate during the Christmas holidays.  If your child is required to isolate after the 4 January 2021 and will not be in school on the 5 January 2021 please email admin@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk outlining the reason why they are isolating and the date they will return.  We will then review these emails when we re-open on the 4 January 2021 for staff training. 

Test and trace arrangements when the school re-opens in January

From the 5 January 2021 onwards the normal test and trace procedures will apply, and parents should contact the school to notify us if their child develops symptoms of COVID-19 using the following admin@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Summary of COVID notification deadlines

Dates

Actions

Contacts

Up to 3:30pm on 20 December 2020

Continue to notify the school if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 or is tested asymptomatically (tested when they haven’t got symptoms) and attended school in the 48 hrs before.

head@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

After 3:30pm on 20 December 2020

Do not notify the school if your child starts with symptoms of COVID-19 or is tested asymptomatically (tested when they haven’t got symptoms)

No contact required

3 January 2021

Notify the school if your child is self-isolating and will not be returning on the 5 January 2021

admin@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

Tel: 01606 668066

5 January 2021

Notify the school if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 or is tested asymptomatically (tested when they haven’t got symptoms)

admin@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

Tel: 01606 668066

 

Readers

This term we have celebrated reading in each class with the children receiving a raffle ticket for each time they have completed the most reads during a week. The raffle tickets have been placed in a container and a winning ticket drawn for each class. The following children have received a Head Teacher’s Award for reading and will receive a book token on our return in January.

 

Class

Name

Class

Name

Dean

RJ

Adda

OA

Croco

BH

Severn

JW

Bollin

JS

Ouse

CJ

Gowy

RH

Derwent

SO

Wheelock

ZC

Foss

AG

Dee

JT

Wandle

AG

Mersey

CH

Thames

AJ

Wye

OQ

Brent

HG

Dove

MS

Calder

LG

Manifold

DS

Eden

SB

Conwy

FH

Esk

HH

 

May I take this opportunity to congratulate all children on the improvement made with their reading. We look to award similar prizes next term:

 

School Starters September 2020

Please may I remind parents with children who are due to start Reception class in September 2021, that the final day for registering your child for a place in the school of your choice, is Friday 15th January 2021. Please note that even if you have a child in our school Nursery, you will still need to apply for a place through the Cheshire West and Chester Admissions Portal.

 

School admissions (cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk)

Rudolf Run

The children ran so well in all different weather conditions to complete the Rudolf Run. A lot of run was had in raising money for St Luke’s. If you have not managed to donate, please try to do so to help support this valuable resource.

 

Support payments for the winter period

 

Please note the following for families in need during this difficult time.

After the Government announced £170 million in funding would be available for local authorities through its COVID Winter Grant Scheme, Cheshire West and Chester Council will receive £925,000 in total to support residents.

This funding will help families struggling to pay for food, fuel or water bills throughout the winter period.

Who will qualify

  • Families with children receiving free school meals on 1 December 2020.
  • Families receiving either a Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction on 1 December 2020 AND with children below the age of four, or children between the ages of 16 and 18 inclusive.
  • Individuals who have left the care of Cheshire West and Chester Council and are below the age of 25 on 1 December 2020.

     

Details of the award

Applications must be made online as bank details are required to make payments. An award of £45 per eligible person and £35 per household will be paid into the nominated bank account, subject to checks against records held by the Council. An automated notification will be sent out to confirm that an application has been received.

  To apply online:

 

When payments will be made

Payments will start in December, but volumes are likely to be high. The Council is asking that, once an application form is completed, time is given to send the awards out as repeat contacts are likely to delay any awards made.
 

Contact us

 

Other help available

Citizens Advice Cheshire West, in conjunction with The Fuel Bank Foundation will also receive funding to support people who are struggling to meet their fuel bills.

Disability Positive has also been awarded funding to support children and adults it works with who have long-term health conditions, helping them access food, energy or water bill support. 

The Welcome Network is commissioned by the Council to coordinate food offers across the borough. Details of local food offers in Cheshire West and Chester over the Christmas are being compiled on the Welcome Network website.

 

Thank you again for your continued support.

 

Wishing all a restful and enjoyable Christmas.

 

Kind regards

Mark Joule

Head teacher

Newsletter 15.12.2020, by Mrs Collins

Date: 15th Dec 2020 @ 2:23pm

15th December 2020

 

Newsletter

 

Dear Parents / Carers

 

INSET Days

You may have noticed in the national news that the Government have allowed schools to change the

In Service Education Days should they consider it appropriate, to facilitate an early finish at the end of term. Having considered the options, it has been decided that we will not be changing our finish date this term due to the late announcement and the fact that this would have a significant impact on parents as well as scheduling the remaining days. We will therefore finish at 3.15pm on

Friday 18th December as planned.

 

Miss Williams

I am delighted to inform you that Miss Williams will be getting married over the festive period. She will return to school in January to teach her class Reception Bollin, but will answer to the name of

Mrs Trigg. I am sure that you will all join with me in congratulating her on her forthcoming nuptials.

 

Class Move

Due to the increased number of children joining the Nursery in January, Miss Fox and Y1 Mersey will be relocating to the classroom off the small hall. The only difference to parents will be to drop their children off at the door to the left of the current class door. Collection will continue to be from the Year 1 entrance.

 

Tablets

I am delighted to inform you that we have now acquired sufficient Galaxy 7 Tablets to loan one to each child from Year 1 to Year 6. The children in the Reception classes will them receive a tablet as they enter into Year 1.

The roll out of the technology will help to develop the home / school learning link as the children will be asked to take their tablet home each night to complete their homework on, in the same way as they take home a reading book. We are currently uploading the required software onto each device, which will be managed by Guardian Angel, Mobile Device Management System. Once this has been completed the children will be issued the tablets for their use whilst they remain pupils at the school. You will shortly receive further details in the form of a home / school agreement for you to complete to enable us to regulate the use of the devices. Please note that it is likely that the majority of the tablets will be issued in January.

 

Christmas Updates

 

Pantomime

As previously mentioned we are pleased to be welcoming a small theatre company to school during the last week of term to deliver a production of Peter Pan for the children. Sadly, as with all events of this nature we will need to ask for a small contribution towards the cost of this from you as parents. This will be subsidised by the PTA, but we should be grateful if you could contribute £3.00 for your child to participate. Please can we ask those parents who have not made the contribution so far to do so before Wednesday via the Eduspot website.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Parties

It has been lovely to see the children enjoy their Christmas parties. On behalf of all concerned, we would like to thank Vicky Raddy for providing a cake for each child. As always these have been well received!

 

Rudolf Run

As per my last letter, we will be asking the children to take part in a Rudolf Run during this week.  Please can you ensure that your child has outdoor trainers or wellingtons in this week as the run will be through the woodland area.

This is fundraising which will involve the children wearing a set of antlers and a red nose provided by St Luke’s Hospice and following a member of staff (dressed in a Santa Suit) around the school grounds to raise awareness of and to support support St Luke’s hospice. Should you wish to make a donation for this, please follow the link below which will take you to the JustGiving Page. A small donation, irrespective of the value, will help to maintain this wonderful service in the town. Please also share the link with your friends and families as the donations do not have to come solely from our school community. Thank you for your support with this matter. Please note that the children will get to keep their antlers and red nose and will also be provided with a pot of porridge.

 

You can donate to the JustGiving page by clicking here:

 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/winsfordhighstreetprimary?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=winsfordhighstreetprimary&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=0ebf3b640cba41ef8952d8bbe19be939

 

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to St Luke's (Cheshire) Hospice, so it's the most efficient way to give - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

 

Christmas Music

We are currently working hard at putting together recordings of the children singing Christmas songs. We will be releasing this later this week for you to share with your family and friends.

 

PTA Christmas Raffle

Many thanks to the PTA for organising the Christmas raffle on behalf of the school. I am delighted to inform you that the following members of the school community were the winners and have now collected their prizes:

 

1st           J Oakes

2nd          N Hargreaves

3rd           D Hunt

 

School Starters September 2020

Please may I remind parents with children who are due to start Reception class in September 2021, that the final day for registering your child for a place in the school of your choice, is Friday 15th January 2021. Please note that even if you have a child in our school Nursery, you will still need to apply for a place through the Cheshire West and Chester Admissions Portal.

 

School admissions (cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk)

 

Dates for your diaries

December

16th      Rudolf Run: Early Years and KS1

16th      Theatre Visit: KS2

17th      Theatre Visit: Early Years and KS1

17th      Rudolf Run: KS2

 

 

 

Support payments for the winter period

 

Please note the following for families in need during this difficult time.

After the Government announced £170 million in funding would be available for local authorities through its COVID Winter Grant Scheme, Cheshire West and Chester Council will receive £925,000 in total to support residents.

This funding will help families struggling to pay for food, fuel or water bills throughout the winter period.

Who will qualify

  • Families with children receiving free school meals on 1 December 2020.
  • Families receiving either a Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction on 1 December 2020 AND with children below the age of four, or children between the ages of 16 and 18 inclusive.
  • Individuals who have left the care of Cheshire West and Chester Council and are below the age of 25 on 1 December 2020.

     

Details of the award

Applications must be made online as bank details are required to make payments. An award of £45 per eligible person and £35 per household will be paid into the nominated bank account, subject to checks against records held by the Council. An automated notification will be sent out to confirm that an application has been received.

  To apply online:

 

When payments will be made

Payments will start in December, but volumes are likely to be high. The Council is asking that, once an application form is completed, time is given to send the awards out as repeat contacts are likely to delay any awards made.
 

Contact us

 

Other help available

Citizens Advice Cheshire West, in conjunction with The Fuel Bank Foundation will also receive funding to support people who are struggling to meet their fuel bills.

Disability Positive has also been awarded funding to support children and adults it works with who have long-term health conditions, helping them access food, energy or water bill support. 

The Welcome Network is commissioned by the Council to coordinate food offers across the borough. Details of local food offers in Cheshire West and Chester over the Christmas are being compiled on the Welcome Network website.

 

May I take this opportunity to thank all parents/carers for your continued support during what has been and what continues to be a difficult time in school. The children have been brilliant, and have followed the new routines and have tried hard, making good progress and catching up on lost learning. We are very proud of what they have achieved and also what has been achieved by the school community.

 

Wishing all a restful and enjoyable Christmas.

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

Newsletter 3.12.2020, by Mrs Collins

Date: 3rd Dec 2020 @ 2:19pm

3rd December 2020

 

Newsletter

 

Dear Parents / Carers

 

Christmas Updates

 

Pantomime

As previously mentioned we are pleased to be welcoming a small theatre company to school during the last week of term to deliver a production of Peter Pan for the children. Sadly, as with all events of this nature we will need to ask for a small contribution towards the cost of this from you as parents. This will be subsidised by the PTA, but we should be grateful if you could contribute £3.00 for your child to participate. Please follow the link to Eduspot, which will be provided on a separate email to pay your contribution towards the cost of the theatre visit. Thank you for your support with this matter.

 

Christmas Parties

As per the calendar below, the Christmas parties will take place next week. Should your child be in Y3 and Y5, we should be grateful if they could come to school dressed in their party clothes, but bring their uniform into school to change into afterwards. If your child is in Y1, Y2, Y4 or Y6 we should be grateful if your child could bring their party clothes into school in a bag and wear their uniform to school in the normal manner. Please note that due to Covid -19, the staff are planning to run some of the part games outside, you should therefore take this into account when helping your child to choose their party attire. Children in the Nursery and Reception classes will be provided with separate guidance.

 

Christmas Jumpers

To help the children enter into the spirit of Christmas we would like them to wear their Christmas jumpers during the last two weeks of term, starting from Monday next week. If they haven’t got a Christmas jumper, then we are happy for them to wear their school sweatshirt with a little tinsel. Please ensure that the rest of the school uniform is worn each day.

 

Christmas Singing

Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions we have not been able to run our usual array of Nativity Plays. However, next week we will be filming each year group singing songs from the Christmas story with their friends. This will take place on the green carpet area adjacent to the Y4 classes. For this event the children will need their coats as well as hats and gloves, although we will only keep them outside for the minimal amount of time. Please note that we will only film your child if you have given permission for us to do so by completing the on line form distributed earlier in the year.

 

Rudolf Run

As per my last letter, we will be asking the children to take part in a Rudolf Run during the last week of term.  Please can you ensure that your child has outdoor trainers in this week as the run will be through the woodland area.

This is fundraising which will involve the children wearing a set of antlers and a red nose provided by St Luke’s Hospice and following a member of staff (dressed in a Santa Suit) around the school grounds to raise awareness of and to support support St Luke’s hospice. Should you wish to make a donation for this, please follow the link below which will take you to the Just Giving Page. A small donation, irrespective of the value, will help to maintain this wonderful service in the town. Please also share the link with your friends and families as the donations do not have to come solely from our school community. Thank you for your support with this matter. Please note that the children will get to keep their antlers and red nose and will also be provided with a pot of porridge.

 

You can donate to the JustGiving page by clicking here:

 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/winsfordhighstreetprimary?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=winsfordhighstreetprimary&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=0ebf3b640cba41ef8952d8bbe19be939

 

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to St Luke's (Cheshire) Hospice, so it's the most efficient way to give - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

 

School Starters September 2020

Please may I remind parents with children who are due to start school in September, that the final day for registering your child for a place in the school of your choice, is Friday 15th January 2021. Please note that even if you have a child in our school Nursery, you will still need to apply for a place through the Cheshire West and Chester Admissions Portal.

 

School admissions (cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk)

 

Dates for your diaries

December

8th        Year 3 Christmas Party (am)

            Year 4 Christmas Party (pm)    Please note that this is a change of date

9th         Reception Christmas Party (am) Please note this is a change of time from previous                                                                                   newsletters

            Year 2 Christmas Party (pm)    Please note this is a change of date

10th       Year 5 Christmas Party (am)

            Year 6 Christmas Party (pm)

11th       Nursery Christmas Party (am)

            Year 1 Christmas Party (pm)

15th       Christmas Lunch

16th       Rudolf Run: Early Years and KS1

16th       Theatre Visit: KS2

17th       Theatre Visit: Early Years and KS1

17th       Rudolf Run: KS2

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your support with the aforementioned.

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

Newsletter 26.11.2020, by Mrs Collins

Date: 26th Nov 2020 @ 3:08pm

26th November 2020

 

Newsletter

 

Dear Parents / Carers

 

School Starters September 2020

Please may I remind parents with children who are due to start school in September, that the final day for registering your child for a place in the school of your choice, is Friday 15th January 2021. Please note that even if you have a child in our school Nursery, you will still need to apply for a place through the Cheshire West and Chester Admissions Portal.

 

School admissions (cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk)

 

Breakfast and After School Wrap Around Care / School Meals

Please can I take this opportunity to remind all parents who use this service that bookings need to be made online through Eduspot.  Payment for all dinner money also needs to be made online through Sims Pay.

 

 

Christmas Updates

 

Rudolf Run

As per my last letter, we will be asking the children to take part in a Rudolf Run during the last week of term. This is fundraising which will involve the children wearing a set of antlers and a red nose provided by St Luke’s Hospice and following a member of staff (dressed in a Santa Suit) around the school grounds to raise awareness of and to support support St Luke’s hospice. Should you wish to make a donation for this, please follow the link below which will take you to the Just Giving Page. A small donation, irrespective of the value, will help to maintain this wonderful service in the town. Please also share the link with your friends and families as the donations do not have to come solely from our school community. Thank you for your support with this matter. Please note that the children will get to keep their antlers and red nose and will also be provided with a pot of porridge.

 

You can donate to the JustGiving page by clicking here:

 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/winsfordhighstreetprimary?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=winsfordhighstreetprimary&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=0ebf3b640cba41ef8952d8bbe19be939

 

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to St Luke's (Cheshire) Hospice, so it's the most efficient way to give - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

 

Christmas Cards

This year due to the pandemic, we should be grateful if the children do not bring Christmas cards into school. Instead, if they would like to send a collective card to their class or members or the school community, then we ask that they make their own card and that a photograph of this is sent into school to be shown on the electronic whiteboard in their classroom or if appropriate sent to the relevant member of staff. Please use the year group email accounts to send cards into school.

 

Christmas Gifts

At this time of year, we usually have parents sending cards and gifts to members of staff to acknowledge the work the they have undertaken with their child. Although we never request gifts, we usually receive many items and are grateful for the gifts and the thought behind them. This year we realise that many families will be experiencing difficulties due to the pandemic and therefore we feel it appropriate to advise you of an alternative way of thanking a member of staff, without sending a card or gift into school. By following the link below you will be able to post an appropriate message on the ‘Thank a Teacher’ website, which is supported by the Department of Education, should you wish to do so. Messages to all members of staff can be posted in this way free of charge, simply use the returns email address for each member of staff.

 

returns@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

 

https://thankateacher.co.uk/thank-a-teacher-day/

 

 

Should you still wish to send a small token of your appreciation into school for a member of staff, we ask that you do so early during the last week of term, so that any items can be placed into quarantine before the member of staff takes them home for the festive break.

 

 

 

Dates for your diaries

December

8th        Year 3 Christmas Party (am)

            Year 4 Christmas Party (pm)    Please note that this is a change of date

9th         Reception Christmas Party (am) (change of time)

            Year 2 Christmas Party (pm)    Please note this is a change of date

10th       Year 5 Christmas Party (am)

            Year 6 Christmas Party (pm)

11th       Nursery Christmas Party (am)

            Year 1 Christmas Party (pm)

15th       Christmas Lunch

16th       Rudolf Run: Early Years and KS1

16th       Theatre Visit: KS2

17th       Theatre Visit: Early Years and KS1

17th       Rudolf Run: KS2

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your support with the aforementioned.

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

Newsletter 20.11.20, by Mrs Collins

Date: 20th Nov 2020 @ 2:33pm

Newsletter

                                                                                                                        20th November 2020

Dear Parents / Carers

 

Children in Need

Many thanks for your support with regards to Children in Need. It was lovely to see the children dressed in spots and stripes for the day and to be able to raise the profile of the charity. As a result of your generosity, I am delighted to inform you that we have sent £597.27 to help to further the work of this good cause.

 

Armistice Day

To commemorate Armistice Day, the Year 6 led a short service via Zoom for the children throughout the school. This was very well written and produced by the children and staff and helped the children to focus on the meaning behind the day. Well done to all concerned! I am also delighted to inform you that a total of £499.70 was raised on behalf of the British Legion to support the charity through the sale of poppies and merchandise. Many thanks for your support with this.

 

Lockdown

I would like to take this opportunity to that you for your continued support during this difficult time. The vast majority of parents are adhering to our face covering policy, which combined with the regular cleans and one way systems has helped us to avoid an outbreak of the virus at High Street. However, we need to maintain these high standards and therefore rely on members of the school community following the rules: what we must stress is that no one is enjoying this, but together we are stronger and will be able to protect those closest to us.

To support the Lockdown process and help us all to get through this difficult time, please may I remind all concerned of the need to follow the following guidance:

 

Face Coverings:

These should be worn by all adults and children over the age of 12 on entry to site.

One Way System:

Please follow the one-way system as you enter and exit site; this has been introduced to reduce the spread of the virus, please adhere to this system when dropping off or collecting children from Breakfast and After School Club.

Social Distancing:

Please adhere to social distancing when entering and exiting the site.

Parents on site:

Please note that only one parent / carer per family should be on site at any one time. Parents / carers are also asked to simply drop off their children and collect them as quickly as possible, remaining on site for the shortest period of time.

 

Christmas

This year, as with all school activities, Christmas will be different to what we usually do. However, we are desperate for the children to experience something closer to the norm and to celebrate Christmas in a fun way, whilst ensuring the safety of all members of the school community. With this in mind, we have planned the following activities (lockdown permitting).

 

A sing for Christmas

The children will take part in a Key Stage Carol Service during the coming weeks. This will be recorded and made available for all parents to view online before we break for the Christmas holiday.

To comply with regulations the singing will be filmed outdoors. Please note that those children whose parents have not given permission to feature on video feeds, will join with their peers, but only their voices will feature as part of the choir.

 

 

 

Christmas Parties

We hope to be able to continue with these as planned, but sadly we won’t be able to ask the PTA to help us with the party food due to current regulations. We will therefore be providing the children with a bag of crisps, drink and a cake. Sadly, it is unlikely that Father Christmas will be able to visit due to the current restrictions, but it is hoped that he will be able to send a video message.

 

Theatre Visits

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to take the children to the theatre as we normally do to see seasonal plays / pantomimes. However, we have been able to source a company who deliver pantomimes for schools. They will deliver a performance to each year group at a time, in a socially distanced manner, which will comply with the current Government guidelines. Further details to follow.

 

Christmas Meal

This year Mrs Piggott (the school cook) will be providing a Christmas Dinner on Tuesday 15th December. An electronic form will be sent out to parents next week to determine who would like a Christmas meal on the day. Please note that the deadline for returning the form will be 1st December to allow the cook to order the number of Turkeys required.

 

Festive Fundraising

This year we have decided to support St. Luke’s through our Christmas fundraising appeal. To do so, the children will be asked to take part in a ‘Rudolf Run’ during the last week of term. This will involve them wearing a set of antlers and a red nose provided by St. Luke’s and following the lead of a member of staff dressed in a Father Christmas suit around a designated course. This is usually a sponsored event, however we are mindful that finances are tight for many families at present and therefore we have set up a ‘Just Giving Page’ which will enable parents to make a donation of what they can afford to this worthy charity. Please note that the children will also be provided with a pot of porridge for taking part in the activity. These have also been provided by St. Luke’s and were donated by Mornflake Oats in Crewe. However, it should be noted that the pots come with a sachet of Nutella for flavouring and that this product could contain nuts. More details about the Just Giving Page to follow.

 

Dates for your diaries

December

8th        Year 3 Christmas Party (am)

            Year 2 Christmas Party (pm)

9th         Reception Christmas Party (pm)

            Year 4 Christmas Party (pm)

10th       Year 5 Christmas Party (am)

            Year 6 Christmas Party (pm)

11th       Nursery Christmas Party (am)

            Year 1 Christmas Party (pm)

15th       Christmas Lunch

16th       Rudolf Run: Early Years and KS1

16th       Theatre Visit: KS2

17th       Theatre Visit: Early Years and KS1

            Rudolf Run: KS2

 

 

Should you have any issues which you wish to discuss with regards to the current situation or school matters, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

Newsletter 6th November 2020, by Mrs Collins

Date: 10th Nov 2020 @ 3:02pm

Newsletter

                                                                                                                        6th November 2020

Dear Parents / Carers

 

Lockdown

As we have now entered Lockdown 2 we have to comply with additional restrictions specified by the Government. Sadly, one of these is to temporarily suspend our after school clubs run by members of staff. This is hugely frustrating for us, as we believe that the model implemented at High Street is safe, with only one-year group being allowed to attend each club and therefore maintaining the integrity of the year group bubbles. Unfortunately, because most schools have multiple groups attending clubs, the Government has imposed a blanket ban on extracurricular activities. Please note that the temporary suspension of clubs does not affect our before and after school childcare. We will also look to resume our clubs as soon as possible.

 

To support the Lockdown process and help us all to get through this difficult time please may I remain all concerned of the need to follow the following guidance:

 

Face Coverings:

These should be worn by all adults and children over the age of 12 on entry to site.

One Way System:

Please follow the one way system as you enter and exit site; this has been introduced to reduce the spread of the virus.

Social Distancing:

Please adhere to social distancing when entering and exiting the site.

Parents on site:

Please note that only one parent / carer per family should be on site at any one time. Parents / carers are also asked to simply drop off their children and collect them as quickly as possible, remaining on site for the shortest period of time.

 

Poppy Sales

This year we will be selling a small selection of British Legion Merchandise in each year group bubble to comply with the Covid-19 restrictions. The products range in price from a minimum of 20p donation for a poppy to £1.50 for a wrist band. The products will be on sale from Monday to Wednesday next week. To commemorate Armistice Day, the Year 6 will lead a short service via Zoom for the children throughout the school.

 

School Photographs

Unfortunately, we have been forced to cancel the photographers visit to site due to the Lockdown restrictions. We will look to rebook this in the New Year. Apologies for any inconvenience which this may cause.

 

Flu Vaccinations

Please note that the flu vaccinations are still scheduled for 10th and 11th November. These are permissible during Lockdown as they relate to the health of the children.

 

Children in Need

To raise awareness of Children in Need the School Council have suggested that we hold a Non Uniform Day on Friday 13th November with the children being asked come dressed in spots and stripes where possible. All participants will also be asked to make a donation on the day which will be sent to Children in Need. Many thanks for your support with this.

 

Should you have any issues which you wish to discuss with regards to the current situation or school matters, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

 

 

Ofsted Letter, by Mrs Collins

Date: 10th Nov 2020 @ 3:01pm

Please see below the letter regarding our recent Ofsted visit, thank you

Newsletter 23.10.2020, by Mrs Collins

Date: 23rd Oct 2020 @ 3:05pm

Newsletter

                                                                                                                        23rd October 2020

Dear Parents / Carers

 

Mrs Hardwick

After 21 years as a Teaching Assistant at Winsford High Street we have sadly said farewell to Mrs Hardwick today. She has worked with many children during her time at the school providing guidance in the areas of autism and speech and language. Mrs Hardwick has decided to retire and will be relocating closer to her family in Liverpool where she has plans to spend more time with her grandchildren. She has been presented with flowers, jewellery and additional money to celebrate her time at the school. I am sure that you will join with me in wishing her a long and happy retirement.

 

Mental Health Awareness Day

Thank you for your support of World Mental Health Day. As a result of the children dressing in yellow and participating in an array of wellbeing activities, we raised £317.92 which has been donated to Young Minds a Mental Health Charity which supports young people. Thank you again for your support with this. Please note that this was a whole town initiative through the Winsford Education partnership and some images of children at the school can be found in this week’s local newspaper.

 

Office 365

We are progressing well with our roll out of the new 365 Platform. As a result, a high proportion of our children are now accessing their homework through the platform. I have also been delighted by the parental response to our online parent / teacher consultations. We have had a few teething problems with these and thank you for your patience. As the term progresses we will be guiding the children further in the use of the platform so that it becomes an integral part of their learning.

 

If for any reason you have not received your child’s log on information, please contact the class teachers who will speak to Mr Bratt and the IT leads, they will make contact with you and resend the information.

Please note that the instruction videos produced by Mr Bratt will also be posted on the school website for future reference. Please note that we realise that you as parents will be required to support your child initially with these procedures, but as they become proficient they will be able to access the platform themselves.

 

Face Coverings

Many thanks to all members of the school community for adhering to our policy by wearing face coverings whilst on the school grounds. This will hopefully help to keep all members of the school community safe during these difficult times. We do understand that there are a very small number of parents who are exempt from wearing face coverings and ask that these parents carry their lanyards / cards with them to display to staff members on duty.

 

School Photographs

I am pleased to be able to inform you that we will still be having Tempest Photography visit to take individual photographs of the pupils. They will do so for the children in Early Years and KS1 on Tuesday 17th November and for the children in KS2 on Friday 20th November. Unfortunately, this year we won’t be able to have family group pictures taken or pictures with siblings due to the movement around the school and the possible cross contamination of ‘bubbles’.

 

School Council

I am delighted to inform you that the following children have been voted as Head Boy, Deputy Head Boy, Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl by the children from each year group. I am sure that you will join with me in congratulating them.

 

Head Boy:  H Wallace    Deputy Head Boy: L Blackburn

Head Girl:  E Newton     Deputy Head Girl: M Taylor

 

 

Flu Vaccinations

Please note that the flu vaccinations have been scheduled for 10th and 11th November. If you are still to return your paperwork to request that your child participates in the programme, we should be grateful if you would do so before Wednesday 4th November.

 

Ofsted

As you will be aware we were recently visited by Ofsted to review how we have implemented the guidance on returning to full time education. The formal letter will be released following our return to school after the half term break.

 

Half term

Please note that the school closes at 3.30pm this afternoon for the half term break and reopens for the children on Monday 2nd November 2020.

 

We are delighted to have reached this point in the school year without having to close any year group bubbles. We can only thank you for your support in following the procedures set and guidance issued. Hopefully we can continue in this vein and reach Christmas in the same way.

 

Should you have any issues which you wish to discuss with regards to the return to school or other school matters, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

 

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

 

Newsletter 5.10.2020, by Mrs Collins

Date: 5th Oct 2020 @ 2:45pm

Newsletter

                                                                                                                        5th October 2020

Dear Parents / Carers

 

Class Bollin

Please note that Miss Williams will be off school for the next three weeks, starting Monday 5th October to undergo a small medical procedure which is NOT COVID Related. Mrs Smith, who has worked in the school on many occasions, will cover the class during her absence and will work closely with Miss Garnett and her team to ensure the smooth running of Class Bollin.

 

Mental Health Awareness Day

To mark World Mental Health Awareness Day on Saturday 10th October, we would like the children and staff to wear something yellow to school on Friday 9th October. We should be grateful if the children could make a small donation of 50p – £1.00. All proceeds will be distributed to mental health charities.

 

Office 365

You should now have received log on details for your child to our new Learning Platform. This is very similar to the ones used in the High Schools and will make distance learning easier should a child need to isolate or if we are required to enter a further lockdown. Mr Bratt has also kindly produced an instruction guide for all users to help you become familiar with the log on procedures which was emailed out to your personal email address over the weekend. Please note that we realise that you as parents will be required to support your child initially with these procedures, but as they become proficient they will be able to access the platform themselves.

 

Homework

As staff we have been reviewing the homework which we set. In doing so, we have identified key activities for all children to complete on a weekly basis based on their year group. We are also producing an overview of further activities which your child can complete during a half term to help to consolidate their learning. From this grid the children will be asked to complete a set number of tasks but may complete all of them should they wish to do so. All homework will now be posted on the Microsoft 365 Platform. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you are having issues accessing this.

 

Parent / Teacher Meetings

Due to the current Pandemic, all meetings between parents and teachers (Parents Evenings) will be virtual and will be held through your child’s Microsoft 365 account which is accessible on smart phones, tablets and computers. Mr Bratt is currently putting together a short video clip and will send this out to you to guide you through the process. Your child’s class teacher will shortly be distributing a link to Microsoft Forms from which you will be able to indicate your preferred date and time for the meeting from those available. Once we have finalised the list for each class, the class teachers will email you a link to the meeting to your personal email accounts.

 

Face Masks

Many thanks to all members of the school community for adhering to our policy by wearing face coverings whilst on the school grounds. This will hopefully help to keep all members of the school community safe during these difficult times. We do understand that there are a very small number of parents who are exempt from wearing face coverings and ask that these parents carry their lanyards / cards with them to display to staff members on duty.

School Council

I am delighted to inform you that the following children have been selected by members of the school community to act as Year 6 School Council Representatives this year, they will act as team leaders for each team and meet with myself to decide on modifications to the school / charity fundraising.

 

J Mather            J Day                   T Dunbar        H Wallace         L Blackburn

L Holt               M Presland          S Buckley       E Newton          M Taylor

 

Should you have any issues which you wish to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

 

Newsletter 28.9.2020, by Mrs Collins

Date: 28th Sep 2020 @ 9:43am

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

We were sad to hear the news of one of our former parents Mr Neil Hawkins who sadly lost his battle recently with COVID-19. Our thoughts are with Sarah, Alisha and Kyle and his friends during this difficult time.

 

New COVID – 19 Restrictions

Thank you all for your continued support and your understanding of the measures that we have put in place to keep everyone as safe as possible during these difficult times. From talking to some of you, I understand the high levels of worry that you are facing sending your children to school, this is fully understandable and all of the school staff are doing everything that they can to make sure that your children are kept as safe as possible, whilst they are in the school.

 

Although we have had no positive COVID-19 cases at Winsford High Street since our return in September, Cheshire West and Chester is experiencing a significant increase in positive cases within the community. In response to this, the Local Authority with the support of Public Health England have made the following recommendations and have advised the need to implement them. We will therefore be following their guidance to keep all members of the school community safe.

 

From Monday 28th September:

 

All adults and children over the age of 12 to wear a face covering when visiting or entering the school premises including outdoor yard areas.

 

• Parents/carers to arrive and leave promptly when dropping off/collecting their child – please do not congregate and maintain social distancing as we know that the virus is easily transmitted from person to person.

 

• Only one adult should enter the site for drop off and pick up per family.

 

All staff to wear face coverings when they come out onto the playground during drop off and pick up times.

 

Our priority is the safety of the children and staff and keeping the school as fully open as possible. These measures that we are putting in to place will help us to do this. Please remember that we are implementing the changes to help to protect your children and the staff and to keep the school open and safe.

 

One-way system

In addition to the aforementioned, I wish to thank you for adhering to the one way systems when entering and exiting the site. Please can I ask that all children attending the before and after school club also follow these specified routes.

 

Parking: Verdin Car Park

I would like to thank you for following our parking guidance on my last newsletter. Having been regularly on the Verdin Car Park at drop off and pick up times, there has been a marked improvement, although there is further progress to be made.

 

Parking: High Street

Unfortunately, we have seen a number of parents parking illegally on the High Street on double yellow lines. I must advise you that the Police and PCSO’s are currently patrolling the area and have advised that they will be issuing fines. Please think carefully, the yellow lines are there for a reason!

 

 

Dogs on the Playground

Please note that dogs are not permitted on the school grounds. This is a Local Authority directive and must be adhered to. Under exceptional circumstances, small dogs may be carried by owners, but must not be set down in the grounds.

 

Smoking / Vaping

Please can I reiterate that smoking or vaping is not permitted on the school premises in accordance with Local Authority guidance. Should individuals not adhere to this request they will be prohibited from entering the site.

 

 

Bike to School Week

Next week is national Bike to School Week (28th September to 2nd October), an event organised by Sustrans and supported by the Bikeability Trust, to celebrate cycling to school and the positive impact an active lifestyle can have on pupils’ health and wellbeing. We should be grateful if you would encourage your child (ren) to ride to school on their bikes if possible. Please note that the wearing of a helmet is compulsory. Helmets should also be worn by children using scooters.

The following website
Sustrans website has a free guide to walking, cycling and scooting to school for families to download.

 

Microsoft 365

We are now in the process of rolling out an email address and password to you for your children. This will be their email address for the remainder of their time at Winsford High Street. At present the email address will only be used as a user name although we will continue to distribute all newsletters and correspondence through your personal email address, this account is available for your child to use to access their homework and chat with members of staff, through the chat function not by replying to the email. In the future we may allow the children access to an email platform, this will not be done until we are certain the privacy settings are sufficient to protect your child. However, it must be noted that staff will not access 24/7 as they also need their downtime, but will do so on a regular basis. For the parents of younger members of the school community, we should be grateful for your support in guiding your children on how to log on / access their account.

The staff will now start to distribute homework using this platform. Furthermore, should we need to ‘lockdown’ a class or year group then the staff will distribute work through this media.

 

Maths Fluency Grids

All children in KS1 and KS2 have been sent home with a fluency grid. Fluency is at the heart of the National Curriculum for mathematics. Children need to know key mathematical facts and methods to aid their reasoning and problem-solving skills. Repetitive practice can support them with memorising these facts and becoming fluent in using them. The grid that your child has at home recaps key learning from the previous year and allows them the chance to practice their skills.

Children can take ownership of their own learning at home by choosing their 'star' number, when they have completed all or part of their grid they can check their answers with the aid of a calculator or by checking with their parents. Evidence of completing the grid does not need to be brought into school, so there is no need to submit it as homework, however, if your child is struggling with a particular section, then they are encouraged to ask their teacher for support

 

 

 

 

And finally

We are currently following the guidelines issued last week as to when children are allowed to return to school or when they must self-isolate when they display COVID-19 Symptoms and as noted we have been lucky not to have had any confirmed cases. However, in the event that your child is diagnosed with a confirmed case, I should be grateful if you would call me directly on 0781 5444 034, so that I may take the appropriate action and advise the relevant members of the school community. Please note that this number must not be used for any other communication.

 

Thank you as always for your support during this difficult period.

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

 

Winsford High Street Community Primary School, High St, Winsford CW7 2AU

Tel: 01606 668 066 | Email: head@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk