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September Newsletter

Dear all,

Welcome back to this new school year.  I know we have been back a couple of weeks already but I wanted to wait to send my newsletter so that our new reception and nursery parents and carers would also be able to receive it.  So if you are reading a school newsletter for the very first time – welcome to Broadgate!  I hope the start of school has been happy and exciting for your children and not too stressful for you!  It has been such a lovely start to the term and the children have all done incredibly well settling into their new classes and routines.

Hepafilters and other COVID safety measures

As you will be aware we no longer have a bubble system in school and as schools are no longer responsible for track and trace we will not be able to tell people to self-isolate if they have been in contact with a positive case.  Children under 18 are no longer required to self-isolate as a close contact (along with double vaccinated adults).  This means that even if there is a positive case in your household your children can come to school (as long as they do not have any symptoms).  If this situation arises for you and you have any worries or concerns please contact us and we will do our best to support and advise you.

Whilst we do not have bubbles any more in school we have kept our separate entrance points and separate lunchtimes so that we are keeping year groups as safe as we can.  As well as keeping the classrooms well-ventilated (the children may need to wear extra layers as the weather grows colder) we have also ordered a hepafilter (high grade air filter) for each classroom so that we are doing as much as we can to keep our pupils and staff safe.  If there is a positive case in school I will send the affected year group a letter to inform you so that you can keep a close eye on your child for any possible symptoms.

Having had our first assembly last week, I have now made the decision to pause them as we have been made aware of a couple of positive cases (the affected year groups were informed), and it does not feel sensible to bring such a large group of children together.  I will keep this under review as the term progresses.  I will also make decisions about any parent events nearer to the planned dates.  As soon as any decisions are made I will let you know.

Dates/Events

                      13th Sept           Nursery and Reception classes open

                      14th Sept           Nursery new starters from this date

                      21st Sept           Y6 Shakespeare workshop

                      22nd Sept          Y6 Shakespeare workshop

                      4th Oct              Governors’ meeting 6.00pm

                      12th Oct             Nasal flu immunisations

                      15th Oct             Harvest Festival Assembly (dependent on local health situation)

                                    KS2 – 10.30am

                                    Rec/KS1 – 2.30pm

20th Oct            Reception 2022 open evening for potential new parents (4pm and 5.30pm)

22nd Oct            School closes at 3:05 p.m. for half-term holiday 

Parents’ evenings

This year we have moved our first parents’ evening from this half term to next half term.  The short parents’ evening will be on Tuesday 9th November and the long one will be on Wednesday 10th November.  At this point we are unsure whether these will be in person meetings or telephone consultations.  We will keep an eye on the local health situation and confirm arrangements by the end of this half term.

Flu immunisation

The Nasal Flu Immunisation team will be coming to school on Tuesday 12th October.  You should have been contacted to provide permission for your child to have the immunisation.  If you want your child to have this, please ensure you have provided your consent to them by clicking the link on the Ping message you received from school by 20th September as the link will close after this date.  As we do not manage this system, we will not be able to add anybody after this date as it is managed by the health team directly.

Please note this this immunisation is for FLU.  There are currently no plans to vaccinate primary aged children against COVID.

School photographs

The school photographer will be coming into school on Tuesday 9th November.  At this point we have decided not to do family groups again this year due to trying to minimise contacts throughout school.  If there is an improvement in the current health situation we may review this when we return after half term and will let you know if anything changes.

Reception 2022 open evenings

Whilst we are not able to have groups of visitors in school during the day when the children are in, I really do not want to do all our open events and information virtually this year.  There will still be a page on our website (Reception 2022) with information and videos for prospective parents, but in addition to this we plan to hold a couple of open evenings.  Prospective parents will be able to come visit the school and have a look round on the evening of Wednesday 20th October or Wednesday 24th November.  There will be two tours each evening – one at 4.00pm and the other at 5.30pm.  Parents will need to ring the school to book so that we are able to keep an eye on numbers.  I am very much looking forward to being able to meet prospective parents in person again!

 

Once again it has been so lovely to see you all again at the start of this term.  I really hope that we have turned a corner and that this academic year will start to feel like school used to be again!  As ever, thank you all for your patience and support.  It really is a privilege to work with you all!

Stay safe.

Warm regards,

Elaine McLellan

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