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December Newsletter

PCC Information

As we prepare to begin our holiday, I would like to thank parents, pupils and staff for the way they have worked together during this term

We should take pride in all we have achieved as a school community.

Your children have adapted brilliantly to all of the changes that we have made here to ensure that the school environment is as Covid-secure as possible and have worked productively with their teachers over the past term, making very pleasing progress indeed.

We have been extremely fortunate in being able to keep school open until the final week of term.

Our new pupils have settled in well and quickly became part of our community.

School staff have faced new and difficult challenges and have continued to provide a stable, safe and caring community for our learners.

Although we haven’t been able to welcome you into the school building as we do under normal circumstances you have continued to support the school in many ways. We hope, at some point in 2021 we will be able to resume all the community events that are normally an integral part of our school life.

Our fund-raising raffle raised an amazing £593.50 – thank you for your donations of chocolate and money and supporting us by buying tickets. This money will be used to provide additional resources for all pupils in the school.

Please read the attached PCC document which explains arrangements for January. If you are eligible to use the key worker provision mentioned in the document, please use this booking form shared on Class Dojo

 

If these arrangements change in any way, we will let you know via ClassDojo.

If your child, or any member of your household has Covid-19 symptoms during the holiday period please continue to request a test by phoning 119 or using the online portal https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-covid-19-test.

If your child has a positive Covid test result over the holiday period please email your child’s name, year group and school to education.coronavirus@pembrokehsire.gov.uk Please note that the self-isolation period is now 10 days.

 

On behalf of the staff I would like to wish all families a restful and relaxing break.

 

First Lego League Discover


We were recently fortunate enough to be able to secure funding for equipment for Class 1 and 2 to participate in the First Lego League Discover Playmakers season. This event aims to develop early STEM education through play.

The pupils were delighted when the Lego sets we will need to join in the programme arrived recently and can’t wait to get started in the new year.

What to do if your child is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) 

What to do if your child is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) 

One or more COVID-19 Symptoms: 

  • A new, continuous cough 
  • A high temperature  
  • Loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell  

Action list 

 

  1. Self-isolate for 10 days   

 

  1. Use https://111.wales.nhs.uk/ or Call 111 for clinical advice 

 

  1. Apply for Coronavirus test if needed https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-covid-19-test or call 119 to arrange for a test. 

 

  1. Collect any siblings from school. 

 

  1. Call the school to inform them your child has symptoms and whether they have had a test. Do not visit the school. 

 

  1. If your child has a negative test, return to school and provide proof of their result. 

 

  1. If your child gets a positive test, then continue to self-isolate for 10 days from when their symptoms started. Anyone they live with, and anyone in their family bubble, or extended family bubble must self-isolate for 14 days. 

 

  1. If your child does not have any COVID-19 symptoms but does: 

 

Feel unwell with a temperature of less than 38C 

Vomit or has diarrhoea 

Have a loss of appetite 

Have a rash 

Have fatigue / aches 

Or have any other general illness or is feeling unwell 

 

Then you are advised to monitor your child closely. If appropriate do not attend school but keep them informed in the usual way. 

 

  1. If your child seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there’s something seriously wrong, call 999. Do not visit your GP, pharmacy or hospital, except in an emergency. 

 

Return to School

Phased Return – September 3rd and 4th

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Arrival

Collection

Tuesday

September 1st

Planning and Preparation

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Wednesday

September 2nd

Planning and Preparation

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Thursday

September 3rd

Class 1 (Group A)*
Class 4 (all) Class 5 (all)

C1 – 8.45am – 8.55am (main entrance)
Class 4 – 8.55am – 9.05am (main entrance)

Class 5 – 8.45am – 8.55am (Hall door)

C1 3pm – 3.10pm

C4 3.10pm – 3.20pm

C5 3pm – 3.10pm

Friday

September 4th

Class 1 (Group B)*
Class 2 (all) Class 3 (all)

C1 – 8.45am – 8.55am (main entrance)
Class 2 – 8.55am – 9.05am (main entrance)

Class 3 – 9.05am – 9.15am (main entrance)

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C1 2.50pm – 3pm

C2 3pm – 3.10pm

C3 3.10pm – 3.20pm

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*Class 1
Group A – Reception pupils who haven’t yet started school Group B – Reception pupils who started school in January

Monday September 7th

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All pupils return – please see timings below

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Please see information below

Arrangements from September 7th – Arrival and collection

• There will be staggered starts and ends to the school day – this is a temporary measure and will be adjusted once restrictions are removed.

If you have children in more than one class, please collect and drop off in the timeslot allocated to your oldest child.

  • Both the Vergam Terrace entrance and the rear entrance will be open for entrance and exit.
  • Please arrive within your allocated timeslot
  • When you arrive please wait on the playground with your child – a member of staff will be on duty and they will tell you when your child can enter the building safely.
  • Older pupils in C4 and 5 may come onto the playground unaccompanied. They will still need to arrive within their designated timeslot – however they must stand and wait to be invited in. They will not be able to play – if your child is unable to do this we will ask that you accompany them onto the playground. If they are walking home independently they will be dismissed in their designated timeslot.
  • Please do not allow pupils to play on the playground before school – we are working to ensure that they are in separate contact groups all day and this includes the period before school.
  • Parents/carers will not be allowed to enter the school building – if you need to speak to a member of staff please send a message via Class Dojo or ring the school.
  • Only one adult is allowed onto the playground to drop off or collect a child.
  • Please ensure that you are following the current social distancing guidelines on the playground – at present this requires you to be 2m away from other people. Please leave the playground as soon as your child is with you – another group of parents will be waiting to arrive for the next collection.Pupils
  • Pupils should wear full school uniform – please see school website for details. Uniform is available from School Trends and Tees R Us in Haverfordwest.
  • On the days when pupils have PE we ask that they wear their PE T Shirt, School Jumper or cardigan, Plain navy or black jogging bottoms and trainers to school. This will limit the need to bring in extra items to school.

Class

Arrival time

Entrance door

Collection time

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1

8.40-8.50

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Main Entrance

2

8.50 – 9.00

Main Entrance

3 – 3.10

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3

9 – 9.10

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Main Entrance

4

8.50 – 9.00

Hall Door

3 – 3.10

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5

8.40-8.50

Hall Door 2.50 – 3

Hall Door

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PE Timetable

Tuesday – Classes 2,3,4 and 5 Wednesday Classes 1 and 4 Thursday Classes 1,2,3 and 5

Letter from Steven Richards-Downes – Acting Director for Children and Schools

Dear parents and carers, 

Following the announcement by the Education Minister Kirsty Williams regarding the reopening of schools. I wanted to share our position with you. The last few months have been challenging of everyone, children and young people, parents and carers and school staff. I welcome the plans from Welsh Government, which will allow us to plan for the safe re-opening of schools in September. 

At the start of next term, schools will: 

  • Reopen to staff on the 1st of September, 
  • Plan and prepare for the return of learners by reviewing risk assessments and processes to ensure schools can welcome learners back safely. 
  • Prioritise groups of learners to attend in the first week on the third and fourth of September. 
  • Maximise the number of learners and increase numbers safely through the week beginning the 7th of September, leading to a full return by the 14th of September. 

Schools will communicate directly with parents and carers about their arrangements. During this week, Welsh Government will issue guidance and this guidance will change as the situation evolves. Every school will have its own challenges to deal with. The will include things like staffing, catering, cleaning, transport etc. These will be worked through in detail over the next few weeks. There will be no childcare provision for the children of key workers in September. 

We will: 

  • continue to provide support to schools and the families they work with in the coming weeks; 
  • continue to support headteachers and staff in schools who have worked under extreme pressure during the lockdown phase; 
  • continue to communicate via the local authority website and social media channels 

I would like to thank you for your support and working with our schools and us during this difficult time. I am confident that by continuing to work together we can make the return to our schools successful. 

 

Yours sincerely 

 

Steven Richards-Downes 

Acting Director for Children and Schools