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5.10.2020

I think we all hoped that by now things would get easier, but that is just not the case and certainly not for schools. Schools have never faced so many changes and challenges, in day to day, and week to week, guidance, processes and procedures. Sometimes I wonder how we find the time to plan the learning! Hopefully, this has not impacted upon your child’s enjoyment and engagement in their learning? As I walked around the school, I was bowled over by how quickly all years groups had settled into their learning, and were positively engaging and interacting with their teachers and each other. I am sure like myself, you would like to thank staff for ensuring this transition has been so smooth. I know it has not been easy for any of us, but I am mindful of the demands being put on our profession, and cannot thank staff, pupils and parents enough for adapting so well. Last week was one of the toughest I have ever known in education.    

Self-isolating is vital to stop the spread of COVID-19

According to news reports, a study led by King’s College London shows that fewer than one-fifth of people in the UK who develop coronavirus symptoms are following the rules and self-isolating at home. 

Just 18 per cent of people involved with the study, who developed symptoms between March and August, said they had actually self-isolated, and only 11 per cent of those in contact with someone testing positive for coronavirus said they had stayed at home for the required two weeks.

But the recent rise in COVID-19 cases here in Devon and across the country, in all age groups and communities, are a stark warning to us all that we need to keep working together to slow the spread of the virus. 

Public Health England has written about how vitally important self-isolating is to stop coronavirus from spreading in our community, particularly to people who could become very sick if they catch the virus. 

You must self-isolate:

  • if you have symptoms and are waiting for a test
  • if your test is positive
  • if you’re notified by NHS Test and Trace or the new NHS COVID-19 app that you’ve been in close contact with a confirmed case.

The simple message is…self-isolating for the full duration may well be a frustrating thing to do, but it’s a very necessary part of stopping this pandemic. So, if we’re called upon to do it, or we develop symptoms, then let’s just do it and do it properly.

SIMS Parent Lite

As I said in my previous Blog, there is need for constant adaptation. This unfortunately means another online system! In order for us to update your data collection forms we will be using SIMS Parent Lite. You should have received a message regarding this? Using this system will enable data collection forms (addresses, contact details etc) to be changed and updated by parents, in a secure and direct manner. Once completed this will automatically update our systems. You will still get a reminder annually but details can be updated by parents, throughout the year, whenever there is a change.

Cleaner Advert

Norse, who currently have a service level agreement with ourselves, are looking to appoint a new cleaner for Wembury Primary School. Although the advert states cleaner required for 25hrs per week x 41 weeks per year, these hours can be shared between two people. Should you, or if you know of someone who may be interested, wish to apply please use the contact details for Norse below:

 

Cleaner Required

25hrs per week x 41 weeks per year

Salary £9.50 per hour

Full DBS Required

Full training and uniform provided

 

For more information please contact Martin Foweraker on 07824 835606

or email at martin.foweraker@ncsgrp.co.uk 

Glass Heart

Our warmest thanks has to go out to our 2020 Year 6 leavers and their parents, for the beautiful glass heart that was presented to Mrs Chamberlain and myself, as their leaving gift. It will be really treasured and now takes pride of place in our staffroom. Thank you so much – we LOVE it!

Stars of the Week’

Well done to:

w/e 25th September: Elsie O'Connor, Ivy Symons, Barny Withers, Freddie Crawshaw, Lucy Booth, Henri Carr, Phoebe Draper.

w/e 2nd October: Beula Truscott-Shearn, Dara Carter Dillon, Joseph Hart, Daisy Sara, Haris Hawkes, Phoebe Parker, Peter Cane.  

Flu Immunisation

These are due to take place on Friday 16th October. You should have received communication regarding this year’s flu vaccination for all pupils Foundation to Year 6? Please complete the form online, as sent in the original link, via the School App. NHS are requesting that ALL complete the form stating clearly whether they give permission or not.  Should you have difficulty in accessing the link, or have not sent the communication, this may be because you have not activated the School App. If this is the case please contact the office on the details provided above. Thank you.

Meet & Greet

By the end of this week you will receive a PowerPoint and overview of your child’s class for this year and their term’s learning. This will include information that is usually shared during our Meet & Greet meetings and hope that you will find the information helpful and useful.

Marathon Madness!

Mrs Law and Miss Pooley have been on the run again! Mrs Law completed the full Virtual Virgin Money Marathon (26.2 miles) running from the Tamar Bridge to Plymbridge. Miss Pooley kept her company for the last half of themarathon. Congratulations to both for completing this safely, in not so wonderful weather!   

A reminder to keep all safe.

With the rise in COVID cases locally and national, a reminder to maintain social distancing, especially on the school site. Where possible, please wear a mask.  

Finally, a massive thank you to all, again.

 

STAY   SAFE


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