A special message from all of the staff at Parkhead Primary School

April 7, 2020

Thinking of you all…. we hope you enjoy our video message!

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Parkhead is awarded GOLD status for antibullying

April 6, 2020

Just a little bit of good news to share with you. I have just had confirmation that we have received GOLD status for our Anti-bullying work from the All Together Programme!

The antibullying alliance said ‘ thanks for all the work you’ve done on the All Together programme Parkhead Primary school. I’m very happy to let you know that you’ve done a great job of demonstrating your work to reduce bullying and we’re awarding you GOLD status.’

EASTER update and onwards

April 3, 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope this email finds you and your families safe and well! We have come to what would have been the end of the Spring term. We are all missing the children being in school and are all thinking of our families at this uncertain time!

Easter Holidays

We will not be setting tasks during the Easter Holiday period or sending Marvellous Me! messages. This will recommence after the Easter Break on Monday 20th of April. In addition to on-line tasks set staff will be emailing further learning tasks and activities after the Easter break.

 

Easter Fun Activities

Some members of the support team have put together some fun, educational ideas and activities for parents and children over the Easter holidays which are available on the website.

Good Friday and Bank Holiday

School will not be open on these days as parents of Key Worker children have managed to change shifts at work. This means that there will be no one in school on these days to answer the phones or emails. We will be open on other days throughout the Easter Holidays for emergency child care, if you have any urgent queries.

The school kitchen will be closed permanently from Friday

Communication after Easter

We are in the process of setting up a Facebook page and year group email addresses to share ideas, activities and learning. More information about how parents can join the group(s) will be emailed after the Easter holidays.

Twitter and an Easter egg competition

Miss Tulip is also organising a ‘virtual’ egg decorating competition via Twitter during the Easter break. We would love parents to decorate an egg or eggs at home with their child and send us photographs of their entries before Thursday 9th April 11am. Please email them to our special email address: eastereggs@Parkheadprimary.org

We will post all entries on our twitter feed @ParkheadSchool with the first name of your child and year group. We would love everyone to join our twitter feed so we can all take part and see everyone’s entries. Its quick and simple to sign up to twitter: just google sign up to twitter and Go to http://twitter.com and find the sign up box, or go directly to https://twitter.com/signup. You will be guided through the sign up experience and prompted to enter information such as your name and email address.

Once you have joined you just need to follow @parkheadschool. You will see our familiar logo!

We will be delivering Easter eggs to the winner’s doorsteps on Thursday 9th April.

Updating during COVID 19 from the Headteacher

March 30, 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

I just thought that I would send everyone this email to check in with you all and pass on a few messages, during this strange and somewhat difficult time.

School remains open as ’emergency childcare’ for very few children of Key Workers. If you are working from home now, your children should be with you.  The message and guidance from government remains the same which is: keep your children at home. They are safest there. We have had varying numbers of children in each day with only 5 children on Friday. Whilst we miss having all of the children in school, it is really reassuring to see so few children in school as it demonstrates that people are taking the appropriate precautions and staying at home and the appropriate families are only bringing their children in if it is absolutely necessary. We really appreciate this!

There were a few things that I wanted to share with you:

Staff Rota

Obviously it is my job as Head Teacher to not only make sure that our children are safe, but also to keep our staff safe as well. In line with advice from the Local Authority and the government, we have devised a rota for our staff to ensure they are in school as little as possible over the coming weeks. This means that they will be in school for some days supporting the group of children who are in school, but then they will be spending time working at home for one week and one week will be a holiday week.  I believe that this is the safest way to organise our staffing as it means that we have less of a spread of people coming in to school over a period of time. Staff are setting work for pupils, developing our curriculum, completing set tasks and taking the opportunity to complete on-line training and professional development.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of the staff who have all been so fantastic and expressed how happy they all are to play their part to help our critical key worker families, without even so much as a grumble or moan. It really is testament to what a fantastic and dedicated team of people they are. I would also like to send well wishes to our staff who are self-isolating or staying at home for medical reasons – We know that you are with us in spirit.

Communication

Either myself, Mrs Leach or Miss Tulip are in school each day to coordinate and complete a wide range of tasks to ensure the smooth running of the school, health and safety and a list of many other tasks to ensure vital lines of communication. Where possible please email or send text messages and only telephone if urgent. We check emails and text messages several times each day during the working week. Messages for individual teachers will be forwarded to them and they will respond via Marvellous Me! Alternatively, we will forward any email responses from staff to parents/carers. We ask for your patience in this but your queries will be responded to in a timely manner.

Safeguarding

Please remember that even when our families are at home, we still want to make sure that our children are safe and happy. If you have any concerns or worries about your child, no matter how small, please do not hesitate to get in touch with myself or Mrs. Leach as we are the Safeguarding leads.  If you explain you would like to speak to either myself or Mrs. Leach we will either take your call (0191 4335618) wherever possible or we will return your call as soon as possible. We fully recognise what a difficult time this is and we really are here to help and support in any way that we can.

Free School Meals

If you are entitled to free school meals, we will continue to provide these. We believe the government intends to have a voucher system in place, in the coming weeks. We will update you as we know more.

Critical Key Worker Families

I would like to thank the parents of our Key Workers who have really helped us by informing us as soon as possible about your child care arrangements for the coming weeks.  Please continue to do this as it is really important that we know this information as soon as possible so that we can collate our numbers for staffing.

Learning Packs and Working with Children at Home

The staff worked hard on putting learning packs together with enough to get on with for the coming weeks, and we are obviously adding useful links via our website for each year group with links to some lovely activities. I do believe that this is more than enough and should give parents and carers some good ideas for things to do with their children whilst at home.

 

There is no expectation for families on how much work should be done each day or each week.  Every family’s circumstances will be different and it is important we all try to remain as calm and happy as possible during this uncertain and strange period. Encouraging your child to complete some of the set activities each week and sharing a story or book is more than enough.  The last thing we want is for parents to feel any additional pressures or worries at this time.   For some families, that might mean enjoying doing daily activities from school but for others, they might prefer to do a few pieces weekly instead.  There is no right or wrong way but the main thing to prioritise is reading so, as much as possible, try to get your child reading books at home or from our online links.

 

Take the opportunity to do practical, fun activities together – bake, teach your children to sew or knit, do exercise in the garden, tell stories and just enjoy each other’s company. We know how hard this is for you all and we are here to help and give you ideas for your children at home, not to cause you any additional stress or anxiety.

 

We will be emailing out more learning ideas out after what would have been the Easter break.

 

So I know that it has been a strange week for us all. Even being in school with such a small amount of children has been strange. I think at this point; everyone is just beginning to come to terms with not knowing what is in store. But we are a strong group of people who have pulled together to do what is right and we are most definitely working together as a community.

 

Again, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need anything from us in school. Currently, we may not be seeing you as frequently as we were, but we are all still here.
Stay safe and well everyone.

 

PM Bailey

Emergency Notice

March 23, 2020

Dear Parents and carers

You will no doubt have heard the message from our government that the country is in lockdown and movement outside of your home is significantly restricted.

Parents and carers who work as ‘critical workers’ or those of vulnerable children will have already been in touch with school and requested reduced provision.

Those children can still access emergency childcare but I would ask those parents and carers to consider the following very seriously before sending their children into our emergency childcare tomorrow.

Reduced provision is only for vulnerable children and children of parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response.

Many parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response may be able to ensure their child is kept at home.

And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

I cannot stress enough that these are extraordinary times and that requires extraordinary measures.

As the Head Teacher of this school I need to do all I can to ensure that I can provide emergency childcare for the small minority of parents and carers who are currently playing a significant role in fighting CORVID-19. Please heed government advice and do not send children in unnecessarily.

Sending children into emergency childcare when it is not necessary will jeopardise our ability to support those parents who need it most.

The days, weeks and months ahead will be tricky and we need everyone to play their part.

Please support the staff at Parkhead to play our part and please do not send your child in if they can be safely cared for at home.

  • Stay at home
  • Protect the NHS
  • Save Lives

Thank you for your cooperation.

Stay safe.

Paula Bailey

 

KEY WORKERS - EASTER HOLIDAY PROVISION

EASTER HOLIDAY PROVISION

We have been asked by the Local Authority to survey those parents of children attending or those who are eligible to attend school, if they would require child-care over the Easter holidays. We need to submit this information by the end of the day Tuesday 24th March. The strategic group from the Local Authority will meet on Wednesday 25th March to begin planning for this period. PLEASE INFORM US VIA EMAIL WHETHER OR NOT YOU WOULD REQUIRE THIS.

Please remember the critical worker list guidance below.

Children with a parent or carer who is listed on the government’s critical worker list should be considered for a school place. However, if children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

Children with at least one parent or carer who is critical to the COVID-19 response can attend school if required.

However, many families with a parent or carer working in critical sectors will be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.