Issue 37 - Friday 18th June 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
Seeing most of the school dressed in their football colours today helped me appreciate how a tournament like the Euros can help raise spirits within the school and across the country. Let's hope after tonight's fixture between England and Scotland those spirits are still high.
Unfortunately, not all pupils could join in with today's event because of two positive cases of coronavirus confirmed within the Reception and Year 4 bubbles. The two classes are having to isolate for a period of 10 days and will complete online lessons each day to continue with their learning.
With this news and the added pressures this bring to school and families, I want to reiterate the importance of not sending your child into school if they are poorly. The additional symptoms for coronavirus, particularly with this new variant, include: headaches, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches and fatigue. If your child has any of these symptoms, we are likely to ask for your child to get a PCR test and the household must isolate until a negative result is returned.
I want to also remind everyone that, unless exempt, face masks MUST be worn on the school grounds. It is vital that these are worn - particularly with the high rates of covid in the local area at the moment.
Throughout this week, many of our pupils took part in the annual Spelling Bee. All involved were absolutely amazing and demonstrated their positivity and resilience throughout the competition. Congratulations to all pupils that took part and well done to our three winners. I hope next year to be in a position where we can invite parents to this fabulous event.
Enjoy your weekend, enjoy the football and thanks for your continued support.
CLASS TEACHERS FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
At this time of the year we like to give our pupils and parents as much notice as possible about the class teacher they will be having in September. This year there have been a number of changes and we're very lucky at Parkfield because we have a great teaching staff that are able to teach in a range of classes across the school ensuring our pupils get the very best education they deserve. From September 2021 the class teachers will be as follows:
Reception - Mrs Price
Year 1 - Mrs Hartley
Year 2 - Miss McCall
Year 3 - Mrs Gooding
Year 4 - Miss Cummins (soon to be Mrs Taylor)
Year 5 - Mrs Acil
Year 6 - Mr Barnes
SPORTS DAY - CANCELLED FOR PARENTS/CARERS
Following the announcement earlier this week from the Prime Minister we will regretably have to cancel this year's planned Sports day. The restrictions, that we hoped would be relaxed, mean that pupils are still in bubbles and parents are only able to attend under strict social distancing measures that aren't feasible for us to put in place. As an alternative, each class will take part in their own sports day during their usual PE lesson where houses will still compete against each other and all the points pupils earn within each class will be added together to find an overall house winner for the school.
NATIONAL SPORTS WEEK
Next week is National Sports week and as a result, our classes will be taking part in lots of intra-school sports events competing against their peers within different houses. Keep an eye on Twiter for the activities planned.
POSSIBLE RESIDENTIAL FOR CURRENT Y5 PUPILS
An opportunity has become available where we may be able to offer some of our Y5 pupils a trip to Robinwood at the beginning of Y6. It would take place at the same time that the current Y4 class are attending on Friday 17th - Sunday 19th September 2021. This would be in addition to the planned Y6 Blackpool residential which is due to take place in June 2022. Please let us know your views https://forms.gle/gSYG9PZWz7NcD6MA8.
At the moment, the LA has confirmed that the Y6 children will be having an induction day at their high schools on Friday 9th July. Due to the continued national restrictions, a number of measures will be put in place to ensure that mixing between pupils is minimised and the possiblity of spreading the virus is reduced. Other measures will include wearing a mask and being requested to take a lateral flow test before attending the high school and before returning to primary school. You will recieve further information from your high schools.
NEW RECEPTION INTAKE
A little more bad news and again due to covid, we're having to cancel the proposed new intake event for the children joining our Reception class in September. A separate letter is being sent through the post with further details about what our alternative transition offer is.
PE KITS FROM SEPTEMBER 2021
We have taken the decision for pupils to continue to wear their PE kits to school from September on their PE day. This will also extend to the new Reception class. We brought this in as a covid measure back in September 2020 but have enjoyed the additional benefits including the additional time pupils get during a PE lesson and fewer items of lost property. Please see the school uniform page of the school website for further information.
REMINDERS from previous Newsletters
Y6 CAREERS DAY - HELP WANTED! (REMINDER)
Y6 are having an aspirational careers day on Friday 2nd July where they'll be thinking about the future and the kind of education and employment that they'd like to pursue. We'd like part of the day for our Y6's to interview some of our parents, grandparents, governors and ex-pupils about their careers and current employment. Whether you're a teacher, nurse, solicitor, police officer, engineer, mechanic, writer, business owner or rockstar - our Y6's would love to talk to you! If you are interested and are able to give up to 30 minutes of your time on the morning of the 2nd July for a zoom call with our Y6's please click here and complete the form to let us know that you're interested. Thanks in advance.
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUB BOOKINGS FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
Bookings for our popular Early Birds and Busy Bees Club are now being taken for September 2021. Please click the following link to let us know that you want a place.. We will then contact you to confirm that you have a place for September 2021. We hope to accommodate all pupils that book. CLICK HERE TO BOOK FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
Unfortunately we're cancelling some of the proposed summer events due to coronavirus restrictions. Due to the school bubble system remaining in place, we're having to reluctantly cancel the Summer Fair and the Y4 overnight camping event.
CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN SCHOOL
A reminder that although lockdown restrictions have eased across the country, restrictions within school remain the same and there have been no changes to our risk assessment and the measures we have in place. This means that poorly children will be asked to get a Covid test, pupils will remain in their class bubbles, the cleaning regime within school will continue, a positive case within a class means the bubble is sent home, masks will be worn by staff in communal areas, restricted access to the school office continues and masks MUST BE WORN by all adults in the school playground when dropping off and picking up. We are looking forward to the next stage of lockdown easing where we hope some of these measures can be removed.
A reminder that our Covid-19 information page is being regularly updated and includes an up to date risk assessment. If you're unsure about the guidelines that are to be followed, the information will be on this page.
Throughout the pandemic our pupils have unfortunately missed out on a number of opportunities. Our choir, that usually go to Rochdale Town Hall to take part in the annual Rochdale Music Festival, have this year entered the competition virtually! Click here to see their entries into the competition. We'll let you know how we do when we find out!
LOVE TO READ
We've update the information on our website so that it is in line with our new Accelerated Reader initiative. There is information on there about the reading books that are sent home for pupils in years 2-6. Please familiarise yourself with the information as it will give you a deeper understanding about the books your child is brining home and the ZPD levels included on the front of the books. The information can be found here: https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/english/reading
PARKFIELD SCHOOL LOTTERY
If you'd like the opportunity to win £25,000 each week and support the school you can do so by joining the school lottery. There is a winner from our school each week that wins a smaller prize but there is always the chance of winning the national prize of £25,000. More details and how to join can be found here: https://www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/parkfield-primary-school
Mrs Whalen is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) supported by Miss Steele (Deputy DSL). If you have any concerns about the needs or welfare of a pupil, please don't hesitate to contact the school. We all share a responsibility to our pupils safety and wellbeing.
As a school our promise is: We will listen, we will support and we will take action.
Health and Safety
Unfortunately, Parents and Carers are not allowed to drop off and pick up from the school car park at any time.
Children are not allowed on the play equipment before and after school. Please keep them off.