Issue 39 - Friday 2nd July 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
At this time of the year, with only a few weeks of school remaining, there's always plenty of excitement as pupils finish the school year with one teacher and are anticipating what September will bring. This year feels a little different to previous years due to the pandemic but we're trying to keep it as fun, exciting and as normal as possible at Parkfield.
You may be aware that our Y6 class have been isolating this week following a positive case of coronavirus and they are due to return on Tuesday. There have also been numerous bubbles burst at primary and high schools across Middleton and it is with this news that I do ask everyone to remain vigilant.
The school will keep asking everyone to be tested that is displaying any of the main or wider symptoms. We recognise that this is a real inconvenience but we want you to know that it is in line with local public heath guidance and will help keep our community safe. You will have seen in the news that the rules around bubble closures and self isolation may change in the Autumn term. Like yourselves, I would welcome these changes and I will let you know as soon as I know what the new rules will consist of.
Enjoy the weekend and again, let's hope for a fabulous game of football on Saturday evening.
MATHS PASSPORT CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to those pupils across the school that have got into the final of the annual Maths Passport Championship. Keep practising the questions that have been given to you and you could be the champion when the finals take place in a couple of weeks.
RECEPTION AND YEAR 5 TRIPS
It will be great to see Year 5 and Reception go out on their school trips next week. Y5 are off to take part in a range of activities at Hollingworth Lake whilst Reception travel to Smithills Farm. I'm sure both will be a memorable experience for all.
The current Y4 class didn't complete all their swimming lessons due to school closures earlier on this year. We're writing to let you know that they will be having an additional 10 sessions starting early in January 2022 (whilst in Y5) to ensure that all our pupils are able to swim by the time they leave Parkfield. We will send more details nearer the time.
HOMELEARNERS - WELL DONE
Well done to those pupils in Y6 that were able to attend the online lessons this past week and complete work on Showbie. We know that learning online is very difficult compared with being in the classroom but we're very proud of how resilient many of you have been under difficult circumstances.
Unfortunately, the planned transition day on the 9th July for Y6 pupils has been cancelled. The local authority and public health team took the decision that it was too risky to allow so many children from different schools to mix with one another at a time when local cases of coronavirus are increasing. As a result, each high school will be putting together their own versions of a 'virtual' transition day to ensure Y6 pupils are as prepared as they can be for September.
SEPTEMBER 2021 ROBINWOOD RESIDENTIAL - NOW Y5&6
I have emailed separately but it was great to share the news this week that pupils in both Y5 and Y6 in September will get the opportunity to attend Robinwood. For those that are unaware, Robinwood is a fantastic three day residential where our pupils take part in a wide range of outdoor and adventurous activities. From rock climbing, caving and trapeze to the giant swing and zip wire - every activity provides our pupils with life-long memories. For those that would like to send their child, please ensure you've paid the deposit on Gateway by this Wednesday 30th June.
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
REMINDERS from previous Newsletters
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
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.
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.
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.