Issue 40 - Friday 9th July 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
First of all, thank you for your support with the non-uniform day today - Parkfield looked great with pupils in their England colours. Let's hope that on Sunday evening England can win their first trophy in 55 years and bring some much needed joy to the country. If there are a few tired children (and teachers) on Monday morning, it can be forgiven!
This week we have seen Reception and Year 5 attend two different types of trips that have provided some memorable experiences for all. Reception had a great day at Smithills Farm whilst Y5 spent a day taking part in activities at Hollingworth Lake. A range of photos and a slideshow from the days can be found on our Twitter feed.
Earlier on this week the government announced the details for how schools will operate from the 19th July and then from September. I can confirm that our school risk assessment will remain the same for the final two days of term on the 19th and 20th July. Covid levels are too high in the area to risk pupils and staff having to isolate for the first part of their summer holidays. However, I welcome the changes that September will bring and will update you on the arrangements before we all return in September.
For now, please continue to remain vigilant, don't send poorly children into school and support us if we ask for your child to get a PCR test.
Enjoy the weekend and fingers crossed for Sunday 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 next week.
ROBINWOOD RESIDENTIAL MEETING
For those parents and carers that have pupils currently in Y4 and Y5 keep an eye on your emails for an invite to Tuesday's Robinwood Residential Meeting. The meeting, via Zoom, will take place at 4pm and there will be a short presentation about the September trip and there will be an opportunity to ask any questions.
NEW PARENTS/CARERS MEETING
We will be meeting all our new parents/carers on Thursday afternoon at 4pm for information about children starting school in September. A separate email will be sent.
Due to current covid restrictions, our usual class move up day can't happen. However, all children will be spending time with their new teacher next Friday afternoon.
HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY PARKFIELD
The last time England won a trophy, Parkfield school was in a different building - on Cross Street! Next week, the current junior building will be celebrating it's 40th birthday after being opened back in July 1981. On 24th September, 40 years after the official opening, we will be celebrating 40 years of the current Parkfield building by having a 1980's themed celebration day. More info will follow in the new school year but we hope we have given you plenty of time for those 80's themed costumes!
END OF YEAR REPORTS
All being well, we're expecting end of year reports to be sent out at the end of next week.
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
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.
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.
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.