Issue 1 - 2nd September 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you have all had a lovely summer break and are looking forward to all children returning to school this Monday 6th September.
Parkfield staff have been busy over the summer preparing school for the return of all pupils. This has included some updating and redesigning of the Reception classroom and outdoor area. All areas across the school look great and are ready for our Parkfielders.
This September sees the removal of many of the coronavirus restrictions that we have had to work with over the past 18 months. Although these changes are a welcome move towards normality, you'll be aware that the virus is still prevalent within the community and as a result some restrictions will remain with us. More details, can be found below and will be updated on our Covid-19 information page.
I hope the information below should answer any queries you may have. However, if you have any last minute questions please email the school office: email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you on Monday morning.
RECEPTION PUPIL TIMINGS
If your child is in the morning group (siblings of pupils already in school), they can come along to the Reception entrance and drop off between 8.45am and 9.00am for the first week. A reminder that breakfast club is also available to those children from 7.30am. They are to be picked up at 11.00am.
If you child is in the afternoon group, please drop off at 1.00pm and pick up at 3.00pm. When dropping off for this first week you will have to come through the main school gates as children will be in the playground at drop off time. A reminder that after school club is available for those that have requested until 5.30pm.
All reception children will be in full time (8.45am - 3.15pm) from Monday 13th September.
COVID RISK ASSESSMENT AND RELATED INFORMATION
The school's updated and detailed risk assessment and outbreak management plan can be found on our Covid-19 information page. A brief synopsis is given below.
COVID RESTRICTION CHANGES
In line with government guidance, many restrictions have been removed for the new school year. These include:
No more bubbles. Children can now mix during break and lunchtimes.
Children no longer have to isolate if they are identified as a close contact.
Whole school assemblies to return.
School is not responsible for contract tracing.
Face coverings are no longer advised - although we will ask parents and carers to wear a mask if they come into the school building.
COVID RESTRICTIONS REMAINING
To reduce the possible spread of the virus some restrictions are still in place and it's important that you support the school and the community by continuing to follow the rules in place. These include:
Pupils to remain at home if they are poorly.
School will refuse permission to pupils displaying covid symptoms and ask them to have a PCR test. A negative result must be presented to school before the child can be re-admitted.
Ventilation within the school will be a priority.
Continued use of hand sanitiser and hand washing.
Promoting good hygiene through catch it, bin it, kill it message.
Staff will continue to test twice weekly using LFT's.
Remote learning will continue for those pupils that are unable to attend due to self isolation or restrictions on attendance. Remote learning information can be found on this page: https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/remote-education
OUTBREAK MANAGEMENT PLAN
It is important to note that if there are a number of positive cases within the school we have in place an 'Outbreak' management plan to help reduce further the possibility of transmission. This includes bringing back some of the restrictions that we have had in place over the past year and include: return of class bubbles, no/reduced assemblies, use of face coverings by all staff. Please note that there is still the possibility that a whole class bubble will be sent home for a period of time.
From Monday, all Parkfielders will need to come to school dressed in their PE kit on their PE day. For those that don't have a royal blue hoody, a school jumper must be worn. No other hoodies are allowed. Click here for information on uniform and PE kit.
Monday - Year 3/4
Tuesday - Year 5/6
Wednesday - Reception
Thursday - Year 1/2
MORNING ROUTINE - SCHOOL STARTS AT 8.45am PROMPT. PLEASE BE ON TIME!
We will be continuing the morning routine of lining up outside in the playground with a member of staff collecting the class at 8.45am. This ensures a timely and organised start to the day for pupils. Please note that the doors will now be closed at 8.50am. Arrivals after this time will have to enter through the main entrance. Pupils arriving after 9.00am will be recorded as late.
PARENTS/CARERS IN THE PLAYGROUND
Although face masks aren't now required in the school playground - we do recommend that they are used due to the crowded nature of the playground. Also, please remember to socially distance from others including members of staff and pupils.
Y4 SWIMMING LESSONS
Y4 start their swimming lessons at Middleton Arena on Wednesday. More information will follow in a separate email but they will be having an hour swimming lesson every Wednesday up until February.
TEACHERS AND TEACHING ASSISTANTS FOR SEPTEMBER
I'm pleased that I can now announce where all Parkfield staff will be from Monday. We welcome two new members of staff, Mrs Balfe and Mr Hallissey. Mrs Balfe will be working in our Reception classroom whilst Mr Hallissey will be joining the Y4 team.
Reception - Mrs Price, Mrs O'Connell and Mrs Balfe
Year 1 - Mrs Hartley, Mrs Bardsley and Mrs Shepherdson
Year 2 - Miss McCall, Mrs Mullane, Mrs Law and Miss Hall
Year 3 - Mrs Gooding, Mrs Gully, Mrs Langan and Mrs Bradshaw
Year 4 - Mrs Taylor (Cummins), Mrs Naughton, Mr Shearman and Mr Hallissey
Year 5 - Mrs Acil, Miss Dippnall and Mrs Roworth
Year 6 - Mr Barnes and Mrs Jeffrey
BREAKFAST AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUB (EARLY BIRDS AND BUSY BEES)
For those booked in, breakfast club starts on Monday 6th September from 7.30am. After school club will also begin the first day back until the usual 5.30pm. Breakfast club will remain in the school hall but the after school club will now return to the Blue Room. Children must be picked up from the blue room in the evening.
Our exciting, new school menu is now available. https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/dinner-menus.html . Please note that school dinners have increased in price in line with local authority guidelines and will cost £2.40 per day or £12.00 per week.
TUCK SHOP RETURNS SOON AND HEALTHY SNACKS
The KS2 tuck shop will be returning on Monday 13th September for KS2 pupils. They are able to purchase a healthy snack for 20p each breaktime.
A reminder that KS2 children can bring in their own healthy snack (e.g. cereal bar, cheese, fruit...etc). - please avoid crisp and chocolate.
In KS1 (Reception, Y1 and Y2) the children will be provided with a snack as per usual.
DATES FOR THE DIARY 2021-22
An updated list of events and holiday dates can be found here: https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/calendar-inc-holiday-lists.html . This is updated regularly and gives upto date information about what's happening at the school. Please note that the school will be closed to pupils for INSET on Friday 22nd October.
HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY PARKFIELD - 80's THEMED COSTUMES
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!
REMINDERS from previous Newsletters
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
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.