Issue 16 - Friday 18th December 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Parkfielders across the school have this week enjoyed a range of festive activities to get them in the mood for Christmas and it's been great to see excitement at the school rise to new levels. Today's parties have provided the children with some great memories and given them the opportunity to celebrate with friends for the first time in a long while.
For Parkfield, like all schools, this term has been incredibly challenging due to the pandemic. Although we've had to adapt and change our usual rules and routines, I have to admit that the staff and children have been amazing and proved how resilient they can be under such difficult circumstances. Keeping within bubbles, regularly sanitizing hands and wiping down ipads after use have become Parkfield 'norms' that children have adapted to.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank yourselves for your support over the past term. The school community has had to work together to keep everyone safe and one of the main reasons why we've had so few cases within school, in addition to a lot of luck, is because our families are following the rules. If we can continue this going into 2021 our school community will be a much safer place for all.
Please enjoy your Christmas and have a wonderful New Year. We look forward to seeing all Parkfielders back in school on Monday 4th January.
CORONAVIRUS - TRACK AND TRACE
School are responsible for track and trace if any child or member of staff develops coronavirus symptoms within 48 hours of being in contact with their bubble and then tests positive.
As a result, please contact myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) if your child develops coronavirus symptoms this weekend and needs to go for a test. A positive test will unfortunately result in the bubble having to isolate for 10 days over Christmas but it will help keep families and the wider community safe.
You will receive another email today with our community Newspaper attached. It's full of wonderful information form the whole term and highlights the fantastic term we've all had, despite the pandemic. Huge thanks to Mr Haughton for putting the community newspaper together. If you'd like to look at previous editions, you can find them here: https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/community-newspapers.html
RAFFLE THANK YOU
Wednesdays Raffle was a huge success as the school made a grand total of £917. Thank you so much to the numerous local businesses that contributed prizes towards the raffle and congratulations to our many winners. Thanks to all that supported the school with the raffle - it really is appreciated.
PARKFIELD CHARACTER WINNERS
This half term we've been focusing on being cooperative as part of our character award and we were able to announce the school nominees and two winners in yesterday's final zoom assembly of the year. Congratulations to Connor and Alice who were chosen by the school council as our overall winners and take home the 'Scott Hetherington' trophy. Congratulations to the five other Parkfielders: Ella - Rose, Luca, Ben, Billy and Aaron on their well deserved nominations.
CHRISTMAS TREE SELFIES
Thanks to all the families that sent in their Christmas Tree selfies. Mr Haughton has brilliantly created a slideshow with all the photos and this was played during yesterday's Christmas dinner. You can click this link if you'd like to watch the video: https://photos.app.goo.gl/kNeheG9Ax5M7DjQE7
RECEPTION NATIVITY PERFORMANCE
The pandemic has meant we've had to work in different ways this year and our Reception staff have been very ambitious in their production of our very first video version of the Parkfield Nativity. Click here if you'd like to watch the performance: https://photos.app.goo.gl/BbJKKfKChokp61jTA Parents and carers in Reception have also been emailed the link - we do hope you enjoy the video as much as the children and staff enjoyed making it.
HALF TERMLY HOUSE WINNERS - ARCHERS
Congratulations to Archers (Blue) on winning this half term's house points competition. All members of Archers house have won a non uniform day the first Friday back after Christmas - 8th January.
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.
Overall Whole School Attendance: 96.2%
This week's Whole School Attendance: 96.8%
Our whole school attendance target for this academic year is 96%.
Year 1: 97.3%
Year 2: 97.1%
Year 3: 96.4%
Year 4: 97.8%
Year 5: 95.2%
Year 6: 93.7%
Early Birds and Busy Bees
Spaces are still available. Please contact the school office to book a place.
7.30am - 8.45am = £2.50, 8.15am - 8.45am = £1.50, 3.15 - 5.30pm = £8.00
REMINDERS from previous Newsletters
SELF ISOLATING PUPILS
Are reminder that self isolating pupils are able to join whole school assemblies on a Monday and Friday using the links below.
Monday Achievement Assembly at 10.10am https://zoom.us/j/93935292371?pwd=UmU3Q1VKZXIyQlFXTTh6MzJOcVVOUT09
Friday Achievement Assembly at 10.10am https://zoom.us/j/98045625355?pwd=SW9vVStTNFc4N1NhRDliNWxMY1Z0dz09
Please visit the curriculum section of our website to find out about the learning that will be taking place in your child's class this next half term. https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/long-term-plans
At Parkfield we have always taught Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) but from this September 2020 the relationships and health aspect of the subject is compulsory for all schools to deliver. We have produced a 5 minute video (see below or on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDsmjgr9LzU ) to explain the changes to the curriculum and welcome any comments or questions by completing the following online form: https://forms.gle/74cPzL3VmG2EAvbF9
HOME LEARNING FOR SELF ISOLATING PUPILS
If your child is at home self isolating work is being set via our online system 'Showbie' so that they can complete work in line with what their peers will be learning in the classroom. Teachers are able to comment and feedback on work that is submitted. For more information please visit the home learning section of the website - https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/home-learning
Please ensure your child comes to school dressed in their full outdoor PE kit.
Monday: Year 3 and 4
Tuesday: Year 5 and 6
Thursday: Year 1 and 2
Please note: Reception do not require an outdoor PE kit. More information can be found here: https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/uniform.html
SCHOOL PLACES AVAILABLE
For anyone who might be interested: Our school is almost full but we have a few spare places in Y4. Contact the school office for more details. There is a process with Rochdale LA to follow, but we can help.
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.