Dear Parents and Carers,
It was a busier week than usual last week as years 1 – 6 took part in an Internet Safety Workshop on Tuesday in preparation for Safer Internet Day 2022, which will take place on 8th February and will be celebrated with the theme ‘All fun and games?
We also had a visit from an HMI Inspector as part of our monitoring visit. Again, the children let their lights shine in word and in deed. I remain incredible proud of them! It was evident that the children enjoyed showcasing their work, and they spoke articulately and with passion about their learning. We will share the monitoring visit report with you as soon as it is available and our next steps with the development of the school as we begin to transition out of the pandemic. It has been a challenging time for all, and it has hampered the progress of some of our original plans for the school. However, the governors, staff and I remain committed and dedicated to becoming a beacon of light in our community for all to see and experience.
This week we will participate in Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is Growing Together. We will be encouraging children (and adults) to consider how they have grown and help others grow. Keep an eye on Class Dojo to see what your son and daughter get up to this week. Teachers will also be sharing some activities that you can complete at home with your child to support their mental health and wellbeing.
SCHOOL VALUE OF THE WEEK (W/C 7th February 2022): Curiosity
Values Roll of Honour (W/C 31st January 2022)
|Excellence||Aurelia, All of Reception, Aaron R, Ved, Micah, Thandiwe, George, Kemuel, Sophia G, Rhea, Christina, Nomsa, Rutendo, Amy, Shemilore & All of Year 6.|
|Resilience||Luca, Zion, All of Reception, Michael, Piers, Emmanuel & All of Year 6.|
|Independence||Stefan, Elicia, Philip, Joycellin, Ved, Aaron R, George, Thandiwe, Thiago, Rhea, Unami, Christiana, Rutendo, Nomsa, Shemilore, Lucas & Eden.|
|Co-operation||Zion, Phineas, All of Reception, Ed Mitchel, James, Chloe, All of Year 2 & 3, Rhea, Christiana, Unami, Amy, Arjun & Jana.|
|Self-Control||Elicia, All of Reception, Sophia, Michaela, Fatima, Unami, Isaac & Reuben.|
|Curiosity||Phineas, Eva, Joycellin, Stephanie, Ved, Evelyn, Aaron R, George, Thandiwe, Zachary, Christiana, Sophia G, Thiago, Marqueza, Austin, Shemilore, Nomsa, Christopher O & Tayla-Ann.|
|Acceptance||Eva, Aurelia, Philip, Matthias, Zara, Idelle, Ved, Evelyn, Kemuel, George, Unami, Thiago, Austin, Simona & Gabriella.|
|Respect||Eva, Matthias, Philip, Joycellin, Zara, Piers, Fatima, All of Year 2 & 3, Emmanuel & Caden.|
|**Growth Mind-set **||Phineas, Philip, Matthias, Joycellin, Fatima, Ved, George, Kemuel, Thiago, Austin, Nomsa & Oluwaloni.|
Stars of the Week (Headteacher Awards) W/C 31st January 2022:
Keep letting your light shine! I am so proud of you all.
|Anyone who is self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace. If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest. Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation. Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available Hand Hygiene Please continue to support the school by encouraging your children to maintain good hand hygiene throughout the day through co-operating when asked to wash or sanitise their hands. Please re-mind your child of the importance of washing their hands in soap and water for 20 seconds. COVID Symptoms It is also important that you do not send your child to school if they have any symptoms of COVID- 19 and that they stay at home while you seek a PCR test. reported symptoms for the Omicron variant include a runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing and a sore throat as well as a repeated cough, high temperature and loss of taste and smell. Instructions for reporting positive COVID-19 cases Please advise us if your child has tested positive for COVID-19. NHS Test and Trace will deal with contacting any persons considered to be a close contact. Symptoms that you should consider are; · headache · runny nose · sore throat · new continuous cough and/or · high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)|
Attendance W/C 31st January 2022:
Each school in the local authority has an attendance target that is set for them. This year our school attendance target is 97%. Of course, we do not expect children who are unwell to come into school. They need to stay at home and rest to get well. They also need to stay at home, so they don’t pass on illness to others.
|Year Group||Attendance %|
Please contact the office if your child is unable to attend school by 10:00am every day in line with our school policy. We understand that the building is cold, but we have to keep the windows open for ventilation due to Government regulations, so please ensure that your children arrive at school with lots of layers to keep warm.
Fundraising Clothes Bank:
Please feel free to donate any unwanted clothes, shoes or textiles which will help raise funds for our school. Please ensure that all items are in a carrier bag/black sack before depositing. Thank you.
It is always our intention that the school will remain open unless the weather conditions make it difficult for the children and staff to travel to school safely. The decision as to whether the school opens will normally be made by 7am on the day in question. A message will be posted on our website www.stanboroughprimary.org.uk (Please note that the Inclement Weather Policy can be viewed on our website) as well as on Class Dojo. The decision made is based on risk assessment in conjunction with the advice given by Hertfordshire Education Authority, Hertfordshire Police Service and neighbouring schools including our Secondary School.
|7th -11th February||Children’s Mental Health Week|
|7th February||Primary School Board|
|8th February||Safer Internet Day|
|9th February||Mastermind Competition|
|11th February||Spring Term (First Half) Ends|
See link for our school calendar – http://www.stanboroughprimary.org.uk/calendar-2/
Finally, be encouraged by the scripture: ‘You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness’. Psalms 86:15
Love and Blessings,