Just a quick reminder for our Parents/Carers that Friday 18th September is a staff INSET training day therefore school will be closed to all children on this day. Please find a copy of academic calendar below as a reminder of our future dates and holiday patterns. A text reminder will also be sent …Thank you!
Can I please remind all parents to ensure they use the one way system around school and also ensure a safe distance at the classroom doors when dropping off and collecting their children. I understand that it is a busy time but we need to ensure we keep as safe as possible. Can I suggest that when collecting from classrooms you queue near the classroom doors, at a safe distance. This will avoid blocking any routes between playgrounds.
It was lovely to see everybody this morning and I am pleased to say that all of our children are settled in their new classes. I’ve seen lots of smiley faces!
Thank you to everybody for following the one way system put in place to allow children and their parents to safely enter and exit the school grounds in accordance with national social distancing measures.
We recognised this morning that it was busy around the KS1 area meaning that parents and carers were held up as they tried to follow the one way system and exit the school grounds. Children in Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 can therefore be dropped off between 8:30 and 8:50am meaning there will hopefully be less parents on the school grounds at any one time. Please note this will start from tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd September.
We are also going to extend our collection from school at the end of the school day. Children in all years can be collected between 2:45 and 3:00pm. This will start from today.
New Government changes to the provision of breakfast and after school clubs has meant that we will be slightly altering the arrangement of Early Birds and Night Owls clubs to allow for social distancing in relation to Covid-19.
I am happy to say that at the moment we are able to continue to offer this out of school hours provision. Please help us by booking in advance by either calling the school office or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Details of our clubs are as follows:
Early Birds Club
£2.50 per session
Payment through Parentpay in advance (please remain in credit)
All ages welcome
Opens at 7:30am. The last breakfast is served at 8:30am. We serve cereals, toast with a variety of jams and spreads and juices. The children also have the option of fruit.
Night Owls Club
£5.00 per session inclusive of a light meal
Open from 3:00pm – 6:00pm (this is usually from 4:00pm – 6:00pm but will start at 3:00pm whilst our free after school clubs are not running)
Payment through Parentpay in advance (please remain in credit)
All ages welcome
Following a request from a few parents, we are are also able to offer a shorter session open from 3:00pm – 4:00pm at a reduced cost of £2
We want to be able to support as many families as we can however the restrictions imposed due to Covid-19 restrict what we can currently offer. Therefore we ask you only book a space if you need it due to childcare for work reasons.
Just a quick update to share our new winter choice menu which will be available from next week for those children wishing to have a school dinner. We will be starting the week on Tuesday 1st September but on Mondays choice (pizza) then continue on Wednesday as advertised so no pork pie will be served to begin with. Payments must be made in advance via Parentpay for children in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 with the exception of those who qualify for free school meals.
Children still have the option to bring in a packed lunch from home and will eat this with their year group in the main hall.
If any child has a new food allergy or change which we have not been made aware of we will require a confirmation by doctor/medical professional so that we may provide your child with the correct food. Our main concern is to ensure we provide the correct food and in no way put your child at risk. Until this information has been received unfortunately we will not be able to provide a meal and a packed lunch from home provided.
We would like to encourage parents/carers to apply for free school meals. We can help with this at the school office or to get an instant decision, please apply online. We have also been informed of additional funding that may benefit some of our families so please apply using the links below.
Financial difficulties due to the Covid 19 crisis:
Doncaster Council has received some additional funding to assist those most economically vulnerable as a result of the Covid 19 situation. The funding is for help with food and essential supplies over the next 12 weeks.
This additional funding will enable DMBC to help more people who require help with food, fuel, basic household items, school uniforms, rent deposits and rent arrears as a result of this crisis.
Parents/carers who feel in need of this assistance please apply using the links below;
* the Local Assistance Scheme for help with food, fuel, basic household items, school uniforms, or
I hope you have all enjoyed the summer break. Myself and all of the staff are looking forward to welcoming you all next Tuesday.
I am pleased to say that the arrangements for our return on Tuesday 1st September are the same as were detailed in the end of term letter posted on the website in July.
The arrangements are as follows:
The school day will revert to its usual times with school starting at 8:50am and finishing at 3pm.
We will not be running our free after school clubs from 3pm until 4pm however our paid provision (Early Bird and Night Owls clubs) will be available should parents need childcare. Places can be booked in advance by simply emailing email@example.com, however we are happy to accommodate children on the day.
The one way system introduced in June to allow children and their parents to safely enter and exit the school grounds will remain in place. This must be adhered to as we need to run the school in accordance with national social distancing measures. To access classes in KS1 (Y1 & Y2) and KS2 (Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6), please enter via the main entrance on Coniston Road and exit via the gate on Queensberry Road. To access classes in EYFS (Nursery & Reception), please enter via the gate on Queensberry Road and exit via the gate on Coniston Road. This system will allow those with children in more than one phase of school to only have to walk around the one way system once.
Children will only mix with those in their year group which will unfortunately mean there will be no whole school assemblies or break times with those outside of their year group.
Enhanced hygiene routines will continue to be encouraged.
The Government recognises that social distancing isn’t always possible for young children in school however we will continue to support this as much as possible.
Children will eat their dinner in the school hall as usual but will not mix with other year groups. As usual, they are welcome to bring a packed lunch or have a cold or hot school dinner.
Children will be provided with their own basic classroom stationary.
As usual, children are welcome to bring a school bag to carry their P.E kit in.
Should you have any further questions about the return to school, please contact your child’s phase leader via the email addresses below:
I am sure that children and parents will have a range of feelings about returning to school next Tuesday but we hope to make the return as enjoyable and safe as possible for everybody. Whilst things will be a little different as we work within the restrictions due to Covid-19, it will be great to all be back together enjoying learning together.
Finally, if you would like to have a quick chat with your child’s new class teacher even if simply to introduce yourself, then they will be available after school (from 3pm) on Wednesday and Thursday. To allow for social distancing, teachers will be available to chat to on the playground outside of their classroom. Please note that if you would like to speak to your child’s class teacher in confidence then appointments can be made by calling the school office or via the emails above.
Enjoy the last few days of the summer break and we look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday!