With under three weeks until the end of term, we are usually in the midst of preparations for sports days, summer fair and leavers assembly. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in the midst of a third wave with Durham having some of the highest infection levels in the country.
Obviously, due to the current situation, we are unable to invite parents into school. We are however, still having ‘mini-sports days’ for each bubble and staff will take photos to post on SeeSaw or Dojo. Year 6 are still preparing their leavers assembly, but instead of performing it live, it will now be made available to parents in video format. I know it’s disappointing not to be able to come and support you child but we have to do all we can to try and prevent year group closures.
With the rise of the new COVID Delta variant, we all need to be extremely careful and extra vigilant. If your child is unwell please keep them off school until they are feeling better. If your child presents with any of the COVID symptoms, we are asking you to get them tested. If your child comes to school and presents with symptoms, for example a persistent cough or high temperature, we will ask you to take them home and arrange a test. Your child will not be allowed back into school until a negative PCR result has been seen. Tests are very easy to arrange, can usually be booked the same day, with the results coming back within 24 hours. Whilst we appreciate that you may have to take time off work to get your child tested, we must err on the side of caution given the current rise in cases.
Once again, we would like to thank you all for your patience and support during these challenging times.
The whole school has been taking part in the Wildlife Trusts 30 Days Wild 2021 – The UK’s biggest nature challenge! The children have a challenge to do one wild thing a day throughout the month of June! That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness. Here are a few snapshots from this week of the children going wild!
Fire Officers from Crook Fire Station visited school to talk to pupils about water safety.
Sadly, accidental drowning takes an average of 402 UK and Irish citizens each year. Throughout 2020 and 2021, millions of young people have also missed out on the vital opportunity to swim, leaving a dramatic gap in school swimming and water safety education.
With summer fast-approaching, we’re sure everyone is keen to get out and enjoy the UK’s beautiful water sites. The lack of access to tuition, coupled with a desire to enjoy being out and about this summer is a real concern.
Please visit Royal Life Saving Society for further information.
I am delighted to be able to report that we have reached half term with no classes having to isolate and no positive COVID cases. I would like to thank you all for the way you have supported the
school and followed the rules to keep everyone safe.
Even though vaccinations are ahead of schedule and restrictions are easing, I am still asking everyone in our school community to be careful and take all possible precautions to ensure we remain COVID free when we return to school on the 7th June for the remainder of the school year.
We are obviously mindful of the Indian variant and government advice is to retain our bubble system at least until the end of summer term. For this reason, we are still unable to invite parents into school unless absolutely necessary and therefore, our normal end of term activities will unfortunately have to take place behind closed doors for pupils only.
On a more positive note, since returning in March, teachers have been working flat out and children have really got stuck into their learning, resulting in a huge amount of progress being made throughout the school.
I would like to wish you all a safe and happy half term – at least the weather has come good at the right time for a change!
Do you find the school holidays a struggle? Finding fun things for your kids to do that don’t cost the earth and paying for all that extra food or childcare.
Durham County Council ‘Fun and Food’ provides FREE holiday activities with healthy snacks and meals for children and young people. Activities are provided by schools, voluntary and community sector groups, sport and leisure services and our Family Centres.
Click here for further information in your area.