Returning to School – September 2020
We hope that your child enjoyed their transition session with their new teacher. It was lovely to see the children back in school. We are very much looking forward to getting everyone back in September, hopefully to some sort of normality after this difficult period of time.
It remains our aim to ensure the safest possible return for everyone. If your child attended a transition session, you will already have received a letter informing you of the new start and end time, and school entry point for your child. If they did not attend, your letter is available for collection with your child’s report from the school office.
From September, we ask that only one adult brings or collects a child, to reduce the number of people on site. Please exit the site immediately after leaving your child. If you wish to discuss anything of any detail with a member of staff, please make an appointment.
As always, the rule is that if a child or any member of their family has a persistent cough, a high temperature or a disordered sense of taste or smell, the child should not attend school and they and their family must follow government self-isolation guidance and engage with NHS Test and Trace procedures.
The point of this letter is to let you know what extra steps we will be taking both to settle children back into school and to reduce the chance of infection when school resumes.
We hope that you and your family have a safe and happy summer and we look forward to welcoming you back in September.
Mrs C Andrews, Mrs S Young
(Assistant Head Teachers)
WVAT Covid-19 Statement
In line with the recent publication of the government’s roadmap setting out the next steps in terms of dealing with the Covid-19 emergency, Waveney Valley Academies Trust have worked closely with our school leaders to build an approach to further facilitate the opening of our schools.
We have created our own roadmap which outlines the order in which wider opening will be undertaken. We believe that our own approach is in line with that of central government, with a focus on monitoring and review to assess any increased risk as children are gradually reintroduced to a school environment, albeit one with a very different feel to the school they left back in March.
The Trust will ensure that all appropriate resources are available to schools, and that appropriate safety measures are implemented, in line with government advice. As a Trust, we pride ourselves on collaborative working and therefore have an expectation that every staff member, parent and young person will continue to support and work with our school leaders as we welcome young people back to the classrooms. Obviously it is essential that the new, covid-secure practices, which have been put in place under government guidelines for everybody’s safety, are followed. The Trust will support school leader’s decisions around proportionate responses and/or action where students / pupils fail to follow these guidelines.
In conclusion, we would like to express our thanks and our gratitude for the work our staff have undertaken so far in these unprecedented times, and for their ongoing collective efforts over the next few weeks and months.
Covid-19 and Mental Health
Below are some resources to help support mental health through this lockdown period.
Apps to support mental well being:
smiling mind - focussed on meditation and mindfulness for children and adults
Worry tree - allows you to record your worries and then resolve your anxieties
Meetwo allows children to discuss your worries anonymously with other children. The site is mediated by professionals.
Health uncovered podcasts which can be found at https://www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk/emotional-health/children-young-peoples-emotional-health/worries-anxiety
Childline have a counselling service via webchat https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/1-2-1-counsellor-chat/
https://www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk this site has a section on emotional health
Parentline 07520631590 provides support for parents
Young Minds website has a parents guide for supporting children who may be suffering from depression https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-depression/
The next website provides a guide if, as a parent, you feel you may need help with your own mental health https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/parenting-with-a-mental-health-problem/parenting-and-mental-health/
See here the poster for advice regarding the coronavirus for educational settings.
At Northgate Community Primary School our Vision is for children to be proud of themselves and strive to be the best that they can; to feel understood and supported to achieve success; to be safe and happy; to learn the skills to give them confidence to face the future; to know how to behave well; to be treated equally and to feel important within their school, family and the wider community.
In order to achieve this Vision we promise to encourage the following in our pupils:
Motivation and enthusiasm for their learning and a desire to do their best.
Secure competency in the basic skills for learning.
To begin to take responsibility for aspects of their own learning and gain in confidence and self-esteem.
Respect for the feelings and property of others with appropriate behaviour and self-discipline.
Effective skills and progress in relation to their prior attainment and future potential.
Aspirations for the future in a nurturing, supportive environment where citizenship and its associated responsibilities are evident.
"We are proud of ourselves and want to be the best we can"
"I know that I need to work hard to learn skills that give me confidence to face the future"
"Everyone here behaves well and we are all treated equally."