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Arrangements for September 2020

Dear Parents / Carers and Children

We have now received DfE advice for the full opening of schools from September 2020. I hope the information here will give you reassurance of how we will be operating for the well-being of all concerned here at North Mundham.

The school will be operating in Class ‘bubbles’. The class ‘bubble’ will work, play and have lunch together during the day and contact with other ‘bubbles’ will be minimised.

School starts on Thursday 3rd September for all pupils in Class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

 Prevention

    • No child should attend school who has any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID 19) or if they have tested positive for Coronavirus within the past 7 days
    • Children must self-isolate for 14 days if a member of their family is displaying symptoms of Coronavirus and / or tests positive for coronavirus.
    • We will continue to wash hands thoroughly more often than usual eg on arrival, before and after break time, before and after eating, before leaving at the end of the day.
    • We will continue with the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach for sneezes and coughs.
    • Additional cleaning will take place during the school day of ‘touched surfaces’ and toilets etc.

Dropping off and picking up

We will be continuing with staggered drop-offs and pick-ups.

Class R, Class 1                  Drop off 9.00am                Pick up  3.20pm
Class 2                                  Drop off 8.50am                Pick up 3.20pm
Class 3, Class 4                  Drop off 8.40am                Pick up  3.10pm
Class 5, Class 6                  Drop off 8.30am                Pick up 3.00pm

Brothers and sisters may be dropped off and collected at the same time. Please drop off at the correct time for the eldest sibling.

In the classroom

Pupils will be seated facing forwards in all classes. We will minimise furniture and spread the class out as much as possible. There will be no bigger ‘meetings’ of pupils together eg assembly.

Lunch will be eaten in the classroom at the table where the child normally sits. Tables will be cleaned before lunch.

Curriculum

We will start on our new year group topics from the beginning of term and your new class teacher will send out the usual topic letter. Maths and English learning will focus on new learning as well as additional sessions for pupils who need to secure work covered during Lockdown. If you are concerned that your child did not engage well with Home Learning, please contact your new class teacher to discuss this as early as possible. A message through the office email address is probably easiest.

PE – the priority will be outdoor sport whenever the weather is kind. We will use the hall for dance-based PE only.

Well-being – all schools have been asked to consider the well-being of pupils as they return to school. We will be using some story books during September to help us all settle back to good learning attitudes and focus on building resilience.

Equipment

The children will be wearing school uniform again please. This includes: dark school shoes; dark grey trousers, shorts, skirt or tunic; white polo shirt and a school jumper or cardigan. The children will need to bring a coat. They can bring a bag and a water bottle will continue to be essential. Please contact the school office if you wish to order school uniform.

Children will have individual sets of pencils, rulers, glue sticks, scissors etc. Please do not bring in pencil cases from home. Sports equipment will be cleaned if used by different bubbles. Computer keyboards will be cleaned before use. Books can be used by different pupils in the bubble but we will continue to ‘quarantine’ books that have been sent home before they are sent to a different home.

Before School and After School Care Club

Initially in September these can only operate in ‘small, consistent groups’. Therefore, we can only accept regular bookings at the moment and not ad hoc arrangements. Please contact the school office as soon as possible for more details or if you need to book a place as numbers will be limited. Payment will need to be made a month in advance for the places reserved.

Snacks and hot lunch

Children in all year groups may bring a snack of fruit and / or vegetables only for morning break. Hot lunch is available free for pupils in Class R, Class 1 and Class 2. Older classes can order a hot lunch via the Chartwells website or bring a packed lunch.

There will be no ‘Fruity Friday’ until further notice.

I realise that this is a lot to read and take in but I think it is important to share as much as possible about how school will be in September. I would just add – advice tends to change or be added to – so I will keep you updated as necessary.

Yours sincerely

Julia Carey
Headteacher

Plan for Partial Opening

From Monday 1st June 2020
School opens for Year R and Critical Workers children

From Tuesday 2nd June 2020
School opens for Year R + Year 1 children

From Monday 8th June 2020
School opens for Year R + Year 1 + Year 6 children

School will close on Friday afternoons for children in YR, Y1 and Y6 to allow for staff planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) and additional cleaning. School will remain open on Friday afternoon for children of critical workers who need this provision.

Please note these dates are provisional at the moment and will be confirmed when we are informed by the government and dependent on numbers that we can safely provide for.

Please click here for full details.

“Adopt a ward” and “Thinking of you” at Western Sussex Hospitals

Schools, parishes and residents in West Sussex are invited to send a message, picture or video to isolated patients in Worthing Hospital or St Richard’s Hospital

Western Sussex Hospitals has had to suspend ward visiting during the Covid-19 pandemic and while staff are helping patients keep in touch with their loved ones, unfortunately some patients do not have family or friends to contact them.

The trust hopes schools, parish groups or residents in West Sussex could help support and lift the spirits of these more isolated patients by sending in letters, drawing or any other creative content they wish to share to make someone’s day in hospital.

Chief nurse, Maggie Davies, said: “Our new Messages to Loved Ones service is proving hugely popular and it means the world to our patients who cannot receive visitors to be given laminated messages and photographs from their loved ones.

“Sadly, some of our patients are more isolated though and we think it would be amazing for these often very elderly people to know that their community is thinking of them. It would just make an incredible difference to how they are feeling while in hospital.

“So, if a school or community wants to adopt a ward, or anyone feels like making a stranger’s day by writing a Thinking of you letter or sending them a drawing, we would be thrilled to make this happen and eternally grateful for the boost you’ll give to our patients. Thank you.”

 Adopt a ward

The wards at Worthing Hospital and St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester are named after villages and communities in West Sussex. For example, Aldwick, Broadwater, Bramber, Chanctonbury, Durrington, Eartham, Ford, Itchenor, Petworth and Wittering are all wards in the hospitals.

Perhaps schools, community groups or people living in these areas would like to adopt a ward they share their name with and send in rainbow pictures, singing recordings, letters or videos to some of the patients?

The trust would use its new Messages to Loved Ones service to ensure everything people send in is either laminated and delivered to patients personally or shown to them on new ward iPads bought by the hospitals to keep patients in touch with their families.

Please email wshnt.MessagesToLovedOnes@nhs.net or send to Messages to Loved Ones, St Richard’s Hospital, Spitalfield Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6SE. Thank you.

 Thinking of you

No matter where you live though, anyone can make someone’s day and spread some cheer by telling a patient you are thinking of them, even if you don’t know them personally.

We invite people to address their kind words or pictures to “Thinking of you” and send to the same addresses above. Staff will print, laminate and personally deliver your messages to patients who find themselves more isolated at this difficult time. Staff will also facilitate replies if you leave a return email or postal address. Thank you.

For a list of wards named after places in West Sussex, please visit the trust’s Worthing Hospital and St Richard’s Hospital website pages at www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk and click on the ward directories. If you would like to discuss the “Adopt a ward” or “Thinking of you” ideas further, please call Theo Cronin on 01903 205 111 ext. 84979.

Free weekly webinars on PE, school sport and physical activity for ALL

During these current unprecedented times, Premier Education would like to extend their support to all schools across the country and are offering free weekly webinars on PE, school sport and physical activity for ALL schools to benefit from, starting 29th April and the timetable is attached. Click here to visit our Sport Events webpage.

Staff News

I am sad to have to tell you that Mrs Harrison will be retiring from North Mundham at the end of the school year in July 2020. Mrs Harrison has taught at our school for an amazing 19 years and now it is time for her to enjoy more time with her family and friends. We will say goodbye to her in July.

The governors will advertise the post shortly and when the governors have appointed a new headteacher, we will invite him/her to be part of the interview process.

Mrs Dixon is continuing her treatment for cancer but missing us all very much. Miss Moore has been appointed to cover some of Mrs Dixon’s hours while she is away from us and Mrs Turrell and Miss Stead are also doing extra hours. I’m sure you will want to join me in sending our very best wishes to Mrs Dixon.

Covid 19 (Coronavirus)

We are continuing to receive daily updates and advice from the Department for Education. Thank you to everyone who kindly donated tissues. We are working hard for everyone in school to be aware of how virus’ can spread and to take precautions.

Swimming Gala

At the weekend we entered a swimming team in a new gala at Westgate Pool and were delighted to come first! Congratulations to all the team and thanks to Mr Murray, Mr Tran and Mr Cruttenden (one of our parents) for all their work to prepare and encourage the team. The children came back with a super shield and lots of rosettes!