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Weldon Church of EnglandPrimary School

May 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to our new newsletter that we intend to publish each month. It will be emailed out to you as well as published here on our website.

 

Head Teachers’ message

It’s so good to have your children back – they have really settled well and are all working very diligently.

We are really excited that our new gym equipment will be installed on the field over the Summer holiday. This will add to the running track and the trim trail that are being really well used. Likewise, once we can return to some normality after 21st June, we are hopeful our new library, IT suite and Art Studio can be shared more fully with all our children. Thank you for all your donations that have enabled these initiatives to be completed.

 

Until restrictions are lifted, can we politely remind you to continue to ensure social distancing and mask-wearing whilst on our premises. Additionally, should anyone in your household display covid19 symptoms, or require a covid19 test, the whole family should isolate until a negative result. Please do not send ill children into school, nor send them in if they have been in contact with anyone with symptoms.

 

We are hoping to merge into a KS2 and KS1 bubble after half term and would like to minimise the risk of any bubble closure. So far, so good – thanks to everyone for their support.

 

Please continue to phone or email should you need either of us – we are always willing to discuss any issues or just chat something through, although we are both looking forward to having you back in school when we can. Enjoy the newsletter.

 

Lesley Middleton & Kirstin Howarth

New Intake

Our school was oversubscribed for New Intake 2021 and we are proud to be such a sought after school as it is a reflection of our hard working staff team, children and supportive parents.

We have an Open Evening for parents of Reception Class September 2021 planned for Tuesday 29th June. We look forward to welcoming new families into school and sharing what is new in Reception Class with our current families.

Daily Mile

It is lovely to see everyone using the running track for their daily mile; it has been such a hit with the children! We have now placed an order for some outdoor gym equipment to be positioned in the centre of the track; we are going to have some very fit children!

 

 

Reuben in Year 1 has enjoyed running with his dad during lockdown and took the challenge of running 21 miles, equivalent to the English Channel as a virtual run. Reuben tracked the distance on the app and achieved between 5-11k in each run to add up to the 21miles altogether.

 

Trim Trail

We are delighted that the trim trail is now open! It was installed last Easter but we were unable to use it for Covid safety restrictions. Thank you to everyone for supporting the PFTA fundraising events which funded this; the children are loving it.

Our Vision.

The staff and governors worked to re-establish our vison over the last year. It’s very much set in scripture, and reflects the Christian values already well embedded in school. However, we’re conscious we haven’t yet shared it with parents. Your children will start to become very familiar with this over their time at Weldon and we are hopeful that it accurately reflects what we are striving for in our school.

 

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6

We seek to nurture the infinite worth of every unique individual through love, respect and forgiveness, fostering an enduring passion for learning and an ability to live life in all its fullness. Our inclusive school community aims to enable our students to fulfil their true potential, developing people who make a positive impact on the world.

 

Relationships, Sex and Health Education policy – consultation

 

We all recognise that today’s children are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This environment presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. Children need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.

 

This year, for the first time, the government has made Relationships and Health Education compulsory in all primary schools in England and has published statutory guidance which sets out the legal duties with which schools must comply when teaching this. The government is clear, however, that parents / carers are the prime educators for children on many of these matters. Schools complement and reinforce this role; building on what children learn at home is an important part of delivering a good education.

 

The government’s guidance includes statutory content that schools have to teach. In primary schools, the government’s aim for the teaching of Relationships and Health Education is to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships, in all contexts, including online. These building blocks sit alongside the essential understanding of how to be healthy; teaching about mental wellbeing is also regarded as central to these subjects. This compulsory content will be taught within the wider programme of Personal, Social, Health and Education.

 

The guidance also sets out the rights of parents/carers to withdraw pupils from Sex Education (but not Relationships or Health Education) and the process that headteachers should follow in considering a request from a parent. Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of Sex Education in primary schools.

 

In view of the information above, we would like to invite you to give your views on Weldon’s specifics in PDET’s draft RSHE policy. Documentation is currently on our website, and any comments should be emailed to khowarth@weldonceprimary.co.uk or lmiddleton@weldonceprimary.co.uk. Please return all comments by Friday May 28th -  it is envisaged no virtual meetings will need to take place.

Healthy Eating        

Please remember that neither sweets, chocolate nor nuts are permitted in lunches or snacks.  Small chocolate biscuits and cakes should only be included within packed lunches as part of a balanced healthy lunch.  A reminder also that as many children suffer severe allergic reactions to nuts and nut based products, nuts of any type are not permitted on school site.  This includes peanut butter, Nutella and similar products.  

 

Sports Day

We are hopeful that we will be able to hold a Sports Day and invite you all along to cheer for your children. Keep the afternoon of Tuesday 6th July free and we will send out more details when Government restrictions are lifted.

PDET are also planning to hold a Trust Schools Sports Day on 16th July, 15 children from Year 4 will be invited to attend and represent our school.

Sunny Days

With warmer days approaching please can children bring their sun hats to school and that sun lotion is applied before they come to school.

 

  • Friday 28th May - last day of Term 5
  • Monday 31st May to Friday 4th June: school closed for holiday
  • Monday 7th June - school re-opens, Term 6 (Summer 2)
  • Tuesday 6th July – Sports Afternoon
  • Thursday 15th July – 3.30pm to 4.30pm Open Evening
  • Tuesday 20th July – 11am Year 6 Leavers Assembly, 12noon picnic for whole school + families welcome; home time is 1.30pm as we close for Summer holidays.

 

 

Class Learning

Every class has an exciting curriculum and the teachers love to share what the children are learning in class. Please refer to the class pages for each term’s Curriculum News – this will give you details of subject coverage each term, in addition to the yearly curriculum which can be found on the Curriculum tab.

 

National Online Safety release a weekly guide, every Wednesday, #WakeupWednesday, for parents which aims to help empower parents with the knowledge to protect their children from the dangers of the internet and aim to cover all major social media platforms, apps and issues that children encounter online - please see our school website for weekly guides, this can be found under the Safeguarding tab, Online Safety: https://www.weldonceprimary.co.uk/online-safety-safeguarding/

 

Polite Reminder to Parents - Pick-up & Drop-off

Please could we politely remind parents to be mindful and courteous when parking near the school. Please do not double park, or park across driveways/paths or cause any obstruction to pedestrians. Please do not park on the yellow zig zag lines at the top of our school driveway. Please also be mindful that emergency vehicles need clear access at all times.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

 

Peterborough Diocese Education Trust

We have learnt that Duncan Mills, the CEO of our trust, PDET, has made the decision to retire at the end of this academic year. During the three-and-a-half years he has been in post, he has been an ambassador, champion and friend to the schools in the PDET family – and we thank him for his support. A national campaign to find his replacement has launched and we will let you know when that reaches its conclusion.

 

Safeguarding

Safeguarding remains paramount within our school where we protect the welfare and safety of all members of our community. We work together to create a healthy, active, caring and safe environment to protect the physical, emotional, social and mental welfare of all of our school community.

All people who work with our children and on behalf of Weldon CE Primary School comply with safeguarding procedures in relation to recruitment, risk assessments, off and on site procedures, environmental safety, e-safety and as part of their every day practice with children. It is the responsibility of all staff to know safeguarding procedures, apply the principles in practice, attend training and report any concerns.

Every organisation has to have a ‘named person’ for safeguarding children and young people – known as a Designated Safeguarding Lead.

 

All adults in school have regular training to ensure that they are aware of the signs of abuse and know what to do about their concerns. They have a duty to report these to the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Weldon CE Primary School has a legal duty to talk to other agencies such as Children’s Social Care and the Police if we feel that a child may be at risk of harm.

 

We are committed to safeguarding and meeting the needs of all our pupils. If you have any concerns report to:-

Child Protection Lead + Designated Safeguarding Lead: Lesley Middleton

Deputy Safeguarding Leads: Kirstin Howarth + Tom Shipley

 

Please see our website for further information on safeguarding, together with our updated Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policies.

 

If you’d like to share in our Worship, these are still being made available on Children Class Page tab.

As always, many thanks for your continued support. Please do not hesitate to contact Lesley Middleton or Kirstin Howarth, should you need.

Lesley Middleton - lmiddleton@weldonceprimary.co.uk

Kirstin Howarth - khowarth@weldonceprimary.co.uk

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