Newsletter- Autumn term
Many thanks to all our families during this very unusual time – your patience and understanding has been very much appreciated.
Thank you for the kind words and messages of support they have meant a lot and were really appreciated. The last few months have been a time of “firsts” and rapid changes, I have been so impressed with how pupils, parents and staff have responded and adapted to the challenges. Everyone did their very best to make the most of the situation that we found and still find ourselves in.
You and your families will remain in my thoughts and prayers during this time and I look forward to continuing to work with you as we progress through these difficult times as a school community.
Mrs L Smith
DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD IN IF EVEN SLIGHTLY UNWELL- DO NOT SEND THEM UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. PLEASE CONTACT NHS DIRECT AND THE SCHOOL TO ADVISE US. IF YOU OR A MEMBER OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19- YOU MUST INFORM SCHOOL.
How to report an absence/illness
It is now school procedure that if you ring the school office to report your child as unwell you will be asked these types of questions.
- Does your child have a persistant cough?
- Does your child have a temperature and what is it?
- Has there been a change to their taste or smell?
If your child is displaying any of these symptoms, you must keep siblings at home until you have spoken to a member of the school staff.
There may be a few more that are asked, these will be specific to the symptoms that you are reporting on behalf of your child.
In the event of a positive test for your child or a member of your household- you must inform the school immediately. Please do this by email and then follow up with a phone call
School Office: 01633 272 488
The advice around coronavirus remains the same and in the event of your child displaying any of the symptoms, during the school day as outlined by public health Wales, the child will be isolated and parents must collect immediately and isolate for 14 days and follow NHS advice. This would result in the year group having to self-isolate for 14 days. If in doubt, please phone the school or NHS to seek advice before bring the child to school.
If you or a member of your household has travelled outside of the UK in the last 14 days – please follow the guidance and information about quarantine restrictions.
Information about foreign travel can be found at
If you have visited a country that requires you and your family to quarantine for a set period, please let school know and we can send work home if you wish.
Just a quick reminder
- Lunch boxes, water bottles and medical supplies (e.g. Asthma pumps and inhalers) are the only objects/equipment that your child needs to bring in. School bags will not be stored by the school during the day.
- Please make sure that you are on time to drop off and collect your child (ren). Please don’t arrive early and wait in the street it is not fair to the residents. Please do not gather in the street after you have dropped off your child, again it is not fair to the residents.
- Only 1 adult to drop off and to collect your child. You may need to bring a younger sibling, but we would be grateful if would keep them with you at all times and prevent them from running off.
- School policy is that dogs are not allowed on school premises- this includes in and around the school gates.
- There will be staff at both of the main gates and doors at the beginning and end of your child’s day who will be helping to support with the social distancing and pass messages to teachers where necessary. We still need to limit the number of people coming in to the school building.
- Reception children are to be collected from the main playground at 3.30 by 1 adult. Please walk to the red cones (near the barrier) and wait. Staff will bring your child out to meet you.
- We are trying to limit the number of people on site, therefore we have to limit access to the school office- please phone or email if you have information that you need to pass on.
- PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE EARLY- IT CAUSES CONJECTION AND MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO FOLLOW THE SOCIAL DISTANCING LAWS.
I recognise that the new systems don’t suit everyone- but they are still needed. The recent developments in Caerphilly, Merthyr and other authorities means that we need to stay alert to the risks of the contact with others. Now that we are able to get out and about to visit places and people, it is more important/essential than ever that we follow the rules/law.
Many thanks for your patience and understanding.
God bless and stay safe
Mrs L Smith