Return to school and worries (03.03.2021)
See here for a prayer space activity that parents can incorporate in to the home environment, much as we would in school to help chidlren share any worries or fears they have. With the return to school this might be a useful exercise for you. My worship this week will be centred around the return to school and acknowledging how children might be feeling.
Some info shared from the NSPCC that might be useful for parents to read about returning to school can be found here.
Also a really nice blog about "How to make the return to school less stressful" from The Calm Within. The book mentioned within the blog "The Invisible String" is lovely and we use this and other linked materials with children in school currently.
Finally the attached pdf is a great story to share with your child to explore some of the feelings your child might have and how he/she can manage them. Sometimes we talk about "name to tame" and naming the feelings that we have, almost makes them less scary. Please have a look if you think it might be beneficial to your child.
Thanks to Mrs Robb and Mrs Swan for sharing all of these resources.
T Mills Easter Sports Camp Is Back! (03.03.2021)
Please see attached for anyone that is interested!
Masked Reader - Monday Challenge 1.3.2021
Please see here for the first 6 Masked Readers for you and your child to guess. Please scroll down towards the bottom of this page to find the answer sheet and videos for Monday.
School Uniform (1.3.2021)
We are aware that uniform continues to be a problem at the moment, either availability or the fact that parents are unable to get to shops. Just a reminder that we met with Crested a Wolverhampton based uniform supplier, who provide online sales, as well as in shop support as another supplier of school uniform. Also uniform can still be purchased from Bradsports, in Bilbrook as before also.
Uniform can be seen online here or in store at Crested.
Likewise at Bradsports here.
We want parents to have as many options as possible. Bradsports sell clothing with school logos, as do Crested. Equally Bradsports will put logos on to supermarket or shop bought uniform.
Most items are similar prices, but each supplier may be better for different items and so we want you to be able to choose where you shop. The school has no preferred supplier.
We understand that some parents are struggling with school shoes that fit and other items of uniform. This need not be a source of worry for 8th March. We want your child/children back first and foremost, we can worry about getting uniform sorted in time and just want parents and children to feel confident to return at this stage. We know you want your children properly kitted out and we trust that you will do this as soon as you are able to.
Just to bring to your awareness also this Facebook page that may be of interest to parents called Bilbrook and Codsall Uniform Swap Shop :
Information about Future Allocation and Returning of Devices for Home Learning (28.02.21)
As St Nicholas will be welcoming all children back from Monday 8th March, in line with the first phase of lifting national restrictions, and as attendance will be mandatory for all (unless of course self-isolating), we ask that devices loaned to support virtual learning (as part of the Department for Education Get Help with Technology scheme) are returned. Due to having a very limited number of devices, these should be returned from Monday 8th March, so we can ensure that these are data-wiped and physically cleaned, prepared and ready for allocation, should we have any families or year group bubbles needing to self-isolate. However, we do hope that there be will be no need for these, yet at St Nicholas we aim to plan and be ready for such future eventualities!
Please send your child's loaned device back into their class bubble (if siblings, send with your oldest child), where they will be collated once the required quarantine time has passed. Please do not return these to the School Office, as to minimise the number of items coming in from different households and of course to protect our office team, who are not within a specific class bubble. Where devices are not returned, the School Office will be making contact to request their return.
We are pleased to hear that these devices have supported the continuation in learning at home; many thanks to those who have returned them early, when their use has no longer been required, such as purchasing own devices. Due to a very limited number available, we have had to provide these on a first-come-first-serve basis, however, we are expecting a delivery of a few additional devices soon, to increase our capacity.
In the eventuality of a device being needed, please complete the online form (when directed to) that can be found here - this should only be completed when your child needs to self-isolate (e.g. once we know they need to self-isolate as notified by parents/carers or we have sent a letter asking your child to self-isolate due to a year group or wider closure). Any requests made before then will not be counted to ensure fairness for all (each response is date and time stamped).
We will contact you either by text or e-mail to let you know if a device is available. If you are not contacted within 1 working day, please assume that you have been added to the waiting list, where we will contact you as soon as a device becomes available upon its return and required quarantine time.
Thank you for your continued support and co-operation and for all you have done to support your child's home learning over the last couple of months.
Masked Reader - How It Will Work (26.02.2021)
St Nicholas Masked Reader Challenge to Celebrate World Book Day!
Watch the 6 Masked Reader videos that will be posted online daily starting on Monday 1st March (we will text you when they are available). From the staff on the list below (they all appear on videos on Monday and Tuesday), record the letter of the staff member next to the video number on the table below.
We will send the same info out for videos on Wednesday to Friday and a table for you to record your answers on. Then on Friday we will share with you an online form for you to enter all of your answers e.g Video 1 Code C with your name and class. These will be marked over the weekend and a winner from each class announced in Miss Parker’s worship on Friday 12th March in school. We will have one winner per class who will be awarded a £5 Amazon voucher. Do try and take part! See attached for your first form and staff members. We will remind you on Monday about this challenge when we upload our first 6 videos.
Spreading the word about Nursery (26.02.2021)
Attached below are a pdf and photo format of an advert for our school Nursery. Due to Coronavirus and lockdown, new prospective parents have not been visiting the school in the way that they might have done normally. Our Toddler group has been unable to run for over a year now also and as such we want to make sure we get the message out to families that we have a Nursery and can provide care from 7.30am-6pm 5 days a week. If any families feel able to share the photo or pdf on any personal or local Facebook pages so that we spread the word that would be much appreciated by the school.
Please see here the information contained in the photo and pdf format. We are able to offer prospective parents a phone call and a virtual tour at present, we appreciate what an important time choosing a school is for new parents and want to make sure they have all the information they need.
Reception Parents - World Book Day Message (26.02.2021)
Please email your child's teacher a photo of your child reading their favourite book - by sending the photo parents are giving permission for their child’s photo to be shared on Zoom on WBD. If you do not want your child’s photo shared then please do not send it in.
Miss Pugh and Miss Griffiths
School Lunches restart 8th March 2021 (25.02.21)
The catering team are pleased to be able to offer children both hot lunches and packed lunches when school re-opens to all children from Monday 8th March.
Please note that the children will be offered choices from Week 3 of the Primary choice menu which can be viewed in the attachment below.
2P PE Day Change
From 8th March 2P will be doing PE on a Friday which is a change from the previous timetable. Children will only need to wear PE kit on a Friday.
What parents need to know - amended DFE Guidance (25.02.2021)
Please see here, amended for the 8th March full reopening of schools.
Miss Parker's Weekly Worship (25.02.2021)
Message from school caterers (24.02.2021)
Please see attached received from Chartwells our school catering supplier.
Booking your child into school next week (24.02.2021)
Please access links below for booking your child in to school for the last week of key worker/vulnerable child provision. This is the last week that parents will need to do this! J