Return to School Update

Following the Prime Minster’s announcement on Monday night, the school will be planning to reopen on Monday 8th March 2021.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all the children back and once again, thank you for all your hard work and support over the past few months.

We have attached the Frequently Asked Questions which we hope you will find helpful. Should you need further information, please contact the school.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

End of half-term message

Thank you for all your hard work over the last 6 weeks. We hope you have restful break and manage to switch off from the remote learning. Make sure you do something you enjoy and we look forward to ‘seeing’ you on Monday 22nd February.

Stay safe!

Mrs Brotherhood and Mrs Evans

Safer Internet Day

Today is ‘Safer Internet Day’

Please find below some resources to help your child stay safe online:

Net Aware

Net Aware publish up-to-date information about the most popular games and apps that young people are using. Their resources practical advice for parents in the form of leaflets, posters and short video clips.

Please find below links to other websites which offer useful tips and advice for young people and their parents:

Thinkuknow

Safer Internet Day

 

 

Message from the Parish Council

The Parish Council is on the lookout for potentially half a dozen local people, from within the Parish, to join a development group with Housing Officers from Shropshire Council and Parish Councillors to look at Community led Housing within the Parish. If you feel that you would like to take part, or you would like to nominate someone else for the role, please contact Graham Bould at: stokeparishcouncil@hotmail.co.uk

 

Test and Trace Support Payments

If someone is told by NHS Test and Trace Service to stay at home and self-isolate, you may be able to get a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment. For the qualifying conditions and to apply see here: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/benefits/what-help-can-i-claim-from-the-council/covid-test-and-trace-support-payments/   

Sometimes, this may not be enough to address all of the problems and not everyone will qualify so whether eligible for this or not, we urge people to think about applying for the Shropshire Councils  other discretionary help as well.

For the more vulnerable households either affected financially by Covid or just struggling to meet essential bills over lockdown and over winter, Shropshire Council  have other Hardship Funds that can help with a wide range of need. These grants are open to anyone in difficulty, it is not necessary for benefits to be in payment.

They want to get this money to those Shropshire householders, especially families with children, who are struggling financially. It is easy to apply over the phone (a paper form is available on request), an adviser will complete the paperwork and a specialist will look to see how they can help and if any further information is needed.

So if you, or someone you know, is having difficulty meeting essential outgoings, call them on 0345 678 9078. 

People can also access these grants and a range of other Covid related support through their web pages here: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/information-for-the-public/ or via our Covid helpline on 0345 678 9028

Mental Health Week 1st February 2021

 

Dear Parents and Carers, 

1-7 February 2021 is Children’s Mental Health Week.

The week is run by children’s mental health charity Place2Be to focus on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme is             

What’s it all about?

When children are able to find creative ways to share their feelings, thoughts or ideas it can help them feel good about themselves and who they are. Children can do this through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that they enjoy.

It’s really important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.

Given that the past year will have left many of us feeling out of control and helpless, supporting children and young people to express themselves is arguably more important than ever.

What can you do?

Oak National Academy has teamed up with Place2Be and BAFTA Kids to create a free assembly for Children’s Mental Health Week 2021, celebrating this year’s theme of “Express Yourself”.

Click on the link below at 9am on Monday 1st February to join Blue Peter’s Lindsey Russell and CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson alongside some other special well-known faces for a free and exciting assembly available to all children, schools and families.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE ASSEMBLY AT 9.00AM ON 1.2.21

Here are a few simple ways you can encourage your child to express themselves.

  1. Could you build on existing interests or passions? Think about what has helped them get through the past year. A love of dancing? Baking? Drawing? Fashion? Encourage your child by noticing their unique interests and praising their efforts.
  2. Trying new things can be a great way to find a new creative outlet. There are lots of online tutorials and video demos that you and your child could be inspired by… could you try out something new together? Or perhaps ask someone you know to share their creative hobbies and give them a go.
  3. Some children may not think of themselves as being creative. Try to focus on the importance of the process and the way it can make them feel, rather than the end result. Try not to judge their efforts and remember to give encouragement for trying rather than for doing something well.
  4. Listening carefully can help children feel more comfortable and confident when expressing themselves. Try to minimise distractions and give your child your full attention when you’re spending time together, being aware of your own body language and eye contact. You might want to try summarising what they’ve shared and acknowledging their feelings.
  5. Children are expressing themselves all the time but not necessarily with words. ‘Listen’ to everything they are trying to tell you with their behaviour, or with their play and creativity or with their silence. It’s all self-expression.
  6. Remember – you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to get creative at home. Recyclable materials or older items you no longer have a use for can provide amazing inspiration, and of course there’s no limit to your imagination!

Let your child know that if they are worried about something, they should always talk to an adult they trust. It could be you, someone in your family, a teacher or someone else in their school. If you’re worried about your child’s mental health you can talk to your GP or someone at your child’s school.

You can also find a list of organisations that provide support and advice on the website:    https://www.place2be.org.uk/help

 

Remote Learning Books

It is possible that your child’s remote learning book is getting rather full now! These books were given out so that children could complete their learning if there were individual episodes of self-isolation or class ‘bubble’ closures. We were certainly not anticipating another full lockdown!

If your child is nearing the end of their books, we are very happy for them to complete their work on paper or in their own notepad. If you do not have any paper and are requiring support, please get in touch with school and we can arrange for you to pick some up.

We are currently trialing a new online app with some pupils where there is the option of  submitting work electronically. We will be giving further information on this shortly.

We hope you are all staying safe!

Mrs Brotherhood and Mrs Evans

Message from the Heads

Dear Parents,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for working with us this week whilst we have been returning to remote education.  We do not underestimate the immense pressure you are all under. We feel passionately that whilst the education of pupils is of paramount importance, so too is the mental health of the entire family! Many of you will be juggling your own work, managing children of different ages whilst living through a global pandemic and the obvious anxieties that will go with this.

Our message to you is that whilst the remote learning is there for you to access, we understand if your individual circumstances prevent you from completing all of the work set every day. If you are finding it difficult, please contact your child’s class teacher who will be able to support you and help prioritise work if needed.

We are very grateful that as a school community we are pulling together to keep the health risks as low as possible for all members of our school community; pupils, pupils’ families, staff and their families also.

Currently, we know some of our families and staff are dealing with COVID infections and we are wishing them a speedy recovery.

We very much hope that we will be able to return to normality in the not too distant future. Until then, we remain committed to supporting you and your child through these incredibly difficult times.

Stay very safe,

Mrs Brotherhood and Mrs Evans

 

Important Information

Dear Parents,

We are writing to update you on the current situation at Stoke-On-Tern regarding the opening of the school. We are contacting you at the earliest opportunity given the information we have received in the last 24 hours.

As you may be aware, some unions are advising their members not to attend on health and safety grounds (section 44 of the Health and Safety Act). We have now reached a point where, due to the number of section 44 letters received, we are unable to open the school fully and we have no alternative but to recommence ‘remote learning’ from tomorrow for the remainder of this week.

We will continue to remain open for vulnerable pupils and pupils of keyworkers. We would ask that families only send their children into school if there is absolutely no alternative. If you are a keyworker and require childcare this week, please can you contact school via text by 3pm today so that we can organise provision.

We will not be able to run the bus service or offer wraparound care for the remainder of this week.

We are teaching professionals, and we want more than anything for our schools to be open for all pupils. We are all in an everchanging situation and we know that this decision will be met with mixed emotions. Our aim is to reopen when it is feasible to do so and at the earliest opportunity.

We remain committed to supporting all members of our school community as best as we can during these difficult times.

We will be revaluating the current situation on Friday and will update you at that point.

Remote Learning will be provided via the website and staff can be contacted using their class e-mail addresses.

Yours sincerely,

Jen Brotherhood and Theresa Evans