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Communication to Parents - 28 May 2020
Dear Parent /carers,
Please find attached a statement from the Mayor which has been circulated to all Schools. Please be assured that I will update all parents /carers on the School's position for a wider reopening as soon as I am able to do so.
Welcome back to the Summer Term:
I hope you have all managed to have a restful break and have been enjoying the lovely weather.
We have all had to adapt to new ways of working and living at the moment and I know that this is not easy. However I wanted to once again thank you for the support that you are providing your children with their health and well-being as well as their home-learning at the current time. It is totally understandable if your child / children are feeling worried or anxious about their learning or talk about missing School and their friends. At the same time you may notice that they may be less motivated in wanting to do their home–learning activities or that their behaviour becomes a little difficult to manage at times- this too is very normal.
Please remember that although we are not currently open to many pupils, we are still here to support you. You can get in touch by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for general support about any wider difficulties your family may be facing in the current time and email@example.com for anything relating to children's learning.
There are staff in School every day as well as a member of the Senior Leadership Team available should you wish to speak to them on the phone.
Your child will continue to be set home-learning tasks, via Google Classroom, and I know this will increase the time they will spend on digital devices. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of ensuring you keep a watchful eye on what your child is accessing on-line and would encourage you to set age-appropriate parental controls on any digital devices and use internet filters to block any malicious and unsuitable websites. These are usually free but need to be turned on. If you are unsure of how to do this – please email the School and I will ask that our technical team supports you in doing this. Resources to support you in keeping your child safe online can be found on our School website - click here to be taken to our Online Safety Information page.
I would also ask that when supporting your child you ensure that they have lots of breaks away from the screen and do other fun activities such as playing in the garden if possible, singing, cooking, reading books, being creative and enjoying music.
In the meantime...we are all missing the children and being at School very much but must obviously continue to follow Government advice and guidance to keep everybody in our School Community safe. Whilst I am unable to say when we will re-open the School fully, please be assured that we will all continue to do our utmost best to keep your children learning and offer you any support you may require from us.
Keep well and safe.
Whilst the school is closed to most pupils, our duty to safeguard them remains. Please do not feel offended if a member of school staff calls to check in with you, and to speak to your child/children. At this difficult time for us all, we want to ensure that our families that need a bit of extra help and support are able to tell us and that we can try and provide this just as if the school was open to usual. If you have any safeguarding concerns whilst the school is closed, for your child or for any other pupil, please contact Mr Franklin-Lewis.
We have created example activity timetables for children to use at home. These can be accessed, as well as lots of other useful online links, by clicking the link below:
If you have any questions regarding home learning please email the following address and we will get back to you as soon as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE SCHOOL MEALS:
We are working with the Department For Education and the Local Authority to ensure that pupils entitled to free school meals receive support. If your circumstances have changed during the Covid-19 pandemic and you wish to re-apply for Free School Meals, please do so by clicking on this link.
Additionally, if anyone requires further support with food essentials, please contact this food support service.
FURTHER SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE:
Click the links below for Practical support for vulnerable families in Newham
Newham CAMHS Workshops
Dear School Colleagues,
Newham CAMHS Workshops: are being relaunched online (via Zoom) starting 27th May with a Coping with Anxiety workshop.
A reminder that workshops are open for any yp/family in Newham and yp/families are encouraged to sign up themselves (rather than professional referrals). You can either send them the link below or they can google "Newham CAMHS workshops" and our page comes up. Here is our website with upcoming topics dates:
We will be running workshops fortnightly and topics include:
Please do share with interested families!
The Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families has published 5 toolkits so far for Parents. Each one contains a wide ranging host of tops and support. They can all be found at: