Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Spot Check. 23.11.20
Feedback - we have had a spot-check from the HSE this morning. They spent an hour in the school reviewing our COVID risk assessment and all the procedures we have in place. The children were polite going about their usual routines and the visitor was very impressed with everything we have in place. In fact she did comment that she could not give us any further advice because everything was in place and working well.
I would like to say thank you to you all for supporting our school systems, remaining socially distant and adapting to change. I would also like to thank the children and staff for all they do every day to keep each other safe. Another positive for Cockshutt!
TogetherAll is a new digital mental health and wellbeing support service offer for any resident aged 16 years and above within the Shropshire Council area, who would like to improve their mental wellbeing. TogetherAll is available online, 24/7. The TogetherAll Community is completely anonymous so people can express themselves freely and openly.
I have included some additional details about the platform below as well as the attached flyers which provide an overview of what the offer includes, how to register and the range of free resources and self-guided courses that can be accessed. TogetherAll is already being used by Chester Uni Shrewsbury Campus and by many Local Authorities, NHS organisations and Universities across England.
TogetherAll is part of our wider response to protect residents mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic. Additional mental health and wellbeing information, resources and links to local support can be found on the Shropshire Council webpage at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/information-for-the-public/mental-health-and-wellbeing/.
Features of TogetherAll
Please see below information from Blue Peter at CBBC:
We would like to inform you that we have launched Blue Peter on YouTube at CBBC and we were wondering if your pupils and parents would be interested in this.
Blue Peter is the longest running kids TV show in the world and we are uploading videos to it that are suitable for 5-11 year olds. We have world record breaking challenges, arts and crafts, environmental videos, cooking and baking how tos, inspirational films, gaming, celebrity appearances, dance routines and music performances. We also feature ways of getting a Blue Peter badge, behind the scenes footage and extra content about our incredible presenters Adam, Lindsey, Mwaksy, Richie and Henry the Blue Peter dog.
If you think your pupils would be interested in this, please do send this out to your parents and ask them to subscribe to https://www.youtube.com/bluepeter - (it’s obviously completely free to subscribe!) and don’t forget to watch the live programme on CBBC at 5.30pm every week, or on BBC iPlayer.
Thanks so much for your time,
The Blue Peter Team!
As the recession deepens, more people are losing their jobs and facing hardship. It is vital that people in Shropshire know where to get help.
The Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance has created resources for people and organizations in Shropshire to find advice and support:
Shropshire Larder (shropshirelarder.org.uk) - is the most comprehensive directory of services for people living in Shropshire on a low budget. It has information on how to access a foodbank or community food project, and how to eat well on a budget. It also covers how to get support with benefits, housing, and debt.
In the interests of keeping everyone safe we would advise that you all begin to wear masks at drop off and pick up. Our border county of Wrexham is on a local lockdown and there have been a few cases locally, so we would be grateful if you could wear a mask to approach staff and around the playground where there are other parents. Thank you all for your cooperation.
We are delighted to be welcoming all children back to full time education this term. As it states in the Government Guidance "School attendance will be mandatory from the beginning of the new academic year. This means that it is your legal duty as a parent to send your child (if they are of compulsory school age) to school regularly."
All children in Years 1-6 and Nursery will return to school on Wednesday 2nd September and they should be wearing full school uniform.
Children in Reception will start half days on Monday 7th September and full time from Monday 14th September.
The school gates will be open from 8.40am and we would ask that:
Chestnut Class should enter via the green gate and through the back of the classroom.
Little Chestnut (Nursery) should enter school via the library.
Ash Class should enter via the classroom door by the main reception.
Oak Class should enter via the front door.
These arrangements are subject to change and are to ease congestion at different points around the school.
Pick up arrangements are the same as drop off and all classes will be dismissed at 3.15pm
What we will do to support your child:
What we need you to do:
We believe that there is no replacement for a physical book and we would like to continue to allocate books to children to support their learning. Books will be allocated to children on a Monday afternoon, we would like all books returned on a Friday morning so that they can be quarantined for future use by other children. If you miss the Friday deadline it would be advisable to keep that particular book for another week before returning it to school. This system is in place for your protection.
FOREST SCHOOL & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The way in which we structure lessons (currently) in school will change with fewer opportunities for children to do group work and move around. Therefore, we recognise, that now more than ever, the work we do with the children wherein they can team build and get outside/get physical, is so important. Pupil mental health is at the forefront of our agenda. With this in mind, all children will have one session of Forest School per week and at least one PE lesson. The daily mile will be completed as part of the 'fit for life' programme.
On Forest School days pupils should come to school wearing their own (warm) clothes with waterproofs and wellies in a bag. On PE days pupils should wear their PE kit with their school jumper on top. It would be advisable for all children to have jogging bottoms (black) as the weather gets colder.
We are attempting to have NO clothing changes in school for at least the first half term. We are hoping that school life will gradually return to a new normal. We had a very successful reopening in June and we are expecting this term to be a term of new beginnings and super learning.
We know you may have questions or concerns so please do not hesitate to get in touch via the form below. We will get back to you as soon as we can.