Coronavirus Latest Advice
For help and advice please contact the Parent Advisor Lee Franklin 07710701878 Monday – Friday 9am-11am
19th March 2020
Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils
Following on from the last update, I am now writing to let you know that we have been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.
As advised by the government, the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and vulnerable children (including those who currently have a social worker) will be allowed to attend school, initially at St George’s, however, as time goes on this may be at a local hub. You can check with the school office if uncertain if you would qualify under either identified category. If your role is on the Government’s key worker list then we ask that you notify us by Friday 20th March. You will be asked to give the name of your employer and nature of role so that we can verify with the official list and may be asked to provide evidence. In this way, we can ensure that our provision is targeted at key workers, as well as vulnerable children, especially as staff shortages due to the virus, are likely put pressure on this provision. If you are a keyworker and are not taking up the offer because you have a partner or relative at home, it would be helpful if you notified the office.
During the time that the school is partially open, we will continue with the provisions in place to minimize risk, by only allowing school employees and children on site. The children attending and school staff, will have temperature taken regularly and monitoring of any coughs will take place. If children or adults display any signs they will be sent home and told to self-isolate as per the Government guidelines. All other children will need to stay at home, do not send them into school from Monday onwards as they will be sent home.
Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We will follow Government guidance and will keep you updated with any information we receive related to how long the closure will last.
What we will continue doing while your child is at home
All class pages on the website have been updated with activities and ideas for home learning. Teachers will regularly update these. There are also links for age appropriate websites that children can utilize.
Free School Meals
All parents who are entitled to free school meals have been contacted directly and told of the arrangements put in place so that they can collect packed lunches from school. If your child is attending, school and they are NOT ENTITLED to a Free School Meal you must provide them with a packed lunch.
Lee Franklin the Parent Advisor can offer support by providing foodbank vouchers and signposting you to various support agencies. Please find the school mobile number below. 07710701878. Lee will be available between 8.30 and 4pm Monday to Friday.
This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we will continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.
And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.
Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.
I know we are all indebted to every key worker who continues to work whether in NHS and other vital services, including all school leaders and staff, despite the increased risk of exposure to themselves, in order to help the country through this current crisis. Look after your families as best as you can, stay safe by following the guidance and self-isolate as much as you possible. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Mrs G Constable
60 Active Minutes
We are proud to say that we have won our first Most Active School Bronze Award for January 2020!
Well done to all staff and students! Lets keep up the good work.
As part of the Government’s Sports Plan and Activity Action Plan, all schools are being encouraged to provide children with opportunities to take part in 30 minutes of activity in school on top of the current provision. The other 30 minutes should be taken outside of schools and the Youth Sports Trust are working with the Government to support this programme including activities that parents can encourage and support their child to participate in. At St George’s school the children already do 15 minutes extra by taking part in the daily mile and to make up the other 15 minutes, teachers are using programmes such as TeachActive and Go Noodle which allow children to be more active when they learn.
Spring Term Events
Nursery Places Available
St George’s C of E Nursery
We have 15 and 30 hour funded places available at our Nursery.
If you interested in a place at our Nursery please fill out our Registration of Interest Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively you can come to the school office to pick up a form.
School Games Gold Award 2018/2019
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark.
Scooter Safety Training
Key Stage 1 children took part in Scooter Safety Training sessions on Friday 14th June. Topics covered included scooter safety checks, advice on wearing helmets, speed control, safe road crossing and pavement etiquette with pedestrians. We worked in groups and had a fun morning!
Remembrance for Neville
Before the half term holidays we passed on the sad news that our chef, Neville, had sadly passed away. As Neville had been preparing our meals for 8 years, he had become an important member of our school community and will be missed by many – children and adults alike. On Thursday 6th June, Father Richard led an assembly with celebrated and remembered Neville. Members of St George’s school Faith group read out poems and prayers that they had written especially for the occasion.
On Friday 7thJune 2019 we dressed in our pyjamas and celebrated books and bedtime stories.
We raised money for Book Trust. Every year Book Trust supports children and families to experience the joy of reading and all its benefits. Every year they provide books for thousands of children.
Lent Call & NSPCC Workshops
It has been a busy week at St George’s.
All week, every class has been raising money for the Lent Call. From selling popcorn to pizza, to games such as ‘How many sweets in the jar?’ and ‘Pin the nose on the rabbit’ competitions, everyone has enjoyed it and raised money for a good cause.
On March 21st the NSPCC came into St Georges to deliver their Speak OUt, Stay Safe programme. KS1 and KS2 children had an assembly and Year 5 and 6 had a follow-up workshop. The key messages were to ensure school aged children :-
- have an understanding of abuse in all its forms
- know how to protect themselves from abuse
- are aware of how to get help and sources of help including Childline.
Our non-uniform day raised a fantastic £200.46 for the NSPCC!
On January 11th St George’s ran a Phonics Workshop for parents of children in Reception led by Ms MacAlpine. It was to give parents an understanding of how we teach Phonics in school and to demonstrate some ways they can support their children at home.
Service of Re-Dedication
On Sunday 11thNovember 2018, staff and children from St George’s School (formerly known as Christ Church), took part in a re-dedication service at the memorial to local men who died during the First World War. The memorial is situated in the grounds outside of Christ Church Chapel in South Road, Forest Hill. The memorial has the names of over 60 local men who died during the conflict, including a number of sets of brothers.
During the past few weeks at school, children have been learning about the centenary of the end of the First World War and have also been learning about a Christ Church School ex-pupil, John Lynn who is named on the memorial.
Here is the information that researched by Janet Killeen, a local resident author who organised the re-dedication service:
‘John Lynn VC, DCM, Private, Service no. 1272, 2ndBattaliion. The Lancashire Fusiliers.
DCM Citation: ‘For gallant conduct. Took charge of an isolated machine gun when his seargeant was killed, took it out of action when jammed and brought it back to the firing line when repaired 17.12.1914.
VC Citation: On 2ndMay 1915 near Ypres Belgium when the Germans were advancing behind their wave of asphyxiating gas Private Lynn although almost overcome by the deadly fumes handled his machine-gun with great effect against the enemy and when he could not see them he moved his gun higher up the parapet so that he could fire more effectively. This eventually checked any further advance and the outstanding courage displayed by this soldier had a great effect upon his comrades in the very trying circumstances. Private Lynn died later from the effects of gas poisoning in the Vlamertinghe Field Hospital.’
He died of gas poisoning aged 28 years on 2/5/2015. John Lynn was the foster son of Mrs E Harrison of 20 Hindsley Place, Forest Hill. He spent some time as a child in Lewisham Workhouse, which indicates great hardship in his circumstances. He was a pupil at Christ Church School (now known as St Georges). His resting place is at the Vlamertinghe Churchyard (grave lost) and there is a Memorial Headstone in Grootebeek British Cemetery Reninghelst. He is also commemorated in St Mary’s Church, Bury, Lancashire, where his fiancée lived.’ <
The Service was a very moving one and was attended by representatives from the local community including, St George’s church congregation, school, local MP Ellie Reeves, Bishop Karowei Dorgu,the Bishop of Woolwich, local police, representatives of the armed forces, including the London Irish regiment, as well as local councillor John Paschoud and the Lewisham Mayor, Damien Egan.
On Thursday 1st November the Bishop of Woolwich visited St George’s and led Collective Worship with Father Richard.
Royal Wedding Party
On 18th May, we celebrated the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in style with a party in the Quad. Everyone dressed as Kings & Queens, Brides & Grooms or fancy wedding guests. There were sandwiches, cake, sunshine and dancing. We even had a couple of very special guests! It was a fantastic afternoon.
The International School Award
We are proud to announce that St George’s has received a British Council International School Award
The International School Award is a prestigious badge of honour for schools that can bring an international dimension to teaching and learning. The accreditation shows our school’s international dimension and celebrates the work that we have been doing as a whole school and with our partners around the world.