Head’s Newsletter

September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back! It is really lovely to have everyone back. I’d also like to extend a warm welcome to the parents and children who are new to the school this year.

Thank you to all of you for helping to make our adapted arrangements work. Our children and staff’s safety and well-being is our key focus. Some of our families have not been in school over the last 5 months, we know that getting back into routines, and getting used to completely new routines will take a little bit of time.

Important Reminders

Drop-Off and Collection Times We have put a number of measures in place to ensure that the children and staff return to school feeling safe and remaining well. To control the number of people children and staff come into contact with during the school day, we have staggered start and finish times and drop-off and collection points.

Please maintain a safe distance when dropping off and collecting your child while you wait to enter the playground and when in the playground.

Remote Learning – In Event of a Local Lockdown

As part of our coronavirus continuity planning, we will need to plan for the possibility of a local lockdown. If our local area sees a spike in infection rates, the Local Health Protection Team could advise the school to close temporarily for all/some pupils. If this happens, we will have a contingency plan in place to offer immediate remote education for all affected pupils ensuring continuity of education.

A “learning pack” will be provided for anyone unable to access remote home learning. To help with our planning please complete and return the “Access Remote Learning” form sent out via SchoolPing, alternatively inform the school office directly.

School Uniform

The children have arrived back to school looking really smart in their school uniform; thank you for your efforts and continued support in making sure children are appropriately dressed for school. This not only promotes a positive image of our school, but also has a positive effect on children’s behaviour and conduct. Please do ensure our policy on wearing plain black footwear is maintained throughout the year.

PE Kit

It is important that your child has an appropriate PE kit. The PE kit needs to be in school on PE days then taken home and washed between PE sessions/days. PE kits consist of a plain white T-Shirt, navy shorts, (navy or black tracksuits may be worn in cold weather) and plain black plimsolls or trainers.

Breakfast Club

The breakfast club is open from 8am – 8.40am for children in Reception – Year 6 at a cost of £3 per day. If you would like to register your child for the breakfast club please contact a member of the office team.

School Dinners

Our new catering provider is Alliance in Partnership. For those parents who pay for their child’s meals, the cost is £2.35 per day, £11.75 per week. Meals must be paid for in full at the start of the school week and payments should be sent in with your child in a sealed envelope with their name and class teacher clearly marked and given to their class teacher. The office will issue a receipt as confirmation of payment.

Children’s school meal preferences for this half term have now been set and finalised based on the take up of meals last year and any changes notified to the school this academic year. If your child has changed their school meal preference you must contact the school office immediately as you may be charged for meals that you child is not receiving.

Please make sure that payments are up to date and that you do not get into arrears. If you do have any financial, difficulties please talk to either the school office or Lee Franklin, the Parent Advisor.

Free School Meals – Pupil Premium

If you think that you may be entitled to Free School Meals because you are in receipt of certain eligible benefits please contact the school office or our Parent Adviser, Lee Franklin who will be able to apply on your behalf. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, will receive a free school meal whether their parents are in receipt of benefits or not. If your child is in one of these year groups, we still need you to apply for a free meal if you are receiving benefits.
Schools get extra funding for every child registered as eligible for a free school and this money is used to support your child.
Even if you do not want your child to receive a free meal, you should still apply for this important extra funding, as it will benefit your child.

Packed Lunches

The school is keen to promote healthy eating with a good balance of foods from across the food groups. School meals are a great choice, but if you do make a packed lunch for your child then check out the following sites for some great ideas on healthy packed lunches:

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/school-packed-lunch-inspiration

Non-fizzy drinks can be included, provided they are in an unbreakable container.

St George’s is a ‘nut free’ school as we have a number of children with severe allergies. Please help to keep all children safe by ensuring your child does not bring any food into school that contains nut products such as peanut butter, nutella or cereal bars.

School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

The school is part of the governments funded School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme, which provides daily fruit, and vegetables to children aged 4 to 6 years as one of their 5 A Day. This scheme helps to increase awareness of the importance of eating fresh fruit and vegetables, encouraging healthy eating habits. All children

Fruit Snack in KS2

Children in Years 3-6 are not eligible for the School Fruit and Vegetable scheme. If you would like your child to have a piece of fruit during break times then please send it in with them on a day to day basis.

Up to Date Details & Contact Information

It is important that we hold the correct information on file relating to your child especially emergency contact numbers, medical conditions, dietary needs etc. Please email the school office immediately of any changes admin@stgeorges.lewisham.sch.uk You will shortly be receiving a data sheet with the details that we currently hold for your child it is important that you sign and return this form confirming that the information is correct.

SchoolPing

Please make sure that you have access to SchoolPing as all future communication will be sent electronically. Please contact the office if you do not have a login ID.

Parent Support Adviser

Lee Franklin is the school’s Parent Support Adviser. The partnership between parents and the school has worked extremely well over the years and Lee has helped to improve the lives of many families in that time. In addition to supporting, you and your child to get the very best from school Lee can also provide confidential support and advice with foodbank referrals, attendance issues, hardship fund, domestic violence or any other issues that may be having a negative impact on family life. Lee can be found at the main school gate most mornings and afternoons or contacted by email at lfranklin11.209@lgflmail.org

Dates for your diary

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we are having to postpone our annual International Evening. We are hopeful that this can be re-scheduled in either Spring or Summer term.

The Autumn term Parents’ Evening will take place in the week beginning 23rd November. It is likely that this will take place via phone consultation with the class teacher. More information will be shared closer to the time.

Term dates 2020/2021

Autumn Term Wednesday 2nd September – Friday 23rd October Half term Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October Monday 2nd November – Friday 18th December

Spring Term Monday 4th January – Friday 12th February (Monday 4th January INSET Day) Half term- Monday 15th February – Friday 19th February Monday 22nd February – Wednesday 31st March Thursday 1st April to Friday 16th April (Easter Break)

Summer Term Monday 19th April – Friday 28th May (Monday 19th April INSET Day) May bank holiday – Monday 3rd May Half term- Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June Monday 7th June – Friday 23rd July

Last INSET day to be confirmed

We are looking forward to another successful year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the warm welcome you have given me in my new role as Interim Headteacher and for your continued support.

Keep safe and well.

Yours sincerely,

Miss MacAlpine

Interim Headteacher