St Helen's Primary School

St. Helen's Primary School

Close
Close

Latest Information - COVID-19

Tuesday 31st March 2020

 Free School Meals Announcement

The government has announced today an e-voucher/e-gift card scheme for pupils who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.  All schools are awaiting further information on the scheme so that we can roll the programme out.

 The e-vouchers/e-gift cards are for term time only and we are working through the detail as we receive the information.  Our plan is to continue as we have been, offering packed lunches, until after the Easter holidays, but if we can, we will claim your e-voucher/e-gift card this week.

 For the next 3 weeks we will continue to provide FSM’s as we have been so please continue to come into your school to collect your FSM.  We will inform you of further information as soon as we have it.

Carole Bradley

Headteacher

 

 

Monday 30th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Good Morning Everyone,

As we start another week without school I wanted to take this opportunity to catch up with you all. Firstly, I truly hope you and all your family are safe and well. Secondly, a huge thank you to all our parents/carers and local community that continue to support us as a school and more importantly each other as a community.

At the end of this week school would have been breaking up for the Easter break but many of you will already be aware, St. Helen’s will remain open over the Easter holidays, inclusive of the bank holidays. A huge thank you to all staff for willingly agreeing to this and forgoing part of their break. This is to ensure that those key workers on the very frontline can still attend work and help us all in the fight against COVID-19. We are all united in playing our part and following the Government guidelines to keep safe, with the main message of ‘Stay at home’.

Over what would have been the Easter break I hope that you and your family can enjoy the time together as best as you can and keep your spirits high. I hope that your child is using the ‘learning packs’ provided and remember after the Easter break teachers will be uploading online website ideas onto our school website.

We are all facing challenges and additional stress, I have no doubt. I and my staff want to make it clear that we do not want to add to this by making any work children complete at home wieldy. Parents/Carers should not worry about the time off school having a negative effect on your child’s progress. Staff know clearly where your child was in the Curriculum and how your child was progressing through it. We know that starting point when we get back to school and staff have the expertise to gradually get your child back on track.

The main advice would be to keep your child:

1. Reading daily – (A book, a magazine, a comic etc.)

2. Engaging with the online resources that teachers will post, including Spelling Shed and TimesTable Rockstars

3. Enjoy time playing games, baking, drawing etc.

Please also remember that you can communicate directly with teachers via the below email addresses.

Teachers will respond to your learning questions:

Early Years (2yr Olds/Nursery/Reception) eyfs@sthelensschool.org.uk

Year 1 year1@sthelensschool.org.uk

Year 2 year2@sthelensschool.org.uk

Year 3 year3@sthelensschool.org.uk

Year 4 year4@sthelensschool.org.uk

Year 5 year5@sthelensschool.org.uk

Year 6 year6@sthelensschool.org.uk

Myself and Mr Newing are contactable through email: Leadership@sthelensschool.org.uk

Stay safe everyone and remain strong as a community.

Yours Sincerely

Carole Bradley

Headteacher

 

 

Monday 23rd March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you are all safe and well and are following the guidance given by Government.

Last week your child received a learning pack which should last them up until the Easter holidays. It is highly unlikely that school will return after the Easter break but we will keep you updated as soon as we have information.

After the Easter break teachers will be uploading e-learning onto our school website under:

  • Parents/Carers – Learning from Home – Year groups.

We will do our very best to keep providing ideas, activities and recommended websites as we move forward.

In addition to this we have also set up dedicated email addresses where parents can email teachers with ‘Learning’ questions. PLEASE NOTE these addresses are purely for learning needs and if parents/carers have other queries these should be sent to:

Leadership@sthelensschool.org.uk.

This is a dedicated email address that I and Mr Newing are responding to.

 

Class ‘Learning’ emails:

Early Years (2yr Olds/Nursery/Reception)     eyfs@sthelensschool.org.uk

Year 1             year1@sthelensschool.org.uk

Year 2             year2@sthelensschool.org.uk

Year 3             year3@sthelensschool.org.uk

Year 4             year4@sthelensschool.org.uk

Year 5             year5@sthelensschool.org.uk

Year 6             year6@sthelensschool.org.uk

 

Yours Sincerely

Carole Bradley

Headteacher

Friday, 20 March 2020
 
Dear Parents/Carers,
 
It is with a heavy heart I write this letter. As you will all be aware the Government announced yesterday that all schools will close as of Friday 20th March 2020 to the vast majority of children. School will remain open to those pupils who are identified as ‘vulnerable’ and those whose parents/carers are identified as a ‘Key Worker’.
 
Both I and the staff of St. Helen’s Primary are extremely sad that as of today we may potentially not see some of our pupils again for a significant length of time and the reality may be that our Year 6 pupils may return to education as a Secondary pupil. I know that all our Year 6 pupils will continue to be successful and I and the staff are extremely proud of their hard work and commitment to learning.
 
All pupils have shown tremendous attitude over the past few days and I am very proud of each and everyone of them.
 
The most important factor moving forward is that we all remain safe and look after each other. As a school we will do our very best to meet the required expectations of school and by working together this is possible.
 
We will continue to keep you all informed of the changing situation.
 
Yours Sincerely
 
Carole Bradley
Headteacher

 

 

19th March 2020

COVID19 UPDATE - 19.3.20
 
Dear parents and guardians,
 
As per the guidance and instructions of the government, St. Helen's Primary will be closing on Friday 20th March 2020 at 5pm, until further notice to the vast majority of pupils.
 
 
As you can understand, the school is still awaiting further guidance from the government this morning on how schools are expected to function and support 'key workers' and vulnerable pupils in our school's community. Please be assured that staff in school will be working tremendously hard to ensure that you continue to receive the most recent information when it arrives. We hope to have further updates this morning.
 
As a school we would like to thank you all for your wonderful support in these extremely challenging times.

 

Carole Bradley

Headteacher