We are well into the Summer Term and are able to reflect on the good progress the children are now making with their learning. This is also mirrored in a real improvement in attendance, which is now averaging 96% across the school. Once again, this is thanks to your continuing support for the school and your commitment to making sure your children attend school regularly.
It was amazing and huge fun to see so many children and families engaging in Number Day last Friday and the whole school had a creative and exciting day of maths activities. Thank you for your generous donations to the NSPCC, we raised £282. We thought you would enjoy seeing some of the great number costumes and learning, and you can do this via the clicking the QR code found later on in this newsletter, do have a look!
We are delighted that the public consultation to make our Stargazers specialist provision permanent has now been published. I would like to encourage you to contribute to this, and you can do so via the following link:
After “mini” Parent Consultations at the end of the Spring Term, we have now set a date for further Consultations immediately after the June Half Term break and will give you details shortly. This will be an opportunity to discuss with you and your child/ren their learning, progress and next steps. Although there are no national statutory tests (SATs, Phonics Check etc.) for primary children this year, we are reviewing pupil progress through ongoing teacher assessment and testing towards the end of this term. This will support planning for the next academic year, but also with transition for children moving up through the key stages and in particular for Year 6 preparing for High School in September. We are currently working with our local High Schools on arrangements for a Transition Day on 7th July.
We are delighted that we have had no COVID cases confirmed in the school since we returned in March. However, we are aware of growing concerns about highly infectious new COVID variants and as a school we continue to take a cautious approach to ensure we protect our pupils, families and staff. The latest Government Guidance published this week ahead of the May 17th relaxation of more restrictions, brings a few welcome changes which allow us to plan for more ambitious learning experiences in some areas of the curriculum and this will support our plans for wellbeing and outdoor activities in particular. However, at this stage the Guidance still promotes pupils being in “bubbles”, the indoors protective measures and timetables which we already have in place, and the messages about not mixing groups, or crowding such as the beginning and end of day. So for now, we will be making no changes to our risk assessment in relation to the staggered start and end times. We will keep thus under review as the government moves forward with planned further easing of restrictions in June.
Finally, I would like to thank many of you for your supportive and constructive feedback which we have received regarding our support for pupils’ learning during the recent lockdown. Our staff team really value this. We are also very grateful to members of our wider community who have come forward with unexpected donations, which include digital devices. We recently received a generous donation from the family of a volunteer who passed away. This donation will be used to buy books for pupils in her memory.
Finally, we would like to wish many of our families a Happy Eid celebration.
Please scan the QR code to see some of our amazing pupils and staff dressed up on Number Day - A big thanks to Mrs McKenzie for organising and making the video.
School attendance will be mandatory for all pupils from 8th March 2021.
If your child is ill, please notify the school office on 0208 427 0903.
If you or your child develop any signs of a continuous cough, high temperature and loss of taste or smell, book a PCR test immediately and let the school know as soon as you have been given the results - DO not send your child to school.
Quarantine and Self-Isolation after Overseas Travel
Booking holidays during term is not permitted and the school cannot authorise any holiday requests. However, we are aware that some families may have travelled overseas recently, and it is essential that you follow the latest Guidance on self-isolating when they return to the UK.
The link below explains which countries are on the RED LIST because of infection rates. If you are returning to the UK from a RED LIST country it is a legal requirement to must book accommodation in a “Quarantine Hotel” for you and your family for 10 days from your arrival in the UK. If you are arriving from any country NOT on the Red List, you are still legally requires to self-isolate in your home for 10 days from your arrival back in the UK if you have travelled from any country in the Yellow List.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): red list travel ban countries - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
School uniform will need to be worn but the children can wear trainers. This is to stop the need for children to continually change shoes in corridors, with the potential to mix with other year group bubbles, or have pupils’ belongings lying around in the classroom.
There will be no changing on site, so pupils will wear PE kit to school on the days they have PE, wearing their white t-shirt and black shorts. Please ensure that your child wears a school sweatshirt and black or grey jogging bottoms over the t-shirt and shorts as they will be outside.
Ordering Hot School Lunches
We are no longer taking bookings for hot lunches ion school.
Please order your child's hot meals for next week via the ParentPay website - www.parentpay.com. This is for ALL pupils including Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils.
All meals will need to be ordered in advance and the menu can be found on the website.
If you need any help, please contact the school office on 0208 427 0903.
Home Rapid Testing For Families
COVID -19 infection rates remain high, particularly in Harrow and other parts of North West London. In order to keep schools safe and open the NHS is now rolling out rapid testing to all families with school age children. This is intended to pick up asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 so that outbreaks can be managed and contained quickly. If any member of your household normally leaves home to go to work, your family should be taking rapid (Lateral Flow) tests twice a week.
School staff are already doing rapid home testing so ensure any infection is picked up quickly. We will be sending out a separate letter from Harrow’s Public Health Team explaining where and how families can get tested, and this will include arrangements for attending local rapid Test Centres as well and how to order home test kits.
Health & Safety and general reminders
To ensure that we are all following the Government guidance and safety measures, I would like to ask you all to review the following to ensure that we are all doing our best in breaking the transmission of the virus.
We ask you to continue to help us by:
Only ONE parent to drop off and collect pupils to the teachers at the allocated times. If you have children in other year groups, you will only be allowed in school at the correct times – Please note - No parents will be allowed to wait on the school site.
Ensuring that you spread out and maintain a safe social distance from others when waiting to come on site – Keep your distance.
Do not gather in groups outside of the school gates and leave site as soon as possible – Keep your distance.
Wear a face covering when dropping off and collecting pupils and do let us know if you are exempt.
Wash your hands regularly.
No parents may come into building without an appointment. All communication must be by email, website or telephone. We must maintain social distancing and strict timings
Remote Learning Expectations
We continue to set online weekly home learning online via 'Microsoft My Teams'. Staff will review what has been completed and leave feedback on the pupil’s page.
We are digitising the way the school operates, this means you will have access to all of the pupils daily learning so that pupils can review what they have learnt during the school day at home.
If your child's bubble has to self-isolate due to NHS Test and Trace, we will notify immediately and your child will be able to access learning online as they have done during school closure.
Safeguarding remains ‘EVERYONE’S BUSINESS AT BELMONT SCHOOL.’
Harrow Children Services’ Golden Number is available to everyone, and gives people one number to call for information or advice on services for children, young people and their families.
Golden Number: 020 8901 2690.
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