Newsletter 4th March 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

The highlight of the week has definitely been World Book Day and the launch of our Science Reading Challenge. Mrs Woodward, dressed as Mary Anning, visited every classroom in costume and shared some ‘WOW science moments.’  This enrichment will help children remember their learning at Mousehold. We appreciate the effort that went into the costumes. It was a very happy day and a day to celebrate the joy of books and reading.

Partnership News

Over the next week each child and member of staff at Mousehold and George White will be making a sunflower. The sunflowers will be grouped to form a display inside and/or outside in the school grounds. Each child will also come home with a sunflower seed they have planted to continue to grow at home. These will bloom this Summer. The sunflower is the national flower for the Ukraine and we want to show our respect to all of the people who are in crisis and for the sunflowers to be a sign of hope.

Dates for your Diary

Friday 1st April
Last day of term

School reopens to children on Thursday 21st April
(our extra day due to the Jubilee means we have one more day of the Easter holidays compared to most other schools.)

Covid Risk Assessment

Although many of the specific COVID-19 laws have changed, the public health guidance remains largely unchanged. The principles of hands, face, space and fresh air remain key to infection control, and we continue to ask people to act responsibly by staying at home and away from others if they have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. When a pupil, staff member or other adult develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test they should follow the guidance People with COVID-19 and their contacts which advises;

“Children and young people with COVID-19 should not attend their education setting while they are infectious. They should take an LFD test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both these tests results are negative, they should return to their educational setting if they normally attend one, as long as they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature. They should follow the guidance for their educational setting.”

We have a responsibility under the existing Public Health Laws and Health Protection Regulations to respond appropriately to all infectious diseases (e.g. Mumps, Measles, Rubella, and COVID-19).  We do this by making sure we follow published guidance and have in place risk assessments and Health and Safety policies. Therefore, in line with our risk assessment and related policies, children and young people who test positive or have symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home as per the published guidance.

Some of you may have concerns and anxieties about the relaxation of the rules and I have included the following web site links which you may find helpful.

Thank you for your continued support as we move to a new phase of living with COVID-19 .

Safeguarding – Online Safety

How can going online affect our wellbeing?

There are lots of positives for children being online, however there can be negatives too. For some it can become overwhelming trying to keep up with friends, and the pressure can mount. 

Many things can impact our online wellbeing, and you can take control of the choices made to reduce any negativity. Being aware of the impact of being online, just like you would be aware of the impact of offline activities, is the first step to managing your children’s online wellbeing.

We can:

  • manage the content that our children see,
  • ensure interactions are suitable
  • and manage how long they’re online, in balance with other activities. 

There are several things you can do to help support a child with their wellbeing online, including specific apps, and looking at settings.

Here are some suggestions of some well- being apps:

FREE online course for parents:  Managing your own digital wellbeing:

https://learndigital.withgoogle.com/digitalgarage/course/digital-wellbeing?gpid=2502656

Please see our website for all of our policies and more information about safeguarding

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Miss Wood, Miss Balachandre

These members of staff monitor and manage all safeguarding practices and ensure staff are supported and have the training they need. Please ask to see one of these adults if you are worried about the safety of a child at school.

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child out of school hours then the number to ring is:

CADS – Children’s Advice and Duty Service – 0344 800 8020.

Science Reading Challenge

Dear Parents and Carers,                             

Yesterday we launched our Science Reading Challenge!

It will run until Earth day on Friday 22nd April. Your child will bring home a Science Reading Challenge Passport where you and your child can fill in any science reading they do. It doesn’t have to be a whole science book, and could be a poster, fact sheet, or recipe….. Your local library will have exciting science books and we have lots in school too that your child will be able to bring home and read for the Science Challenge. When your child has completed the Passport, 7 Science books in 7 weeks (or sooner), they will get a special certificate and a science bookmark. Happy reading and we look forward to hearing all about it!!!

Mrs Woodward and Miss Balachandre         

Parking Outside School

Unfortunately, we have had some complaints from residents regarding cars parked across their driveways. This has happened a few times recently resulting in the resident being late to pick up their own children from school. Please may we remind you to show care and consideration when parking your vehicle outside school. Thank you to the majority of parents who continue to drive and park carefully outside the school gates.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall
Headteacher

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust