We are pleased to report that we continue to have NO Covid cases in the children or staff in our school. Parents should be aware however another local school does have cases in a Year 11 group and we do have positive cases amongst some of our parents and community and children related to these cases are self-isolating, but not positive themselves. There is no need for parents to be concerned about this as everyone is following the rules and children are safe to keep coming to St George’s at the moment and we do not need to send any classes home. If we get any positive cases for children or staff in our school we will notify you and give guidance of what to do to keep everyone safe.
Latest Covid News
School Gains National Award
We are very pleased to report that we have been recognised Nationally for our work with bringing the local heritage into our curriculum and learning.
We have been awarded Champion Heritage School status by Historic England, one of only 8 schools nationally to receive the recognition and we are the school representing the whole of the East of England.
We will feature in a Radio Norfolk Broadcast on Saturday 3rd October at 9am when our children will also talk about their learning experiences in school.
We also help other local schools in this work and often lead on collaborative working.
BREAKFAST & AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS
At the moment we are unable to offer breakfast club and after school clubs. The reason for this is because these clubs would normally have a mixture of ages and children in them which would mix the class bubbles and therefore put everyone in danger. REMEMBER you should not be mixing the children out of school either and from Monday it is the law not to be in a group of more than 6 people indoors or outdoors!
Schools are not required to offer childcare beyond the school day but we choose to do this to support our parents who want to work.
We fully understand for working parents how difficult it is for you at the moment without these clubs if you do not have friends or family to provide the childcare for a longer day.
Please be assured we know you need this service to start again as soon as possible and we are working hard to try and find a solution for you as quickly as we can, but it will also depend on the level of Covid in the community too, as we will not resume this service if Covid starts to spike again as we will want to limit the amount of time that staff and children spend together.
Please try and make alternative arrangements for a few weeks and we will come back to you soon about this.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!
Thank you to all of the parents and family members who have helped us by being patient and supportive this week with our staggered return to school for the children. As you will have seen and experienced all of the children have been coming and going at different times of the day and it has been very complicated, but you all stuck with it and the result is that we have nearly every child back in school and it has been very calm and Covid safe and all of the children have really enjoyed their week – as have all of the staff. So again, THANK YOU!
Some of you have raised the issue about lunch being served quite early to the children and I just wanted to explain why this has been put in place. As you know we are keeping the children apart using a 1m distance, the hall will now only seat 60 children safely and with having to use the hall for PE, we can only now get through two sittings in a day and so the other 90 children have to eat in their classrooms. In order to be able to keep all of the class bubbles separate and clean all of the equipment extra time is needed, we are therefore having to start some lunches earlier and finish others later. We strongly believe that all children should have access to a hot meal and the children are ready to eat at any time, so it has not caused the children any problems.
The TRIM TRAIL (playground equipment) is currently CLOSED and is not being cleaned so this is not Covid safe so please keep off the equipment at all times please.
Please continue to come to school ON TIME and NOT EARLY as we need to continue to keep classes separate. Next week Years 6, 5, 4 & 3 start at 8.45am and finish at 2.30pm and Years 2, 1 & Reception start at 9am and finish at 2.45pm. If you have children across the school then they all come to school and get picked up together at the earlier times in both cases i.e. 8.45am and 2.30pm.
Have a good weekend everyone and we look forward to seeing you again on Monday.
DO YOU (OR A PERSON IN YOUR HOUSE) WORK AT BANHAM POULTRY?
Parents & family members who work at BANHAM POULTRY who live with (or have contact with) any child in our school SHOULD NOT BRING THEIR CHILD TO SCHOOL NEXT WEEK. If you are one of these families please telephone Mrs Fearns Head Teacher on Monday 01493 843476 to discuss your job role & the isolation rules you need to follow.
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL EVERYONE
September has finally arrived and we are all super excited about getting everyone back to school. Next week will be different for everyone as we have children coming & going at different times and being in school for different amounts of time. Parents please be patient with the arrangements next week as although they will be inconvenient for your day, they are really important to slowly ease children back into school life having been away for so long. Going forward into the following week it will be easier as we will do our best to enable you to pick up & drop off at the same time for your family group. In regards safety with Covid, please be assured that we have followed all of the guidance and introduced lots of new things to keep everyone as safe as we can and I am very confident in this, providing everyone follows the rules.
The first thing to remember is there is now a ONE WAY SYSTEM on the playground – everyone comes IN from ST PETERS Road and OUT from the back gate on DEVONSHIRE ROAD – please help us by complying with this system.
Next week please try NOT TO VISIT THE OFFICE unless you really have to, as queues & waiting times are likely to be very long!! INSTEAD PLEASE TELEPHONE the office if you have messages, questions or you want something such as uniform & we will get it organised for you & give things to you child to bring home. If you are sending money in for dinners then please put it in an envelope and put the amount and your child’s name on the front of the envelope & pass it to Mrs Fearns or Mrs Floate on the playground as the children arrive.
NO CHILDREN CAN WALK TO AND FROM SCHOOL ON THEIR OWN AT PRESENT – they must be supervised by an adult.
Please refer to your letters from July for the days & times your child needs to be in school next week & if you have forgotten it all then please telephone the office.
There will be no breakfast or after school clubs at the moment.
We look forward to seeing you all next week.
We are staggering coming back to school from Tuesday 8th September. All parents have been written to with a time and date to return. If you lose this letter or don’t know when your child returns please phone the school office on Monday 7th September for further details.
It is very safe to come back and we look forward to seeing everyone in school.
Nursery starts from Monday 14th September – again a staggered start.
SEE YOU ALL IN SEPTEMBER
End of 2020
We come to the end of what has been a rather traumatic year for everyone. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents for the brilliant work they have done keeping the learning going for the children at home, we are all so very proud of you.
We also want to thank the school staff who have been heroic through this period, coming to school and providing education on line, we are very lucky to have such amazing and dedicated people who care very much about the children and families of St George’s.
Over the last few weeks many children have returned to us across the school and we were very pleased to see them. Some of our Year 6 created an artwork together on their last day to leave their mark at St George’s (see photos) but sadly we weren’t able to say a proper good bye to them so next year when it is safe we will be inviting Year 6 back for a party and an awards evening with their families.
Have a really good summer everyone and we will see you in September.