FREE access to Kaizen-Do’s VIRTUAL Karate classes

FREE access to Kaizen-Do’s VIRTUAL Karate classes

Kaizen-Do, the company that deliver our Karate for Concentration classes in school, is offering three live, daily, VIRTUAL classes Monday-Friday (10am, 2pm, 6pm) and one on a Saturday morning (10am). The virtual classes are delivered via software called ‘ZOOM’ and parents/guardians should find it very easy to set up.

To take up the offer all you need to do is one of the following:

  1. Simply call us; 07739 746 836 and tell the team member who answers the phone that they are a school student and would like to access the virtual classes

OR

  1. Send us a text message on the number above or email (team@kaizendokarate.com) explaining the above

OR

  1. Message them on their Facebook group; Kaizen-Do Karate and ask to access the virtual classes

We hope this helps to keep you active during these challenging times.

Wednesday 25th March – COVID-19 Update Letter

Wednesday 25th March – COVID-19 Update Letter

Dear Parents / Carers

These are unusual times and as such we are all doing the best we can. Each and every one of us will manage the weeks ahead in our own way. Schools were closed last week with very little notice and were also expected to operate as emergency childcare for critical workers within the COVID-19 response.

I appreciate that some families will want as much work as possible at home to represent a school day and to support their children academically as much as they can. I am also aware, that some parents will have limited access to technology, may have larger families and will, to be quite blunt, “want to survive”. The pressures and strains of being a family in “lockdown” under these uncertain times are immense and I certainly do not wish to add to that. As a school, we wish to support you in any way we can. For this reason, we are setting up class emails so parents/carers are able to communicate with the relevant class teacher.

We will be posting additional work and ideas to keep children busy, on our school website under the class pages, but please follow these basic principles –

-Something is better than nothing

-Little and often

-Do your best

To this end, I am fully aware that any games, craft or fun activities, watching any BBC children’s programmes and doing PE with Joe at 9 am on YouTube will benefit your children. Completing the work we set will help too but not if it causes massive amounts of stress to your whole family, think about how much of it you need to actually do. The children need to do some reading and maths daily and some regular writing a few times a week. Anything else is a bonus.

As I am sure you can appreciate, the skeleton staff in school are currently busy providing childcare to children as well as monitoring those at home. As a result, there may be a delay in replies you receive to emails. We will aim to reply to emails every Wednesday at the latest however, teachers will reply during the working day as and when they are able to.

This is a good opportunity for teachers to share resources and ideas with you and for you to ask questions and even just show us what you are getting up to. If you send images of your child’s work or activities and give us permission we will try to get as many as we can on the school website. Obviously, we will not be able to post all but sharing some may help keep connected as a school community during this time.

Please can we ask parents to email their child’s class email address with the name of their child so that the class teacher has a correct email address so teachers can respond and keep in touch, if you have more than one child you will need to email each class individually.

We will keep our class pages up to date every Wednesday and ensure class teachers have checked their emails on our “Web Update Wednesdays”.

willowclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

sycamoreclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

mapleclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

elmclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

birchclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

If you are struggling with anything else and want any support or advice that you feel we as a school may be able to help with then please email our earlyhelp@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk all these emails are managed by myself and our staff.

Take Care, Stay Safe

R. Walthall

Headteacher

COVID-19 Information regarding school closures

COVID-19 Information regarding school closures

Dear Parents / Carers,

As you will be aware,all schools in England are closing their doors today for the foreseeable future in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Government produced additional guidance for schools last night stating:

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. This is why the Government has asked parents to keep their children at home wherever possible and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

The fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

Childcare will only be offered at school when parents are eligible frontline key workers and are at work. It will be offered to children whose parents are:

Critical to the COVID-19 response, and when no other alternative childcare is available to the family and they “cannot be safely cared for at home.”

Vulnerable children including children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans and those on child protection plans. Government guidance states,“

Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home and every child that can be safely cared for at home, should be.” Therefore, attending school at the current time is not compulsory: all absences will be authorised.

Thank you to those parents who have responded to the online form regarding their eligibility as a key-worker. We have checked your responses and are issuing separate letters by email this afternoon to parents of vulnerable children and key worker children. If you have not received a letter explaining the provision for your child then please keep them safe at home. If you believe you are a key worker and have not yet received your notification letter please contact the school office immediately.

Home Learning packs have been sent out today with the children and will be posted to any children not in school today. We will send out further home learning arrangements next term. Please keep an eye on our school Facebook and website for more ideas and information over the coming weeks.

Dinner Money. After Easter we will review all school dinner moneys and sort any debits or credits then when we have a clearer picture of what is happening next.

Please remember to ensure you exercise social distancing for your family and keep washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds as per the guidance.

I appreciate the unease and anxiety that families may be feeling at this difficult time. We will be operating a skeleton staff in school and try to answer emails and phone calls whenever we can. We will be trying to contact all our pupils by phone or post over the coming weeks as connection and keeping in touch is a vital part of human nature.

Take care, keep safe.

R. Walthall

Headteacher

Safeguarding Notice

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have concerns regarding the safeguarding or welfare of any of our pupils, please contact the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

The Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be found here.