Newsletter 8th October 2021

Larkhall Primary Campus Newsletter

Friday 8th October 2021

Dear Families

I hope you and your families are keeping well. As always, there is lots of information contained within this newsletter. Please take the time to read it.

Parents Evening

Parents Evening will be held on Wednesday 20th October between 3.30pm to 7pm. We would like to welcome you into school to meet with your child’s class teacher.  These meetings are a really important chance to discuss how your child is getting on and their priorities for learning moving forward for the rest of the year.

The meetings will take place in school face to face with your child’s class teacher. During these meetings, we will still be following safe practice in line with government guidelines. For example, keeping windows and doors open and maintaining safe distance.  We will not be sharing books and learning evidence at this meeting.  

We strongly advise you to please wear a face covering for the safety of you and others around you. You must be on time for your appointment as only one parent at a time will be able to wait outside each classroom. 

You will receive more information on Tuesday 12th October, allowing you to complete a questionnaire to let us know which time slot would be best for you and what type of meeting you would prefer. Appointment times will be allocated on a first come first serve basis so please fill the questionnaire in as soon as possible.

  • Please note that if your child is in Will’s Year 4 class or Sam’s Year 6 class, these Parent Evenings will be on Tuesday 19th October between 3.30pm to 7pm.

After School Clubs

To remind all families, we are offering 9 After Schools, together with an Art Club on Wednesday at 2:15pm. Please see these clubs below. Some clubs still have space so if you would like your child to attend, please contact the school.

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
Multisports Y1-6 3.15-4.15 16 spaces £20 for 11 weeks   Beaming Stars Gymnastics 3.15-4.15 20 spaces £60 for 12 weeks   Newspaper Club Y4-6 3.15-4.15 10 spaces £20 for 11 weeksMultisports Y1-3 3.15-4.15 16 spaces  £12 for 6 weeks   Chess Y3-6 3.15-4.15 14 spaces £20 for 11 weeksArt  Y1-2  2.15 – 3.15 12 spaces £20 for 11 weeks   Art Y3-6 3.15-4.15 16 spaces £20 for 11 weeksFootball Y4-6 3.15-4.15 16 spaces £12 for 6 weeks   Mindfulness Y1-6 3.15-4.15 16 spaces £20 for 11 weeksNetball Team (by invite only) 3.15-4.15

Larkhall Choir

I am very excited to announce that the Larkhall Choir will start their rehearsals on Wednesday 13th October. They will be working with a Music specialist from Lambeth Academy. This is a club taking place during the school day and we are able to offer this club for free due to funding we have received. I’m sure you will be hearing the choristers sing at a school event very soon.

Larkhall Family Centre

You are aware the Larkhall Family Centre has opened. Please see the timetable below. Don’t forget, you can let any friends or family members know they are able to access these sessions regardless of where they live. Please contact the school for more information.

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
AMLITTLE LARKS   2 Year Old Nursery 9am – 12pmLITTLE LARKS   2 Year Old Nursery 9am – 12pmLITTLE LARKS   2 Year Old Nursery 9am – 12pmLITTLE LARKS   2 Year Old Nursery 9am – 12pmLITTLE LARKS   2 Year Old Nursery 9am – 12pm
PMMONDAY MASSAGE   Before babies are able to understand language, we communicate and comfort them through touch. If a baby cries, parents will hold, cuddle or stroke them. Baby massage is part of this natural impulse and a great way to bond with your little one.   £42 for a 6 week blockFor parents and babies aged 0-6m45 minutesTea/coffee providedTime TBC  STAY AND PLAY   Come and join us and enjoy playing with your little one. A great way to meet other parents and families in the local area. The session will include Rhyme Time and Storytelling led by our Early Years Specialist.
£3 donation per family Snacks provided Children from birth – 5YO are welcome 1.30 – 3.00PM Speech and Language support available with our SALT
HELP AND ADVICE AND SUPPORT – need better name   FIDDLY FORMS! WELLBEING WEDNESDAY!   This session will be offering advice and support with the following:   School/ nursery applications Foodbank vouchers Legal support Health visitor appointments Registering births  STAY AND PLAY   Come and join us and enjoy playing with your little one. A great way to meet other parents and families in the local area. The session will include Rhyme Time and Storytelling led by our Early Years Specialist.
£3 donation per family Snacks provided Children from birth – 5YO are welcome 1.30 – 3.00PM
  Obtaining Parental Feedback before facilitating session and/or Space available to hire

Online Safety

It has been Online Safety this week and I do want to stress the need for all families to be extremely vigilant with regards the content our children may be exposed to outside of school. How our children are able to view online material and their potential use of social network sites is a constant anxiety to me.

Just this week, it has come to our attention that some children in Year 6 are watching inappropriate content on tv/online. This includes streaming shows on Netflix. Every television show and film is given a certificate of age based on their content to ensure children are not exposed to things they are not mature enough to watch. This may include violence, explicit language or sexual content. Children in Year 6 should only be watching content that has been classified as a U or PG. 

If you would like any more advice on keeping your child safe online, including setting up parental controls or talking to your child about how to stay safe, please do not hesitate to come and speak to one of the Senior Leadership Team or your child’s teacher.

Covid Guidance

I want to remind families that over the past week there has been a small but significant rise in the number of Covid cases across the school. I am pleased to say that at present, after guidance from Public Health England, we haven’t needed to close any classes or year groups. Nevertheless, it is getting close to that and we all need to become more careful and vigilant in our routines and behaviour. 

At the start and end of the school day, I would like to remind parents of children in all year groups that it is important to maintain social distancing where possible. I am concerned we have all become too relaxed in our interactions and this, of course, is a potential source of transmission. If you need to visit the school office can I remind you to sanitise your hands when you arrive.

Children should not come into school if they have symptoms, have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on Covid (for example, they are required to quarantine). If any child in school develops symptoms, however mild, we will send them home to seek a test and isolate.

If they do not have symptoms, the latest government guidance is that children are not required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

Instead, they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed they have been in close contact with a positive case and advised to take a PCR test.

We would encourage all individuals to take a PCR test if advised to do so. Please inform the school immediately if your child tests positive for Covid.

Dates for your Diary

  • Religious Education Focus Week Commencing 18th October (more information closer to the time)
  • School Closed for INSET Monday 1st November
  • School Photographs 10th November

That’s it from me. If there is anything else myself or a member of the team can do to help and support you during this time, please do not hesitate to get in touch in the usual ways.

Best wishes

Gary