NEWSLETTER 4th May 2021

Thank you

Many thanks for continuing to support all of our “Covid-19 prevention” measures. These are likely to remain in
place for some time.
Just to remind you…

Pupils and other adults must not come into the school if:

Year group Start time Finish time

Nursery 8:15 11:15/3:25
Reception 9:00 3:30
Year 1 8:50 3:20
Year 2 8:45 3:15
Year 3 8:40 3:10
Year 4 8:35 3:05
Year 5 8:30 3:00
Year 6 8:25 2:55

What to bring to school

PE Kit

Reception Tuesday
Year 1 Thursday
Year 2 Monday
Year 3 Tuesday
Year 4 Wednesday
Year 5 Wednesday
Year 6 Monday

Birthday treats

Summer term curriculum and Learning Posters

This term’s Learning Posters are available on our school website:
https://hadleighcp.school/learning/year-groups/

Term Dates

2021/22
PD Days: 2nd September, 3rd September, 1st November
Autumn Term Begins: Monday 6th September 2021
Half Term: Monday 25th October – Friday 29th October
Autumn Term Ends: Friday 17th December 2021

Ofsted – Parent View

Parental survey – Remote parent consultations

Summer Term 2021: provisional dates for your diary

First Edition: Dates planned assuming school Covid restrictions remain until the end of term.
All dates provisional and as a guide

Wednesday 5th May Class Photos
Monday 10th May Father Jo Assembly - remote
School Council meeting
6:30pm FGB meeting
Monday 17th May Open the Book assembly - remote
Monday 24th May School Council meeting
Friday 28th May Year 3 Roman Day
Monday 7th June Chris Todd assembly - remote
Monday 14th June Father Jo Assembly - remote
School Council meeting
Thursday 17th June Year R to Banham Zoo
Monday 21st June Open the Book assembly - remote
Governor Resources committee 4:30pm
Thursday 24th June Y2 to Hedingham Castle
Monday 28th June Year 6 to Kingswood
Friday 2nd July Year 6 return from Kingswood
Monday 5th July Bryn Rickards assembly - remote
School Council meeting
Tuesday 6th July Year 1 to Foxburrow Farm
Thursday 8th July FGB meeting 6:30pm
Friday 9th July HHS induction day
Monday 12th July Sports Day for two year groups - in school only (TBC)
Chris Todd assembly - remote
Reports out
Tuesday 13th July Sports Day for two year groups - in school only (TBC)
Wednesday 14th July Sports Day for two year groups - in school only (TBC)
Thursday 15th July Sports Day for two year groups - in school only (TBC)
Meet the teacher 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Monday 19th July Moving up morning to meet the new teacher
Year 6 Leavers’ treat
Tuesday 20th July Last day of term
Whole school assembly

Letter to parents: 3rd March 2021

Information for parents and carers regarding the reopening of HCPS to all children starting Monday 8th March 2021.

Dear Parents and Carers,

Since the latest lockdown began, and HCPS has remained open to children of essential workers, the emphasis has always been to mitigate the risk of contagion through a range of measures, following Government guidelines.

These measures will continue when all children return to school on Monday 8th March.

Indeed, school life will be the same as when these measures were first introduced in September 2020.

They will have a significant impact on how we organise the school, from the beginning of the day, lessons, breaks, lunch and right through until home time. We will need your support to help the school day run as smoothly as possible.

Please read the information carefully: school will not be as we know it and it is crucial you follow and adhere to the steps below.

Bubbles – Year groups

A bubble is the term used throughout this letter to describe how children will be grouped. We will be operating in year group bubbles throughout the school. Due to the large number of children in school and the limitations of the geography of our school site, pupils will remain in their class, but during playtimes, lunch, arriving and leaving school, toileting and for certain lessons they will be grouped in year group bubbles. Throughout the day they will remain in their class or year group bubble, socially distant from the members of staff within the bubble. In turn, each year group bubble will be socially distanced from other year group bubbles. Movement will be restricted within bubbles and when moving around school.

The School Day

Please spend time with your child preparing them for the changes explained below.

Please ensure you discuss with them the need to social distance when coming to and from school. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR OUR OLDER PUPILS WHO ARRIVE AND LEAVE SCHOOL WITHOUT YOUR SUPERVISION. Please help us by making sure your child is aware of the need to go straight home and not to loiter outside the school or on the areas around school, such as the bank on Clopton Gardens.

Prior to arriving at school, please park in the town centre car parks and observe social distancing guidelines at all times. Please do not park too close to school and cause congestion when dropping off and picking up. Do not enter the staff car park. No parents are allowed into the school building except for prearranged visits. You can visit the school office.

Dropping off/Picking up

We will be continuing to operate a one-way system at drop off/pick up. This will continue to be a significant challenge for us all. We are a large school: 525 children arriving and leaving school, so maintaining social distancing will be tough. Please enter school via the blue vehicular access gates on Station Road (the school gate to Clopton Gardens will remain closed). Follow the clearly marked pathway, observing social distancing (the painted lines and cones are there to help you) until you reach the drop off/pick up zone for your child.

DO NOT ARRIVE OUTSIDE SCHOOL BEFORE YOUR DROP OFF/PICK UP SLOT. Once you have dropped your child off/collected your child, please continue to follow the clearly marked pathway and exit the school premises along the gravel path at the front of the school or through the small blue gate directly opposite the zebra crossing. Please do not loiter outside the school, continue to move on. DO NOT STAND IN THE YELLOW HATCHED AREA.

We will be operating a staggered start and end to the day to minimise contact between year group bubbles. Only one adult should come to school to drop off/pick up. This helps us to ease congestion. Please do not bring other members of your family (except babies and toddlers) with you, even if it is just to wait with you outside the school site. If an elder sibling is picking up/dropping off, please ensure they are aware they must do it by themselves and not with other school friends. Please help us to ensure high school pupils do not loiter outside the school.

Please adhere to the times in the table below.

We will be unable to support you in “coaxing” your child into school. If they find leaving you difficult you will be asked to go around and queue again, bring them in later via the school office entrance or take them home until you are ready to bring them back during the morning.

If you are dropping off more than one child, you will be able to leave the child who is due to enter school at the later time in a supervised waiting zone on the oval playground. You will not be able to wait with them. If this is difficult for you and your child then please leave the school grounds and re-enter the one-way system at the specific drop off time for your child listed above.

You will not be able to collect children from different year groups at the same time at the end of the school day.

The School Day

Pupils will return to school on Monday 8th March. Attendance is mandatory. You have a duty to secure your child’s attendance at school.

Pupils should return in full uniform, with shoulder length hair tied back. PE kit can be worn on PE days and for pupils in Reception on “woods day” (see below for PE Day). No nail varnish is allowed to be worn in school.

Children may wear a small pair of studs but must either leave them at home or be able to take them out themselves on the days they have P.E.

Please remember to label every item clearly.

Don’t forget, coats if it is cold/raining, sun hats if it’s warm and to apply sun cream before school (optimistic emoji!)

What to bring to school

  • Water bottle (named)
  • Packed lunch (if you are not having a school lunch)
  • One small backpack
  • Change of footwear for short PE sessions and field use - trainers
  • One small “child’s hand sized toy” of zero value – if you choose to
  • Sun hats/sun cream (applied before school), coats if cold or raining – children will not be able to enter school prior to their specific drop off time – we will be waiting in the rain
  • In Year 3, 4, 5 and 6, a small healthy snack of fruit or vegetables – we are a nut free school. Snack is provided for all other year groups.
  • Medication – if you took it home for the lockdown

PE Kit

On the days listed below, children can attend school in FULL PE KIT (tracksuits may be worn over PE kits – shorts must be worn underneath)

Reception Tuesday
Year 1 Thursday
Year 2 Monday
Year 3 Tuesday
Year 4 Wednesday
Year 5 Wednesday
Year 6 Monday

Children will be expected to attend school in school uniform on all other days.

  • Children and staff will obey social distancing guidance within bubbles and between bubbles. There will be no mixing of bubbles.
  • Movement within classrooms will be strictly limited.
  • Informal catch ups with teachers will not be possible – please make use of Seesaw and Tapestry to communicate with your child’s teacher – we are in the process of arranging virtual parent consultations.
  • Children will remain in their allotted space using only equipment which is on their desk. Very few additional resources will be available.
  • Teaching will be from the front of the class, all individual work. A traditional form of teaching will be in action with the teacher leading the bubble from the front of the classroom and children working on tasks independently.
  • Children with special educational needs will be supported as much as social distancing guidelines allow.
  • Children are expected to bring in their own drinking bottles. Water will be available to “top up”.
  • Windows and doors will remain open to aid ventilation. • All medicines and minor first aid will be administered within year group bubbles. If you took medication home when school closed, please remember to drop it back in.
  • If children require intimate care, PPE will be worn by staff or parents will be called.
  • The school evacuation procedure will remain the same, muster on the oval playground if the alarm sounds.
  • Outside every classroom there will be a sanitising station. Children will be expected to hand sanitise every time they re-enter the classroom.
  • Staff may wear gloves and will wear facemasks for protection.
  • All lunches (school dinner or packed lunch) will be eaten either in the hall or in the classroom where the bubble is housed.
  • At lunches each year group bubble will have allotted mid-day supervisors and allotted play spaces.
  • Children will be expected to socially distance when moving around school and across all outdoor spaces.
  • Use of toilets will be monitored by staff to ensure toilets do not become overcrowded.
  • All areas of school will be thoroughly cleaned daily, with toilets cleaned twice a day

Pupils and family members feeling unwell – suspected COVID -19 cases

“Minimise contact with individuals who are required to self-isolate by ensuring they do not
attend the school”
This is a clear direction from the Government.

Pupils and other adults must not come into the school if:

  • they have one or more coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
  • they are required to quarantine having recently visited countries outside the Common Travel Area
  • they have had a positive test
    They must immediately cease to attend and not attend for at least10 days from the day after:
  • the start of their symptoms
  • the test date if they did not have any symptoms but have had a positive test

If your child has a temperature please do not send them to school or give Calpol prior to school which may artificially lower a child’s temperature thus masking possible Covid symptoms.

Anyone told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their public health protection team has a legal obligation to self-isolate.

If anyone in school develops a new and continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) they will be sent home to begin isolation - the isolation period includes the day the symptoms started and the next 10 full days.

You must:

  • follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
  • arrange to have a test as soon as possible to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19)

Other members of the household (including any siblings and members of their support or childcare bubble if they have one) should self-isolate. Their isolation period includes the day symptoms started for the first person in their household, or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms, and the next10 full days. If a member of the household starts to display symptoms while self-isolating they will need to restart the 10 day
isolation period and book a test.

If anyone tests positive whilst not experiencing symptoms but develop symptoms during the isolation period, they must restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they developed symptoms.

We have a protocol in school for dealing with suspected cases. You will be informed immediately to collect your child and undergo testing. Please inform us of testing results as soon as possible.

If we become aware that someone who has attended school has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) having developed symptoms and taken a test then we must take robust, swift action. Based on the advice from the PHE local health protection team, this may lead to your child being sent home because they have been identified as a person who has been in close contact with another who has tested positive. They will need to self-isolate immediately and for the next 10 full days counting from the day after contact with the individual who tested positive. Household members of those children who are sent home do not
need to self-isolate themselves unless the pupil who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms, unless they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or their public health protection team, in which case they must self-isolate.

Attendance

As mentioned above, The Department for Education has made it clear that school attendance is mandatory from Monday 8th March. This means that normal school rules will apply, including:

  • Parents’ duty to ensure children attend school unless medically unfit to do so.
  • Schools record attendance and absence.
  • The availability of sanctions, including penalty notices, for non-attendance.

We recognise that some families may need support to secure regular attendance for their child so we will work with families to offer support and guidance to meet the expectations of full attendance.

To conclude

I hope you have found all the above information useful.

Please contact the school office via email at askus@hadcps.uk if you require further clarification.

I look forward to welcoming you all back to HCPS on Monday 8th March 2021.


Letter to parents: 4th January 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following the Prime Minister's announcement of a National Lockdown and the closure of schools, Hadleigh Community Primary School will be closed for all pupils tomorrow, Tuesday 5th January 2021.

No children should attend school and no remote learning will take place. This overrides any earlier communication from school made today. This decision has been made to allow us to prepare remote learning for all pupils and to arrange provision for children of key workers and vulnerable children. Remote learning for all children and provision for children of key workers and vulnerable children will commence on Wednesday 6th January 2021.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

Yours sincerely,
Mr G Pilkington


Christmas 2020 Video!

🎄 We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! ☃️ https://youtu.be/tkUnMoTLa3M

https://youtu.be/tkUnMoTLa3M

Letter to parents: 9th December 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Contrary to recent press reports, HCPS will still be closing for the Christmas holidays at your pick up slot on Friday 18th December.

Informing school of symptoms and subsequent test results during the holiday:

Please continue to inform us if your child develops symptoms on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th December and/or you have booked or taken a COVID test, by using the email address askus@hadcps.uk by 3pm on Monday 21st December at the latest. DO NOT PHONE THE SCHOOL.

This is because current guidance says that if someone tests positive for coronavirus, those who were in close contact with them 48 hours before the symptoms emerged are likely to need to be told to self isolate. Public Health England is relying on schools to provide information regarding who may need to isolate.

From Tuesday 22nd December and until we return to school on Tuesday 5th January 2021, please use the normal national track and trace system either by using the app or by clicking on this link - https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test


Newsletter: 30th November 2020

Thank you

Thank you for your continued support this term as we continue to grapple with the pandemic and all consequences. As we move into the final 3 weeks of the Autumn term and head towards the Christmas holidays at HCPS pupil attendance has remained extremely high (97.7%). I sincerely hope this will continue for the remainder of the term and into the Spring term. Thank you. Please continue to adhere to all our dropping off and picking up arrangements. In particular, please remember that only one adult per family should be entering the school grounds to drop off/pick up children.

Christmas information

Unsurprisingly, we are unable to enjoy a normal Christmas period in school this year. Our traditional events: Nativities, Christmas Carol Concert and Christmas Lunch have been cancelled. However, we do have a number of alternative Christmas treats for our children.

  • Children will be decorating their classrooms and bubbles this week and sharing their results with other classes online.
  • Mrs Broadbent is busy composing, conducting and directing a Christmas piece to be shared closer to the end of term.
  • Christmas lunch and Christmas jumper day will be held on the last day of term, Friday 18th December.
  • You should have already received correspondence from the school office with details regarding school lunch and the school council will be sending out information regarding Christmas jumpers soon. The HSA are also supporting our final day of this term with some Christmas treats for all our pupils.
  • If your child wishes to bring in a Christmas present for their teacher/support staff, they are welcome to, but please only bring the gift into school on the last day of term.
  • Unfortunately, there can be no exchange of Christmas Cards between children this advent. Please do not let your child bring Christmas cards into school.

Mini Reports

Teachers are busy writing “mini report cards” which will be distributed during the final week of term. In addition to the Seesaw/Tapestry message you received instead of parent consultations in October, your mini report will support you in understanding your child’s progress this term.

The cold weather – and SEVERE weather

As we enter Autumn/Winter, due to Covid19 measures, we have to maintain good ventilation in school. This will mean windows and doors remaining open. Please ensure your child is suitably prepared for the chilly weather…both outside and inside… and... of course, we are also entering the period of potential severe weather. If we have to close due to severe weather, please listen to local radio stations and consult this website, http://schoolclosures.suffolk.gov.uk, for updated information.

Applying for a Reception Place 2021/22

If you have a child whose date of birth is between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 you need to apply for a Reception school place by the deadline of Friday 15th January 2021.

All applications can be made online via this link: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-places/

Term Dates

Autumn Term Ends: Friday 18th December 2020

PD Days: 4th January

Spring Term Begins: Tuesday 5th January 2021
Half Term: Monday 15th February – Friday 19th February
Spring Term Ends: Friday 26th March 2021

PD Days: 7th June

Summer Term Begins: Monday 12th April 2021
Half Term: Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June
Summer Term Ends: Tuesday 20th July 2021


Letter to parents: 2nd November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are looking forward to welcoming all pupils back to school tomorrow.

As it stands currently, “The Government will continue to prioritise the wellbeing and long-term futures of our young people and will not be closing schools, colleges or universities. It remains very important for children and young people to attend, to support their wellbeing and education and help working parents and guardians. Senior clinicians still advise that school is the best place for children to be, and so they should continue to go to school. Schools have implemented a range of protective measures to make them safe.

Therefore, the expectation is that all pupils will return to school tomorrow.

Early Birds and Owls club, Band Academy and Strikers will continue until further notice.

Staggered start and finish to the school day

In addition to the previously issued guidance below, I have decided to implement two additional measures to help keep everyone safe.

  • As it is challenging to stay at least 2 metres apart, please wear a face-covering when dropping off and collecting your child and maintain at least a 1-metre distance from other waiting adults.
  • Please do not wait or loiter in the yellow marked zone (see image).
  • Please arrive at your allotted time – REMEMBER: one parent/carer per family (child)
  • If you arrive before your allotted time, please form a socially distancing queue along the front of the school, staying inside the red line.
  • Please do not wait in the area in front of the staff car park entrance. Find a socially distanced space elsewhere.
  • Please do not loiter outside the school after drop off/collection – move on quickly.
  • PLEASE REMEMBER – there are several free car parks in Hadleigh. We are receiving an increasing number of complaints from our neighbours where parents are blocking driveways etc. Please be considerate.

Ventilation

As we enter Autumn/Winter, due to Covid-19 measures, we have to maintain good ventilation in school. This will mean windows and doors remaining open. Please ensure your child is suitably prepared for the chilly weather… both outside and inside!


Newsletter: 16th October 2020

Staggered start and finish to the school day

Thank you for your help and cooperation with the beginning and end to every school day. When I wrote to you at the start of the school year I suggested that: “this will be a significant challenge for us all. We are a large school: 520 children arriving and leaving school, maintaining social distancing, will be tough.” This continues to be the case. It is vitally important that we all adhere to the following…

When dropping your child off in the morning and collecting in the evening please remember the following points:

  • Please arrive at your allotted time – one parent/carer per family (child)
  • If you arrive before your allotted time, please form a socially distancing queue along the front of the school, staying inside the red line.
  • Please do not wait in the areas in front of the pupil entrance, the entrance to Playstation and in front of the staff car park entrance. Find a socially distanced space elsewhere.
  • Please do not loiter outside the school after drop off/collection – move on quickly.
  • PLEASE REMEMBER – there are several free car parks in Hadleigh. We are receiving an increasing number of complaints from our neighbours where parents are blocking driveways etc. Please be considerate.

Seesaw and Tapestry

Next week your child’s class teacher will be writing to you via Seesaw/Tapestry detailing how your child has settled back into school this half term. This is in lieu of parent consultations which would have taken place next week.

Birthday treats

If your child is celebrating a birthday and would like to share a little something with their classmates please ensure this is in the form of sealed, small treat packs of sweets (for example, Haribos).

Learning Posters

This term’s Learning Posters are available here - https://hadleighcp.school/learning/year-groups/

The cold weather

As we enter Autumn/Winter, due to Covid19 measures, we have to maintain good ventilation in school. This will mean windows and doors remaining open. Please ensure your child is suitably prepared for the chilly weather…both outside and inside!

Soggy, wet feet

Rain, rain, and more rain! When will it ever stop? At HCPS we have a clear commitment to outdoor PE and getting outside at playtimes, even in inclement weather. We also have playgrounds with lots of puddles! Consequently, feet can become cold and wet. Please ensure your child has a spare set of footwear and socks should they need to change. This may well be the additional pair of trainers children need to bring in to school for any extra PE and outdoor sessions, but on the day they come to school in PE kit, please provide additional footwear as well.

Only a piece of fruit or veg for break time snack

In Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 please only provide a real piece of fruit or veg for a break time snack. A piece of fruit/veg is provided for Year 1, 2 and Reception. Some children are starting to bring in items such as fruit winders and fruit snacks in packets (such as yoghurt coated fruit).

Toys

Please remember that children can bring to school 1 hand sized toy.

Applying for a Reception and High School Place 2021/22

If you have a child whose date of birth is between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 you need to apply for a Reception school place by the deadline of Friday 15th January 2021.

If your child is currently in Year 6, you need to apply for a High School place by the deadline of Saturday 31st October 2021. All applications can be made online via this link - https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-places/

Term Dates

Link here - https://hadleighcp.school/news-events/term-dates/


Reminder from Mr Pilkington

Dear Parents/Carers

Thank you for your patience, understanding and co-operation this morning.  As I write all children are settled in class and have begun lessons with their new teacher.

To help alleviate overcrowding on Station Road, please remember to arrive at school at your child's allotted drop off and pick up time.

Remember: if you are dropping off more than one child, arrive at the earliest drop off time and your other child/children will be directed to the supervised waiting zone on the oval playground.

Thank you.


Quick Reminders & Changes: School re-opening 3rd September 2020

https://youtu.be/6pxgPEkdHHE

Dear Parents and Carers,

Here are some quick reminders to help you in preparation for sending your child to school on Thursday 3rd September.

Items in bold/italics are in addition to, or an amendment of, the letter dated Thursday 13th August.

Start and finish times

  • Please follow the one way system around the school site – observing social distancing
  • Do not park too close to school
  • Do not loiter before and after school
  • Do not use the staff car park
  • Do not enter the school buildings except visiting the office via the staff car park. Please wear a face covering if visiting the school office.
  • If you are dropping off more than one child, you will be able to leave the child who is due to enter school at the later time in a supervised waiting zone on the oval playground. You will not be able to wait with them. If this is difficult for you and your child then please leave the school grounds and re-enter the one-way system at the specific drop off time for your child listed below.
  • You will not be able to collect children from different year groups at the same time at the end of the school day.
YEAR GROUP START TIME FINISH TIME
Nursery 8:15 11:15/3:25
Reception 9:00 3:30
Year 1 8:50 3:20
Year 2 8:45 3:15
Year 3 8:40 3:10
Year 4 8:35 3:05
Year 5 8:30 3:00
Year 6 8:25 2:55

What to bring to school

  • Water bottle (named)
  • Packed lunch (if you are not having a school lunch)
  • One small backpack
  • Change of footwear for short PE sessions and field use - trainers
  • One small “child’s hand sized toy” of zero value – if you choose to
  • Sun hats/sun cream (applied before school)/coats if cold or raining – children will not be able to enter school prior to their specific drop off time – we will be waiting in the rain
  • A small healthy snack of fruit or vegetables – we are a nut free school
  • Medication – if you took it home for the summer holidays/lockdown

PE Kit

From Monday 7th September 2020…

On the days listed below, children can attend school in FULL PE KIT. (Tracksuits may be worn over PE kits – shorts must be worn underneath)

Reception Tuesday
Year 1 Thursday
Year 2 Monday
Year 3 Tuesday
Year 4 Wednesday
Year 5 Wednesday
Year 6 Monday

Children will be expected to attend school in school uniform on all other days.

See you all very, very soon!