Government has produced guidance for the full opening of schools, from September. The last few weeks have gone very well at school and we are excited that we will soon see everyone again. We are currently drawing up plans, based on careful risk assessments. We will share these with you as soon as possible but this may not be until the end of term. In the meantime, Government has produced information for parents/carers here: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term
Paradigm Trust has confirmed its arrangements to partially re-open schools during the summer term. The Trust-wide and primary-specific arrangements are available here, together with specific safe working practices for staff working in administrative and office-based roles. The secondary arrangements are available here, with agreed behaviour system here.
The Government has produced guidance on ‘What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak.’
The Government has provided its definition of key workers. This is available here. Parents/carers have already been asked to indicate to their child/ren’s school if they feel that they qualify as a key worker. If you have already done so, but your status may now have changed or be unclear, please contact the school. If you have not yet contacted the school to say that you qualify as a key worker, and you would like your child to be in school, please let the school know urgently so that we can make plans.
Current government guidance is that vouchers for pupils who are eligible for free school meals will not be issued for the half term break. Given this, we will not be issuing vouchers next week. If government guidance changes we will issue vouchers as soon as we can.
This week, Paradigm Trust celebrated pupils who have been awarded all three values awards and have become the first values champions in the Trust. Paradigm shares the same core values throughout all of its schools:
- Integrity – doing the right thing even when no one is watching.
- Excellence – enabling everyone to achieve more through education.
- Community – working together; learning from, and supporting, others.
Each week, pupils are nominated for positive behaviours that link to a value and each half term winners are chosen to receive a values award. Once a pupil has received an award for all three values s/he receives a values award. This week, 12 pupils from Culloden Primary Academy, 5 from Murrayfield Primary Academy and 4 from Piper’s Vale Primary Academy were recognised for receiving all three values awards and becoming values champions. Here are a few examples:
- Integrity – for always doing the right thing and being a role model for the rest of the class
- Community – for being kind and helpful to all and offering to help out around the classroom
- Excellence – for completing work to the highest standards and responding to feedback given.
Pupils were presented with a certificate and values champion badge by Bill Holledge, CEO, Paradigm Trust and enjoyed a festive afternoon tea with their families.
Six Year 5 Girls from Culloden Primary Academy attended a leadership course with the aspiration to become leaders and role models to other girls in promoting physical activity. There is a stereotype in education that girls become less physically active than boys during their school lives. Our Year 5 girls set out to prove this is not the case!
Year 1 pupils from Culloden Primary Academy were lucky enough to visit Lee Valley Park, where they learnt about a variety of different animals and birds.
Year 6 pupils across our Primaries have been sitting their SATs tests. We are very proud of all their hard work.
Here are Y6 pupils from Piper’s Vale enjoying a well earned visit to the park after their tests finished.
Spring has sprung, and our pupils have been waiting for chicks and ducklings to hatch, after carefully looking after their eggs.
Chick from Culloden
Sunshine the first duckling to hatch at Murrayfield
Ducklings at Old Ford
Bouncer, first duckling at Solebay
Culloden Primary Academy is celebrating their KS2 results and were pleased to receive a congratulations letter from their MP, Jim Fitzpatrick.
Last week, pupils across our academies found ways to raise money to support Children in Need. Here are a selection of photos of our pupils.