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.
Take a look at this piece of art, sent in by Mehreen, a year 3 pupil at Old Ford Primary Academy. A loving message reminding us that it’s not all doom and gloom out there.
World book day 2020 saw pupils and staff from across the Trust dressing up as characters from their favourite books. A big well done to everyone that got involved. See below gallery for some of our favourites from Ipswich Academy, Old Ford Primary Academy, and Solebay Primary Academy. More to follow next week!
Pupils at Old Ford Primary recently performed ‘Peter Pan’.
Here’s a snippet from their performance:
Last week, pupils at Old Ford Primary Academy celebrated UNICEF’s World Day for Cultural Diversity and talked about how diversity at Old Ford makes the Academy an exciting and vibrant place to be.
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
Old Ford Primary have taken a delivery of some fabulous new Djembes! Pupils are enjoying learning to drum with the very talented Calum Huggan!
December is kindness month at Old Ford Primary Academy. Pupils will try hard to be kind to friends and family. They will be doing kind acts every day and talking about why this is important. A small act of kindness can make a huge difference to someone else’s day!