Week beginning 14th December 2020
On Friday, the children looked wonderful in their Christmas jumpers and we would like to thank those parents who kindly donated a pound for the Save The Children charity.
It is with sadness that we must let you know that Mrs Doble will be leaving the Hayes on the 9th of January. She has secured a well-deserved promotion to assistant office manager in a new setting and whilst we will be sad to see her go, we wish her the very best of luck in her new role and thank her enormously for her contribution to The Hayes which has spanned over the last 12 years. Longer standing members of our community will remember her tremendous work as chair of the PTA, her excellent support to pupils as a TA and most recently her warm, welcoming smile as part of our admin team.
Please may we ask parents to ensure their children bring their swimming kits and towels on the correct days. We are noticing an increasing number of children failing to bring their kit to school for their swimming lesson and we ask for your support in reducing this number. Children who attend without a kit will be provided with a spare kit and will still expected to participate in their lesson. Thank you.
May we also ask you to ensure your children bring a water bottle to school to help keep them well hydrated throughout the day. We have only a limited number of disposable cups which can be used in an emergency. These are not purchased for daily distribution which is currently being requested from many pupils.
Over the course of the next week, in place of the usual termly Headteachers tea party (which we are unable to host), some of our wonderful pupils (one child in each class) will be surprised by Miss Slade for their outstanding effort/attitude this term and given a gift and certificate. Look out for the list of children’s names which will be published in the Head Teacher’s newsletter at the end of this term.
On Wednesday 16th December there will be a virtual SEND coffee morning which will start at 10am and finish at 11am. This is an informal opportunity for parents to support each other by sharing experiences and tips. All are welcome. This will be accessible via the following link:
Topic: SEND Coffee Morning
Time: Dec 16, 2020 10:00 AM London
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 728 7130 6946
Wednesday is also our school Christmas dinner. Children in Reception and Key stage 1 will automatically be given a Christmas dinner under the universal free school meals offer. Children in Key Stage 2 must book and pay for this on ParentPay as soon as possible, please.
On Thursday 17th the children will have a class Christmas party in the afternoon. To ensure safety for all, we will not be allowing food at these events. The children will have already had their school lunch and will hopefully have full tummies. We thank you for your understanding in this matter.
On Friday next week, we will be saying farewell to Ms Spinks who has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to teaching children. She has been a wonderful teacher at The Hayes who has had an extremely positive impact on many children’s lives and we will miss her enormously. We wish her the best of luck in her new career as a train driver. Thank you Ms Spinks.
We must also make you aware that between the 18th and the 24th December, you are still required to report any confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 to the school in order for us to inform others that may have been a close contact so that they can isolate if necessary. We have been asked by the DfE to participate in contact tracing until 24th December. It is important that you let us know of any positive cases in our student community even after we break up as we have a responsibility to let others know if they may need to isolate to protect elderly or vulnerable loved ones that they may be planning to see over the festive period. If your child receives a positive test result please make sure you email Miss Slade: firstname.lastname@example.org to advise of any pupil positive cases until the 24th December. We sincerely hope that this will not be necessary but do consider it to be hugely important for everybody’s safety. Thank you.
In addition, there has been an official announcement today re: a change in self-isolation period. From Monday 14th December, the isolation period for contacts will reduce from 14 to 10 days. The change to the isolation period for contacts will apply to all those who are currently self-isolating including those who commenced self-isolation before Monday. Self-isolation periods will begin on the day after exposure, a test or the start of symptoms. Please see link below:
Please click on this link which is on our website, to access the new flow chart regarding potential symptoms of Covid and then what to do. This has been updated from the previous one sent.
On Friday, we break up at 1:30pm (with no after school club), we would like to thank you once more for your support this term and wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas break.
The Hayes Team