archived daily updates
Message from Bishop Philip
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Resumption of Public Masses- Monday 6th July
This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
We have published guidance for providers that run community activities, holiday clubs, after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school provision for children. We are aware many providers are already considering what protective measures to put in place to allow them to reopen more widely and as safely as possible during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
This new guidance will support their planning and advises on practical steps they can take to minimise the risk to children, staff and parents who attend. Providers who open should implement this new guidance from the end of summer term, when state schools in their local area have closed. Until then, while schools are open in a provider’s local area, they should follow the same protective measures as schools to limit different groups of children mixing.
We have also published guidance for parents and carers setting out what they need to know about changes to after-school clubs, holiday clubs, tuition, community activities and other out-of-school settings for children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We have included information on what clubs and activities children and young people can attend, and what new safety measures parents and carers can expect them to have in place.
The guidance for providers can be found here:
The guidance for parents and carers can be found here:
Updated guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
We have updated the guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We have added content on summer provision, school uniform and a package of support worth £1 billion to support pupils to catch up. We have updated content on school meals and the Covid Summer Food Fund.
The guidance can be found here:
Communicating with parents
We know schools are doing all they can to reassure parents of the safety measures which are in place to welcome eligible children back to school and college this term.
To support schools with this, as part of the Government’s central “Stay Alert” campaign, you are likely to see information adverts on these measures on the radio and online to reassure parents that if their child is eligible to attend school, they should return before the summer break. These messages will sit alongside wider government messaging about public transport and returning to work, which aim to reassure the public as changes to lockdown measures are made.
The leaflets and films below are for parents of children in primary and secondary. You may want to share these with your parent network to support your engagement with children and families who have questions.
The leaflets can be found here:
The film for primary school pupils can be found here:
The film for secondary school pupils can be found here:
Iceland and the Company Group vouchers now available through the free school meal national voucher scheme
Through the free school meal (FSM) national voucher scheme, you can now select eGift cards for Iceland and the Company Group alongside:
Guidance on providing free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:
These eGift cards will also be available through the Covid Summer Food Fund, which will enable children who are eligible for benefits-related FSM to be supported over the summer holiday period. All vouchers for the summer holidays must be ordered at least one week before your school’s summer term ends.
Please read the short guidance document in full before ordering, to ensure your orders are processed correctly. The payments for the fund will be met centrally by the Department for Education.
The COVID Summer Food Fund guidance can be found here:
We have also updated the application form and guidance on the temporary extension of free school meals to no recourse to public funds (NRPF) groups. This is to reflect the change in annual household income threshold to £16,190 after tax.
The sample application form and guidance can be found here:
Updated guidance for children’s social care services
We have updated the guidance for children’s social care services to clarify that all primary and most secondary legislation remains unchanged and that we have made temporary and time-limited amendments to secondary legislation. We have also added content on missing children, testing, technology initiatives and social care services for disabled children and young people and their families. We have also revised the sections on court, fostering and adoption to provide further information.
The guidance can be found here:
The information below has not changed since yesterday.
Collection of guidance for early years, children’s social care, schools and further education providers on GOV.UK
The Department for Education’s coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance has been grouped by subject and audience on GOV.UK to help you find the information relevant to you. In response to your feedback, future updates to guidance will also include a summary of the changes that have been made.
Guidance on what early years providers need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:
Guidance on what school leaders, teachers and school staff need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:
Guidance on what colleges, universities and other providers need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:
Guidance on what local authority children’s services need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:
You can sign up to alerts on GOV.UK to be notified by email when new pages are published or existing pages change. You can set the frequency at which you receive these emails and unsubscribe at any time.
Sign up to GOV.UK updates here:
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. E-Bug has published posters on hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes, to display in bathrooms, classrooms and shared spaces.
The hand and respiratory hygiene posters and other educational resources can be found here:
Week Commencing 13th July - only those who receive a text message with their bubble information can attend.
Morning Bubbles Y2-Y5 Nb. Monday to Thursday only
Afternoon Bubbles Y2-Y5 Nb. Monday to Thursday only
daily update - Friday 19th June
Daily Update - Thursday 18th June
THIS INFORMATION IS ONLY FOR 'NEW' BUBBLE CHILDREN WHO HAVE RECEIVED A TEXT MESSAGE CONFIRMING THEIR BUBBLE FOR W/C 22ND JUNE. EXISTING BUBBLES REMAIN UNCHANGED AND ARE AS THE LAST 3 WEEKS.
Prayer - Pentecost Sunday
Message from Fr Chris please click HERE
Message from Mrs Sadie below:
This Sunday marks Pentecost Sunday, when we remember how the Holy Spirit came as tongues of fire and gusts of wind to help give the disciples courage to spread the Word of God.
How appropriate as we head into reopening our school for Years R,1 and 6. May the Holy Spirit guide us and protect us as we try to return to some sense of normality.
What to do
To support your child during this time, go to the topic letters for their year group by clicking the link below:
look at what the children have been learning this term and try and match their learning through the relevant links to resources below.
Our brilliant music teacher Mrs Bolam has created a unit of work for each year group to match the progression of skills they have been working on in class. There are sound tracks included to use with each scheme of work.
As part of our partnerships with both Real PE and Hampshire School Games, we have access to lots of resources to make PE accessible while we are all at home.
All parent are being given a username and password to use to gain access to our PE scheme of work. It has warm ups, games and skills practice- all with video demonstrations and simple equipment. To access it go to:
Parent email: firstname.lastname@example.org Password: stannescat
Hampshire School Games
HSG have made a weekly physical challenge available to try and complete at home. Each week they will be rewarding children with the highest progression in Basingstoke. Therefore, if you complete it, send Mr O'Rourke an email and he can pass it onto the relevant people.
Good luck and stay active!
Daily Update - Friday 29th May
Please note a response is required to this letter (see last page) and must be emailed to email@example.com by Monday 1st June.
Also note, this letter is only applicable to those children in YR, Y1, Y6, who are vulnerable or are of Key Workers and who have submitted their request to the school office by the deadline last week. You will receive a text message later today stating which bubble your child is in. If you do not receive a text then your child will not be able to attend school on Tuesday. If you did not get a text by the end of today but you submitted an email requesting return to school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.
Magna - half term - key workers and vulnerable children only
Please note that the Government have not requested schools to open during half term for key workers and vulnerable children, therefore we will not be operating a childcare facility run by teachers/teaching assistants as we have presently since the lock down began on 23rd March. However, Magna will be open, providing there is a viable need, for key workers and vulnerable children. Please see letter from Magna Groups below.
Dear Parents / Guardians,
We understand your child/ren continues to access the school day at St Anne’s as an identified family. In order to identify the needs of our families still needing provision for May half term, we kindly request you complete and return the table below to email@example.com by Wednesday 20th May 5pm
Once Magna have received parent requests they will confirm the provision Team Magna will be able to provide for the May half term.
To ensure the safety of children Magna will be enforcing strictly measures in line with government guidance and will have restricted spaces to meet social distancing requirements. Spaces for May half term be available on a first come first basis and only for identified children of St Anne’s.
MAY HALF TERM CAMPS – ST ANNE’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY
Breakfast Drop Off (07:40 - 09:00) - £5.00
Standard Day (09:00 - 16:30) - £26.00
We look forward to receiving your childcare requirements shortly.
Best wishes and keep safe,
Magna Groups Enterprises
Daily Update - Friday 15th May
Daily Update - Tuesday 12th May
Daily Update - Tuesday 5th May
Updated guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings
The guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings has been updated with additional information on the Friday 8 May Bank Holiday, a link to the updated admissions appeals guidance and updates to the support and educational resources available to parents to help them educate their children at home.
The guidance can be found here:
Daily Update - Internet safety
Internet Matters - https://www.internetmatters.org/
Thinkuknow - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
National Online Safety - https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides
These will also be added to our Home Learning page.
Daily Update - Friday 24th April
Please see letter from Mrs Sadie regarding Home Learning - click HERE
Also, useful information from the Road Safety in Hampshire Team - click HERE
Daily Update - Thursday 23rd April
Daily update - Monday 20th April
Daily update - Thursday 9th April
The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for primary school children. To access this click on the following link: https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/
Daily Update - Wednesday 8th April
You can subscribe to Portsmouth Diocese E-News by CLICKING HERE and following the subscribe procedure at the bottom of the page.
Here is a link to the latest E-News as it contains lots of interesting articles, prayers and messages from our Bishop.
Daily Update - Monday 6th April
Once again, the teachers have written to their class and these have been posted on the website. I have been reliably informed from a variety of sources that the letters were extremely popular with the children! Please show/share these letters with your children and let them know that they continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Continue to stay safe
Daily Update - 3rd April
Please click HERE to see a letter from Mrs Sadie.
Daily Update - Thursday 2nd April
Tomorrow (Friday 3rd April) there will be a very special live stream message at 10.00am from Bishop Philip. This is for all teachers, pupils and families. It can be accessed via
Daily Update - 1st April
We are still awaiting notification from the Government about the Free School Meal Vouchers which will be available for those families who are eligible and are currently in receipt of benefits-related free school meals, please note that this does not include Universal Infant Free School Meals.
As soon as we receive our logins and codes, we will pass them onto our eligible families.
Thank you for your patience.
Daily Update - Monday 30th March
I hope everyone is keeping well.
Thank you to those parents who have phoned in and sent emails offering their support and best wishes to the staff and school during this difficult time, they are very much appreciated - thank you.
Today, all teachers have written to their class and these have been posted on the website. They can be accessed by the CLASS PAGES section. Please show/share these letters with your children and let them know that they are in our thoughts.
Continue to stay safe.
Daily Update - Friday 27th March
Adoration and Urbi et Orbi blessing
Having prayed the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis also revealed that on Friday 27 March at 5pm UK time (6pm Rome), he will pray on the steps of St Peter’s basilica. Although the square will be empty, there will be a period of Adoration and readings from Scripture.
At the end of the service, the Holy Father will impart his Urbi et Orbi blessing and will offer a Plenary indulgence for the COVID-19 pandemic.
He asks that we join together to uphold the universality of prayer, compassion and tenderness.
Pope Francis encourages us to “remain united and make our closeness felt – especially with healthcare professionals and those who serve.”
News from Bishop Egan and St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth
Daily Update - Thursday 26th March
The virtual school has kindly shared the following resource on supporting children with home learning. Please see the following link as there are some very good suggestions to support your children.
Two reminders, firstly that there will be no Parents' evening taking place next week. Secondly, don't forget to access the 'Supporting our Faith during the Coronavirus' page under Religious Life at St Anne's.
Finally, with regards to safeguarding your children, please could we ask you to be vigilant about what your children are accessing on their mobile devices and that they are age appropriate.
Unless the Government release further school relevant information tonight, my next update will be on Monday. Have a safe weekend everybody and enjoy the sunshine.
Daily Update - Wednesday 25th March
If you have any safeguarding concerns during this period of school closure please telephone the school on 01256 464165 and ask to speak to a member of the Designated Safeguarding Team. Alternatively, you can contact Children’s services directly on 0300 555 1384 or firstname.lastname@example.org or use the out of office number which is 0300 555 1373. If you are in any way concerned that a child is at an immediate risk then you should call 999 without delay.
Daily Update - Tuesday 24th March
Thank you to all those parents who are acting on the advice given by the Government to keep your children safe at home.
Low numbers have enabled us to reduce our workforce allowing us to keep our staff and their families safer.
I strongly advise you that if your child can be safely cared for at home that, in the current situation, this is where they need to be.
After delivering work packs yesterday, all children now have access to their pack to work through, and don't forget to take advantage of all the online resources available on our website under the 'MORE' section and our WHAT TO DO section.
We are currently setting up a prayer and faith page on our website which you will be able to access tomorrow and we encourage you to join us in prayer during these unprecedented times.
Daily Update - Monday 23rd March
Thank you to parents who have taken the Governments advice and kept their children at home.
If there is any possibility that your children can stay at home, as per the Governments updated advice, then we urge you to do so.
For those children who will be attending school this week, from tomorrow the usual lunch options will be available eg. hot meat or vegetarian meal or Jacket Potato - please note it is week 3 on the menu. If you let the members of staff at the door know each day which option your child wants.
Any packs that were not picked up will be delivered to your house over the next few days.
Update - 21:50
Following the Prime Minister's update on the Coronavirus' new restrictions, we are requesting that if your child can be safely cared for at home this is the safest place for them in the current situation and they should stay at home. If one parent is working from home we strongly advise you to keep your child at home. Your child's safety and that of our staff is paramount. Thank you for your understanding in these unprecedented times.
Daily Update - Friday 20th March
20th March 2020
Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils
Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children as at the end of the 20th March until further notice.
As a Country we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus and if children can stay safely at home they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. The Government has asked parents to keep their children at home wherever possible and for schools to remain open for those who absolutely need to attend. The fewer children making the journey to school and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in the wider society.
School’s have been asked to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need in plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with Educational Health and Care Plans.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
As requested yesterday, if you think your child may fall into one of these categories please could you email the your details to the school at email@example.com by 12pm today.
All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards. Currently we have 5 members of staff off because of the outbreak.
Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is via the school website.
If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.
I understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.
If you wish to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
Mrs M Sadie
Head of School
Daily Update - Thursday 19th March
Schools, colleges and early years settings will be closed to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.
Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans.
A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office later today. As soon as we receive this information, it will be disseminated to parents.
Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.
In summary - School will close tomorrow (Friday 20th March) at 3.15pm. All children currently in school will be given learning packs to take home tomorrow. If your child is not in school , where possible to save on costs, please could you arrange for this to be collected from the school office by a third party If you really can't arrange for collection of the pack please email the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org by 12pm Friday.
Please note no packs will be given out before tomorrow. Any further updates throughout the coming weeks will continue to be shared on the school website.
Thank you for your support and understanding in these exceptional times.
14:45pm - update
As you are aware school's are being asked to remain open for the children of key workers who require childcare to enable the key worker parent to work - please note that if there is an adult based at home, the child should remain at home with them - (we have not yet received the list of who is considered to be a key worker).
In order to provide safe and effective care it is necessary for us to anticipate how many key working parents require childcare during school hours in the coming weeks. If you believe you may fall into this category could you please email the school office email@example.com by mid-day tomorrow with the following details:
- Your name,
- child's name,
- job title,
- your employer
Please note that we are only able to offer this service if our staffing levels are safe to do so.
Daily Update - Wednesday 18th March
We will now be posting daily updates regarding Coronavirus and its impact on the school. We fully understand how concerned many parents are in the present climate and as a school, want to reassure you that your child’s health and safety is our top priority.
We continue to work closely with our Executive Principal and Governors to make sure we are taking an informed and balance approach to this situation.
The school remains open. We are again stressing to all staff and children the importance of hand washing for the safety of all. We are increasing our social distancing measures for staff, parents and pupils.
What this means for our school is:
For Pupils - We have cancelled assemblies and hymn practices. Classes may merge and they may have different adults in class. Timetables may be subject to change to meet the needs of the school. As of tomorrow, starting with Culture Club, all teacher run clubs will cease.
For Staff - We have cancelled all external training and staff meetings. All non-essential face-to-face meetings will be postponed.
For Parents - We would advise all parent helpers not to come in. Gates will open slightly later at 8.35am where teachers will be on the playground supervising the children, eliminating the need for parents’ to hang around encouraging social distancing. We ask that you are also mindful of social distancing when picking your child up at the end of the day.
Following on from the above we have regrettably cancelled the Rocksteady Concert, Parents’ evening and Stations of the Cross.
For families that are self-isolating, please see the “What to do“ sub-page from the main “Coronavirus” page which can be found under the “useful information” tab.
These are very challenging times and I would like to thank Mr Thompson and his team for the additional measures in place such as regularly cleaning door handles etc.
We have a large number of parents who work in the NHS and we would ask you all to remember them at this time.
Thank you for your support and understanding and we ask you to join us in continuing to pray for God’s guidance and strength during this difficult time.
Mrs Sadie and SLT