St Anne's Catholic Primary School

Mother Teresa Catholic Academy Trust

St Anne's Catholic Primary School | Pinkerton Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG22 6RE

0125 6464 165

adminoffice@st-annes.hants.sch.uk

archived daily updates

 

Home School Agreement

Home School Agreement                                     Home School Agreement Signature Sheet

Message from Bishop Philip

Please click HERE  to see message from Bishop Philip.

Resumption of Public Masses- Monday 6th July

Resumption of Daily Masses- St Joseph's

DfE Guidance

GOV.UK
Department for Education

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protective-measures-for-holiday-or-after-school-clubs-and-other-out-of-school-settings-for-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

The guidance for parents and carers can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

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:

https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/schools-/resources/leaflets/

The film for primary school pupils can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiefaCf2fvY

The film for secondary school pupils can be found here:

https://youtu.be/foQuuIWonl8

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:

  • Aldi
  • Asda
  • M&S
  • McColl’s
  • Morrisons
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Tesco
  • Waitrose

Guidance on providing free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools

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:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-summer-food-fund

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/guidance-for-the-temporary-extension-of-free-school-meals-eligibility-to-nrpf-groups

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-childrens-social-care-services


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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/early-years-and-childcare-coronavirus-covid-19

Guidance on what school leaders, teachers and school staff need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/guidance-for-schools-coronavirus-covid-19

Guidance on what colleges, universities and other providers need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/further-and-higher-education-coronavirus-covid-19

Guidance on what local authority children’s services need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-authority-childrens-services-coronavirus-covid-19

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:

https://www.gov.uk/email-signup?link=/government/organisations/department-for-education

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:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.

Handwashing advice

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:

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

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:

https://e-bug.eu

 

Week Commencing 13th July - only those who receive a text message with their bubble information can attend.

 

Home School Agreement

Home School Agreement signature sheet

Addendum to Behaviour Policy

Keyworker Bubble 1 - Mr Smith

Keyworker Bubble 2 - Mrs Mancey

Keyworker Bubble 3 - Mr O'Rourke

Keyworker Bubble 4 - Mrs Semlyen

Morning Bubbles Y2-Y5                  Nb. Monday to Thursday only

Afternoon Bubbles Y2-Y5               Nb. Monday to Thursday only

daily update - Friday 19th June

HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENT                                   HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENT SIGNATURE SHEET                                            BEHAVIOUR POLICY ADDENDUM

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.

HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENT                                                       BEHAVIOUR POLICY                                            HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENT SIGNATURE SHEET

Prayer - Pentecost Sunday

Message from Fr Chris please click HERE

 

Message from Mrs Sadie below:

 

Dear Parents

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:

TOPIC LETTERS

look at what the children have been learning this term and try and match their learning through the relevant links to resources below.

 

Here is a link to the entire list of Education Companies offering free subscriptions due to schools closing - click here.

Also there are some other useful resources, that are already on our website - click here.

Music

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.

 

Reception 

Minibeasts Unit of Work

Creepy Crawlies     Bumble Bee      Cabbage Patch Song     Creepy Crawlies, Worms and Slugs

 

Year 1 

Dinosaurs Unit of Work

A Dinosaur Came to Visit You

 

Year 2

Hot Stone Soup Unit of Work

Peas Pulse     Peas Individual      Hot Stone Soup Pulse     Hot Stone Soup Individual      Hot Stone Soup All

 

Year 3 

Rippling Rhythms Unit of Work

Sound Tracks

 

Year 4 

Hall of the Mountain King Unit of Work

 

Year 5

(This plan requires a tuned instrument. However, apps for keyboards are available free  on the internet or you can just sing)
 
Year
 
Hampshire Music Services  
HMS have also made some Easter resources for KS1 and KS2 to help keep children musically busy during the Easter holidays. 
 

PE

 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. 

Real PE 

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:

home.jasmineactive.com 

Parent email: parent@stannescat-1.com                                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.

Week 1

Olympic Sport Fact Finder

Week 2

 

Good luck and stay active!

Daily Update - Friday 29th May

Letter to Parents re return to school 2nd June

Please note a response is required to this letter (see last page) and must be emailed to adminoffice@st-annes.hants.sch.uk 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 adminoffice@st-annes.hants.sch.uk immediately.

Home School Agreement

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 info@magnagroups.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

Childs Name:

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

 

26-May

27-May

28-May

29-May

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,

Best regards,
Team Magna

Magna Groups Enterprises

Daily Update - Friday 15th May

Today school have received an update from the government and children that have been invited back to school (YR, Y1 and y6) are expected to attend on a full time basis. Currently, there is  no option for part time attendance and St. Anne's will not be offering this as an option, however it is your choice, you do not have to send your child to school. There will be no fines or repercussions for their non attendance. However, the new guidance does say that if your child is not going to be in school, parents are  asked to call the school each day of their absence.
At St. Anne's if you have made that decision not to send your child to school from the 1st of June, please inform us and then you will not be required to call each day.
Currently, we do not know all the answers to your questions as guidance is being updated on a daily basis. We will endeavour to answer your questions where we can, but as you can appreciate, the school is very much in the early stages of planning for the re-opening of our school.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Daily Update - Tuesday 12th May

May the Month of Mary.
In accordance with long standing tradition of devotion, Catholic families and parishes celebrate May as the month of Mary and with this a renewed commitment to saying the Rosary.  Mary is the mother of our church, our guide and inspiration and to help our family of St. Anne's recognise this special month please see a brief liturgy on our Religious Life at St. Anne's tab on the school website, that you can share at home during this time.
You may also wish to have a go at some of the great Mary resources using the following link:

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 Safety:
 It is now more important than ever that children use the internet/social media safely.  There are many fantastic resources available  to support parents in keeping their child/children safe online. There is a free and confidential helpline for parents who would like advice, run by the O2 and the NSPCC. This can be accessed on the following link https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/about-us/partners/nspcc-o2-online-safety-partnership/  .
Here are some other recommended links to help:
Net Aware  -  www.net-aware.org.uk/

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

To support home learning, we have signed up to Fiction Express.
Fiction Express is a fantastic website that will support children in Year 2-6 with their Literacy learning at home. There are times where it may also be appropriate for use by some children in Year 1 aswell.
This website is a fantastic resource with lots of books for your child to read and enjoy. Each book is written 'live' by a range of authors, meaning your child can vote on what they would like to happen in the story next and even interact with authors through forums. After reading each part of the book, there are quizzes to  check your child's understanding of what they have read.
In addition to the current 'live' books, there is a library of books that have previously been written and voted on for your child to read and complete quizzes about.
There are 3 levels of difficulty, and your child's class teacher will tell you which book is suitable for your child to read. Any information relating to this will appear on your child's weekly home learning grid.
To access Fiction Express:
Enter your username - this follows the format of first name followed by surname for all children. There are no spaces, no capital letters and no other types of punctuation (eg: hypens), if your surname has 2 parts to it, both are included in your username. For example: robynhall
Enter your password. This is a 4 digit number that has been sent out via text message to all parents today.
We hope that your child enjoys using this brilliant resource at home.

Daily update - Monday 20th April

We hope all is going well with online learning and if parents have any problems they should email adminoffice@st-annes.hants.sch.uk and your query will be directed to the class teacher. 

 

Daily update - Thursday 9th April

Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.
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.

https://mailchi.mp/portsmouthdiocese/issue270

Daily Update - Monday 6th April

I hope everyone is well and  that you enjoyed the lovely weekend weather.
As yesterday (Palm Sunday) was the start of Holy Week, please see our resources for families under the Religious Life of the School/ Holy Week section of the website . In addition, we will be putting daily refections on the website to help us reflect on Jesus' journey to the cross.

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

 

http://www.casoportsmouth.org.uk/2-april-2/

https://www.youtube.com/embed/live_stream?channel=UC0bt43XTTtWj7ypESnYBp0A

www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

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.

Plenary Indulgence

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.”

Link

Vatican News YouTube channel.

In addition:
Also, on Sunday 29th March at 12pm Mass will be livestreamed from Portsmouth Cathedral, with the rededication of England as Our Lady's dowry.
 

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.

Virtual Schools Learning Home Guide

 

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

Today we are delighted to announce that we have created a new page on our website to support all our families with their faith during these challenging times. This can be found under Religious Life of the School where we have provided lots of links to enable you and your family to pray and celebrate mass at home.

Safeguarding

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 children.services@hants.gov.uk 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.

 Stay safe.

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.

Stay safe.

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. 

Stay safe.

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

 

Dear Parents

 

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.

Transport

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 adminoffice@st-annes.hants.sch.uk 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.

Yours sincerely,

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 adminoffice@st-annes.hants.sch.uk 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 adminoffice@st-annes.hants.sch.uk 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

Dear Parents,

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