COVID Tests During the Easter Break
Up until and including Wednesday 7th April, you must inform school straight away if your child is being tested and inform us of the result as soon as possible. A positive test result may impact other children and staff and we will be in touch via Parentmail, if necessary.
Please inform us during this time by emailing Mrs Todd at
If your child is showing any COVID symptoms during the holidays, please take them for a test.
Following the break, we will continue to operate in school as we have been, with our one way system and staggered start and finish times. We hope that this can be reviewed during the next half term, depending on the advice from Public Health.
We thank you all for your continued support at this challenging time.
What will you be doing with your family this Easter holidays? We are here to help!
Our Holiday Club has lots of ideas to keep everyone busy, including our South Tyneside Family Discovery Trails, brand new Easter Holiday TV and recipe ideas to help keep you and your family happy, healthy and entertained during the holidays.
Find out more at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/holidayclub
The children in nursery and some super special children in Mr Bell’s class helped to decorate some Easter Eggs for our friends at Tynedale Family Funeral Directors. If you are passing please do check out the window where our eggs have been displayed.
The children in Nursery will all receive an extra special Easter treat from Tynedale Family Funeral Directors for their Easter holidays next week.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Further to our announcement that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within Mrs Tuff’s Y5 class, we need to update you with the following information. We have carried out a full risk assessment having spoken to Public Health and Local Authority advisors.
The children who were present in the class on Monday/Tuesday this week, have been identified as a close contact and must therefore self-isolate for 10 days, from Wednesday 17th March. This means their last day of self-isolation will be Friday 26th March they can return to school on Monday 29th March. They will be provided with online work until their return.
If your child was not in school on either the Monday or Tuesday, they may return to school as normal and do not need to self isolate.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If your child, or anyone in your household, develops these symptoms, your whole household must remain at home and not go to work, school or public areas. You should arrange testing for the person who has developed symptoms. When the result is known further advice will be available.
Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website:
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things we can all do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:
● wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
● use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
● wash your hands as soon as you get home
● cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
● put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Any siblings should attend school as normal. If there are any issues with your child accessing work during their self isolation, please ring school and speak to myself.
We appreciate your support at this very difficult and challenging time for everyone.
Today we have raised a brilliant £280 for Comic Relief by enjoying a non uniform day and wearing our red noses! Mrs Jewitt couldn’t manage to keep her nose on while wearing her mask. Thank you to everyone who donated.
Once again, we thank everyone for following our one way system and to those of you who have supported our request by wearing a face covering in the yard, this is much appreciated. We have heard of problems with people blocking drives etc, in the streets surrounding the school. Please remember to park respectfully of the local residents. We also understand that a permanent traffic camera is due to be installed on Ashley Road.
If your child has any symptoms of COVID, please ensure they are taken for a test. You must inform us at school as soon as possible, stating when symptoms started and when the test is booked for/was taken. If your child is tested at the weekend, please contact me at [email protected]
Many of the children have been working really hard this week and I have been delighted to see so many good examples of work or hearing about positive behaviour and lovely manners. In short, it is just lovely having everyone back in school again.
Please note that the children will finish for the Easter break at the end of the day on Thursday 1st April and return to school on Monday 19th April. A list of dates for the remainder of this academic year will be placed in the newsletter, which will begin again next Friday.
Take care and have a nice, but safe weekend.
As of Monday 22nd March 2021, your child will be bringing their reading book home on a daily basis. It should be returned to school every morning in the pack provided by school.
When your child has read the book and completed a quiz, the book will then be quarantined and sanitised for 48 hours in school, ready to be used again.
Please ensure that your child is reading every night for at least 20-30 minutes.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
I’m writing to let you know about a new training offer for parents/carers of children and young people with SEND in the local area.
Engagement with parents and carers has told us they want access to a training offer that helps build their knowledge, confidence and skills in SEND. We asked parents/carers to provide some suggestions of topics for training, and using their responses a programme of training has been developed to cover the following:
- SEND Law: A series of six sessions that will provide an outline of the SEND Code of Practice, the EHCNA process, Annual Review, Transport and Post-16 education; provided by Claire Jackson of SENETA.
- Sensory Integration: A series of 3 sessions that will help parents understand and identify sensory needs, how to manage them and some further specific training on how it can affect eating/sleeping. This will be provided by Claire Stirland of Sensory Worx.
- Mental Health: A series of 3 sessions covering understanding attachment, depression, self-harm, eating disorders and the fight/flight/freeze response. This will be provided by Marie Johnson. Marie is a clinical specialist/ASD and specialist mental health teacher
- Challenging Behaviour: A series of 4 sessions demonstrating how to effectively support your child to succeed academically and socially at school and at home looking specifically at neurodiversity, structure and how to build resilience in children/young people. Fin O’Regan of SF30 will be providing this training
- FASD & Trauma: A two session insight into FASD and trauma, what this means for the child/young person and how it can impact them. NICE Guidance for FASD quality standards is due later in the year and the training will be updated to reflect this as well. The training will be provided by Brian Roberts of Field of Enterprise
- Makaton: Level 1 & 2 training for parents/carers in how to use Makaton to support their child/young person to be delivered by Mike Harris of Sign & Symbol
- Autism: Series of monthly workshops to be delivered and 1-1 sessions for parents/carers to put what they learn into practice. This will be delivered by the family development team at North East Autism Society headed up by Kerrie Highcock.
- Autism: Dean Beadle is an autistic speaker will be delivering three sessions, covering autistic identity, social/emotional/sensory needs and anxiety. He gives his personal perspective to help parents and and carers to better understand Autism.
The training aims to increase parents’ and carers’ knowledge and understanding of these topics, enabling them to meet their child/young person’s needs better, and improve their confidence in ensuring that needs are being met by agencies involved with their child. At the moment, we expect training to be offered on-line though this may change if and when face to face gatherings are possible. Spaces are limited for each course
Booking information for parents – All of the available training can be booked online through our Eventbrite page (link below): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/send-local-offer-south-tyneside-32567325573 …please encourage parents and carers to take a look!
We also advertise sessions on our social media channels – please like and share the pages with parents and carers.
Please share this information with anyone that I may have missed.
Participation and Engagement Officer (SEND)
Tel: 0191 424 7778 Mob: 07971715883
Town Hall, Westoe Road, South Shields,Tyne & Wear
It has been absolutely wonderful having all of the children back this week! They have thoroughly enjoyed being with their friends again and seeing their teachers.
Thank you to everyone who has followed our rules and stuck to our one way system and kept to the allocated times for dropping off/collecting their children. We have requested that adults wear masks, especially during the busier pick up time at the end of the day and that only one adult attends to collect their child. The more we do together to prevent the transmission of the virus, the quicker we can all get back to normal!
We have had 5 children who have been for tests this week. 4 have so far tested negative and we are awaiting the result from the 5th. If your child has any symptoms, please book them in for a test and let us know at school. If this happens at the weekend, please email me at [email protected]
We hope to have our Newsletter back up and running next week, but until then here is a photo of the story competition winners, as judged by the residents of Seymour Court. The winners received book tokens for their efforts, which they are very excited to spend!
Gabriella, Devon and Leo. Well done to you all!