Head of School

Dear Parents and carers,

We have now successfully completed our fourth week back at school. It has been lovely to have all the children in and it now feels like we were never away!

I am pleased to report that the transition to being back at school has gone very smoothly and our three ‘bubbles’ are working out really well.

May I just take the time to send out a few reminders before we break for the Easter holidays and also attach a letter from the Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, Secretary of State for Education.

Medical Information

Please can we remind you that it is your responsibility to ensure we are kept up to date with any changes in your child’s dietary or medical needs and that any medication help in school is in date.

On receipt of any changes, forms will need to be completed and these will be sent via Class Dojo as a Word document. With this in mind, please ensure your contact emails are up to date. These can be either edited and returned via email or printed at home, completed and returned to the school as soon as is possible.

Please may we remind you that suntan lotion should not be brought into school, it should be applied before the children come into school in the morning, especially now with COVID19 and our general rule on bringing things into school from home.

The only class with an exception is Reception as they tend to spend more time outside than other classes.

Cornerstones Curriculum

For your information please note that the Cornerstones topics for Term 5 are as follows:

Class R – Why do ladybirds have spots?
Class 1 – Paws, Claws & Whiskers
Class 2 – Land Ahoy!
Class 3 – Rocks, Relics and Rumbles
Class 4 – Potions
Class 5 – Time Traveller
Class 6 – ID

Fund raising by Ada Driver

One of our pupils in Class 5, Ada Driver, has recently been raising money for Epilepsy Action by walking 13 miles in 7 days. Epilepsy Action is a British charity providing information, advice and support for people with epilepsy. It provides Freephone and email helplines and a wide range of information booklets, web pages and e-learning courses.

On Friday 26th March Panda class showed Ada their support in her fundraising and came into school wearing something purple. Well done to Ada for her fund raising efforts.

Important COVID19 reminder

Should you need to inform Shorne School, where the circumstances match those outlined in the bullet points below, please communicate via the school email address (office@shorne.kent.sch.uk):

Please supply the following information:

Child’s name
Date symptoms began
Date of positive test

· Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for Coronavirus (COVID19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

· For the first 3 days after teaching ends, if a pupil or staff member tests positive for Coronavirus (COVID19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.

· School staff are not asked to remain on-call or conduct any contact tracing more than 3 days after the final day of teaching. Where a school’s last teaching day is on Thursday 1st April, there should be no pupil contact tracing asks beyond Sunday 4th April.

Please note that any COVID related communication from school will be sent via ParentPay or the school email (office@shorne.kent.sch.uk) so please ensure you regularly check your accounts.

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy and relaxing Easter holiday and I look forward to welcoming all the children back to school on Monday 19th April.

With best regards.

Tara Hewett
Head of School

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