1st October 2021
'A' is for 'Aspiration'
Our new ‘Aspiration’ trophy is going down a treat with the children (and staff)! Each Friday morning, a different member of the school community has the opportunity to share their talent or skill with the rest of the school. As our assemblies are still being carried out virtually, we often play a video to showcase the person in question. So far we have seen: Krish playing his steel pan; Lezgin playing the cello and Miss Constable (Year 3 teacher) singing. Today, we had Angelo performing some ballet for us! What’s really encouraging is that a number of children have already come forward to ask for a slot to perform or share. So, in the next few weeks, we are looking forward to learning about the talents of a model maker, actor, musician and dancer. Thank you for producing such talented children!
Mr Virtue: Many parents have expressed their sadness at learning of Mr Virtue’s death. Your condolences and concern will definitely be passed on to his wife, who many of you know from her time here as the school’s SENCO. Knowing how much Mr Virtue meant to you and your children will provide Mrs Virtue and her family with tremendous comfort at such a difficult time. Later on in the year, we will organise a fundraising event to support the hospice that nursed Mr Virtue. Such amazing places are funded largely from charitable donations.
School Census: This takes place on Thursday 7th October and is the key means through which the government determines how much funding to give a school. Though we have 413 children currently on roll, our funding depends on how many children come to school on this day. Similarly, another grant we receive is based on the number of children who have a school meal on this day. Therefore, your child’s attendance is very important. Thank you.
School uniform: Most children are now in full school uniform and have a Burleigh PE kit. If you have not been able to purchase a PE t-shirt from M&S due to them being out of stock, we ask that you send your child into school in as plain a T-shirt as possible on PE days. Please don’t allow your child to come to school in a football shirt as this is unfair on the other children.
Earrings: Thank you for ensuring your child does not wear hoop earrings to school. We ask that only small stud earrings are worn.
Play equipment: We are not able to supervise this at the beginning or end of the day. Therefore, we ask that you support us by not allowing your child to go on the play equipment.
Important information relating to Covid-19
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
• a high temperature
• a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
• a loss or change to sense of smell or taste
What to do if you or your child has symptoms
If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:
1. Please get a PCR test (one that is sent to a lab, not a lateral flow test) as soon as possible
2. Your child should stay at home and not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get a negative test result – they can only leave home to have the test. Please check if you and anyone else your child lives with needs to self-isolate.
If a child tests positive for COVID-19, NHS Test and Trace will now contact close contacts directly, replacing communications from the school. Please engage with NHS Test and Trace if they contact you about your child.
In addition to our Risk Assessment, the school has an Outbreak Management Plan in place which we will use in the event of an outbreak. We are also able to seek support from the local Education Public Health team.
Thank you for continuing to be vigilant as we all continue to do all that we can to keep each other safe.
Working together for the good of the children