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Friday 22nd January 2021

Welcome to this week's newsletter which contains lots of useful information from us and outside agencies.  We are particularly excited about the PTFA's new online workshops - details of which are provided below in the "Friends of Victoria Park Primary School" section.

COVID testing for staff

Starting from next week, all primary school staff across the country will be offered regular COVID testing. This is designed to identify asymptomatic cases (people with the virus but no symptoms) using home testing kits. Our staff will be taking part, which means they will be testing themselves twice a week at home. For many of us this will provide confidence and reassurance that we are not spreading the virus unknowingly. In accordance with government guidance, if we do identify any positive cases, it is likely we will need to close year group "bubbles" and ask all contacts to self-isolate. We have been really lucky so far at Victoria Park Primary School, that we have not yet had any closures. If this happens in future we will contact you by text message and email, so please make sure we have your up-to-date contact information. Of course this only applies to families with pupils who are attending school at the moment. Now would also be a good time to check your plan for self-isolation, in case you receive a notification.

Zoom calls for pupils

Starting next week, class teachers will be in touch to organise zoom calls with pupils. This will not replace lessons which will continue to be recorded, but they will provide opportunities for:

  • regular face-to-face contact with as many children as possible in the class
  • teachers to be able to share learning overviews with children
  • staff to check in on children’s learning and/or wellbeing
  • showing and sharing learning with the class and celebrating achievements during the week
  • fostering a sense of community between children learning at home and children learning in school

Teachers will email joining information for the Zoom calls, along with a code of conduct to help keep everyone purposeful and safe. As a team, we have spread the Zoom calls across the week to make sure there are no clashes (for households with siblings). Please talk to your children about how to show excellent behaviour when using Zoom. If you have any questions, please use the email contact for your year group. We look forward to seeing you on screen!

Friends of Victoria Park Primary School

Online Workshops
We’re excited to be launching a series of our online workshops where you can have fun, relax, and get to know other families from Victoria Park Primary School. Partnering with local businesses, there’s something for everyone. Why not use this excuse to message your classmate’s parents, and sign-up together? Places are limited so book now to avoid missing out!  We have four workshops on offer:

  • Iyengar Yoga Workshop
  • Kindness Art Workshop
  • Cookalong Workshop
  • Origami Diamonds Workshop

Click on the document below to see full details. You can book and pay online here, but be quick: we’ve kept numbers deliberately low so that you’ll have a better chance to get to know one another!

Attendance Celebration

In case you missed it, on last week's newsletter Miss Mullen posted this video to celebrate our school attendance in Term 2.

Attendance Celebration Term 2

NetHiit

Bristol Sport Foundation have developed an exciting new programme called NetHiit. NetHiit is a brand new community netball programme that incorporates all aspects of netball into a workout that can be done at home. The sessions consist of both high intensity interval training and core workouts with a netball twist. NetHiit sessions will take place every Thursday evening at 6pm, on Zoom, throughout lockdown. These sessions are open to children in years 3 – 10. Each session will be around 45 minutes long, including a warm up and cool down. The first 2 sessions are free and then there is a small fee of £2 per session after.  More information is provided below:

Bristol SEND Surveys

Following on from last year’s surveys, Bristol City Council are again asking children and young people with SEND, and their parents and carers, to share their views about the services in Bristol. Your experience is really valuable and will help to improve SEND services. Each survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and all those taking part will have the opportunity to be entered into a draw to win one of two £10 ‘Love to Shop’ vouchers that can be spent on-line or in store at more than 20,000 shops, restaurants and attractions.

The survey will be live for 7 weeks (18 January – 5 March) and links to the surveys are on every page of Bristol’s SEND Local Offer website.

Click here to take part in the parent carer survey

Click here to take part in the children and young people’s survey

Easy Read versions of both surveys are available to download from the survey home page. The survey results will be published on Bristol’s SEND Local Offer website in the summer term. Thank you for your support and enabling the voices of young people and their families to be heard.

 

We hope you managed to join us for today's celebration assembly on Zoom. We will continue to connect with you like this whenever we can. Please look out for Monday morning's assembly on the school website. Have a lovely weekend.

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