Saltford School news
We have been instructed to close the school to most children after Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice.
Please note that this is a national closure so we are not alone in this challenging situation. We will re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by e-mail and text.
We need to do all we can to provide support for the children of key workers (please see the list below) and children with an educational health care plan or social worker.
Schooling for children of key workers
Saltford Primary School is being used as the site for local key workers' children. The WMAT primary team will be working from Saltford School on a rota basis. Please see the school closure letter from Mrs Sage here. Please be assured that we are following all Public Health England (PHE) guidance with regard to this virus. Our children have also been reminded about hand washing and hygiene.
Please see our news item for key workers for details on how to apply for a place and what to do if your child is unwell.
Please note the message from the government that ‘children who can stay at home, should stay at home’.
Please see our news item here for details of provision of free school meals during the coronavirus shutdown.
Access to school nursing service
The school nursing service would like to let you know that they are still here to offer support during school closures or isolation. There are duty school nurses available at the end of the phone Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm should you require any support with your school age child. This is available permanently for all parents to access for advice and support.
If you would like this support please call one of the nurses on the numbers below. If possible, please avoid 12 - 2pm in order to keep lines free for young people:
Bath area: 01225 831666
Norton Radstock area: 01761 408111
Please see our School notices page here and look for the Health; school nurse and illness section for full details of support for parents and children of all ages.
We will continue to work closely with our health and safety advisers to monitor the situation regarding the coronavirus. We will follow the guidance from Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care. This guidance can be found here in full: www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
How we did it
This Easter we have had a real variety of activities going on, both in school and at home. It was lovely to see pictures of everyone and what they had been enjoying doing at the end of term and over the holiday.
In school we had Parrot Island holiday club for some children from Saltford and Keynsham schools alongside provision from Up & Under Sports. Home learning has been a lovely mix of Easter and a lot of DT projects such as making work stations, benches, electrical circuits and lots of cooking.
Here are a few photos to give you a flavour of what we were all involved in:
Saltford School staff were delighted with this special Easter treat from the children who contributed to a video rendition of one of our favourite Easter songs, 'Spring Chicken'.
Community hub to match volunteers and those in need of help
Saltford Community Association (SCA), the Parish Council (PC) and associated local organisations* quickly set up a support hub for Saltford residents who may be in need of help, to match them with offers of help from volunteers. This provides a single phone number and email address to contact if you need help in some way. Call 01225 632216.
Please see our Community notices page for up-to-date information on the activities of the Community Hub: https://www.saltfordschool.org.uk/community-notices/#community-info
If you need help
If you need help, please call 01225 632216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beware of Covid-19 scams
According to the Online Watch Link, fraudsters are exploiting the spread of COVID19 to facilitate various types of fraud. Please remember:
- Watch out for scam messages. Don't click on links or attachments in suspicious emails
- Never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details
- Exercise the same caution that you normally would and don't allow anyone unfamiliar into your property, even if they are offering to help
- To report a fraud or scam: Actionfraud.police.uk / 0300 123 2040
*The key community representatives who are regularly liaising regarding Saltford’s response to the COVID-19 situation include representatives of Saltford Parish Council, Saltford Community Association, Saltford Primary School, St Mary’s Church, the Saltford Day Centre, Saltford Community Post Office and Library, Day Lewis Pharmacy, Saltford Food Bank, Clarkson’s Independent Funeral Directors as well as the B&NES Saltford Ward Councillors.
Congratulations to Reception and year 1 after-school club gymnasts who took part in the Kingswood schools competition on Sunday 15th March. All gymnasts won individual medals and came first in the team event winning a gold cup for Saltford. The year 2s also did a great job and finished in 3rd place.
Mrs Cary says "well done everyone!"
Encouraging sustainable travel to school
As part of our 'Our World Matters' theme week, we wanted to encourage children (and parents) to come to school without a car, enjoying the benefits of walking, cycling and scooting to school. In return for choosing 'active travel', children in KS2 enjoyed a free healthy and nutritious breakfast.
Zest Catering jumped at the opportunity to be involved in this initiative and were keen to showcase how much fun a well-being breakfast could be. FareShare SW supported the event by providing surplus food and, supported by our own catering staff, we were able to provide tasty treats including, bagels, tea cakes, cereals, fresh fruit and fresh smoothies.
The children had an opportunity to dress up in fruit and vegetable costumes and learn about the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast. FareShare said they were very impressed with the children, their willingess to be involved in the session and to give their feedback on the breakfast.
We would like to to thank our own kitchen staff, Zest Catering - Claire Mansri in particular - and FareShare SW for making this such a memorable event. We plan to run a similar opportunity for KS1 later in the year.
FareShare South West, based in Bristol, was set up in late 2007 to work with community groups in and around Bristol city. They currently support over 170 organisations including, hostels, day centres, lunch clubs, young peoples projects and Zest's breakfast clubs within 4 of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust's schools.
Zest Catering won the award for 'self managed school caterer of the year' at the 2019 Educatering Excellence Awards.