Friday 11th – 16th March
We are pleased that the Travelling Book Fair is returning to our school this year. We appreciate your support for this fair, as the proceeds help us to fund new books for the children.
It will take place in the school library after school between Friday 11th March and Wednesday 16th March from 3.15 to 4pm. As it takes place inside, we would recommend wearing a face covering and avoiding crowding around shelves if possible.
You can browse the books in advance by visiting bookfairs.scholastic.co.uk/travelling-books/the-books. We will have a fantastic range of books on offer for all ages so please do take a look.
The easiest way to purchase a book is to use the QR code which will be on display at the fair. It will take you through to the payments page for our fair . We are also able to take payment here: https://bookfairs.scholastic.co.uk/pay/1182201.
For more information go to: https://bookfairs.scholastic.co.uk/travelling-books/parents
Pancake races on Tuesday 1st March
We will be holding our traditional pancake races on Shrove Tuesday, 1st March. Children should bring in a pan and a pancake (in a named carrier bag) and we will hold pancake events on the playground for FS/KS1 and KS2 pupils.
There will also be a themed school dinner, with pancake for dessert, topped with fruit and fruit sauce. Gluten and dairy free pancakes will be available. Dinners should be ordered in the usual way.
Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent begins. Lent is the period of six weeks 40 days (not including Sundays) leading up to Easter, the most important festival in the Christian calendar. Shrove Tuesday is also known as Pancake Day because this day was traditionally the last chance to use up the foods Christians would not be eating during Lent.
Dress up day at school on Thursday 3rd March
World Book Day is always a special event in the school calendar where we get to share everything we love about books and reading. We are excited to announce that this year we will be celebrating by having a dress up day on Thursday 3rd March. Get ready to show off your love of reading by coming in dressed as your favourite character. This can be as simple or as extravagant as you wish and the adults will be joining in too!
If you would like some ideas about what to dress up as, please visit https://www.worldbookday.com/dressing-up/
There will be a special World Book Day themed school dinner on that day, featuring
Horrid Henry Greedy Buns (chicken burger with shredded lettuce) or
Dog Man Hot Dog (Quorn sausage hot dog)
served with Gruffalo's Terrible Tusks (curly fries) and Supertato Evil Peas (garden peas)
Willy Wonka's Chocolate Cookie or
Handa's Surprise Fruit Salad
Special diets will be catered for as usual and fresh bread, a Very Hungry Caterpillar salad bar, yoghurts and fresh fruit will be available.
Our special £1 World Book Day Tokens will also be on their way out to you on 16th February, ready to be used at your local bookseller between 17th February and 27th March.
Covid-19 procedures at school
The Government's advice and legislation regarding COVID-19 has been updated from 1st April. We are now following the guidance on how to live safely with respiratory infections including COVID-19 which you can read in full here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-safely-with-respiratory-infections-including-covid-19. Parents are always notified directly of any changes in our procedures or expectations.
For all government information about COVID-19 please see www.gov.uk/coronavirus. There follows a summary of how this guidance applies to our school.
We strongly encourage you to follow the safer behaviours laid out in current Government guidance to reduce the risk of infection. Precautions remain important to those who are at higher risk if they catch COVID-19.
These are to:
- Get vaccinated.
- Let fresh air in if meeting others indoors.
- Practise good hygiene:
- wash your hands
- cover your coughs and sneezes
- clean your surroundings frequently
- Wear a face covering or a face mask.
When to come into school
Children with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or mild cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend school.
Children living with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend school as normal.
When to stay at home
Children who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people. They can return to school when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough.
It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional. However, if a child has a positive COVID-19 test result, they should try to stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test. The risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower after 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature.
If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please ensure you telephone and leave a message on the absence line before 8:45am. We would appreciate your letting us know if your child or any member of the family has a confirmed case of COVID-19, to help us monitor illness and reporting in school. If your child has symptoms of COVID-19, please keep them home, given the potential risk to others.
Contingency plan in case of a COVID outbreak
Please see this summary of our contingency plans that will be put into place in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. It shows what the response will be to escalating numbers of COVID cases within school.
Please see our Remote education news item for full information about how remote education will be offered for Saltford School children who are remaining at home because of COVID-19.
Free school meals and getting children to school
All cases of COVID-19 will be treated in the same fashion as when a child or sibling is ill under normal circumstances. Parents, carers and guardians are responsible for ensuring regular attendance and that includes making sure that their children can still get to school.
We would like thank families for their understanding and support. Throughout the planning process the safety of children and adults was our overriding concern. All our planning was done in conjunction with the other primary schools in our partnership and we followed the Futura Learning Partnership's risk assessment process in doing so.
Team success in national competition
Florence from Willow class and her squad from Phoenix Allstars Cheerleaders came 3rd in their category at a National Competition. They travelled to Worcester on 29th January for the BCA Super Classic Cheer competition.
Florence is very proud to be part of a great team and we are proud of her performance.