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Important Update - 17th September

Following changes in Government guidance and an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases locally, please be aware of the following - 

From now onwards, please can ALL visitors to school ensure that they are wearing a face covering. This includes parents dropping off and picking up children at the start and end of school. 

In addition, wherever possible, we would be grateful if only one parent at a time dropped of and picked up their children. This will help us to minimse the number of people accessing the school.  

If any parent / carer would like to discuss anything with a member of staff, please avoid doing so at the start and end of the day, if at all possible. Please contact reception who will pass the message on to the relevant member of staff. Again, this will help us minimise contact and support keeping the staff safe. 

I appreciate that this is a very challenging time and I am genuinely grateful for you continued help and patence.

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Parent Support

Please see the link below for some information from Parent Carers Together.

This organisation is the local forum for families with children with SEND and provide usful advice and support. The document attached provides some guidance about how to join the learning support register amongst other things.

MENCAP Advice - Parent Carers Together

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Drop Off / Pick Up

Please can I remind all parents that the school car park is not available when dropping off and picking children up at the Winchelsea Site. Please do not use the car park at these times.

In addition, please do not park on the zig-zag lines in the cul-de-sac at any times.

Thanks for your help with this.

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

PE Kit

Following changes to the guidance, on the day your child has PE they need to come to school wearing their PE kit.

Please be mindful of the weather and dress your child appropriately on the days they have PE. PE kit can consist of the following -

- black jogging bottoms

- white t-shirt and trainers.

This can also be accompanied by a plain black or blue jumper and/or their Winchelsea fleece.

If there are any problems or questions, please contact your class teacher. 

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher 

Tik Tok

TIKTOK AND HARROWING FOOTAGE

 A tragic news story has broken around the suicide of a man, which was live-streamed on Facebook and has subsequently been shared by users on Tiktok. We know this is a popular App for some pupils and this video appears not to have any restrictions (despite its graphic nature) and it has yet to be taken down. Therefore, it may be easy for any Tiktok user to access or for the video to be publicly shared. 

We politely encourage you to review your child's access and use of Tiktok (if applicable) and would advise considering a temporary hold on using the App to protect them from accidently seeing it until this video has been removed permanently by Tiktok. 

Many thanks for your continued support safeguarding your children.

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Important Update - 10th September

A couple of important notices for you all -

1. Following the latest COVID-19 guidance in relation to pupil absence, please find attached a quick reference guide, which covers a number of ‘What to do if…’ scenarios.  Hopefully this will assist you in deciding what action you should take in a number of different circumstances.

Parent Guide to Covid Absences - September 2020 

If you have any queries in relation to this guidance please contact the school office.

2. Please be aware that this has also meant that we WILL NOT be able to the Gimme-a-Break youth club to run as planned on a Friday evening. We are hoping to be able to have this back in place as soon as possible and we are very disappointed that they will not be able to run until further notice.

As always, we will keep you updated when things change. 

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

First Day

Hi everyone,

I am sure we have got some anxious parents today, so I thought i'd send a quick message!

We have had a fantastic morning! The children have been brilliant and everyone has setteld in. The new pupils have all had a really positive first morning in their classes.

I am sorry about the issues with transport this morning. We have worked to resolve them today and things should be in place for the pick up later and for tomorrow onwards.

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Back to School

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all ok and looking forward to tomorrow.

Just a few things about the return to school - 

- If you have any problems with transport in the morning, please let us know and we will do what we can to help!

- If you are bringing your child to the main site, please make sure that you are following social distancing guidelines. It is important to make sure there is a safe distance between adults, especially when waiting at the gate.

- We will be doing some work with the pupils to help them settle back in to the normal school routine. We are hoping to spend some time at the start of term making sure we have a clear picture of where we need to focus our attention this year to make sure any gaps are filled. We will talk to you about this at our first parent evening.

- In particular, we want to make sure they are all settled back in and that we support them with any anxiety or concerns they may have. We will also look to do some work with them about what they have been doing over the past few months. 

Please bear with us as we return to some kind of normality. We also have over thirty new pupils starting with us across the main site and our five satellite classes.

We are all looking forward to seeing you all again!

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

September 2020

Hi everyone, 

Please see below for a letter which will be sent out to all families this week - 

Return to School

Some of the key points in the letter are -

1. The return date for all pupils, except reception, has not changed and is Tuesday 8th September.

2. The start and finish times for the main site have not changed and will continue to be 8.45am to 3.00pm.

3. The satellite location timings are included in the letter.

4. If you have ordered school uniform, it will be available for collection from Friday 4th September.

5. If you have not ordered uniform, we have stock at the main site. This will be available to purchase on Monday 7th September.

6. Reception will be open from 9.00am on Monday 7th September.

The letter contains further information about the return to school.

I will update you all again in the next few days.

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Checking in...

Hi everyone,

Just checking in!

I hope you are all having a good summer and you are enjoying the weather!

I know a few of you are a little worried about uniform for September. Please don't worry, we will sort everything out as soon as we can. There is a lot of refurbishment work going on in school at the moment and we will be able to sort things out once this is completed. Our priority in September will be to get everyone back safely into school so please don't worry.

In the meantime, if you have any urgent problems, please let me know -

g.cherrill@winchelsea.poole.sch.uk

I will keep you updated about things for the rest of the holiday but in the meantime, please keep yourselves safe and enjoy the sunshine! 

Regards,
Geoff 

Important Update - 17th September

17 Sep 2020

Following changes in Government guidance and an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases locally, please be aware of the following -  From now onwards, please can ALL visitors to school ensure th...

Important Update - 10th September

10 Sep 2020

A couple of important notices for you all - 1. Following the latest COVID-19 guidance in relation to pupil absence, please find attached a quick reference guide, which covers a number of ‘What t...

Back to School

07 Sep 2020

Hi everyone! I hope you are all ok and looking forward to tomorrow. Just a few things about the return to school -  - If you have any problems with transport in the morning, please let us kno...

September 2020

26 Aug 2020

Hi everyone,  Please see below for a letter which will be sent out to all families this week -  Return to School Some of the key points in the letter are - 1. The return date for all pupils,...

End of the Year!

16 Jul 2020

Hi everyone, Just a last check in from me for a couple of weeks!  I have today written to you all about a few things. Please don't worry over the holiday about September. I will be back in touch...

Safeguarding - Summer Holiday

13 Jul 2020

As we begin the summer holiday, please see below for some advice and guidance regarding safeguarding - Summer Holiday Safeguarding Regards,Geoff CherrillHeadteacher

Checking in...

03 Jul 2020

Hi everyone! I hope you are all ok. I know that this is turning into quite a challenging time for some of you, so if you need anything, please let us know! Just a quick update -  1. We are all re...

Checking in...

18 Jun 2020

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing ok. I know this is turning into an extremely challenging time for lots of you.  It's been great to see so many of the children over the last couple of weeks....

Weekends

09 Jun 2020

Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping safe! Just to let you know that now all staff are back in school , we will no longer be opening the school gate over the weekends. Obviously, many of the restri...

Parent Guidance - 3rd June 2020

03 Jun 2020

The latest DfE Guidance for Parents & Carers can be found here -  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educ...