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Nature Friendly Schools Project

Dear Parent/Carer,

We are really excited to be able to inform you that we are about to begin working with a charity organisation called The Sensory Trust on a ‘Nature Friendly Schools Project’.

They will help us to develop our outdoor learning and support the work we do to make the outdoors easily accessible to everyone in our school Community.

This project will involve training our staff, support the school with resources and work across the whole school community to implement a project. This might involve looking at animals, growing plants, maths, science or relaxed, calm time.   

As a school, we are already committed to Outdoor Learning in our curriculum time with all pupils accessing Forest Schools.  Through this project the Sensory Trust are promoting being outside and learning outside has great benefits for both your mental and physical health.

The school and The Sensory Trust would appreciate your input into this project, so please complete the short survey via the link below by Monday 3rd May and it will provide useful information to the organisation of how they can support us further.

Parent Survey: Parent Survey (google.com)

Many thanks for your help.

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Friends of Winchelsea AGM - 4 May 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

A reminder that all parents and carers are invited to attend the Friends of Winchelsea Annual General Meeting being held in school at 7pm on Tuesday 4 May 2021.

Further details can be found here.

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Police Alert - Tik -Tok/Instagram

Dear Parent/Carer,

The Police have informed us that they are seriously concerned about a current Tik-Tok / Instagram trend /discussion that is being circulated between young people. It states that this coming Saturday (April 24) is a ‘national sexual assault and rape day’. A national Police Instagram account is broadcasting that there is no such day.

The Police are also reporting that some female children may not attend on school on Friday due to comments about rape. There are also reports about suggestions to ‘bring a knife with you for protection’.

We are asking that Parents and Carers remain vigilant to the content their child is accessing and regularly check any internet based device to keep them safe. Please also make contact with school and ask for a member of the Safeguarding Team should your child mention anything related to this online discussion.

To help Parents / Carers navigate through the often confusing world of social media please see below a link to the Police Digital Security Centre’s social media guides for Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Youtube, Tik-Tok and Whatsapp. There is also information about how to manage parental controls.

Safeguarding both adults and children online (policedsc.com)

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Police Alert

Dear Parent / Carer

Yesterday it was reported that a male on the corner of Uppleby Road approached an informant and their daughter, stating ‘Your ice cream looks lovely’. The informant pulled their daughter away and did not respond.

A friend of the informant also experienced a similar incident this morning. The male stated that his children are all grown and had moved out. He went on to say that he likes to go to the school and look at the children.

Should further information come to light regarding this incident, please contact the Force Control Room on 101 quoting the above incident number: DOR-20210421-0640 & DOR-20210421-0555. If not urgent this can be reported on the Dorset Police Webpage under www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online/

Home Testing: Pupils in Years 7 to 11

Dear Parent/Carer,

Pupils in Year 7 and above will be bringing home a supply of COVID-19 asymptomatic testing kits this afternoon.

In order to support the school in keeping our children and staff as safe as possible, can I please encourage all pupils to take part in this national testing programme.

Tests should be carried out on a Wednesday and Sunday evening, and the results reported to both NHS Test and Trace, and to school – following the link on the main home page of the school website.

If you have any queries, please let us know.

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Sun Safety

Dear Parent/Carer,

Now that we are experiencing warmer days, which will hopefully stay with us for the months ahead, please can we remind you of the need to provide adequate protection from the elements for your child.

Please ensure that your child brings their sun hat and water bottle to school every day.  We also ask that all children wear sun cream to school, which is applied before they arrive in the morning, as this offers protection throughout the school day.

We would also like to remind you that it is essential that you provide in date, high factor sun cream, which is FREE FROM NUTS,  which must be clearly labelled with your child’ s name.

Class teams will supervise those children capable of applying their own sun cream, whilst it may be necessary to apply creams or use a hand-over-hand approach with our younger children.

Our main aim is to educate the children about sun safety and the importance of re-applying as well as recognising other ways to stay safe, for example, wearing hats, drinking water and staying in the shade. Naturally, we are unable to accept responsibility in the event of a child being sunburnt if they have not arrived in school wearing sun cream.

Many thanks for your continued support and by working together we can help all our children stay safe during the summer term.

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Gimme-A-Break

Dear Parents and Carers

We are very pleased to announce that we plan to reopen our Friday night youth club on 23/4.  Full details can be found in the attached letter. Please address all queries to s.coates.winchelsea.poole.sch.uk

Gimme_A_Break_Friday_Night_Youth_Club.pdf

Regards

Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

April 1 Newsletter

Click here to view the April 1 Schoolzine eNewsletter!

Easter Break

Easter Break 

I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you all for your support this term. It has been much appreciated and has really helped us to get back to some kind of ‘normal’ over the last few weeks.

Just a couple of reminders over the holiday –

Please continue to do your Home Testing over the Easter break and report the results using the button on the school website. If you need additional test kits, they can be ordered online, or picked up at a number of locations. 

If you test positive on a home test kit, please ensure that you then book a PCR Test. In addition, if you or a member of your family show symptoms of Covid-19, you should also book a PCR Test. These symptoms are – 

  1. High temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  2. New, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  3. Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal 

Appointments and home test kits can be booked / ordered at - www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Finally, I hope you all have a good Easter and we all look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday 20th April.

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Friends of Winchelsea AGM - 4 May 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please find attached here, an invitation for all parents/carers to attend the Friends of Winchelsea Annual General Meeting being held at school at 7pm on Tuesday 4 May 2021.

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Covid Testing

12 Mar 2021

Dear Parent/Carer, Please find below a link to a letter containing information relating to COVID-19 home testing for pupils in Years 7 to 11. COVID_19_Testing_Letter_Pupils_in_Year_7_to_11_12.03.2021....

Support

03 Feb 2021

Some additional support for you all! 1. If you are struggling to get food and other household essentials please contact: 0300 123 7052. The service is open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. https:...

School Closure - Social Story

29 Jan 2021

I refer to our recent communication advising parents/carers that whole school remote online learning will continue until February half-term, with pupils returning to school and face to face provision...

Update - Continued Whole School Remote Learning

28 Jan 2021

Hi everyone, Hope you're all doing OK, I just wanted to send out an update on the situation at school, please see the attached letter: Letter_270121_Continued_Remote_Learning.pdf As you will...

Remote Learning Provision

28 Jan 2021

We hope your child has been accessing and enjoying the remote learning provision that has been in place, and a huge thank you to all parents, carers and family members who have supported your child to...

School Update

25 Jan 2021

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing ok and you are keeping safe. I just wanted to update you about the situation in school. We have a significant number of staff and pupils have tested positive for...

Contacting School

22 Jan 2021

Hi everyone, While we are in a situation where pupils are accessing remote learning, rather than being on site, please see below for information about contacting school -  1. For general enquirie...

Urgent Update - Friday 22nd January 2021

22 Jan 2021

Hi everybody, An important update for you all -  We have now had 10 positive cases of Covid-19 amongst staff and 5 positive cases amongst pupils.  In addition, we have a large number of fami...

Remote Learning Survey

21 Jan 2021

Hi everyone, I hope you're all ok! If you get a minute, we'd appreciate some feedback on the Remote Learning. The link to the survey is below! Thanks in advance! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/M2YF2...

Alert

21 Jan 2021

We have recently been alerted about a potentially inappropriate app being used by children. Please see below for more details -  County Lines Cunch Line Chronicles App Regards,Geoff CherrillHeadt...