St Bernadette’s PS
Newsletter November 2020
This has been a very busy term so far and I would like to update you with some of our arrangements over the next few weeks.
Firstly thanks for all your patience and co-operation in supporting us through the COVID19 restrictions. Please remember to wear a face covering when outside the school for drop off or pick up and to maintain social distancing. I am relieved to report that so far St Bernadette’s, in general, hasn’t been affected by positive cases and it would be great if we could keep that going by following safety guidance in and out of school. Our staff are working hard to keep themselves and the children safe by following the guidance provided. Please remember to allow your child to wear an extra layer (jumper/hoody) for school as we will be keeping the windows open to aid ventilation.
If your child has any COVID symptoms please ensure they do not attend school and arrange for testing as soon as possible. In addition if your child has been asked to isolate please inform the school so that we can continue to support learning at home.
We are all very aware that you have now missed 2 Parents Evenings and other opportunities to see your child in school. We are still awaiting advice from NLC around alternative formats for Parents’ Evenings, however as soon as we have the go ahead we will put plans in place for individual updates for the children. Please be assured though that in the meantime if we have any concerns we will contact you directly and if you have concerns please do not hesitate to call the school.
This term we were delighted to welcome Mrs Jillian McQuarrie as our Senior Clerical Officer. Jillian has made an excellent start and is very quickly getting to know all the staff and children. I’m sure when you get the chance you will get to know her and rely on her for all types of school matters.
Digital devices have now been issued to families who requested them. We are keen to support all children with digital learning and have made great progress in this through the use of the SeeSaw App. Anyone who is having difficulty accessing home learning please contact us for support.
We have been restricted to digital meetings for our Parent Council. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 8th December at 6pm. The current members of the Parent Council will be sent a link by email for the meeting. Anyone else who wishes to join the parent council or participate in the meeting as an observer please contact the school office and we will arrange to send a link.
Our Christmas Celebrations will be different this year. All classes will be involved in making some Christmas crafts for sale to friends and family at home, funds raised from this will be added to our school fund. Obviously we won’t have the funds from the usual Christmas Fair so we would really appreciate any support you can offer by buying the crafts. The crafts will be shown on SEESAW and orders will be taken.
Mrs Bradley and Mrs Purdue are supporting the classes to prepare a digital Christmas show. This is being done in class bubbles following safety guidelines. Again we would appreciate any donations for viewing, however we are very aware of the financial impact of COVID for some families and would stress that no one should put themselves under pressure to donate and no child will miss out.
P1 and 2 are performing ‘The Nativity’
P3 – 7 are performing ‘Musical Magic’
These will be available to stream through our school YouTube channel. More details on this to follow.
We have booked 2 digital Christmas Pantos for all classes. One for Monday the 7th December and the other for Monday 14th Dec which will be screened in the morning and the class teacher will host a class Christmas Party in the afternoon. Christmas Jumpers or casual clothes can be worn. We will make arrangements for Santa to make a virtual visit to our P1-3 classes. There will be no cost for this. Panto 7th December (Robin Hood and his Socially Distanced Men)
Panto 14th December (Juniors Virtual Pantomine)
Christmas Jumper day Friday 11th December in aid of St Andrew’s Hospice. We would welcome small donations through our Just Giving Page on Twitter. Thanks to those who have already donated.
Christmas Lunch will be served in the cafeteria on Thursday 17th December. The cost of the lunch is £3 and includes turkey or Steak Pie, a desert and a drink.
School closes on Tuesday 22nd December and reopens on Wednesday 6th January 2021.
I extend my best wishes to everyone for a safe and healthy end to this year and a joyful and peaceful Christmas.
Mrs Christine Boyle