School closed on Friday for almost all of our pupils. We wish our families good health over the next few weeks and hope it will not be too long before we can welcome everyone back. We have tried to make the last few days as happy and worry-free as possible for the children in amongst the regular hand washing. The foundation stage and year 1 children have drawn rainbows and written messages of hope to display in their windows at home and school. We hope that anyone seeing these will have their spirits raised at a difficult time.
Our key stage 1 children have been learning about parts of a plant and the functions of each part. Unfortunately we have been unable to continue to observe plants and trees as they grow and change throughout Spring, but I am hoping the children will be able to do that in their own local environment over the coming weeks- they have a tree identification sheet amongst their home learning materials.
The art work produced by the year 1 children is fantastic, they have used observational skills, learned how to blend pastels and created pictures using pressed petals and plant parts.
If any children from any year group would like to email their art work to me at firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to see it
ST JOSEPH’S RC PRIMARY SCHOOL
Headteacher: Mrs Moya Smith
Tel: 01254 826246 email@example.com www.st-josephs-hurstgreen.lancs.sch.ukAMDG
19th March 2020
Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils
Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.
As advised by the government, provision will be made for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.
We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means and where the provision will be held, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories. We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.
All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.
Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by text and posting on the school website.
What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home
Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn.
Please follow the guidance issued by your child’s teacher that is included in their home learning pack.
This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with us as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.
If you want to get in touch to share any concerns, please don’t hesitate to do so via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.
Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.
All children in school have made their Lenten promises, each child placed a stone under the altar in chapel as they made their promise. As we are almost half way through Lent, the reception children led Friday's assembly which was inspired by the UKS2s Lent display board. They talked about their promises and how we may be tempted to break them, but are trying to keep them to show our love for Jesus.
World Book day coincided with the annual Provincial Visitation, so our children came to school dressed as characters from bible stories. Mr Crabtree's children were characters from the story of David and Goliath, Mrs O'Connor's children were characters from the story of Elijah, Mrs Bailey's children were characters from the story of Moses and Mrs Geldard's children were animals from Noah's ark. The day started with an assembly led by year 3 and 4 acting out their story in a very confident and dramatic way.
The Foundation stage children have been sharing their favourite books with their class mates all week. Key stage 1 children were very excited to make their own book marks and take part in many other activities promoting their love of books. Morning break saw year 4 children proudly serving a delicious looking assortment of cakes to everyone. The day ended with a mass led by Fr Damien and Fr Adrian. Despite some very sleepy looking "animals", "Israelites" and "Egyptians", Fr Damien said he'd never hear such wonderful singing!