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Hello Everyone,

It is hard to believe that we have already come to the end of the first half term of the summer term – not that the weather has been good enough for anyone to think that summer is on its way! Let’s hope that we have a sunshine-filled half term to make up for the rubbish weather so far this term!

Awards Assembly

This week in our awards assembly, we celebrated Key Stage 2 children. Well done to all of our award winners this week.

Always Children: Kornelia, Caitlin, David, Freyja, Phoebe, Jayden, Lexi, Kledi, Stefans, Darius

Good Achievers: James, Angela, Amelia, Elliott, Megi, Tifani, Joel, Lily-Mae, Dylan, Libby

Attendance winners (for this half term): Foundation Stage/ Key Stage 1: Miss Rothery’s class KS2: Miss Croskell’s class

Eco-warriors are go

An intrepid bunch of eco-warriors set forth in the rain yesterday morning on our very first local litter pick! For the first trip out, we ventured very near to the school – down the drive, along Harvey Street and Raley Street and on the footpath behind school and alongside the allotments (until we were halted by the mud). The warriors did an amazing job and picked a lot of litter. We love their enthusiasm for keeping our local area clean!

Happy Shoes Day

We had to postpone Happy Shoes Day last Friday because of the class photos (the proofs should be with you shortly). However, we were able to hold it on Monday this week and it was lovely to see everybody here in their happiest shoes!

Operation Encompass

Our School has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools, Barnsley Metropolitan District Council and South Yorkshire Police. This project is known as Operation Encompass.

Operation Encompass is the notification to schools that a child (under 18) may have been affected by a domestic incident.  This will be done by the start of the next school day.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a specifically trained member of the school staff, known as a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), is informed.  The DSL can then use the information, in confidence, to ensure the wellbeing of the child.  The school may be able to make provisions or adjustments to assist the young person.

Our school is keen to offer the best support possible to all of our young people and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

Nursery Video

We are extremely proud of Joseph Locke Nursery and have just had a promotional video made to advertise the provision. This can be viewed by clicking on the following links: Facebook or https://vimeo.com/554849562. Please share the video on your own social media as a way of advertising the nursery. Many thanks.

INSET Day

A reminder to everyone that tomorrow, Friday, 28th May is an INSET day so today is the last day before the half term break. Children will return to school on Monday, 7th June.

School Uniform

Another reminder to parents that that jogging bottoms are not and have never been, part of our school uniform. Children must wear one of the following:  school trousers, a school skirt or pinafore, school shorts or a red and white summer dress. Plain black shoes must also be worn. Many thanks for your help in this matter.

Don’t forget our pop up shop is open every day outside the school office selling pre-loved pieces of uniform for only 50p time. Why not come and have a look?

Start & End of the School Day

Until informed otherwise, our procedures at the start and the end of the school day will remain the same.

Reminder

At this time of year, a number of colds and bugs tend to be around. Please remember the 3 main symptoms of Coronavirus are as follows:

  • a high temperature – this means you fell hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a 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).
  • a 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

Most people with coronavirus will have one of these symptoms. If your child presents with any symptoms, they need to be tested as soon as possible. They may return to school with a negative result but will need to stay at home and not have visitors until they get the test result. All other members of the household will need to stay at home until the result is returned.

Please note that this is the advice if any member of your household has symptoms – your child should not return to school until the person displaying symptoms is in receipt of a negative test result which must be shared with school.

School Office

A reminder that, in order to reduce the number of people in school, and to keep our office staff as safe as possible, school reception remains out of bounds. In the first instance, please ring school on 01226 729910 if you have a query and one of our staff will be happy to help. If it is a query which can be answered via email then please contact Mr Bailey on n.bailey@barnsley.org.uk.

If you need to drop something off at school, please knock on the office window and a member of the team will be able to assist you. We thank everyone for your support in keeping everyone as safe as possible.

We hope everyone has a wonderful week off – hopefully the sun will shine and we will all have a restful break. See you all on Monday 7th June.

Mrs Brock and Miss Dransfield

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