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Do you know how to stay safe online?

As the majority of children are not at School and many may be spending more time online we would like to share some simple 15 minute activities which you can do with your child about keeping safe online. These activities are supported by age appropriate videos

The activities come from www.thinkuknow.co.uk which has lots of other activities and games available to teach the children about online safety.

We would love to see what you and the children do and share it with others. Please share on either Facebook or Twitter and use #heddonschool so that we can see it.

For ages 4-5 Click Here

For ages 5-7 Click Here

For ages 8-10 Click Here

 

School Letter to Parents and to Children 20.03.2020

Dear Parents,

I was hoping to be speaking to you all today in Church after a moving and inspiring Mother’s Day Service filled with love and joy. Instead I find myself writing to you in very different circumstances.

As you are aware the School closes today for many of our children. At this time we do not know how long this closure will last but I am hopeful that we will see the children back prior to the end of the Summer term. Staff have worked hard to provide a mixture of online and paper activities for your children to complete when they are at home. Further activities will be uploaded as time progresses and the children are still able to communicate with their teacher on PurpleMash. If you need to contact the School during the period of closure please do so via telephone or email – admin@heddon-school.co.uk

I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all of the amazing staff at the School who have worked tirelessly to ensure a calm and orderly continuation of the children’s learning. While many of the children finish today the staff team will be back at School on Monday to provide continuing care for the children of critical workers at the request of the Government to enable them to continue the fight against the Coronavirus. I have been overwhelmed at the response of staff to meeting this challenge. I have talked to you a lot about how everything we do in School comes down to ‘loving your neighbour as yourself’ and I think that this is a perfect example of this.

The staff and I have also been moved this week by the number of supporting comments received and the offers of help to volunteer in the coming weeks. While much appreciated, unfortunately the School will have to turn down these offers as we are looking to limit the numbers of children and adults in School to slow potential infection rates. This again shows what an amazing School community we have in Heddon.

It just remains for me to say that it has been a pleasure working with you and your amazing children for this academic year. I am sorry that you have been unable to see the wonderful Mother’s Day services they have been working on and the Summer performance and I am sorry that we were unable to share the children’s fantastic work with you at parents evening. I am sure that the children will make the most of their time at home and will continue their learning journey with you for the time being.

I hope that you all remain fit and healthy and we look forward to seeing you when it is safe to do so.

May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back.

May the Sun shine warm upon your face,

May the rain fall soft upon your fields.

Until we meet again, my friend,

May God hold you

In the hollow of his hand. Amen

Yours sincerely,

Mr. A. Wheatley,

Headteacher

To read the letter sent to the children please: Click Here

Letter to parents please: Click Here

Year 5 News!

I am delighted to be able to share with you that Mrs. March is pregnant and she will be following the Government advice to self-isolate for a period of 12 weeks. I am sure that you will join everyone at School in wishing her well. Information about her replacement will follow in due course.

Free Online Education Resources

Please follow the link below to access a list of free online education resources which has been compiled by home educators.

These resources are to support learning of children in the event of a prolonged School closure and when children / families are self-isolating.

To see resources please Click Here

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 16.03.2020

Please see the following update in regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19) – this has also been sent via hardcopy and SchoolComms.

In line with our pandemic risk assessment the School is moving to a reduced contact approach to limit external contact for the children and staff.

Therefore it is with some regret, that I have to inform you that the following events have been cancelled: Mother’s Day Service, Easter Service, Walker Books Author Visit, ICE-Bridge Challenge and Maths Challenge.

Parents Evening has also been postponed, however, if you have a concern about your child and wish to speak to their class teacher you are welcome to contact the Office via telephone and they will arrange a telephone consultation with the teacher for you.

While I am aware that this is a time of worry and anxiety, rest assured that the safety of the children is our highest priority and we continue to enforce strict hygiene routines within School with the use of soap and antibacterial hand sanitiser.

To see the update please: Click Here

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Please see the following update in regard to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the subsequent confirmed cases in the UK and now in the Newcastle area.

At Heddon-on-the-Wall St. Andrew’s CE Primary, we take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously and we hope that you will support us by following the Public Health England guidance.

There is currently no cause for concern at the school, but we’ll keep you informed about any developments and rest assured that we are keeping the school clean to prevent the spread of viruses. 

The update also contains NHS information about how to effectively wash hands and to prevent the spread of germs via sneezing and coughing.

To read the update please Click Here

Pele Trust Admissions Policy

Please see below for the Pele Trust Admissions Policy which will take effect from September 2021 as well as a letter from Mr. Gerry Miller, Chair of the Board of Directors at Pele Trust.

Pele Trust Admissions Policy – Click Here

Letter from Gerry Miller, Chair of Directors – Click Here

 

Consultation on Admission Arrangements to Pele Trust schools for the 2021-22 academic year

The Pele Trust has issued the above consultation in regard to the admission arrangements for all the primary schools and high school within the Pele Trust.

This consultation sets out the proposed criteria for admission for Reception places at this School as well as the proposed criteria for admission to Ponteland High School for our pupils at the end of Year 6.

The consultation runs from Tuesday 1st October 2019 until Tuesday 26th November 2019 at 4.00pm.

The School would strongly encourage all parents to read and respond to the consultation proposals.

Electronic responses can be sent to: admissions@peletrust.org.uk

Responses can also be made in writing to: Carol Wilson, Ponteland High School, Callerton Lane, Ponteland, NE20 9EY

For the Consultation on Admission Arrangements for Pele Trust Schools please Click Here

 

Operation Encompass – the Next Steps

The School is really pleased to be working with Northumbria Police on the Operation Encompass – the Next Steps project.

The project aims to break the cycle of Domestic Abuse through education and support at an appropriate level for the children. It will help all children learn about friendships, relationships, emotions and rules so that they can live and work together safely.

The School will be working with a School Safeguarding Liaison Officer who will lead age appropriate sessions with the children and also be available in School at specified times so that parents, adults and children can talk to them about any issues that they may have around relationships and Domestic Abuse.

To read the introductory letter please – Click Here

ModeShift Stars and our Living Wall!

The School is pleased to announce that we have again been awarded the ModeShift Stars bronze award for work on sustainable travel.

Our living wall has caused a lot of interest as not only does it look fantastic but does an important job of helping to reduce air pollution.

The School and living wall were featured in the Northumberland Go Smarter newsletter. To read the article click here