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Friday 22nd January 2021
@ALEX, our weekly email newsletter, is sent out via Parentmail every Friday. You will find the current term's newsletters available for download at the bottom of the page.
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Message from Mr Waiting
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you have had a good week and your children are continuing to enjoy the remote learning provision. The senior leaders have tried to visit many of the online classes this week and we have been so impressed with the children’s responsible attitudes and engagement with the tasks set. It has been wonderful to see that the children are still enjoying the full curriculum offer, including music, art and even dance lessons taking place. Thank you for your support in facilitating these opportunities for the children.
This week we have been able to deliver over seventy laptops for children who are struggling to access the online offer at home. I am really pleased that as a school we have been able to provide this level of provision and ensure that in these challenging circumstances everyone can engage with the school work. We still have further devices at school if anyone needs additional support, so please do not hesitate to get in touch through the school office if we can help in anyway. We can also provide internet access for families who need improved wifi connectivity.
Following the feedback from the Parent Council meeting last week we have made a number of efforts to further enhance our remote provision for children. The teachers have clarified with their classes the minimum work expectations to ensure that children are not being overwhelmed by the amount of work set, handwriting opportunities are now provided for children across the school, emphasis is being placed on daily physical activities alongside screen sessions and, as far as possible, year groups are providing early access to the work, so that parents can plan the day ahead.
I am also really pleased that this week we launched the book exchange, so that children can change their books at specific times at school during the week. Parents requested this opportunity and, with staff commitment from all year groups, we have been able to establish a safe way for parents and children to visit the school, return their books and select new reading material. Please see the separate Parentmail providing further details of this.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Have a good weekend everyone,
Rapid result Covid Testing Available
Rapid result COVID-19 test is now available at our new Community Testing site at Kingston University. This testing is for anyone who is part of the primary school community in Kingston and who doesn’t have coronavirus symptoms. The test takes about 10 minutes and provides a result in 30 minutes. Details of this testing offer are:
Address: Kingston University, Main Building, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
You will need to wear a mask and follow strict social distancing measures.
Book your test day and time here: Rapid Test Booking and Consent form
If you or anyone in your household does have coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, new, continuous cough, loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) then you should self isolate and book a test through the standard COVID-19 test booking site: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119, and follow advice of NHS Test and Trace.
If you or any members of your household receive a positive COVID-19 result you will need to have a confirmatory PCR test and you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test. Your household and support bubble will also need to self-isolate immediately for 10 days. There is help available if needed, for things like shopping and medicine collection, if you don't have a nearby friend or trusted neighbours. Please see: https://www.kingston.gov.uk/Covid19-needhelp or call 020 8547 5000.
Please continue to follow national guidance on preventing the spread of coronavirus, and remember Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives, and play your part to help Keep Kingston Safe.