Our latest Prince Albert Community Trust Online Safety Update newsletter is out now!
Produced on a half termly basis to keep you up-to-date with Online Safety news, new ICT initiatives and ways in which you can help to keep your family safe both online and when using emerging technology.
In this issue we look at the Google Santa Tracker and how best to set up new tech devices for your kids this Christmas. Also in this issue, find out how you can access our FREE parent/carer resources and courses (via National Online Safety).
If you have a concern regarding your child's use of the internet at home or in school, you can speak to one of our Online Safety Leads for support and advice.
This letter is to advise you that diarrhoea and vomiting illness which is present in the community at this time of the year is also circulating at school.
We are following advice from Public Health England on managing the outbreak including increasing cleaning throughout the school.
We would be very grateful for your support in helping us reduce the spread of the infection. If your child has symptoms of diarrhoea and or vomiting, please keep them at home until 48 hours after they are feeling better. During this time, they should not mix with other children outside the home or visit local venues.
Norovirus is commonly known as Winter Vomiting Disease and often occurs in the community and in schools and nurseries at this time of the year. If your child is ill, you may find the following information useful:
ADVICE FOR PARENTS ABOUT NOROVIRUS
What are the symptoms?
• diarrhoea and vomiting usually lasting 1 -2 days
What should you do if your child is unwell?
• Make sure they get lots of rest.
• Ensure they drink plenty of fluids, taking sips rather than gulps to avoid vomiting.
• Give infant Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, according to product instructions, to help keep their temperature down.
• If your child is unusually sleepy, won’t take fluids or has other symptoms, such as blood in their diarrhoea, an unusual rash, headache, neck stiffness or difficulty breathing, ring NHS Direct (0845 4647), contact your GP or take your child to hospital.
• Please ring your child’s nursery/ school and let them know that your child is ill and what symptoms they have.
• Keep them at home until they are well enough to return to school. However, if your child has been suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting keep them at home until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.
How can you prevent the spread of these infections?
Hand washing is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of both of these infections. This applies to the child who is ill and the person looking after them. Hands should always be washed, using liquid soap if possible:
•Before and after caring for your child.>
• After using the toilet.
• Before eating or handling food.
• After cleaning up a mess (vomit, faeces or urine).
Other ways of preventing the spread of infection are to:
• Keep a separate towel for family members who have symptoms.
• Dispose promptly of used tissues and other items that your child may have coughed or sneezed on.
• Wash soiled clothing, bed linen and towels in a washing machine. Use the hottest wash for that fabric.
• Clean baths and washbasins thoroughly and disinfect after use.
• If cleaning up diarrhoea or vomit, wash the surface with hot soapy water and disinfect before allowing to dry. If using bleach remember that it can remove the colour from fabrics and can burn the skin.
Please also keep your child away from other children and people that are particularly vulnerable, e.g. the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.
Christmas dinner for all children will be on Wednesday 18th December. If your child goes home for dinners or has sandwiches and would like to stay for a dinner, please inform the school office by Friday 13th December. If your child already has school meals, then you do not need to inform us.
If your child is in Years 3 to 6 the charge for the meal will be £2.25, this will need to be paid before your child has the meal. Please log onto eduspot.co.uk to top your child’s account. If you do not have a password, then please contact the school office. If your child is in Reception to Year 2, there is no charge for the meal.
It will be a lovely festive occasion and we would love your child to join us for a tasty Christmas dinner.
Heathfield Primary School Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity
Our school aims to inspire all children to develop a love of physical activity and sport, and be Healthy, Happy and Active.
Through good physical education (PE), whole school values and a whole child approach, we aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best. We listen to our children’s wants and needs and provide them with a range of active experiences and clubs. We want to aid our children in obtaining the values and skills to celebrate and respect the success of others, as well as modestly celebrating their own successes.
We aim to ensure that our delivery of physical education, school sport and physical activity allows all children to have the skills and mind-set to leave primary school with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at secondary school and beyond.
We strive to educate both our children and families to develop a greater understanding on how to live healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices. We are dedicated to ensuring healthy minds, as well as bodies and will continue to support our children's well-being. We have strong links with local sports clubs and partnerships within our community to ensure the children and families receive the support and knowledge they need.
Reading is a fundamental part of our children’s learning and here at Heathfield
we are always looking for ways to engage our children in reading
for pleasure and encourage a greater love for books.
In the first week of December, Heathfield will be holding,
“A Non-fiction November – sponsored READ-A-THON competition”.
This is the perfect opportunity for your children to read as many non-fiction books as they can in a set time at school.
The sponsor form is attached at the back of this letter and it would be so great if you, family and friends were to encourage the children to read as many books as they could during the competition.
Class teachers will share further information of exactly when the read-a-thon will be held – for each class - but in the meantime, if you could get the children to get as many sponsors as possible – that would be great!
All sponsor money raised will be used to further improve your children’s reading opportunities in the classrooms and in our wonderful Heathfield School Library.
We anticipate your continued support for the children and Heathfield School.
Happy Reading and Remember, Remember It’s Non-fiction November.