Heathfield Primary School

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Literacy Week and World Book Day

We are excited to share with you our plans for Literacy Week which begins on March 2nd and includes World Book Day which is on Thursday March 5th

This year the whole school will be spending the week enjoying the very beautiful book The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, written and illustrated by the talented Charlie Mackesy. If you would like to buy your child their own copy to enjoy, it is currently available online and in bookshops. 

The Scholastic Book Fair will also arrive on World Book day - this is an ideal opportunity for you and your child to stock up on new books. You will also be able to redeem your child’s World Book Day voucher by using it to get £1 off any book priced £3 or more. 

We understand that World Book Day can be an expensive time for some families with children asking for costumes to dress up for the day so this year we have again come up with a more cost effective, and potentially more exciting option. 

We would like you to provide your child with a large potato for World Book Day and we will do the rest! On World Book Day, your child will get the chance to decorate their potato so that it looks like their chosen book character. The only limit will be their imagination! 

For your child to join in with this, we will need them to bring in their potato on Tuesday 3rd March and start thinking about which character they would like to choose. If you have any craft supplies at home that you would like to share with us, please feel free to do so as well. 

We would love for a few of you to come in and help so please let your child’s class teacher know if you are available.

Continued thanks for all your support.

Online Safety Update: Issue 29

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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.

We hope you enjoy reading 'Issue 29: February 2020' online now.

In this issue we look at Safer Internet Day 2020 and how you can get involved with the globally celebrated day this year.  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.

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.

Academy Representatives

Dear Parents/Carers

The Prince Albert Community Trust board is inviting applications to join the academy committees responsible for the governance of our schools. 

Becoming an academy representative can be a rewarding and life changing experience. It provides an opportunity to make a valuable contribution to our learning communities. We are ideally looking for professionals with the time and motivation to support our schools. Applicants must be passionate about the role we play in improving the life chances and social growth of the children in our communities. Successful applicants will also need to have a good standard of spoken and written English. 

If you feel that you want to join an academy committee, please visit the careers/vacancies section on the school or PACT website. You will find a person specification, role description and an application form to complete and submit. If your application meets the requirements of the person specification, you will be invited for an interview. 

Please note that if successful, you may be asked to serve on the academy committee of any PACT school.

Thank you for your time.

Online Safety Update: Issue 28

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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.

We hope you enjoy reading 'Issue 28: December 2019' online now.

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.

Norovirus Information

Dear Parents and Carers, 

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.

Thank you for your support with this.

Christmas Dates For Your Diary

Monday 16th December

Years 1-3 Christmas Disco (Tickets only 4-5pm)

Tuesday 17th December

Years 4-6 Christmas Disco (Tickets only 4-5pm)

Wednesday 18th December

CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY (no charge)

Nursery and Reception Nativity for Parents 9:15am

Christmas Dinner 

Winter Gathering (Photos with Santa & lots more) 2:15pm onwards

Thursday 19th December

CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY 2 (no charge)

Winter Concert Years 4-6 9am

Winter Concert Years 1-3 9:30am

CHRISTMAS PARTIES! (afternoon)

Friday 20th December

Break up for Christmas holiday at 12/1pm