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NOTICES FOR THE WEEK DURING LOCKDOWN

SUNDAY 31st MAY

It is Pentecost Sunday today!  Celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and listen to today's Gospel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmTcwGA-n0c&feature=youtu.be

Tomorrow, we welcome back some Year 6 children.  We can't wait to see you all.  Please remember to bring your lunch in a plastic bag and to line up as marked out and observing social distancing.

 

TUESDAY 26th MAY

We are now on holiday!  I hope that you are all able to get outside and enjoy the wonderful sun and the flowers that are now blooming.

Please find below a letter from Brighter Futures For Children.

Dear Parent/Carer

We wanted to write to you to confirm and clarify the government’s plans for schools to start to open to more pupils from 1 June 2020.

The government has asked schools to prepare for the return of Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils in primary schools and for arrangements to be made for Year 10 and 12 pupils to have face-to-face contact in secondary schools.

 We want to reassure you that we are continuing to work closely with headteachers to be able to bring more children back to school before the summer holidays in a way which is safe for your child/ren and staff.

As you will know, many schools have remained open to the children of critical workers and to vulnerable children throughout the coronavirus outbreak and schools will continue to provide places for these pupils.

Schools will also continue to offer support to those children who are continuing to learn from home.

Your school will be in contact with you about its arrangements for reintegrating pupils so please do not send your child/ren to school unless your school has contacted you directly.

It may be that your child/ren is offered to return part-time, such as just mornings or afternoons, or perhaps just one or two days per week or maybe full-time. Please understand that different schools are likely to work in different ways, depending on issues such as their physical buildings and staffing levels. Some schools may be able to open to more year groups, or welcome more children, than others. Whatever decisions are made by your school, they will be acting in the best interests of your child/ren and will be based on the risk assessments they have completed.

The Government has confirmed that parents may choose not to send their children to school at this time and that this will not result in any penalty.

When pupils return, they are likely to be in smaller groups, a maximum of 15 is being recommended and they may have different teachers. Break times and drop-off and pick-up arrangements may also be different. Your child’s school will let you know about these arrangements.

We appreciate these are uncertain times but please be assured the health and safety of your child/ren and of school staff remain our top priority.

We wish you and your family all the very best.

Deborah Glassbrook

Director of Children’s Services

Prof Dr Kate Reynolds

Director of Education, Brighter Futures for Children

 

FRIDAY 22nd MAY

Please find below a letter going out today to parents of children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5.  

Word copies of both letters are available above.

 

22 May 2020

Dear parents and carers,

As you are aware, it is the government’s intention at this time that, as of 1 June, primary schools begin to reopen for children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.  Your child is not in one of these year groups and, as a result, will continue to learn from home.  As a school, we will carry on using Google Classroom with teachers uploading work daily.  Friday will remain a catch-up day with no new work posted. Overall, little should change for your child in the foreseeable future.  However, you may notice that feedback takes a little longer or is a little less detailed and that it is not undertaken by the class teacher.  This is because all class teachers will be back in school and will be working full-time with groups of children from Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or Year 6.  As a result, all online marking will be undertaken by a handful of staff who will do their best to respond to questions and to mark work as soon as possible.  Please bear with them.

Although your child is not in the first wave of those returning to school, we thought you might be interested in the communication that has gone out to parents of children in these year groups and so have included this below.  In the meantime, we send our warmest wishes, our thoughts and our prayers to you and your families and especially to the children.  We miss them all and look forward to seeing them soon.

How exactly the return works in each school is up to the headteacher and governing body since plans must take into account the school site (including classroom sizes, outside space, lunch hall), availability of staff (as some remain at home due to their own medical conditions or those pertaining to a member of their household) and the ability to keep children and adults safe.  As a staff, we have spent many hours formulating the St Anne’s response, including a plan and a very detailed risk assessment both of which have been shared with all members of our team. 

There are a number of key points that we need to share with you:

  • Most importantly, no adult or child should enter the school grounds if they have symptoms of coronavirus including a high temperature, a new/persistent cough or a loss of smell/taste.
  • The return to school will be staggered to ensure that parents/carers and children know and understand the protocol at drop off and pick up.  Therefore:

Year 6 and children of key workers (who have been attending throughout lockdown) only will return on Monday 1 June

Year 1 will join on Tuesday 2 June

Nursery and Reception will start on Wednesday 3 June

  • School will not be open at all on any Friday for the foreseeable future except to the children of key workers/vulnerable children.  All parents/carers seeking a place on these grounds (other than those who have received care throughout lockdown) should contact admin@st-annes.reading.sch.uk .  Friday closing means we can maintain safe ratios at all times when the children are on site, will enable teachers to have planning time and will allow premises staff to undertake a weekly deep clean of the building.
  • Parents/carers should not bring a child to school in the first week back unless they have informed the class teacher by Friday 22 May that they will do so.  Any parent/carer who has currently said that their child will not be attending, but who later changes their mind, may do so.  However, a minimum of 1 week’s notice must be given to the school via email (admin@st-annes.reading.sch.uk).  This is vital, since the addition of even one child may require us to change groupings and may mean we have to organise testing of staff so that they can be assigned to a new group.
  • The school gates will open in the morning at 8:55am and will close at 9:10am.  Children and parents/carers should try not to arrive early.  Pick up will be at 3.15 for Reception and Nursery class and 3.25 for Year 1 and Year 6.
  • There will be no before school care or after school care.
  • Only one parent/carer should drop off or pick up.  Wherever possible, no siblings should be brought at these times.  Whilst waiting for gates to open, parents/carers must not congregate and should observe social distancing.  Once inside the gates, parents/carers and children must line up at the 2m spots marked (on a piece of string held between cones).
  • Parents/carers will not be able to enter the school building and the school office will be shut. Parents/carers should communicate with the school via telephone (01189375537) or email (admin@st-annes.reading.sch.uk). Only parents/carers with a pre-booked appointment will be permitted inside the building.
  • Children must wear clean clothes to school every day.  They, therefore, do not have to wear school uniform (although they may do so if they wish).  We would also advise that children shower and change immediately on returning home.  Clothes for school must be practical and appropriate.  There will be no changing for PE, so jogging bottoms/shorts and a T-shirt are ideal.  PE bags must not be brought in.  Shoes must have closed toes: no sandals/flip flops. 
  • Children must not bring a bag to school.
  • Children must only bring the following items to school

Lunch (if not having a school lunch) in a plastic bag that will be thrown away straight after lunch each day.  No lunch boxes are permitted.

Water bottle

Sun cream (named)

Sun hat (named)

Antibacterial hand gel (named)

Hand moisturiser if needed (named)

  • All children will have lunch in their classroom or outside and, as a result, only packed lunches can be booked online.  Parent Pay will be back up and running from Saturday 30th May.
  • Should a child become ill during the course of the school day with symptoms associated with coronavirus including a temperature, a new/persistent cough or a loss of taste/smell the school will contact you and ask you to collect immediately.  The child will be taken to the ELSA room where they will stay until you arrive and a member of staff will sit just outside the doorway.  On collection, you will be asked to seek immediate testing (via telephone on 111 for under 5s and 111 online for children aged 5+).  You should inform school of the result when it comes through.  If the test is positive, the child’s whole group (including staff) will be sent home for 14 days
  • Sadly, all events including assemblies, parents’ evenings, report surgery, Sports Day, Year 6 performance, Leavers’ Mass and PSA events have been cancelled.

The staff are so excited to see your children again and are hugely looking forward to hearing what they have been doing in lockdown.  It is important, however, that your child is prepared for reality; this is not St Anne’s as s/he knew it.  Some staff will not be present including Mrs Fidler, Miss Bell, Miss Kujawa, Mr Gaylor, Ms Talbot, Ms Bradshaw, Mrs Sarsons and me.  Mrs Burnitt will now lead the school operationally in my absence whilst I will continue to direct strategically from home.  Children will now do everything in a group of, at most, fifteen children.  This means classes have been split.  It also means that, in some cases, children will return to a new teacher/TA and even to a different classroom.  Please find below details of the group your child is in and information relating to drop-off/pick up.  It is also important that I am totally honest with you.  Whilst we have undertaken the most thorough risk assessment possible, we cannot predict or even prevent every hazard and so, although we have done all we can to ensure social distancing, this does not mean our provision is 100% fail safe.  We can promise you, nevertheless, that we have and will continue to do all we can to make St Anne’s as safe as possible.

All kind regards and may God bless you and your family,

Sarah Bernto

 

A useful link for parents with children at home is https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

 

THURSDAY 21st MAY

Today/tomorrow, class teachers will be sending out letters to parents of children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 who have indicated that they will be returning to school on 1 June, should the government proceed with this move.  I am posting below the content of this letter so that all parents may access it.

I would also like to reassure parents that online learning for Years 2,3,4 and 5 will continue to be posted as before via Google Classroom.  However, feedback may well be slower/less detailed since class teachers will now be in class and cannot therefore look at students' work.  For children who remain at home in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, teachers will continue to post some work.  This will, however, be a light touch approach as per government recommendations since most children and all staff will be in school.

 

Dear parents and carers,

As you are aware, it is the government’s intention at this time that, as of 1 June, primary schools begin to reopen for children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.  How exactly this works in each school is up to the headteacher and governing body since plans must take into account the school site (including classroom sizes, outside space, lunch hall), availability of staff (as some remain at home due to their own medical conditions or those pertaining to a member of their household) and the ability to keep children and adults safe.  As a staff, we have spent many hours formulating the St Anne’s response, including a plan and a very detailed risk assessment both of which have been shared with all members of our team. 

There are a number of key points that we need to share with you:

  • Most importantly, no adult or child should enter the school grounds if they have symptoms of coronavirus including a high temperature, a new/persistent cough or a loss of smell/taste.
  • The return to school will be staggered to ensure that parents/carers and children know and understand the protocol at drop off and pick up.  Therefore:

Year 6 and children of key workers (who have been attending throughout lockdown) only will return on Monday 1 June

Year 1 will join on Tuesday 2 June

Nursery and Reception will start on Wednesday 3 June

  • School will not be open at all on any Friday for the foreseeable future except to the children of key workers/vulnerable children.  All parents/carers seeking a place on these grounds (other than those who have received care throughout lockdown) should contact admin@st-annes.reading.sch.uk .  Friday closing means we can maintain safe ratios at all times when the children are on site, will enable teachers to have planning time and will allow premises staff to undertake a weekly deep clean of the building.
  • Parents/carers should not bring a child to school in the first week back unless they have informed the class teacher by Friday 22 May that they will do so.  Any parent/carer who has currently said that their child will not be attending, but who later changes their mind, may do so.  However, a minimum of 1 week’s notice must be given to the school via email (admin@st-annes.reading.sch.uk).  This is vital, since the addition of even one child may require us to change groupings and may mean we have to organise testing of staff so that they can be assigned to a new group.
  • The school gates will open in the morning at 8:55am and will close at 9:10am.  Children and parents/carers should try not to arrive early.  Pick up will be at 3.15 for Reception and Nursery class and 3.25 for Year 1 and Year 6.
  • There will be no before school care or after school care.
  • Only one parent/carer should drop off or pick up.  Wherever possible, no siblings should be brought at these times.  Whilst waiting for gates to open, parents/carers must not congregate and should observe social distancing.  Once inside the gates, parents/carers and children must line up at the 2m spots marked (on a piece of string held between cones).
  • Parents/carers will not be able to enter the school building and the school office will be shut. Parents/carers should communicate with the school via telephone (01189375537) or email (admin@st-annes.reading.sch.uk). Only parents/carers with a pre-booked appointment will be permitted inside the building.
  • Children must wear clean clothes to school every day.  They, therefore, do not have to wear school uniform (although they may do so if they wish).  We would also advise that children shower and change immediately on returning home.  Clothes for school must be practical and appropriate.  There will be no changing for PE, so jogging bottoms/shorts and a T-shirt are ideal.  PE bags must not be brought in.  Shoes must have closed toes: no sandals/flip flops. 
  • Children must not bring a bag to school.
  • Children must only bring the following items to school

Lunch (if not having a school lunch) in a plastic bag that will be thrown away straight after lunch each day.  No lunch boxes are permitted.

Water bottle

Sun cream (named)

Sun hat (named)

Antibacterial hand gel (named)

Hand moisturiser if needed (named)

  • All children will have lunch in their classroom or outside and, as a result, only packed lunches can be booked online.  Parent Pay will be back up and running from Saturday 30th May.
  • Should a child become ill during the course of the school day with symptoms associated with coronavirus including a temperature, a new/persistent cough or a loss of taste/smell the school will contact you and ask you to collect immediately.  The child will be taken to the ELSA room where they will stay until you arrive and a member of staff will sit just outside the doorway.  On collection, you will be asked to seek immediate testing (via telephone on 111 for under 5s and 111 online for children aged 5+).  You should inform school of the result when it comes through.  If the test is positive, the child’s whole group (including staff) will be sent home for 14 days
  • Sadly, all events including assemblies, parents’ evenings, report surgery, Sports Day, Year 6 performance, Leavers’ Mass and PSA events have been cancelled.

The staff are so excited to see your children again and are hugely looking forward to hearing what they have been doing in lockdown.  It is important, however, that your child is prepared for reality; this is not St Anne’s as s/he knew it.  Some staff will not be present including Mrs Fidler, Miss Bell, Miss Kujawa, Mr Gaylor, Ms Talbot, Ms Bradshaw, Mrs Sarsons and me.  Mrs Burnitt will now lead the school operationally in my absence whilst I will continue to direct strategically from home.  Children will now do everything in a group of, at most, fifteen children.  This means classes have been split.  It also means that, in some cases, children will return to a new teacher/TA and even to a different classroom.  Please find below details of the group your child is in and information relating to drop-off/pick up.  It is also important that I am totally honest with you.  Whilst we have undertaken the most thorough risk assessment possible, we cannot predict or even prevent every hazard and so, although we have done all we can to ensure social distancing, this does not mean our provision is 100% fail safe.  We can promise you, nevertheless, that we have and will continue to do all we can to make St Anne’s as safe as possible.

All kind regards and may God bless you and your family,

Sarah Bernto

 

Please see below Josh White's version of Pentecost.

The Story of Pentecost                

 

Since Ascension Day/Holy Thursday the disciples and followers of Jesus had prayed everyday in the room they were staying in. One day, the disciples and followers of Jesus were praying when a huge wind opened the windows and nearly knocked the disciples to the ground. It was the Holy Spirit! Then, they looked at each other and realised they had fire on their heads but they didn’t know it because it didn’t hurt! They found they could speak foreign languages!

A crowd gathered outside the house so Peter went out and began to preach. He told the crowd that they had crucified the Lord but that he had risen from the dead! The crowd were sad and asked Peter what they could do and he told them,

 “All you need to do is be baptised in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit!”

And more than three thousend (3000) people got baptised that day!                                                

WEDNESDAY 20th MAY

Today is National Thank a Teacher Day!

 

Thank you so, so much to all those children and parents who have sent in thank you videos, pictures, poems and photos!  Please do keep sending them; the teachers are so thrilled to hear from you all!

Thank you from Deon!

Thanks from a parent:

I’m really touched by the commitment and motivation that teachers have been doing especially during this pandemic.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all teachers especially at  this  time when teachers have been forced to adapt to a new normal after schools were closed amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

This pandemic has made me, as a parent to acknowledge that  schools are so much more than just schools.  I hope that those parents especially those home-schooling their children now realize how tough it is to be a teacher and that teachers are grossly underpaid.  Teachers are irreplaceable and essential to learning and education and I don’t believe we give them enough credit that they are well-deserved.  Next to parents, the teacher are the most important people in our communities and  I have always felt that we did not give an honourable enough place in our communities to the teachers.

Thank you to you all teachers! We appreciate all your hard work and sacrifices.  We recognise the commitment and motivation you’ve  showed – all for the love of your students.

 

MONDAY 18th MAY

Did you know that it is 

National Thank a Teacher Day

on Wednesday this week (20 May).  I would like to ask all our children to will join with me in thanking our teachers at St Anne's for their amazing efforts throughout the coronavirus crisis - and for their day to day hard work. You can find details of the national campaign at: https://thankateacher.co.uk/thank-a-teacher-day/

Children - Please do send a special thank you - in any form to your teacher!

 

Please find below the link for this week's Gospel ...

https://youtu.be/mRGnkUyxxKM

And hymn from Mrs Asbury.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP70RDSKRIc&feature=youtu.be

 

If you are finding things a bit tough at the moment, you may want to check out the link below.  It has lots of advice for families at this time.

https://familiesunderpressure.maudsleycharity.org/

 

A Message from the School Nursing Team

Some of our school nursing team have been redeployed and are doing an amazing job working on the wards at our local hospitals, however the rest of the school nursing team is still available to help support children and young people and their families with health concerns and to stay safe. Please contact your local team:

Bracknell Forest

0300 365 6000 and select option 3
Bracknellforest.SN@berkshire.nhs.uk

Wokingham

0118 949 5055
csnwokingham@berkshire.nhs.uk

Reading

0118 955 6888
csnreading@berkshire.nhs.uk

West Berkshire  

01635 273384
csnwestberks@berkshire.nhs.uk

 

 

Learning to live by faith and to be known by love

We are a Voluntary Aided school in Caversham , Reading, serving the Catholic parish of Our Lady and St Anne, which is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.  We welcome children of any faith and no faith.

Basing our work on the Gospel values of Love and Service, we recognise that every child is a gift from God and that the first and best teachers of any child are his or her own parents.  As a result, we welcome the opportunity to work closely in partnership with the amazing community that we serve.  We are extremely proud of our children and their achievements, our academic standards and the selfless commitment of our staff and of our Parent/Staff Association.

Currently, we have 197 children across 7 year groups.    We also have a 26 place Nursery.  Children come into our Reception class in the year that they are 5 and move up to secondary school at the end of Year 6, when they are 11.

Our school day starts at 8.50am and finishes at 3.25pm.  However, we do also have a super Before and After School Club, run by school staff which opens at 8.00 and ends at 18.00.

Do contact the school office and pop in for a visit!

Mrs Sarah Bernto

Headteacher 

Head

Calendar

Embedded Calendar
 

Our School Leaders

Thank you to our One World Council this term for their work on our Anti-Bullying Leaflets, for collecting bottle tops ready for our library masterpiece and for help with the second hand sale.

Thank you to our Reading leaders for striving (against the odds) to keep the library tidy!

Thank you to our Sports leaders for accompanying classes to sporting events and for supporting them.

Thank you to our Music leaders for assisting Mrs Asbury with lunchtime clubs.

One World Council

Year 1 – Roli and Mathias

Year 2 – Safa and Erickah

Year 3 – Isla and Gwen

Year 4 – Iva and Maria

Year 5 – Isabella de Jode, Marilyn and Isabella Huber-Valencia

Year 6 – Savvy, Lola and Lizzie

 

Music Leaders

Julia, Lola and Lizzie

 

Reading Leaders

Sapphi and Lianna

 

Sports Leaders

Aleka, Isabella and Izaac

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