Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils
We hope you have noticed our new signage which has been put up around the school. Hopefully nobody will get lost now!
We have been very excited this week as our new library books have arrived. We have spent a considerable amount of money to update our books. These include a range of books which are diverse in content and in authors. We feel it is important that children have access to a range of books that represent different cultures and religions and that reflect the world they live in today. We have also bought poetry books that can be read across the school. All the children will discuss a poem or a rhyme each week. Poetry exposes children to a variety of rich language that helps them to be imaginative in their own writing. We hope you will enjoy sharing these books with your children.
I am sure you will be aware that Covid cases have been rising steadily across the school since our return from the Christmas break. We still have relatively small numbers compared to other schools and the primary sector now make up 68% of all the cases in West Berkshire schools. We have maintained measures such as staggered breaks and bubbles since October even when this was no longer the Government guidance. I have today consulted with the Local Authority and our Health and Safety colleagues and they confirm that there is nothing more we can do in school to prevent any further cases. They did stress again that testing regularly is one of the best ways to try and prevent children who are asymptomatic from attending school. You will be informed by separate letter if your child/children need to increase LFT daily for 7 days. There are many ways that children may contract Covid and we would ask that you ensure that if they attend clubs outside school, that the clubs are doing all they can in terms of Covid safety measures. Children are also attending birthday parties and we don’t want these to stop, as we know we all like a party, but please be aware that hygiene measures need to be strict at these events.
School Based Foodbank
The last couple of years have been extremely hard for many families and strains have been put upon finances due to the unprecedented situation. As a school we are always trying to think of new ways to support our families, so we have decided to trial having some basic provisions at school that families can come and collect after drop off or before pick up. The food parcels include breakfast cereal, milk, juice, squash, cereal bars, pasta and pasta sauce. If you would like to come and collect a parcel, please contact Miss Exworth by email Rexworth@westwoodfarmschools.w-berks.sch.uk or ring the office. The food parcels are available to any families in need, your children do not need to be eligible for free school meals. This will be a confidential service, only the people that need to know to hand out the parcels will know who has requested one. Please do not hesitate to request a parcel if you find yourself in need of extra support.
Thank you for all your support, as always,
Mrs Ross and all the Westwood Farm Staff