This morning, three of our children accompanied Mrs Kirkwood to the Parish Hall to deliver Random Acts of Kindness. The three recipients were overjoyed with this extremely kind gesture.
Easington C of E Primary Open Afternoon
Wednesday 13th October 2021
Drop in between 2:00 – 5:30pm
We are looking forward to welcoming our wonderful children and families back to school on Thursday 2nd September. Our new Reception children will also be starting on this date.
Just to confirm following the correspondence sent in July https://www.easington-pri.durham.sch.uk/update-for-parents-6-7-2021/ there will be no staggered start or finish times to our school day. Therefore, from Thursday all children are to arrive at school between 8.45 and 8.55am and filter straight into classrooms where their class teacher will be waiting. Any children who are accessing our Breakfast Club can arrive at school from 7.45am. Monday to Thursday our Key Stage 1 children will finish school at 3.20pm and our Key Stage 2 children 3.25pm. The collection time on a Friday is 2.30pm for the whole school. After School Clubs will run as usual.
I would also like to confirm that our Coastal Walk will take place Sunday 5th September. Please can children bring any sponsor forms into school by the end of September and we hope to see as many of you there on Sunday.
Once again, we look forward to seeing you all on Thursday 2nd September for another fun, hardworking and successful year.
Mr Appleby and staff
As you are aware, on Sunday night, England are playing in their first major final for 55 years. The tournament has given our nation a much needed lift after the challenging times everyone has been through.
If your child is a football fan and is likely to be staying up late on Sunday to cheer the lads on, then please let them have a lie in on Monday. We would rather children have a good rest and come into school when they are ready rather than being tired all day.
School will begin at normal time (Breakfast Club as normal) but children arriving up to 11am will not be marked as late and will not miss any teaching and learning.
Lets get behind the nation, talk to your children about patriotism, pride, resilience and this special moment in our sporting history.
Come on England, do us proud!
The DfE has today published operational guidance to apply to schools from step 4 (currently expected to be from 19 July)
Please see a summary of the guidance below. This will come into effect when the children return on Thursday 2nd September 2021. After what has been such a difficult and challenging time for us all, I’m sure you will agree this is positive news and will allow our school community and most importantly our children, to begin to return to normality.
No more bubbles
- The guidance no longer recommends ‘bubbles’ from step 4. The guidance expressly states that this means assemblies can resume and schools no longer need to keep bubbles separate at lunchtime. In some local areas it may be necessary to reintroduce bubbles for a temporary period but this will be communicated with parents.
- This allows us to end staggered start and end times to the school day. From September all children can arrive at school between 8.45-8.55am and filter directly into classes. Monday to Thursday our Key Stage 1 children will finish school at 3.20pm and our Key Stage 2 children 3.25pm. The collection time on a Friday is 2.30pm for the whole school. Breakfast/After School Clubs will run as usual.
No more self-isolation for close contacts (children under 18)
- From 16th August 2021 children under 18 will no longer be required to self-isolate if contacted by test and trace as a close contact. Instead they will be advised to take a PCR test.
- Schools will no longer be required to do close contact tracing from step 4. Close contacts will be identified by test and trace.
- Note this will not apply if the child lives in the same household as someone who is a positive case, they must then self-isolate.
No more face coverings
- Face coverings will no longer be advised for pupils, staff or visitors. These will also no longer be required on school transport. However, the wearing of a facecovering is personal choice and all visitors are welcome to do so if they wish.
- If there is an outbreak in school, public health may advise the school to temporarily re-introduce face coverings and this should be reflected in outbreak management plans.
Risk assessments and continued control measures
- School will continue to have a risk assessment in place in order to comply with health and safety law and put in place proportionate control measures. There are still control measures set out in the guidance including:-
- hand hygiene,
- respiratory hygiene,
- appropriate cleaning schedule,
- keeping rooms well ventilated
- self isolation of those with symptoms, positive cases and those with a positive case in their household
Self-isolation- when it will apply
- Pupils and staff should not come into school if they have symptoms (even if they have been vaccinated), a positive test result or are quarantining after a trip abroad. Anyone who develops Covid 19 symptoms (however mild) should be sent home to follow public health advice to self-isolate and get a PCR test. The individual’s household should then follow the public health stay at home guidance for households with a possible or confirmed Covid-19 infection (this applies even if members of the household have had two doses of the coronavirus vaccine).
- School Staff will continue to undertake twice weekly home tests whenever they are on site until the end of September when this will be reviewed.
- Staff with positive LFD tests will self-isolate and get a PCR test to confirm the result.
CEV children and staff
- All previously shielding children should attend school unless there is express medical advice not to attend.
Remote education and free school meals
- School will maintain our capacity to deliver high quality remote education for the next academic year if required.
- Free school meal support will be provided to any pupils who are eligible for benefits related free school meals if they are learning at home during term time.
Education recovery and inspections
- Exam and assessment results from Summer 2021 will not be published in performance tables.
The positivity and the sense of community that we have shown throughout this time has been humbling, moving and simply gone to prove how amazing our Easington CofE family really is.
If you have any questions or concerns about any of the points above, please do not hesitate to contact school and speak with Mr Appleby.
Mr Appleby and staff
Our fantastic children have been supporting Councillor Surtees and her Family cookery project.
Chef Bill from Cafe Together enlisted the help of Charlotte (Year 1) and the help of her mum to produce two videos to show how to make Crunchy Cornflake Chicken Dippers and Gooey Chocolate Cornflake Cakes. They were truly delicious.
Then, Chef Bill asked Oliver (Year 2) to make Cowboy Hotpot and Anabelle (Year 4) to make Blueberry Muffins – again, they were also scrumptious and delicious.
Councillor Surtees and Chef Bill would not have been able to deliver the cookery project if these three little superstars hadn’t stepped in to do the videos – step aside the Gordon Ramseys and Nigella Lawsons of this world and make way for three new budding culinary experts. Their videos can be viewed on our Facebook page Easington Regeneration Partnership – Family Fun. Lots of other activities for families are advertised during school holidays on there too.
https://fb.watch/5e8xrsF8RP/ – Charlotte Chicken Dippers
https://fb.watch/5e8zyPlea3/.- Charlotte Cornflake Cakes
https://fb.watch/5e8juzZ8Ei/ – Oliver Part one Cowboy Hotpot
https://fb.watch/5e8na5_9fV/ – Oliver Part Two Cowboy Hotpot
https://fb.watch/5e8qztsrx8/ – Anabelle Part One Blueberry Muffins
https://fb.watch/5e8sBoHHM1/ – Anabelle Part Two Blueberry Muffins
Our beautiful ‘Lockdown Learning Displays’ which show the amazing work our children produced during our enforced Remote Learning. Children were welcomed back to these displays on returning to school on Monday. We wanted to show how much we value all of their amazing hard work.
Well done children, you simply are the best! ❤️
Good morning everyone,
To welcome our fabulous children back to school on Monday 8th March, all classes will be having a Welcome Back Afternoon! Children will be able to catch up with friends (some of which they haven’t seen for seen for 11 weeks), have some nice treats and have a lovely, fun-filled afternoon with their class teacher. We feel this is the least the children deserve for all of the amazing effort and resilience they have shown over the past months. Children are to wear school uniform as normal.
As a thank you for all of your amazing, unwavering support during the current lockdown, as a gesture of goodwill, I will not be charging anything for our wrap around care provision during the first week back (WB 8th March). Any parents wanting their children to attend Breakfast Club or After School Club that week, can do so free of charge.
To book sessions please either email email@example.com or simply text us by replying to one of our texts via Teachers2parents informing us which sessions you require. Please can we ask that sessions are booked by 12 noon on Friday 5th March.
Once we are all back in school on Monday 8th, Mrs Bowden-Stoker will send a letter home to parents to book childcare for weeks commencing 15th and 22nd March.
Any parents who completed and sent payment into school for Breakfast/After School Clubs for January, your payments will be returned to you via your child on Monday 8th.
Return to school Monday 8th March 2021
Please see below a document regarding our school reopening next Monday.