Issue 25 - 20 March 2020

Issue 25 - 20 March 2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE—EXTRAORDINARY TIMES

I think it is safe to say that this week has been an extraordinary week and suspect we are only at the start of a very difficult and challenging time for all.   I thought I would take a few minutes to try and summarise what we are doing moving forwards.

Meadow is open to pupils who are not at an elevated medical risk of becomingseriously ill should they contract Coronavirus. We will send home any pupil showing any sign or symptoms of illness and pupils with asthma if they need their inhalers more then usual. This is because evidence suggests that asthmatics who need their preventative inhalers may be more susceptible to infection at this time. These rules apply to all pupils including key workers children.

Whilst school is open it is not business as usual. We are offering child care at this time and not education and expect this will be the case until other schools reopen. We are extremely short staffed and so have taken these measures to support you by keeping the school open. The government says “This is an offer to parents and carers and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school”. This means that, in the vast majority of cases, should you choose to keep your child at home this will be fine. We will try to keep in touch. Should you keep your child at home now, but later decided you would prefer them to be at school, please contact us to let us know before sending them back, so that we can make sure that we are able to    support. Please also note that we are not able to say that we can offer therapy support during this time as therapists are as vulnerable to health risks as other staff.

Should we have staff shortages, we may have to make difficult decision about sending some pupils home. Children whose parents are keyworkers would be given priority for places if these are limited, followed by pupils with child protection and social care support.

As school is open, our staff are focusing on providing activities for pupils on site. This means that we will not be able to support parents choosing to educate at home. We will put as much as we can on the website, but our priority is keeping the school open for as many as we can. As such, we will not be providing work for pupils at home, but will do our best to update the website with ideas as much as we can. 

We have also said we do not want school uniform.  This is because we want the children to understand the difference between normal school and staying open during the crisis.  Clean clothes are safer clothes – please make sure that your child wears clean clothes every day.

Where possible, we are encouraging “bare below the elbow” to help reduce risk of transmission of infection (see poster attached).

Please keep in touch with us and we will also try to do the same. We have a small team who intend to make contact with families and pupils who are not attending school at least once a week and more frequently if needed. Your wellbeing and the pupils’ wellbeing remains a school priority.

We will try to send text messages to alert you of updates, but will be using the news section of the website to share key information, as we are aware that a few parents are not getting the full text message.  Text messages will also be added to the website in the news section.

Like everything at the moment, our plans are changing by the day and so we are not able to say with certainly what we will be able to offer moving forward.  Please keep an eye on the website.

Mrs J Rigby—Headteacher                                            


This may be the last Bulletin for a while.  Please keep an eye on the school website NEWS/LATEST NEWS section for updates and key information.

We have put some resources and information for pupils to do at home on the website under
PUPILS/E- LEARNING—HOME LEARNING. 

Learning packs which have been sent home can be used at home if your child is self-isolating.  These home packs are optional and it is completely up to you whether your child completes any work whilst off.

The Prime Minister’s daily update is when we too receive new information and updates about the current situation.

The Government also announced this week that all Exams due to take place in May and June have been cancelled.  We are currently awaiting further clarification on this and will be in touch with those pupils due to take GCSEs and Functional Skills.

Hopefully, you will understand why, but we have decided we are unable to provide an Annual School Report because we are so short staffed and have to prioritise maintaining the school’s opening.

Ms C Caddell—Deputy Headteacher


Debby Gleed-Young, our Family Liaison Officer, has provided some websites that may be useful over the coming weeks:

FOOD BANKS https://www.trusselltrust.org/

REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS – www.nhs.uk

Money Advice Service – www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

Money Saving Expert - www.moneysavingexpert.com


School Website:    www.meadowhighschool.org


To keep pupils active whilst at home—SHSSN twitter account @SHSSNawards will be posting regular activities for pupils to do at home.

Mr M Vincent – Faculty Lead, PE


One of our Year 8 pupils Grandad sadly passed away recently and family requested that, instead of flowers, could friends and family donate to ‘Friends of Meadow’.  

We have received £485.00, which we will use to purchase some seating for our sensory garden.

Thank you to Beth’s family and friends for your kind generosity.


Classlist - Keep In Touch With Other Parents

Classlist is our online community for parents of Meadow pupils run by Friends of Meadow.  It's a way to keep in touch with what's happening at our school and with other parents.  

In these difficult times you can also use it to arrange safe online contact between pupils over Skype or FaceTime if they are required to be in isolation.  We may arrange some class or group chats if they would be useful in the future.

So, how do you join?  Either drop me an email, goodbodyjg@yahoo.co.uk and I can send you an invitation or go to classlist.com, select your school as "Meadow High School" and join.  Note all applications to join are checked so you may have to wait a short time to be approved.

Mr John Goodbody – Parent Governor & Secretary—Friends of Meadow


SPORT RELIEF WEEK

We would like to thank everyone who took part and helped support us during Sports Relief Week. The students, and staff, all seemed to enjoy it; making it a huge success. As a school, we managed to raise a total of  £282.60.   That is nearly a £20 increase from Sports Relief 2018. 

Throughout the week the students competed in several different sporting activities, and while
all participants did extremely well, the winners are listed below:

  • Boccia: player of the match:
    Amiya - Wins a £5 Entertainer Gift Card
     
  • Press up challenge:
    Idris with 31 press ups
    Wins a £10 Entertainer Gift Card
     
  • Target Throw winners: 
    Alfie, Yatin and Bilal
    Winners of a Football each
     
  • Tennis Keep-ups:
    Stan
    Wins a Basketball
     
  • Rugby ball kick:
    Rocky— wins GK gloves x1 and
    Xander—wins a Rucksack from Trespass
     
  • Rowing challenge best effort:
    Lennie - wins GK gloves
     
  • Most dedicated and committed participant of the week:
    Diego - Wins a £20 Gift Card from Intu

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letters Home

Letter to selected pupils

Contact email address request

 

Letter to selected pupils

Devon trip postponed

School Lunches

Week: 23-27 March 2020
Week 2
Spring/Summer Menu

 

Upcoming Events

4-19 April 2020

EASTER HOLIDAY

 

Monday 20 April 2020

Back to school—9am start

 

Wednesday 22 April 2020

ASD Coffee Morning 11.15am

 

Friday 8 May 2020

National Bank Holiday (VE Day )

 

Thursday 14 May 2020

Dyspraxia Coffee Morning—10am

 

Friday 15 May 2020

School Photographer—Class photos

 

Wednesday 20 May 2020

ASD Coffee Morning—11.15am

 

25-29 May 2020

HALF TERM
Thursday 11 June 2020

TRAINING DAY—School is CLOSED to pupils

 

Wednesday 17 June 2020

ASD Coffee Morning =- 11.15am

 

Thursday 18 June 2020

Parents Evening

 

Wednesday 24 June 2020

TRAINING DAY—School is CLOSED to pupils

 

Wednesday 24 June 2020

Annual Review Day (for some pupils)

 

Tuesday 7 July 2020

TRANSITION DAY

 

Wednesday 15 July 2020

ASD Coffee  Morning

 

Tuesday 21 July 2020

Last day of term ./ school year—2pm finish