Ring in the New!

Headteacher Newsletter - 7th January 2022

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and you managed to create time and space to enjoy your families over the festive period.

The end of term was truly magical and I never had the chance to say thank you to the children, staff, and, of course, the families who came out in force to support yet another special, memorable, and authentic event. We've had an enormous amount of positive feedback not to mention becoming TV stars on ITV.

So, we're back to business and it's like we never had the break.

It's sad to say there have been even more changes and updates regarding covid (of which we have recently communicated), however, we are all holding firm and committed to not letting this affect the children in any way. In fact, upon the return, it was still the same smiley, happy faces that filled the school corridors. We shall ring in the valiant man!

Happy New Year!

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam

Changed your mobile over Christmas?

If you have a new mobile number please ensure you have informed the School, you can do this via Arbor or let a member of office staff know.

Please ensure we have contact details for everyone in your family that has parental responsibility for a pupil.

Change to Government advice regarding isolation.

As you will all be aware the government advice for isolation changed over the Christmas period:

Information on the changes to the self-isolation period for individuals who test positive for COVID-19

Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10 day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason.

Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of self-isolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours apart. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion. If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education setting from day 8.

Daily testing for close contacts of COVID-19

People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take an LFD test every day for seven days and continue to attend their setting as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at any time.

Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts. If a child under 5 is a contact of a confirmed case, they are not required to self-isolate and should not start daily testing. If they live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 they should limit their contact with anyone who is at higher risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19, and arrange to take a PCR test as soon as possible. They can continue to attend an education or childcare setting while waiting for the PCR result. If the test is positive, they should follow the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Updated Suffolk County Council information

The Framework developed by local Public Health colleagues remains in place with some updates to reflect the latest government guidance including secondary pupils wearing face coverings in lessons. All updates are listed in the version control table of page 2.

All schools and settings start the term on Level 1.

The flowcharts have also been updated to reflect the change in isolation guidance from 10 days to 7 days if there is a negative LFT on day 6 and 7.

Practice Fire Evacuation

We carried out one of our regular practices of the fire evacuation procedure this week to ensure that all staff and pupils are aware of evacuation routes and how to respond when they hear the alarm. Pupils are unaware of the practice in advance and almost all staff this week were also not informed. This creates a more realistic scenario for us to see if there are any areas for improvement.

For this practice, I requested that a pupil remained 'missing', in the school building, to check that this was picked up in the procedure (it was - very quickly!). It takes a brave pupil to agree to this, so I'd like to thank Lucas for remaining behind and all the pupils and staff for an exemplary, calm evacuation.

Mrs Boyd

Dress for the weather

We emailed you all in mid-December with the following, but thought a reminder might be helpful:

Dear parents and carers,

We are very proud of being such an active, outdoorsy school but we would like you to ensure your child is fully prepared for the wintry weather. We are noticing quite a few chilly fingers and cold noses as we hold our rehearsals outside!

Please make sure that your child *always* has layers on - a vest, with a long sleeved cotton T-shirt under a school logo'd sweatshirt is ideal, with warm jogging bottoms - thin leggings are not warm enough in this weather. If your child likes to wear shorts throughout the year, as is a tradition at Bardwell, this is fine but do consider wearing sports skins underneath. I'd also suggest thick warm socks or tights instead of school ankle socks. All children need comfortable sturdy shoes as well as a pair of wellies. Please also ensure your child has a coat, hat, gloves and scarf each day, as well as as change of clothes which can be held in school.

Don't forget to label all items - ask the office staff if you need to borrow a permanent marker pen.

Thank you for your help with keeping us active and outdoors!

Mrs Boyd

Poor weather letter - reminder

Poor Weather procedure letter.

Please ensure we have an up-to-date mobile number and email address for all parents/carers in your family.

Breakfast and After School Clubs from January

The Clubs timetable is now online.

After School:

Monday - Multisports with Mr Hurkett

Tuesday - Gymnastics with Mr Hurkett

Wednesday - Tag Rugby with GVTSSP, Stephen

Thursday - Indoor Ball games/racquet sports with GVTSSP, Helena

A reminder that we will not be running an After School Club on Fridays, due to low uptake, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Clubs will restart in the week of 10th January and are bookable on Arbor. Please ensure you pack a healthy snack for your child to have during After School Club and - as ever - let the office staff know if you don't need your place so they can free it up for someone else.

Bardwell Church Services this month


  • Sunday 16th, Communion Service, 10am
  • Tuesday 18th, Coffee Morning, 10.30-midday
  • Saturday 29th, Messy Church - Candlemas, 2.30-4.30pm
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Bardwell Charities

In the recent Bardwell Parish News, you may have seen information about this funding. The charity can provide a limited amount of aid for those in need. If you meet requirements to qualify they may be able to help with living or educational costs, where aid is not already available from a statutory organisation.

To find out more, please visit the website at bardwellcharities.onesuffolk.net

Alternatively, contact either of the two Trustees listed below, who will treat all information confidentially:

Dinkie Williamson - dinkie.williamson@gmail.com

Barry Felton - bfelton13@btinternet.com

The School has also been contacted recently with similar information from Hepworth village charities fund. If you are within the Hepworth parish boundary and would like the school to make a referral on your behalf, please speak to Mrs Allman, in confidence.

Reporting illness - a reminder

As always, please phone the school before 9 am (rather than emailing) if your child is unwell; if you need to leave a message, please give an indication of the nature of the illness, and let us know if there are any Covid symptoms (new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change to a sense of smell or taste). If your child is off with a confirmed case of Covid, but has no symptoms and is feeling well, the government expects all schools to provide remote learning and we will do this via Google Classroom.

The guidance for families on how to access Google Classroom is here.

Class codes:

Rowan & Silver Birch - gf2lfnn

Hazel Class - kb2hb6s

Oak Class - akeyunl

If you need to borrow a school Chromebook in order to access this learning, please contact the office staff.

If your child is off with a confirmed case of Covid, or any other illness, there is no expectation that they complete remote learning if they are not well enough.

Free School Meals - could you be eligible?

Your child may be eligible for free school meals throughout primary school. This could save you approximately £437 per year.

To check or apply online, visit: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-meals-uniforms-and-trips/apply-for-free-school-meals/

Check if you're eligible

Your child will get free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit but no element of Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190

  • If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work fewer hours per week

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month), as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).

To check if your child is eligible, apply online for an immediate response or call 01473 260989.

We encourage you to apply, because the school receives additional funding (Pupil Premium) for all children on income-related Free School Meals.