Levelling Up... And Down Again

Headteacher Newsletter 7th February 2022

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Forest School training and volunteering opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity for a parent/carer volunteer, who would like to join us in our Forest School provision as an accredited Forest School Assistant.

If you can commit to being able to volunteer with us on a fairly regular basis, we would like to offer you the chance to gain an OCN Level 2 Forest School qualification free of charge. The training takes place from Monday 10th-Friday 14th October in Lawshall, with Green Light Trust; some staff from the school will also be attending this course. As well as attending the course, trainees are expected to complete some self-led coursework/study.

If you are interested, please speak to Mrs. Allman in the first instance, who will share full details with you.

If we have more than one parent/carer coming forward, we will arrange an informal interview with Mr. Hurkett, our Enrichment Leader.

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Reading for Pleasure - newsletter 3

Please read the next RfP newsletter for this week's book recommendations.

Miss Mansfield, Literacy Co-ordinator

Reading for Pleasure (RfP) World Book Day

Please click on the link to view this year's plan...

Collective Worship - Reflection

Our focus in Collective Worship last week was the 'Reflective' cog. The picture shows Noah with his amazing design for a friendship bench at school. Noah came up with this idea so that children who need a friend to play with at breaktime can go and sit on the bench so that others can invite them to join in. Mrs Boyd asked him to come up with some ideas for how to achieve this.

He then went away and did some wonderfully Reflective thinking and came up with a choice of which bench should become the friendship bench, as well as a beautiful colour scheme! He presented his ideas to the class at Collective Worship this week.

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Government website - Stop Abuse Together

Schools have been asked by the Department for Education to share information about a new government website with parents. This new resource is designed to support parents in identifying and reporting sexual abuse.

The website quotes the shocking statistic that an estimated half a million children in 2019 experienced some form of sexual abuse. This work builds on other key areas of work and research such as the peer on peer sexual abuse focus from Ofsted and the Children’s Commissioner’s work on talking to your child about online sexual harassment.

The new website “Stop Abuse Together” provides guidance on identifiable changes in children’s mood, behaviour, environment and appearance which could, potentially, be a sign of abuse. As the site explains, ‘There aren’t always signs that a child is being sexually abused, but you can learn about some of the most common things to look out for. They don’t always mean that a child is being sexually abused – but it’s best to reach out for support if you have concerns.’

The site also provides a direct link to the NSPCC helpline.

Please remember that if you have any concern about the safety of your child, the school will support you.

COVID-19 update

We remain committed to ensuring our school is as safe as possible with regard to COVID-19. We have gone from Level 2 to 3 then back down to Level 2 again within the Suffolk Framework, and expect to continue like this while we have cases in school. We continue to implement control measures to reduce transmission. This means we will not currently have any whole school indoor activities or non-essential visitors into school. We have updated our Risk Assessment accordingly.

We will review this on an ongoing basis and keep you informed of any changes. Whilst we are operating above Level 1, we request that you continue to treat your child as though they are likely to have mixed closely with a positive case. Suffolk Public Health strongly recommends close contacts undertake daily LFD tests for 7 days and should isolate if they feel unwell with any COVID-19 symptoms, or if they return a positive LFD test. Under 5’s are exempt from daily testing.

We therefore encourage all parents/carers to undertake daily testing and to log their test results, whether negative or positive, on both the government portal and on TestRegister.

Your child can continue to attend school during this period unless they start to show symptoms or test positive on an LFD test. You do not need to arrange a follow-up PCR test if you have already taken an LFD test and the result was positive.

Cases can return to their setting once the 10 day isolation period is complete or if they have had a negative LFD result on two consecutive days after Day 5 and they have had no fever for 48 hours.

Government guidance


The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

• recent onset of new continuous cough or

• high temperature or

• a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. If you are concerned about your health or the health of anyone else in your house, please seek advice from your GP or NHS 111 by phoning 111.

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The frequently asked questions on the SCC website are available at Latest guidance COVID-19 | Suffolk County Council.

As always, we encourage you to ensure your child continues to attend school if they are well and do not have a positive COVID-19 test result.

Remote learning - a reminder

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 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.

Pearson Teaching Awards 2022

Entries are now open for the 2022 Pearson National Teaching Awards as featured on BBC’s The One Show.

The ‘Unsung Hero’ Award, honours our everyday heroes and ensures these amazing staff working in schools and colleges are given the thanks they deserve. This award is open to anyone working in a school – teacher, support staff including caretakers, playground helpers, school office staff, head teachers and teachers.

It is the only award open to nominations from parents/carers and pupils so if you know an amazing member of school staff or school/college team send them a free thank you e-card from the website and tick the box saying you would like to card to turn into a nomination. We’ll then follow up with the recipient’s school to progress the thank you into a fully fledged Pearson National Teaching Awards entry!

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Ixworth Brownies need you!

Ixworth Brownies is part of the Thedwastre District, which includes Guiding units from Thurston, Norton and other local villages.

The present Ixworth Brownies have 5 members. If the Brownie unit is to remain open in Ixworth more girls are urgently needed! We meet on Tuesday evenings 5-6pm, when numbers increase we will meet 5-6:30pm.

Ixworth Brownies are are looking for girls aged 7-10 who enjoy meeting new friends, playing games, doing craft & other activities, and who enjoy having fun!

Should the unit still be struggling for members, unfortunately it will have to close.

We have a thriving Guide unit within the village and we do hope that you will consider getting your daughter involved so that girls in & around Ixworth can continue to enjoy the opportunities that Girl Guiding can offer!

Please go to www.girlguiding.org.uk/joinus to register your daughter, selecting Ixworth brownies.

Cost is £45 per term including the annual census.

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PTA Cake Sale

Friday, Feb. 18th, 3:15pm

School Lane

Bardwell, England

This time it will be Hazel Class pupils' turn to make or buy a small number of cup cakes or portioned tray bake, which will then be on sale to everyone at the end of school.

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February half term - holiday club

Our sports provider, GVTSSP, will be running the following during half term at TCC Beyton Campus. Please see this flyer for more information.

Camp 21-25 February 2022

Mon 21 Feb: AM Skateboarding / PM BMX or Target Games

Tue 22 Feb: AM Gymnastics / Pm - Dance OR Parkour

Wed 23 Feb: AM- Ipswich Town Football OR Parkour / PM- Ipswich Town Football OR Capoeira

Thurs 24 Feb -Nerf and Laser Tag / PM Nerf and Laser Tag

Fri 25 Feb- Am Multi games and Inflatables / PM -Multi games and Inflatables

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Holiday Club information from South Lee School

South Lee School are offering a free Holiday Activity Day on Thursday 24th February, during half term, for pupils in Reception to Year 7.

Activities will include sports, art, drama, computing, music and more! A hot lunch will be provided for all attending pupils.

We would be incredibly grateful if you could please forward the attached leaflet to parents in the above year groups, potentially in a weekly parent bulletin or newsletter.

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Breakfast and After School Clubs

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 have all restarted 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.

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.