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Spring 2 News Week 5 March 19th

Good morning everyone,

Thank you to the parents who took part in the RSE consultation- your comments were very helpful. We will share the finalised policy in due course.

Don’t forget that today is Red Nose Day. Children can come dressed in red- prizes for the child in each class wearing the most red items. Red Noses pre ordered from school have been given out. Please donate by clicking on this link.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/castle-red-nose-day

 

Well done Emily- you have reached 50 on our reading challenge.


Please encourage your child to read at home. Remember reading at least 4 x per week- 1 sticker on our reading challenge chart. Reading more than this = 2 stickers.

Changes after Easter.

Please click on the link to view the changes for Year 4 pupils starting and finishing the school day.

https://www.astreacastle.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Castle-Academy-Covid-19-entry-to-the-school-site-plans-from-April-12th.pdf

 

I hope you have a good day and a relaxing weekend.
Mrs Mason

 

Attendance Update

Well done to Lynx Class for all being on time last week- fantastic! This means that you made the most of your learning time.

Well done to Jaguars for the best attendance with 99.4%

Overall attendance is 96.1%. Thank you everyone for continuing to support our attendance strategy.

Remember that any class with 100% attendance will earn a non uniform day.

Please keep reading our daily post as this is the place where we share our important information.

Thank you

Relationship and Sex Education Consultati0n.

As a school community, we are currently in unprecedented times which makes it a little more challenging to consult with you. To help you understand the curriculum requirements, we have placed information on our website which we would encourage you to read. We will also be hosting a Virtual Parent Consultation Meeting via TEAMs on Thursday 18th March at 4:30pm. If you would be interested in attending this meeting then please do express an interest via email (admin@astreacastle.org) to join our Parents Working Group for RSE. The consultation will close on Monday 22nd March 2021. Miss Blagden will be leading on this project within school, working alongside staff, pupils, parents and Governors.

Click here to be directed to the RSE page on our website.

https://www.astreacastle.org/learning/curriculum/relationship-and-sex-education-rse-at-castle-academy

Uniform Policy

 Please make sure your child is wearing their school uniform on Monday and remember that children should not be wearing nail polish or any jewellery other than a watch or small stud earrings which they must be able to remove themselves on PE days.

We do have various uniform available in school ready to purchase and take away.
If we do not hold the uniform you need in school you can now order from our new supplier here: https://myclothing.com/ueslink/6295.school

The uniform is:

  • red sweatshirt or cardigan (with or without the Castle Academy logo)
  • White polo shirt or white formal shirt
  • Grey formal trousers/shorts/skirt/grey pinafore/red gingham dress
  • Grey/white socks or black/red/grey tights
  • Formal black shoes/short boots or black trainers. No open toed sandals or ballet pumps.
  • Please  make sure everything has your child’s name in it.

PE uniform:

  • A plain white T-shirt or one with the Castle logo
  • Black or grey shorts/ jogging trousers
  • red sweatshirt or cardigan (with or without the Castle Academy logo)
  • Trainers
  • For safety reasons, cycle shorts and those made of Lycra are not permitted.
  • Children with longer hair should have hair tied up or bring a hair bobble that they can use.
  • Children should be able to remove their own jewellery.

If you are struggling with school uniform we do have spares in school. These can be loaned to the children (please note these are washed and stored for the appropriate time after use.) During the current Covid 19 pandemic  the windows will be open so if the weather is cooler then please consider sending your child with an extra layer of clothing. Children will not be wearing coats in classrooms. Hopefully the weather will  be kind to us in this respect.

Dates

Science week- March 15th

Red Nose Day- March 19th

Easter Fun day- March 25th

Learning Celebration day – shared virtually with parents- March 26th

March 26th- April 12th- Easter holidays

 

 Reminders

PE kit worn on PE days.

Lynx- Monday

Tigers- Friday

Leopards- Monday

Jaguars-Tuesday

Cougars- Thursday

Pumas- Wednesday

  • No bags or book bags needed.
  • Coats only needed if cold or wet.
  • Water bottles needed.
  • School lunches available. If your child is bringing a packed lunch please make sure they can open all bottles and packages themselves.
  • Please do not enter the site unless you have been asked to do so. Please adhere to social distance when dropping off or picking up your child, If  you are not able to do this then please wear a face mask.
  • Please do not send your child to school or enter the site if you are feeling unwell.
  • Before and after school clubs will not resume until restrictions ease.

 

Guidance regarding testing of households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary-age pupils

About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still pass it on to others. Regular testing of people without symptoms is important to help stop the virus spreading and protect your loved ones. As lockdown restrictions gradually ease we all need to play our part to help protect each other.

The following people in England will have access to regular rapid lateral flow testing made available to them as schools reopen:

  • secondary school pupils
  • primary and secondary school staff
  • households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary-age pupils
  • households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary staff

Primary school pupils will not be asked to test at this time. The guidance below explains  how you can order tests.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff?utm_source=1%20March%202021%20C19&utm_medium=Daily%20Email%20C19&utm_campaign=DfE%20C19

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