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Spring 2 News Week 6 March 24th

Good morning everyone,

We have raised  £109.00 for Red Nose Day so far- thank you. Today is the last day for Head Boy and Head Girl nominations. I wonder who will be chosen to represent the school?

Changes after Easter.

I am pleased to tell you that Mrs Wilde, a teacher from Hillside Academy will be joining us after Easter. She will be the Year 4 class teacher and will be in school to meet the children before we break up.

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

Testing at home throughout the Easter holidays for schools and colleges

Following the success of the asymptomatic testing programme on the return to school and college, it is vital to keep testing at home throughout the Easter holidays and into the summer term. Please pass on this message to all of your staff, students and parents:

  • test twice a week at home from now on (all those who are able to)
  • report results online as positive, negative or void. This information is critical in helping us to understand the prevalence of the virus across the country
  • continue to test twice weekly over the Easter holidays
  • test before returning to school or college for the summer term, either the night before, or morning of, the first day back, to find and isolate any positive cases

Families and households can also access home test kits for adults.

Team Points

The winning team for this term is MINIONS!!

We have reached the 5th Milestone on the 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.

We have reached the 10th Milestone on the Reading Challenge

We have reached the 20th Milestone on the Reading Challenge

I hope you have a good day
Mrs Mason

 

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

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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