Half term is nearly here! It’s been a very
busy term so far with lots of Expressive Arts, this will continue after half
term too! It’s also been very challenging with Covid cases continuing to cause
disruption. I recognise that everyone is doing their best and I thank our
staff, pupils and parents for their support.
Covid has certainly not gone away! We’ve now had
14 cases so far this term at school, it continues to rise. I cannot stress how
important it is to keep your child at home if they are in any way unwell, this
is helping reduce the spread of the virus.
All staff at Abercarn Primary are working
extremely hard to minimise disruption. We do have plans in place to support the
increasing number of staff absence and children either unwell or isolating but
all parents need to be aware that there may be further disruption ahead e.g.
different teaching staff or teaching assistants in class. It is becoming
increasingly difficult to source any cover staff due to the high number of
staff absence with Covid across South East Wales. I understand some parents are
frustrated because we have not resumed a “business as usual” and we continue to
limit face to face meetings, limit the activities we undertake and limit
parents on site. My main priority at the moment is to safely keep children in
school. It is important to maintain the health of our pupils and staff for this
to happen. Performances with an audience cannot happen owing to the rise in
cases and children in front of a forward-facing audience with limited
ventilation, this could potentially mean a significant rise in cases amongst
children, staff and the audience. We need to be as safe as possible and aim to
keep all classes open!
As this is the last newsletter before we
finish at 3.30pm next Wednesday I wish you all a very happy, safe and enjoyable
half term! A big thank you to staff for their hard work and to our community
for their support.
Updated - COVID Advice and Sickness
Please do not send your child to school if
they are unwell! We need to do everything possible to reduce the spread of the virus.
If your child is unwell and you are unsure, please keep your child home!
Please wear a face covering on site and
limit your interaction with others, please help us to try and limit the rise in
I am having lots of discussions with
parents when a person tests positive in the household and whether children can
continue to attend school. Government advice states that children can attend
school as normal although I recommend parents be as cautious as possible given
the number of positive cases we are seeing in school.
If your child has a sickness bug you must
keep them off for 48 hours from the last time, they were sick. This is Public
Health Wales advice. Please do not send your child to school before 48 hours as
this is causing the bug to spread and along with COVID it is causing lots of
children to be off school. We have enhanced cleaning every day to make sure
classrooms are nice and clean, please help us on this matter!
Welsh Government advice is that if your
child is identified as a close contact then they do not need to isolate but you
are encouraged to arrange a PCR Test on day 2 and Day 8 (Unless you are told
something different by a contact tracer). The Welsh Government are now advising
that children under 5 do not have a PCR test if they do not have the classic symptoms
and / or unless instructed by a doctor.
Some parents are deciding to isolate their
child / family if there is a positive case here at school and as a school we
will support your decision. Please continue to let me know of any positive
cases outside of school hours by using the email@example.com email
address. Please include as much detail as possible. Don’t assume I will find
out from others, please drop me a message and I can alert parents as soon as I
am aware. This will hopefully help to reduce the spread of the virus.
Please continue to help us to celebrate
what we do well and outline the areas we can improve by completing the online
Parent Survey. We undertake a survey at least once a year and your answers help
shape and inform school improvement and self-evaluation. Please make every
effort to complete the form. https://parentsurvey.abercarnprimary.com
– Tin in a Bin
We are asking for donations for our local
Food Bank in Risca.
Our collection is called “Tin in a Bin”.
There is now a big red bin by the gate every morning for parents / pupils to
drop / place food items in. It is just past the sanitising station so the lid
of the bin will always be clean. This will allow us to collect and store the
items. Please look out for the BIG RED
BIN and please donate some items over the next few weeks. Food banks have
been used more than over during this pandemic and they are very grateful for
the donations received. Please make sure items are in date and sealed. Urgently
required items are: tinned fruit (400gms), tea bags (80's), dried pasta
(500gms) and Breakfast Cereals. Thank you so much for your support.
As we are a cashless school we will now be
taking payment for fruit via trybooking (while we wait on UPAY functionality to
be established). We have paid for fruit for the past several months but now
need to reintroduce contributions. In order to make the system workable we have
decided to take a single payment for the whole half term (1st Nov until 17th
THE COST OF FRUIT FOR THE WHOLE HALF TERM
This price is set to reflect that your
child might be off for holidays/illness during the period. This will save the
need for refunds to be issued.
In order to pay for your child’s fruit you
will need to go online using the following link:
PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN CASH
Well done to our Year 6
children who participated in the cross country this week! You all did great! We
even had a boy who came first, Well done Sam D!
Items made in our
Expressive Arts topic are available to purchase via our online “Trybooking
Service”. Please do not send in cash, we are a cashless school. Items
will be sent home before half term. All children’s work will also be collated
and photographed for a virtual gallery (https://virtual.abercarnprimary.com)
of Term and Start of Term
End of the first half term of the year will
be Wednesday 20th October 2021 at 3.30pm, We have the first of our
INSET days on 21st and 22nd, School will be closed to
pupils on these days. The second half of the term starts on Monday 1st
Menu and Menu Choices
Meals are no longer served in classrooms or boxes. They are severed in
the hall and on trays. Menu choices are also sought in advance. we are
therefore complying with Natasha’s Law. If any allergen or intolerance information
changes with your child, please make sure both the school and Caerphilly
Catering are aware.
Week 2 next week for dinners.