Another week! I hope everyone is keeping safe and well! We’ve already been in school 5 weeks! Time is going so fast! The darker and colder days are fast approaching. After half term we will need to alter the one way system in order to help with frosty and icy mornings! I will send out a letter closer to the time with further details and as always there will be staff on hand to support any change! Covid has certainly not gone away! We’ve had 11 cases so far here at school! This is more than we ever had over the previous 18 months. Some cases have impacted on others being close contacts and other cases have not impacted on anyone. It is so important to keep your child at home if they are in any way unwell, this is helping reduce disruption. In the current climate we need to be cautious in order to protect children, staff and our community as much as possible. Please follow the Covid and Sickness advice to help stop the spread. Cases continue to rise within the authority and this is impacting on schools day to day running. All staff at Abercarn Primary are working extremely hard to ensure minimal 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 disruption 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. We are doing our best in a very difficult situation and I will keep everyone fully 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!
If your child has a sickness bug you must keep them off for 48 hours from the last time, they were sick. Please do not send them to school early 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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
Governor Report to Parents and New Governors
The Governors Annual Report to Parents is now available (https://gbreport.abercarnprimary.com). The Governors Annual Report is for the year 2020-2021. It is available on our website. Our new Parent Governors are Bethan Michael and James Wells. Emma Richards will also continue as Parent Governor for another 4 years.
HARVEST – TIN IN A BIN
We will still not be collecting food donations in the usual way again this year but will still be 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 Dec 2021).
THE COST OF FRUIT FOR THE WHOLE HALF TERM IS £6.00
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
Expressive Arts Gallery
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)
End 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.
School Photographs will be on Thursday 14th October 2021.
Thank you to everyone who attended Parent Evening! Over 200 video calls undertaken with very few technical glitches! Thank you everyone!
Menu and Menu Choices
There will be a new menu after half term. Menus were sent home this week.
PLEASE COMPLETE MENU CHOICES for every day. Please complete the menu choices in detail. Please complete even if your child does not regularly have dinners. Return form to school with your child’s name clearly visible. We have received several forms with no names.
Meals are no longer served in classrooms or boxes. They are severed in the hall and on trays, 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 1 next week for dinners.
Natasha’s Law – On behalf of Caerphilly Catering
From October 1st, Natasha’s Law came into force, requiring food businesses in Wales, England, and Northern Ireland to label all pre-packed food with a full ingredients list.
The changes, also known as Natasha’s Law, require businesses to label all food that is prepacked for direct sale with a full list of ingredients.
The 14 major allergens that must be declared clearly on the label where they are used as ingredients in the food as follows:
- Cereals containing gluten (such as barley and oats)
- Crustaceans (such as prawns, crabs, and lobsters)
- Molluscs (such as mussels and oysters)
- Sesame seeds
- Sulfur dioxide (sometimes known as sulphites) (if they are at concentrations of more than 10 parts per million)
- Nuts (such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios, and macadamia nuts)
You may have already notified the school of your child’s food allergy or food intolerance, but to comply with Natasha’s Law we need to ensure that we have accurate and up to date information on your child’s dietary requirements.
Your school needs you to tell them if your child suffers from any food allergen or food intolerance by writing / emailing them with the following details:
- Name of pupil
- Date of birth
- Details of allergen or food intolerance
- Details of medical consultant if applicable
- Parent/Carers name and contact number
- Email address
Your school will contact you annually for this information but please notify your school immediately of any changes if you child develops a food allergy or food intolerance at any-time in the future.
The school will use this information to inform the schools catering team, who may contact you directly to discuss your individual child’s requirements. The information will also be used by the school at any school events that food products may be offered.
All school menus can be viewed on the Caerphilly county borough councils web pages (https://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/Services/Schools-and-learning/School-dinners-and-breakfast-clubs/Menus-and-prices) and any specific schools’ events where food maybe offered will be detailed in newsletters or on the school website.
If you need to notify your school of any food allergies or food intolerances, please could you notify them in writing by the 1st November 2021.