3rd January 2022
Dear Parents and Carers
St Peter’s Catholic Primary School – 4th January Opening
As you will be aware, COVID figures are rising and are currently at the highest they have been in Doncaster with the Omicron variant being the most dominant. This is a highly transmissible strain of the virus and in light of this we are revisiting our school provision plans to try to minimise the spread of the infection as much as possible. We are delighted to be able to welcome everyone back to school tomorrow. Please note school attendance is mandatory, and all children must return to full time education on this date.
PHE COVID UPDATE
Over recent weeks there has been a number of changes to guidance. Below is a quick guide to the main things you need to know:
I am feeling generally unwell but don’t have any of the three main symptoms of cough, temperature or loss of taste of smell – am I okay to go to work / school?
Although the three main symptoms do remain a good indicator, while community transmission is so high we would recommend that anybody feeling ‘generally unwell’ uses a Lateral Flow Test. If that is positive then you should self-isolate and organise for a PCR test.
Somebody I live with has tested positive, can I still go to work / school?
Vaccinated persons and children: Any person aged under 18 years and 6 months and / or fully vaccinated do not need to isolate if they are well, however you are strongly advised to take a Lateral Flow Test every day for 7 days, before leaving the house.
People who are not fully vaccinated: Any person not fully vaccinated and living in the same household as someone with COVID-19 are legally required to stay at home and self-isolate. Fully vaccinated is defined as 14 days after having received 2 doses of an approved vaccine. This applies only to people ages 18 years and 6 months or above.
What if I do not have any LFTs available?
If you are living with somebody who is positive (or have been identified as a close contact) but do not have any LFTs to hand, we would advise that you either order some online immediately or ask a friend to collect from a local pharmacy (reminder you no longer need a code to do this). Until you have access to an LFT we would recommend that you self-isolate as a precaution.
I have tested positive, how long do I have to isolate for?
The self-isolation advice for people with Covid-19 has changed. It is now possible to end self-isolation after 7 days, following 2 negative LFD tests taken 24 hours apart. The first LFD test should not be taken before the sixth day.
In school we are finalising our plans and risk assessment, whilst working in line with current government guidance, to ensure that our school environment continues to be safe for all children and staff, and follows all health and safety guidelines. We are sure that you will appreciate that this continues to be a considerable undertaking and has involved a number of challenges for us. Please be aware that these plans are still subject to change, in light of ongoing government guidance, both locally and nationally.
Throughout the course of the pandemic, we have endeavoured to develop an environment and provision that is as close to normal as it can be, alongside ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of all our children and staff.
LATERAL FLOW TESTING
We have been advised to recommend all pupils aged 6+ should carry out a lateral flow test before returning to school.
START AND FINISH TIMES
We wish to minimise congestion at the beginning and end of the school day, start and finish times will remain as normal but we would be grateful if you would note the following changes in collection and drop off procedures. Wherever possible please leave your KS1/ KS2 child in the playground under the supervision of the Senior Teacher on duty in the morning from 8.40 am.
The entry and exit points are set out below:
Drop off / collection point
8.55 for 9.00
Bottom car park gate and wait at the Reception playground
Gates open 8.40 for 8.55 start
Gates open at 3.00 for 3.15 pick up
Pedestrian gate aircraft museum/ steps/ green gates. / ramp/ across back of playground following yellow path
Gates open 8.40 for 8.55 start
Gates open at 3.00 for 3.15 pick up
Pedestrian gate aircraft museum/ steps/ green gates. / ramp/ across back of playground following yellow path
Gates open 8.40 for 8.55 start
Gates open at 3.00 for 3.15 pick up
Pedestrian gate aircraft museum/ steps/ green gates. / ramp/ across KS2 playground
Gates open 8.40 for 8.55 start
Gates open at 3.00 for 3.15 pick up
Pedestrian gate aircraft museum/ steps/ green gates. / ramp/ KS2 playground
Gates open 8.40 for 8.55 start
KS2 playground – drop off
Collection at 3.15
Parents to wait on Sandy Lane for children to be brought out by class teacher
Gates open 8.40 for 8.55 start
KS2 playground – drop off
Collection at 3.15
Parents to wait on Sandy Lane for children to be brought out by class teacher
When dropping your child off, please ensure that you follow the social distancing measures which will be clearly marked on the school paths. Gates will be supervised by a member of school staff. Gates will be locked promptly each morning. If arriving late please ring the buzzer at the school office for your child to be admitted into school. At the end of the day, teaching staff will have the children ready for a speedy and efficient pick up. Your child will be waiting on a designated red spot at their collection point so that the one-way flow of parents can be facilitated. To assist us, we ask that your child is collected promptly at the correct time.
CLASSROOM ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
Schools have not been asked to keep children in class/year group sized ‘bubbles’. However as much as possible we will be limiting contact between classes for the next half term, This is alongside protective measures such as regular cleaning and hand washing. Children will therefore be grouped with their usual class, and a small number of allocated staff will be maintained as much as is possible.
The sharing of resources will be minimal, but where resources are shared, this will only take place within the class and they will be cleaned daily. In addition, break and lunch times will be staggered in order to reduce contact between year groups and each class will have a designated area of outdoor space to facilitate outdoor learning.
SCHOOL UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT
Correct school uniform should be worn at all times. In line with school policy, we request that no jewellery or trainers should be worn by any child. Pupils in KS1 can continue to attend school in their PE kits (navy only) on designated PE days. KS2 children will bring PE kits in with them for changing into as is the current arrangement. Pupils will be allowed to bring a book bag and water bottle to school. Equipment which is generally used in the classroom, e.g. books, games and art resources will be regularly cleaned.
Hot meals will still be provided by school. Lunch times will be timetabled over three sittings and will be staggered to minimise contact between classes in the dining hall.
CLEANING AND HYGIENE MEASURES
In addition to the range of logistical measures outlined above, a wide range of strict health and safety measures continue to remain in place, which include:
IN THE CASE OF A SCHOOL BASED OUTBREAK OF COVID-19
If a child or member of staff develops symptoms, they will be isolated and sent home immediately. They should arrange to be tested. In the event of a member of staff or a child testing positive for COVID-19, we will be guided by the current advice from the local health protection team. Current guidance states that close contacts should be notified but may continue to attend the school providing that they complete a negative lateral flow test for 7 days after contact with a positive case. Should the situation arise where through staff shortage due to isolation we are unable to open a class, remote learning will be provided for pupils via Microsoft Teams.
Our staff will very carefully remind children of the health and safety routines on their first day back in school using child friendly language. They will also be reminded of the importance of social distancing, regular hand washing and personal hygiene. If a child is considered to be deliberately ignoring these health and safety measures, they will be removed from their year group and parents will be contacted immediately.
We understand this continues to be a worrying time for you as a parent or carer, but we hope our plans give you the confidence and reassurance that your child will return to school as safely as possible. We, as school leaders, take our responsibility to protect and care for children and staff very seriously, and we place their wellbeing and safety at the heart of our decision making. This task cannot be underestimated.
Throughout the pandemic, we have been doing everything we can to adhere to the national and local government guidance and keep everyone as safe as possible. We will continue to risk assess accordingly and keep you informed as fully as possible. We appreciate and value your ongoing support and understanding.
Mrs S Groarke
We can now safely welcome you to our Special Mention Assemblies and Masses in our school hall, but could we respectfully request that you wear a face covering.
Tuesday 6th July
Unfortunately we have had to close the Year 5 bubble today pending the results of a PCR test. We will inform parents as soon as we have the results back as to whether or not the bubble can reopen on Thursday.
We have had a number of enquiries from parents as to what they can do to manage the self isolation of one child whilst having to drop off and collect another from school. If this is an issue for you please contact the school office.
As at all times throughout the pandemic we have been guided by the advice from Public Health England and the DFE in our responses to any cases. I have contacted the Local Authority to seek further advice regarding our responses should the outbreak escalate further. In the meantime, please may I ask for your forbearance as we deal with the situation. I understand that the outbreak has caused difficulties and disappointments for many of you as it has for us but by continuing to work together we will find solutions to any challenges.
The positive news is that all the reported cases so far remain well, which is what we are all praying for I am sure.
Monday 5th July 2021
Unfortunately, we have had to close two fo our class bubbles for the first time due to confirmed positive cases in school. This means that pupils and staff in Year 6 and Year 3 will need to self isolate up to an including the 12th July.
Work for both these bubblesd has now transferred to online learning.
It is a blow to have managed to keep the school fully open up until this point and is devastasting that events such as the Camp Out and Holy Communion have had to be cancelled. However, it is a testament to how well we have worked as a communtiy that we have come this far without being directly affected.
Please may I ask that all children, parents and staff remain vigilant in observing safety measures, including wearing face coverings when on the school premises to try and minimse the risk of further outbreaks. I appreciate and understand any objections to this, however by being consistent and responsible in our behaviour we may avoid further disruption to our pupils and their families.
Please keep a close eye on the website for further updates and rest assured that we remain vigilant in observign safety procedures. We will contact you of any changes as soon as possible.
Tuesday 2nd March 2021
Please find 2 documents below.
1. COVID Quick Reference 'What To Do' Guide
2. Parents Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)
As we approach the beginning of Advent, thoughts will turn to our normal Christmas routines.
This year because of COVID we are asking that any gifts or cards that the children want to bring in are sent in by Friday 11th December. They will remain in school over the weekend and be distributed on Tuesday 15th December, this will have allowed for 72 hours for the items to quarantine.
Our Christmas lunch will be on Wednesday 16th December. This will also be class party day. Teachers will organise any party food and games required for the afternoon. This is also a non uniform day.
Friday 11th December is Christmas Jumper day for a contribution of £1 to school funds.
Finally, our Advent Service will be held over zoom this year. An invitation will be sent out nearer the time. Full safeguarding measures will be in place; and each class will take part but will not be visible as cameras will be switched off. In this way we are able to safeguard all our children.
This year has proved challenging for all of us and it is disappointing that we are unable to celebrate together as we normally would do. However, we will do our very best to make the advent season as joyful as we can.
Wed 18th November 2020
Please see the message below from Dr. Rupert Suckling, Public Health Director for Doncaster.
We are now under national restrictions. This means that you must stay at home unless you have to leave to go to work, buy essential items or take exercise with one other person
Childcare settings, schools and colleges remain open and children should attend unless they have any of the symptoms of Covid-19 in which case they should self-isolate and get a test immediately.
The symptoms are a high temperature, persistent cough or loss or change to sense of smell or taste.
It is important to remind all young people not to gather in groups on the way to and from school or to socialise together outside of school.
Remember to wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering when visiting essential shops or travelling on public transport and keep a safe space - stay two metres apart from people you do not live with.
Together we can help to reduce the spread of the virus – let’s do it for Doncaster.
Dr. Rupert Suckling
12th November 2020
MICROSOFT TEAMS HOME LEARING BOOKLET & LETTER
Please look out for the letter and booklet that have gone home this week regarding the Microsoft Teams home learning set up should we find ourselves in the unfortunate situation where we have to close a class in school.
Your child has been issued an account username and password. These have been stuck either on the Microsoft Teams booklet front cover or in your child's reading diary. Make sure you make a note of the details and keep them in a safe place.
You will not have to do anything with this information until specifically requested by a staff member.
2nd November 2020
We hope you managed to enjoy the half term break. We are open to all children on Tuesday 3rd November at the existing staggered start times. Please note that from tomorrow we are implementing the one way system again in light of the new Government guidance.
In addition, due to the increased levels of restrictions announced we are asking that parents/family members do not come into the school building in person.
If your child needs collecting outside of normal schools hours for a medical appointment or approved sports training please ring the door buzzer and use the intercom system to request your child to be brought out.
All appointments have to be evidenced, therefore please take a photograph of any paper appointments or a screenshot of any electronic appointments and email the school office with the details including what time your child will be collected.
The school kitchen is serving hot meals again from this week. If you have not already let us know that your child wishes to have a hot school lunch please contact the office asap to confirm.
Please email all queries and questions to the email addresses below. These emails are checked daily and we will respond to all enquiries in a timely manner.
16th September 2020
Please see attached the latest guidance regarding managing Coronavirus in school.
As from Tuesday 15th September please may we request the following:
We are constantly reviewing our procedures in the light of new developments. The changes made are for the benefit of everyone's safety and follow our evaluations and observations of how things are working.
Wednesday 2nd September 2020
Good afternoon everyone,
We have had a lovely first day back at school with everyone settling in really well. When I have visited each class the children and staff are all working happily.
There were some small hiccups this morning which was inevitable due to the newness of the situation we find ourselves in. In order to ensure that we have a smooth start tomorrow we have evaluated ways that the system can be improved. Please can I ask that you help us by doing the following:
Thank you for all your support and understanding at what is a very challenging time for all of us. It is so reassuring to know that you are working with us in order to ensure the safety of all of our community.
Please can I ask that you talk to your children at home as much as we do in school about the importance of hygiene measures and social distancing. May I also say thank you for your responsible attitude around your home lives and following the measures that the government advises.
There will be another update tomorrow with information about assemblies/ liturgies and how we can continue to function as a community celebrating together.
Parent Information - September Reopening
Please find attached information relating to the full reopening of school in September 2020.
Tuesday 1st September
Good afternoon everyone,
We are looking forward to welcoming you all back tomorrow to our lovely school for a new school year. All our classrooms are ready and we will do our very best to make sure that everyone is as safe as possible.
Please can I ask that your read through the letter above carefully and that you follow the guidelines and procedures we have laid out for you. These have been thought out very carefully so that we can meet the government guidelines with the minimum inconvenience to you.
I know that I can count on your support in working with us.
Below are some photos of the entrance and exits to school that you will need to use in the morning. I will be there to greet you on the gate. Please can parents and children maintain social distancing at all times including on the pathways outside school.
We will evaluate the plan on a daily basis and keep you up to date with any new developments.
Have a lovely evening and see you all in the morning.
Friday 28th August 2020
It seems like a very long time since I have written to you. I hope that you have all had a lovely summer and that you are well rested.
We are looking forward to welcoming everybody back on Wednesday for our first day of the next school year. Please remember that although things might be a little different for now we are still the same loving and supportive community that we have always been.
You will have seen the letter regarding start times and new systems that we sent out at the end of the last academic year. I do appreciate that in the short term these may cause some inconvenience to you and I apologise for this. However, I am sure that you recognise that we have a duty of care to all our community to safeguard their well being as best we can and we follow the government guidelines to ensure that we do this. As always I know that we can count on your understanding and support as we continue to negotiate this strange situation. We evaluate the situation on a daily basis and continue with our ongoing risk assessments.
I will be posting a further update on Tuesday so that everyone is clear about entry and exit points in school.
If you have any questions or concerns at all regarding returning to school then please contact us via the school email and one of us will get back to you as soon as possible.
Over the summer holidays Fr Darren celebrated his silver jubilee as a priest, I am sure that you would all like to join me in congratualting him on this special occasion.
I hope you all have a wonderful bank holiday weekend and that we get to enjoy some sunshine again,
Friday 10th July 2020
Happy Holidays everyone! This is officially the last day of our crazy school year. Even though it has been a very strange year for all of us, there is still much to celebrate, especially the achievements of our Year 6 pupils who leave us today. We wish them every success as they move on to different schools and leave us. They have been a great bunch of pupils and have given us lots of joy, successes and fun over the years. It is such a shame that we have not been able to celebrate properly with them yet....but... we will be having a buddy tea and a year 6 disco in the Autumn term when the government guidance allows us to do this. We will also be inviting parents to join a celebration with us as well. I know that some families will be finishing with us this year after a very long time as members of our community. Thank you for all your support over the years and please remember you are always part of our community. Please keep checking the website in September for details and make sure that we have your full current contact details.
It has been lovely to see so many of the children this week and to have the chance to reconnect with them. I really cannot wait to have everyone back in September.
Thank you to everyone for the lovely comments we have received about the reports and about the school in general. It has been a challenging year but your support and good wishes have meant the world to all the staff and I know I speak on their behalf when I say that your recognition of their efforts and your gifts are much appreciated.
You will have seen on the website that we have our plans in place for the return to school. These are in line with all the current Government guidance but we will keep everything updated and a watchful eye over the summer as the situation develops. Please do keep checking the website for any new announcements. There will be a short video posted towards the end of the summer holidays to show you how to access the building safely in September.
I am sure you will understand that the teachers and TAs are due a good rest and that the class emails will not be manned over the summer holidays. If you need to contact school at all for any support or just a general query please email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Alternatively, please leave a message on the answerphone and one of us will get back to you.
Happy birthday this week and over the holidays to; Mrs Wilson, Mrs Fitzpatrick, Mrs Pennington, Hugo (9),Eliza (8),Tristan (10),Emily (11),Forrest (5),Eva (5), Ivy (8), Sophia (9),Molly (8), Grayson (5), Isabella 9(0, Luumuno (10), Bella (8), Gabriel (8), Adn (6), Travis (5), Lola (6) Kuba (11), Ewan (7) Belle (9), Louis (5), Logan(6), Ebube (10), Ava (10), Arabella (5), Sophie (8), Treijon (7), Oliver (9), Harry (7), Josh (10), George (11), Matthew (11), Pheobe (5) , Jude (6), and Stephen (7). We wish you all a very happy birthday and hope you are able to celebrate in style!
Take care of yourselves over the summer holidays. I will see you all in September ready for a new school year and hopefully one that is more settled!
God bless everyone,
Department for Education Guidance
What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term
2019/20 Class Work Collection
Your child's work covering the 2019/20 school year will be available to collect from school on Tues 7th, Wed 8th and Thurs 9th July between 9am and 3pm. Please call the school office as you are approaching school so that staff can place your child's items in the collection box located at the top of the ramp outside the hall doors.
** Parents of children in KS1 - if your child is attending the circle time event on Fri 10th July, your child will be given their work then.
Year 6 - Parent Update
Year 6 pupils will be taking part in a liturgy on Friday morning with Father Darren as part of their final week celebrations. The liturgy will take place outside on Friday at 11 am for both A and B bubbles and social distancing will be strictly observed. After the liturgy the children will be able to enjoy a cake, crisps and drink together.
We have been asked by a number of parents whether children are allowed to bring their shirts in to sign. We are going to allow them to bring one shirt in on Friday only and they can take it outside so that everyone can sign if they want to from their class, this can take place after the liturgy.
We have ordered pizza for all the Year 6 children currently in school for Thursday lunchtime.
Please remember that all the children's work from this year can be collected from the hall Tues - Thurs. Mrs Phelan and Mrs Fisher have also got a little gift for each child which can be collected at this time.
Friday 3rd July 2020
Good morning everyone,
I hope you have all had a good week. What a change from last week in the weather, fingers crossed that the sunshine returns soon!
You will have all heard that yesterday Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, announced the Government's plans for all children to return to school in September. This is great news and we are working our way through the guidance document to make sure that our plans are fully compliant with the guidance. I will share these fully with you early next week once they have been ratified by the Governing Body. There will be some differences and adjustments that we have to make out of necessity in the short term, but I know that we will as always have your support. Please be assured though that school will reopen to all pupils in all year groups on Wednesday 2nd September.
Next week is our last week of the 2019/2020 academic year. It truly has been a very strange year and one that we will never forget. I believe it has taught us an awful lot about ourselves as individuals and also as a community. The saddest thing is that we will not be able to say goodbye to our wonderful Year 6 pupils in the way that we would like to. I have spoken to the Year 6 who are in school at the moment and we have agreed that we will have a buddy tea party followed by a year 6 disco at some point in the Autumn term. Please make sure that we have your up to date contact details so we can keep you informed about these events.
School closes for the summer holidays on Friday 10th July.
Happy Birthday this week to Nicoll (10), Milosz (6), Romeo (6) and Connie (11). We hope you all have brilliant birthdays!
Have a fabulous weekend and take care of yourselves.
Friday 26th June
Happy Friday everyone!
I am sure you have all been enjoying yourselves in the sunshine this week and making the most of the good weather.
This week it is the feast of our patron saints, St. Peter and St. Paul. Fr Darren has kindly sent us a reflection on this special feast instead of the mass that we were due to have. You can find the reflection on this page under whole school RE.
It is quite a momentous week in that Liverpool FC have achieved their ambition of being Champions of England, Champions of Europe and Champions of the World. Big congratulations to them and to all their fans here at St. Peter's (especially you Oliver W!). It is a brilliant achievement. You will all know how hard that is to write for me as a Man United fan!
There have been lots of announcements made this week by the Government regarding social distancing, schools in September and all kinds of services reopening. Like everybody else we are reading through the guidance about how we can safely have all our pupils back in school. This is our aim for September and as soon as we have a plan fully in place that ensures the safety and well being of our pupils and staff that also meets Government guidelines I will share this with you.
Unfortunately, is is highly likely that we will have to postpone the opening of our Breakfast Club for the first few weeks of the Autumn term. I can only apologise for this inconvenience to parents but the guidance does not currently allow us to open this due to staffing issues. As soon as we are able to do so safely we will.
School will be closing for the summer holidays on the 10th July.. Please can I ask that you keep an eye on the website throughout the summer holiday period as we will make any urgent communications through this platform.
For our Year 6 pupils, we are still looking at ways that we can say goodbye to you properly and will be emailing you next week with details.
Happy Birthday this week to Miss Hughes, Annabelle (10), Krzysztof, (5), Lea (5), Flynn (7), Raajveer (5),Jude (8) and Akal (9). We hope you have a fabulous time celebrating.
Have a lovely weekend,
23rd June 2020
Good afternoon everyone,
Please note that our school bubbles will be capped at a maximum of 10 pupils on any one day for EYFS and KS1 and a maximum of 13 pupils for KS2. This will remain consistent for the remainder of the term. We have taken the decision to cap bubbles at these numbers after conducting extensive risk assessments and have agreed that these are the numbers that can be safely managed within health and safety guidelines in school.
Good morning everyone, with beautiful sunshine forecast for the remainder of the week could we please ask that you put sun cream on your child before they come into class as we are unable to bring any items from home into school due to the coronavirus health and safety measures in place. Sun hats and caps are allowed clearly marked with your child's name.
CAR PARK SAFETY
Could parents of children in our Reception bubbles please ensure paths are used at all times entering and exiting the school site. it is not safe to take a short cut around the parking bays. Many thanks for your ongoing cooperation.
Home Learning Pages
Please note these pages will no longer be updated. Class information is on the Year Group petals as normal.
(1st Sept 2020)
19th June 2020
It has been lovely to see so many more of you in person this week as we have opened our doors to pupils from Year 1 and Year 6 as well as our Reception children. Although school is not the same without being able to mix together freely and because of the social distancing measures, we have been able to have some lovely times together. What has been lovely has been to see how much the children enjoy being together again with some of their friends. Thank you to all of you who have sent in comments about how we have made the school return both happy and reassuring.
We are missing everyone else and are looking forward to seeing everyone in some way in September. I am waiting for updates from Doncaster Local Authority before I send you information about how this might look, but please be assured we are already making plans. I know some of you are concerned about lost learning, but again please be assured this is something that we will address as a priority when we return fully.
Please can I ask that if you are dropping off your child for one of the bubbles that you model social distancing to them using the spots we have painted as markers? These are on the floor at every entrance and exit point and we are encouraging the children to stay on them so that we can try to develop their awareness of the distance measures. It would help us greatly if you could model it to them too.
Happy Birthday this week to Gvidas (11), Max (6), and Jacob (11) We hope you all have lovely birthdays! Happy special BIG birthday last week to Mrs Thompson one of our lunchtime supervisors as well!
Have a great weekend everyone and hopefully we will see some more sun soon.
Another week has gone by and with it some changes for us. You will have received notification now that we are opening school to wider year groups on Monday beginning with Year 6 followed by Year 1 and Reception. The Government have stated that they do not expect schools to reopen to other year groups before September. Doncaster Local Authority have supported this, therefore school will remain closed to other year groups until then. This obviously causes us a great deal of sadness as the time with teachers has been cut short so abruptly. We are very aware of how this will affect both pupils and staff and are working on a plan to enable you to have at least some time together, however small, when we return in September. I have attached the statement from Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster and a letter from Rupert Suckling the Director of Public Health for you so that you are able to see the science behind these decisions.
Arrangements for a full return in September remain uncertain, but you can rest assured that we are already beginning to plan how we can facilitate a return to some kind of normal for all our pupils. When we return, school may not look or be as it was when we forced to lockdown but it will still be the same loving and supportive community.
I know that many of you will be wondering who your teacher will be in September so the class information is as follows:
Rec: Mrs Allen, Mrs Fitzpatrick and Mr Wells
Year 1: Miss Brogan, Mrs Thickett and Mrs Tinsley
Year 2: Mr Ward, Miss Hughes and Mrs Wilson
Year 3: Mr Dent, Mrs Lewis and Miss Copperwheat
Year 4: Mr Wynne, Mrs Weaver and Mrs Pennington
Year 5: Mrs Young, Mrs Johnson, Mrs Hamilton and Mrs Sunderland
Year 6: Mrs Phelan and Mrs Fisher
We are still aiming to go ahead with our Breakfast Club provision if possible but will keep you fully informed of any new developments.
From a learning point of view I know that many of you will be worried about lost learning. Please be reassured that on return to school we plan to combine a well being and recovery curriculum with a baseline assessment so that we are able to address any gaps in learning. As a staff we are very aware of the different experiences every child will have had over this extended period of remote learning and the need for us to assess accurately and swiftly what the next steps in learning are for individual pupils. All our recovery plans for September remain focused on our primary purpose which is to provide the best quality provision and education for the whole child.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding September please get in touch with me via the school office and book a telephone appointment.
We will continue to provide online learning until 10th July which is the beginning of the summer holidays. At this point the staff will need some recovery time themselves as they have been working relentlessly throughout the period. This will afford them the opportunity to rest and recover as well as contributing to our plans for September. I am sure that you would like to join me in thanking them for their hard work over the last three months in challenging circumstances.
Happy birthday this week to: Finlay (5), Sophia (7) and Caiden (8). We hope you all have amazing celebrations!
Have a lovely weekend everyone and please take care of yourselves.
Doncaster Council have today announced that schools can begin re-opening in a measured and cautious way. As a result, I am pleased to inform you that school will re-open for our Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils during the week commencing 15th June. We have been planning for this for some time, and a detailed set of health and safety measures, in line with current government guidance, have been implemented across school.
As part of this, school will be closed for all key worker and vulnerable pupils on Friday 12th June in order to facilitate a final deep clean of the school.
After taking advice, and in line with practice across other schools, we will be using a graduated approach across the first week of wider re-opening. The start dates for each year group are as follows:
Monday 15th June: Year 6 pupils.
Tuesday 16th June: Year 1 pupils
Wednesday 17th June: Reception class
Therefore, by the end of the first week, all three classes will be back in school, working within their designated groups. We are all very much looking forward to welcoming these children back to school.
Parents of Reception, Year 6 and Year 1 pupils will receive a letter via e-mail, providing additional information about the return to school.
As announced by the Secretary of State for Education on 9th June, schools will not be reopening for children of other year groups before the end of the summer term. This was not unexpected, but we all feel an enormous sense of sadness that we will not be seeing these children back in school before September. Please be informed that they will continue to receive online learning from their class teacher, and we will of course keep you informed and updated on our plans for reopening in September.
9th June 2020
Doncaster Stories have produced a lovely video of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' read by some local Doncaster celebrities, local teachers and community leaders. Take a look on their Facebook page and keep an eye out for a familiar face!
8th June 2020
Some of our keyworker children have shown themselves to be budding Scientists today.
We were eager to see what could happen with 7 plastic cups, water, red, yellow and blue food colouring, some kitchen roll and lots of patience!
The children carried out a step by step experiment to create a water rainbow using the scientific process called ‘Capilliary Action’.
The finished result was amazing! Here are the children, clearly pleased with their efforts.
8th June 2020
Please find attached above some information about Doncaster Libraries Summer Reading Challenge 2020. This year the theme is funny books - a celebration of laughter, happiness and giggles! I think we all need some of that right now! We are doing so much to promote reading in school, and I know many of you will want to sign up!
Also, please take a look at the Doncaster Stories Facebook page. Well done to Tiffany and Luumumo in Year 5, whose beautiful poems about kindness were shared and celebrated on Saturday!
In addition, on the 16th May, Tiffany's wonderful story inspired by The Book of Hopes was also published on the page.
We are so proud of our wonderful writers!
5th June 2020
I hope you are all safe and well and have had a good week since our last check in. It is such a shame the weather has changed and that we are not able to enjoy the outside as we have been doing, but the gardens are certainly in need of some rain. Hopefully we will have the sunshine back next weekend.
I know that many of you will be disappointed that school has not been able to reopen to wider groups of pupils just yet. This is because we are following the advice of the Public Health Officer for Doncaster as are many other schools. Our primary intention and that of the Local Authority is to keep our community safe; as soon as it is deemed safe to reopen to wider groups of pupils we will do so. School will not be as it was when we closed for some time yet to come due to health and safety restrictions, but you can be assured that we will do our very best as always to make sure that our pupils have access to the best provision possible.
I know I speak for all the staff when I say how much we are missing all of you. It has been lovely to receive so many lovely emails, photos and comments from all of you and to keep our communication lines well and truly open. It is my hope that we will be able to welcome all of you back in some way soon.
Please can you make sure that you check and respond to school emails as quickly as possible so that we can keep all our information fully up to date. There will be information sent to you regarding returning to school as well as transition for year 6.
Happy birthday this week to: Alisha (9), Amelia-Jayne (11), Eva (7) and William (10) ! We hope you have a great time celebrating.
Have a lovely weekend everyone,
1st June 2020
'Let's go fly a kite'... and that's exactly what our key worker children did today once they had made and decorated their own. Despite the beautiful sunshine there was enough wind for the children to send their kites into the air.
1st June 2020
Doncaster Council have announced that there is still no definitive date for the wider re- opening of schools in Doncaster. Please follow the link below for the full statement.
29th May 2020
Normally I would not be writing to you this week as it is actually a holiday week but I couldn't let the week go past without checking in with you. I hope you have all been enjoying the sunshine and are feeling rested.
We have still been working this week looking after our key worker pupils and making sure that all our plans are in place for when we eventually return to school.
As we have stated before school is NOT open on 1st June to any pupils other than key worker pupils. We will continue to follow the LA and Diocese guidance to ensure the safety of our community.
As things slowly get back to normal it is a good time to consider what parts of our old normal we want to hold on to....are there some things that have actually improved because of the pandemic and the forced change in habits? I am sure that you, like me, have been doing lots of thinking; I know that somethings which I used to consider very important seem a lot less so now. I would be very interested to know how you think the lock down had changed you.
You may have noticed a familiar face if you have had a look at the Doncaster Stories Facebook page. Our very own Mrs Young can be found online reading one of her much loved books. If you have not accessed the Doncaster Stories website or Facebook page, please take a look. There are some wonderful resources for reading and writing on there.
Happy Birthday this week to Philo who will be 6 this weekend. We hope you have a super day!
Enjoy the lovely sunny weather and I hope to see you all safe and well very soon.
Reception, Year 1 & Year 6 Parent Letter - School Reopening Proposals
Parents of pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 who have confirmed that their child/ren will be attending school when a date has been confirmed for reopening, please check your email for the latest update. This update contains important information about health and safety measures and details of individual class arrangements.
29th May 2020
Yesterday was a day of 'calm' and 'creativity' for our Keyworker children and staff. They enjoyed a spot of yoga and some fab mask making.
28th May 2020
Following our statement on Friday 22nd May, and the Prime Minister's briefing this afternoon, we wish to clarify that school is NOT open from Monday 1st June other than for children of key workers and vulnerable children, as has been the case throughout the period of lockdown.
We continue to be guided by the Local Authority and await further instruction from them as to when school will be reopen more widely. As previously stated, this will initially be for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils in line with government guidance.
We will keep you updated as and when we receive further information from the Local Authority.
26th May 2020
Active Fusion Update
We are delighted to bring to you our Virtual Fusion Series challenge for your school pupils to compete in.
Children will compete in a series of running, jumping and throwing events which have all been adapted to be easily done at home, where they will be representing your school.
Once all scores have been sent in and added up, we will announce the overall winning school and the individual winners from each year group.
To sign up please use the following link:
22nd May 2020
I hope you have all had a great week and enjoyed the return of the sunshine. It really does make a huge difference to how we feel I am sure you agree.
Schools Proposed Opening Update
We have received notification today from the Local Authority that they have made the decision NOT to recommend that schools reopen to a wider group of pupils from the 1st June. This is because the authority believes that key parameters regarding health and safety have not been met by the government as yet. They will review this decision during the week beginning the 8th June.
As we have always stated we will be guided by them and in light of this decision we will remain closed to all pupils except key worker pupils until such time as the authority give us the go ahead.
I appreciate that this may cause you some inconvenience and apologize for this, but I am sure you will understand that the health, safety and well being of all our pupils and staff has to be our priority and we must act accordingly.
If you have any queries about this or any other matter please contact school via email or phone.
Happy Birthday this week to Mr Ducker, Amelia-May (11), Mia (5)Simran (11), Darcy (5) and
Jenson (8). We hope you all have wonderful celebrations.
Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and please take care of yourselves.
21st May 2020
Question: What can you possibly do with an odd sock or two? Our keyworker children took on the challenge of answering this question by making Sock Teddies today. They showed lots of resilience in completing the activity with lots of laughter too. Our little group of Reception and Year 1 boys made felt teddies resembling their favourite Superheroes. Well done everyone, it has been another lovely day. Thank you to Lauren for sharing her Sock Teddy.
20th May 2020
As you may have seen in the press, Doncaster Council have asked parents of Doncaster school children to complete a survey in order to ascertain views and opinions regarding the proposed reopening of schools from 1st June. A link to the survey is provided below. Could we ask that you complete this before midnight tonight.
19th May 2020
I wanted to let you know where we are up to with our planning for our phased return in June.
As you aware the Government have asked us to plan for the return of three year groups; Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. We have been working hard to get a plan in place which means that we can facilitate this whilst still meeting the Government guidelines around social distancing and health and safety.
At this point in time we are waiting for an update from Doncaster LA about their thoughts as an authority and whether they consider it safe for schools to return or if they will choose to remain closed as other authorities have done. We will be guided by them.
Over recent days there has been a lot of talk among the media about the reluctance of schools to re-open and the commitment of education staff and their work ethic.
We are very fortunate at St. Peter’s to have such a dedicated staff who have been working relentlessly “behind the scenes “. The teachers and teaching assistants have used the time when they have not been in school to complete online training and continuous professional development themselves. In addition, they have written and submitted reports for their class so that you as parents have an accurate view of where your child was educationally at the point of the enforced closure. These will also help us to plan for academic study next year and ensure that the next teacher has all the information they need in order to ensure our pupils are not disadvantaged through lost learning time.
All subject leaders have completed and submitted raising attainment plans and audits that will lead into our strategic planning for the next academic year.
This is on top of their weekly commitment in school for key worker pupils, online learning provision, independent research, virtual staff meetings and communication with parents and pupils.
Our office staff have been working hard to make sure that our admissions, prospectus, and school meals and budgets remain on target and on time.
They have been willing at all times to work through holidays, including bank holidays, putting themselves at risk as all of our key workers do. I am sure that you would like me to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff on your behalf for their hard work and dedication throughout all of this crisis.
18th May 2020
What a lovely day our Keyworker children have had today. They made some super tin windsocks - testing them out in the playground, enjoying the whizzing, whirring sounds the 'socks' made as the children spun them around. What could be any better than that ..... microwave puffy paint pictures. We couldn't believe how the paint changed when it was heated (carried out safely by Mrs Pennington and Mrs Wilson!). Well done everyone
18th May 2020
Good afternoon everyone. Please find a link below to Oak Academy which is an online resource of video lessons and learning resources for parents and pupils to support the work teachers have set on the class home learning pages. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown.
The online classroom offers free access to video lessons, quizzes and worksheets. Available for both primary and secondary, it covers a range of subjects. All the lessons are ordered into an easy to follow weekly schedule so your child can learn along a clear plan. New lessons and resources are added each week.
12th May 2020
Thank you for your patience and understanding at this very challenging and uncertain time.
Yesterday we received further guidance from the DFE around how we will be expected to open safely for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from the 1st June. We are currently finalising our plans to achieve this and will have a full update for you as soon possible. Parents with children in these years will have received a text message from us this morning. Please can I ask you to respond to this as soon as possible.
I am sure that you will have many queries regarding the phased return. Please find below the link to the DFE website where guidance and responses to frequently asked questions can be found. If you have any enquiries please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.
Please find more information using the link below.
Parents of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 please see the letter on your class page and respond to firstname.lastname@example.org by 2pm on Thursday 14th May, thank you.
DONCASTER STORIES BOOK DROP
If your child is struggling to find new books to read, please e-mail Mrs Young via the Year 5 website (email@example.com) providing an indication of the sort of books your child enjoys. We may be able to access books from our friends at Doncaster Stories, who are offering a 'book drop' service for families during school closure.
Good evening everyone,
We have listened to the Prime Minister's statement at the same time as you. We hope that we will receive more guidance tomorrow in the full statement to the House of Commons. In the meantime, we will continue to plan to see how we can implement a phased return to school as safely as possible for everyone. I am sure that you, like us, have many questions and thoughts which you would like clarity on. Please may I ask for your patience and understanding at this time and politely request that you do not ring school tomorrow with your queries. Please be assured that we will update you fully as soon as the government and LA plans are clear.
Thank you, as always, for your continued support.
Happy VE Day everyone!
I hope you have all had a lovely week and have been back out in the sunshine. From the phone calls I have made this week I know that a lot of you have been finding things a little difficult in terms of keeping going with home learning and also with staying positive.
It really is a very challenging time; we all miss each other, we are all worried for different reasons, and we would all like to have some certainty about how things are going to get back to normal. I think the best thing to remember is that we may be distant from each other physically but we are together as a community in spirit, possibly even stronger than before. Look at all the ways we have found to stay in touch with each other and to keep our learning going and our networks open. What an amazing, resourceful and loving community we are. This is very much like a marathon and with any journey or trial the middle section is often the hardest to navigate and to endure. But we have already shown that we can get through together, just like people did in the war, through our love and support for each other. Things will get back to normal so keep hanging in there!
As soon as we have any indication at all about a return to school I will let you know via the website. At the moment I have no more information than you but please be assured that we have been working hard making plans for how to return and how we will keep everyone safe.
This week we have had some more lovely news with Mrs Jones our cook on becoming a Nana again to a lovely baby boy. Congratulations to all your family and welcome to the latest member of our St. Peter's family.
Happy Birthday this week to Nell (7), Ollie A (9), Mhariah (5), Scarlett M (8) and Summer (10). We hope you have a great time celebrating!
Have an absolutely lovely weekend,
Good afternoon everyone. As a school, we are often notified by community groups, asking if there are any families who are in need of support in the form of free food parcels. Please do contact school if you feel that this is something that you might need. You do not need to be accessing free school meals. As the situation continues, we understand that more and more people may start to suffer financially. A senior member of staff is always available daily in the school office, and all queries will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Our key worker children have been creative again, making and decorating photo cubes from recycled cd cases. They chatted about what 'Lockdown' has meant to them and their families and they drew pictures to reflect their feelings, and placed them into their photo cubes. We also enjoyed decorating and eating 'Union Jack' buns in honour of VE Day. What a great day we have had.
Early Risers - Breakfast Club
We are pleased to inform you that a breakfast club will be available in school from September 2020. Please see the letter below giving you all the information you need. The policy relating to the breakfast club is available in the policies section of the website. If you have any queries please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
School Twitter Account
Please remember to follow the school on Twitter @stpetersdon, as we will be utilising this more as a way of sharing information and home learning ideas.
A big thank you today to Mr Butler and Mr Bardell who have both given up their time to come and remove the two sheds which seemed to be attracting vandals and trespassers onto our school property. It was quite a lengthy job and we are really grateful to them. Thanks also to the vigilant parents who are keeping an eye on the school and letting us know if there is anyone on site who should not be. It is fabulous to have such supportive parents and community.
Future Childcare Needs - SURVEY
Please can all parents/carers complete the attached survey to enable Doncaster Council to plan the right level of support in each school area over the coming weeks.
We’d be grateful if you could complete the survey by 5pm on Tuesday 21st April.
We have been sent these lovely pictures of the rainbows you have created, which are now up at the Hospital. A big thank you to Mrs Bardell and her team for sorting this out. We appreciate all the hard work you all do, not just in this difficult time, but all year round.
They said; Massive thank you to the children of St Peters Catholic Primary School for your lovely pictures and poems. They really brighten up our ward.
Lots of love, The Hyper Acute Stroke Unit xxxx
This is a lovely rainbow we created on Monday at St.Peter's to spread hope.
If you have created your own rainbows at home, please can you send the pictures to Mr Ward at email@example.com as we will try and get these into Doncaster Hospital to spead hope and positivity in there.
Also I know some children have been writing poems for our NHS staff in this difficult time. If you would also like to send these to Mr Ward, we will try to displays these in the hospital as well.
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Deacon Neil Bailey from St. Peter’s Church who succumbed to the virus yesterday. Many of our families will know Neil from the great work he did in the parish supporting Fr.Darren and Fr.Chris.
Neil was a wonderful, kind hearted man who will be missed by our community. Please remember him and his family and friends in you prayers.
Please check out the links below.
Another great resource from Doncaster Stories to support parents with Home Learning.
Please take the time to listen to this very kind message from Fr Darren. It is comforting to hear that he and Fr Chris have all of our St Peter's community in their prayers during this difficult time. We kindly ask that you keep them in your prayers too.
Please make sure that you are following government guidance around social distancing. Schools are closed to most pupils to reduce the amount of interactions and likely spread of the virus. Please can we urge you to only go out if necessary and avoid any social interactions e.g. playing out on the street with anyone who you do not share a home with. By following the guidelines we can all stay safe and be back to normal sooner.
Doncaster Community Hub
Doncaster Council has launched a Community Hub in response to the COVID-19 crisis, to ensure the most vulnerable people across the borough will be supported during the coming weeks.
Doncaster Community Hub will provide:
School Helpline - Doncaster Council
A phone line has been set up to address questions and concerns relating to schools through the council. Parents/Schools can telephone 01302 736000 – main council number and select option 5. This line will take you to a team that will address your questions and concerns through national guidance and FAQs. They have the support of the council's Learning Provision team if they are unable to answer your questions.
Key Worker Provision
Following the government announcement last night, we will still be open for the children who have been offered provision. Please can we ask that you only take this offer up if absolutely necessary.
Packed lunches are still available for pick up between 10-11 am daily for those who have ordered them.
We urge you all to comply with the new restrictions and hope you all are well and keeping safe!
New guidance for households with symptoms
Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
The symptoms are:
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.
Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages:
Dept for Education launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)