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1st June


'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.

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1st June

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


Hello everyone,

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.

God bless

Mrs Groarke 


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. 



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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


Hello Everyone, 

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. 

God Bless

Mrs. Groarke 


Home Learning Pages

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.

Thank you


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Bella kindly created this for the wonderful teaching staff of St. Peter's! heart

19th May 2020

Dear Parents,

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.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. Groarke

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






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18th May 2020


Oak Academy


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.



It is National Thank a Teacher Day on Wednesday May 20th 2020. We have attached the link below to explain how you can get involved.

14th May Year 6 Transition Information


12th May 2020


Dear Parents,

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 or and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.

Many thanks

Mrs Groarke 


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 by 2pm on Thursday 14th May, thank you.



Balancing Robots - it was amazing where some of them would balance.



If your child is struggling to find new books to read, please e-mail Mrs Young via the Year 5 website ( 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.

10th May

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.

Mrs Groarke

8th May

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,

God bless,

Mrs Groarke 

5th May 




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.

Even though the libraries are closed, there is still a world of reading and other online services available from Doncaster Library Services!

5th May


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.

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NHS Banner at Northern General Hospital

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We are delighted that the beautiful banner made by some of our key worker children recently, is now displayed in the entrance of Northern General Hospital, Sheffield.  Doesn't it look wonderful? It truly is a fitting thank you to all NHS workers.

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


Mrs Hamilton has composed this video to show that St Peter's Catholic Primary School is more than just a building... it's a vibrant, loving community.  Thank you Mrs Hamilton heart 


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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. 

Coronavirus Resources from Speech and Language Service

Please see the attached poster from the Children & Young People's Mental Health Service on support available at this time.
See the attached guide for some good ideas and techniques for instilling coping skills in young people. 

Coping Skills for Kids


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.

Thank you.


Future Childcare Requirements for Key Workers Survey

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 

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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 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.

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Social Distancing

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:

  • A Helpline available 7 days a week from 8.00am to 8.00pm – anyone can ring this if they are vulnerable and have no other support or if they know of someone who needs help
  • An email service to access and request support offering online signposting for people
  • An online chat service that will be operational daily from 8.00am to 8.00pm and will be able to signpost people to the support  they need
  • Practical support such as urgent food supplies, shopping, collection of medication and checking up on vulnerable people 
  • Signposting and connecting people to others in their local community and ideas for ways to keep well during this difficult time 
  • A place for those who want to volunteer and help to co-ordinate this with existing voluntary and community organisations

To access help and support from Doncaster Community Hub call 01302 430300, email online chat 




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!


20.03.20 Letter to Parents

19.03.20 Letter to Parents



New guidance for households with symptoms

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:


  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.



The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough



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)