May 2021 – Whole School Blog

Friday 28th May 2021

Hello everyone, 

I hope you’ve all had a great week. Welcome to the last weekly update of this half term.   

Boat Race

As an end of topic enrichment activity, Hillcrest and Armstrong pupils had great fun designing and making boats to race in the school pool.  Pupils were kept to bubble groups and the overall winners of the timed race were Megan’s class.  Well done everyone

Check out our class blogs! 

You can see what our students have been doing on our class blogs: 

Deaf Department 

Hillcrest Centre 

Armstrong Centre 

PMLD 

Forest School 

COVID-19 update 

Covid-19 

We’ve had no confirmed cases in school this week.   

Reporting positive cases to school over half term 

In line with guidance from public health, we need to continue to do contact tracing for positive cases during the half term break.  Please contact school immediately if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive by emailing closure.ncs@percyhedley.org.uk.    

LFD testing over half term for students taking part  

For students who are taking the LFD testing, in line with the DfE advice, we’re asking students to continue to complete the twice weekly testing during the holidays.  Here is a reminder of how to report test results. 

Please report each test result  

Once your child has completed their test, the result must be logged with both the NHS Test and Trace and school via the following links:  

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Staff and student end of half term treat

Today a Mr Whippy ice cream van visited school with ice creams, lollies and slushies for all. The staff were very excited to hear the ice cream music blaring out, never mind the kids….

 I hope you all have a lovely half term break.  There won’t be an update next Friday but will be back the week after. 

Jo 

14th May

Hello everyone,

Media Coverage about Bradbury View

Some of you may have been concerned this week following the recent media reports about Bradbury View in Killingworth and are understandably worried about the possible impact on your child’s school place.  I wanted to reassure you that since the closure of Bradbury View, the Foundation has worked closely with regulatory bodies including the Charity Commission and Ofsted and local authorities about the independent review and the Foundation has shared the findings and will continue to work closely with all key stakeholders. 

In terms of the review that was referenced in the BBC coverage, the ‘NE12’ councils (made up of 11 councils across the North East) started their standard contractual quality monitoring review which includes education placements, before Christmas but it has been delayed by COVID-19 restrictions.  We have not yet been advised of the date when they expect to conclude this, but I know we will welcome any feedback that helps us to make Northern Counties School even better for our students. 

Reception area revamp

Our students have been working with Lauren Tate, our amazing art teacher, to create some artwork for a project linked to reading. Some time ago they also contributed towards an art installation for reception that we are hoping will be set up very soon….pics to follow.

COVID-19 update

We’ve had no positive cases in school this week, which is great news.

Please remember that your child should not attend school if they or anyone in the household has COVID-19 symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test result.

All LFD positive test results must now be followed up with a PCR test to be taken within 2 days.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Jo

7th May

Hello everyone, 

It’s May already! 

Deaf Awareness Week 

This week is Deaf Awareness Week (DAW) and the theme this year is ‘Coming Through it Together’ which is very fitting after the last 12 months.  DAW promotes the positive aspects of living with deafness.   

To celebrate DAW, here is a video of our Signing Choir performing ‘This is Me’ from The Greatest Showman 

“This is me” 

COVID-19 update 

We’ve had no positive cases in school this week, which is great news.  

Please remember that your child should not attend school if they or anyone in the household has COVID-19 symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test result. 

All LFD positive test results must now be followed up with a PCR test to be taken within 2 days. 

Sunshine – means sun cream 

As the weather is starting to improve and children are accessing outdoors throughout the day, could we please ask that you send a hat and sun cream for your child into school clearly labelled with their name?  

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

Jo