Whole School Blog 2020-21

Monday 2nd August 2021

Please clink on the link below to access the most recent Percy hedley Foundation Covid-19 risk assessment.

The NCS risk assessment will be reviewed prior to children and staff returning

Friday 16th July 2017 

COVID-19 Update 

We’ve had 4 positive cases this week. 

We’ll be continuing to contact trace for any new cases within the 48-hour contact window so please inform us if your child develops any symptoms, and please do seek a PCR test.  LFD tests are only for use where there are no symptoms (asymptomatic cases).  

Please make sure you check texts/emails over the weekend and at the start of next week just in case we need to contact you. 

Many thanks for your continued support and understanding over the last few weeks, we really do appreciate it.   

As ever please email closure.ncs@percyhedley.org.uk with any concerns, questions or test results. 

Leavers’ Assembly 

We had a lovely leavers assembly yesterday. We said goodbye to 17 of our young people. Our oldest leavers are moving on to a range of college and adult social care placements and one younger student is relocating aboard with their family. 

We wish every single one of them the greatest success and happiness in the future and look forward to hearing all about how they are getting on.  

Returning in September 

Our first day of term will be Monday 6 September.  The government updated the Covid-19 guidance for schools this week and we’ll send out information to all parents before the start of term which will detail how we’ll be implementing the new guidance. 

I hope you all have a lovely summer, and we look forward to seeing those pupils returning back on Monday 6 September. 

Jo 

Friday 9th July

COVID-19 Update 

We’ve had 4 positive cases this week, none of which appear to have originated in school (however we cannot be entirely certain of that) and currently students from a larger number of classes are self-isolating. 

In addition to positive cases we are also experiencing staff and student absences due to themselves being close contacts of family and friends outside of work, as well as via the NHS test and trace system.  The changes to the self-isolation rules which will come into effect in August should result in a huge reduction to the disruption caused. 

Next week only students and staff who are positive or self-isolating should stay at home. We are currently planning to be open to all other students. 

Please inform us if your child develops any symptoms, and please do seek a PCR test prior to attending school.  LFD tests are only for use where there are no symptoms (asymptomatic cases). We would also like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who are continuing to carry out Lateral Flow Testing at home; this remains a very important step in ensuring the safety of the pupils. 

Many thanks for your continued support and understanding at this difficult time. We’re hoping that with the vaccine particularly that the situation will be better in September, and we can start to move forward more confidently and positively again with all of this. 

As ever please email closure.ncs@percyhedley.org.uk with any concerns, questions or test results. 

Returning in September 

We have had an indication from the education minister on changes we can expect to see in Autumn, including the end of the bubble system and isolation for contacts of positive cases who are under 18 or double vaccinated.  We are also anticipating the return of onsite testing. The government hasn’t yet published the guidance for schools, but we will provide you with more information as soon as we have the detail and understand what we will need to do in school from September. 

Leavers’ Prom  

We held our covid safe leavers’ prom yesterday and it was an absolute delight to see our leavers all dressed up in their suits and prom dresses. Huge thanks to Sam Ramsay and the Prom Committee who well and truly ‘pulled it out of the bag’. Thanks also to the very generous donation of event embellishments (candy cart, marquee, fizz wall (0% alcohol), donut wall, sound system) that made the day sparkle! 

One class wasn’t able to make it due to Covid so we will be doing something special for them next week. You can check out a few images below and all the photos from the day will be up on the website soon to view.

Leavers Assembly Thursday 15th July 

A reminder that our (virtual) Leavers Assembly will take place next Thursday 15th July at 1.30pm and we’ll share the link in advance. 

Animation art project 

I wanted to share this video from an animation project that some of our deaf students have created.  The animation is about a story of a boy who is at school, and he is thirsty, but he drops his water bottle – his friend brings him the water bottle as she found where he dropped it. The boy then falls over on the way to his chair because his shoelace is untied, and he cannot tie it – the friend comes to help him and ties his shoelace for him.  The friend leaves because the boy also wants some space. The boy is very happy!  Watch the video here: 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy the football. We are open at the usual time on Monday – unless we hear from Boris that there is an additional bank holiday (and I’m not holding my breath…) #itscominghome ⚽🏆⚽

Jo


Friday 2nd July 2021

COVID-19 Update 

We’ve had 5 positive cases this week and currently students from a number of classes are self-isolating. 

In addition to positive cases we are also experiencing staff and student absences due to themselves being close contacts of family and friends outside of work, as well as via the NHS test and trace system. 

As ever, the safety of the pupils in our care is of the upmost importance to us.  We have so many staff affected by self-isolating this week (currently over 70 staff are not available for work next week) that I have made the decision to ration some school places again. We cannot have any more agency staff in (we brought in and trained a number a few weeks ago and they are doing very well) so I have contacted our commissioners to let them know of my decision. 

Please check your emails to find out if your child is getting home learning or coming into school. If you haven’t had an email, then your child is not affected, and they should come to school as normal. 

Apologies for this and thank you for your continued support, I hope to have school up and running normally as soon as possible. Saly the school is a mirror to what is happening in the wider community. 

Please inform us if your child develops any symptoms, and please do seek a PCR test prior to attending school.  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who are continuing to carry out Lateral Flow Testing at home; this remains a very important step in ensuring the safety of the pupils. 

Many thanks for your continued support and understanding at this difficult time. We’re hoping that with the vaccine particularly that the situation will be better in September, and we can start to move forward more confidently and positively again with all of this. 

As ever please email closure.ncs@percyhedley.org.uk with any concerns, questions or test results. 

Returning in September 

We’re expecting the government to publish guidance for schools for the Autumn term before the end of term.  We’ll share more information with you as soon as we understand what we’ll need to do in school from September. 

Leavers’ Prom Thursday 8th July 

The Prom Committee have been working really hard to make the prom a special (and covid-secure) event for all leavers who are not self-isolating. We hope to have a marquee and an afternoon of socially distanced fun. 

Leavers Assembly Thursday 15th July 1.30pm

We will be holding our Leavers Assembly online again this year as we are unable to invite lots of people onto site. We want to make this a special event for our young people and will aim to resolve the tech issues that have plagued us in the past. I will send out the link soon.

Other school news 

This morning Angel class performed a signed version of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ to the Deaf Department. The pupils all worked hard to create their performance.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

Sunday 27th June 2021

Hello everyone, 

I hope you’ve all had a great week. 

School news 

Reward Vending Machine – designed by our pupils! 

We had a great project in the art department as students came together to choose their favourite book character. They created artwork for throughout the school and then all pieces of art got added to a larger image to create our amazing new vending machine in reception.  

The vending machine is full of exciting rewards such as books and sensory items and pupils will earn tokens to pick their treat.  
 

COVID-19 update 

Update on position this week (last week’s update below) 

We have had no further cases in school, and no internal transmission of COIVD-19. 

The three classes that were closed are opening Monday 28th June. All close contacts are now entitled to a PCR test, the details of this are within the letter.  

COVID-19 is circulating locally and we have other staff who have been contacted test and trace and instructed to self-isolate.

As ever, if you are concerned at all, and to report a test or result, please do get in touch at closure.ncs@percyhedley.org.uk as this mailbox is manned by a number of staff. 

We need to know the date and result of all PCR tests and positive LFD tests please.

Tees House Children’s Home Closure 

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees made the decision to close the Tees House Children’s Home as part of the review that was undertaken after the closure of the Bradbury View Children’s Home. The review did not include any of the Foundation’s education or adult residential services. 

The Foundation is working closely with families and local authorities to help them find alternative homes locally so that their education provision at Northern Counties School can continue. 

I know that this is an unsettling time and hope that this update provides some reassurance to you. 

We need your feedback about our school! 

The North East Local Authorities and Health Services across the region buy services to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). They regularly monitor the services they buy and to help them review the services provided by the Foundation, they’d like parents and carers of children and young people up to the age of 25 to complete this survey:  

Survey link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx… 

You have until 5 July to complete the survey and they will share the feedback from the survey with you.  

We want to make sure your voice is embedded in how services are delivered and your feedback will help us to make sure the right quality services are in place. 

Percy Hedley Virtual Race Night 2 

Join us at 7.30pm on Friday 9th July for an exciting evening of lighthearted fun with our second Virtual Race Night, supported by BCB Rentals Ltd.  

The evening consists of eight horse races, all hosted by BBC Radio Newcastle DJ Stefan Peddy. Your racing ticket, only £10, includes one selection in each of the eight races shown throughout the evening. Percy Hedley Points will be awarded to participants with the winning horse in each race, with the grand prize going to the participant with the most points overall. 

There will be gags and anecdotes a plenty with 90 minutes of fantastic entertainment but who will be top of the leaderboard in the final furlong?! 

Click the link below to buy race tickets: 

https://register.enthuse.com/ps/event/ThePercyHedleyFoundationVirtualRaceNight2

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.  

Jo 

Sunday 20th June 2021

Happy Sunday everyone

COVID-19 Update

We have confirmation that the suspected case in school has tested negative for COVID-19.This means that we have one confirmed case in school.

Due to close contact with the confirmed case, I have closed 3 classes and these should open again Monday 28th June for students and staff. Isolation dates will be different to this.

Please note that there was an error in the Friday blog – amended now to say that everyone will be informed what their own self-isolation end date will be. This is calculated by taking the final date of contact with the confirmed case as day 0, then self-isolation is up until midnight on day 10.

It is vital that you report all PCR tests results (negatives and positives please) to school using closure.ncs@percyhedley.org.uk – this will allow us to track and emerging cases and gives me the information that I need to work with Public Health.

As I’m sure you will be aware, the identity of any confirmed or suspected cases are not shared, as their COVID status is private and confidential information.

As soon as I have any updates I will share this via the blog and ParentMail.

Have a lovely evening

Jo

Friday 18th June 2021

Hello everyone, 

I hope you’ve all had a great week and have been enjoying the sunshine! Please do remember to send in sun cream, hats and long-sleeved shirts to help us to keep your child safe. We do need you to provide us with consent to apply sun cream in school. 

School news 

Getting Creative 

This week in Hillcrest and Armstrong art classes we have been looking at our ‘coasts and boats topic’.  

Exploring the Disney Pixar movie ‘Moana’ and creating ‘wave’ paintings using process art (paint scraping, printing with bubble wrap, foil painting and splattering paint using a paintbrush or glue spreader). Check out some of our creations in the gallery. 

For the first time in a long while we have a confirmed case and a suspected COVID-19 case in school.  

COVID-19 update 

Three classes have been closed and students and staff instructed to self-isolate, with the final dates being shared individually with staff and families/carers. All close contacts have been identified and should have received a letter today via ParentMail. All close contacts are now entitled to a PCR test, the details of this are within the letter.  

A small number of students have been asked to have home learning next week, this is so that we can direct our staff to our most vulnerable students. We have liaised with the Local Authority Commissioners about this, as you know, I only make this decision when I do not have appropriate staffing levels available to me. 

As ever, if you are concerned at all, or if you need to report a test or result, please do get in touch at closure.ncs@percyhedley.org.uk as this mailbox is manned by a number of staff. 

LFD testing for families of pupils 

With the number of cases of the variant of concern rising locally, we’ve been asked to remind families that you can take twice weekly LFD tests for free (even if your child isn’t taking part in the testing) to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  You can order your test kits here: 

https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Test results should be logged with NHS here:    

https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

Percy Hedley Summer Raffle 

There is still time to buy tickets for the Percy Hedley Summer Raffle, which will be drawn at the end of August.   You could be in with a chance of winning one of our fantastic cash prizes whilst supporting The Percy Hedley Foundation from as little as £1. 

First prize – £500 

Second Prize – £200 

Third prize – £100 

Plus, two additional runner-up prizes of £50 each 

This year, due to Covid, we will not have printed tickets – all tickets will be purchased online. Please find the link to purchase tickets below: 

https://percyhedley.enthuse.com/cf/percy-hedley-foundation-summer-raffle

The draw will take place on Tuesday 31 August 2021.  

Thank you for your continued support. 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.  

Jo 

Friday 12th June 2021

Hello everyone, 

I hope you’ve all had a great week and have been enjoying the sunshine! Please do remember to send in sun cream, hats and long sleeved shirts to help us to keep your child safe. We do need you to provide us with consent to apply sun cream in school. 

Solar Eclipse 

Deaf students took the opportunity to observe the annular eclipse this week.  We were really lucky and were able to safely project clear images of the eclipse onto card. They even had a signing Physics teacher (me) to show them how to get the best results… 

COVID-19 update 

Covid-19 

We’ve had no confirmed cases in school this week, however, we have an agency worker and one student identified as close contacts of positive cases outside of school.   

LFD testing for families of pupils 

With the number of cases of the variant of concern rising locally, we’ve been asked to remind families that you can take twice weekly LFD tests for free (even if your child isn’t taking part in the testing) to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  You can order your test kits here: 

https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Test results should be logged with NHS here:    

https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

Inclusion North – Reaching Out to Families 

Inclusion North are holding their next virtual meeting for families on 24 June, please see below for more details if you’re interested in joining. 

Great North Run – Last few places for #TeamPercyHedley 

If you’re thinking of doing the Great North Run this year and would like to support the Percy Hedley Foundation at the same time, you can grab one of our last remaining places – be quick as registration closes at the end of June!  You can sign up here: 

https://register.enthuse.com/ps/event/GNR2021

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.  

Jo