March – Whole school blog

Hello everyone, 

And so as another term finishes we can take a moment to enjoy the warmer weather and the promises of a new season. We all return to school on Monday 12th April and we hope that we will be able to access more community venues once we know what the Government announces on that day. 

COVID-19 update 

We’ve had no positive cases in school this week. Please remember that if your child or anyone else in the household has COVID-19 symptoms then they must self-isolate and take a PCR test. 

For students  in Year 7 and above who who have no symptoms and are taking the LFD testing, here is a reminder:

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: 

Can I or someone else in my household use a test kit sent home from school? 

These test kits are only for use by your child, if you or other members of your household also wish to take part in the testing you should obtain your test kits via one of the home test collection sites, further details of where the collection sites are located can be found via: https://find-covid-19-rapid-test-sites.maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/ 

What does it mean if my child has a positive result? 

If your child has a positive antigen LFD test result they, their household and any support bubbles they are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days. You need to report your result to both NHS Test & Trace and your Percy Hedley School. 

You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home (confirmatory PCR tests are not needed if the test was conducted at the Asymptomatic Test Site at school).  You can book a test here:  https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test  

If you’ve any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact xxxx 

Amazing things done by our amazing staff and children over the last few days

We have been thinking lots about how we can help other people:

Bamburgh Class Super 7 Challenge for the National Autistic Society (NAS) 

Bamburgh Class have been doing the NAS Super 7 challenge – they have raised over £1000 for this amazing charity. If you’d like to support them you can do so here: 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bamburghclass 

Aydon Class Easter Egg Amnesty

The children have collected a large number of eggs to donate to the East End Women’s Charity. These eggs have been passed on to that group so that children who might not otherwise have received an egg this Easter will have a treat to enjoy. Well done kids!

Easter egg raffle

Thank you to everyone who entered the draw, and to the Widows Sons Masonic Riders. We raised £98 for school funds and the draw was made by using a random number generator. Prizes won by J. Kelley, A Gill, K Bullock, E Spokes and D Kelley and have been sent home with the children today.

Police visit

And we’ve learned a little more about who can help us. This visit was an extension from careers week. Helen’s class had a zoom meeting with Rachel and John who work for the police and they showed the class some of the equipment they use whilst at work. The children were given a work booklet and they were entered into a coloring completion. As a well done for working hard they paid a visit yesterday to give each child who entered the competition a goodie bag and a certificate. As an extra treat they brought along the pups from the police dog unit. 

   

And finally….

Today we say ‘Catch ya later Sheila’ to Anna Sallows OT who is leaving us to go around the world and take up new opportunities in Australia. Anna has been a fantastic OT and has supported lots of our young people while she has been with us. We wish her all the best in her new life.

And we wish Julia Patterson a very fond farewell as she hangs up her PPE, laptop and assessment spreadsheets and retires from an amazing career in which she has been a nurse, teacher and Assistant Headteacher. She leaves us after 10 years service and is heading off to go hiking, travelling and having far too much fun with friends and family. Good on you Julia!

I hope you all have a lovely holiday – wishing you you a very Happy Easter from all here at Northern Counties.

Jo 

 

24th March 2021 – Wacky Races

Our Hillcrest & Armstrong centres have been finishing off this half term with an Enrichment Day themed on the Wacky Races.  Pupils all designed their own cars and props, with a range of socially distanced events for class bubbles.  Everyone had fun and it was lovely to see some group work coming from some of the activities.

 

Keeping on keeping on ….

COVID-19 update

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

For students in Year 7 and above who are taking the LFD testing, here is a quick reminder:

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:

 Can I or someone else in my household use a test kit sent home from school?

These test kits are only for use by your child and we have a plentiful supply: just pop a note in the home school book and we will send more tests home. If you or other members of your household also wish to take part in the testing you should obtain your test kits via one of the home test collection sites, further details of where the collection sites are located, and how to order tests to be delivered to your home, can be found via: 

https://find-covid-19-rapid-test-sites.maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/

What does it mean if my child has a positive result?

If your child has a positive antigen LFD test result they, their household and any support bubbles they are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days. You need to report your result to both NHS Test & Trace and to Northern Counties School.

You must carry out a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home (confirmatory PCR tests are not needed if the test was conducted at the Asymptomatic Test Site at school).  You can book a test here:  https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at: closure.ncs@percyhedley.org.uk

How often should we test our children over the Easter holidays?

Everyone who is taking part in regular home testing should do a test twice weekly (e.g. Sunday and Wednesday evenings) in term time and in the holidays.

Red Nose Day

Thanks to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts for Red Nose Day today.  Here are a few photos from the day:

            

 I’ll pop a few more photos in over the weekend, as and when I get them from the teams.

Bamburgh Class Super 7 Challenge, raising funds for the National Autistic Society (NAS)

Bamburgh Class have planned their NAS Super 7 challenges themselves and they’ll be doing 7 basketball shots,  7 football goals, 7 mile bike ride and 7 obstacle courses. So far this amazing group of young people have raised over £500 to support NAS. Well done team!  If you’d like to support them you can do so here:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bamburghclass 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend

Jo

 

Welcome back! 

It’s been lovely to see so many of our students back at school this week. 

COVID-19 update 

We have no positive COVID-19 cases within either our staff or student groups. 

For students in year 7 and above who are taking part in the LFD testing for COVID-19, we have the test kits and can now issue these. We will ask you to complete an online form each time to let us know the results of the test. 

Family home testing kits can be collected from a local testing site (find your local one here): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff#primary-or-secondary-school-staff 

or if you can’t get to a site, can be ordered to be delivered to your home here: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests 

Parents and members of childcare/support bubbles of school age children are now also eligible to access LFD tests to complete regularly at home.   

Please help us keep our students and colleagues as safe as possible. 

We’re delighted to have welcomed our students back at school as part of the government’s four step plan out of COVID-19 restrictions. 

We want to keep students in school as much as possible, and in order to do this we need to prevent the spread of infection and minimising the number of cases of COVID-19 from the community into school is an important part of this.   

The testing of our staff team and any students in Year 7 who can be tested is happening so that we can more quickly identify people who have COVID-19 but aren’t displaying symptoms.  As many of our students can’t do the testing, it is really important that our staff, students and their families all work together to prevent the spread of infection into school by continuing to follow the government guidance. The advice from Public Health England continues to be – if your child is poorly at all please do not send them into school. 

Here is a reminder of what you can and can’t do from 8 March: 

  • All schools and colleges reopen, although secondary schools can phase their students’ return to allow for Covid testing 
  • University students can return for practical courses. There will be a review by the end of the Easter holidays for all other students 
  • Face coverings are recommended in class for secondary school students and also for parents and staff in primary schools 
  • Wraparound childcare can also return for vulnerable pupils and where it is needed for parents or carers to go to work, support groups or to seek medical care 
  • Two people from different households can meet outside for recreation, which can include “a coffee on a bench 
  • One nominated person can visit care homes, but will need PPE, a lateral flow test and to “keep physical contact to a minimum 

Travelling to and from school 

With all students returning to the schools in the area this week, there has been a huge increase in the volume of traffic on the roads near to school.  We were alerted to a collision that occurred near Tankerville Terrace yesterday morning.  Please take extra care if you are travelling to and from school. 

Other school news 

It has been really lovely to see the school full of our fantastic students again. We are encouraging them to play outside as much as possible so please send in appropriate outside gear. This week I have seen them making some beautiful cards and writing special messages to their mum / mam / step-mother / foster carer / grandma and other special women in their lives. I hope you enjoy receiving these as much as I enjoyed seeing them being made. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone 

Jo 

 

Thursday 11th March 2021

Please click on this link to see the latest COVID-19 risk assessment for school:

COVID-19 NCS Risk Assessment 030321

Tuesday 9th March 2021

Anyone who has a school pupil in their household is eligible for lateral flow home testing.

You can order these online or collect them from a testing site near you. To collect the tests you do not need to have an appointment. 

The information is all on this link:

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

Monday 8th March 2021

National Careers week 1st – 5th March 

Our young people engaged in a range of work related learning activities and workshops last week (list is below):

                           

It was lovely to see them all engaged in learning about different jobs and the world of work.

Friday 5th March 2021

COVID-19 update 

We have no positive COVID-19 cases within either our staff or student groups. 

We’re excited to welcome back most of our students on Monday and have been busy making preparations this week. Some students, or their family members, are still shielding: if this affects you, please let us know for our records. The Department for Education has made it clear that they are expecting all other students to attend school again from Monday 8th March. We know that this is going to be difficult for some of our families and want to work with you to find a way to get your child back to school. 

For students in year 7 and above, we’ve contacted parents about the suitability of the LFD testing and the 3 in school tests have started for those students this week.  We know that it isn’t suitable for all of our students, but for those who are planning to do the home tests, we’ll provide guidance and support to families. 

The updated government guidance also recommends that students in Year 7 and above who can, wear a face covering or mask in classrooms and communal areas.  We’ve produced this guide on how to (and not to) wear a mask for students who will be wearing one: 

What to do if your child or someone in their household has possible or confirmed COVID-19 

With more children returning to school next week, we’d like to remind you of what you need to do if they or someone in their household/support bubble has symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive. 

Do not send your child to school if: 

  • they are showing one or more coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms (fever, continuous cough or loss of taste or sense of smell) 
  • someone in their household is showing symptoms 
  • someone in their support bubble has symptoms and they have been in close contact with them since the symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started 
  • they or someone in their household has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) 
  • they are required to quarantine having recently visited a country on the government’s red list travel ban 

Book a test if you or your child develop symptoms. Inform your nursery, childminder, school or college of the results. 

If the test is positive, follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, and engage with the NHS Test and Trace process. 

Other household members (including any siblings) should self-isolate from the day your child’s symptoms started (or the day they took a test if they did not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. 

If your child or someone in your household has tested positive while not experiencing symptoms but develops symptoms during the isolation period, they should restart the 10 day isolation period from the day they developed symptoms. 

If your child displays symptoms, or has a positive test, while at school, we will contact you to inform you so you can arrange to collect them.  

Your child does not need a test if they: 

  • have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell, but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste 
  • are advised to self-isolate because they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), for example, another pupil in their class, but are not showing symptoms themselves 

Please help us to create the safest possible environment in school by following this advice and the wider public health advice and guidance. 

National Careers Week 

This week we’ve been taking part in National Careers Week, which we’ve done virtually due to COVID-19.  Virtual sessions haven’t been any less fun or informative – all classes are doing something liked to careers and the world of work, according to their level of ability. Across the Foundation there were workshops running with different employers.  

Northern Counties classes enjoyed workshops run by: the Co-op, Tyne and Wear Fire Service, Northumbria Police Cadets, Atomhawk (computer games), Cyber Choices, Music Sparks and a cookery workshopOlder deaf accessed a workshop run by Ryan Gregson who is deaf and described how volunteering has led to paid employment. 

Do any parents have any employment skills that we could utilise in the future? We are always looking for real-life workrelated learning opportunities for our young people. 

World Book Day 

Students and staff dressed up for World Book Day and enjoyed reading books together. 

         

                      

Have a lovely weekend everyone 

Jo 

Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Secondary aged students are encouraged to wear a face covering in school if it is comfortable for them to so do, but this is not mandatory. We will keep all rooms well ventilated and continue to encourage everyone to wash their hands regularly.

Please find below a poster that you can print off and show your child.

How not to wear a face covering

Monday 1st March 2021

Parents and carers have been sent an email about mass COVID-19 testing for secondary aged students. Please fill in the online form in the email if you want you want your child to take part in this. The plan is to do 3 tests in school (if your child cannot do this independently then you will need to be with them to support them to administer the tests) and then twice weekly testing at home.