17th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Update on action taken to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus
The government are asking anyone who shows the following symptoms to self-isolate (stay at home) for 14 days.
The symptoms are:
- A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new continuous cough
If your child develops a persistent cough or has a temperature whilst at school, we will send your child home.
If your child shows symptoms in the morning when getting ready for school, please keep them off school. We have too many vulnerable children, staff, parents and carers to take risks.
The following links will enable you to access the most up to date advice and guidance regarding coronavirus.
Advice about Anxiety and Coronavirus
There is some common-sense advice about feeling anxious which can be accessed via The Mental Health Foundation at https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak
In summary, the advice recommends the following:
- Avoid speculation or sensationalist gossip as this leads to heightened anxiety. Try to access good quality information. On that note, as regards school, the best quality information will be via our Weduc App.
- Follow hygiene advice such as washing your hands for 20 seconds. We are repeating lessons on effective handwashing with your children. They are washing hands regularly.
- Try to stay connected with others for support. Make sure you update school at least weekly if you are self-isolating.
- Talk to your children. Be factual, age appropriate and try to avoid over-exposure to minimise the negative impact. (More advice is available on the website above.)
- Try to manage how you follow the outbreak in the media e.g. catch-up at specific times of the day rather than following constantly or watching the news just before bed-time.
School remains open. Plans are in place if we need to close
As a precautionary measure, we have put in place a contingency plan to support learning of our pupils in the event of a school closure due to coronavirus. Links will be posted on the school website or via Weduc. As of this morning, we are not aware of any confirmed cases although we do have children who are self-isolating with their families as a precaution. We intend to stay open for as long as possible or until we are advised to shut. By following the guidance in this newsletter you can help us safeguard all and keep school open.
School Events, Clubs, Breakfast Club and After School Clubs
Breakfast Club, After School Clubs and Poplars After School care will carry on as normal with the exception of the school choir and swimming. The last choir session, which was scheduled for next Monday, is now cancelled as there are over 50 children in one hall. All extra school events including swimming and all assemblies are now cancelled until further notice.
Breakfast Club and After School Clubs are an essential service for parents and children. Having undertaken a risk assessment, they have not been cancelled because they either have a small number of pupils or, as in the case of Breakfast Club, allow for strict hygiene measures and appropriate social distancing.
A final plea to parents.
I am proud to lead this school. Your children are amazing as are our staff and we have a community to be proud of. Please help us by following the advice and do not spread gossip and rumour as they are as pernicious as this virus. If you are in any doubt, pick up the phone or come and speak to me directly.
If we can help in any way we will do our best for your children and their families. If you are self-isolating, please pick up the phone every few days to update us and to let us know you and your children are all safe.
I will update you as soon as we have any further information.
We are delighted to announce that we, Water Leys Primary School, have achieved the School Games GOLD Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year.
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
Our sporting achievements this year include:
Netball league runners-up
Girls’ football league runners-up
KS2 Boccia winners
Year 3 & 4 Tennis winners
Year 5 & 6 Basketball runners-up
Year 5 Girls’ relay winners
We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.
A special thanks to:
Water Leys office staff
Oadby Granville Tennis Club
We look forward to applying once again in 2020!
Mr Morton (P.E co-ordinator)
Thursday 13th June
Water Leys Primary School
6pm – 7.30pm
This workshop is open to ALL parents
Free workshop and free biscuits!
Does your child’s behaviour push your buttons?
Do you want to find a better way to discipline your child?
Do you feel like your child doesn’t listen to you?
Do you think you’ve tried everything else and it’s not worked?
Specifically created for families with children aged 2 to 12 by Thomas W. Phelan PhD, this behaviour workshop will guide you through step by step with support from an ADHD Solutions’ Specialist Coach.
As consistency is key to the success of this approach, school staff also use 1-2-3 Magic as part of our whole school behaviour system.
Please enter school via the Burleigh Hall steps
A follow up workshop will be held prior to the end of term
(date to be arranged) Reply slip to be completed and returned to the office. If you have any questions about this workshop please contact Miss Hodges (SENCo) through the school office
Year 3 + 4 took part in a tag rugby tournament last Wednesday 3rd April at Vipers RFC. Well done to everyone involved, a great effort from all.
Lots of excited pupils ready to watch the theatre production of Skellig after studying the book for most of the half term.
After a rocky start against Glen Hills, going two goals down, Water Leys fought back through goals from Max and Dhruv. The boys were unlucky as Rocco hit the crossbar from long range. Good luck against Parklands Primary!
Children from our school represented Oadby and Wigston in the Leicestershire and Rutland school games SEND championship boccia and kurling.