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1st April 2022
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“Love one another, as I have loved you.”

John 13:34

Easter is Coming! 1st April 2022

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I know I mention the weather a lot…but it has been a pretty mixed week this past week! Lovely British weather unpredictability…

It’s our Easter Fayre tomorrow at school, 10:00am – 12:00pm; hope to see you there if you can make it. There are lots of Easter eggs in school at the moment!

Some changes to COVID procedures have come into force today; please see more details below.

Have a good weekend, whatever you may be up to.

Dudley SEND Local Offer Facebook Page

The Dudley SEND local offer now has its own Facebook page. You can visit it here.

Top 10 April Fool Jokes

It’s that time of year again. Have a look below!

PTA 100 Club Draw

Here is March’s 100 Club draw and winners!

Update on Term Dates/INSET Days/School Closures

Some dates to inform you about; some of which you may already be aware of.

Bank Holiday

School is closed on Monday May 2nd for bank holiday.

School Closure for Voting Day

School will be closed to children on Thursday May 5th as school is being used as a voting centre.

Last Day of the Summer Term

The last day of the summer term is Thursday 21st July. This is to take into account the bank holiday for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee which falls in half term.

Dates for 2022-23

You can see a list of term dates for next academic year here.

Covid Update

We have received this from the DfE, which comes into effect from today:

Changes to measures and guidance for managing COVID-19 in education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available for specific groups, including eligible patients and NHS staff, once the universal testing offer ends on Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance will advise:

· adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature
· children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
· adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

· regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, settings will no longer be able to order test kits
· the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) will publish new guidance. Most of the specific COVID-19 guidance for education and childcare settings will be withdrawn from GOV.​UK on Friday 1 April. The operational guidance on the testing in education settings document sharing platform will also be removed on the same day.

Child Vaccines

We’ve been asked to share this from The Black Country and West Birmingham CCG

How to Access a Vaccine for 5-11 year olds

For decades, vaccinations have protected our children and young people from potentially serious diseases, including measles, flu, meningitis and mumps.
By the time they leave school, a child will typically have been offered vaccinations against 18 different diseases or infections – the COVID-19 vaccine is one more vaccine that children will soon be able to have to protect them from illness.
The Government’s Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations recommends that 5-11 year olds be offered the vaccine, which has been approved by the UK’s medicines regulator. The vaccine will reduce the chance of your child becoming unwell from COVID-19 and increase their protection against any future waves. Your child will be offered two paediatric (child) doses of the vaccine, with at least 12 weeks between doses. A paediatric dose is smaller than doses given to those aged 12 and over.
COVID-19 is still active and causing some children to miss out on their education and things they enjoy, and getting your child vaccinated will boost their immunity and keep them doing the things they love.
From Monday 4 April, you are able to take your child to a vaccination centre, community pharmacy or GPs offering jabs for this age group. From Saturday 2 April you can view these sites and make an appointment through the National Booking Service or by calling 119.

Vaccinations are also available for 5-11 year olds at some local walk-in sites. Simply check the walk-in finder website before attending to make sure they can vaccinate your child.

You can read the invitation letter here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click here for a list of frequently asked questions for parents and guardians.

COVID-19 resources for children and young people

Children aged 5-11 with no other underlying health conditions will be offered two paediatric (child) doses of the vaccine, with at least 12 weeks between doses. A paediatric dose is smaller than doses given to those aged 12 and over.

If a child has had COVID-19 they will still get extra protection from the vaccine, but they will need to wait 12 weeks before getting vaccinated.

Those 5-11 year-olds who are more at risk from the virus can already get two paediatric (child) doses, eight weeks apart, and their GP or hospital specialist should have been in touch to arrange this, if not parents will be able book an appointment on the National Booking Service from 2 April.

For more information on the vaccine for 5-11 year olds, please below: 
 

Mr Jhim Leaving

As many of you are aware, Mr Jhim is leaving us at Easter. He has been at Pedmore for 6 years and has been an important part of our development and success during that time. Next Friday is his last day at Pedmore and we wish him all the very best for the future.

Miss Gaskin Leaving

Miss Gaskin, a former pupil of Pedmore, has been with us for many weeks in Year 2 completing her teacher training. She leaves us today and we wish her all the best for the future and in her career as a primary school teacher.

Forest School Update

Reception had their second forest school session this week and they learnt how to safely use a hammer. They hammered nails into a log and then weaved wool around the nails to create patterns. 

They also had lots of time to play and investigate, looking for mini beasts, working out to create a bridge over the mud pit and chilling in the hammock.
At the end of each session the children enjoy 5 minutes of peace where they develop their ability to relax and enjoy listening to the sounds the natural environment has to offer. 

Safeguarding – Keeping Your Child Safe Online

Whilst many children don’t have access to a mobile phone, or any other device, at primary school age, many do. These things you are no doubt aware of, but it’s always good for all of us to have a reminder from time to time.

Does your child understand the importance of keeping information private? Are they aware that by uploading a video or photo online, they may actually be sharing private information without realising? For example, have they (or even you) ever uploaded a photo or video with the following in it: Wearing their school uniform or wearing a local club shirt? Showing their local area in the background, perhaps inadvertently including street names, shop
names or house numbers? Celebrating their birthday?

Talk to your children, do they realise the potential consequences of posting their personal information? Do they truly know all of their online ‘friends’? By sharing photos described above, a follower might be able to work out what school or clubs they attend, where they live and their date of birth. Do you want people knowing this information about your child?

Take Care & Stay Safe

Mr Dunn

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