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Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 0RH

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Mr D. Dunn
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John 13:34

Newsletter 7th June 2024

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Welcome to another Pedmore newsletter. Lots of school things to share with you today from a busy week, including news of the hedgehog! Have a good weekend and we’ll see you all again next week.

Stourbridge Fire Station 50 Years Celebration

Stourbridge Fire Station is celebrating their 50 year anniversary. There is an open day on Saturday 27th July with lots of activities to get involved in. More details can be found here.

Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who showed an interest in being a volunteer in school. We will be in touch soon with further details of what happens next.

Parental Survey

Here is a link to our end-of-year parental survey. It would be greatly appreciated if you could take a couple of minutes to complete it – it really does help us to develop school further. Thank you.

Link to parental survey.

Attendance

Whole School – 94.18%

Reception – 92.33%

Year 1 – 94.22%

Year 2 – 96.67%

Year 3 – 98.79%

Year 4 – 91.21%

Year 5 – 93.33%

Year 6 – 93.03%

From Dudley Health Protection Team – Diarrhoea and Vomiting

Dudley Health Protection Team 

Important update regarding management of diarrhoea and vomiting in schools

Following a recent large outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting at a school in the borough, please see the below update which provides specific information and guidance on management of such outbreaks of infection causing gastrointestinal symptoms.

Diarrhoea and vomiting can be due to several causes, including bacterial or viral infections, and should always be considered as potentially infectious. People affected by gastrointestinal infections may have:

  • diarrhoea-this might be sudden and watery
  • vomiting
  • feeling sick (nausea)

Some people also have:

  • a mild fever
  • stomach cramps 
  • headache
  • aching limbs.

Please click on the link below for further information and advice on diarrhoea and vomiting: NHS UK-Diarrhoea and vomiting

Anyone affected with symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting should remain off school until 48 hours after their symptoms have stopped. They should also feel well enough to return to school. This includes staff and pupils and applies even if symptoms are short-lived, and the individual feels fully recovered within the 48-hour period. This is an important measure to prevent the spread of infection to others and reduce the risk of an outbreak situation occurring, which could lead to high levels of staff and pupil absence, causing disruption to pupils’ education. 

Encouraging regular good hand hygiene practice is also one of the most effective ways to prevent spread of infection. Using liquid soap, warm water and paper towels is the most effective way to clean hands. Alcohol hand gel is not effective against some organisms that cause gastroenteritis, such as norovirus. 

Advice on infection prevention control and management of diarrhoea and vomiting in schools can also be found at:

UKHSA- Health protection in schools and other childcare facilities-Diarrhoea and vomiting

Thank you

“Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.”

Genesis 2: 19-20

Hedgehog at Pedmore

It’s been a busy week in Forest school with both Year 3 and 4 having their regular sessions. 

Although the children have had a great time, with so much play, creativity and fun, the week has been dominated by our new resident to the woods. 

Let me introduce you to Spike our little hedgehog who arrived on Tuesday . Although it was lovely for all the children to see him, we were a little concerned about him as he should be asleep in the day.

But we gave him some food and water and he scuttled off back to his bed in the bushes. 

But this morning he was up again but didn’t look very well so I took him to the hedgehog rescue and they were able to check him over. They think he is about 12 weeks old and that he probably had an infection, was a bit dehydrated and cold. 

Hopefully with some antibiotics and a bit of feeding up, he will be strong enough to come back in a few days. 

In the meantime, we shall make him a house and get it ready in the bug hunting area where he will find lots of food which should keep him healthy. 

I must admit I was very excited to see him as it’s always my aim to not only  increase the biodiversity in forest school but to provide children with experiences and memories that will stay with them. It was wonderful to see their excitement to see him. 

Will keep you posted on how he is! 

Ruth Hill

Love Your Churchyard

Sunday 9th June – Sunday 16th June – see the details here.

Happy News

The latest version of Happy News, with an article about the world’s oldest skydiver, can be found here.

Year 2 WOW Workshop Video

Year 2 had a great WOW Workshop this week. You can see a quick video of their finished cars here.

D-Day Remembrance

This week, Year 6 Ambassadors took part in a D-Day Remembrance service at Mary Stevens Park. You can see some of the photos here.

Elements Trust Forest School Day

Pedmore has hosted a forest school day for a small number of children from the four schools in Elements Trust. Next week, there is a sports day for some children at St Mary’s, in Kingswinford, and this follows on from the choir day we attended a few weeks ago.

Take Care & Stay Safe

Mr Dunn

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