Cathedral

Primary School

College Square, Bristol BS1 5TS

0117 353 2052

admin@cathedralprimaryschool.org

Logo COVID19 Updates & Communications 

 Friday 22nd May 2020

CPS Newsletter

Dear Parents & Carer,

Please see the attached Newsletter for this week.

Have a lovely half term.

Take care,
CPS Office Team 

CPS No.6 Newsletter 

 Thursday 21st May 2020

Applying for Free School Meals

Dear Parents and Carers,

As lockdown continues, we understand that many of you will be finding yourself in drastically different financial circumstances. In light of a change of circumstances, you may have applied for state benefits or may be considering doing so. If your household income is below a certain level and you are in receipt of any of the following you may have become eligible for Free School Meals:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit (provided youre not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Please complete the online eligibility CPS FSM Eligibility Checker  as soon as possible and we will be notified when this has been processed, usually within 24 hours. If eligible, we will add your child to the free school meals register and provide you with food vouchers.  Any information received as a result of any application will be treated as confidential.

Kind Regards,

CPS Admin Team

 Tuesday 19th May 2020

CST Letter to Parents


Dear Parents & Carers,

 

Please see the attached letter from Cathedral Schools Trust.

 

Best wishes,
CPS Office Team 

CST Letter to Parents 

 Friday 15th May 2020

CPS Newsletter

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is the Newsletter for this week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Take care,

Emily

CPS Newsletter No.5

 Tuesday 12th May 2020

Possible reopening of the school to more pupils in June

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I am sure that you will have been following the news and will be aware of the announcement on Sunday that the government believes it may be in a position to begin the phased reopening of primary schools on 1st June, beginning with Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.

We are waiting for further guidance and clarification from the government, which will help us create an action plan for our phased reopening. We’ll share this with you as soon as possible so you know what the school’s reopening will look like in practice. However, I want to reassure you that we, together with the Cathedral Schools Trust Central Team have already begun to consider our approach to any changes.  

I appreciate that many of you will be feeling anxious about the announcement and will have questions about how we can safely return to school.  I will be in touch with you as soon as possible to provide more detail and to make sure that you are informed of plans in place to support the health and wellbeing of children, families and staff as we move forward.

In the meantime, although some people have been encouraged to return to work, currently school remains open only for children of key workers and vulnerable children previously identified.

We’d like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your child learn from home. We’ll need to keep going with this for a while yet, so please do continue to do what you can and stay in touch with us about how your child is doing.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

 

With best wishes,

Sara Yarnold

 Monday 11th May 2020

National Thank a Teacher Day

Dear Parents & Carers,

May 20th is National Thank A Teacher Day. It will mark a moment when we, as a nation, can come together to say thank you to teachers across the country who are making a difference not only now during these unprecedented times, but every day of the year.

The Teaching Awards Trust in partnership with the DfE and other education partners, are asking as many people as possible to share their message of thanks, ideally in a video clip leading up to the day. This will be in an expression of their choosing - singing a song/miming to a song of thanks to their teacher, writing and/or reciting a poem, or sharing a picture of a drawing. For more information visit:

Thank a Teacher Day 

Children will also be invited to download and colour in the poster from the 'Thank a Teacher' website - link below.

Thank a Teacher Poster 

 

#ThankATeacher 

#HowWillYouSayThankYou

 

Best wishes and take care,

CPS Office Team

 Friday 1st May 2020

CPS Newsletter 

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is this week's Newsletter.

There will be no Newsletter next week due to the Bank Holiday weekend.

Have a lovely weekend.

Take care and stay safe,

Emily

CPS Newsletter No.4

 Wednesday 29th April 2020

School Nurse Service 

Dear Parents & Carers,

Please find attached information from the School Nurse Service, who are operating a daily telephone helpline and are keen to talk to any families who might want help or advice across a wide range of issues (see poster for more details).  

We are also including information about the Food Package Helpline who are a different organisation to North Bristol Foodbank, and are providing food boxes to families in need.

Thank you,
Lizzie Snelling
SENCO

School Nurse Service

Food Package Helpline 

 Monday 27th April 2020

Virtual Concert 

Dear Parents & Carers,

Please see email from Mr Nicholls, Director of Specialism at BCCS.

Take care,

CPS Admin Team

 

Dear CPS,

We may be physically apart, but we can still make music!

Here’s your chance to take part in a virtual concert - get involved!

Please see attached details of how you can take part.

 

The deadline for the first project is 5pm on Monday - apologies for the short notice.

 

Kind regards and warm wishes,

 

Mr Nicholls, Director of Specialism

Bristol Cathedral Choir School

Cathedral Schools Trust

Lockdown Project #1

Lockdown Project #2

 Friday 24th April 2020

CPS Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Welcome back (virtually) after the Easter break.

Attached is this week's Newsletter.

 

Take care & stay safe,

Emily Piti

CPS Commuinity News No.3

 Monday 20th April 2020

Welcome Back 

Dear parents/carers,

Welcome to our summer term, I hope you all had a restful Easter break and that you are keeping well. We continue to miss the children very much, but we must follow the government’s guidance to keep everyone in our community safe. 

This term we will carry on using Seesaw to support your child’s home learning. Today, your child will have been introduced to their new topic of learning along with their daily timetable. We really enjoy seeing the children’s fantastic learning at home – please keep sending their work in using Seesaw and we will showcase some work in our weekly community newsletter. 

We’ve all had to adapt to new ways of working, so I wanted to take the opportunity to say what an amazing job you’re doing supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this time. 

We can’t say yet when we’ll be able to open the school fully, but rest assured that we’ll continue doing our utmost to keep your child learning and our school community connected. 

Thank you for your continued support,

Kind regards,

Sara Yarnold
Head Teacher 

 Thursday 9th April 2020

Below is a link to the Government website with the latest Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

 Friday 3rd April 2020

CPS Newsletter 


Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is the Newsletter for this week.

Have a very Happy Easter and please stay safe.


Best wishes,

The CPS Office Team


CPS Community News No.2

 Friday 3rd April 2020

CST Newsletter 


Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is the Newsletter from Cathedral Schools Trust.


Best wishes,

The CPS Office Team


CST Newsletter

 

 Monday 30th March

Email from our Pastoral Team

Dear Parent/Carer

Following on from previous emails I would like to continue to offer you support from our Pastoral Team.  Please contact us using pastoral@cathedralprimaryschool.org. Through this email you can request for a telephone conversation or we can communicate through the email. Telephone conversations will be held through a withheld number so please accept these.

Public Health England have released guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and well being during the coronavirus outbreak. This can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak. 

  • The highlighted points from this document are:
  • It is important to take care of your own mental health and wellbeing. Children and young people react, in part, to what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with a situation calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children and young people
  • Children and young people may respond to stress in different ways. Signs may be emotional (for example, they may be upset, distressed, anxious, angry or agitated), behavioural (for example, they may become more clingy or more withdrawn, they may wet the bed), or physical (for example, they may experience stomach aches). Look out for any changes in their behaviour.
  • All children and young people want to feel that their parents and caregivers can keep them safe. The best way to achieve this is by talking openly about what is happening and providing honest answers to any questions they have. Explain what is being done to keep them and their loved ones safe, including any actions they can take to help, such as washing their hands regularly.
  • Remember that children and young people often take their emotional cues from the important adults in their lives, so how you respond to the situation is very important. 
  • Life is changing for all of us for a while. Routine gives children and young people an increased feeling of safety in the context of uncertainty, so think about how to develop a new routine – especially if they are not at school.

The website also highlights phone numbers and websites to seek additional support, advice and guidance about mental health in children and young people. 


Take care,

Miss Bailey

Behaviour and Pastoral Lead. 

 Friday 27th March 2020

 CPS Newsletter 

Dear Parents & Carers,
 

Attached is this week's Newsletter.

The Newsletter will now be going out weekly during term time while the school is closed. We are hoping this will help us feel a little more connected in our CPS community. 

Have a lovely and safe weekend.

 

Best wishes,

The CPS Team

CPS Community Newsletter No.1

 

 Friday 27th March 2020

North Bristol Foodbank and Free School Meal

Dear Parents and Carers,

We wanted to remind you that we have Foodbank vouchers in school which can be picked up or posted out to families should you want them.  The vouchers are issued by North Bristol Foodbank, who have said that they should be able to be used at other Foodbanks across the city. Each voucher can be exchanged for staples to last a family for a week, and we can send you out 3 vouchers at a time.  If you already have vouchers from us at home, please complete the details about number of people in the family etc. before you go to the food bank.

Families of children who receive free school meals can arrange to pick up a weekly provision box with lunch items from school on Monday or Tuesday afternoon.  If you would like to collect a box or would like someone to collect a box on your behalf, please email the school office (admin@cathedralprimaryschool.org) by 2:00pm today (Friday 27th) for collection on Monday, or by Monday lunchtime for collection on Tuesday.

If any family is facing difficulties accessing food for any reason, please let us know and we will do our best to help you.

We hope you and your families are keeping safe and well.  

The CPS Team

 

 Friday 20th March 2020

Letter to Children

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is a letter for you to read to your children from everyone at CPS.

All the best,
T
he CPS Team

Letter to Children 20/03/2020

 

 Friday 20th March 2020

Food Bank Vouchers - please reply to ADMIN email

Dear Parents/Carers

We know many families may be facing financial difficulties due to the current situation and in response to this have obtained some Bristol Foodbank vouchers. These vouchers are for families who are worried they may not be able to obtain food due to financial pressure.

Each voucher provides approximately a week of food for a family and each family will be given 3 vouchers.  The food bank asks that families only use one voucher each week to ensure there is enough food to go round.

The vouchers are issued by North Bristol Foodbank, who have told us that the vouchers should be able to be used in other areas of the city too, due to the current situation.

Currently the vouchers are being offered to families whose children receive pupil premium or free school meals and other families at the school's discretion.

Vouchers can be collected from the school office, or if you are already self isolating, collected  on your behalf or posted to you, however we cannot guarantee the reliability of the postal service.

If you require vouchers, please email admin@cathedralprimaryschool.org or call us on 0117 353 2052 by the end of the school day so that we can have them ready for collection.


Kind Regards,
CPS Team

 

 Friday 20th March 2020

Information for Families whose children receive free school meals or who will be in school next week

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have been in touch with Chartwell’s our school catering provider and would like to let you know what will be happening for pupils who receive free school meals in the near future.

For pupils who will be learning from home or are self isolating and currently receive free school meals

In the short term, Chartwell’s will be able to provide a packed lunch on a daily basis which can be collected from school.  If you wish to use this service, you must email the school office by 8:00am each morning that you want a packed lunch, so that we can arrange for a meal to be made. We will then contact you to let you know what times the meals will be available for collection.

Longer term, we will be looking at alternative arrangements such as Supermarket vouchers or accessing school food hubs in other areas of the city as we know many parents live a considerable distance from school.  We are still waiting for advice from the Government and Supermarkets about how this will work and will let you know as soon as we have more information.

For pupils who will be coming into school 

School meals will operate in the normal way with a free cooked meal provided to all REC, KS1 and Free School Meals Children. KS2 children will be able to order a meal daily to be paid on Parent Pay in the same way or bring in packed lunch.

It is highly likely that the range of foods on the advertised menu’s will not be available, but the kitchen will do their best to provide favourites such as pasta or jacket potatoes. 

We appreciate this is a very difficult time for all of our families.  Please remember that we have food bank vouchers available at school should you want to collect some.  Please ask at the school reception.

We want to do our utmost to support our families, so if you are struggling with accessing food, please contact us  

School office  admin@cathedralprimaryschool.org 

Pastoral email pastoral@cathedralprimaryschool.org

CPS Office Team

 Friday 20th March 2020

Vulnerable Pupils/Key Worker Occupation List

Dear Parents & Carers,

Following on from the email sent from the Trust, below is a Google form we would like you to complete if you fall into the categories listed and require childcare provision.

These are the key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions. 
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible. 

Please complete the form as soon as possible so that we can staff accordingly for Monday.  We will get back to you as soon as possible to let you know if we can provide the care you have requested for your child. 


Vulnerable Pupils/Key Worker Occupation List


Thank you for all your continued support.


Sara Yarnold

Head Teacher

 Friday 20th March 2020

CST Letter to Parents 20th March

Dear Parents & Carers,

Please see the attached letter from Cathedral Schools Trust.

Many thanks,

CPS Office Team


CST Letter to Parents COVID-19 20th March 

 Thursday 19th March 2020

CST Letter to Parents - 19th March 2020

Dear Parents & Carers,

Please see the attached letter from Cathedral Schools Trust for the latest update regarding school closures. 

Best wishes,

CPS Office Team


CST Letter to Parents COVID19 19th March

 Thursday 19th March 2020

Message from our Pastoral Team

Dear Parent/Carer

Following on from previous emails relating to the coronavirus and school closures the Pastoral Team would like to offer their support. We will still be available for advice/support regarding your child’s well being through our email pastoral@cathedralprimaryschool.org. Through this email you can request for a telephone conversation or we can communicate through the email. Telephone conversations will be held through a withheld number so please accept these.

If you are concerned about the well being of a child you can contact the First Response team on 0117 9036444 or through their website https://www.bristol.gov.uk/social-care-health/report-your-concerns-about-a-child. 

If you need support from local or national organisations regarding your child’s behaviour or a problem related to domestic violence or substance misuse you can contact support through 0117 9036444 or https://www.bristol.gov.uk/social-care-health/support-for-parents-and-carers

If you need support or advice on claiming universal credit or benefits please contact support through https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/

If you feel that you need support through the food bank please contact 

https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/eastbristol/

https://northbristol.foodbank.org.uk/get-help/

https://www.wellaware.org.uk/organisation/refresh-food-bank-bedminster/

The Pastoral Team is here to listen, offer support and sign post families to appropriate provision and outside services. 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch,

Katherine Bailey

Pastoral and Behaviour Lead


Alex Lewis

Pastoral Support Mentor

 Thursday 19th March 2020

Food Bank Vouchers - Reply required to ADMIN email address

Dear Parents/Carers

We know many families may be facing financial difficulties due to the current situation and in response to this have obtained some Bristol Foodbank vouchers.  These vouchers are for families who are worried they may not be able to obtain food due to financial pressure.

Each voucher provides approximately a week of food for a family and each family will be given 3 vouchers.  The food bank asks that families only use one voucher each week to ensure there is enough food to go round.

The vouchers are issued by North Bristol Foodbank, who have told us that the vouchers should be able to be used in other areas of the city too, due to the current situation.

Currently the vouchers are being offered to families whose children receive pupil premium or free school meals and other families at the school's discretion.

Vouchers can be collected from the school office, or if you are already self isolating, collected  on your behalf or posted to you, however we cannot guarantee the reliability of the postal service.

Please email admin@cathedralprimaryschool.org or call us on 0117 353 2052 by 12:00, lunchtime tomorrow (Friday) to let us know if you will be requiring vouchers or not. After this time, we will offer vouchers to families in the wider school community, who may also be in need.


Kind Regards,

CPS Team

 Wednesday 18th March 2020

Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am sure you have already seen this evening’s announcement from the Secretary of State. After Friday, schools as providers of education will be closed. Schools have been asked to play a different and vital role in the national effort of tackling coronavirus. 

From Monday, schools are being asked to open to provide care for vulnerable pupils and those whose parents or carers are key workers. The Secretary of State is clear: this is an entirely different role for schools and school staff. It is primarily about care, not education.

We will be open as usual on Thursday 19th March and Friday 20th March. We will be contacting all parents tomorrow with more information about how the school will operate from Friday 20th March.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff who have this week kept everything as normal as possible. Staff have worked above and beyond and shown positivity throughout the week. There have been lots of moments of success and laughter and all the children have been wonderful. They have asked many questions and shown empathy and care for each other. As always they have been a delight!

Finally, thank you to all our parents and carers for their kind words of support. We are very grateful to be part of such a caring community. I will be in touch with you again tomorrow.


Kind regards,

Mrs Yarnold
Headteacher

 Wednesday 18th March 2020

Dear Parents & Carers,

Please see the attached letter for more information regarding home learning for your child should the school need to close.

Today, your child should have come home with a Home Learning Book. This book can be used in conjunction with our online learning platform, Seesaw.

If your child is currently NOT in school and you are able to collect the Home Learning Book yourself, or you know someone that can collect on your behalf, the books will be available to collect from the office tomorrow (Thursday) between 8am and 4pm. The Home Learning Books also contain access information for Seesaw.


Thank you so much for your continued support,

CPS Office Team

 

Possible School Closure Planning

Home School Learning


Dear Parents/Carers,


This is a unique event for us all and there is no way of knowing exactly when schools will resume as normal. We are responding to the daily national directive from the Government and planning for possible school closure. All staff at Cathedral Primary School have been working hard for this eventuality. It is of huge importance to us that we establish a learning platform to continue learning at home.

In the event of school closure, all staff are clear about our expectations to keep children engaged in their learning as much as possible. As you will see from previous communication, we are establishing the use of Seesaw as a secure online journal where students can document and reflect on what they are learning at home. Your child will have come home today with a Home Learning Book with suggested activities. This book can be used in conjunction with our online learning platform, Seesaw. Your class teacher, intervention LSAs and specialist teachers have all had training in the use of this system. This week, class teachers have already tried using Seesaw with your children.

What should I expect from my school?

On the first school day of closure, we would like you to try an activity from the list provided in the front of the home book.  From the second day of closure, your child’s class teacher will add a suggested timetable along with a list of activities for your child to complete at home each day onto Seesaw. This will involve responding to some activities through Seesaw directly, and other activities can be recorded in their Home Learning Book. Your child will be able to add the things they work on (including photos, videos, worksheets, drawings and voice recordings) to their Seesaw journal which is an amazing way for them to share their home learning with us. We would like to reiterate that your child’s safety is paramount and their work will only be visible to school staff. Seesaw has strict privacy and security settings and these can be viewed at https://web.seesaw.me/privacy.

How does my child access Seesaw?

In order for your child to use Seesaw, you will need either a mobile device (mobile or tablet) with the free Seesaw application downloaded.  You can then use the QR code provided to gain access. You can also access Seesaw through the website web.seesaw.me.

Although Seesaw will be the primary platform, your child’s class teacher may direct them to some of the other online resources that we currently use in school. The following are sites that our children use as part of their learning. 

Spelling Shed

All children have a personal log in for https://play.edshed.com/ where they are set individual or class spelling lists to teach and learn a specific spelling sound or rule.Children are able to learn their spellings through 4 levels of a spelling game; easy, medium, hard or extreme.

Spelling shed should be used daily to practice new spelling rules, it is also important that children then use their spelling words in written activities and tasks that may also be set by their class teachers. All children in school have been using Spelling Shed as a part of their English curriculum through whole class teaching, guided reading and interventions this year and they are all confident to use this to aid their learning at home. Please encourage your child to practice writing these words through making flash cards, handwriting practise or putting words into sentences, as well as through the spelling shed game.

Letterjoin

As part of your home learning your child can practice their handwriting on the Letter-join website on iPads and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers. There you will find the same, easy-to-use handwriting resources that we use at school.

DESKTOP AND LAPTOP LOG-IN

Simply go to www.letterjoin.co.uk 
and log in, using the Desktop log-in boxes, with these details:

User name: 

Password: 

Letter-join will work on the following browsers on PCs:

  • Google Chrome • Firefox
  • Safari • Opera 

We do not recommend using Internet Explorer for Letter-join.

IPAD AND TABLET LOG-IN
Go to www.letter-join.co.uk, select the Tablet Login button and log in using these details:

User name: 

Swipe code (starting at top left):


Letter-join will run on the following tablets:

  • iPads running at least iOS7 through the Safari browser. 
  • Windows 8 tablets (8 inch and bigger) using the built-in browser.
  • Android tablets (8 inch and bigger) using Google Chrome, Firefox or Opera.

Times Table Rockstars

In either paper form or online, Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.  Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so. Your child can continue to practise their multiplication tables using the TT rockstars account. Please log on at:

https://play.ttrockstars.com/login/34647 and enter the following details.

Your family, school or organisation - Cathedral Primary School, Bristol

Username -  this is unique to your child and will have been sent by their teacher.

Password - this is unique to your child and will have been sent by their teacher. 


Please also keep looking at our website class pages to see if additional links are added to these pages. 

All staff are committed to supporting home school learning in the best possible way.  However, the unknown, about how long the school may be operating in this way, may mean that we might have to make some changes to future learning. We ask you to bear with us as much as possible during this uncertain time. 

We aim to communicate with you as much as possible and also find ways in which we can share the successful learning that is taking place in the home environment.   We really value the support and guidance that you can give your children at home, but we will be there for you should you need support. Please continue to email our admin team with your questions or enquiries.  

Thank you for your continued support. 


With kind regards,


Sara Yarnold
Head Teacher