Cathedral

Primary School

College Square, Bristol BS1 5TS

0117 353 2052

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 Thursday 16th September 2021

COVID-19 Update - Letter to Parents, Years 3, 5 & 6

Dear Parents & Carers of Children in Years 3, 5 and 6

Unfortunately, we have been made aware of several cases of COVID-19 within our school community this week, meaning that we have passed the threshold test set out by Public Health England of 5 individuals testing positive within a 10 day period. As such, we have been in contact with Public Health England and they have advised us to send you the following information. 

We know that you will be disappointed to receive this communication so early in term, and want to reassure you that all staff are working hard to ensure that this impacts as little as possible on your children’s return to school. 

If you have a child in Years 3, 5 or 6 please can we ask you now to obtain a PCR test for your child, if you are willing to do so, since there is a likelihood that they may have been in contact with a positive case. Your child is able to continue to attend school whilst waiting for their results, unless they develop symptoms.

You do not need to notify us if they are not symptomatic or if they receive a negative result, but if your child becomes symptomatic or receives a positive result then please contact the school office and do not bring them into school.
 

Please note that a lateral flow test is not a substitute for a PCR test. 

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. 

If your child has been identified by the positive case as a direct contact then you may also be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, who will provide you with guidance. 

If you think your child is a close contact but has not have not been contacted directly by NHS Test and Trace then please follow the guidance here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person#i-think-i-have-had-contact-with-someone-who-has-tested-positive-for-covid-19-but-i-have-not-been-notified-and-advised-to-self-isolate-what-should-i-do  

What to do if your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or tests positive for COVID-19

If your child  develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should get a PCR test and remain at home at least until the result is known. If negative, the child can end self-isolation; if positive, the child should isolate until at least 10 days after their symptoms appeared. Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).  If the child has a positive test result but do not have symptoms, they should stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the date the positive test was taken. This isolation period will be extended if they go on to develop symptoms by counting 10 full days from the day following their symptom onset. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test (the normally available test type) and this can be arranged via Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or by calling 119.  

 

Instructions for people who live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 (tested positive or symptomatic awaiting a test result)
 

From 16 August, you will not be required to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and any of the following apply:

  • you are fully vaccinated

  • you are below the age of 18 years 6 months

  • you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial

  • you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons


Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine. 

NHS Test and Trace will contact you to let you know that you have been identified as a contact and check whether you are legally required to self-isolate. If you are not legally required to self-isolate, you will be provided with advice on testing and given guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19. Even if you do not have symptoms, you will be advised to have a PCR test as soon as possible.

 

Any member of the household who is aged 18 years and 6 months or over and has only received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine or has not received any dose of the COVID-19 vaccination will still be required to self-isolate as household contact of a someone with COVID-19 symptoms awaiting testing and someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Please read the stay at home guidance which provides information on this. 

 

Household members who are not exempt from isolation as close contacts should not go to work, school/college/childcare/education setting or public areas, and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online. Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

You could be fined if you do not self-isolate following a notification by NHS Test and Trace. You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate or you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate. 

Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should be supported to minimise their contact with other people in the household during this period, regardless of whether others have symptoms or not.

Instructions for household contacts who are not required to self-isolate from 16 August

Even if you are vaccinated, you can still be infected with COVID-19 and pass it on to others. If you are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 but you are not required to self-isolate, you can help protect others by following the guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread. As well as getting a PCR test, you may also consider:

  • limiting close contact with other people outside your household, especially in enclosed spaces

  • wearing a face covering for those aged 11 and over in crowded places such as school/college/public transport

  • limiting contact with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable

  • taking part in regular LFD testing 

You should follow this advice while the person in your household with COVID-19 is self-isolating.

If you are a health or social care worker or a student undertaking a work placement  who has been identified as a household contact and are exempt from self-isolation, there is additional guidance available that you should follow to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 in these settings.

 

If you develop symptoms at any time, even if these are mild, self-isolate immediately, arrange to have a COVID-19 PCR test and follow the guidance for people with COVID-19 symptoms.

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

 If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading 
 

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • get vaccinated – everyone aged 18 and over can book COVID-19 vaccination appointments now and 16-17 year olds are being offered 1 dose of the vaccination by 23 August

  • wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day 

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

  • meet people outside and avoid crowded areas

  • open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside

  • wear a face covering if aged 11 and over when it's hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places

  • participate in twice weekly LFD testing following national guidelines (recommended for 11 years and over). We encourage you to log your results here: https://www.gov.uk/log-test-site-covid19-results

Further Information

Further information is available at 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

 

Thank you for your understanding and for supporting our school community by following the guidance whenever possible.

Yours sincerely

 

Sara Yarnold

Headteacher

 

 Tuesday 29th June 2021

CPS COVID-19 Update

Dear Parents & Carers,

I wanted to write to update you all on our current situation with regards to the Covid-19 outbreak at school. 

We now have positive cases reported in several year groups in Key Stage 2, which has resulted in nearly 50% of CPS pupils entering into isolation this week. In addition, 25 staff members have also been required to isolate, including 3 positive cases of Covid-19. I myself am also at home this week, having tested positive yesterday. Whilst this is causing some logistical challenges, I have full confidence in the team at school and we are in constant communication. 

Despite the high case numbers, Public Health England and the Education team at Bristol City Council are both confident that we have taken all the correct measures within our Bubble system, and that a thorough Track & Trace procedure has been followed. They have confirmed that we are doing all that we can to manage this very dynamic situation and they are on hand to support us should further cases arise.

You will appreciate that with such high numbers of isolating staff, that these are particularly challenging times for us all. We are constantly monitoring our supervision levels and I can reassure you that the children in school have an appropriate number of adults available to them at all times. However, the staggered return dates for pupils and staff (driven by the dates of first contact with positive cases) will result in logistical challenges in planning for the next week of school and we are reviewing this daily as new cases arise.

I would like to thank the staff who once again have shown enormous amounts of resilience and creativity during this pandemic. High quality learning for all of your children has remained our most important priority throughout this daily changing situation. Your children have also once again shown great strength and adaptability with the way in which they have switched from school to remote learning. 

Please be assured that we will continue to do our best to ensure a high standard of education is provided for all our children during the last few days of term, regardless of whether they are at home or in school. 

I would like to thank you all for your understanding during this tricky time, and to ask for your continued patience and understanding if we are not able to return to your emails or calls as quickly as normal. 

We will of course keep you updated on any developments. 

Kind regards,

Sara Yarnold
Headteacher

 Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Dear Parents & Carers,


We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school. 


We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.


The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 10 days. 


The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.


What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19 


If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test (the normally available test type) and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.  


All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.


Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection 


The household isolation period includes the day the first person in your household’s symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your 10 day isolation period starts on the 15th of the month, your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 25th and you can return to your normal routine.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. 


If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.


Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community


If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.


Symptoms 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of: 

  • a new continuous cough

  • a high temperature

  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)


For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.


If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.


How to stop COVID-19 spreading


There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19 

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds 

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • wash your hands as soon as you get home

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards


Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

 

Yours sincerely,

Sara Yarnold
Headteacher

 Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Letter for direct and proximity contacts

Dear Parents & Carers, 


We have been made aware that we have a confirmed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Cathedral Primary School.


We have followed the national guidance and, following a risk assessment with Public Health England (PHE) advisers, have identified that your child has been in close contact with the individual who has had a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19). In line with the national guidance, your child must stay at home and self-isolate until Friday 2nd July at 23.59 hours.

If your child is well at the end of the 10 day period of self-isolation then they can return to their usual activities and attend school as normal from Monday 5th July.

Other members of your household can continue normal activities, provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 10 day self-isolation period. 


For more information, please see the guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person:


https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person 


Getting a PCR test for a close contact of a case? 


It is now also possible for close contacts to have a PCR test even where they do not have symptoms through Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or by calling 119. In some areas you may be encouraged to do this by your local authority or local health protection team.


Please note: if your child has a negative PCR test result this does not alter the self-isolation period as a contact. Close contacts should continue to self-isolate for 10 full days, as they could still become infectious and pass the infection onto others. Please make sure you read the full text message from NHS Test and Trace when receiving a negative result. This makes clear that you do not need to self-isolate unless you've been told to self-isolate because you've been in close contact with someone who tested positive’ Negative test result for coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS (www.nhs.uk).


What to do if your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID 19).


Having been identified as a close contact, if your child then develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).  Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test - this is the type of test that is normally available and can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.  


All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.


The household isolation period includes the day the first person in your household’s symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your 10 day isolation period starts on the 15th of the month, your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 25th and you can return to your normal routine.


Household members should not go to work, school or public areas, and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.


Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.


If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period. If that is not possible, anyone with symptoms should try and stay as far away as possible from vulnerable members of your household.


For more information, please read PHE’s ‘Stay at Home’ guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection 


For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. 


If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.


How to stop coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading.


There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus (COVID-19):


wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds 

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • wash your hands as soon as you get home

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information.

Further information is available at 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

 

Yours sincerely,

Sara Yarnold 

Headteacher

 Friday 11th June 2021

Dear Parents & Carers,

 
Bristol schools have received an update from the Local Authority in relation to the increased Covid infection rates in some areas of the UK. This is linked to the Delta variant; which evidence suggests is more infectious than previous strains. We have been informed that there has been an “uptick” in Bristol infection rates, including in some primary schools. We will continue to monitor this as we make decisions about our school risk assessment. 
  
Please see attached updated guidance from BCC and Public Health England and letter from Neil Blundell, Executive Principle of CST.

Please keep the office updated with any absence, giving clear reasons why your child is away from school. Remember, 'feeling poorly', or 'under the weather' are not reasons we can add onto our reporting system!
If you child has any of the main COVID symptoms this will require a PCR test (a main test at a test centre) not a Lateral Flow Test (home testing kit).
Main symptoms are:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss or change to your sense of taste or smell


Best wishes,
The CPS Office Team

Letter to parents and carers June 2021

COVID19 Guidance - Wednesday 9 June 2021

 Monday 10th May 2021

Reporting an Absence and the use of COVID Testing

Dear Parents & Carers,


We have now all been living through these unusual covid times for the last 14 months and while we may all feel like we know what we are doing, we just thought it would be useful to remind you of what the government guidance is regarding covid testing, when to get them and what kind of test you or your child should be taking.

This is also a good opportunity to refresh your minds regarding reporting an absence to school.

Firstly, if your child is unwell this must be reported to the school office. This can be done by email - admin@cathedralprimaryschool.org or by calling the absence line - 0117 353 2052 and selecting option 2. Where possible, we would like this information by 8.30am on the first day of absence. 


What we need to know if your child is absent: 

  • Name of your child

  • The class your child is in

  • The reason for absence

When leaving a reason, please do not say ‘unwell’, ‘feeling poorly’ or ‘under the weather’. We have to record the reason for absence on our registers and this does not give us enough information and will just result in the office having to contact you to find out further details. 

If your child has been sick or has had diarrhoea: 

Your child will need to stay off school for 48 hours from the last bout of illness. 

Updating the office with Absence: 

You need to contact the office every morning that your child is absent from school. 

Medication: 

If your child needs medication such as antibiotics this is what we have been advised. If the antibiotics need to be taken 3 times a day, this can be done at home (before school, just after pick up, before bed). If they have to be taken 4 times a day then one dose can be given in school. Please come to the office to fill out a medication form. 


Any medication given to children in school has to be prescribed and labelled by a doctor. 


COVID Testing - which test to take and when to take them: 

Knowing what test you or your child should take and when to take them can be quite confusing. Below is a summary we hope you will find useful. 


PCR Test: 

If your child is displaying COVID symptoms they must get a PCR test. This is the main test taken at a test centre. The whole family (including siblings) will need to isolate until you receive the results. As soon as a negative result has been received, you child/children can return to school. Please can you also email the results information to the office.

 These are the official symptoms and therefore a reason to get a PCR test.

  • A high temperature 

  • A new, continuous cough 

  • A loss or change to your sense of taste or smell 

 

Rapid Lateral Flow Tests (home testing kits): 

These are now available to everyone and can be taken at home. 


These test kits are used to spot anyone who may be positive but not displaying any symptoms. If you get a positive test from your home testing kit, this needs to be followed up with a PCR test. Everyone in your household will need to isolate until you receive a negative PCR test result.


These tests are not to be used as confirmation to school that you or your child has a negative test as a result of displaying any of the main covid symptoms. If you or your child are displaying any of the main covid symptoms listed above, you must take a PCR test. Here is link for more information.

Guide to rapid testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) 


For further information about coronavirus and testing please visit:

NHS website: Get tested for coronavirus 

 

Best wishes,

CPS Office Team

 Friday 5th March 2021

Welcome Back - Information Reminders

Dear Parents & Carers,


We are all really looking forward to having everyone back next week.


Below is just a quick reminder of the latest updates and information from the school.


Please read to the end of this email for a little something that the staff have put together for all our returning families...


Lunches: 

There is now a new menu showing on the booking system with more hot options for the children to enjoy. This means that any lunch orders made before today have been deleted and will need to be re-booked. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please can we remind you that all lunches must be booked by midnight on the Saturday before the start of the week. 

Breakfast Club:

We have now removed School Cloud from the booking process for Breakfast Club. This means that all booking and payment for Breakfast Club is done on Parent Pay. Please can all parents remember to book Breakfast Club sessions ahead of time. If you want to make any changes to bookings or need to make a last minute booking, please contact the School Office. Sorry for the chop and change with the Breakfast Club booking system. We will review how this is working before the Easter holidays. 

Please click on the links for more information about Calendar DatesBreakfast Club, and After School Club

Rapid Lateral Flow Testing Kits:

Did you know that ‘households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary-age pupils’ can request the home testing kits? For more information about this and how to request your kit, please click on the link below.

Rapid Lateral Flow Testing

Masks:

Please can we remind you that masks should be worn at drop-off and pick-up times.

 

Times of the School Day:

Start of the Day:

  • All entrances open at 8.30am and close at 8.45am

End of the Day:

  • Reception = 3.00pm - Reception gate

  • Year 1 = 3.00pm - Main entrance 

  • Year 2 = 3.10pm - Main entrance

  • Year 3 = 3.05pm - The Tump

  • Year 4 = 3.10pm - The Tump

  • Year 5 = 3.15pm - Outside Bristol Cathedral side doors

  • Year 6 = 3.15pm - Staff entrance 

And finally...
 

CPS Staff Choir:

The staff at Cathedral Primary School have come together to sing 'You will be found' from the musical 'Dear Evan Hansen' as a way to share a special message to our children and families. We look forward to welcoming the children back into school on Monday!

Special thanks to Miss Kelly for organising and producing this. 

You Will Be Found 

Have a restful weekend and see you all on Monday morning.

Best wishes,
The Office Team 

 Tuesday 2nd March 2021

School Re-opening Information

Dear Parents & Carers,

We are very much looking forward to having everyone back at school from Monday 8th March.

Please read the important documents attached from CPS as well as Cathedral Schools Trust regarding the re-opening of school.

Don't forget that school will be closed to all on Friday 5th March and no online work will be set that day.

Best wishes,
The CPS Office Team

 

CPS Letter to parents March Re-opening

CST Letter to parents and carers March 2021

 Wednesday 24th February 2021

School Reopening 

Dear Parents & Carers

 As you will no doubt be aware, following government announcements on Monday, all pupils will be returning to primary schools on Monday 8th March. 

 We are really looking forward to seeing all of the children back in school, and are so pleased that they will have the opportunity to learn together once again. 

 The full reopening means that we will need to accommodate full class sizes from Monday 8th March.  We will continue to maintain social distancing wherever possible and will be reverting to the year group bubbles we used before the Christmas Holidays. We will therefore need a short period of time to adjust our classrooms and prepare the school building, to ensure the return of all pupils goes as smoothly as possible.

 As a result the school will be closed to all pupils (including key-worker and vulnerable children) for one day on Friday 5th March. There will be no mandatory school work set on Seesaw for that day - instead your class teachers will upload optional activities for use on that day. There will be no need for children to upload responses to these activities set and they will not be marked. The class teachers will provide the outline for these activities on Thursday 4th March. 

 We will be sending out further information and details about the wider reopening once we have received full guidance. Times of the school day and drop-off and pick-up locations will remain the same as in term and 2 and 3. Breakfast Club will restart on Monday 8th March. Further details about Shine After School Club will follow. 

 We are all very much looking forward to welcoming back all children and will continue to follow our detailed risk assessment to ensure that our school community is safe. Thank you everyone for your support during this unusual time. 

 Kind regards,

Sara Yarnold
Headteacher

 Wednesday 13th January 2021

CST Letter to Parents

Dear Parents & Carers,

Please read attached the letter from Cathedral Schools Trust.

 

Best wishes,
CPS Office Team

CST Letter to Parents January 2021

 Monday 11th January 2021

Remote Learning Provision

Please find below links to information about our Remote Learning Provision question and answers and our Remote Learning Contingency Plan.

Remote Learning Q&A

Full contingency Plan for remote learning scenarios

 Thursday 7th January 2021

Internet Access

Dear Parents & Carers

We wanted to bring to your attention (see link below) the latest guidance from the government on supporting families who are not easily able to access the internet during this latest lockdown. 

Get Internet Access


If you are currently struggling to access Seesaw and other online learning, you may be eligible for assistance if you:

  • do not have fixed broadband at home; or

  • cannot afford to pay for additional mobile data

Please could you email the office (admin@cathedralprimaryschool) with 'INTERNET ACCESS' in the title of your email and we will contact you to discuss the options. We would strongly encourage all of our families who are struggling to access remote learning to get in touch; we are committed to helping all of our home learners get the support they need at this difficult time.

 

Kind regards,


Sara Yarnold
Headteacher

 Wednesday 6th January 2021

A Message from the Pastoral Team

Dear Parent/Carer

Following on from other emails related to school closures we would like to offer our support. We know that the children will have many questions and some will find this period of time very difficult. 

The pastoral team is 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.

The pastoral team will be uploading activities to seesaw on a weekly basis linked to the emotional literacy activities we have been doing at school and during the first lockdown. We will also be keeping the pastoral webpage updated. 

If you are concerned about the well being of a child you can contact the first response team on 01179036444 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 01179036444 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/


Resources for well being 

https://www.happymaps.co.uk/

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/

https://thehappynewspaper.com/


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 and Alex Lewis Pastoral Support Mentor

 Tuesday 5th January 2021

A Message from Mrs Yarnold

Dear Parents and Carers,

I write following last night’s announcement by the Prime Minister regarding the national lockdown. Whilst understanding the reasons for immediate school closures, we are aware of the difficulties and concerns for families that this may pose. 

We had, as you know, already made the decision to be closed this week. We are now of course facing a longer closure. 

Staff have once again been working hard to make sure remote learning has started today for your child/children. As with the previous lockdown they will communicate regularly with you and provide feedback for your children. There will also be some whole school subject challenges and these will be set for a Friday afternoon. 

During this lockdown period there will also be a weekly assembly. In addition to this we are going to plan in some assemblies to celebrate the work that children are doing at home and school. We will be in touch with you all to let you know more about this. 

Our pastoral team will continue to communicate with families. If you have a pastoral concern regarding your child then contact can be made through the school office or email  pastoral@cathedralprimaryschool.org  

If you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact Mrs Yarnold, Designated Safeguarding Officer. Contact can be made through the school email address admin@cathedralprimaryschool.org 

We will update you with further details of home learning provision as necessary. We were really impressed with the engagement and positivity of children in all year groups when this was required last year. 

Thank you for all the positive messages you have given us over the last couple of days. We will continue to work hard to liaise with you and support our children as much as possible,

 

Kind regards, 
Sara Yarnold 

 Monday 4th January 2021

CPS School Closure

Dear Parents & Carers

You will be aware from the press that there has been a significant call from some teaching unions for primary schools to move to remote learning, for safety reasons, with immediate effect. Please see the attached letter from Cathedral Schools Trust.

I now write to inform you that, unfortunately, CPS is not able to open for all children tomorrow. Due to staffing availability we are only able to invite keyworker and vulnerable children into school until at least Friday this week (8th January).

The government guidance on which children are eligible to attend school can be found here.

Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings

If you believe your children are eligible to attend school tomorrow please can we ask you to complete the Google Form (below) as soon as possible. We will need all responses by 7pm today in order to finalise our attendance list for Tuesday. We will respond by 9pm to confirm a space for eligible children.

Vulnerable Pupils/Key Worker Occupation List - Jan 21
 

Children eligible to be in school will be required to attend on a full-time basis.

Staff, as always, are completely committed to high standards of remote learning and have already begun working on curriculum and timetable information for home learning. You will receive a more detailed letter with home learning information later today.

The school timetable for key worker and vulnerable children, and pick up / drop off locations will remain the same as before the Christmas break.

Once attendance numbers are known we will review our breakfast club provision and will communicate to parents at that time, but in the meantime breakfast club will not be open on Tuesday 5th January. Shine will also not be operating this week and will also review their provision at the end of the week.

We understand that this will cause significant disruption and there will be challenges for many families and members of our school community. Children's safety is our number one priority and we are unable to open without sufficient staff numbers. We hope to have sufficient staff numbers to support keyworker and vulnerable children, whilst maintaining a full remote learning timetable.

If your child is normally entitled to Free School Meals but will not be attending school then a member of our office team will be in touch tomorrow to discuss vouchers.

We will write to you all again on Friday this week to keep you informed of any changes to this situation.

Thank you for your understanding. Please be assured that we will work very hard to support you and your children in these unprecedented times.

 

Kind regards,

Sara Yarnold
Headteacher

CST letter to parents and carers January 21

 Thursday 17th December 2020

CST Newsletter & Parent Holiday Information Sheet

Dear Parents and Carers,

 Please see attached Newsletter and Parent Holiday Information Sheet from Cathedral Schools Trust.

Best wishes,
CPS Office Team

Trust Newsletter

Parent Holiday Information Sheet 

 Friday 11th December 2020

Self-isolation Update

Dear Year 1 Parents & Carers,


You may be aware that there has been news today indicating that the self-isolation quarantine period is reducing from 14 days to 10 days, from Monday. Our office has received several queries during the course of the day over the implications of this news for those individuals who are currently in isolation. 

We have just received notification of a statement from the UK Chief Medical Officer that confirms that the change in rules will apply from 00:01AM on Monday morning, at which time the new 10 day quarantine will apply to anyone currently in isolation.  Please note that, since the rules do not change until Monday that you should continue under the current self-isolation guidance until that date.

The full press release can be viewed here.

We are delighted to confirm that we will therefore be able to welcome your child back to school on Monday next week (14th December).


IMPORTANT: If you would like your child to receive a school meal any day next week you must book this on Parent Pay before midnight on Saturday (tomorrow). Please remember to only book for Monday to Thursday, since term finishes next week on Thursday 17th December.

We look forward to seeing your children in school on Monday. 


Kind regards,
Sara Yarnold

 Friday 4th December 2020

COVID-19 - Information Update

Dear Parents & Carers,

We have had a confirmed case of COVID-19 within our school community. This only affects the Year 1 classes.

Please read the attached letter for more information and guidance.

Many thanks,
CPS Office Team

04_12_20 General letter to all school students parents guardians

 Friday 4th December 2020

COVID-19 Confirmed Case in Year 1

Dear Year 1 Parents,

There has been a confirmed cased of COVID-19 within our school community which affects both Year 1 classes. Your child will now need to isolate for 14 days.

Please read the attached letter for more information and guidance.

Please can you collect your child as soon as possible from school.

Many thanks,
CPS Office Team

04_12_20 Letter for direct and proximity contacts

 Friday 27th November 2020

Times of the school day

Dear Parents & Carers

As you will be aware, the government has now issued further information on the tiering system that will be reinstated at the end of the current lockdown period, and Bristol has been placed in the highest category, Tier 3.

As you know, we took the decision earlier this term to adjust the timing of our school day, to reflect the higher levels of UK infection rates and to enable the best possible degree of social distancing across the school site. Thank you all for working with us to make the school site a safer place to visit at this time.

We are writing now to let you know that, in light of the continuing high levels of infection in the Bristol area, we have taken the decision to continue with the current earlier timetable for at least the rest of this term. Please be assured that we are aware the earlier times do not suit all of our families and that this is only a temporary measure, which we will continue to monitor and reassess. At this stage we feel that social distancing must be prioritised in order to protect the whole of our school community. 

We intend to review the government guidance at the end of this term in December; the earlier timetable may continue into Term 3, although we will base the decision of when to return to our 'normal' school day on the best available information at the time. 

Thank you for your continuing support of our school. 

Mrs Yarnold

 Sunday 22nd November 2020

COVID-19 - Information Update

Dear Parents & Carers,

We have had a confirmed case of COVID-19 within our school community. This only affects Year 3 and Year 4 classes.

Please read the attached letter for more information and guidance.

Many thanks,
CPS Office Team

22_11_20 General letter to all school students parents guardians

 Sunday 22nd November 2020

COVID-19 Confirmed Case

Dear Year 3 and Year 4 Parents,

There has been a confirmed cased of COVID-19 within our school community which affects both Year 3 and Year 4 classes. Your child will now need to isolate for 14 days.

Please read the attached letter for more information and guidance.

Many thanks,
CPS Office Team

22_11_20 Letter for direct and proximity contacts

 Thursday 19th November 2020

COVID Update - Information for Parents

Dear Parents & Carers,

We have had a confirmed COVID case within our school community. This only affects Reception Pop and Rock classes.

Please read the attached letter for more information and guidance.

Best wishes,
CPS Office Team

19_11_20 General letter to all school students parents guardians and staff

 Thursday 19th November 2020

COVID - Confirmed Case

Dear Reception Parents and Carers,

There has been a confirmed case within our school community which affects both Reception Classes.

Your Reception child will need to be collected as soon as possible today.

Please read the attached letter for more guidance.

Best wishes,
CPS Office Team

19_11_20 Letter for direct and proximity contacts

 Friday 6th November 2020

 Dear Parents & Carers,

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TIMING OF THE SCHOOL DAY FOR ALL PUPILS:
 
Please read the attached letter regarding changes to the times of the school day. The changes will be coming into effect next Monday 9th November.

Best wishes,
CPS Admin Team 

Letter to Parents 06/11/20

 Tuesday 3rd November 2020

CST Letter to Parents

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please see the attached letter from Cathedral Schools Trust Executive Principal, Neil Blundell.

Best wishes,
CPS Admin Team

CST Letter to Parents

 Sunday 25th October 2020

COVID-19 Update Letter to all Parents

Dear Parents & Carers,

Please read the attached letter regarding a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Cathedral Primary School. 

Kind regards,

Sara Yarnold
Headteacher

25_10_20 General letter to all school students parents guardians and staff

 Sunday 25th October 2020

COVID-19 Update - Letter for Parents of Close Contact

Dear Parents & Carers,

Please read the attached letter for full information regarding a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Cathedral Primary School and the self isolation guidance for your child. 

Kind regards,

Sara Yarnold
Headteacher

25_10_20 Letter for direct and proximity contacts 

 Tuesday 20th October 2020

BCCS COVID-19 Update

Dear Parents & Carers,

Following on from the email sent last week, we have now been notified of another 2 positive cases in BCCS. These are in Year 7 & Year 13 and these year groups are now self-isolating.

Again, we would like to reassure you that BCCS and CPS operate in separate buildings and we will continue to monitor the situation as things arise.

Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Yarnold
Headteacher

 Tuesday 13th October 2020

COVID-19 Update

Dear Parents / Carers,

As many of you will have heard, BCCS now have two confirmed cases of COVID 19. Year 12 and Y9 children have been asked to self-isolate.  

I want to assure you that we are still operating as two separate schools and continue to not use shared indoor spaces. 

We will continue to update if there are any additional cases confirmed at BCCS.

Thank you as always for your continued support,

Mrs Yarnold 
Headteacher

 Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Information for Parents & Carers

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached are two useful documents that have been shared with us today from Bristol City Council and NHS Test & Trace.

Best wishes,
The CPS Office Team

School Outbreak FAQ for parents_2020.09.22

23rd September - PHE letter to parents and guardians

 Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Face Coverings 

Dear Parents & Carers,

In light of the current coronavirus alert level, and in order to further protect the vulnerable within our school community, from this afternoon we are asking all parents and carers who are able to wear a face coverings to do so when picking up or dropping off children.

Please be mindful that some individuals are unable to wear a masks due to medical reasons.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Cathedral Primary School

 Tuesday 15th September 2020

COVID-19 - Guide for Parents

Dear Parents & Carers

The school office has received many queries over the past few days over what action parents should take if their child becomes unwell. As such we thought it would be useful to share the recent guidance for parents with you. 

Bristol City Council have prepared the attached ‘Quick Guide for Parents’, detailing the steps you need to take if your child, or a member of your household, becomes unwell with the 3 main symptoms of coronavirus. A reminder that the NHS states the three main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature);

  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual);

  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

For clarity at this time, if your child has an elevated temperature then you should keep them AND their siblings at home, until a test has been taken and a negative result returned.

If a child comes to school and develops any of the three main symptoms whilst at school, we will send the child (and his or her siblings) home immediately, and ask parents to follow guidance on testing as soon as possible.

If your child has other minor illness symptoms, such as a sore throat or runny nose, but does not show any of the 3 main symptoms, then they are able to attend school so long as they feel well enough to do so.

Please rest assured that our highest priority is for all children to attend school whenever they are safely able to do so; we are taking all possible steps to minimise disruption to learning, whilst maintaining a safe learning environment for all our pupils.

Kind regards,

Cathedral Primary School

Quick Guide for Parents re COVID and Attendance

 Tuesday 9th September 2020

Letter to Children - Start of Term

  

Dear Children,

Welcome back! We are all so excited to see you and have everyone together again at school. It's been such a long time, you must be really tall and grown up by now.


You might feel lots of different feelings today - excited, a little bit worried, a bit nervous, really happy ! All your teachers are here to keep you safe and make sure you have a lovely time now that you are back . 

 

Some things will be a bit different in school and we have some special rules to help keep everyone safe, these include:

  • How the classrooms look

  • Arrow stickers on the floor to show you where to go

  • Trying to give each other space and not touch each other

  • Eating lunch in your classrooms

  • Washing our hands often.

Don't worry about this, we are all here to help you learn the rules. We will all learn together and help each other.  Remember ! You are all awesome - every time you wash your hands and try to follow our keeping safe rules you are part of a GIGANTIC team helping everyone to stay safe and enjoy school.

If you have any questions or worries you can share them with us. 

  

There is another very important thing !  You must have fun !  Havsupeday!  

Best wishes, 

CPS team 

 Tuesday 9th September 2020

Letter to Parents - Start of Term 

Dear parents / carers,

I hope you are well and looking forward to the new school year. 

All staff are now all back in school making the final arrangements for the children’s return, and we hope that you and your children are looking forward to it as much as we are. I wrote you an update last week confirming the details of our plans to make the school as safe and welcoming as possible, and that letter can be found on the school website. 

Although your child/children may be excited to return to school we also understand that many children may be feeling anxious about the return. Tomorrow when they come to school we will need parents/carers to drop off children at the designated entrance for their child’s year group. Staff members will be on duty to welcome the children. Once inside, children will be directed by a staff member to their new classroom. Please be assured that we have lots of people available to guide and support your child when they come into school. The teachers have planned some lovely activities to make sure the children have a wonderful first day! 

We will continue to support the children’s well-being and provide opportunities for them to discuss and ask questions about the impact of the COVID-19 on our daily lives. The children will have time to understand with their class teacher why school routines have been altered. We want children to get back into their normal school routines and to feel happy, confident and safe. For any children who are experiencing difficulties with this transition back to school our Pastoral Team will be on hand to support. 

We have been extremely excited to watch the play equipment being installed over the summer. We know that when the children arrive tomorrow, they will be eager to explore this wonderful new play space. The children will get an opportunity to play on this each day for one of their playtime breaks. They will have the equipment rules explained to them before they go out to play. As we need to keep the site as safe as possible, we ask that the children do not use the play equipment before and after school. We would like all children to leave the site at the end of the day as quickly as possible. In order for us to manage social distancing we ask that you support us with this. Please remember to be punctual for your child’s drop-off and collection times. 

At the beginning and end of the day we will need parents / carers to spread out as much as possible. The children will now be collected from different parts of College Square. It is really important that teachers are able to safely lead their classes to the designated collection points. Please do not drive onto the Square.

Finally, I would like to assure you that we will continue to work hard to communicate with you. I realise that you have received a lot of information. As you are aware, Government guidance is updated regularly and we will make sure that any changes to how we operate the school will be shared with you. 

We are so looking forward to welcoming everyone into school tomorrow.

Kind regards,

Mrs Yarnold 

Friday 28th August 2020

CPS Parent Information

Dear Parents and Carers

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all of our children and families back to school and meeting the new reception children later in September.  We hope that you have continued to remain safe and well and have enjoyed the summer holidays despite the context we now find ourselves living in.

As you can imagine, we have been working hard behind the scenes on the preparations to ensure that the return to school in September is well coordinated and managed with the safety and wellbeing of our children and staff our highest priority.

In this letter, we would like to update you on the new measures we have put in place and also about some changes you may notice to our school site. This is in addition to the document entitled “Information for Parents and Carers” which has been issued by the Trust. 

School day times and locations

Please have a look at the list below for details on where your child/children should enter and exit the school. We are aware that some families may be required to collect children from different locations, teachers will be mindful of that. We ask that you are as punctual as possible and keep to government guidelines with social distancing to ensure that things run smoothly and safely. 

 

EYFS

  • Enter School - 8.45am - 9.00am via the EYFS Gate (please do not enter the Reception garden) 

  • Leave School - 3.15pm via the EYFS Gate

Year 1

  • Enter School - 8.45am - 9.00am via the main entrance doors

  • Leave School - 3.20pm via the main entrance doors

Year 2

  • Enter School - 8.45am - 9.00am via the main entrance doors

  • Leave School - 3.25pm via the main entrance doors

Year 3 & Year 4

  • Enter School - 8.45am - 9.00am via the 'Staff Entrance' doors. (side doors near the Cathedral archway with 'staff entrance' written on them)

  • Leave School - 3.25pm from the Tump. Parents please 'distance' gather at the bottom of the Tump. Children will be lined up with teachers on the slope (next to the Tump) and will be sent through once the teacher has seen the parent and made eye contact.  

Year 5

  • Enter School - 8.40am - 9.00am via the 'Staff Entrance' doors. (side doors near the Cathedral archway with 'staff entrance' written on them)

  • Leave School - 3.30pm. Collect from the large wooden doors outside Bristol Cathedral side entrance. Class teachers will bring the children over to the doors and line them up. Only then will they begin to dismiss the children once they have see a parent. 

Year 6

  • Enter School 8.40am - 9.00am via the 'Staff Entrance' doors. (side doors near the Cathedral archway with 'staff entrance' written on them)  

  • Leave School - 3.35pm via staff entrance doors. Please 'distance' wait on the new paved area outside of the staff entrance doors and children will be sent out to you once you are seen using radio contact to the classroom.


Breakfast Club and After School Club  

We will be running Breakfast Club starting as normal at 7.45am. This will begin on Monday 14th September.  If your child is in EYFS or KS1 they will be having Breakfast Club in the main hall and you should use the main entrance for drop off.  

If your child is in KS2, they will be having Breakfast Club in the small hall and children should use the side “Staff Entrance” doors located near the archway on the side of the school building.  A member of staff will be on duty at that entrance to welcome the children. 

Within the halls, children will also be separated into their year group bubbles.

 

New Booking System for Breakfast Club

To book your child into Breakfast Club you will need to log onto a new online booking system. This is the same system used to book your Parents Evening slots. 

Children cannot attend Breakfast Club unless they have booked in advance. 

We are still in the process of setting this up. Sorry for any inconvenience and we hope to have this booking system live very shortly. 

 

School Lunches

Our school meals provider changed over the summer holidays and our new caterers are Impact Food Group.

With the continuing uncertainty of COVID-19 the decision was made to continue with a packed lunch only option for Term 1. This will be reassessed towards the end of the first term and a further decision will be made about Term 2. Packed lunches can either be provided from home or booked online should you choose a school packed lunch.

ALL MEALS MUST NOW BE BOOKED ONLINE AND PAID FOR IN ADVANCE. 

THIS APPLIES TO EVERY CLASS IN EVERY YEAR GROUP. 

The deadline for booking meals is midnight on a Saturday. You can book one week at a time or a whole term should you choose to do so.

Children will not be asked in the morning for their meal choice as this will have already been done online and in advance by you. Please make sure you choose what you child will want to eat as meal choices cannot be changed on the day.

 

Expectations at school

We have carried out risk assessments in school and have a detailed action plan to minimise the risk of spreading of Covid in School.  Whilst we want school to be as normal as possible, staff have undergone training on our Covid Protocol and we will be teaching the children about the changes made within school.  Below is a short summary of the changes that your children will experience in school 

  • Year Group Bubbles - for teaching and learning children will have a group of adults to work with and will have interaction with the other class in their year group for lessons.  This group is known as their Year Group Bubble.  Children will have all lessons, playtimes and lunchtimes with this group only.  They will not have interactions with other children within the school. 

  • Bubbles for playtimes and lunchtimes  - the children will be in a larger group.  These groups will be EYFS, Year 1&2, Year 3&4, Year 5&6.  There will be designated play areas for these groups which will be operated  on a rota system

  • EYFS & KS1 book bags only - your child should bring their book bag to school each day.  These will be stored in the classroom in a designated place, so that they are accessible for 1:1 reading.  Please do not allow your child to bring a bag or additional items from home into school e.g. toys etc

  • KS2 NO Bags - please do not bring your child’s larger rucksack into school at this time. If your child has a book bag please bring it.  If not, their class teacher will provide them with a plastic wallet to store their reading book and homework in. 

  • Water Bottles - please ensure that your child has a water bottle clearly labelled.  This should be taken home each day, washed and replenished for the next day

  • Individual stationery - children will have a set of stationery resources in the tray under their table, we are seeking to limit the resources that are shared in school

  • Pegs out of use - children will keep their coat on the back of their chair and no other items will be stored on pegs

  • Packed Lunches - children will be eating their packed lunch at their table in the classroom and will have an outside playtime either before or after this

  • To limit contact - parents and carers will not be allowed to enter the building unless for emergency reasons or for a pre-booked appointment

  • School uniform - children should return to school in full school uniform

  • Uniform on PE days - children may arrive in their PE kit on their PE day and are NOT required to change out of it afterwards


Summer Updates

It’s been a very busy summer at Cathedral Primary School with various new builds taking place. Below is a snapshot of what’s been happening. 

 

Our new classroom

The finishing touches are just being made to our new classroom. This is located under the children’s area of the Central Library and will be used by Mr Byron and Miss Veuve’s Year 4 Class and is called Motown Class. 

 

Our new playground

Touchwood have been working hard through a heat wave, thunder storms, gale force winds and torrential rain to provide us with our new play equipment. It’s been really exciting watching it evolve and we can’t wait to see the children’s faces when they return to school. We are assured it will be completed by the start of term. 

 

Removal of the parking bays & pavement widening 

The small amount of paid parking bays that were located on College Square have now been removed and the widening of the pavement in this area is almost complete. This will give us some much needed gathering space for families arriving with children using the ‘staff entrance’ doors. 

We would also like to remind everyone not to drive onto College Square when dropping off or picking up. There is now nowhere to turn around and due to the new collection arrangements at the end of the day, any cars entering the square are likely to be a cause of concern to pupil and parent safety. 

 
Finally, we would once again like to thank you all for your support during this difficult time. We are very excited about having the children back at school. We know that this may be an anxious time for some of you but would like to assure you that we are doing as much as possible to make our school a happy and safe place. 

We look forward to working with all in this academic year.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sara Yarnold

 

CST Information for Parents & Carers September 2020

 Friday 17th July 2020

CPS Updates  

Dear Parents & Carers,


Term may have ended but we still have lots going on behind the scenes at school. Below are a few updates.


New Staff:
We would like to welcome Jessica Hufford to CPS. She will be joining our team in September as our new Year 3 teacher. Miss Hufford will be in Country Class and is very much looking forward to meeting her class and their families. 


We would also like to welcome Cara Parry and Lisa Mackay to CPS. They will be part of our Learning Support Assistant (LSA) team. 

 

Lunches in September:
Our school meals provider will be changing over the summer holidays and our new caterers will be Impact Food Group.

With the continuing uncertainty of COVID-19 we have made the decision to continue with a packed lunch only option for Term 1. This will be reassessed towards the end of first term and a further decision will be made about Term 2. Packed lunches can either be provided from home or booked online should you choose a school packed lunch.

ALL MEALS MUST NOW BE BOOKED ONLINE AND PAID FOR IN ADVANCE. 
THIS APPLIES TO EVERY CLASS IN EVERY YEAR GROUP. 

The deadline for booking meals is midnight on a Saturday. You can book one week at a time or a whole term should you choose to do so.
Children will not be asked in the morning for their meal choice as this will have already been done online and in advance by you. Please make sure you choose what you child will want to eat as meal choices cannot be changed on the day. 

Please click on the link below for information about Impact Food Group, a sample packed lunch menu and a guide to ordering meals online.


School Meals


You will not be able to book meals just yet as we are still in the process of setting everything up.

New Reception parents. You will be sent a username and password for Parent Pay later in the summer. 

 

Breakfast Club:
We are in the process of setting up a new online booking system for Breakfast Club. As the school has grown so has the need for breakfast provision. We only have limited space and therefore any child using Breakfast Club MUST be booked online and in advance. We cannot accept any children who turn up in the morning and who have not been booked in.

We will send out more information on this in due course. 

 

School Texts:
From September CPS will be using text messaging as a form of communication. Please make sure we have your up to date numbers. Text will go to 1 primary contact. If you would like to check which contact we have listed a ‘primary’ please contact the school in September. For parents who do not live together, we can arrange for both parents to receive the messages. We will just add these manually in the office. This will also be done in September. 

 

Shine:
Shine will continue to run at CPS from September. They will be coming to school for a site visit in August. They will be looking at spaces across the school and working on their risk assessment. The Shine booking system will be made available later in the summer. 

 

Summer Works at CPS:
College Square. Anyone passing will have seen that work has begun on the road on College Square. The parking spaces have been removed and the council are now starting to widen the pavement and add further paving detail across the road.


Touchwood have begun building the play equipment off site and are due to begin construction on site soon. 
Additional classroom. The contractors are on site and work has begun. Mr Byron is looking forward to his new classroom and new class name, Motown Class! 

 

Uniform:
Don’t forget to read the updated information regarding purchasing any new uniform this summer. Please click on the link below for more detail.
CPS Uniform 

 

Useful Information:  
Life After Lockdown. One of our school Governors, Dr Will Shield, has been answering questions on Newsround on life after lockdown and the worries that some children may have.
Life After Lockdown

Think U Know. Below is a link that has been created to support parents during Covid-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, they will be releasing a new presentation for parents and carers to help with online safety at home.
Think U Know

 

Healthy Holidays. Advice and ideas for recipes, food ideas and support for children and families.
Families in Focus. Activities and information to keep families occupied over the summer break.
Both of these links can be found on our Pastoral page, link below. 
CPS Pastoral Care 

Chandos Art. Our Art Club provider Emma Wreyford has put together some ‘how to’ videos over the lockdown period and has decided to put them all on to a YouTube channel. Take a look for some tips and ideas.
Chandos Art

 

If there are any significant Government updates over the summer holidays we will of course keep you informed. 

 

I hope you all have a restful and safe summer break. 

 

Best wishes,
Emily Piti

 Monday 13th July 2020

Letter from Cathedral Schools Trust

Dear Parents & Carers,

Please see attached letter from Cathedral Schools Trust.

Best wishes,
CPS Office Team  

Letter to Parents July 2020

 Monday 6th July 2020

Food Bank and Free School Meals

Dear Parents/Carers

We know many families may be facing financial difficulties due to the current situation and in response to this we are also able to make an online referral to the local food banks for families who are worried they may not be able to obtain food over the summer holidays due to financial pressure.

Once the referral has been received the food bank will be in contact with you to arrange a delivery, they will provide approximately a weeks worth of food for each family. 

If you would like us to make a referral please send an email to admin@cathedralprimaryschool.org, we need to know the following in order to complete the form -

  • The number of adults and children in your household

  • Reason for referral - Low income / change in benefits / Sickness or ill health / any other reason

  • Dietary needs - Vegetarian / Halal / Diabetic / allergies

  • Do you require baby essentials? - Nappies / Baby formula

  • Do you require Pet food?

  • Area you live in 

Please send us this information as soon as possible in order for us to get the referrals completed before the end of term, any referral requests sent over the holidays may take a little longer to process as the email account will not be monitored daily.

If you haven't already please also make an application for Free School Meals through the following link - CPS Free School Meals . You should receive an instant reply showing your eligibility status, if you feel this may be incorrect please provide the office with any relevant benefit documents in order for us to assess this for you. The system automatically updates every week so if your circumstances happen to change over the upcoming period we will be notified of your eligibility to Free School Meals.  

We do have a few supermarket vouchers available for those families in need, again please send us an email if you would like to be considered for one of these.

Best Wishes

CPS Office Team

 Friday 3rd July 2020

CPS Newsletter

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is the final Newsletter for this term.

Have a lovely summer.

Take care,

CPS Office Team  

CPS Newsletter No.11

 Friday 26th June 2020

CPS Newsletter

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is the Newsletter for this week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Take care,

Emily Piti

CPS Newsletter No.10

 Friday 19th June 2020

CPS Newsletter 

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is the Newsletter for this week.

Shine have also just released their summer activities and holiday clubs. Information can be found via the link below.


SHINE Holiday Clubs
 
Have a lovely weekend.

Take care,
Emily Piti

CPS Newsletter No.9

 Thursday 11th June 2020

School Update 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Many of you will have heard this week that the Secretary of State for Education clarified the position regarding the full opening of primary schools before the end of term. He accepted that schools cannot welcome back all children.

This week we welcomed back some Year 6 pupils. From Monday 15th June we have offered part-time places to Year 1 and Reception families. This is in line with the guidance that school’s received to prioritise these year groups. 

The school has implemented social distancing measures and many of our classrooms can only accommodate 9 to 10 children. We also have a reduced number of staff who are able to be at school. With these factors determining how the school functions we are unable to open to further year groups this term. 

We want to assure you that the Year 2/3/4/5 teaching teams will continue to provide high quality home learning. The staff work creatively to ensure that children are provided with appropriate tasks which are regularly responded to. We continue to be impressed with how hard your children are working and would like to thank you for all the support you are providing. Please continue to keep in touch with us if you have any worries or concerns. The Pastoral and SEND team are available:

pastoral@cathedralprimaryschool.org

senco@cathedralprimaryschool.org

I also want to assure you that staff are planning for transition. Towards the end of this term there will be tasks set on Seesaw which are focused on moving children to their new class. Teachers will be sending video clips and messages so that children feel reassured about who their new teachers are going to be and what classrooms they will be in. 

We understand that this is a difficult time for children and want you to know that although many of our children are not at school that we are thinking about them lots. We will continue to think about whole schools projects and ways in which we can communicate with you to celebrate the achievements of this year. You will be receiving a school report for your child at the end of this term. 

We will of course keep you updated about arrangements for September as soon as we are given guidance. 

We hope that you are all keeping well and safe,

 

Kind regards,

Sara Yarnold 

 Friday 5th June 2020

CPS Newsletter

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is the Newsletter for this week.

Also, we have some rather talented and creative singing staff. Miss Kelly organised a fantastic rendition of One Day More, supported by many members of the CPS staff. Mr Byron has also been keeping his class entertained with his very own Country Class Corona Blues. These songs are now on the website, click on the link below to view, listen and smile.

CPS Music Page 

Have a lovely weekend,

Take care,

Emily

CPS Newsletter No.7

 Thursday 4th June 2020

Year 1 Information for parents/carers on return to school

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for completing our initial survey on returning to school, this has helped us gain a picture of the numbers of children planning to attend school.  As you can imagine we have been busy planning the processes and procedures with the Trust and at school.  

The Board of Trustees will be meeting today - until this has happened we cannot guarantee that school will open to more children. However, we have made detailed plans (including extensive consultation with health and safety advisors) about how to open to a wider group of pupils. 

We are now planning to offer Year 1 children a place at school for two days a week.  This will be every Monday and Tuesday commencing on Monday 15th June

 

What to do next?

Before the children return, if you have chosen for them to do so, there are three tasks that we need you to complete. 

  1. Please read the rest of this letter to understand the specifics of return at Cathedral Primary School

  2. Please read the attached Trust guidance which has been compiled for all schools within the Trust (please note the guidance is slightly different on uniform for our school)

  3. Please complete the google form below by 7pm on Monday 8th June.  This is a Health and Safety requirement before your child can be offered a place to return to school. Your child will not be able to return to school unless this form has been completed

  • Year 1 Wider Opening of CPS 

  1. If you do not wish your child to return to school you do not need to do anything

  2. If your child was previously attending school in the Key Worker/Vulnerable group and you need a full time place, your child will need to remain with the key worker groups and not be part of the Year 1 groups. Please email the office if this is the case. 


If you take up the offer of the place, then we will expect your child to attend school every Monday and Tuesday until the end of term. After the first week, pupils from other year groups may also be joining us in school. The risk assessment will be continuously reviewed and we may be inviting children from Reception once the Year 1 groups have settled. 

Drop off and Pick up times

School drop-off will start at 08:45am. Before your child starts school, we will inform you of which entrance they will use to enter the building . There will be clear markings for parents whilst waiting for their child to enter school.  You should not stand in groups with other parents.  As there will be a staff member on the door, you can leave your child on arrival .  Children will be directed to enter the building at safe intervals.  Parents will not be allowed into the school building.

 

Year 1 will leave the building at the designated entry and exit point at 3:15pm.  This will be either the main entrance or the EYFS garden.  Please note, there will be no vehicle access to the Square from Anchor Road, so please consider, if arriving by car, where you can safely park. 

Timetable for the day

Based on the number of responses we receive, we will be allocating your child to a group.  This group will be no more than 15 children and will have two members of staff. Once assigned to a group, children will not move from that group or mix with the other group at any point in the school day. Children will be shown to their group and their deskspace by their teacher on the first day. The members of staff allocated will remain the same on a weekly basis. Please note that your child will be with a known member of staff from the Year 1 or EYFS team but it may not be their class teacher. Class Teachers continue to plan the learning for all of the children in Year 1. We will be using the reception and Year 1 classrooms. 

 

It will not surprise you to hear that we will be operating on reduced staffing capacity as we still have staff who are shielding, self-isolating or unable to attend for other reasons because of the current set of circumstances.  In the same way that many of you will be anxious and possibly even fearful about schools re-opening, understandably some of our staff feel the same way.  We need to maintain their confidence as well as yours as we start to return to school-based learning.  Clearly, we will also need staffing capacity to provide home learning for those who will not be in school during term six. Below you will find the timetable for Year 1.

 

Lunchtime arrangements

We will not be providing a hot meal option.  Chartwells, our lunchtime provider, will be preparing packed lunches for children with a choice of sandwich fillings.  The admin team will be in touch to find out whether you wish to order a school packed lunch under the Universal Free School Meals offer, or whether you wish your child to bring in a packed lunch from home.  Children will be eating their packed lunches in their classroom before going out to a designated play area for their group for 30 minutes. 

What your child needs to bring

Please ensure that your child brings a clearly named water bottle. Refills will be available throughout the day. Children should not bring toys, stationery, books or any bags into school.  Please ensure these are clearly labelled and can stay in school. Any belongings that your children bring in will be stored underneath their designated table and not on pegs.

 

Please do not send any food to school with your child to share with others. Your child may bring their own packed lunch to school but please remind them not to share any food or accept any food or beverages from others. Children will not be sent home with school resources.  Please ensure children are in school uniform, or school PE kit, but this must be laundered daily. 

PE and Forest School

We are planning to use the outdoors as much as possible.  Mr Baynton is planning to teach PE outdoors each Tuesday afternoon.  Please ensure your child is wearing a suitable kit on Tuesdays.  There may be some forest school sessions planned and we will be communicating the dates for these later in the term. 

Remote Learning

We have been able to provide high-quality remote education opportunities or programmes through Seesaw over recent weeks. Now that we will be opening more widely, larger numbers of staff will be needed to provide face-to-face teaching at school. Work will still be set on Seesaw but you may see the number of activities reduce slightly. 

 

Kind regards, 

Sara Yarnold

CST Information Brochure

 Wednesday 3rd June 2020 

IMPORTANT - Lunch information for Year 6's

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

Please click on this link to read important information about lunch times for Year 6 students returning to school.

 

Many thanks,

CPS Admin Team

 Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

As you can imagine we have been busy planning the processes and procedures with the Trust and at school for the wider reopening of the school to Year 6, Year 1 and Reception.  We wanted to provide more information on how this will affect the running of the school. 

To continue to attend school in the key worker group there are four tasks that we need you to complete.

What to do next?

  1. Please read the rest of this letter to understand the specifics of how the groups operate.
  2. Please read the attached Trust guidance which has been compiled for all schools within the Trust (please note the guidance is slightly different on uniform for our school)
  3. Please complete the attached google form by Friday 5th June (Key Worker Wider Opening of CPS). This is a Health and Safety requirement that we are now required to do. Your child will not be able to return to school on Tuesday 9th June if this form has not been completed. 
  4. If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 6, you will need to make a decision on whether you would prefer your child to remain in the key worker group (attending as many days as you require) or whether you wish your child to join their class groups.  Please note, if you wish your child to join their class groups, it has been necessary for us to offer a part-time basis. We are planning to offer two days a week for Reception and Year 1 and four days a week for year 6.  

Parents who have completed the questionnaire will be able to continue to bring their children to school from Tuesday 9th June. Please note the school is closed to all children on Monday 8th June.

Drop off and Pick up times
School drop-off will start at 08:45am. Key worker groups will enter the building via the main entrance.  There will be spaces clearly marked on the pavement running from the bottom of the steps up to the arch.  Your child should stand on the floor marker, and then you should move away.  You should not stand in groups with other parents.  As there will be a staff member on the door, you can leave your child once they are standing on a spot.  Children will be directed to enter the building at safe intervals.  Parents will not be allowed into the school building.

Key worker children will leave the building via the same route but the times will now be staggered. 
Key worker A - EYFS/Y1 = 3:20 - Main entrance
Key worker B - Y2/Y3 = 3:25 - Main entrance
Key worker C - Y4/Y5/Y6 = 3:30 - Main entrance

Please note, there will be no vehicle access to the Square from Anchor Road, so please consider, if arriving by car, where you can safely park. 
Timetable for the day

Key Worker children will now be grouped into three  smaller groups.  We will be using Opera, Country and Soul class.  Each group will have a teacher and a teaching assistant.  Once assigned to a group, children will not move from that group or mix with the other group at any point in the school day. Children will be shown to their group and their deskspace by their teacher on the first day. 

Lunchtime arrangements
Chartwells, our lunchtime provider, will be preparing packed lunches for children with a choice of sandwich fillings.  Those children eligible for free school meals will receive this free of charge. If your child is in Key Stage 1 they will still be entitled to a packed lunch with no charge under the universal free school meal offer.   For everyone else, this can be provided for the normal cost of a school lunch. The admin team will be providing you with further details on how to order this. Children will be eating their packed lunches in their classroom before going out to a designated play area for their group for 30 minutes. 
What your child needs to bring
Please ensure that your child brings a clearly named water bottle. Refills will be available throughout the day. Children should not bring toys, stationery, books or any bags into school. Any belongings that your children bring in will be stored underneath their designated table and not on pegs.

Please do not send any food to school with your child to share with others. Your child may bring their own packed lunch to school but please remind them not to share any food or accept any food or beverages from others. Children will not be sent home with school resources.  Please ensure children are in school uniform, or school PE kit, but this must be laundered daily. 

PE and Forest School
We are planning to use the outdoors as much as possible.  There will be some PE and Forest school sessions. For Forest School we will be using the forest school overalls so there is no need for the children to have different clothing. Mr Baynton will be teaching PE outside on a Wednesday afternoon. Please make sure that your child is wearing suitable shoes for these activities. 

Remote Learning
We have been able to provide high-quality remote education opportunities or programmes through Seesaw over recent weeks. Now that we will be opening more widely, larger numbers of staff will be needed to provide face-to-face teaching at school. Work will still be set on Seesaw but the number of activities may need to be reduced. 

Kind regards,
Sara Yarnold
 Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Year 6 Information for Parents/Carers

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for completing our initial survey on returning to school, this has helped us gain a picture of the numbers of children planning to attend school.  As you can imagine we have been busy planning the processes and procedures with the Trust and at school.  

The Board of Trustees will be meeting this Thursday - until this has happened we cannot guarantee that school will open to more children. However, we have made detailed plans (including extensive consultation with health and safety advisors) about how to open to a wider group of pupils. 

What to do next?

Before the children return, if you have chosen for them to do so, there are three tasks that we need you to complete.

  1. Please read the rest of this letter to understand the specifics of return at Cathedral Primary School

  2. Please read the attached Trust guidance which has been compiled for all schools within the Trust (please note the guidance is slightly different on uniform for our school)

  3. Please complete the attached google form by 7pm on Wednesday 3rd June  (Schools Wider-Opening). This is a Health and Safety requirement before your child can be offered a place to return to school. Your child will not be able to return to school unless this form has been completed

  4. If you do not wish your child to return to school you do not need to do anything

  5. If your child was previously attending school in the Key Worker/Vulnerable group and you need a full time place, your child will need to remain with the key worker groups and not be part of the Year 6 groups. Please email the office if this is the case. 

Parents who have completed the questionnaire will be able to bring their children to school in the first week on Tuesday 9th, Thursday 11th and Friday 12th of June, if approval is given by the Trustees.  Then the following week the pattern will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This pattern will continue to the end of term. If you take up the offer of the place, then we will expect your child to attend school each day we are open. After the first week, pupils from other year groups may also be joining us in school. We will be continuously reviewing our risk assessment and use this to plan for the number of pupils returning. 

Drop off and Pick up times

School drop-off will start at 08:40am. Year 6 children will enter the building via the side entrance near the archway.  There will be spaces clearly marked on the pavement running from the bottom of the steps up to the arch.  Your child should stand on the floor marker, and then you should move away.  You should not stand in groups with other parents.  As there will be a staff member on the door, you can leave your child once they are standing on a spot.  Children will be directed to enter the building at safe intervals.  Parents will not be allowed into the school building.

Year 6 will leave the building via the same route at 3:30pm.  A staff member will supervise the door, and will radio through to the classrooms when they see a parent arrive. Your child will be sent out to you. Please ensure safe distancing from other parents when you are waiting to collect. 


If you already had an arrangement for your child to leave school without being collected by a parent e.g. with an older sibling, to meet you where you have parked, or alone; this can still apply, but obviously this is not recommended under the current circumstances.  

Please note, there will be no vehicle access to the Square from Anchor Road, so please consider, if arriving by car, where you can safely park. 

Timetable for the day

Below you will find the timetable for Year 6. It will not surprise you to hear that we will be operating on reduced staffing capacity as we still have staff who are shielding, self-isolating or unable to attend for other reasons because of the current set of circumstances.  In the same way that many of you will be anxious and possibly even fearful about schools re-opening, understandably some of our staff feel the same way.  We need to maintain their confidence as well as yours as we start to return to school-based learning.  Clearly, we will also need staffing capacity to provide home learning for those who will not be in school during term six.

 

Children will be grouped into two smaller groups.  We will be using Choral classroom and Blues classroom.  Each group will have a teacher and a teaching assistant.  Once assigned to a group, children will not move from that group or mix with the other group at any point in the school day. Children will be shown to their group and their deskspace by their teacher on the first day. 

Lunchtime arrangements

We will not be providing a hot meal option.  Chartwells, our lunchtime provider, will be preparing packed lunches for children with a choice of sandwich fillings.  Those children eligible for free school meals will receive this free of charge.  For everyone else, this can be provided for the normal cost of a school lunch. The admin team will be providing you with further details on how to order this. Children will be eating their packed lunches in their classroom before going out to a designated play area for their group for 30 minutes. 

What your child needs to bring

Please ensure that your child brings a clearly named water bottle. Refills will be available throughout the day. Children should not bring toys, stationery, books or any bags into school. If your child does have a pair of headphones/earphones that they can bring in from home, this would be useful.  Please ensure these are clearly labelled and can stay in school. Any belongings that your children bring in will be stored underneath their designated table and not on pegs.

 

Please do not send any food to school with your child to share with others. Your child may bring their own packed lunch to school but please remind them not to share any food or accept any food or beverages from others. Children will not be sent home with school resources.  Please ensure children are in school uniform, or school PE kit, but this must be laundered daily. 

PE and Forest School

We are planning to use the outdoors as much as possible.  Mr Baynton is planning to teach PE outdoors each Friday afternoon.  Please ensure your child is wearing a suitable kit on Fridays.  There will be some forest school sessions planned and we will be communicating the dates for these later in the term. 

Remote Learning

We have been able to provide high-quality remote education opportunities or programmes through Seesaw over recent weeks. Now that we will be opening more widely, larger numbers of staff will be needed to provide face-to-face teaching at school. Work will still be set on Seesaw but will be limited to English and Maths. 

 

Kind regards, 

Sara Yarnold

CST Information Brochure

 Monday 1st June 2020

Virtual Summer Games

Dear Parents, Carers and Children, 

I have really enjoyed both reading about and seeing all the different ways our community has been keeping active during the last 10 weeks. However, I’m sure everyone in the school shares my disappointment that we will not be able to enjoy our traditional CPS sports days together this year. I thought it would be great to get involved in a sports event all together from our homes.

Wesport (the West of England active partnership) have organised a ‘Virtual Summer Games’, which has been launched this week. A new activity will be introduced at the start of each week and you will have to practice it and see how much you can improve your personal best. At the end of the week you enter your best score into an online form and the more CPS entries we have, the more points we earn! You can even send pictures or videos of you completing the challenge if you like. The ‘Virtual Summer Games’ will last for 5 weeks and will finish on Tuesday 7th July with a celebration when the most active school will be announced.

All the information about the events and video instructions can be found on the Wesport site:

WESPORT 

The entry forms are accessed:

West of England's Virtual Summer School Games 

Please find attached the flyer and instructions for the week 1 activity, which begins today.

 

Your Sincerely,

Mr Baynton

 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