Coronavirus – Help and support

In recent weeks we have received a wealth of information from various sources that offers support and advice to schools and parents during the current Covid-19 crisis.  I have collated all that information to provide you with a single point of reference.  However, I recommend that you visit and subscribe to the following web pages to keep up to date with this rapidly changing situation.

Home learning advice

DFE guidance for home learning during school closures

10 top tips for remote learning – parents

Helping your child learn during school closures

Top tips for creating a home learning environment

Health advice

What to do when your child is unwell

Understanding the coronavirus

Helping SEND children understand pandemics and the coronavirus

Hand washing guidelines

Mental health

Reference to all mental health agencies

Helping children cope with stress

Well-being and mental health – a guide to looking after yourself and others

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse – victim support

Parenting

Advice for dealing with behaviour at home

Advice for talking about Covid-19 with your child

Advice for managing stress

Advice for providing structure

Advice for managing one to one time

Financial

If your circumstances have changed due to the current Covid-19 crisis which has resulted in the unavoidable need to claim Universal Credit, your child will likely be entitled to free school meals and vouchers to support uniform costs.  Check here to see if you meet the criteria.

Apply for free school meals

Online Safety

Digital Safety and well-being kit

NSPCC Online safety advice

WhatsApp guide

Zoom guide

April 14th Newsletter

I hope this letter finds you all healthy and coping with the constraints of the current lockdown.  I know I am missing my long walks in the Lake District but I am keeping busy planning routes for when I can finally return.  If you are struggling in any way, whether it be emotionally, financially or practically because you are isolating and unable to get out for food or medicine, then please reach out.  I have a full staff team who are happy to help in any way. Mrs Jarvis provides emotional resilience support to pupils in school and has arranged to speak to some of the children she sees more often but, if your child is particularly struggling to understand the current situation or is feeling upset and anxious by it, please let me know and Mrs Jarvis can provide some support.

Home Learning

Myself and the teachers are very happy that home learning resumes again today.  It is not only important for keeping the children on track with their school work and maintaining their positive attitudes to learning but it gives us that precious contact with them which we are missing.  When we see their uploads and know they’re engaging with the material set, we know they are healthy and well.  Teachers will continue to set English and Maths activities and there is a wealth of content online so if you could encourage the children to adopt some structure and routine into their daily learning, they will benefit enormously.

Each child has been given a Home Learning book with an access code that will allow them to interact with Seesaw in the same way they would if they were in school.  This allows them to upload their own pictures or edit the pictures and documents that we upload.  If anyone is having difficulties, then please let me know as this is the main method we are using for home learning.  I have asked class teachers to make contact with any families that are not engaging with Seesaw so that they can help problem solve, but primarily, to check everyone is okay.

Free School Meals

You may have seen in the media that schools are obliged to continue providing free school meals to those entitled to them even when schools are shut.  These are the school meals that are free for those on low incomes and an application must be made to Cumbria County Council.  This is not the same as the school meals that are free to children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  If your circumstances have changed due to the current Covid-19 crisis and you think you may be eligible then you can apply by clicking on the link below:

https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/schoolsandlearning/freeschoolmeals.asp

Residential

To those parents who had children booked onto this year’s residential, we are currently in discussions with Fussells Travel company regarding refunds for the residential trip as they are determined to keep the deposit and second payment. We will be seeking legal advice regarding the terms and conditions of the booking and if they are entitled to keep the payment and, if this is the case, we will have to claim through the school’s travel insurance.

I am sure you will appreciate that this is not a quick process, especially with many businesses working less hours and having less staff, however we will keep you updated and you can be assured we will be aiming to refund parents as soon as possible.

School Games Sports challenge

Up until the Covid-19 crisis, we were seeing some fantastic achievements in sport this year and I have no doubt that we would have secured a place in the county competitions for more than one team.  However, just because all competitions have been cancelled it does not mean we can’t complete.  Oliver Carswell, the School Games Co-ordinator for Furness, has organised a virtual competition.  He is uploading a challenge a day to his Facebook page and if you post a comment/photo/video of your child completing the challenge and name our school, we will gain points.  You can see Oliver’s Facebook page by clicking the link below.  Even if you do not want to enter the competition, the challenges are fun and simple and will keep the children busy.

https://www.facebook.com/SGO.Furness/

Critical worker childcare

Just a reminder that we are open for emergency childcare for key workers.  Any parents requiring childcare will need to provide evidence of critical roles and shift patterns for all adults who live in the household and verification of this from your employer.  As long as we have enough staff willing to volunteer and those staff remain in good health, we can continue to open.  However, should this situation change, our pupils requiring childcare will be directed to Dowdales or Dalton St Mary’s.  If you are a keyworker and require childcare, please email me on head@lindalmarton.cumbria.sch.uk to register and discuss shift patterns.  All childcare should be confirmed by 6:00pm on Friday for the following week which will allow me to ensure we have adequate staff in place.

March 27th Newsletter

I did not envisage writing a newsletter today, least of all from home due to the fact the school is closed and empty of children. However, I thought it was important to write as there have been some significant developments over the last week and also because I wanted to say how amazed I am by the effort our children and parents have given to home learning.

Critical worker childcare

The local authority have been working behind the scenes to identify a reduced number of schools to act as childcare Hubs for the children of critical key workers. Dowdales Secondary School is the hub that has been identified for many schools in the Dalton and Furness area. However, myself and other Headteachers, who form the Furness Primary Collaborative, would prefer to provide childcare for our pupils within our own schools where this is possible. This will be possible for as long as our numbers remain low and, our staff who have volunteered to provide this childcare, remain healthy. Should either of these factors change, we would only then have to direct our parents to the Dowdales hub.

The Furness Primary Collaborative have agreed that the following conditions must be met in order for childcare to be accessed: 

 Children of two parent families must have 2 key workers living at home 

 A registration form must be completed 

 Evidence of critical roles and shift patterns must be provided by the employer for all adults who live in the household. 

 There is NO alternative childcare that is safer for your children

It is a very clear message that the safest place for everyone is at home. However, the keyworkers and essential workforce that are having to go to work and put themselves and their families at risk each day are doing an amazing job and I want to do everything possible to support them. If you are a keyworker and require childcare over the Easter break and the weeks following, then please email me on head@lindalmarton.cumbria.sch.uk to register and discuss shift patterns. All childcare should be confirmed by 6:00pm on Friday for the following week which will allow me to ensure we have adequate staff in place.

Home Learning

We have now done our first week of home learning and I am unbelievably impressed with the level of engagement. Across the whole school there are very few pupils who have not been regularly accessing Seesaw and completing activities set by their teachers. This is amazing and fills me with confidence that, when we finally do return back to the classrooms, the children will have maintained their excellent attitudes towards school and resume their learning with much less impact to their progress and academic development. This is because of the wonderful support and encouragement that our parents continue to give; it is what makes our school so special.

Because the pupils have all been working so hard, myself and the teachers felt compelled to recognise their efforts with our usual weekly certificates, photographs of which have been posted onto each class’ Seesaw. Enjoy your Easter break and home learning will continue from April 14th. Class teachers may set some optional Easter activities to keep the children busy but we know how hard teaching children is so know that you definitely deserve to have two weeks off!

A massive well done to everybody!

March 13th Newsletter

Barrow Raiders

Your child should have brought home a season ticket for Barrow Raiders Rugby.  This will give them free entry into every home match.  The list of fixtures was printed on the back of each ticket.  If you have an interest in rugby, it would be great to attend a match and support the team. 

We have a free rugby taster session happening on Friday next week for children aged 6 to 9 years, however there are only 20 places available as, if the weather is wet, it will need to take place in our school hall and space is very limited.

Online Learning

Reminder: If you haven’t already, please connect to your child’s Seesaw account so you can view some of their work and the activities we set for them. 

Also, please don’t forget that your child has access to Education City which is our online learning platform.  There are a wealth of activities from all of the core curriculum subjects so please utilize this facility and have a browse. 

Absence through illness

You may have seen in the news that current guidance asks people to stay at home and self-isolate if they have a high temperature or continuous cough.  We have had a small number of children off school today for various ailments, some of which have included a cough and slight fever.  However, as yet, we have NO confirmed cases of Covid-19 so please do not be alarmed.  We have consulted our Health and Safety team to seek advice about whether these ailments require our pupils to remain at home for 7 days or not. 

In summary, if your child is too unwell to be in school for whatever reason, they should remain off for 7 days to ensure that they are not passing on any kind of illness that may cause others to be unwell and ultimately add to the already pressured healthcare service.  However, if you are concerned, unsure or require more information, please contact NHS 111 who will be able to provide you with specific advice for your child’s individual circumstances, information which you can then share with school which will inform our response.

Achievements

  Maths English Dojo
Class 1 Hallie Heywood Erin Sharp Evan Wood
Class 2 Leighton James Thomason Eve Graham Tommy Helm
Class 3 Alfie Munro Poppy Bailey Amelie Ward
Class 4 Seth Turner Courtney Crowe Esmee Pybis

Diary Dates

These are useful dates for your diary that will be added to each week.  More information about each event will be provided nearer the time. New dates are highlighted, changes to any date/time are in red.

Date Event
16-03-2020 Well-Being Week
16-03-2020 Year 3/4 Tennis Comp
16-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball League @ Hoops, 3:30pm
17-03-2020 Year 5 Language session @ Dowdales
18-03-2020 Science Morning
20-03-2020 Rugby Taster session, 3:30pm (6-9 yr olds)
23-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball League @ Hoops, 3:30pm
25-03-2020 Jester For Jesus
26-03-2020 County Gymnastics Finals @ Penrith
27-03-2020 Last day of term
   
13-04-2020 EASTER MONDAY
14-04-2020 Return to school – Anthony Wright Photos
14-04-2020 Parents’ Evening
16-04-2020 Parents’ Evening
27-04-2020 KS2 Ulverston Voices @ Coro Hall
06-05-2020 Jester for Jesus

March 6th Newsletter

Well-Being Week

One of our school improvement priorities at present is to ensure the development of our pupils’ well-being as well as their academic progress.  Having this as a focus has included mindfulness lessons, yoga, outdoor learning, increasing their understanding of nutrition and the benefits of exercise as well as learning about our health, first aid and how to keep safe.  We have woven this learning into our curriculum over the last 18 months and we intend to bring it all together with a themed week beginning 16th March.

The children will focus on aspects of well-being in their English and Maths lessons with their class teachers, and then, each afternoon, they will work with students from the University of Cumbria who are busy planning a wide range of lessons on this topic which they will then deliver to them.

Health and Safety

I am aware of the extensive coverage in the media regarding Corona Virus and I continue to follow it very closely. I would like to reassure parents that our school has the full support of Kym Allen – Health and Safety Consultants and we also have access to Public Health England and the Department for Health. Given the fast-moving, nature of the global response to the virus I do not feel it is sensible to constantly send out information which is being updated all the time. Providing people with links to reliable sources of information online is, I feel, more useful in the longer term.

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

Again, I wish to reassure parents that I am remaining up to date of all developments and will always follow the advice of the experts.  At present, that advice is to teach children how to wash their hands correctly and to wash them frequently.

Gymnastics

I am pleased to tell you that our Key Steps 1 team won and will therefore be representing Furness at the county competition. Key Steps 2 and 3 both came a very close 2nd place to Newton School. We are thrilled for Newton as they have worked really hard and deserve their place. Our children are of course winners in our eyes and each one surpassed their performance in the previous competition so we are very proud of all of them.

This does of course mean that Mrs Lawson will be continuing to prepare the Key Steps 1 team whilst the rest of us can focus on the Netball, Tennis and Football Competitions that are coming up very soon.

Netball

This afternoon we took a team of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils to a netball competition at Dowdales.  They played against teams from Dalton St Mary’s, Burlington, Askam and Our Lady’s.  They won one, drew one and lost two but played fantastically as a team and demonstrated all the sporting values that we expect from them.  Well done to Burlington School who won the competition; their netball skills were very impressive!

Easter Raffle

We have three weeks left of the spring term and I am sure the children will work as hard in those three weeks as they have done so far this year.  As an end of term treat, we would like to hold an Easter Raffle for them.  The raffle will rely on the children themselves donating a prize.  It can be an Easter egg, a book or a small teddy (not necessarily new but in good condition). Every child that donates an item to the raffle, will then be given a raffle ticket.  The raffle will be drawn on the last day of term.  If, for example, 3 prizes are donated by one child then that child will be given 3 tickets and will come home on the last day with 3 prizes.  Hopefully these will not be the prizes they donated! Class teachers may also hand out additional raffle tickets as occasional rewards.

Governor Vacancy – filled

I am very pleased to tell you that we have now filled our vacancy and that Mr Payne (parent of James and Dominic, Year 1) is now on the board as a Parent Governor.  We are thrilled to have Mr Payne join us and thank him for volunteering for the role.

Achievements

  Maths English Dojo Reading Raffle
Class 1 Madison Ackred Frankie Butcher Milo Morgan Rhia Waddington
Class 2 Max McLachlan Lucas Thornton Eliza Roberts Freddie Munro
Class 3 Archie Slater Evie Jessett Sebastian Kilty Jake Payne
Class 4 Lucy Hope Frazier Hazlehurst Tyler Fisher Molly Satterthwaite
  • Well done to Kara Lingard who was awarded her stage 3 pen this week.
  • Mrs Lawson has asked me to remind Year 1 parents that pupils need to read 4 times (from Thursday to Thursday) to be in the Reading Raffle each week.  There were only 4 children from Year 1 in the raffle today.

Diary Dates

These are useful dates for your diary that will be added to each week.  More information about each event will be provided nearer the time. New dates are highlighted, changes to any date/time are in red.

Date Event
09-03-2020 Year 5/6 Tennis Competition @ Hoops 9-12pm
09-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball League @ Hoops, 3:30pm
10-03-2020 Year 5 Language session @ Dowdales
11-03-2020 Science morning Year 5 @ UVHS
13-03-2020 Year 5/6 Girls Football @ Ulverston 3G
13-03-2020 Year 3/4/5/6 Cross Country competition @ Dowdales, 2:30pm
16-03-2020 Well-Being Week
16-03-2020 Year 3/4 Tennis Comp
16-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball League @ Hoops, 3:30pm
17-03-2020 Year 5 Language session @ Dowdales
18-03-2020 Science Morning
20-03-2020 Rugby Taster session, 3:30pm (6-9 yr olds)
23-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball League @ Hoops, 3:30pm
25-03-2020 Jester For Jesus
26-03-2020 County Gymnastics Finals @ Penrith
27-03-2020 Last day of term
   
13-04-2020 EASTER MONDAY
14-04-2020 Return to school – Anthony Wright Photos
14-04-2020 Parents’ Evening
16-04-2020 Parents’ Evening
27-04-2020 KS2 Ulverston Voices @ Coro Hall
06-05-2020 Jester for Jesus

February 28th Newsletter

Gymnastics

This afternoon we took three gym teams to Dowdales to compete in the Furness Small Schools competition.  The winning teams go through to the County Competition that will be held at Penrith Leisure Centre on Thursday 26th March.  Unfortunately, at the time of writing this newsletter, we have still not been informed of the results of the competition, to know whether or not we were successful.  However, I can tell you that we were all thrilled with the performance of each individual and that every child did either as well, or better than in the first competition.  They have listened to everything we have asked them to do and if effort and attitude were scored, we’d be clear winners.  Thank you to all the adults who have assisted in the preparation for this competition. 

UVHS

Our Year 5s will be attending UVHS on Monday for a ‘taster day’.  The children will visit to experience a wide range of lessons which may even include a session on their climbing wall.  Therefore, the children will need to take with them a pencil case and their PE kit.  Lunch will be provided free of charge but the children can take a packed lunch if they’d prefer.  Please drop your child off at the main entrance at 8:45am and then collect them at 3:25pm from the same place.

Swimming

As Year 5 will be at UVHS on Monday, there will be no swimming session for them.  We would like to use this opportunity to take Year 3 for a one off session.  If you are happy for your Year 3 pupil to go swimming on Monday morning, please send them with their swim kit.  Year 4 pupils will attend the swimming session as normal although, we would like them to bring in a pair of pajamas to wear over their costume so they can do their survival skills. No fleece PJs please.

Traffic

Just a polite reminder about careful driving on the approach to school.  Although the road is a 30mph limit, 20mph is advised due to the fact we have lots of little people crossing and walking up that road when it is at its busiest.  Please, please take care.

Friends of LAMPS

A huge thank you to those involved with the planning of the Valentine Disco as well as helping on the actual night.  It is wonderful to have an event that not only raises money, but can be enjoyed by the children.  Don’t forget, Bingo is on at Buccleuch Hall tonight, starting at 7:30pm, and all money raised will be donated to the school. 

If you would like to support the school in another way, you can always sign up for the LAMPS Lottery.  If you are already a member then why not buy a ball as a Mother’s Day gift for any of our lovely grandparents.  If you would like a form, just visit the office or send an email.

Governor Vacancy

I wrote to you a few weeks ago regarding a vacancy we have on our Governing Body. We have a skills gap and need to recruit another member who has experience of leadership and management as well as a knowledge of business finance.  It would be fantastic if this person could be a parent, grandparent or someone within our school community.  If you feel you can offer the skills we need, or know someone else who could, please get in touch with myself or Mrs Brettle.

Achievements

  Maths English Dojo Reading Raffle
Class 1 George Gough Ted Turner Oliver Payne Evan Wood
Class 2 Clio Lingard Mia Wall Ethan Bravery Matheson Jessica Ellis
Class 3 Kara Lingard Bobby Brown Ella Scott Maisy MKN
Class 4 Yasmin Boyde Imogen Brettle Imogen BM Sam Doyle

Diary Dates

These are useful dates for your diary that will be added to each week.  More information about each event will be provided nearer the time. New dates are highlighted, changes to any date/time are in red.

Date Event
02-03-2020 Year 5 Taster Day @ UVHS
03-03-2020 Year 5 Language session @ Dowdales
05-03-2020 World Book Day – Heroes & Villains fancy dress
06-03-2020 Class 1 & 2 trip to Forum – Tiger Who Came to Tea
06-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball Competition @ DASH, 2pm
09-03-2020 Year 5/6 Tennis Competition @ Hoops 9-12pm
09-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball League @ Hoops, 3:30pm
10-03-2020 Year 5 Language session @ Dowdales
11-03-2020 Science morning Year 5 @ UVHS
13-03-2020 Year 5/6 Girls Football @ Ulverston 3G
13-03-2020 Year 3/4/5/6 Cross Country competition @ Dowdales, 2:30pm
16-03-2020 Well-Being Week
16-03-2020 Year 3/4 Tennis Comp
16-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball League @ Hoops, 3:30pm
17-03-2020 Year 5 Language session @ Dowdales
18-03-2020 Science Morning
20-03-2020 Rugby Taster session, 3:30pm (6-9 yr olds)
23-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball League @ Hoops, 3:30pm
25-03-2020 Jester For Jesus
26-03-2020 County Gymnastics Finals @ Penrith
27-03-2020 Last day of term
   
13-04-2020 EASTER MONDAY
14-04-2020 Return to school – Anthony Wright Photos
27-04-2020 KS2 Ulverston Voices @ Coro Hall
06-05-2020 Jester for Jesus

7th February Newsletter

Ulverston Voices

Key Stage 1 enjoyed a night of singing on Thursday evening this week.  They performed at The Coronation Hall alongside other schools from Dalton and Ulverston as part of the Ulverston Voices event organised by the Cumbria Music Hub.  Using words from one of our parents in the audience, ‘they looked and sounded great and it was clear by their faces they were happy and confident to be performing on stage.’  I would like to thank Mrs Lawson for all of her effort and hard work, Mrs Dalziel and Mrs Jarvis for giving up their time and all the parents who supported us on the evening.

Gymnastics

We have had a very successful afternoon today at DASH.  Today was the small schools’ gymnastic competition ordganised by Louise Thornton at Dowdales.  We took two Key Steps 3 teams made up of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils, one Key Steps 2 team for Year 3 and Year 4 pupils and one Key Steps 1 team of Year 1 and Year 2 pupils.  Our children were amazing! Every single one of them tried their very best.  Their focus and the effort they have given to perfecting their routines is outstanding.  I am very happy and proud to report that two teams came first, one team came second and another team came third.  As usual, our gymnastics success is a whole school effort but I’d especially like to thank Mrs Smith who has continued to support us and given up a lot of her time to help and advise.

Siemens

Ambassadors from Siemens Subsea have visited the school again.  Dave, Rob and Mike came in on Wednesday this week and delivered a science workshop to Class 1 and then Class 2 and next week they will return to work with our junior classes.  It was wonderful to hear from the children what a great session they had and I was very impressed when they could tell me the difference between thermoset and thermoplastic! You learn something new every day!

Packed Lunches

Just a quick reminder, we have a pupil in school with a serious nut allergy so have adopted a nut free policy.  Please ensure that there are no foods included in your child’s packed lunch that contain nuts or traces of nuts.  We have had a couple of instances of children bringing in sandwiches with Nutella spread in them and also cereal bars containing nuts.  Please help us to keep all of our children safe and well.

Diary Dates

These are useful dates for your diary that will be added to each week.  More information about each event will be provided nearer the time. New dates are highlighted, changes to any date/time are in red.

Date Event
11-02-2020 Dance performance @ UVHS – Class 3 and Class 4
12-02-2020 Siemens Workshop – Class 3 and 4
14-02-2020 Finish for half term break
14-02-2020 Valentine’s Disco, Buccleuch Hall
   
24-02-2020 Return to school
25-02-2020 Year 5 Language session @ Dowdales

January 31st Newsletter

Mornings

We have a few instances this week of children coming to school on their own in the morning and entering the farmer’s field next door.  They appear to be entering the field to retrieve balls that have been kicked over the wall.  As you can imagine the field is very wet and muddy at the moment and is also home to a bull.  If your child is trusted to walk to school alone, please talk to them and warn them of the dangers as well as the hygiene issues caused by them trailing cow muck into school.  We are very fortunate to have Mr Brettle who periodically goes into the field and not only does he retrieve the balls but he also washes them too, meaning that there is no risk to the children.

Governor Recruitment

The governors and I are very sad to be losing Mr Mayou from our governing body.  Mr Mayou has served on the board as the Chair of the Business and Finance Committee.  Mr Mayou has held this role for over 5 years and has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to our meetings.  He has helped to oversee significant developments such as the investment and improvements made to ICT, the addition of our 4th classroom as well as many other building developments.  Mr Mayou’s expertise and the fantastic support he has offered to myself and the school will certainly be missed.  His spare time is limited, and with it he would like to explore new ventures, so we wish him the very best for the future and thank him for the significant part he has played in school development over recent years.

We are now left with a skills gap on our governing body and will need to recruit another member who has experience of leadership and management as well as a knowledge of business finance.  If you feel you can offer the skills we need, or know someone else who could, please get in touch with myself or Mrs Brettle.

Resilience

In assembly this week, and at various other points with groups of children, I have been talking about resilience and how we interact with one another. We have had rather a lot of falling out on the playground recently and, whilst this is a typical part of children’s development, where they learn strategies that help them to get along with others and how to handle disagreements, we have had a few children who have become upset.  The key messages that I am giving include, not putting themselves in situations that they know are going to cause them to be upset.  Also, if another child says something to them that makes them feel upset, I have asked that they consider the following: whether they think this was done to intentionally upset them, was it a one off or does this happen frequently, have they told the child that their comments are hurtful and, have they spoken to an adult in school about it? I have sent out a Building Resilience poster for your information which sums up the way we approach developing resilience in school.

Climbing Competition

I am very happy to tell you that, for the first time ever, LAMPS has competed in a climbing competition.  The initial round was against all Furness schools, large and small, and took place at Furness Academy.  Each school was able to bring 4 competitors who would then aim to scale the climbing wall in the fastest time.  Our children (Theo, Frazier, Imogen and Zara) were amazing LAMPS came 1st out of 22 other schools.  A grand final was then held this week at Kepplewray where the top 6 schools competed.  This time the children had to tackle a 60ft tree in challenging weather conditions.  Again, our pupils were outstanding and we came out on top with Imogen achieving the fastest score of all girls and the second fastest score overall!  As you can imagine, this is not a competition that we could train them for, or even assess their skills, so our team was chosen for their sporting passion, commitment and perseverance.  Qualities that are present in so many of our pupils, it is a shame we could not take more than four.

Sponsorship

We are very lucky to have received some sponsor money from SOA Safety.  They have provided us with 16 new Key Stage 2 tracksuits to be worn by any children attending sports events.  We will be showcasing them at the Gymnastics competition taking place on Friday next week.  Thank you to SOA Safety for offering this fantastic support to our school.

Achievements

Text Box: 	Maths	English	Dojo	Reading Raffle
Class 1	Ted Turner	James Payne	Hallie Heywood	Frankie Butcher
Class 2	Joel Ashburner	Clio Lingard	Joel Salt	Ethan Bravery Matheson
Class 3	Imogen BM	Levi Constantini	Sebastian Kilty	Ezri Kitchin
Class 4	George Hughes	Maisy MN	Lucy Hope	Evie Jessett

Diary Dates

These are useful dates for your diary that will be added to each week.  More information about each event will be provided nearer the time. New dates are highlighted, changes to any date/time are in red.

Date Event
06-02-2020 Dance Teacher in to work with Class 3 and Class 4
07-02-2020 Cumbria Cricket working with Year 1 and Year 2
05-02-2020 Jester for Jesus Assembly
05-02-2020 Siemens Workshop – Class 1 and 2
06-02-2020 KS1 Ulverston Voices
07-02-2020 Year 5/6 visit to Dowdales to watch Aladdin
07-02-2020 Key Steps Gym Comp @ Dowdales, selected pupils
11-02-2020 Dance Workshop @ UVHS – Class 3 and Class 4
12-02-2020 Siemens Workshop – Class 3 and 4
14-02-2020 Finish for half term break
14-02-2020 Valentine’s Disco, Buccleuch Hall
   
24-02-2020 Return to school
25-02-2020 Year 5 Language session @ Dowdales

January 24th Newsletter

Coniston/Keswick to Barrow

Following the success of last year, we would love to be able to enter a team of walkers in the Coniston and Keswick to Barrow walk.  The walk is taking place on Saturday 2nd of May.  For the last five years we have also supported the event by marshalling the C2B, assisting with the start of the walk at Coniston Sports Club.  If you would be willing to walk (the K2B or C2B), marshal the Coniston start, or be a support car for walkers, please let us know.

This year we are raising money to have the tarmac playgrounds replaced with a new surface, which is a £20,000 project, so the more support we receive, the better.

Packed Lunches

We have a continuing problem of children not taking their lunch boxes home.  The boxes are left at the end of the day, usually containing uneaten food, which, if not noticed by a member of staff, is then left to grow mould.  We are constantly asking children to take home water bottles, clothing, and other belongings that are left around school that no-body takes ownership of.  If you know your child has something missing, then please feel free to pop into school to retrieve it for them.  The building is usually open with staff inside from 8am till 6pm.

Dinners

Dolce, our hot meals provider, have written to give notice of an increase to meal prices from 14th April 2020.  The cost of a school meal will rise from £2.30 to £2.35.  Dolce have stated that increases are due to a number of factors which include the increase to the National Living Wage, an increase to employer pension contributions and a significant increase to food inflation which is predicted to reach 5%.

As you know, the school receives a government grant which enables us to provide school meals for Reception, Year and Year 2 pupils.  However, this grant does not cover the full cost of providing these meals and so this is supplemented from the school’s main budget.  There is currently an issue of parents ordering a hot meal for their child but still sending them with a packed lunch.  This results in the school paying for a dinner which then gets thrown away.  Because of these increasing costs and food wastage, if a child now has a school dinner ordered and brings a packed lunch, they will be given the school dinner and sent home with the lunch.

Attendance

Our overall school attendance is currently below our target of 96%.  Whilst I am confident that by the end of the academic year, the attendance figure will rise, I am very mindful that there is an increasing number of children being taken out of school for holidays and being absent for ailments such as a cough or cold which, as adults, would not prevent us from going into work.  This is a trend occurring across the county and not just specific to our school.  In order to improve attendance levels and ensure that our procedures are similar to those of neighbouring schools, I will be working with the governors and other head teachers to review our current practice and procedures.  When our Attendance Policy has been updated and approved, I will be sending a copy to each family and uploading it onto the school’s website for future reference.

Diary Dates

These are useful dates for your diary that will be added to each week.  More information about each event will be provided nearer the time. New dates are highlighted, changes to any date/time are in red.

Date Event
28-01-2020 Climbing Competition Final @ Kepplewray
30-01-2020 Dance Teacher in to work with Class 3 and Class 4
31-01-2020 Cumbria Cricket working with Year 1 and Year 2
05-02-2020 Jester for Jesus Assembly
05-02-2020 Siemens Workshop – Class 1 and 2
06-02-2020 KS1 Ulverston Voices
07-02-2020 Year 5/6 visit to Dowdales to watch Aladdin
07-02-2020 Key Steps Gym Comp @ Dowdales, selected pupils
11-02-2020 Dance Workshop @ UVHS – Class 3 and Class 4
12-02-2020 Siemens Workshop – Class 3 and 4
14-02-2020 Finish for half term break
   
24-02-2020 Return to school
25-02-2020 Year 5 Language session @ Dowdales

17th January Newsletter

Friends of LAMPS

Thank you to those parents who were able to attend the Friends meeting today after school.  An amazing £1145 was raised in total which is fantastic, as was the number of prizes which were handed out.  The future fundraising activities will possibly include a Valentines Disco, Prize Bingo and a Coffee Morning at The Coronation Hall.  There is currently over £4000 saved in the account and discussions are taking place as to what this money should be spent on.  If you have any ideas about this or other ways that we can fundraise then please attend the next meeting.  The more parents we have involved, the better!

Mr Napper

We have a new teacher joining Class 2 next week.  Mr Napper has a number of years’ experience and is a part-time teacher at Flookburgh Primary School where he currently works mornings.  Mr Napper will teach Blencathra Class in the afternoons from Tuesday through till Friday. We are very much looking forward to working with someone new.

PE Kits

Today’s weather was bright and dry so the cricket lesson, delivered by Cumbria Cricket, took place outside as it should have done.  However, despite the blue sky it was still extremely cold.  Please, please ensure your child has an outdoor PE kit in school as we have asked.  Jogging bottoms and a hoodie or fleece are essential for outdoor PE in these current temperatures.

Lego Competition

We sent a team of children to the First Lego League competition on Wednesday this week.  The team was made up of Year 5 and Year 6 children and they were accompanied by Mr Procter and Mr Smith.  The children had a great day and Mr Procter was very proud of their efforts and how they conducted themselves.  We would like to say a huge well done to St Bernard’s School who were very worthy winners.

Dog Dirt

Unfortunately, we appear, once again, to have a problem with dog muck in the village, particularly on the road up to school.  We have had a number of children who have come into school with dirt on their shoes which is not ideal at all.  This has been an ongoing problem over the years which has been highlighted by school, pre-school and the parish council but unfortunately it is down to dog owners taking responsibility for the mess their dogs make.  Please be aware and tread carefully if you do walk up to school.

I was thrilled to be able to hand out 6 handwriting pens in today’s assembly.  Well done to Yasmin, Eliza and Juliette for achieving stage 3, to Clio for her stage 2 and to Milo and Max M for being awarded their stage 1 pens.  We love the fact the children take pride in their handwriting and the presentation of their work. 

There were also significantly more children in the reading raffle this week so well done to those children who have made more effort.

Diary Dates

These are useful dates for your diary that will be added to each week.  More information about each event will be provided nearer the time. New dates are highlighted, changes to any date/time are in red.

Date Event
21-01-2020 Dowdales Play Leaders working with Class 2
23-01-2020 Dance Teacher in to work with Class 3 and Class 4
24-01-2020 Cumbria Cricket working with Year 1 and Year 2
28-01-2020 Climbing Competition Final @ Kepplewray
05-02-2020 Jester for Jesus Assembly
05-02-2020 Siemens Workshop – Class 1 and 2
06-02-2020 KS1 Ulverston Voices
07-02-2020 Key Steps Gym Comp @ Dowdales, selected pupils
11-02-2020 Dance Workshop @ UVHS – Class 3 and Class 4
12-02-2020 Siemens Workshop – Class 3 and 4
14-02-2020 Finish for half term break
   
24-02-2020 Return to school
25-02-2020 Year 5 Language session @ Dowdales