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Posted on: November 23rd 2021

Parent Governor Election

Dear Parents,

Re: Election of Parent Governor

I am pleased to inform you of the result of our election for parent governor.

• Elected: Jamila Dixon (For full results, please see letters to parents page)

I would like to thank those who put their names forward and we are sorry that we were unable to accept all the applicants as governors at this time.

There may be vacancies in other schools in the area, and if you were unsuccessful and would like to be considered as a school governor elsewhere, I know that the Borough’s Governor Services Team will be pleased to hear from you.

Please ask in the school office for the contact address if you would like more details.

We welcome Jamila to the Governing Body and thank her for joining us in the task of improving our children’s education.

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Posted on: 20/01/2022

Spring Term Newsletter Jan 2022

Our Lady of Grace School Spring Term Newsletter – January 2022 Dear Parents, Thank you all for your kind words and patience these past few weeks. As with other returning schools, we have had to deal with a lot of staff absence.   I would like to thank our teachers for their professionalism over these past weeks as they have all helped to ensure that classes were covered. By supporting one another, we have managed to cover classes without resorting to supply cover or Home Learning. As we come to the end of  week three, we only have two colleagues isolating. As the Covid figures in London begin  to fall,  from Monday 24th January we are happy to lift the additional restrictions  we put in place a few weeks ago. From Monday 24th January: School will start for all classes from 8.45am Face Masks in the Playground will return to being optional School Assemblies will commence again   Parent Workshops   Letters will be going out over the coming weeks inviting parents in to attend workshops and information sessions on the following: EYFS Parent Workshops – Numeracy and Literacy Year 1 Parents – DFE Phonics testing Year 2 KS1 SATs Preparation and Assessments Year 4 DFE Multiplication Tests Year 6 KS2 SAT’s Preparation and Assessments   Class Assemblies / Afterschool clubs In my autumn term newsletter, I highlighted the school’s intention of extending afterschool provision at Our Lady of Grace. Though Covid has put us back a few weeks ,  we are looking to run our own afterschool clubs for both KS1 and KS2. These will include: Running Club Dance Club Gospel Singing  Club Homework Club   In addition we will  looking forward to once again having Class Assemblies for parents to attend and celebrate with their children.   School Uniform- a little reminder The majority of our children take great pride in their uniform and are always smartly dressed. I would urge all parents to check the list below to ensure that all children are dressed in correct school uniform. This includes hairbands and beads. – White , transparent, red or black. Listed below are details of the correct school uniform: Boys:           Grey trousers                    White shirt                    Red School Jumper                    Grey Socks                    Black Shoes   Girls            Grey Skirt or pinafore                    White blouse                    Red school cardigan                    School tie                    Red/ grey tights Black shoes   P.E. Kit                Royal blue school shorts Boys&Girls    White school T- shirt                    Black Plimsolls or Black Trainers                    Dark Blue/ Black tracksuit                    9 for outdoor P.E in winter)   To be kept in the appropriate school P.E bag   Coats and School Bags Outdoor coats / jackets should be plain in design and either red, black or dark blue. All children should have a school bookbag / rucksack which will be put in their tray or on their peg. Footwear Shoes worn to school should be safe, sturdy and appropriate for school and playtimes (boots and trainers are not permitted to be worn around school.) Jewellery No jewellery is allowed to be worn in school   Dropping off outside of school As parents, please make the right choices when dropping off and picking up your children from school. I continue to give the same message, but I hope that the very small minority of parents who continue to park inappropriately, blocking driveways and mounting pavements etc will finally listen.   2022 Dates for your Diary 21st January : Year 4 Mass 26th January : Internet Safety Day 28th January : Year 3 Mass 4th February : Year 2 Mass 7th February : Spring Term Parents Evening 3:40-6pm 8th February: Spring Term Parents Evening 3:40-6pm 11th February: Year 1 Mass 11th February: PTFA Disco     Academic dates 2022-2023   Attached below are the dates for the next academic year - September 2022 - July 2023.     Sean Small Headteacher   SCHOOL HOLIDAYS - ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023 Autumn Term 2022      Thursday 1st September 2022 – INSET Friday 2nd September – Children return to school Friday 21st October 2022 – INSET Half Term – Monday 24th to Friday 28th October Monday 31st October – Children return to school Friday 16th December – Last day of term (school finishes at 2pm)   Spring Term 2023 Tuesday 3rd January 2023 – INSET Wednesday 4th January – Children return to school Friday 10th February – Last day of term Half Term – Monday 13th February to Friday 17th February Monday 20th February – Children return to school Friday 31st March – Last day of term (school finishes at 2pm)   Summer Term 2023 Monday 17th April 2023 – INSET Tuesday 18th April – Children return to school Monday 1st May (Bank Holiday) Friday 26th – Last day of term Half Term – Monday 29th May to Friday 2nd June Monday 5th June – Children return to school Friday 23rd June – INSET Friday 21st July – Last day of term (school finished at 2pm)
Posted on: 6/01/2022

Spring Term COVID Update January 2022

Spring-Term-Newsletter-Jan-2022-2.pdf Dear Parents Happy New Year to you all! I hope you are all keeping safe and well despite the very difficult situation we are all facing again.  As we begin this term, it looks like it’s going to be a tricky start with a high number of staff isolating.  Please bear with us as we do our best to continue face to face teaching. As we wait for any further guidance that emerges from Government, I’ve highlighted some of the key points from DFE guidelines that were announced on January 2nd 2022. Key points from  January 2nd 2022 DFE priority is to keep education settings open and children and young people continuing with face-to-face education.  Home Learning will be activated as a last resort if high rates of COVID-19 cause extreme difficulties with the availability of staff Pupils do not need to be taught in ‘Bubbles’ at this time. Face covering by pupils are to be worn in Secondary settings only . Children under 5 are not being advised to take part in daily testing of close contacts. They do not require to self isolate. Funded air cleaning units will be available to schools.  (Our Lady of Grace have these). 10 day self- isolation period for people who record a positive PCR test for COVID -19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances. On day 6 and day 7 of isolation, individuals may now take Lateral Flow tests. Those who receive two negative tests no longer need to self-isolate. People who are fully vaccinated, or children and young people aged 5- 18 years and 6 months, identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, should take a Lateral Flow test every day for 7 days and continue to attend school as normal, unless they have a positive test result or develop symptoms at anytime. Until Covid figures in London stabilize, we as a school are looking to stagger the start of the day to stop congestion at the front gate from Monday 10th January.  This will be a temporary measure and will be evaluated on a week-by-week basis. 8.45am EYFS / KS1 8.55am KS2 Finishing times will remain the same. For the school to remain open and fully staffed, we ask all parents to respectfully adhere to these guidelines. Please wear Face Masks when you enter the playground and please do not loiter when picking up children. Communication with staff will be by email only Please do not come into the school office unless it is essential to do so.  Most queries can be dealt with by telephone (020 8858 2262) If your child feels unwell, please take a test as a precaution. Yours sincerely Mr Small