5 February 2021

Dear Parents

We hope you all well and keeping safe.

Thank you all not only for your support with the children's usual work this week but also for the wonderful work you have done in relation to Children's National Mental Health Week.  We hope you enjoy all the photographs accompanying this letter and also on Facebook.

 

Mr Tasker has said ' In Year 4 the children have explored some of the different steps they can take to developing a better mindset towards wellbeing. Connecting others, being active, giving to others and expressing themselves, were the key aspects of this week's Home Learning. The children have responded in a proactive and positive way, creating some excellent pieces work and showing a deeper understanding of strategies to look after their mental wellbeing.'

As part of Children's Mental Health week Reception have used their daily story sessions to read books that will help children to understand their own thoughts and feelings. They explored different ways that we can deal with our worries using the stories 'Worrysaurus' by Rachel Bright and Chris Cahtterton, 'Ruby's Worry' by Tom Percival, and 'The Koala Who Could' by Rachel Bright and Jim Field. They also looked at the range of feelings we may have at different times using the story 'The Colour Monster' by Anna Llenas.

As the theme this year is 'Express Yourself' Reception made their weekly zoom fancy dress. The children joined the zoom dressed as anything they wanted to be. They also enjoyed a range of activities allowing themselves to express themselves in a range of ways and also talk about their thoughts and feelings, with a focus on being happy and how to deal with times when we may not feel happy.

Over the last five weeks teachers have worked hard to provide high-quality remote learning, in line with the Department of Educations' 'Remote Learning Best Practice' guidance. We hope that you have found Seesaw, our online learning platform, a useful and supportive vehicle for learning. We continually evaluate and improve our provision and would value the input of parents/carers. A short evaluation form can be accessed on School Life app and we would be grateful if parents and carers could take a few minutes to complete it. Thank you in anticipation. We hope that this feedback form will help us to identify the strengths of our provision and areas for development, or suggestions for adaptations that may help families during this busy and challenging time.  

Thank you for taking the time to support the school and your child by completing this survey.  It is open now and will close at 8pm on Sunday so we can evaluate your feedback and make any appropriate changes for after half term. Thank you again in anticipation

As always, please do contact your child's teacher if you have questions or require any support. 

Wulstan’s Lodge will be opening Holiday Club for Critical Workers and Vulnerable children over the half term break. If you would like to book a place please contact Sally Bache on 01299 829032 info@wulstanslodgechildcare.co.uk.

With regards to Key Worker children in school, can I please remind parents that if a child has any sign of illness-cold, headache, sore throat, cough, tummy ache or temperature- that you do not send them in. In light of increased infection rates and the prevalence of the new variant in Worcestershire we cannot take any unnecessary chances in school.

Can I also remind you that If anyone has, at anytime, a concern regarding a child’s well being or a safeguarding concern please email the school office secretary@wulsev.worcs. sch.uk ,  or telephone 01299 877808 immediately. The important thing now is to keep well, keep safe and stay at home and we look forward to all being back together.

Many of our families are presently going through massive changes in their employment, family circumstances or entering times of financial hardship. It could be that they are eligible for some support through Free Schools Meals. Further information and online application can be found on www.worcestershire.gov.uk even if only for a short time measure this could help. If any support is required please ring Mrs Brown in the office who will be able to help !

I include today an update letter from our Chair of Directors, Mrs Jo Griffin,  regarding our conversion from St Nicholas Owen MAC to Emmaus MAC. It is an exciting journey to begin as we look forward to working collaboratively with our community of schools to provide the best possible learning experience for all our children.

Well done to all our children who have submitted a super week’s work again! We look forward to seeing even more next week before a very well deserved rest for you over half term.

God bless, with much love to all our children and families from all the staff.

Emmaus CMAC
St Wulstan's Catholic Primary School Ofsted
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