Dear Parents

I think we are all grateful to reach the end of this term and celebrate this wonderful season of Christmas together safely with our families. Although there has been great disappointment at the cancellation of so many important events in the last two weeks thankfully all our children are safe and well and recovering swiftly. We will hold our party on St Wulstan's Day 19 January. It is different but we will ensure it is an exciting day by having all the children in school then.

Today we joined Fr Richard to celebrate our virtual Christmas Mass from St Wulstan's church. We hope it won't be too long before we can celebrate Mass again at school.

Thank you to parents who inform us immediately of absence due to symptoms of, or a positive COVID 19 test result.  This will obviously need to continue for the week after we break up. Please read carefully the parental guidance from Worcestershire Children First.

Parents of pupils who are symptomatic at any time should arrange for immediate testing here: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

  • Pupils who have COVID-19 symptoms starting on either 18 or 19 December will need to inform their school immediately if they subsequently test positive during the 6 day window up until 23 December.
  • Pupils who develop COVID-19 symptoms and test positive on or after 00.01hrs on Mon 20 December will not need to inform the school but will be required to self-isolate for 10 days and their close contacts will be identified through the national Contact Tracing Service.
  • Pupils who need to continue their self-isolation into the new term should inform the school of their absence in the usual way.
  • Parents should be reminded that under no circumstances should any pupil return to school if they are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms (however minor), are unwell in any other way or are awaiting a PCR test result. They should arrange for a test and inform the school as soon as they have a result.

The school office email will continue to be monitored. If at any time you need to inform us of a pupil's positive result please email us at secretary@wulsev.worcs.sch.uk It is so important we are notified so we can contact other children and staff members who may be a close contact. Please also let us know if the result is negative. Please take care and keep safe over this holiday period.

Please see attached a letter to parents from Jo Griffin, Chair of Directors and Suzanne Horan, CSEL. Please note the that the EMMAUS MAC will be holding a MAC wide INSET day on Wednesday 2 February. This is a new date added to the school calendar when only staff will be in school. 

I'd like to end this week's newsletter, on behalf of the staff, by thanking all of you for the many lovely Christmas messages and gifts you have given us and wishing you all a happy and holy Christmas. Most importantly though a very personal thank you for the support you have given in the last two weeks. In a sudden COVID breakout ,an ever changing landscape of Government guidance, adherence to Public Health and LORT and challenges for us all it has alleviated so much stress to have the support of our families. I would also like to acknowledge the support of every member of staff. It is daunting to deal with the events of recent weeks but to have a such a strong and supportive staff team has meant more than I can say.  Thank you all.

 It has been a very busy term and I think the children, staff and parents are all ready for a well -deserved break. School closes today for the Christmas holiday and re-opens for the children on Wednesday 5 January.

With every best wish for a happy and holy Christmas and a happy and safe 2022 from us all.

K E Savage

Principal

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