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Headteacher Updates

17.9.21

Friday again already! I am pleased with the effort children have put into their learning and behaviour this week and it was pleasure to award our first prefect badges in Y6. Well done to all those rewarded for being an excellent role model in our Broad Oak Family.

It’s really important that we have up to date contact details and information for your child. Over the next fortnight we will be holding our data collection checks after school. Please go to the hall doors and check the information we have on record for your child. Data collection sheets for each year group will be available on the evenings below:

Monday 20th

Y1

Tuesday 21st

Y2

Wednesday 22nd

Y3

Thursday 23rd

Y4

Monday 27th

Y5

Tuesday 28th

Y6

 

If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

Have a lovely weekend, remember to be in school every day, on time next week if you can. There’s another busy week to look forward to.

Take care,

Mrs Hignett

10.9.21

Happy Friday everybody! It’s been a lovely week for our Broad Oak family, everyone has settled well into their new classes and still look super smart in their new uniform. Attendance this week has been over 96% - a brilliant achievement. Let’s keep it up.

If your child doesn’t arrive at school, we will text or call or we might do a home visit to see if everything is ok. It’s more important than ever that our children are in school as much as they can be and making sure that happens will be a key part of our work this term. I look forward to celebrating another great week’s attendance in my update next week too.

Like all schools, we take part in the National Flu Vaccination Programme to keep everyone well and able to come in each day. You will be getting a letter tonight that explains more. Vaccination is by nasal spray for children in Reception right up to Y6. It will take place on Monday 6th November this year. You must give consent by using this link: https://forms.merseycare.nhs.uk/flu-vaccination Paper consent forms won’t be given this year. Your child will not be vaccinated without your consent. If you have problems getting online or using the link, please speak to the school office or one of our family support workers who will happily help.

Another way to keep everyone well is by adults at home testing twice weekly for Covid-19 with a lateral flow test. This helps minimise the spread of the virus. Tests are available free from school, pop into the school office anytime to collect a box.

You really don’t want your child to miss out – there’s so much fun and learning happening at school. We’re working really hard on phonics and number facts – children in EYFS and KS1 are enjoying lots of Fred talk (ask them about this) and children in KS2 are going maths mad with TT rock stars to learn their times tables and other number facts. If you’d like to learn more about how to help your child at home, you can sign up to some online courses using the information on the pictures below.

As always, we are here to support our children and our families. If you need any help at all, please do text, email, phone or, best of all, come in and see us.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Hignett

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3.9.21

Welcome back everybody! What a brilliant start we've had to our new school year. Thank you for sending our children back to school looking so smart and, more importantly, so ready to learn. Summer was great but it really is good to be back together again.

A special welcome to those children and grown-ups who have joined our Broad Oak family, we are delighted to have you with us.

As we all know, it's been a challenging time for all schools but we hope that Autumn term will see less disruption for everyone. There is a letter and some information about school and the Covid-19 pandemic saved at the top of this page for you to read.

This year we are going to be working hard to make sure attendance at school is great so everyone learns as much as they can, we're also going to be concentrating on phonics, spelling and number facts so our children can fly with their learning. Look out for lots of fun activities, competitions and experiences in the coming weeks.

Next week children in Y1 - Y6 will start to do PE. Remember they come to school on PE day dressed in their kit which should be plain dark joggers or shorts, white t-shirt, red hoodie or school jumper with trainers. PE days are shown below:

Day

Year Group

Monday

Y5

Tuesday

Y4

Wednesday

Y1

Thursday

Y3 

Friday

Y2 and Y6

You know there is always someone here to help at Broad Oak so if you have any questions, concerns or comments please do let us know. You can speak to staff on the playground, send us a text, email or pop into the office.

Happy weekend!

Mrs Hignett

 

22.7.21

As the year draws to a close, everyone here at Broad Oak would like to thank you for your support throughout the year. It has been a challenging time for everyone but your messages, encouraging smiles and support for our new and different procedures have really helped us get through.

It’s been a lovely day celebrating the end of the year together. There was a big whole school round of applause for Y6 as they walked out to join everyone on the playground. I wish them all well as they start their new chapter at high school. They will be missed.

School will be open every Tuesday morning throughout August for calls, texts, emails or visits. We will also have food parcels available on these days. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need anything at all.

All children return to school on Wednesday 1st September. Doors will open from 8.35am and close at 9am. Collection for Reception to Y6 is at 3.15pm. Full school uniform is expected except on PE days (shown below) when children should come to school in a plain white shirt, dark joggers or shorts and their school jumper or a plain red hoodie. The uniform expectations are still saved above if you need a reminder. PE will begin in week 2.

Day

Year Group

Monday

Y5

Tuesday

Y4

Wednesday

Y1

Thursday

Y3 and Reception

Friday

Y2 and Y6

 

I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable summer. I will provide another update here before we return. Thank you again – together we make our Broad Oak family.

Mrs Hignett

14.7.21

Just a few more days left in this school term but still lots to look forward too. EYFS children really enjoyed meeting the visiting farm animals on Monday – never before have we seen a pig, a donkey, a Shetland pony, chickens and a goat on the school field! Today some KS2 children have enjoyed using inflatables on the field and there are still more activities to come next week too inclduing our Big Broad Oak picnic on the last day.

School ends on Thursday 22nd July. The gates will open a little earlier at 2pm for a staggered finish between 2 and 2.15pm.

We will be distributing food vouchers to children eligible for free school meals before the end of term. We’ll let you know when they are ready. If you require any support over the holidays, school will be open on Tuesday mornings throughout August between 10am and 12pm and there will either be a member of pastoral staff, myself, Mr Affleck or Mr Moore available on site. Please call, text or pop in if you need anything.

Looking ahead to the Autumn term, the annual flu vaccination will take place at school as in previous years. This time, consent will be given via an online form rather than by a paper copy. Please log in here: https://forms.merseycare.nhs.uk/flu-vaccination to either give consent or decline your child’s flu spray.

Enjoy the rest of the week, I’ll update you again before the term ends.

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9.7.21

Hello everybody,

Another busy week for our Broad Oak family. It was lovely to see the children enjoying meeting their new teacher on Wednesday – there’s lots of excitement for September already. We’ve also enjoyed singing together outside – our version of ‘It’s coming home’ makes me smile a lot. I definitely think it could be heard in Wembley it was that loud! Looking forward to singing again today - I suspect it will be even louder!

Coming up we have some special visitors on Monday when a farm arrives at Broad Oak to meet our EYFS children. We also have exciting inflatables next week for Y3, 4 and 5 and are really looking forward to the Y6 festival too.

Although there has been announcement that school bubbles and staggered start/finish times will end before the end of term, I have made the decision to keep our bubbles and timings in place until September so there will be no changes to our routines before then. This is to ensure that the risk of infection and isolation is reduced as much as possible. I will keep you updated with any new arrangements for September as soon as I can.

Unfortunately we do have some bubbles isolating at the moment. When a bubble is closed, I work with the Department of Education and Public Health to consider the period of isolation. This may differ from 10 days as the period starts from the last point of contact with the positive case. In school, a child or member of staff may have been absent or we may have spanned the weekend so it isn’t always the full 10 days – this is nothing to worry about, we are just following the advice we have been given. Please remember, if your child does have a positive result, you must let us know by email or text even at the weekend or in the evenings. This also applies even if your child hasn’t been in school.

Looking ahead again to September, we will start the new term in full uniform in line with school policy. The policy was relaxed during the pandemic to support families but we are all excited to get back to looking super smart - there's nothing like a new pair of shoes to make you smile! The uniform policy is attached at the top of this page. Remember, you do not need to buy branded items. Plain jumpers and tops from supermarkets or the high street are absolutely acceptable. This year, I have included the option for children to wear dark grey joggers as an alternative to trousers, skirts or pinafores. This is to reflect our active days in school. Children will continue to come to school in their PE kit on days when they have PE. Again, no expensive items are required, a plain white t-shirt, plain dark joggers and their usual school jumper are perfect. If you have any concerns around providing uniform for your child, please contact the pastoral team.

Have a great weekend everybody – enjoy the football, watch and (hopefully) celebrate safely. It’s coming home…

Take care,

Mrs Hignett

21.6.21

Good morning everyone,

Week 3 of Summer term already! This term we will be holding our Parents Evenings via video call using a system called School Cloud. Those of you with older children have probably already used it for high school events so we hope you'll be familar with it. Letters will be sent home tonight but if you want to take a look straight away, the letter and parent guide are saved above and appointments can be booked straight away.

Unfortunately, as you know, Covid cases are rising locally. Please help us keep our school open by following the local guidance and participating in regular testing. The information in the Council guide above will help us look after each other.

Lots to look forward to this week. We are hoping for dry weather as we enjoy our Sports Week together, planning to get in touch with our new teachers at some point too as well as enjoy some singing events together.

Have a great week,

Mrs Hignett

16.6.21

Hello everybody,

Our last term of this school year is just flying by. We are enjoying the sunshine and looking forward to Sports Week next week. We are sorry that parents and carers cannot attend but will post lots of photos for you to enjoy.  All the information you need is here: http://www.broadoak.st-helens.sch.uk/page/broad-oak-olympics-sports-week/105786

This year, we will be telling the children who their new teachers from September are a little earlier than usual. It has been such a disrupted year for everybody that we want to give staff and children the chance to get to know each other really well before they start in their new classes. We will make sure there are lots of opportunities for everyone to meet so that all are happy, settled and ready to move to the next class.

We are delighted to welcome Miss Shepherd, Miss Edwards, Mrs Sanders and Miss Donoghue and to also welcome back Mrs Monks (who some of you may remember as Miss Whitfield) to our teaching team. We know they will be amazing additions to our Broad Oak family.

There are so many exciting and important activities to look forward including meeting their new teacher that children need to attend school regularly and on time so they don’t miss out. Children can arrive between 8.35 and 9am and although we don’t close the gates until a little later, a late mark will be given to children if they arrive after 9am. Please use the playground entrance and NOT the front office door as this area can get very busy and cramped.

As ever, if you have anything you would like to share or ask, please contact the school office or come and see myself or Mr Affleck on the playground.

Take care,

Mrs Hignett

Current class

New class

Teacher

RM

1M

Mr McGowan

RT

1D

Miss Donoghue

RW

1WS

Mrs Woods and Mrs Sharkey

1D

2B

Mrs Bancroft

1WS

2E

Miss Edwards

1H

2S

Miss Southern

2B

3M

Mrs Morris

2G

3H

Miss Howard

2S

3DB

Miss Brown and Mrs Davies

3H

4B

Miss Ballesteros

3M

4L

Miss Lamb

3LB

4H

Ms Horan

4B

5S

Miss Shepherd

4W

5M

Mrs Monks

4K

5LM

Miss Mason

5T

6A

Mrs Atherton

5M

6W

Mr Winstanley

5B

6T

Mrs Thompson

 

 

27.5.21

Hello again,

This week is the last before the half term holidays. It’s hard to believe that the final term of the school year is fast approaching. Everybody has been working well and I’ve enjoyed being in classes seeing the children try so hard with their learning. It’s been especially good to see Y6 proudly wearing their Leaver’s Hoodies, provided by school. They are showing great maturity and effort in their final term here.

School will be closed for the week beginning 31st May and reopen on Monday 7th June. The file above has some information about half term activities being provided by St Helens Council. Morrisons vouchers are available in school now for children eligible for free school meals and food bags are also here for collection today. Please do come along and pick up a bag if you think it would help over the holidays. All are welcome.

Whilst it is fantastic that there have been no cases of Covid-19 in our school community since re-opening, we still need to take care so please ensure you or your child takes a full PCR test if they show symptoms of Covid-19 and everyone in the household isolates until a negative result is received. Adults and secondary age children are also encouraged to take a symptom free lateral flow test twice a week. These can be taken at a test centre or collected from various places in the local area:  https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/symptom-free-testing/

If your child receives a positive test in the school holidays, you must still inform school via email broadoak@sthelens.org.uk or by text to 07786201172 so that the right action can be taken to keep everybody safe.

As well as being Covid secure, we are also working hard to keep the playground and local area safe. St Helens Council are doing road safety checks so please ensure you park sensibly avoiding yellow lines and school entrances. If children ride their bikes or scooters to school, they must get off at the school gates and walk it over to the racks. If bikes and scooters are ridden on the playground they will, unfortunately, no longer be allowed.

The final term is always an exciting one and this year our main focus will be on using our outdoors for as much learning as possible and ensuring that lots of transition activities take place so children can build relationships with new teachers and are ready for the new year ahead in September. Parents evenings will be held on Wednesday 30th June and Thursday 1st July and will focus on celebrating your child’s achievements this year and next steps. These will hopefully take place via video call – technology permitting!

Have a brilliant half term, hopefully in the sunshine.

Take care,

Mrs Hignett

17.5.21

Hello everybody!

It’s a new week and the start of some easing of Covid restrictions for us all. Although there are changes for restaurants, cafes and celebrations, Broad Oak is a big school with hundreds of children and staff so we are being cautious and continuing to keep many of our measures in place to make sure we keep everyone as safe as we can.

We will still work in class bubbles although there may be occasions where children come together as a year group outdoors. Children in some classes may move from sitting in rows to small table groups. Our staff will continue to wear face coverings in shared areas and in places where social distancing can’t be ensured. We ask that you continue to wear a face covering if you wish to talk to staff or cannot keep your distance from others on the playground too. Avoiding busy times helps families have space to keep apart so please avoid coming at 3pm and use the extended closing time. Our extra cleaning measures will also continue along with regular handwashing.

We will now allow children to come to school on their bikes and scooters but we want to take care of everybody so these must not be ridden on the playground. They should be locked and secured into the bike racks on the school grounds. If children ride irresponsibly on the playground at the beginning or end of the day, we will give them a warning before asking them not to bring their bike or scooter in future. Please remember that items are left at your own risk and we cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage.

We will evaluate the impact of the small changes we have made over the coming weeks before deciding on our next steps.

It is great to see so many of our children keeping active and walking (or riding from tomorrow) to school. However, we have noticed that there are still a large number of cars coming to school each day. If you need to drive to school, please park sensibly, avoiding the school entrances and ensure your child is safely strapped in until you are stationary. We are working with the local community police to do regular spot checks so that our local roads are a safe place for all.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of the above, please contact the school office.

Have a great week everybody!

Mrs Hignett

7.5.21

Happy Friday everybody! I hope you had a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend and made the most of the sunshine on Saturday and Sunday.

It’s been a jam-packed 4 day week with lots of great learning right across school.

On Monday, children in Y3-Y6 will enjoy a fabulous Scootfit session – watch out for a letter tonight! Children in these year groups should come to school in trainers or pumps on this day please. 

There are so many exciting things happening in school and everybody is working hard to catch up on things we missed during the school closures. It’s really, really important that children attend school each day that they are able to. We continue to follow our school procedures for absence and we will text, call or home visit when children are absent. Research shows that children who attend school regularly do better than those who don’t. We all want the very best for everyone in our Broad Oak family so please ensure your child attends school, on time, when they are well enough to do so.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Hignett

30.4.21

Hello everybody! Another great week has flown by for our Broad Oak family. The children have been enjoying lots of time outside and it has been lovely to see our play equipment being used again – with Covid rules in place of course.

Don’t forget it’s a long weekend and school will be closed on Monday for Bank Holiday. We will re-open on Tuesday.

We have been delighted that all our classes have remained open since March 8th and we have had no positive Covid test results. We still need to be careful though and follow all the rules we have put in place to keep everyone safe. Please help us by wearing a face covering on the playground, only one adult collecting or dropping off and using the extended drop off and pick up times. We have noticed that it is getting very, very busy at 3pm. Please leave a few minutes later, children can be collected right up to 3.25pm and are happy and settled in class so please don’t rush.

Although cases are dropping in our community, we still need to know if your child is having a test and what the result is. You must inform us straight away of a positive result even if school is closed. You can email broadoak@sthelens.org.uk or text 07786201172. These systems are checked regularly at evenings and weekends.

Next week will see the start of some staff changes at school. It is the last week in school for Miss Doward (Y1) and Mrs Longden (Y3) as they await the arrival of their new babies and work safely from home for a little while. Y1D will be taught by Miss G and Mrs Davies will teach the second part of the week in Y3LB following on from Miss Ball. We also congratulate Miss Bennett on the happy arrival of her baby boy. We know you join us in wishing them all well.

We are busy planning our Summer term events. We are excited to be organising Leavers Hoodies for our Y6 children which they will be able to wear as part of their uniform for the remainder of the school year if they wish. There will be other activities for them to enjoy too as they begin their transition to high school.

We will also hold our usual sports week but sadly this will be without parental attendance to ensure we can keep everyone safe. There will also be some celebrations and surprises for all before the year ends too.

As ever, we are here to help and support everybody. Please do contact us with any questions, queries, concerns or just to say hello!

Have a great weekend.

Mrs Hignett

 

23.4.21

Welcome back everybody! The children have settled well back into the summer term and it has been lovely to see some sunshine and make the most of our outdoor space. As the weather does get warmer, please remember to apply suncream to your child and send them to school with a hat and a water bottle. 

Attendance this week has been good across school. It’s really important that children attend and are on time each day. We pack so much learning into every day which means they really do miss out if they are not here.

The Summer term is traditionally a time of fun events and even though things are a little different this year, there is still much to look forward to. I will update you with further information over the coming weeks.

Have a great weekend, take care.

Mrs Hignett

12.4.21

I hope you are all having a lovely break in the sunshine. Don't forget school re-opens next Monday, the 19th, at the usual time. The same rules still apply to keep everyone safe: wear a face covering on school grounds unless exempt, only 1 adult to collect/drop off, use the extended opening and closing times to keep a steady flow of people rather than a crowd and keep your distance from others if you are waiting. 

Please also see the information below from St Helens Council about looking after our community:

Young People urged to follow guidance following cluster of Covid-19 cases 

Residents across St Helens are being asked to remain vigilant and reminded to act within the guidance after a noticeable spread of COVID-19 cases in the borough.  

St Helens had seen a decrease in cases of covid-19 overall, however a recent increase in the last 10 days (29 March to 7 April) of COVID-19 cases has been reported, predominantly in school aged children and their families.

Parents should follow these rules: 

  • If your child has been asked to isolate, they should not leave the house for any reason until the end of the isolation period unless it is to get a test if they develop symptoms of Covid-19 or receive urgent medical treatment. This includes a ban on all social activities such as sports activities or meeting with other children.
  • During the school holidays and beyond, continue to use the free lateral flow tests and parents should report the results, positive or negative, to their schools.
  • If they develop symptoms or test positive through a symptom free test they should book in to have a traditional PCR test to confirm if they have Covid-19.
  • With some outdoor sports under way again across the borough sports clubs are also being urged to remember the guidance that only one parent is allowed to attend a match of their child and those not participating should keep their distance and wear a mask if possible when attending games.  ​People should not be attending if they have been asked to isolate, or they or anyone in their household has symptoms of covid-19 (new cough or temperature and or loss of taste or smell).

Sue Forster, Director of Public Health at St Helens Borough Council, said: “Everyone in St Helens Borough has worked really hard to help us bring our rates down from the heights of 870 cases per 100,000 people down to 21.6 cases as we are at the moment. With rates so low now it means when we have cases that are linked together across a number of locations like we have in these two areas we can be clearer on where the spread has come from and warn people to watch out.  

“The key message parents of school children have to remember is to make sure your child is regularly having testing if they have the home test kits and that all the family should also test regularly as a number of these cases have come to light after parents have tested positive. If anyone in the household is feeling unwell and displaying symptoms everyone has to isolate while that person is tested, which includes not sending children to school. Finally please make sure you keep your school up-to-date with the testing record of your child too. 

“Testing is a crucial way to make sure that we can break the chains of transmission, keep our rates low, protect lives and make sure as more services unlock we keep Covid-19 rates low. Now that symptom free testing is open to everyone please make use of the free testing options we have and get tested twice a week to protect our communities.” 

If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms, you can walk in (no appointment required) to one of our symptom-free testing stations for a quick, free, supervised test: 

  • St Mary’s Indoor Market, town centre
  • Chester Lane Community Centre, Sutton Manor
  • Grange Valley Youth Centre, Haydock
  • Torus Housing Office, Newton Road, Parr
  • Perth Community Centre, Thatto Heath

at the following times: 

  • Monday to Friday, 8.30am–6pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10am–3pm
  • Torus Housing Office is open 1pm–6pm, Monday to Friday and 10am–3pm on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Perth Community Centre is open 1pm–6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Grange Valley Youth Centre and Torus Housing Office in Newton Road will be open from 8am on Saturday 10 April.

To collect a home testing kit; 

You can also walk in to collect a COVID-19 home testing kit from any of the above sites, as well as the following sites (subject to availability): 

  • Fairclough Street Car Park, Earlestown (Monday to Friday, 2.30pm–8pm)
  • Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows (Monday to Friday, 2.30pm–8pm)

There is no need to make an appointment to collect a home test kit. Do not visit a collection site outside of opening hours, as they could be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside of these times. If you are 18 or over, you can collect two packs of home test kits; each pack contains seven tests. 

You can find out more about testing at www.sthelens.gov.uk/letsgettested including opening hours and how to register for traditional PCR tests too. You can also order home testing kits if you cannot access them from one of our sites via https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

29.3.21

 

Welcome to the last week before the Easter holidays. There are lots of lovely activities and surprises planned this week for everyone to enjoy.

We will be distributing free school meal vouchers later this week to all eligible children. There is also a letter attached above which explains the free school holiday food and activity provision that will be provided by the Council during the break. Some of the activities take place here in Parr so click this link:  https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/holidayfun  and book early so you don't miss out.

School will close between 2pm and 2.20pm on Thursday 1st April. We reopen on Monday 19th April.

If your child has a positive Covid test result during the holidays, please inform school immediately via text on 07786201172 or by email to broadoak@sthelens.org.uk. Both are checked regularly and this will allow us to take the right steps to keep everyone safe.

Don't forget, adult family members are eligible to receive lateral flow tests to take part in twice weekly testing to help keep our community safe. Tests can be collected from local centres or ordered online: https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/testing-for-schools/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Orlo

I continue to be very proud of the children's resilience and positive attitude since their return to school. It has been a challenging time for all but they are all trying their best despite having to get used to some new routines and full days back in school. I am also proud of and grateful for our wonderful staff who are supporting them so well. Everyone deserves a well earned rest soon!

Have a great day!

Mrs Hignett

 

 

12.3.21

Happy Friday everybody!

It’s been a great week. Attendance has been very good and children have continued to settle back well into school routines with the help and support of our brilliant staff. I am very proud of everybody in our family.

As the weekend approaches, please remember that you must inform school as soon as possible if your child has a positive Covid-19 test result. You can do this when school is closed by emailing broadoak@sthelens.org.uk or texting 07786201172. This allows us to take the right action to keep everybody safe.

We will be holding a Parents Evening soon to talk to you about how your child is progressing but this will take place over the phone instead of in school due to the current restrictions that are in place. Look out for important information about this coming shortly.

Don’t forget it’s Red Nose Heroes day next Friday, children can wear a costume or favourite colours on this day. I’m looking forward to that.

Have a lovely weekend everybody.

Mrs Hignett

9.3.21

What a brilliant start to the week we’ve had. It has been amazing to welcome our children back. I am so pleased with how well they’ve settled back in to school. I hope they all enjoyed the balloons, banners, singing and planting – it was definitely a Funday Monday. Thank you to everyone in our Broad Oak family for looking after each other on a day that was ever so exciting but also a little worrying for some. Kindness was everywhere. 😊

There have been a couple of staff changes since our return. Miss Brown and Mrs Atherton will now teach in 6B and Miss Flood will be teaching in 3M alongside Mrs Morris.

It was lovely to see you all on our playground. Thank you for wearing face coverings and respecting the 2m distancing guidelines. Our play equipment is out of use due to Covid restrictions so please help us by reminding your children not to use these areas before or after school.

The link to information about lateral flow tests for families of primary school children is here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff and walk-in symptom free tests can also be undertaken at a number of sites in St Helens including the Torus building on Newton Road: https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/symptom-free-testing/

Please remember that children must not attend school if they or someone in their household is awaiting test results or has Covid-19 symptoms.

Just a reminder we will be celebrating Red Nose Day with a ‘Heroes’ theme on Friday 19th March. Children can wear a hero costume or clothing in their favourite superhero colours.

Thanks again for all your support. We will be continuing to help our families with another food parcel collection this week and are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have around the return to school – just make contact through the school office.

Take care,

Mrs Hignett

 

4.3.21

Good morning!

Happy World Book Day. Don't forget to log in together to Tapestry or Seesaw to watch our Masked Reader videos. Can you guess the mystery reader? We'd also love to see photos or drawings from children enjoying their favourite books.

Looking ahead to Monday, I've posted some tips on Seesaw on how to prepare your child for the return to school. Try getting into the routine of earlier nights and earlier mornings now so Monday isn't too much of a shock. Take a walk past school and chat about the exciting things to come - seeing friends and teachers again, learning together, the PE challenge and Funday Monday.

When Monday comes, please remember to follow our social distancing guidelines. Wear a face covering on the playground unless you are exempt, utilise the longer opening and collection times, especially if you use the black path or Brunswick Street as this avoids congestion with Holy Spirit. Children are still unable to bring personal items into school so no pencil cases, bags or toys please. A lunch bag if needed and a named water bottle are fine.

Children must not attend if they or anyone in their household has symptoms of Covid-19 or is waiting for a test result. You must inform us immediately if your child or a household member tests positive. Lateral flow tests for those without symptoms are available at the walk in site on Newton Road or can be ordered online. These can be taken twice weekly by families of school age children to help keep the community safe.

St Helens Council have written a letter to all families. It is attached at the top of this page. It has important information about schools re-opening and reminds everybody that school attendance is compulsory again from Monday.

Have a lovely Thursday, see you very soon!

Mrs Hignett

2.3.21

Hello everybody. I hope you are having a good start to the week. I am so excited for next Monday. Remember, school will be open for everybody from our 2-year olds right up to our Y6 classes. In line with government guidance, all children should return.

We have a brilliant ‘Funday Monday’ planned with lots of great activities planned to settle children back into routines, relieve any anxieties and celebrate that we are back together again. Our teachers will still be making phone calls home this week so if you do have any questions or concerns around school re-opening then please do share them and we will do everything we can to help.

The fun doesn’t have to wait till Monday though. We will be marking World Book Day on Thursday March 4th with themed activities on Tapestry and Seesaw as well as here in emergency school. Look out for the special Masked Reader videos – can you guess who the mystery readers are? We aren’t asking children to dress up this year but we’d love to see photographs or drawing of children engaging with and enjoying books.

Another event to look forward to is Red Nose Day on March 19th. The theme this year is ‘Heroes’ so children will be able to come into school in a superhero costume or clothing or wear an outfit in the colour of their favourite superhero. They might even prefer to dress as their hero – a footballer or a pop star perhaps? Watch this space for more information.

You may have seen in the news that as a family with primary age children, you are eligible to receive lateral flow testing kits to test at home twice a week. This helps keeps our school community safe. Kits can be collected from test centres, ordered online or you can use the symptom free testing centre on Newton Road. There is more information here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff

Once again, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions around our full school re-opening. Please remember that children will wear uniform with trainers or shoes suitable for running as we complete our fitness challenge.

We have an extended opening and closing time to prevent congestion on the playground. Please help us by wearing a face covering, keeping 2m apart from other families and our staff and reminding your children that the play equipment is currently out of use.

I am looking forward to sunshine and smiles all round on Monday – I can’t wait!

Take care,

Mrs Hignett

26.2.21

It’s Friday! Lots of lovely sunshine this week to make us smile almost (but not quite) as much as the news that school will re-open for all children on Monday, March 8th.

Early Bird breakfast club will also re-open for children who have previously been allocated a place.

Children will return in school uniform (please do contact us if you need support with this). However,  to promote our children's's physical and emotional health, we will continue to take part in the 25/50k challenge in school daily. Please ensure shoes are suitable for walking/running – trainers are fine.

If you have a loan device from school, please keep hold of this for now and we will contact you in the first week back to let you know how to return it.

Staff here take part in twice weekly testing as one of our safety measures. I have noticed that there is a new, walk-in, symptom free testing centre now in Parr on Newton Road for everyone to have the opportunity to take a rapid lateral flow test. You can find more information here: https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/news/2021/february/25/symptom-free-covid-19-testing-centre-opens-in-parr/

It remains the same that if your child (or someone in your household) has any symptoms, they should not come in to school and should attend a full testing centre. If someone in the household is waiting for test results, children must not come to school until a negative result is received.

If you have any questions or concerns about the return to school, please do call or email us. We are here to help and will be happy to explain further how we are keeping everyone as safe as we can and we will work with you to make sure we meet your child’s individual needs.

Remember, we had full attendance throughout Autumn term from September to December with just one bubble closure – we have come this far, we can definitely do this next chapter together.

We are so excited to see all our children – we have missed them so much.

I will post another update next week.

Take care, stay safe, reach out if you need us.

Mrs Hignett

23.02.21

Happy Tuesday everybody! I have been waiting (not very patiently!) to write this update. 😊

I am very pleased to say that school will re-open for all children on 8th March. I will provide more information nearer to the time but here are some things to think about in the meantime:

  • Children will wear school uniform except on PE day when they will come in their PE kit – a plain white t-shirt and dark joggers please.
  • Our soft/opening closing times will continue as in Autumn Term – drop off between 8.30 and 9.15 and collection between 3 and 3.25. Please wear a face covering unless you are exempt. If you use Brunswick Street, please arrive after 8.45 to avoid congestion with Holy Spirit
  • We will still learn in class bubbles with social distancing. Staff will wear face coverings in shared areas. Please talk to your child about this and other social distancing guidelines
  • We will continue with our enhanced cleaning and sanitising to keep our school as safe as possible

I know that children may have outgrown their school uniform and PE kit. If you have any good quality, clean uniform or kit that no longer fits your child, we would be very grateful if you could pass it into school so we can quarantine it then distribute to other families that may need it – our community has been brilliant in supporting each other throughout this. If you are concerned about providing uniform for your child, please contact us in confidence for support.

I am very excited to see all our children and hear some noise in our school building again!

I will update you later in the week.

Mrs Hignett

12.02.21

It’s Friday and the sun is still shining! Hopefully this is a good sign for the week to come.

Thank you so much for your support this half term. It has not been the start to 2021 that any of us hoped for but together we have managed to have a successful half term. I am delighted with the home learning that has taken place. I know that it’s not easy helping your child at home especially whilst juggling all the other jobs you have to do but you have been brilliant.

A huge thank you too to our brilliant staff and governor team – everybody from our teachers to office staff to cleaners to mid-day assistants to our supportive governors have embraced new ways of working and done as much as possible for our Broad Oak family. I am so proud to work with them all.

And last, but certainly not least, thank you to our children for making us smile each day. Children at emergency school have been enthusiastic and keen to try new things, adapting quickly to new routines and our children at home have shown determination and resilience to move to remote learning.  Well done everybody!

I am still waiting for further information about when school can return but, rest assured, I will be happy and eager to welcome everyone back as soon as it is safe to do so. I can’t wait!

Next week is half term so there will be no remote learning tasks or emergency school provision. It’s really important that everyone takes time to relax, rest and do things together. Who knows what’s coming next but we will face it together.

Keeping active is a great way to spend the half term and to keep everyone physically and emotionally well. I am excited to launch our Broad Oak 25K/50K challenge today. All children attending emergency school will take part next half term but those at home are encouraged to sign up too. Just complete the required distance before 28th March, track your progress – it doesn’t have to be done in one go – and be rewarded with a healthier body, mind and, of course, a special medal!

School have funded the cost of the challenge so one of the best parts is that it is absolutely free. Sign up here: https://www.ukschoolrun.com/broadoak.html

So, thank you again for your encouragement and support- it’s meant a lot to us here. If you need to contact school over the half term, please email broadoak@sthelens.org.uk or send a text to the school number. Those in emergency school, please remember that if your child has symptoms or a positive result you must inform us straight away.

Happy half term!

Mrs Hignett

10.02.21

It’s Wednesday! The sun is shining and although it’s chilly, it’s a lovely day – perfect for enjoying our Wellbeing Wednesday afternoon. Remember, our teachers have set a task for this afternoon that doesn’t need a screen so take some time if you can to enjoy some fresh air or do something creative. Emails and Seesaw posts will be responded to until 12.30pm today and then again from tomorrow morning to make sure everyone gets a break from their device.

Next week is half term and school will be closed for everybody. Emergency school re-opens on the 22nd February. If your child is attending emergency school and has a positive Covid-19 test during the holiday, you must inform school immediately via email or text so that appropriate action can be taken.

We will be offering food parcels on Thursday so please do come and collect one – they are available to all. Once again, a huge thank you to Tesco, Teardrops, Derbyshire Hill Centre and Magic Breakfast for supporting us to be able to offer these regularly.

St Helens Council are providing vouchers for free school meals children over the half term. These have been ordered but not yet arrived. Watch out for a text if you are eligible.

I’ve had a great week looking at the children’s learning on Seesaw. Thank you to everybody who has logged on with their child and started to engage. Those that have just love it – it’s a really quick and easy work to get home learning done! You’ll hear teacher’s voices and be able to interact with them via video and voice note too. Please remember that from Monday 22nd, all learning will be on Seesaw with paper packs available to support if you wish.

As the half term approaches and we continue in national lockdown measures, I urge you all to continue to follow the guidelines and stay safe. Rates in St Helens continue to be very high and it is very important we all continue to look after ourselves and one another. There is more information from our Director of Public Health here: https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/dphblog

Take care everyone, I will update you again before the end of the week.

Mrs Hignett

5.02.21

It’s Friday! I hope you’ve all had a productive week and are looking forward to the weekend. I can’t wait for Broad Oak live later and the chance to have a sing-a-long in my office. 

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You should, hopefully, have received your code for Seesaw by text or email. You can find more information about Seesaw here: http://www.broadoak.st-helens.sch.uk/page/seesaw/95502

Next week there will be some activities on there for you to practise using the platform – remember you can download the class app on Google Play, the App Store, Amazon Kindle and Chrome Web Store or get access straight from the web at https://app.seesaw.me/#/login, choosing ‘I’m a student’.

We do still have devices for loan so if you have children sharing a device or working from a phone, please do contact us. We also have data top ups, sim cards and wifi codes to help in that way too.

From Monday 22nd February, all learning activities will be on Seesaw and not on the school website. Paper packs that link to the activities on Seesaw will still be available though, we just ask that if you are using these you take pictures and upload them to Seesaw so we can give feedback and celebrate the brilliant learning that is taking place. Once again, I’ve seen some great work this week. I know it’s tough but it won't be forever, keep going, I am proud of you all.

It is half term during the week beginning Monday 15th February. School will be closed to everyone and no learning activities will be set during this week. Time to rest and recharge for everybody.

Have a lovely weekend, take care.

Mrs Hignett

2.02.21

Happy February everybody. I’m hoping Spring is on the way soon to bring some sunshine and less showers!

Lots to take part in this week whether you are at home or at school:

  • Have a go at our weekly Art challenge and see if your work can make it into our Art gallery
  • Film your talent and send us a short clip for Broad Oak’s Got Talent
  • Get active with our 5K PE challenge
  • Step away from the screen in our new ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ initiative. To give our children, families and staff a well deserved rest from online learning on a device, we will now set a non-screen activity on Wednesdays afternoons. Don’t worry if you can’t complete it right then (we know lots of parents and carers are juggling home schooling with working from home), you can take part on another day or choose another non-screen activity of your own to do. Emails and texts will be answered through Wednesday mornings up to 12.30pm but not during the afternoons to encourage you to step away from technology just for a little while!
  • Join in our Friday live assembly (link to follow) which was lots of fun last week. Who knew Miss Mason was allergic to McDonalds and Mr McGowan has a fancy title? I really enjoyed the sing-a-long.
  • Be in with a chance of winning an Amazon voucher – send us at least 5 pieces of learning this week and be entered into our remote learning prize draw.

I feel tired already after just writing all that! I’m sure you will have a brilliant week ahead.

This week during our check in calls, we will be asking about how you are finding remote learning and explaining about our new platform Seesaw for Y1-Y6. We will be sending you a code to access this at the end of the week. In the meantime, you might like to download the app to be ready: https://web.seesaw.me/platforms  Be sure to choose the class app for students and teachers

If you have more than one child, we recognise that you might be getting a lot of calls. Some children really enjoy the opportunity of speaking to a teacher from their year group but others might prefer one call to cover all children at home. Please let staff know if you prefer a family call.

Unfortunately, we have had one confirmed case of Covid-19 in our school family last week. This was an isolated case and did not affect any of our class bubbles which are all still open. There is general information about Covid-19 here: http://www.broadoak.st-helens.sch.uk/page/coronavirus/63239

I will update you later in the week, please remember that we are here to help and support in any way we can - whether you need help with remote learning, support with food parcels, access to devices or just another adult to speak to – let us know.

Take care,

Mrs Hignett

27.1.21

It’s Wednesday already! I hope you are all well and staying safe. I know from our check in calls and emails that you’ve all been busy not only with remote learning but having lots of fun too. I’ve seen pictures of cakes, bike rides, pets and model making to name but a few. 😊

Remember, our classroom staff are here and ready to help throughout the school day so if your child is finding something tricky, please do call, text or email us for support. If you find it easier to upload your child’s work in chunks rather than daily then that’s fine too – the idea is that we can see what your child is doing so we can give feedback and plan their next steps of learning. If you’d prefer to send a text message or a written email with no photos just letting us know what’s going well and what is difficult then we’re happy with that too.

We will be moving to a learning platform called SeeSaw very soon for children in Y1-Y6. This will make it easier for you to access your child’s learning tasks and send their work back. Check your emails over the next week or so for more information.

We are hoping to have our first whole school virtual assembly very soon. If the technology works (fingers crossed), there will be a link sent to you in your year group email with a time to join us on Microsoft Teams live. Mr Moore will be leading the assembly and there will be a chance to celebrate some of the home learning we’ve seen and take part in a quiz.

For those children attending our emergency school, just a reminder that half term is the week beginning Monday 15th February. The government announced yesterday that schools will close completely for half term and not remain open for critical workers as in the last lockdown. If your child is attending, it is really important that you let school know if your child has a positive Covid-19 test – even if it is at the weekend, evening or during the school holiday. Our school text system on 07786201172 and email address broadoak@sthelens.org.uk are monitored throughout these times.

If you need any help or support at all, whether it’s with home learning, Covid-19 advice or something else, please do get in touch. We still have devices to loan as well as wi-fi codes for BT hotspots, food parcels and, most importantly, a listening ear. This isn’t easy but we will get through it together.

Take care everyone,

Mrs Hignett

22.01.21

Hello everyone!

It’s the end of another week and it’s finally stopped raining. We’ve had a lovely week here at emergency school and I’ve seen some brilliant examples of home learning on your emails too. I can see the special postbox for my letters from children at home is filling up nicely and I’m so excited to look at them next week.

We have now loaned more than 60 tablets to families to help children access remote learning at home but we still have some available so please do let us know if your child would benefit from borrowing one. We can also top up your mobile data (subject to provider) for free if you are using your phone as a hotspot.

Watch out for our texts about food parcels which are usually available at a minimum on Mondays and Thursdays and are available to all our families. Just come along and help yourself.

If you have received a free school meals voucher for Morrisons, we can also offer a free £10 voucher for the Company Shop but these need to be used by 31st January. Give us a call or text for more information.

If we can help in any way, please get in touch. These are challenging times for everybody but together we will get through. Remember, our staff are at the end of the phone or email during school hours each day. Got a question about home learning? Does your child need something explaining? Are they finding it difficult to get started? Is it just one of those days and you’d like to chat with another adult? Call, email or text us and we will get back to you.

From next week though, we will only be making our regular telephone calls to you on a Wednesday and Friday. We know from our Monday calls that not much has changed over the weekend since our Friday check in for most of you. However, again, if you do need us on a Monday or Tuesday, we will still be on hand here for you.

Also starting next week, like all primary schools, staff here will be taking part in regular testing for Covid-19 using lateral flow quick tests at home. This will help to make our community safer. If your child attends emergency school and there is a positive case identified through one of these tests, we will let you know straight away, their bubble will be closed and your child should start self-isolating. Positive cases identified through a lateral flow test need to be confirmed with a PCR test so we won’t be able to give you an end date for self-isolation immediately. We will confirm this as soon as we can. We will keep in touch by phone and text so please make sure we have an up to date number for you.

I’d like to finish by thanking you all once again for your support and also to say a massive thank you to our staff who are working incredibly hard to adjust to new ways of doing things, support our families, our children and one another. I am incredibly proud of our Broad Oak family.

Take care, stay safe

Mrs Hignett

18.1.21

Happy Monday everybody!

It’s the start of a new week and it is raining again! Hopefully it will dry up soon.

Don’t forget, new learning packs are available from the school office today. These support the learning that is on the website and can be used alongside it or alone. Please email us photographs of finished work so teachers can offer feedback and support. We expect to see learning from children daily so we can help you and your child as much as we can.

I have written a letter to children at home and put it in work packs today. A copy is attached at the top of this page too. I’d love to hear children’s experience of learning at home so I would welcome a letter or drawing back from them into school. These can be emailed into broadoak@sthelens.org.uk or a paper copy be sent in – this will be quarantined for 72 hours before I look at it.

If your child is eligible for free school meals then you will have received a text saying your Morrisons voucher is here to collect. These must be collected and signed for by a family member only. At the moment, St Helens Council are managing these vouchers for us through a local agreement which is why they are actual gift cards for one supermarket only. If there is to be a change back to the previous system, I will keep you updated. In order for us to be prepared if we need to be, please let us know if you have changed your email address since the last time the online voucher scheme was used.

Staff here have been working hard supporting children at emergency school and reaching out to families learning at home. We have made some new contacts with Tesco, Derbyshire Hill Centre and with the continued support from Teardrops, will be able to offer food parcels again this week.

Please do contact us if you need anything.

I look forward to reading letters from home soon.

Take care,

Mrs Hignett

14.01.21

Good morning everybody,

I can’t believe it is still raining. I hope it dries up for the weekend so you are able to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. I’m sure our children will appreciate an opportunity to run off some steam!

Thank you for sending in updates and photographs of your child’s home learning each day. I’ve been looking at the emails and am really pleased with how well our children are tackling their tasks. I appreciate that it is not an easy job for you as parents and carers to support remote learning (often with more than one child) whilst juggling work, chores and all the other daily jobs you have, so thank you – I think you are amazing.

I’d really like some feedback on how you are finding our online learning and school support offer this time. I’d love to hear about things that are going really well but I’d also like to hear how things can improve so please email me at broadoak@sthelens.org.uk, text on 07786201172  or give me a call, I’m in school everyday.

We still have some tablet devices to loan to families who require an additional device to access online learning. We are also able to apply for free additional data on your mobile phone so you can set it up as a hotspot for your child’s device– call into the office to ask about either of these options.

Remember, new paper packs will be available on Monday which support the tasks on the school website.  You don’t have to request these in advance. There are also plenty of exercise books and pencils available for you to collect too.

We are expecting our FSM vouchers to be delivered today so keep checking your text messages. We have fresh fruit and vegetable parcels available from the main office this morning.

I will update you further next week. Enjoy the weekend, take care, stay safe.

Mrs Hignett

11.01.21

Good morning everybody,

I hope you are all well and enjoyed some of the sunshine at the weekend despite the cold.

Everyone is settling into new routines here in emergency school and I know from our phone calls and emails that you are all trying your best with home learning.

I’d like to take the opportunity to briefly set out our plans and expectations for children at home during this time. I know that these arrangements won’t suit everybody and if you would like us to support you in a different way, please do let us know. Each day there are office staff, pastoral staff, teachers and senior leaders available at school to talk to.

Lessons are uploaded daily onto the school website. You have told us that live lessons would be difficult for lots of you so these lessons have video links and explanations along with activities that you can complete in any order during the day. There should be enough for 3-4 hours depending on the age of your child. Children in emergency school are being taught the same things. To support the online activities, there is a weekly printed pack that matches the online activities. This can be collected from the office on Mondays – you don’t need to ask for one, just pop along and pick one up.

We need to see your child’s learning so we can offer feedback. Unfortunately, we cannot take the paper work back in but for any concerns or questions or to celebrate your child’s work, email us pictures of the work that your child has done or tell us about it in a text message. Children should send some learning in for feedback at least once a day. Staff will be checking the new year group email accounts on a daily basis from 9.15am until 3pm and will get back to you with their comments.

We are hoping to move to a learning platform very shortly which will make this easier.

If you require support with extra data for your mobile phone, a router to provide a hotspot or the loan of a device so you can access the remote learning, please fill in the survey here to log your details: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KMDWDYC   Paper copies are available in the office.

We will also keep in regular contact through telephone calls throughout the working week in order to find out how children are doing with their remote learning activities and ensure we can support where needed.

This will mean that:

  • Staff will make weekly check-in calls to children in their year group every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Their call is likely to pop up as an unknown number. If you are not available staff will leave an answerphone message to let you know they called. They will also send you a text message, so you are aware of why they called.
  • If you call back you will be transferred to a member of staff on site, either from your child’s year group or a member of our pastoral team to complete the check-in.
  • Where possible staff will ask to speak with the children individually, as we all miss them greatly, and it will be lovely to hear how they are getting on.
  • If you would prefer a family call, please let staff know on your next call.

A year group email will be sent out every Thursday to keep you informed on how remote learning is going and to celebrate the children’s achievements both in school and remotely. We will also continue to communicate using the text message service which will allow you to text a reply that can be seen by our Office team and passed on and the Marvellous me platform for those of you who have access.

As you can see, even though we might not be seeing you all day to day for a little while, we will still be here with you every step of the way while we adapt to life in Lockdown 2021. Once again, if you require any help or support at all, please do let us know. We are here and ready to help.

Take care, stay safe,

Mrs Hignett

08.01.21

Good morning everybody,

I am going to start by saying a huge thank you to you all for your support and encouragement in this difficult week. With very little notice we have closed school and re-opened as an emergency provision, set up remote learning, made phone calls to all our families, given out food parcels and data sim cards and started setting up devices for loan to families next week. Your positive comments have kept us going.

It’s also really important to say that none of the above would have happened without the hard work, commitment and care shown by our brilliant staff. Our children here on emergency places have also been amazing. They are happy, settled and trying hard. Thank you everybody.

I will be sending more information about remote learning next week. We need to see the learning children complete at home so we can support them. I will be asking you to send a daily email with a picture or comment or a text about your child’s learning each day. Please use the year group emails or the text message system. These are checked throughout the day so you can message teachers within the school day with questions or pieces of work and get a response back.

Paper resource packs will be printed weekly and match the tasks provided on the website. These can be collected each Monday, you don’t need to request them.

If you would like support with a loan device or receiving additional free data for your phone to support online learning, please complete our survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KMDWDYC

as soon as possible and by Monday 11th at midday at the latest. Paper copies of the survey are available to collect in the office.

We are awaiting delivery of the free school meal vouchers. In the meantime, we will continue to offer food parcels next week and if you need urgent support, you can contact St Helens Council on 01744 676767.

Thank you again for your co-operation and support. If you need anything at all, school is open – please phone, email, text or pop in (mindful of social distancing) to the office.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Hignett

5.01.21

Good afternoon everybody,

I know you will be as disappointed as I am about the news of school closure until February half term. It is not what any of us wanted but we understand the importance of keeping everybody safe and well and we will do whatever we can to continue to support our families and children at this time.

We have been busy today organising places for our keyworkers and children and families that require additional support. We are looking forward to welcoming these children in tomorrow. Breakfast club will be also be available for these children.

Teachers will be in touch with all families before the end of the week to help you with access to online learning. If you would prefer a paper copy of activities, these can be provided. There will be a new pack each week.

I have a small number of data only sim cards available for families without wifi or with limited data available. Please let us know if you would benefit from one of these.

We will also be looking at supporting families by loaning devices next week. Again, we only have a limited number available and a set criteria for distribution. Further information about this will be provided next week.

We will be keeping in touch by phone, text and email. If you have changed your number or email address recently, please let us know.

I am awaiting information about provision for free school meals. I will update you as soon as I can. In the meantime, we do have food parcels available at school. Please call us if you need anything at all. School is open and staffed and we want to help.

I will update you again before the end of the week.

Stay safe, keep smiling. #family.

Mrs Hignett

3.01.20

Good evening everybody,

I'm sure you have seen lots in the news today about primary schools re-opening and I understand that many of you have concerns and questions about decisions that have been made.

To clarify, we will re-open tomorrow for all classes with the exception of Y6 and Y3 who will access their learning from the website. A member of staff will contact you tomorrow with more information about this. Please note these classes have been closed for staffing reasons. All other classes and early bird club remain open as usual. We will continue with our additional cleaning and social distancing measures as we did in the autumn term. It is important to remember that the number of cases in school in the whole term before Christmas was just 2.

If you require a place as a working parent in Y6 and Y3, please contact the school office tomorrow. As with school closures in March, we will also be supporting vulnerable children with school places in these year groups until we are able to offer face to face learning for all again. If you require support with technology, prefer paper packs for learning or need any other help, please do let us know.

I apologise for the disruption this may cause and will continue to review the situation and keep you updated with any changes as promptly as I can

17.12.20

Hello everybody,

We’ve been enjoying our festive celebrations this week. I’m sure you’ve heard all about woodland walks, toasting marshmallows, prize draws and, this morning, KS2 have enjoyed an outdoor carol concert.

Tomorrow is party day. Children can come in their own clothes. This might be a Christmas jumper or a party outfit or their most comfortable clothes – it’s up to you. Please don’t feel the need to buy anything new. School will close from 1.45pm tomorrow and reopen on Monday 4th January.

Please remember that if your child has a positive Covid-19 test result up to and including Christmas Eve, you MUST let school know so we can take action. Text us on 07786201172 or email broadoak@sthelens.org.uk  School will be closed but I will check messages through till Christmas Eve and again on Tuesday 29th December until midday so if you need help or support, please contact us. If your child is required to self-isolate, you will be informed by text message.

This term has certainly been full of challenges as we got used to new ways of working. I am delighted that we have managed to keep school open right through from September for 96% of our children with just one bubble closing to date.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you to our amazing staff who have worked incredibly hard to keep everybody happy, settled and safe. We are very lucky to have such talented, caring and committed adults teaching our children.

I’d also like to thank all parents and carers for their help, support and encouragement throughout. Your positive comments have made us smile.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you to our amazing children who have shown resilience and determination to come back to school and catch up on lost learning. Attendance in our school has been above the local and national average. They are just brilliant and a credit to you all.

I am incredibly proud of all of our Broad Oak family.

Wishing you a happy, peaceful and safe Christmas.

Mrs Hignett

 

11.12.20

Good morning everybody. It’s been a magical week here. I’m sure you’ve heard all about our reindeer visit. We’ve also been decorating our woodland area ready for some more festive activities next week including an outdoor carol concert (listen out for singing!) and other special surprises. Today we are looking forward to our festive barm and chips (what a fab Friday treat!) and watching Cinderella in our class bubbles later.

We have been very fortunate to have received lots of donations of gifts and Christmas treats from our partners at Teardrops, Mission Christmas, Smyths and Morrisons as well as personal donations from members of our school family. We have been overwhelmed and touched by their kindness.

We will be distributing these throughout our community in a variety of ways either through nomination by staff for effort and showing our family values, through a prize raffle or as prizes on party day. We hope that our lucky recipients will enjoy their gifts. All children will receive a special gift from Father Christmas during the week too.

School will close on Friday 18th December from 1.45pm with the usual 30 minute closing period. Children should come in non-uniform on this day ready to party!

All our classes remain open and still, to date, there has only been 1 positive case of Covid-19 linked to school.  Everyone has been working incredibly hard to keep bubbles safe, keep up with extra cleaning and to follow our social distancing rules.  Thank you so much for your support with this. We have been able to remain open all term so far for all our children which is fantastic.

It is very important that we know if your child has a positive test result on or before 24th December. You MUST inform us of this as soon as possible by text 07786201172 or email broadoak@sthelens.org.uk. These will be checked regularly each day including Christmas Eve. This allows us to take action to keep everyone safe. If your child is required to isolate, you will be informed by text message. If your child has a positive test result after Christmas Eve, you can inform us as soon as school reopens on the 4th January.

If you require any support before the holidays, please do let us know – we are here to help.  There will be food parcels available today and Monday, Wednesday and Friday next week.

Although school is closed for the holiday period, I will ensure that text messages and emails are checked up to and including Christmas Eve and also on the morning of Tuesday 29th December so please contact us if you need to.

Happy weekend!

Mrs Hignett

 

9.12.20

We've had such a lovely day today. Santa's reindeers came to visit and we all had chance to say hello and give them some food. We've read Reindeer stories and made food to put out for Rudolph on Christmas Eve. #BroadOakMagic

 

 

4.12.20

Hello everybody!

Today is Santa day at Broad Oak and there are festive hats and sparkle everywhere! The children are enjoying taking part in a Santa dance or Santa dash in their class bubble and will come home with a special Santa surprise!

Next week we have a number of exciting outdoor learning events taking place so please make sure your child comes to school with a warm coat and appropriate shoes to access our field/wooded area. Wednesday 9th will be a very exciting day with some very special outdoor visitors so make sure children wrap up warm!

We are working hard on learning some Christmas songs so we can share a seasonal celebration video with you before the end of term. It is so lovely to hear our Broad Oak family singing again.

Remember, December 11th is Christmas Jumper day. Please don’t feel you need to buy a new jumper to take part. Children are welcome to wear their favourite outfit instead of a Christmas jumper. We will also enjoy a festive lunch of turkey barm, chips and seasonal sides and watch a festive movie together on this day.

The final date for your diary in this update is Tuesday 8th December. On this day, the nursing team will be in to give the flu nasal spray to those who have agreed and returned their consent form. If you have not returned your form, please do so as soon as possible. Children will not be given the nasal spray without consent. If your child has already been given the flu vaccination, please let the school office know.

Thank you for your continued support as we work hard to keep everybody safe and well. All our classes are still open and we are still social distancing, completing additional cleaning and taking other safety measures throughout school.

There are just 10 school days left before the Christmas holidays. We know this is an exciting time but it can be difficult too. If you require any support with food or supplies, please contact our pastoral team. This will be in complete confidence but we can help in lots of different ways. We are here to support everybody in our Broad Oak family and want to do so – please let us help.

I understand there will be provision for children eligible for free school meals over the holidays. I will keep you updated with this as soon as I can.

Have a great weekend,

 

Mrs Hignett

Thursday 26.11.20

Good morning everybody! We are all still settled and happy here at school. All classes remain open right now and everyone is well. Please continue to help us by staying away from school if your child or someone in the house has Covid-19 symptoms. Get a test and keep us updated. We check our texts and emails through the weekend too!

As you know, we will not be exchanging cards in school this year so please don’t send them in. However, you can send a Christmas message for display by our playground tree either by clicking here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2XLK5LZ or emailing your message to broadoak@sthelens.org.uk. Please take time to read the lovely messages that are already there. They will make you smile.

We are looking forward to some very exciting activities over the coming weeks. The first is our Santa dash/dance on Friday 4th December. Children will either be taking part in a fun run or a Christmas dance. They will be rewarded with a festive prize! Your child may wish to wear a Santa hat, Christmas headband or sparkly bobbles on this day to make the activity that bit more Christmassy!

Other activities include Christmas jumper day, a Christmas movie afternoon, woodland Christmas activities in our forest area and perhaps some very special visitors. All activities have been paid for by school so are provided free of charge. Children can wear a Christmas jumper/own clothes on Friday 11th December and on party day on Friday 18th.

As part of our celebrations, children will have the opportunity to enjoy different foods including chocolate, sweets, popcorn, biscuits, hot chocolate etc. If your child has any allergies, please make the school office aware by Friday 4th December.

Children will also be involved in filming carols and parts of the nativity story. We will check our permission slips but if you do not wish your child to be filmed for the school website, please inform the school office, again by the 4th.

School will close for Christmas on the 18th December at 2.15pm (children can be collected from 1.45pm) and will reopen on Monday 4th January 2021.

And finally, tonight we will be holding a baked bean giveaway by the Christmas tree! Help us free space in our cupboard and stock up for your holiday lunches when the children are off by collecting a tin on your way home. All are welcome!

Mrs Hignett 😊

Thursday 19.11.20

Hello again everybody! Lots to tell you today.

Firstly, a Covid-19 update. As it stands today, all classes are still in school and there has been only one positive case linked to school, back in October. If your child is waiting for test results, please let us know as soon as you receive them, even if it is the weekend.  You can reach us by text at 07786201172 or email to broadoak@sthelens.org.uk This means we can take any action we need to straight away.

In other news, it’s certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Parr and very soon you will be able to see our outdoor Christmas trees which mark the start of our celebrations. Unfortunately, we are unable to exchange Christmas cards this year because of our Covid secure procedures.  Please do not send cards in with your child. Instead, we’d like to include your special Christmas messages of love, hope or thanks alongside our sparkly playground tree. If you would like to send us a message for display, please send it by text or email as above.

Other Christmas events include a Santa Dash on 4th December, Christmas jumper day on December 11th, party day on the 18th (children can come in their party clothes), carol singing and hot chocolate and some other surprise visitors and activities in the fortnight before term ends.

Another important date for your diary is Tuesday 8th December. Nasal flu immunisations will take place on this day. Please send your immunisation form back if you haven’t already. If your child has already had their flu immunisation, please inform the school office before the 8th. Children will not be given the spray without parental consent.

This continues to be a challenging time for everyone. Please don’t forget that we are here to help and support in any way we can. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, we can offer support with food parcels and other essentials and also signpost to other sources of help. All information is treated in confidence. Please contact our pastoral team.

For tips on keeping emotionally well, St Helens Council are running a short online programme to support mental wellbeing. It is free to access and you can sign up here: https://www.sthelenswellbeing.org.uk/services/getting-active/pages/five-ways-to-wellbeing-programme

Thank you again for your continued support.

Mrs Hignett

Friday 13.11.20

It’s Friday again already. This week has raced by. The sun is shining (so far anyway) and the children look great dressed in their favourite outfits. There are bright colours, spots, Pudsey ears and, most importantly, smiles everywhere!

Our situation relating to Covid-19 remains the same. To date, all our classes are in school and there have been no further cases in staff or pupils. Attendance has been very good all week with around 95% of our children in every day. Well done everybody. Great effort at this time of year with all the usual colds and bugs around. 😊 Do please remember though that if your child or anyone in the house has a high temperature, new persistent cough or a loss of smell or taste, they should NOT attend school, instead take a test and isolate until told otherwise.

This week in staff news, we are sad to say goodbye to Ms Williams, learning support assistant in Y5 as she leaves us to take up a post in another school. We are also getting used to calling Miss Maclean (Y4) by her new name, Mrs Bancroft, following her marriage over half term. I know you will join us in sending best wishes to both members of staff. I’m also sure you will join me in thanking all our staff for their continued hard work and care for our children and one another in such difficult times. They come to school each day with huge smiles and make Broad Oak feel like a very special, happy, secure place to be despite the restrictions in place and the changes in rules.

On the drive to school each day, I’ve spotted lots of Christmas trees going up and it’s prompted me into talking about our celebrations in school with staff and children this year. I know things will have to be different but I promise we will continue to make it a special time for our Broad Oak family. Our initial plans include a virtual Christmas concert, a Christmas Movie afternoon on Christmas jumper day, party day as usual on the last day of term and I’m sure we will be lucky and receive a gift from Father Christmas himself even if he can’t make it in person this year.

Thank you for your continued support. It really does make a difference to us to hear your positive comments on the playground and through our communications with you. As ever, please do contact us if you have any concerns or need any help at all.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Hignett

Friday 6.11.20

Hello again everybody. It’s Friday and it’s been a busy week! KS2 children have been working with Forces Fit on teambuilding activity sessions, Y2 are currently enjoying yoga and some classes have archery later. This is in addition to the great learning that’s been going on in classrooms. Well done everybody.

Today we say a temporary goodbye and good luck to Miss Brown as she begins her maternity leave. She has done an amazing job providing all our home learning on the website over the last few months and we will miss her a lot but can’t wait to meet the newest addition to our Broad Oak family.

As you know, we are now under new national restrictions in St Helens. This week to date, there have been no further positive cases identified in school following just one last term. We are continuing with all the safety measures we have put in place and have given additional visors and masks to staff for use around school.

If you are worried about safety in school during the pandemic or, indeed, anything at all we are here to help. We can signpost support and are happy to listen and help resolve issues where we can. Face to face meetings are limited but you can text, email or phone us. Alternatively find myself, Mr Affleck, Ms Gallagher or Mrs Kelly on the playground. We’re there each day.

Looking forward to next week, it is Children in Need Day on Friday 13th. Children are welcome to come dressed in something colourful, spotty, fancy dress or their favourite outfit and there will be activities taking place in classes. If you wish to send a donation in, we will pass it on to the charity but this is optional. We know that these are difficult times so please contribute if you can but don’t worry if you can’t, we will just have a lovely day together.

Take care, please follow the restrictions and stay at home over the weekend to look after our community.

Mrs Hignett

Monday 2.11.20

Welcome back! I hope you had a happy and healthy two weeks. It’s good to see the children back in school today.

I’m sure you aware that there will be new national restrictions in place from Thursday. School will remain open and we will continue to follow social distancing rules, undertake enhanced cleaning and keep children in their ‘bubbles’ throughout the day to keep everyone as safe as possible. We kindly ask that you continue to wear masks at drop off/collection and keep 2m away from other families and staff on the playground. You can drop off anytime up to 9.15 – your child will not be marked late - and collect up to 3.25pm. Please try to use quieter times and avoid 3pm pick ups where possible.

We are now in Autumn 2 and the weather is getting colder. We do keep windows open where we can to ensure good ventilation in classrooms. If you wish, your child can wear an additional red or black hoodie or jacket as well their school jumper if they are feeling a little chilly.

I want to reassure you that we have only had 1 positive case within school to date despite having 620 children and 100 staff.

It is really important that you keep us informed if your child or someone in your house has symptoms or is awaiting a test. Your child should not attend school in these circumstances. You should also tell us if your child is self-isolating because they have been in close contact with a positive case. There are lots of things we can do to support you including help with home learning, free school meals and signposting to other help.

I know this is a worrying time but we are committed to working with you to keep our children happy, healthy and learning. Together we can do this.

Mrs Hignett

 

Wednesday 21.10.20

Good afternoon everybody,

I hope you are enjoying the first part of the half term. I promised I would keep you updated if we heard any news about Covid-19 cases related to school. I have been informed of a single positive case linked to school in class 4K. If your child has been identified as a close contact in 4K, we have telephoned you and sent a text message with this information in. If you haven't heard from us, you do not need to do anything. School will reopen as planned on 2nd November and all children should return then. Please try not to worry. We are a large school community of 620 children and 100 adults and this is currently just a single case. We will continue to follow all our safety guidance and urge you to spend the holiday safely, following social distancing guidelines. There is more information in the letter below and remember you can contact school via email broadoak@sthelens.org.uk or by text on 07786201172. Both email and text messages will be monitored regularly throughout the half term.

Advice to All Parents - Single case

Dear Parents,

We have been made aware that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID 19.
 

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 direct phone call or text message informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days. If you have not heard from us directly, then your child is NOT affected.

School will reopen as planned on 2nd November and your child should return as usual. Here is a reminder about what to do if you or your child devleops symptoms..

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 testing 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 14 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 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

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 14 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/

 

Friday 16.10.20

Hello everybody,

It’s been a lovely day. I’ve enjoyed visiting each class (staying within the safe 2m zone of course) and giving out our Family Value Awards. A huge well done to all the winners, nominated by their teacher for being a really good friend in our Broad Oak family.

It’s also been a pleasure to award our first Y6 prefects badges today.  These children are excellent role models to others, showing the highest standards in effort, behaviour, attendance and uniform. I am very proud of them all. There will be another set of prefects announced early in Autumn 2 so all Y6 children have the opportunity to impress us between now and then!

In this last update of the half term, I want to say a big thank you to our staff and children for being so supportive and so willing to adapt to the new rules and routines in school. Everybody has come in each day with a smile and a positive attitude and school has been filled with warmth and enthusiasm. Our Broad Oak family is brilliant.

Thank you to all of you too, your encouragement on the playground as we welcomed everybody back and your support as we adopted new school times and rules has been much appreciated.

Next term, we will continue with all our measures to keep everybody safe. We have had no positive cases in children or staff at all to date. We are cleaning, sanitising, handwashing and distancing like never before!  Please continue to help us by following the guidelines carefully, not mixing households and self-isolating and getting a test if you need one.

Have a lovely break. If you require any support, our email and text sysytem will be checked regularly.  Remember, school reopens on Monday November 2nd.

See you then,

Mrs Hignett

 

Tuesday 13.10.20

 

Good morning everybody!

It’s the final week of half term. Don’t forget school closes for the October holiday this Friday and reopens on Monday November 2nd. Here’s hoping for lots of autumn sunshine over the break. Our brilliant children and amazing staff have worked so hard, they have definitely earned a relaxing fortnight. 

Thank you for your support for #helloyellow day. We raised an impressive £540 to be shared between Young Minds and the Broad Oak bus fund. We are dreaming of the day when we can go out of school on adventures again!

Thank you for your support with the measures we have taken to help keep our school Covid secure. We know it hasn’t been easy but please keep going with following the guidance, accessing a test and self-isolating if you need to.

We will be reviewing our risk assessments again over half term but as there have been no positive cases in staff or children to date, we don’t anticipate any changes.

As ever, we are here to help if you need support in any way. Please contact the school office or speak to pastoral or senior staff on the playground.

Take care,

Mrs Hignett

 

Wednesday 7.10.20

Good afternoon everybody,

Thank you for your continued support over this half term as we continue to get used to different ways of working. It’s been a whirlwind of one way systems, hand sanitising and extra cleaning but we are familiar with it now and all children continue to be happy and settled. 😊

Please remember to keep your child at home if they or someone they live with shows symptoms of coronavirus. If you are awaiting test results, they and everyone in the household (including their brother and sisters) must remain at home until a negative result is received. Please keep us informed – you can contact school via email, text or phone. You must tell us if your child has a positive result. Our email and text messages are monitored regularly. To date, we have had no reports of any children or staff testing positive for the virus and all our classes remain open, which is great news.

It’s hard to believe the end of the half term is approaching. We finish for half term on Friday October 16th at the usual time and school will be closed for 2 weeks, reopening on Monday 2nd November.

Before then, don’t forget we have #HelloYellow day on Friday October 9th. We are all looking forward to wearing yellow or our favourite outfits. A donation of £2 would be welcome to support the charity Young Minds and our Broad Oak bus fund but don’t worry if you can’t contribute this time. It’s more important that we have fun together and have a happy, emotionally healthy day!

 

Monday 28.9.20

Welcome to the new week. The children have got off to a great, settled start. 

I just want to remind parents/carers of the guidance I shared last week relating to self-isolation - you can find it by scrolling down this page. It is really important that everyone follows this and children do not attend school if someone in their household has symptoms or is awaiting the results of a test. To date, there are NO positive cases in staff or children at Broad Oak and, as such, all our class bubbles remain open. For those children who are at home, there is work uploaded daily onto the home learning section of this website. We do expect children who are not attending but are well in themselves to complete this.

Please also remember to wear a face covering and that only one adult per family should pick up/drop off to limit numbers on the playground.

In brighter news, on Friday October 9th we be celebrating #HelloYellow Day. This is a day organised by Young Minds to focus on the wellbeing of children and young people. Children can come to school wearing something yellow or their favourite outfit. The day will focus on wellbeing and children will take part in lots of different activities that will help look after their mind and body – something we feel is really important in these challenging times. Children are welcome to bring a donation (we suggest £2 but anything you can spare will be much appreciated, don’t worry if you can’t) and any money raised will be split between the Young Minds Charity and our Broad Oak bus fund.

Looking forward to it already!

Mrs Hignett

Thursday 24.09.20

Good morning everybody,

It’s been a busy week here at Broad Oak. Y6 enjoyed a military fitness session yesterday and we’ve been making the most of the school field for sports and games whilst the weather has been dry.

Just a reminder that on PE days, children should wear a PE kit of dark joggers or leggings, white t-shirt (their usual polo shirt is fine) and either their school jumper/cardigan or a plain red hoodie. PE days are not non-uniform days and football kits etc aren’t permitted.

There have been a lot of calls into the office asking for advice relating to Covid-19 and common colds/other illnesses. I’ve posted a chart below to help answer some of the most common questions we’ve had. Children can come to school if they are suffering from a common cold. It is only if they have one or more of the three following symptoms: high temperature, loss of taste or smell or a new, persistent cough that they should stay at home and you should book a test.

I am using these updates to share as much information as possible with you. I am happy to say there continue to be no positive cases linked to school and I would update you if that were to change.

Thank you for supporting us in wearing masks to pick up and drop off. I’d also like to remind you that we have a staggered drop off and pick up. Children can arrive right up until 9.15 and they will not be marked late. Equally they can be picked up right until 3.25 and we will keep them happy and settled until you arrive.

If you use Brunswick Street, I would urge you to arrive after 8.50 as it is much, much quieter at this time.

Thank you for your continued support. I know these are difficult times. If I can help or support in any way, please contact the school office.

Mrs Hignett

Monday 21st September

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. This week sees more changes locally with the introduction of new restrictions from tomorrow. I have uploaded a poster below with the key points on to remember. All staff on the playground and classroom doors will now be wearing face coverings at drop off and pick up, I would appreciate it if you do the same to keep everyone safe.

I know that some children will find themselves missing school at points during this term if they are or a family member need to self-isolate. I don’t want anybody to miss out on learning so there is a brand new section of the website here:

http://www.broadoak.st-helens.sch.uk/page/home-learning/81587

where you will find daily tasks that are in line with the learning taking place in the classroom each day. Photos or examples of your children’s learning should be emailed to the year group address on the home learning pages OR to broadoak@sthelens.org.uk and teachers will get back to you with their comments and next steps.

 

We do anticipate that most children will access learning through the website but if your individual circumstances require paper based activities, please let us know.

There is an expectation that children will complete this work whilst they are required to stay at home and it’s really important that activities are completed each day (if children are well enough of course). If you require any help or support, please text, email or phone us.

Mrs Hignett

Thursday 17th September

Lots of sunshine still!

Please see the letter above from St Helens Council regarding the wearing of face masks to drop off and collect children and other additional measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Thank you for supporting us and helping to look after our Broad Oak family. We do appreciate it.

Monday 14th September

Good morning everybody!

It’s lovely to see some sunshine again, I hope you had a lovely weekend.

I’m sure you have all seen the news that Covid-19 cases are rising in Merseyside. Please note that we do not have any confirmed cases in staff or pupils at Broad Oak. You would be informed as soon as practically possible if there was a positive case in your child’s bubble.

I will keep you updated with any new information here on the website so keep checking or call us if you have any questions or concerns. As always, I am happy to answer any questions as are senior and pastoral staff.

We continue to follow all the guidelines to keep everyone in our school as safe as possible including keeping in our class bubbles and regular handwashing and cleaning.

I just wanted to go over some important points to remember.

The three symptoms to look out for are:

  • High temperature (usually over 38 degrees)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if your child usually has a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss of sense of taste or smell

It’s Autumn now and children will still get regular colds and coughs. They are able to attend school if they are well enough and they do NOT have one of the symptoms above. It is very important that if your child or someone they live with has one of these, you should contact 119 by phone or online to check their symptoms and see if they need a test. If you are advised to take a test, all people in the household should self-isolate until the symptoms have gone AND a negative test is received.

We will be creating a special area on our website this week for learning at home so children can keep up with their school work if they are unable to attend school. I will send more information soon.

Thank you for supporting us so well in these difficult times. It’s so lovely to have the children back with us and they are all very happy and settled. I do recognise that it is difficult for everyone at this moment though so thank you for your help and co-operation.

Take care,

Mrs Hignett

Wednesday 9.09.20

Good afternoon everybody!

We are now halfway through our first full week back at school. It’s been lovely to meet our new EYFS children this week. I’m so pleased with how well they’re settling in. I’ve been out on the playground each day this week and enjoyed meeting you again. It’s good to catch up. Thank you for your positive comments and feedback on our return to school. Here are just a few reminders that are important to follow to keep everyone safe:

  • Please use the staggered time to drop off/collect. Children can arrive anytime until 9am. They are not late at this time and lessons have not started. Equally, they can be picked up right up until 3.25pm. We are keeping them busy and settled – they are happy and occupied so don’t rush.
  • If you know there are parts of your journey where social distancing can’t be maintained (narrow roads/paths etc) please wear a face covering as you would do in other areas.
  • Only one adult should collect/drop off please.
  • Our staff are amazing. They are committed to working closely with you to benefit our children and are always willing to speak to you but please respect their safety and keep a 2m distance from them.
  • Children should come to school in their PE kit on PE days. No bags, pencil cases, personal items in school please. The usual PE uniform rules apply: plain dark or grey joggers, white t-shirt or polo shirt, normal red cardigan or jumper or a plain red hoodie. Trainers can be worn on PE days. See below for the PE day list:
Monday All Y5 classes
Tuesday All Y6 classes
Wednesday All Y1 classes and 2S, 2G
Thursday All Y3 classes
Friday All Y4 classes and 2B

Reception teachers will inform parents when children begin PE lessons – we allow them to settle in their setting for a few weeks first.

Once again, I thank you for your support as we find our way through new routines and different ways of working. There is a letter at the top of the page from St Helens Council which has some more information about the re-opening of local schools.

You’ll notice there are lots of additional staff on duty each day – Myself, Mr Affleck, Ms Gallagher and Mrs Kelly (our family support workers) are on the playground and Mrs Lombari, Pastoral Manager is at the front door. I do find it useful when you share your thoughts and ideas on how we can improve school further so please do get in touch or come and say hello on the playground or ask us for any help or support. Together we make things work for our children.

Take care,

Mrs Hignett

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