Newsletter 06.11.2020

6th November 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
Children in Need – Friday 13th November
Next Friday is Children in Need Day.  We would like to support CIN by collecting donations at school – there will be a collection bucket at the main entrance in the morning.  The children can come to school in their own choice of clothes on CIN day in exchange for a donation (but remember that Classes 3 and 4 have PE on Fridays, so need to be suitable dressed for that!)
Coronavirus Update
New national restrictions (excerpts in blue below) came into force yesterday, 5th November.  We want to keep the incidence of COVID in our area low so the school can stay open.  Please support us by following these restrictions.
I would like to draw your attention to items 8 and 2 from this document:
8.  Childcare and children’s activities
Parents are able to form a childcare bubble with one other household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under
This means that children should not be collected from school by a range of different people on different days.  Children should only be collected by a member of their own household or someone from the one other household that you have “bubbled” with.  This also means that children should not be having “play dates” with any children not in their childcare or support bubble (regardless of whether they are in the same bubble in school or not).  If you have formed a childcare or support bubble with another household, please let the office know which household this is so that we know who your child can be collected by in line with this new guidance.
2.  Meeting others safely
In general, you must not meet people socially.  However, you can exercise or meet in a public, outdoors space with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person. You should minimise time spent outside your home. When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household - meaning the people you live with - or your support bubble. Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering).
You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight in each other’s households, and visit outdoor public places together.
You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with:
the people you live with
your support bubble
or, when on your own, 1 person from another household. Children under 5, as well as disabled people dependent on round-the-clock care are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside
Outdoor public places include:
neighbourhood streets, parks, beaches, and the countryside
public gardens and grounds (whether or not you pay to enter them)
outdoor playgrounds
You cannot meet people in a private garden, unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.
Full guidance can be found here.
The risk reduction strategies that we have had in place since September meet the needs of the new guidance, so the children will see little change in school.  We are open, and will endeavour to stay open as long as we are able to staff the school safely (in line with our COVID response planning).  
We are keeping the Coronavirus Information page on our website updated regularly.  (It can be found here.) There is information about the current restrictions; how to decide if you or your child needs a test; the current rules about self-isolation; and how the school will respond if there is a case of COVID at BGPS including our remote learning plan which details how we will support children who have to self-isolate at home and our expectations of pupils and parents who find themselves in that situation.  
If you or your child has a positive test result, please telephone the school (between 9:00am and 4:00pm) or e-mail outside school office hours to let us know as soon as possible about positive results.
We would like to remind parents that we have a communication policy which is on our website here.   Please remember that if you need a response urgently, it is important that you phone the school rather than email.  
Amazon Wish List
We have added two new wish lists, one for SEND and another for playtime equipment. A big thank you to parents who have brought items from the wish lists, it is very much appreciated that you are supporting the school. You can find our wish lists here: 
PTA News 
PTA Minutes
The minutes of the PTA AGM are attached to this letter.
Sponsored Wordathon - this will be held in school on Friday 13th November to kick off fundraising for updating KS1 and KS2 reading books. Sponsorship forms were circulated earlier in the week. We want this to be fun for the children, whilst aiming to raise £1000. We have included details on the form for bank transfer as well as the usual cash. We would be grateful if you could send money and completed sponsorship form into school by Friday 21st November.
Auction of Promises - being held between 20th November and 6th December. We already have some brilliant lots being posted and wonder if anyone can offer homemade crafts,skills or source donations from local businesses that you may know. See some ideas at the link below:
If you have any ideas please send a short description with a photo of the item/experience to and we can post it for you - thankyou in advance.
Bags2School - collection confirmed for 9am on Tuesday 17th November. We would be grateful if you could bring any items of clothing, shoes, accessories, soft toys, soft furnishings etc in black bags and leave near Reading Room. NO DUVETS, PILLOWS OR SCHOOL UNIFORM PLEASE.
PTA Meeting – our next meeting will be at 19.30 on Tuesday 17th November via Zoom.