Be Active Week and Sports Day
Get ready for Be Active Week starting next Monday (27th) including Sports Day on Tuesday 28th (9:15-12:15). We have lots of energetic stuff going on including special visit from inspirational speaker and para-adventurer - Darren Edwards. As usual the children can wear PE Kit to school all week. Be Active Week timetable coming soon.
Goodbye to Mrs Rogers and Mrs Griffith
Rose has been part of Morda School for many years as a parent, lunchtime supervisor and latterly as cleaner. She has put her heart and soul into this place and has always been there to support the team. She is retiring from August for a well-earned rest but I’m hoping to persuade to come back now then to help cover lunchtimes.
Katie has done an amazing job in the kitchen going above and beyond as cook. She has always listened to parents and children to make sure any little changes needed in the menu for individual needs were made. She has kept us all going with Flapjack Friday and Blueberry Tuesday in addition to cooking lovely food for the whole school. Katie finishes this week and we wish her all the best in her new job.
School Dinner Changes
As numbers of children have declined in the last 2 years, the demand for school dinners has reduced. So much so that the cost of making meals onsite has become a drain on the budget. We have therefore (like other schools) decided to “import” dinners; in our case from The Meadows School kitchen through Shire Services (who already provide our meals). This has happened a number of times already this year during periods of staff illness. So in effect we have already tried out the service.
The quality of food is excellent. It arrives in insulated boxes and is temperature checked so that proper food hygiene regulations are adhered to. So it’s always fresh and hot. The Meadows cook Abbi is wonderful. A new member of Shire Staff is in the process of being recruited, who will bring the dinners over and serve them.
There will be some teething troubles no doubt especially in with the fact that it will be harder for parents to chat about their child’s needs straight to the cook as we could with Katie. Also we will be without Flapjack Friday and Blueberry Tuesday until we can workout a way to bring them back. If you have any issues please catch one of us or Mrs Edwards on the gate and we’ll do our utmost to sort it.
The new menu is on the website here.
Last half-term our attendance was 96.7% – well above the pre-covid national average which is amazing! Let’s keep it up. The Government is having a big push on attendance following the pandemic and is expecting the local authority to be issuing fines for unauthorised holidays straight away and for persistent lateness. Please be aware that from September unauthorised holidays will be fined even if it is the first time – a very big change for this school. Do please talk to us before booking or making arrangements – there are still some circumstances which are truly exceptional and could be authorised. However, the price of holidays cannot be accepted as an exceptional circumstance. We really hope we don’t go back to the days of people calling in from abroad saying their child is ill. It is so difficult seeing children having to lie to trusted adults when they come back after week off sick with a sun tan.
Year 6 Transition Days and Move Up Sessions
Year 6 are going to the Marches for 3 transition days on 4th,5th and 6th July. We will be having some Move Up sessions during that time for children to visit their classroom and teacher for next year (if they are moving). Using the children’s current year groups here’s where they are all going.
Year 6 Funder Raiser
Year 6s (helped by year 5s in Shamrocks) are organising the traditional fundraising event on Friday July 15th (3:00-4:00). They design fun games, activities and stalls to raise money to help pay for their Year 6 Treat Trip to The Crocky Trail. All the children enjoy this event and it’s lovely to be able to put it on again after 2 years without it.
The Last Week
Term ends on 20th July. We have the Leavers’ Service in St Oswald’s on the Tuesday year 6 will be off to the Crocky Trail as one of their Year 6 treats. On the last day (Wednesday) we have the Leavers’ Service at St Oswald’s (2.30 – 3.15) and finally on Wednesday evening we have the Year 6 VIP Leavers’ Disco to which all children from Year 2 – Year 6 are invited. Much experience has shown that most year 1s and reception children do not enjoy this event. Year 6, on the other hand, have a great time as they are treated like royalty for the evening.
That's all for now.
Mrs C & Mr E :-)
The summer holidays offer an opportunity to recharge, but many young people may find themselves struggling without the structure and support network that school provides.
Free #SelfCareSummer packs are available to help young people find strategies to support their mental health and wellbeing over the holidays.
Action for Children – Shropshire Community Short Breaks provide short break holiday support to children and young people aged 4-18 years who are registered with All In.
Their sessions during the summer school holidays will consist of sporting activities, sensory play, arts & crafts, local walks and play parks and local outings i.e., cinema, Attingham Park, Ironbridge Museums and will use worker’s cars /mini bus.
To access the Action for Children (AFC) Summer 2022 holiday support please complete this online form. This link closes on Friday 24th June 2022 at 12.00 midday.
Sessions will be planned for 6hrs but please be aware, that if they receive a high demand for places like they did for previous holiday clubs, and have continued limited staffing availability, they may have to reduce the sessions to 3hrs to try to ensure that all families that apply have fair and equal access to the support.
Please be assured that they will do their utmost to provide a 6hr session if possible as they do understand how important this support is to you and your family.
Sessions will be dependent on staff availability and weather and any other unforeseen circumstances.
A charge of £10 for a half-day session 9.30 to 12.30 or 12.30 to 3.30 or a full day 9.30 to 3.30 is £20 for each session per child is payable in advance to the session commencing.
Card payments only can be accepted by calling our office on 01743 644713, no cash or cheques can be taken.
Only one session per child per week can be offered.
The guidance below is subject to change in line with AFC and government guidelines. The health and welfare of the children and young people and AFC staff are our highest priority and there will continue be procedures in place for us to limit the risks as much as possible which are as follows:
Parents/carers will be requested to notify Shropshire Community Short Breaks as soon as possible if their child/ren, test positive for Covid 19 and must not attend any sessions. All AFC staff/agency workers will wear a facial mask to support C&YP inside buildings. If there is any risk of spreading the virus via oral secretions or first aid is needed to be applied, then staff will have to wear a full facial plastic visor in addition to the facial mask, gloves and apron. Personal care will be undertaken but staff will be required to wear full PPE. Any young person who requires hoisting for personal care will be taken to a changing place to support where available. (If your child / young person requires specialist nursing care please contact us directly). Children and young people will be allocated a worker(s) who will remain with them during the whole session. Social distancing measures will be put into place where possible. Physical intervention is always a last resort but if your child/ren is known to require physical intervention then a full risk assessment will need to be completed on how we can support your child. Sessions will take place in venues and out in the community