Mrs Evans held an online session for parents/carers on Monday 7th March. Please find below a link to the video which was shared during the meeting. If you have any queries please email the school office via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01207 570316.
Our Spring term Parents’ Evening session will be held after school on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd March 2022. Please see the parent guide booklet below to advise on process and testing your system in advance of the booked appointment.
At St. Patrick’s, we like to celebrate birthdays and we know that parents and children often like to mark this special occasion with the class. We have recently found a way to not only allow everyone to share in a child’s celebrations at the time, but to provide a lasting reminder of the birthday for years to come.
Instead of bringing cake or sweets into school, we ask that pupils who wish to share a gift with their friends, donate a ‘Birthday Book’ to the school library. This is a lovely way for children to have their special day remembered and for the library to remain well-stocked at a time when funding may not otherwise allow.
For ease, we have created Amazon wish lists, available here.
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 list
Year 3 and Year 4 list
Year 5 and Year 6 list
If you would like to purchase a book directly from the list to mark your child’s birthday, you can choose to have it delivered straight to school with a message from you in the parcel. When it arrives, a book plate with your child’s first name, age and the year will be placed in the front of the book. Children will be invited up in assembly to share their book with the school. It will then be placed in the school library so that children can enjoy it for years to come!
If you are keen to purchase a specific book which is not on the list, please contact the school office so we can add it for you or purchases can be made from any other retailers and handed in to school.
Of course, gifting a book is entirely optional. We do, however, ask that cake and sweets are not sent to school. We hope that you and your children are as excited about this new idea as we are. We love birthdays and we love books; this seems the perfect way to marry the two!
Block 1 Week beg 10th/1/22 – 24/1/22
Block 2 Week beg 31/1/22 – 14/2/22
Arrangements for the start and the end of the school day were shared in our end of year Newsletter in July. We have copied them below for your ease of reference…
Pupils will return to school on Thursday 2nd September with Breakfast Club at 8am (for those with places confirmed via email) and ‘doors opening’ to all others at 8.45am with registration at 8.55am.
School will finish at;
3pm for Reception
3.05pm – Year 1 and Year 2
3.10pm – Year 3 and Year 4
3.15pm – Year 5 and Year 6
Don’t worry a member of staff will be on hand to guide you through our new arrangements.
Half of our new Reception class are joining us on Thursday 2nd September with the other half on Friday 3rd September. The full class then come together on Monday 6th September. We can’t wait to meet you all!
PE kit days will commence from Monday 6th September with all pupils to wear uniform on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd September.
If you have any queries please email email@example.com
Please continue to report positive Covid-19 pupil cases to school via email to firstname.lastname@example.org until the end of Thursday 22nd July. Any cases after this will be handled via Track and Trace and they will advise on contact isolation.
We are currently seeing increasing Covid-19 infection rates in the north of County Durham and it is therefore really important that we all follow public health guidance and remain vigilant. The majority of cases across our communities are the Delta variant, currently the main variant nationally, which is more transmittable which means that contacts of cases are now more likely to become infected themselves. However measures to control the variant are the same and the more robust you are in following these measures, the better protected you and your loved ones are.
As always please follow the Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air guidance. Socialise outside wherever you can. While restrictions are being lifted on 19 July please continue to exercise great caution when mixing indoors beyond this date, as the virus can spread more easily in enclosed spaces.
Two doses of a coronavirus vaccination provide the best protection against the virus. Please attend both appointments as soon as you can.
If you get any symptoms you must self-isolate and book a free test via the NHS website: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test If you are identified as a contact of a case, you too must self-isolate and arrange to have a test as soon as you can. It is a legal requirement that anyone with symptoms or who is a contact of a case self-isolates until they get their test result. People without symptoms are encouraged to do twice weekly Lateral Flow Device tests at home and to report the results online. Testing kits are available at council venues and pharmacies.
All the latest guidance and information on how to access testing can be found at www.durham.gov.uk/coronavirus.