Conkers Breakfast and After School Clubs

I am writing to confirm the latest situation with regard to Conkers Breakfast and After School Clubs with all pupils returning to school on Monday 8th March 2021.  Key worker and vulnerable children bookings will be given preference until further notice.

 

Mrs. Roe, Extended Schools Manager, has this week been contacting key worker parents and parents of vulnerable children who have been using breakfast or after school club to confirm bookings commencing on Monday 8th March.

 

For families who will be requiring this service from the 8th March, please contact Mrs Roe via asclub@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk regarding your booking requirements.

 

For families who now find they need before school or after school care who have previously not needed the clubs, you will need to register with Kids Club HQ to make a booking request.

The link to get started creating your account is here:

https://chalkwellhall.kidsclubhq.co.uk/rdr?u=home

 

Bubbles have been established, and will remain in place, based on the guidance that we have been given. There are 4 main bubbles – Reception, Year 1&2, Year 3&4 and Year 5&6.

 

Breakfast and after school club runs every day from 7.30am to 8.35am and 3.00pm to 6.00pm in term time. Prices remain unchanged: the breakfast club is £4 per session and the after school club is £8 per session.

 

Each bubble has a separate area of the playground and all equipment that the children use will be disinfected between uses and food will be delivered to their tables to avoid queueing and mixing groups.

 

Children will be asked to continue the regular handwashing that they will already be doing in school. Whilst children will not need to socially distance in their classes, they will be asked to maintain a level of social distancing in Conkers club to minimise mixing in line with the guidelines.

 

 

When collecting, parents will not be allowed to enter and we would ask that you maintain social distancing wherever possible when waiting for your child at the door. Please find below further information on both Conkers Clubs:

 

  • Mrs Tracey Roe is the Extended Schools Manager and Miss Carly Whitmore is the Deputy Extended Schools Club Manager, there are two great teams of staff who work with them in the Breakfast Club and After School Club.

 

  • Further information about the clubs can be obtained from the CHJS website.

 

  • Payment for bookings for at least the week ahead must be made by the Friday before the week in question. Failure to pay may result in your booking being cancelled. All cash or cheque (made payable to Chalkwell Hall Junior School) payments can be submitted on collection at Conkers Club. Other payment options – SIMS Pay and Childcare Vouchers will continue as normal.

 

  • You are required to pay your contact invoice in full. Refunds will be given for sessions missed if your child is absent due to sickness or in isolation in accordance with Health and Safety guidance. Please contact via email (asclub@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk) or telephone (07756263156) as soon as possible.

 

  • We have a policy on the Breakfast and After School Club which is available on both schools’ websites.

 

If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Roe on asclub@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk or contact the Junior school office staff on 01702 478570.

 

Newsletter – 25th September 2020

I cannot believe that we are at the midway point of the first half term already! It is great to see the children are still coming to school with smiles on their faces. We are at a point where the weather is starting to turn inclement. To remain as fit and healthy as we possibly can, please ensure that your child wears the appropriate outer clothing and that you drop your child off within the 10-minute window, so that we can continue to run a smooth, staggered entry time. If it helps with the morning run, please drop off all siblings to school at the end of the earliest sibling’s time slot.

 

Our number one priority as a school since our return in September has been to focus on the wellbeing of all pupils, staff and families. We are always looking for ways that we can tweak our plans and routines to make small positive steps forward wherever possible. Now that the pupils have all settled in and have done a good job of adjusting to the new measures and expectations, we are looking to make three small but important changes to the daily routines from Monday.

 

Firstly, we are now in a position to create a fifth playground space to allow all of Year 5 & 6 classes out at the same time every day. We are confident the classes know the expectations around not crossing bubbles and the pathways around the playground, we can create a 3rd space within the netball courts.

 

Secondly, we are going to extend our morning breaks for all year groups to 20 minutes. Our small site limits our opportunities to extend breaks fully back to where they were pre-lockdown whilst ensuring everyone’s safety. However, with routines settled down and pupils settling into learning quicker, we want to give them the chance to get as much time outside as we can. It is a careful balance of ensuring that we do not also impact significantly on their teacher-led learning time which so many missed out on during the lockdown. We want to reassure you that class teachers are always looking for other opportunities for short brain or movement breaks in the classroom or opportunities to take the learning outside.

 

Thirdly, we are reintroducing assemblies from next Monday, albeit in a different way to how they were run pre-lockdown. Assemblies are a hugely important part of school life as a collective sharing of positive stories, experiences and at time reminders of expectations. Having assemblies back will help the community feel of the school to grow again. In order to ensure your child and the safety of the whole class bubble, there will only be two classes (in Year 3/4) or three classes (in Year 5/6) in a hall at any one time, with at least a 2m gap between groups. The hall and classrooms windows are open allowing good airflow to further reduce any transmission risks.

 

Thank you to those who have continued to engage with Microsoft Teams and the homework. Just to reiterate, much the same as before the pandemic, if your child is at home unwell, there is no expectation to complete the ‘Home Learning Work’, therefore feedback will only be provided to those children who are unable to attend school because they are isolating due to the fact that someone in their bubble, or someone at home, has symptoms and is awaiting test results.

 

Attendance Matters.

Overall attendance this week is 96%.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

 

Letter from Public Health England

Public Health England have produced a letter for schools to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. 

The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing.

Please click on the link below to access the letter.

23rd September – PHE letter to parents and guardians

Year 3 & 4 Author Visit

We are pleased to inform you that the author, Ellie Irving, will be visiting Year 3 and 4 on Thursday 5th December 2019 at 2pm.

 

Ellie Irving has written several children’s books including the inspirational ‘The Matilda Effect.’ I met Ellie at the Village Green last year where she did a fantastic talk to children. She lives locally and is keen to visit schools to chat with the children and inspire them.  For more information about her please go to www.ellieirving.com.

 

There will be an opportunity for your child to purchase one of her books (signed in person by the author!) from 3.15pm onwards from class 3GB.  To avoid congestion in the hall please enter 3GB from the playground door.