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Vaccinations

I have had a number of parents contact me about Covid-19 vaccinations.

Please be aware that we do not yet have final details of the plan for offering vaccincations. I am hoping that we will send out details next week. 

However, please be assured that we will not carry out any any vacincations without parental consent. 

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Parent Governor Vacancies

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please find links below to a letter regarding current vacancies for two Parent Governors and an information sheet detailing the role of a parent governor.

Parent Governor Vacancies Letter

Parent Governor Information Sheet

If you are interested in becoming a Parent Governor, please complete the reply slip on the letter and provide a statement about yourself as detailed.  Please return these to school by Friday 8 October in an envelope marked for the attention of the "Clerk to the Governors".  

A paper copy of the letter will be coming home with pupils today.

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

BCP Short Breaks Consultation

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please find below a link to an invitation to a BCP Shorts Breaks consultation taking place on 16 October 2021.

Short_breaks_invitation.pdf

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Friends of Winchelsea - Raffle Prizes

Dear Parent/Carer,

Could I please remind parents/carers that all donations for raffle prizes can be brought to school today.

The raffle will take place at the Family Picnic taking place on Saturday 25 September 2021, between 2pm and 4pm.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Alert - Spam Email

Dear Parent/Carer,

We are aware that a spam email which appears to have been sent from a member of Winchelsea staff is circulating to some of his school contacts.

If you receive an email entitled “John Kunzi shared the folder (Winchelsea) with you”, please do not open the email or click on the link.

If you have already clicked on the link and/or typed in your email address, we would advise you to change the password of your email account, as a precaution.

Please contact the school office if you have any concerns.

Kinds regards,

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Friends of Winchelsea Picnic - 25 September

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please find attached a letter regarding the Friends of Winchelsea Picnic and Raffle, taking place on Saturday 25 September 2021.

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Autumn Term Week 1 - Information for Parents/Carers

I am delighted to advise that all pupils have settled into their classes superbly and have had an excellent first full week back in school.  We look forward to welcoming the new Ocean pupils next week.

Schoolzine

It is essential that you have accessed out Schoolzine App. This is the key element to our communication with parents. Please make sure that you turn on ‘Notifications’ and also subscribe to our School Newsletter.     

New Class groups have been added for 2021-2022, so please make sure that you remove your child’s old (2020-2021) Class group and select your child’s new 2021-2022 Class group.  This will ensure that you receive notifications specific and relevant for your child. All parents/carers should select the “Parents/Carers” group.

School Uniform

We have been made aware that there have been some delays with uniform orders.  If you have had any issues, that have not been resolved with the new uniform supplier (Brigade), could you please contact the school office, via email; enquiries@winchelsea.poole.sch.uk and we will try to help resolve these issues.

New Telephone System

The school has a new telephone system, which allows callers to select options to choose different offices/staff in school.  Please ensure that you listen to all options, before making your choice, as this will greatly assist the school office, and ensure that all calls made to school are answered swiftly and dealt with efficiently.

Class / Home Contact

As you are aware, due to the number of pupils we now have on roll, we no longer use Home School Diaries and have an electronic system in place. Your Class Team should have been in contact with you. Please make sure that you are aware of the Class Email in order to share information directly with your class team.

Pupil Absences

If your child is absent from school due to illness, please ensure that you telephone the main school office on 01202 746240 before 10am. If you are unable to call, please email the main school office via: enquiries@winchelsea.poole.sch.uk.  This is the same process for parents/carers of all pupils, including pupils attending our satellite classes (please do not contact the satellite school offices).

Student Update Forms

In the next couple of weeks, all pupils will be bringing home Student Update Forms.  This form contains all the information we hold for each pupil on the school system, including parental consent, and it is essential that all data held is accurate and up to date.

Please check all of the information on the form, make any necessary changes, sign and return the form to school by the deadline stated.

As always, many thanks for your support.

Covid-19

Although we have begun the new year in a relatively 'normal' way, I thought I'd just update you about a few things related to Covid-19.

Currently, we continue to follow all of the up to date national Public Health Guidance for schools. This includes ensuring we:- 

  • Maintain good hygiene, including increased hand washing and following "Catch it, Bin it, Kill it" infection prevention measures.
  • Maintain an appropriate cleaning regime.
  • Keep classrooms and other areas well ventilated.
  • Provide lateral flow test kits to staff and pupils in year 7 and above to complete twice weekly.
  • Follow public health advice on self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Full details of our current risk assessment and outbreak management plan can be found on the school website, in the 'Information' section.

At present, we do not have any signficant issues relating to Covid-19 in school. I just wanted to reassure you that we are being vigilant and taking precautions. Please could I ask all of you to do the same and to ensure that you do not send children to school with any Covid-19 symptoms. 

Thanks in advance for you support. 

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Transport - Monday 6th September

Good morning everyone!

I am aware of some transport issues for Monday. If you have received an email saying transport will not pick up your child or transport does not arrive on Monday, please call Reception from 8am. We will come and collect the children!

Please be patient as it might be busy!!

If you are anxious, please let Sam know via the parents Facebook page. She will let me know and I will call you. However, please don't worry, we will make sure all of the children are in school on Monday! If you are aware of any new parents who are worried, please also let Sam know as they may not receive these messages yet. Please also tell them not to worry!

I will resolve any longer term issues on Monday.

Enjoy the weekend....and the Airshow! 

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Return to School - Friday 3 September

Dear Parent/Carer,

We look forward to welcoming all pupils back to school tomorrow morning - Friday 3 September. This includes pupils at our satellite classes together with our Post 16 pupils.

In addition, a very warm welcome to the parents/carers of all our new pupils starting with us here at Winchelsea School.

A reminder that we would like all pupils in Year 7 and above to have a negative lateral flow test before they return to school. Please upload the result of the test using the link on the home page of the school wesbite.  We do appreciate that this may not be possible for all these pupils. 

Regards,
Geoff Cherrill
Headteacher

Covid-19

08 Sep 2021

Although we have begun the new year in a relatively 'normal' way, I thought I'd just update you about a few things related to Covid-19. Currently, we continue to follow all of the up to date national...

Transport -Monday 6th September

04 Sep 2021

Good morning everyone! I am aware of some transport issues for Monday. If you have received an email saying transport will not pick up your child or transport does not arrive on Monday, please call Re...

Covid Testing

12 Mar 2021

Dear Parent/Carer, Please find below a link to a letter containing information relating to COVID-19 home testing for pupils in Years 7 to 11. COVID_19_Testing_Letter_Pupils_in_Year_7_to_11_12.03.2021....

Support

03 Feb 2021

Some additional support for you all! 1. If you are struggling to get food and other household essentials please contact: 0300 123 7052. The service is open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. https:...

School Closure - Social Story

29 Jan 2021

I refer to our recent communication advising parents/carers that whole school remote online learning will continue until February half-term, with pupils returning to school and face to face provision...

Update - Continued Whole School Remote Learning

28 Jan 2021

Hi everyone, Hope you're all doing OK, I just wanted to send out an update on the situation at school, please see the attached letter: Letter_270121_Continued_Remote_Learning.pdf As you will...

Remote Learning Provision

28 Jan 2021

We hope your child has been accessing and enjoying the remote learning provision that has been in place, and a huge thank you to all parents, carers and family members who have supported your child to...

School Update

25 Jan 2021

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing ok and you are keeping safe. I just wanted to update you about the situation in school. We have a significant number of staff and pupils have tested positive for...

Contacting School

22 Jan 2021

Hi everyone, While we are in a situation where pupils are accessing remote learning, rather than being on site, please see below for information about contacting school -  1. For general enquirie...

Urgent Update - Friday 22nd January 2021

22 Jan 2021

Hi everybody, An important update for you all -  We have now had 10 positive cases of Covid-19 amongst staff and 5 positive cases amongst pupils.  In addition, we have a large number of fami...