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Monday 19th September 2022

We will observe the national holiday scheduled on Monday 19th September for Her Majesty’s funeral, which means schools will be closed that day, but outside of this, school hours will continue as normal.

 

PE Days - Term 1 and 2 2022

1D

Thursdays and Fridays

1T

Mondays and Wednesdays

1/2A

Mondays and Tuesdays

2K

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

2S

Thursdays and Fridays

3F

Wednesdays and Thursdays

3S

Mondays and Wednesdays

3/4S

Mondays and Tuesdays

4Sp

Wednesdays and Thursdays

4St

Tuesdays and Fridays

5B

Tuesdays and Fridays

5W

Mondays and Thursdays

5/6N

Wednesdays and Thursdays

6C

Thursdays (Swimming) and Fridays

6L

Tuesdays and Fridays

 

Year 5 Secondary Transfer September 2023

Please click here for key information about the transfer of pupils to secondary school in September 2022 and the associated Medway Grammar Selection Test.

 

Advice if you're upset by the news

The BBC Newsround website has some really helpful top tips for children who may be upset, worried or concerned by what they are hearing or seeing in the news.

You can access this information by clicking the link below.

BBC Newsround – Upset by News

 

COVID-19 Updated Guidance - 14th April 2022

The UKHSA has published new guidance for the general population on reducing the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace.

For schools, the management of COVID 19 will be in line with how other respiratory viruses such as colds and flu are managed.

This means that there will not be any restrictions within the setting and testing for COVID 19 is unlikely to be available for outbreaks.

 

Please see below the key points of the guidance:

 

·       Children who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough.

·       It is not recommended that children are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.

·       If a child has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day, they took the test.

·       Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day, they took the test.

·       Children and young people who usually go to school and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.

·       Children with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or mild cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education or childcare setting.

 

Please continue to let the school know about absence through the usual channels.

 

Further guidance regarding when to self-isolate can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

 

The updated NHS COVID-19 symptoms lists can be found here:

COVID-19 symptoms in adults and symptoms in children

 

Although it will not stop respiratory infections spreading, the school will continue to put in place the following key baseline measures with the aim of interrupting the cycle of infection so that transmission of infection is reduced overall:

·       Good respiratory (catch coughs and sneezes in tissues and dispose of as soon as possible) and hand hygiene (washing hands including after using the toilet and before eating)

·       Regular cleaning.

·       Ventilation and use of outdoor spaces.

·       Promoting the take up of vaccination for those eligible. 

 

Arts Mark Video

Children from Byron were involved in making a video for the Royal Opera House Bridge all about The Arts Mark. You can view these videos via the links below.

How does creativity help you?

What could be improved for children and young people?

 

COP26 - Climate Conference Video

As you will have read in the Children’s Newsletter last term, the Key Stage 2 members of the Student Leadership Team wrote and composed a song to express their hopes and visions for the future. A media company recorded this and have produced a video of the song, which is titled ‘The Ocean Republic’ as part of a project with The Grange Festival and WWF called 'Future Visions'.

You can view this video via the YouTube link below:

https://youtu.be/0Riv13-rBwk 

 

This video will be viewed by world leaders as part of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

 

Squid Game

Please click here for a letter about Squid Game, the violent Netflix series which some children are talking about and playing in school.

 

Future Visions

Our Student Leadership Team have been working with The Grange Festival, WWF and Provident Financial Group on our hopes and vision for a sustainable future. You can read more about by clicking here.

 

Updated Information on Actions to take if there are positive COVID-19 cases

Please click here for our latest information

 

Re-Opening of School

Click here to read our parent/carer guide to re-opening on Monday 8th March.

 

Relationship & Health Education

Click here to access our parent consultation

 

Remote Learning Provision

Please click here to view our remote learning provision.

 

Virtual Byron's Got Talent

Click here to view the show.

 

Starting School in September 2021

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently able to offer our usual open sessions for perspective parents. We have however, published a virtual tour. 

Please click here to access our virtual tour.

 

Email Communication

When schools were closed in March, we created some learning specific email addresses, enabling parents and carers to have more direct contact with members of the leadership team about matters relating to learning.

These email addresses have been well used and so we have taken the decision to continue them, albeit with some small changes to better personalise these to the school’s phase teams.

From 15th July 2020, the following email addresses are live and replace the infantsbyron@ and juniorsbyron@ ones we have been using:

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Staff Video Message (COVID-19)

Click here to view our YouTube video message 

 

Reading

It is far easier to support your child's reading at home than you think. You do not have to have read the book yourself. Click here for some key questions you can ask your child to check their understanding of what they have read and promote discussion about reading in the family home.

 

Money Mule Information from Kent Police

Please click here for information from Kent Police about their campaign designed to raise awareness for parents and guardians about the dangers of children becoming 'money mules'.

 

PANTS rule from NSPCC

Click here for a great booklet from NSPCC with advise for parents on how to support their children with respecting and keeping safe their body. 

 

Snapchat

Is your child using Snapchat? Click here for a great info guide for parents from the National Online Safety group.

 

Mental Health

Mental illness and suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, of any age, of any background, at any time. Get advice and support on helping a child if they're struggling with their mental health by clicking here.

 

Online Child Exploitation

Do you know what your child is doing online? Click on the link below to read a report by the BBC on the threat of live streaming.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42224148 

 

Break Snacks

Children in Year R, 1 and 2 receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable every school day through the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS), administered by the Department of Health.

For Junior aged children we follow guidelines set out by the national school food plan.

Children are allowed the following food for their break time snack

  •  Fruit
  • Snacking vegetables such as carrots
  • Cracker based snacks such as Mini Cheddars or Dunkers
  • Rice Cakes
  • Fruit bars (no nuts)
  • Cereal bars (no nuts)
  • Yoghurts
  • A small sandwich (separate to any packed lunch items)
  • Any other packet snack with a saturated fat content no higher than 10%