No 24 March 13th

Our New Value is: Positivity and Perseverance

Dear Parents and Carers

I think a bit of Positivity and Perseverance is certainly required at this moment in time as we find ourselves in unchartered territory with the outbreak of the Covid – 19 Coronavirus.

Our advice to staff, children and visitor regarding hand washing is to wash hands:
• before leaving home
• on arrival at school
• after using the toilet
• after breaks and sporting activities
• before food preparation
• before eating any food, including snacks
• before leaving school
Also to:
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. We are currently using a stronger disinfectant than normal for all door handles and surfaces.

We are following the government guidelines regarding a new cough and / or temperature above 37.8 degrees and insist that staff and pupils self-isolate for 7 days if displaying either of these symptoms to prevent the risk to other people. We have a few children with underlying medical conditions who are more prone to infection than others and it is also important to bear in mind that we share an integrated site with children from Springfield, some of whom are also more vulnerable to infection.

The Witney Partnership of headteachers are currently discussing whether the Year 2 concert will go ahead next week and I will let you know as soon as I know.

Netball Tournament
In the freezing cold and wet weather conditions, the previously postponed netball tournament was played on Monday. All 3 teams made it to the podium – A team came 3rd, B team came 2nd and C team came 1st. Miss Edwards, one of the adults who went to the tournament, said how supportive the children were of each other, how polite they were and that they were a credit to our school and I couldn’t agree more. The children at Madley Brook are a delight to take to sporting events.
Mrs Robinson

Arriving at School
I have noticed that as the weather is improving more children are arriving early at school to play in the playground. Please note that the outside areas are not supervised at this time and children should not be on site before 8.20am. When they do arrive they are expected to wait outside their classroom and not play on the playground.

Mrs Howlett
We are really looking forward to Mrs Howlett returning from maternity leave next Week. Mrs Howlett will be working for 3 days, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in our Early Years Unit.

100 Club
This month’s 100 Club was drawn in the presence of the Admin Team. The prize money has gone up by £2 this time as the PTA have sold more tickets. Thank you to everyone who supports this fundraiser.

Congratulations to the following winners:
1st Prize £53 15 Richard Keeley
2nd Prize £33 26 Sue Phillips
3rd Prize £23 44 Marion Christie

Via Pupil Post
Letter for Year 6
Via Parent Mail

Next Week
Tuesday Year 2 Concert TBC
Wednesday Year 5 to the Methodist Church to experience Easter – as far as we are aware this will still go ahead
Wednesday Governors’ Meeting
Friday Elder Class Assembly 2.30pm

Have a great weekend.

Yours sincerely

Katherine Spencer