Autism Awareness Week 29th March – 4th April

One in every 100 UK school children is autistic and, without the right support, school can be a confusing and difficult place. Autism Awareness Week aims to  help improve understanding of autism, so that everyone can help make the school environment great for all pupils.

Some short videos for you to watch are HERE  and HERE.

Further information is available on  the National Autistic Society website, and on our SEND page too.

 

 

Catch up policy statement now available

In July 2020, the government announced a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium  for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time. The coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium funding is available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools, and alternative provision.

Details of our policy, and how we are planning to deliver the catch up initiative is now available on the Policies and Statements page of the website

Precautionary COVID-19 measures taken at Malmesbury Church of England Primary School

Malmesbury CE Primary School is taking precautionary measures after two members of staff tested positive for COVID-19.

While all preventative and proper bubble measures have been followed, the school has, with advice from Wiltshire Council’s Public Health Team, asked a total of forty pupils and four members of staff to isolate for 14 days, with the last day of isolation being 29th October. This period will fall within the half term holiday.  The self-isolation is precautionary, to minimise any risk to others.

Steve Heal, Head Teacher at Malmesbury Primary School, said: “This situation has developed over the past few days, following the end of term last Friday.  All parents have been informed of the situation at the school, and we are very grateful for their understanding.  It is most unfortunate that this will affect the holiday plans of a number of families over the coming two weeks.  However, the safety of our school community is our top priority.  We will continue to work with Wiltshire Council’s Public Health Team so this situation is managed closely and look forward to welcoming pupils back to school on the 2nd November.”

Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health for Wiltshire, said: “This precautionary action is very important so we can keep the risk of any transmission within the school community as low as possible. We will continue to support the school so their high standard of COVID-19 measures are maintained.

“It is a legal requirement that anyone asked to self-isolate should follow the government information on this and stay at home. If they don’t have symptoms they do not need to get a test. However, if a member of their household has symptoms and takes a test then they should self-isolate.

“We ask that people regularly wash hands, maintain social distancing and wear face coverings where appropriate – this is the best way to keep you and everyone safe as much as possible.”

 

The Department for Education has produced information for parents which includes advice following a case of Covid-19 in their school

More information on self-isolation is available here.

  • PHE and the NHS are well prepared to deal with coronavirus. Our priority is to safeguard local communities which sometimes involves taking preventative measures to help reduce the risk of further cases.
  • We cannot comment further on individual cases due to patient confidentiality.
  • For more information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • PHE gov.uk/coronavirus
  • NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Job Opportunities at Malmesbury Abbey

There are two part-time vacancies (one morning, one afternoon) at Malmesbury Abbey for the combined post of Parish Administrator and PA to the Vicar, Revd Oliver Ross.

A job description, application form and Confidential Declaration can be found on the North Wilts Mission Area website. (https://nwma.org.uk/?page_id=62)

These need to be completed and emailed to Oliver at vicar@malmesburyabbey.com by noon on Friday 24 January. Initial interviews are scheduled for 28 January, and for candidates who are under consideration for the post after interview there will be a subsequent meeting with the Abbey staff team.

If you have any problems with downloading the paperwork or completing the application, please contact catherine@malmesburyabbey.com for help.

Summer fete this Friday!

Just a reminder that it is the Summer fete, organised by the Friends of Malmesbury Primary School, this Friday from 6 – 8pm.  There will be the usual excitement with a variety of stalls, ranging from Tombola and Child’s Tombola through to second-hand games and uniform sales. And of course the fantastic burger BBQ.

Do come along and have some Friday night fun!

News from Braeside!

14000 steps to Drew’s pond and back, blessed with good weather and the children have dipped, measured and scavenged alongside the river banks.

Your children have provided us with some excellent laughs and their resilience and positivity has shone through along with the sun.
Currently they are showering (well …… some) and preparing for the talent show.

Next update tomorrow morning

Hopefully the 5 miles will ensure a good nights sleep.

The Braeside Team