22nd July 2021
This definitely wasn’t the way we wanted to end the second school year in Covid, but we just have to roll with the punches and grasp the positives out of the negatives.
The positives are once again, our staff and children. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff for going the extra mile and keeping your children safe. Despite everything we have gone through, your children have still made amazing progress and have made some wonderful memories this year.
Sadly we are saying goodbye to our Year 6 children and to some much-loved colleagues, Sharon, Ann, Ellie and James too. I want to say how proud I am of how all of our children have coped this year and to wish all of our leavers the very best in their new schools. We wish Sharon and Ann all the very best for their retirement and again thank them for all they have contributed to Hadrian over many years of loyal service. Good luck to Ellie and James for the future and many thanks for helping us out this year too. I would also like to thank our Music Therapist Bev, as she moves on to pastures new, for all the amazing work she has done with our children over the years. We wish her good luck in her new role.
Can we say a huge ‘thank you’ to all of our Drivers and Escorts too. They also have had a very difficult year and have been flexible in supporting our school and your children and we owe them a debt of gratitude too.
I would also like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to the Admin Team who have had the unenviable job of collating all the Covid cases which has been a nightmare to negotiate and to Bev who has had the job of contacting parents, staff and the transport teams out of hours when Covid cases have been identified to ensure children and staff are not put at risk.
And finally, thank you to all of our parents and carers for your understanding and patience this year. I know it hasn’t been an easy time with bubbles bursting every month, but I hope you appreciate that we have been trying to keep everyone safe.
Hopefully everyone will now have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing summer break with good weather and good health. Thank you for your good wishes too. The children return to school on Wednesday the 8th September.
With very best wishes to you all,
16th March 2021
Now that we are hopefully over the most infectious period of the pandemic, we want to be even stricter about nipping potential symptoms in the bud and being forensic with all Covid like symptoms. Therefore we are asking you not to take any risks with coughs, temperatures, changes in your child’s presentation, particularly those with siblings who have recently returned to school. Remember to inform school of any Covid related issues concerning your child, family or friends that may impact on school immediately. The sooner you pass on information, the quicker we can put in appropriate measures to keep all staff and children safe.
Some parents are not bathing their child every night or sending their child to school in clean clothes. We are working really hard to keep everyone safe and you must do your duty and keep your child clean every single day. Please think of others and do the right thing.
Please wear green for St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow Wednesday 17th March. ‘Red Nose Day’ on Friday the 19th March, noses are on sale now priced £1.50. Both days are non-uniform and we will be having fun activities throughout the day.
A reminder that we break for the Easter holidays on Thursday 1st April at 3:15pm and return to school on Monday the 19th April. Hopefully in the summer term we will be able to run our after school clubs again and re-open the Rebound Centre for evening and weekend use. Further information will be sent out soon.
We are not able to have our usual Parents’ Evening this term. However, if you would like to speak to myself or your Child’s Class Teacher about their education and progress, please get in touch for a catch up.
8th March 2021
Welcome back to some of our friends we haven’t seen for almost a year and to our new starters too, Simon and Holly!! I can report all are happy to be back in school, many have grown so much and all have smiles from ear to ear. It is great to have so many of you back, I promise we will take great care of all of our children and we will continue to keep the same Covid precautions in place until further notice. If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch either with your child’s Class Teacher or myself.
Remember to inform school of any Covid related issues concerning your child, family or friends that may impact on school immediately. The sooner you pass on information, the quicker we can put in appropriate measures to keep all staff and children safe.
For those children that have grown out of their uniforms, please get in touch and we can check what we have in stock. Those new to school remember we have a strict ‘no jewelry’ rule, no ear piercings etc. so please ensure your child is not wearing such items during the school day.
I appreciate you are just back but a reminder that we break for the Easter holidays on Thursday 1st April at 3:15pm and return to school on Monday the 19th April. Hopefully in the summer term we will be able to run our after school clubs again and re-open the Rebound Centre for evening and weekend use. Further information will be sent out soon.
Thanks to everyone who supported our fantastic ‘World Book Day’ last week, the children and staff had a great time. We will be having some more fun for St. Patrick’s Day next week too, so watch out for more details.
Remember, our children play and work outside every day, so please keep sending them in warm clothes, hats, gloves and scarves until the weather improves. We are busy putting together the latest edition of the Hadrian Herald which is full of fantastic stories and photos of fun in the snow, in our new sensory tunnel and fire pit, so look out for that soon too.
‘Red Nose Day’ will be here soon on the 19th March, noses are on sale now priced £1.50.
We are all here to answer any questions or to reassure you if we can.
February 24th 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
World Book Day 2021 – Thursday 4th March 2021
Plans are well underway for World Book Day next Thursday 4th March! We would encourage your participation in the following ways:
· Dress your child as a book character or even in their pyjamas!
· Remotely join in our World Book Day themed Dance Rox session at 10.15am using the following Zoom details: Meeting ID: 869 1396 7733 Password: 80977
· Remotely join our World Book Day Assembly at 1.45pm using the following Zoom details:
Meeting ID: 998 2029 1862 Password: 184312
Our Cook, Irene, is putting together a World Book Day themed lunch and all classes will be working on story telling activities throughout the day.
All of our children will receive a book token, which can be used towards purchasing their own choice of reading book. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible remotely next Thursday and enjoying your creativity and inspiration.
23rd February 2021
Welcome back to those in school and we look forward to welcoming everyone back from the 8th March. I hope you all enjoyed the half term break and made the most of the snow and fine weather. As you will no doubt have heard from the news yesterday, the expectation is very much that all children will be back in school from Monday 8th March. I appreciate that for some families this will be a real concern given the current infection rates are still relatively high. We have always said that we cannot guarantee your child will not contact Covid 19 in school, however, the likelihood is lessening each week and our School Covid measures are remaining high.
Over the last year of the pandemic only four children at Hadrian have tested positive for Covid 19 and each of these children had very mild symptoms and no ill effects. We understand that some of our children are much more vulnerable than others, however, we will take Health advice and follow their guidance to the letter where additional safeguards need to be put in place.
All of our staff have received the vaccination and are past the three week period where we reach some protection. We anticipate levels of transmission between staff to lessen and we will keep our current bubbles so your child will be remaining with their class group all day, every day, even for lunch in the classroom.
If you have any worries about your child returning to school please get in touch with myself or your child’s Class Teacher. For some children, you may prefer that they have a phased return to school, all things are possible and we will work with you to reassure you all that your children are safe in school. Those with shielding letters may wish to talk to your GP or Consultants to seek their advice on the right time to return. The last thing we want to do is add unnecessary stress to you and your family after what has been an unprecedented time in education, however, we all need to return to some sort of new normal and begin to pick up where we left off.
Some of you may wish to talk to other parents whose children have been in school as normal for the past year to seek some reassurance? Whatever we can do to help, please ask and get in touch soon.
Free School Meals
With all schools returning on the 8th March the Government Free School Meal Voucher Scheme will end. For those children entitled to free school meals and who will not be returning until the 8th March, a £30 voucher has been sent, please see accompanying letter enclosed when you receive your voucher.
Remote ‘Confident Parenting’ sessions will begin soon, click here for more information.
3rd February 2021
Hello to everyone at home and in school. Just in case the good news hasn’t yet reached you I am delighted to say that all of our staff have now had their first Covid 19 vaccination, including the Teaching Staff, Admin Team, Kitchen and Cleaning staff thanks to the support from Newcastle City Council and our Clinical Commissioning Group. We hope that all of our Taxi drivers and Escorts will receive the vaccine too (some employed by the City Council already have) so that we can all help keep safe for the benefit of your children. Many thanks to those parent/carers who campaigned on our behalf and I can assure you we are continuing to campaign for all teaching staff to be vaccinated as a priority group as soon as possible.
Nothing changes in school in terms of following strict Covid guidelines so we still need your co-operation and vigilance in looking out for Covid symptoms in your children. Last week we continued to have some positive cases in staff so we definitely cannot relax our Covid security for some time to come. Please remember the basic Covid rules, clean clothes, wash every night, don’t send your child to school in a taxi with any Covid symptoms. Can you check your child’s bag each night and respond to individual messages from staff. Remember if you change phone numbers tell us straight away.
At this point in the term we look at recording pupil achievement and progress. I am very conscious some of our family’s children have not been in school for eleven months now, and whilst we are keeping in touch remotely and via the telephone this doesn’t replace face to face contact. We would be really keen for you to share the progress you have made during lockdown with your children, either on their PLP outcomes or in other areas. If possible could you let your child’s Class Teacher know via DoJo, email, text of good news stories, amazing experiences, and hard won achievements so we can also celebrate your contributions to your child’s progress at home.
Mental Health Week
Remember, as part of a fun week of activities your child can come into school or join us online dressed to express this Friday. They could be in bright colours, in costumes as their favourite characters or super heroes. We will have a safe outdoor assembly to celebrate too.
We break for Half Term at 3:15pm next Friday and return to school on Monday 22nd February. Take care everyone, stay safe and keep following the Covid guidance at all times.
18th January 2021
I’m writing with sad news that one of our much loved pupils Zoya died peacefully this weekend at home with her parents and older brother. Zoya was a very precious, much loved little girl who battled bravely with poor health all of her too short life. She would have been eight years old later this month.
Her parents, Jamila and Jahangir, loved and cared for their daughter with such dedication, no child could have been more precious. Coralie and her team are in regular touch with mam and dad and will pass on your condolences and any cards or messages you may wish to send at this tragic, sad time.
Our thoughts are also with our Health colleagues who are also mourning the loss of Zoya who was a bright, funny girl.
The one comforting thought is that everyone tried to make Zoya’s life exciting and enjoyable and made every special moment count. We can picture her smiling face in the pool and the pleasure she took from simply being able to attend school.
She will always have a special place in our hearts here at Hadrian and we will always continue to be there for her parents and in time, smile at the happy memories we shared with their beloved daughter.