St Mary’s Superstars

Head’s Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

A BIG thank you to our PTA for organising our fabulous summer fayre and to the whole school community for supporting the event. The total amount raised was an outstanding £1314.00! This will support all children in school as the money raised is going to buy new books for the classes and library.

As you know the weather forecast is for continuing sunshine and high temperatures, particularly at the beginning of the next week. The Met Office has issued red and amber warnings. To date, the DfE are not advising schools or other settings to close. They have asked schools to manage their own local circumstances and carry out a risk assessment in line with government guidance ‘Looking after children and those in early years settings during heatwaves.’

As we know, children cannot control their body temperatures as efficiently as adults during hot weather, so the following steps have been taken to reduce the risks.

· There will be no PE lessons on Monday or Tuesday.
· Children will be encouraged to drink cold water more than unusual. Please ensure your child has a re-fillable water bottle.
· Children can wear school PE kit to school as an option to school uniform.
· Children can wear sunhats with wide brims to avoid sunburn
· Children to arrive at school with sunscreen (at least factor 15 with UVA protection) on to protect skin.
· School will open windows as early as possible in the morning before children arrive to allow stored heat to escape from the building
· School will close windows when the outdoor air becomes warmer than the air indoors – this should help keep the heat out while allowing adequate ventilation
· School will keep the use of electric lighting to a minimum and switch off all electrical equipment when not in use.
· Most importantly, we will be keeping an eye on all children for any signs of heat illness.
Last week, we moved to having worships in the morning as the hall was simply too hot to sit in for long periods of time. It is with regret, that I need to inform Year 6 parents that we will be making a decision on Monday 3.00pm regarding the ‘Year 6 end of year assembly’.

If the hall is too hot on Monday afternoon following the measures above, a decision will be made to reschedule the date/time to ensure we safeguard the children. I realise that this is not ideal and may cause problems with rearranging time of work etc, but unfortunately, we must keep the children, staff and you as parents/carers/families safe.

Thank you for your co operation.

Please stay cool and safe this weekend.

Best wishes,
Mrs North