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SCHOOL CALENDAR
NON-PUPIL DAY FRIDAY 23RD OCTOBER 2020
NEWS FROM THE EXECUTIVE HEAD TEACHER - Mrs Gail Holmes
Dear Parents,

I cannot believe we are coming to the end of our first half of term. Thank you for your patience and understanding with all the changes that have been implemented due to COVID-19, the children have adapted amazingly well and this is down to the support from our fantastic staff in school, parents and community.

Believe, Belong, Become
Over the next few months we will be sharing our new trust and school vision and your input into this is very important to us. I know it is very tricky with COVID-19 restrictions but we will be engaging with you to fully involve you in supporting and shaping the vision for our children. By working in partnership with you we aim to develop well-rounded students with core character virtues who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in the real-world.  
 
Covid-19 Update
I am sure you are aware of the increase in the reported cases of COVID-19 in the local area. We still remain at medium alert and we must all do our part to ensure we remain within this tier by continuing to follow the government guidelines.

Please click on the link below which is a message from Dawn Stabb, Head of Education and Learning in Devon.

https://www.devon.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/children-education/letter-to-schools-to-relay-to-parents-ahead-of-half-term-holiday/


 
COVID-19 symptoms or general illness?
I know it is hard to distinguish whether your child/children are suffering from general seasonal coughs and colds or they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms and we are very aware that testing availability is really llimited locally. Below is a reminder of the symptoms to look out for and what you should do if any member of your household display these symptoms.

Main symptoms
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
 
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.
For further information please see the link below.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
 
Below is a useful flow diagram to help parents
 
 
Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions we are unable to hold a whole school performance.  However, we have organised a performance per class which will be sent via dojo after half term. Each class has been working hard this week to perform and record their Harvest song so that we can share a virtual Harvest Festval with you this year!
This year more than ever we are aware of the need to support the most vulnerable members of our community. As previously requested in the past, we ask for donations of fresh veg, fruits or tins which we will donate to support vulnerable members of our community including our senior citizens and our local food bank. Please send donations to your child's classroom after half term for a collection on Friday 6th November.
We once again say Thank you for your continuing support.  
Just a reminder that the flu vaccination team will be in school on 7th December 2020 to give the children their annual nasal flu vaccination.
If you have a child who is school age and you would like them to have the immunisation please follow the following link to let us know whether you would like your child to participate if you have not already done so.
Thank You
ONLINE ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
All parents would have been sent the link to the Acceptable Use Policy, Dojo'd on 2nd October 2020.
 
If you wish your child to continue to use the internet and ICT systems in our school WE DO NEED YOU TO SUBMIT THIS FORM BACK TO US ASAP.
I have inserted the link here:
https://tinyurl.com/y66xen3k


The acceptable Use Policy is intended to ensure, that young people will be responsible users and stay safe while using the internet and other communications.
Everyone should be able to access the link to enable you to complete and sign the permission form.
If you encounter any difficulties, please contacted the Admin Team.
Thank you 
Time is running out for parents with Secondary Age Pupils to complete their applications for their preferred Secondary School Transfer.  The closing date for Online Applications is 31st October 2020.
The easiest way for you is to apply online by visiting http://www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline

If this is not possible you can contact Devon County's Customer Service Centre on 0345 155 1019.
Failing either of these options, you can request a copy of the application form from the school.
Thank you 

 
It may seem a bit early but Christmas dinner is now available to order on Schoolmoney. It will take place on the last day of term which is Friday 18th December. We would be very grateful if you could order as soon as possible to enable us to order the food.
Many thanks

ARE YOU ENTITLED TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS?
Parents/carers in receipt of the following support payments will be entitled to receive free school meals:
  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA)
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenueand Customs, that does not exceed £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Please Note that from 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their earnings rise above the new threshold during that time. In addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period.
Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary).
The Universal Credit rollout is currently expected to complete in March 2023.
 
Breaking News…. Combe Martin Primary School has a new PTFA Chairperson and Committee.
We are looking for some new faces, to bring fresh ideas and support in joining our friendly team of volunteers to help raise funds for our fabulous school. We are a friendly bunch of parents, grandparents and friends, who enjoy meeting for coffee to throw ideas around and investigate new ways of fundraising.
It is a great opportunity to not only help raise money for our school to purchase new equipment and improve school facilities, but also encourages a good community involvement and allows us to bring the village and surrounding areas closer together.
During this difficult and trying time some of us have reservations about meeting and government guidelines only allow 6 to meet, but we are coming up with new ways to still be involved, albeit online or through social media so we can still help to build a better future for Combe Martin Primary School.
If you would like some more information about joining our group, please contact Sarah Webb, email- sjwebb08@gmail.com or 07932497245
A big thank you to all the parents who are successfully ordering their child's lunches online. 
There are a few parents who are not ordering their lunches and not providing a packed lunch. We are unable to add meals on the day as we need to order the food in advance. You will be contacted and asked to bring a packed lunch if the meal is not ordered online.


If you have not received a text or email, or are having problems with the system please contact the Admin Office and we will do our best to help you.

  
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO ASC & BC ON FRIDAY 23RD OCTOBER 2020 DUE TO A NON-PUPIL DAY.

Our AFTER SCHOOL CARE facility will be a available from 3.05 - 5.30pm each day and held in the old 'Tiddler' building. Prices vary from 1 hour @ 3.00 to a fuill session £6.75.  Discount for siblings.
Key Stage 1 pupils will be collected from their classrooms and taken over to the ASC Lead.  Key Stage 2 will make their own way over across the playground.
A direct telephone line to the setting is 01271 883134.  This number can be used after 4.30pm as the main school number is set to answer machine from this time. 
BREAKFAST CLUB  is available from Monday - Friday 7.40am - 8.40pm.  This is also held in the Tiddler building.  KS1 pupils will be escorted to their classrooms a the end of the session, and KS2 will follow the one way system back to their classrooms.
Each session is £2.25.  
Please book online vt 5.00pm the previous evening, so a register can be printed off and passed to the Breakfast Care Leader for the next morning. 
If you have any queries, please contact the Admin Team. 
 
Tiddlers is now being run in the Tiny Tiddlers building. We have a fantastic new and improved outside space and still have a few spaces available if you require one. 
You can check if your child is entitled to the 2 year old funding or the extended entitlement of 30 hours for 3+ years at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk 

We will be having the flu vaccination team into school during the morning of  Monday 7th December 2020 to see all children between reception and year 6, this will be administered adhering to all up to date Infection Control, PPE and social distancing guidance at the time.

Flu vaccination is one of most effective interventions we have to reduce pressure on the health and social care system which is going to be more important than ever this year.  For this reason, it is essential we deliver the vaccine to as many children as possible to prevent the spread of infection to those most at risk in society.

In light of the above we are expecting demand to be high and therefore we urge you to follow the below link to consent to your child’s vaccination now if you have not already done so. You will also find answers to your FAQ’s on this link.

 

https://schoolimms.virgincare.co.uk/flu/2020/devon

More detail online...
Class 5 will be swimming every Thursday afternoon this half term. 
Sessions will be from Thursday 17th September – Thursday 22nd October

Swimming is part of the PE National Curriculum and all children will be expected to take part. As you are aware, the costs of transport and the hire of the pool and any instruction falls directly onto the school and whilst  we have endeavoured to keep costs at a minimum, and is greatly subsidised by the school budget.  A weekly contribution of £4.00 or the full 6 weekly sessions @ £24 can be paid online weekly or in full. Please see the letter sent home regarding times and clothing required.


 
School Uniform
As previously informed, you may now order directly from our supplier for your school uniform and accessories.  We believe this will be a quicker and more convenient service for you.
We will continue to stock only a SMALL selection of SWEATSHIRTS ONLY in each size. Cardigans, book bags, PE bags, T-Shirts and Polo Shirts with logos can be ordered only from the shop retailer. You will not be able to order these items now on Scopay.
Plain white Polo shirts & PE-shirts can be bought at a selection of retailers including your local supermarket!

Please visit their shop at the address below.
Express Embroidery
Tracey Stantiford
3 Moxham Court
EX32 8HR
(By Barnstaple Bus Station)

Your may also email your uniform order directly to them  wathen528@aol.com
Thank you



 
Unfortunately at this time we are unable to provide extra curricular activities outside of school hours. This will continue until at least half term. 
We hope to resume these clubs as soon as we are able to.
Medicines form

Term Dates 2020 - 2021

Autumn Half term 26th - 30th October 2020

Last day of Autumn Term 18th December 2020

First day of Spring Term 5th January 2021

Spring Half-term 15th - 19th February, 2021.

Last day of Spring term is Wednesday 31st March, 2021.

Summer Term begins on 19th April, 2021.

School closed for Bank Holiday 3rd May 2021

Summer Half-term 31st May - 4th June 2021

Last day of the Summer term is Thursday 22nd July 2021.
Combe Martin School is part of the Alumnis Multi-Academy Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 11409631
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