SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE

Friday 3rd April 

Dear parents and carers,

 

Firstly,  I hope you are managing to stay well and as safe as possible during this time which is presenting each of us with different daily circumstances and challenges. Thank you for the many messages of thanks and support over the past two weeks, feedback from you has overwhelmingly indicated we are doing a good job in trying our best to keep our school running “virtually”. I have been asked many times about when the school is likely to open again, and the simple answer is that we don’t know. We, like you, hear updates on the news daily and as soon as anything changes I will update you. I do know we won’t be reopening in the very near future, so would like to give you an update on how we will continue in the coming weeks.

In terms of online provision, our aim from the outset has been to provide not only educational activities but contact for your children with their teachers and school while we are closed. As well as your feedback,  the response from children themselves within their Google Classrooms has been extremely positive. The government has passed emergency legislation stating that schools are not obliged to deliver the National Curriculum during the COVID-19 crisis, however we aim to maintain our online provision throughout.  

You may be aware that the two week Easter break begins on Monday.  One of this week’s challenges has been to organise online provision for the next two weeks that meets the needs of your children and you, as well as the wellbeing needs of the teachers. We are really lucky to have such committed staff in our school and, following consultation, they are very keen to continue with a modified online classroom. Each day there will be an English game, Maths game and story time posted. In addition, 10 cross-curricular activities will be posted for you to choose across the holiday, as well as the popular story videos.  Our nursery team will continue to upload their daily story videos.

Also, a teacher will be online daily (week days only) for 1 hour. In order to give our teachers a break, it will not be your child’s class teacher daily, but a teacher from their phase who they (Reception, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2). This time online will be for the children to chat with the teacher. Please be aware that they will not be able to respond to any previous comments.  Please also remember that you can only login to our Google Classrooms using your child’s account. 

These are the times that your year groups will be chatting:

Reception: 10am- 11am 

Key Stage 1: Year 1 and 2: 11am- 12pm

Lower Key Stage 2: Year 3 and 4: 10pm-11pm

Upper Key Stage 2: Year 5 and 6: 11am- 12pm

We have tried to space out the timings for those of you who are sharing devices. The children do not need to be logged in every day, or for the full hour and they will be able to see the stream of chat at any time. Please note that teachers will not be online on Good Friday 10th April or Easter Monday 13th April as they are Bank Holidays.

I would like to take the opportunity to reiterate that there is absolutely no pressure or expectation to do everything that is online every day (either during the break or during term time), but only what your child(ren) can manage each day- we do understand that many of our families have children of all ages at home as well and that logging on daily just is not possible and also know that many of you are working from home. The online work and presence is intended to be a support for your children and you, not to cause extra and unnecessary pressure. 

You may choose to take a complete break for two weeks, and that is absolutely fine too!

For those of you who are accessing our provision at Invicta Deptford for children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response, you will continue to receive separate communication.

With very best wishes to you all,

Vicki Cuff

Executive Headteacher

Thursday 26th March

Coronavirus Update

 

Dear parents and carers,

 Our Blackheath school is closed, and our emergency provision is running out of Invicta Deptford (for key worker children only). If you have any questions please call our Deptford site on 020 8692 9157, or email admin@invictaprimary.co.uk

 

Free School Meals

For children who are registered to receive free school meals, we will be sending out e - vouchers to the value £25 for a 2 week period. This is only for children who are registered, and not all of the children who currently receive Universal Free School meals. If you have not received  an email from Kate Fry detailing the voucher process, please email her on  kate.fry@invictaprimary.co.uk

 

Communication and information

We will continue to contact you via text or this web page when there are any changes to the situation. We will also do this as we become more aware of support services for families who need help at this time. 

 

Children’s Services at Royal Borough of Greenwich are working on a coordinated response to the situation, including provision of school meals and other services for those of you in a vulnerable position.  Updates, including how to sign up for email alerts, directly from the Royal Borough of Greenwich can be found here. To sign up for updates from the Borough of Lewisham click here

 

Finances

Over the coming weeks, our finance officer will be looking to refund any credits (excluding childcare vouchers) to you. If you have any questions about this please contact the office on admin@invictaprimary.co.uk

 

Safety

Information about how you can report concerns to Greenwich about a child’s safety during school closure can be found here

 

These are challenging and uncertain times for us all and we hope to reduce any sense of isolation for your children and you with our plan. Our contact details are below, should you need them.

 

Finally, thank you for the many messages of support and thanks during this time. People often comment on Invicta’s sense of community and during this difficult time we have been reminded again of how lucky we are to work with you all. 

 

We wish you and your loved ones the very best at this time, and hope to see you all soon. 

 

We will miss you!

Friday 20th March

 

Dear parents and carers,

 

As you know, the Prime Minister has advised all schools be closed until further notice, from the end of today. We have been preparing for this time and our programme of online learning will be available from 9am on Monday 23rd March. Our home learning plan is a combination of daily learning activities as well as providing the children an opportunity to have regular online connection with their teacher and class, which we think will be vital during the coming weeks.  

 

Free School Meals

For children who are registered to receive free school meals, we will be continuing a service while the school is shut. Please come and collect a lunch daily to take away between 12.00 and 1.00 from the school office. Children will not be able to stay at school to eat it though. This is only for children who are registered, and not all of the children who currently receive Universal Free School meals. Call the office if you have any questions. 

 

Resources for home learning

Children who were in school today have brought home a pack of notebooks, pencil and ruler along with this letter to our children explaining how their home learning will happen on Google Classroom while we are closed. For anyone who didn’t get a pack you are welcome to collect from school today or from the school office next week between 9 and 3pm. If you need a reminder of how Google classroom works please follow this link This might also be a good time to discuss online safety with children, and remember that young children especially should be supervised online. There is lots of advice on our online safety webpage, including how to set parental controls on devices which we highly recommend. 

 

We recognise that many of you have children in more than one class and understand they may not be able to be online all at once, but please do try to enable your children to access their Google Classroom across the week at some of the times when their teachers are online. Don’t forget there is a Google Classroom App that can be downloaded for phones and other devices, so access doesn’t have to be only on a laptop, chromebook or computer. 

 

Communication and information

We will continue to contact you via text or this web page when there are any changes to the situation. We will also do this as we become more aware of support services for families who need help at this time. 

 

Children’s Services at Royal Borough of Greenwich are working on a coordinated response to the situation, including provision of school meals and other services for those of you in a vulnerable position.  Updates, including how to sign up for email alerts, directly from the Royal Borough of Greenwich can be found here. To sign up for updates from the Borough of Lewisham click here

 

Finances

Over the coming weeks, our finance officer will be looking to refund any credits (excluding childcare vouchers) to you. If you have any questions about this please contact the office on admin@invictaprimary.co.uk

 

Safety

Information about how you can report concerns to Greenwich about a child’s safety during school closure can be found here

 

These are challenging and uncertain times for us all and we hope to reduce any sense of isolation for your children and you with our plan. Our contact details are below, should you need them.

 

Finally, thank you for the many messages of support and thanks during this time. People often comment on Invicta’s sense of community and during this difficult time we have been reminded again of how lucky we are to work with you all. 

 

We wish you and your loved ones the very best at this time, and hope to see you all soon. 

 

We will miss you!



Vicki Cuff                                          Jodie Cawte                                                       Victoria Gallagher

Executive Headteacher                Head of Invicta Deptford                              Head of Invicta Blackheath

 v.cuff@invictaprimary.co.uk        j.cawte@invictaprimary.co.uk                 v.gallagher@invictaprimary.co.uk

 

Home Learning Letter to Children Click HERE

 

Thursday 19th March 

You will have most likely heard that the government has instructed that all schools must close from the end of tomorrow, Friday 20th March 2020.

We already have lots of self isolating families who have been accessing the links we’ve uploaded to the Google Classrooms and on Monday our programme of online learning will be available from 9am on Google Classroom. If you are having trouble logging on please check out the instructions here. Remember Google Classroom can be accessed from phones and other devices as well as laptops or Chromebooks etc. We are also working hard to get home learning packs out to you...more information about that tomorrow. 

Thank you to everyone who has completed our survey to help us plan for provision during school closure, we will be contacting some of you directly too. If you have not completed it please do so now. 

We are working very hard on the organisation of our provision, having heard about closures at the same time as you last night. This planning is quite difficult as there was some lack of clarity in the information given, however the government will be giving more details, including a list of key worker professions later today so I will update you again tomorrow.

Finally, Lots of people have asked about how they can help. Greenwich has set up a system for people who want to volunteer.. If you’d like to sign up here is the link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdOxKGTsLqSgM8fPTUE8dY0IoMDFLPo-HJ9EH110HZuNJsnZA/viewform

Best wishes

Vicki Cuff

Wednesday 18th March 

Everyone should have now received their Google log in. Please see here  for how to access Google Classroom. If you have any questions , please email your class teacher in the first instance. 

There are links to educational websites in everyone's Google Classroom for self isolating children and our programme of home learning will be provided if the school is required to close. 

Thank you for your continued understanding and support.

Tuesday 17th March

We are working hard to make sure life carries on as normal as possible for our children.

You may be aware that the Government guidelines changed last night, and now anyone with a persistent fever or cough should stay at home for 14 days. This measure also extends to anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms. Please take notice of this advice and note that we will call parents/ carers should we have concerns about the health of any children in school.

As from 16th March all school trips (including swimming and sports competitions) will be cancelled until at least after Easter.

Class assemblies for parents and carers are also postponed until further notice.

There are links to educational websites in everyone's Google Classroom for self isolating children and our programme of home learning will be provided if the school is required to close.     

Thank you for your continued understanding and support. 

Friday 13th March

 

We are currently receiving regular updates from the Government and, inline with current advice from the Department for Education and Public Health England, our school is open as usual.

 

In line with current guidance, anyone with a new and persistent cough, and/or a high temperature should self-isolate and stay away from school for at least 7 days.  Further information from the Government can be found at the link below.

Stay at home guidance: Click HERE

 Letters to Parents/Carers 

Friday 13th March 2020 Click HERE
Thursday 12th March 2020 Click HERE

 

We will keep our school community updated via the school website.  

Please use the internet for advice about symptoms and call NHS 111 if your symptoms worsen.

Please do keep in contact with the school using our contact number 0208 858 3831 (Invicta Blackheath) /  0208 692 9157 (Invicta Deptford) or email admin@invictaprimary.co.uk

 

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