The Saddest Day
We restarted the term with some lovely things happening during the week at school, and I have shared lots of photos here below and on the class facebook pages. There’s been great joy shared from the children as they came together again after the festive break. KS1 visited the beach and the Aquarium and Y5/6 welcomed OASES (Outdoor And Sustainability Education Specialists). This team inspired the children about how to save the world by being kinder to our natural environment. And early years children now know about ‘Sprout’s Celebration’ as they learn how to recycle.
However a shock wave went through school at the end of the week as we learned on Thursday about the untimely and sudden death of our lovely Y4 pupil Lyla Ives. As I shared in my letter on Thursday, Lyla was kind, compassionate, considerate and popular in the local community as she played out with friends across lots of year groups. She was happy go lucky, always liked to do the right thing and she has left an indelible print on our hearts.
At CVPS we feel the school is an extended family to us all and we are so devastated to lose one of our own – we ask that families let us know if their child needs additional bereavement support over and above what is offered particularly for those children in Y4. The Y4 class will be supported and monitored closely in terms of their social and emotional needs over coming weeks and Gemma as our Thrive Coordinator will visit regularly and stay in close contact with staff.
We plan to make sure that the children continue to receive as much normality as possible, and at the right time we will talk to Lyla’s family and ask our children to plan some ideas of how we can best remember this special little girl who we will miss so much.
We have collated a batch of useful website links here where you can find out more about how to support your child at home with the most difficult conversations about the loss of a close friend or loved one.
New Isolation rules
Since Wednesday 22 December, the 10 day self-isolation period for people who record a positive PCR
test result for COVID-19 has been reduced to 7 days in most circumstances, unless you cannot test for any reason. Individuals may now take LFD tests on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period. Those who receive two negative test results are no longer required to complete 10 full days of selfisolation. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period and tests must be taken 24 hours
apart. This also applies to children under 5, with LFD testing at parental or guardian discretion.
If both these test results are negative, and you do not have a high temperature, you may end your self-isolation after the second negative test result and return to your education or childcare setting from day 7.
Padlet: Managing Bereavements and Loss in Northumberland Schools (padlet.org)
Winston’s Wish: Winston’s Wish – giving hope to grieving children
Anna Freud: Dealing with loss and bereavement | Grief and Loss guide for young
people | Anna Freud Centre
Cruz Bereavement: Supporting children and young people – Cruse Bereavement
Paul’s Outdoor Idea
Happy New Year to you all. This week’s activity involves our senses and looking around our environment. On your travels, to and from school this week, I would love you to record what you can see, hear, smell, touch and taste (be careful with taste!)
Examples, tree, leaves, sun, apples
As always we would love to see your efforts on Facebook or feel free to bring into school too
– thank you.
Kindness champion – Ryan Wells (Y4)
Gold celebration: Anabelle Lister