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Update - 04/03/21

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please find a letter from the Local Authority regarding the wider opening of schools next week.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school office or your child's teacher.

With best wishes,

Mr Perkins

Return to school Update 8th March

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I hope you have had a lovely weekend.  I have attached the letter outlining our plans for the children's return to school next Monday.  Our current Risk Assessment remains in place and we have added to this in some instances.  I have added at the bottom of the table a few questions which you may have.  If you have nay questions, please speak to your child's teacher this week when they make their weekly call.

 

As you may have seen in the news, the Government is promoting testing as part of its response to opening schools more widely.  Primary school children are not part of the on site testing which is happening in high schools.  However, if you would like to have your child tested, you can use the local testing centres to do so and you may choose to have your child tested before they come back to school on Monday.  This is not a requirement.  To further reassure you, the majority of staff are taking part in asymptomatic testing twice a week.

 

We are all looking forward to having the children back in school next week and settling them back into school life before the Easter break.

 

With best wishes,

 

Mr Perkins

 

Opening Letter

 

Friday Newsletter Update

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I hope you are all well and you had a lovely half term.  I know you'll have lots of questions about the children's return to school following the announcement by the Government on Monday.  I am sorry - I did put a message on Tuesday about this!  I met with my senior leadership team this week to discuss our plans and I am planning to communicate our plans with you on Monday.

 

However, just to keep you informed on the decisions we have made already.  We are planning for a full return of all children on Monday 8th March at the children's staggered times and before/after school will be available.  I will communicate how you will need to book into these services on Monday.

 

With very best wishes,

 

Mr Perkins 

 

 

Update: Parent Governor Vacancy

Dear Parent/Carers,

 

I hope you are all keeping well and you had a lovely half term.  Following on from the announcement by the Prime Minister last night, we are delighted that all children will be returning to school from 8th March.  However, as you can imagine, this will take a lot of planning and care to ensure that it is done safely for all our school community.

I will be meeting with my senior leaders this week to discuss our plans following the publication of Government guidance.  Following this, I will be discussing the plans with Governors.  After this, I will be able to share our plans with you.  I am hoping to do this early next week.  

 

I know this has been a disruptive time during lockdown for you and your children and we all have valued your support.  I believe it is important to plan carefully for a safe return and appreciate the time to discuss this with senior leaders first.  As you may know, we only got the information about opening schools at the same time as you last night.

 

I will be publishing how to ask questions about our return with our plan next week.  Therefore, if you could keep your questions until then, I would be most grateful.

 

Kind Regards

 

Mr Perkins

 

 

Update Wednesday 10th February - Reminder about Class Teams Meeting

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Further to communication by teachers over the last week and the newsletter, just a quick reminder about the Class Teams meeting this Friday.  For further information, please contact your child's classteacher via their email.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Mr Perkins

 

Update Tuesday 9th February - Update from Sue Forster

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I hope you are keeping safe and well.  I have been asked to share the following blog from Sue Forster, Director of Public Health for St Helens.  If you click on the link below, it will take you to the blog.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Mr Perkins

 

https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/dphblog

 

 

 

Update Monday 1st February - Webinar on Reading

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I hope you are keeping safe and well.  Literacy Counts, our specialist reading and writing provider, are offering a free webinar on Thursday 11th February on reading.  Their programme Steps to Read is used by teachers to support the teaching of reading in school and the webinar should offer some excellent hints and tips to support you with your child's reading at home during lockdown and beyond.  I have included information about the webinar below with the necessary login details.

 

I hope you'll be able to attend one of the sessions and they are useful to you.

 

Take care,

 

Mr Perkins

 

Read With Me
 
FREE Parent & Carers Webinar - Thursday 11th February 2021
 
This first session aims to help you: 

  • develop a love of reading with your child 
  • listen and respond to your child as a reader 
  • support positive interactions around books  
  • encourage conversations about books 
     

This free webinar includes practical ‘take away’ activities and solutions for reading to and with your primary school child. 


Warm regards


Gareth and the Literacy Counts team.

 

Zoom Access Links:

3pm-4pm
https://zoom.us/j/9147888321 8?pwd=V3VVQVdPdG5wVTNyT 3d3SmhieW5vQT09
Meeting ID: 914 7888 3218
Passcode: 777418

 

7pm-8pm (Repeated)
https://zoom.us/j/9744236766 3?pwd=Tk16Q0IrQk5sSVN0YUN 2MEdpVmVLdz09
Meeting ID: 974 4236 7663
Passcode: 489265

 

 

 

Update Monday 25th January - Staff Testing

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I hope you are all keeping well.  From today, staff are able to test themselves twice a week if they wish to do so as part of the Government's drive to find people who may be carrying Covid-19 without displaying any symptoms.  All staff will be testing themselves before coming to work.  If, after a thorough risk assessment, we are not able to staff a bubble because of positive cases, the class bubble will close.  This is only in the event of positive cases amongst staff and would result in a bubble closure anyway.  However, it may be incredibly short notice if we have to close a bubble in this situation.  I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause at short notice.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Mr Perkins

 

 

Letter from Susan Forster (Director of Public Health) and Jim Leivers (Director of Children's Services)

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I hope you are keeping well.  I have attached a letter from two Directors in St Helens concerning the rising rates of Coronavirus across the Mersey City Region and the need to only send children to school (Key worker) if absolutely needed.

 

If you have any questions, please ring or email the office.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mr Perkins

 

Letter from Director of Health and Director of Children's Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update Friday 8th January 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I hope you are keeping well.  I have attached the usual Friday weekly newsletter below.  Unless there are any significant developments during the week, I will be now be updating you via the newsletter every Friday during lockdown.  It has been fantastic to see and hear about so much interaction with our our remote Learning.  Despite Gavin Williamson (Education Secretary) announcement on Wednesday, I would ask that you contact your child's teacher first if you wish to ask/query/concerns about the Jotter Learn and, if you remain unhappy, follow it up with myself.

 

Stay safe,

 

With warm wishes,

 

Mr Perkins

 

Newsletter

  

FAQs - Version 1 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On behalf of the staff and children here at Willow Tree Primary School, I would like to welcome you to our school and thank you for visiting our website.  At Willow Tree, we pride ourselves on our warm and friendly atmosphere and hope that new parents and children will quickly feel part of our school family.  It has been a privilege to be appointed as Headteacher of such a fantastic school and I look forward to working with you all over the coming months and years.

Our high expectations match the high quality teaching and pastoral care our children receive, regardless of their starting points or abilities. This guarantees that they have a great beginning to their learning journey at our school.It is important to us that the children are happy, confident and resilient and enjoy their learning, making the most of all the opportunities we have to offer. We ensure that all learning is purposeful and linked to children`s own experiences so they are engaged, challenged and become highly effective problem solvers and communicators.

Our curriculum is creative, inclusive and exciting. It provides children with a broad range of learning experiences which seek to nurture talents and acquire new skills in a hands-on and engaging way. It is our aim for all children to have a deeper understanding of the world around them and to become responsible and caring citizens of the future.

We hope that during their time with us your children will become confident, articulate, and inquisitive and endeavour to work in partnership with parents to achieve the very best provision for every individual.

I hope that you enjoy reading about what we have to offer. We have a latest news section towards the bottom of this page it's worth checking for updates as often as you can. We also have a Facebook and Twitter showing off what we do in school!

 

If you are looking for something in particular and are unable to find it, please don`t hesitate to contact the school and we will be happy to answer your questions. 

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