Kooth July Newsletter

This year’s school Summer holidays are now just around the corner and we want you to know that Kooth.com will be  available throughout to support young people in your area, the age range for Northumberland is 11-25.

For our July Kooth update, our focus is on making sure we are there to continue to provide support throughout the Summer, we have some specific Kooth resources related to this here, in addition to this Eid ul Adha is an extremely important event in July (19th-23rd) and we have some specific resources for this here.

Please see below our ‘What’s on Kooth in July?’ resource which highlights some of the discussion boards and live forums that can be accessed on the site during the month of July. If you wish to use or share this resource please find it here.

 

Other interesting things to look out for on Kooth this month are:

Interesting Articles

Summer’s Fruits & Veg: Let’s Get Fresh!

Euro 2020: Kicking off the summer fun

Relaxation Tips You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Kooth Podcasts

Our Positive Pastimes

The Power of our Pets

The Pressure of Expectations

(these are available on both Spotify and Apple Music) 

Please find here a link to our Kooth sign up guide should you wish to support any young people with gaining access to our online community.

 

Parentmail settings – How to receive messages to your email inbox

Dear Parents/ Carers

Please be advised, if you have downloaded the ‘Parentmail’ App all messages will automatically be sent to you within the APP unless you amend your preferences to send all messages via email.

Below are some snapshots on how to change your preferences should you like to receive messages direct to your email.Log in to the ‘Parentmail’  APP and go to ‘Settings

 

 

Then select ‘Email Preferences’

Then turn on the first toggle ‘Always Receive and Email’

 

Covid 19 Update 12-07-21

Dear Parent

 

Unfortunately we have continued to receive notification of further positive cases of Covid 19. I am so sorry that our pupils are once again experiencing disruption of their schooling. It is not the end of the year we were hoping for, and I know that there will be many pupils who will be disappointed that they can’t be in school. 

 

We are continuing to track and trace pupils to check their close contacts and we have nine classes where pupils have tested positive. In terms of the last day of isolation, this will not necessarily be the same for all pupils in the class as, in some cases, close contacts were asked to isolate before the need to send the whole class home arose. If you are in one of the isolating classes, to work out the last day of isolation for your child, you should look at when they were last in school and add ten days. So, for example, if your child is in 6DS and they were last in school on the 9th of July, then their last day of isolation would be midnight on the 19th July. as the isolation period is 10 full days. This will change if:

 

  • Your child subsequently developed symptoms: a new ten day isolation period will then start again from when they first developed symptoms. For example, if your child was last in school on the 8th July then was asked to self isolate, then they developed symptoms on the 10th July, their last day of isolation would be midnight on the 20th July.
  • Your child was asymptomatic but tested positive on a pcr test: a new ten day isolation period will then start again from when they received their test results. For example, if your child was last in school on the 8th July then was asked to self isolate, then they had the result of a pcr test on the 10th July, their last day of isolation would be midnight on the 20th July.

 

Following a conversation with public health, I would advise that anyone showing even the mildest of symptoms to book in for a pcr test. These symptoms have included a continuous cough, runny nose, headaches, sore eyes, and hayfever type symptoms. Here is the link to book in for a Covid19 PCR test: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/get-tested-for-coronavirus/

 

Thankyou to you all for keeping us updated over the weekend regarding any positive cases; please continue to report these to [email protected]

 

Self isolating pupils.

 

We will be putting a range of activities and tasks in the pupils’ PSHE classrooms. There is not a requirement for children to complete these, but they are there if pupils choose to do them. 

 

We know that pupils might be missing their classmates so we have scheduled some google meets as follows:

 

Monday 2.15pm: Year 7 and Year 8 class google meets with form teachers.

Monday 2.45pm: Year 5 and Year 6 class google meets with form teachers.

 

Wednesday 2.15pm: Year 7 and Year 8 class google meets with form teachers.

Wednesday  2.45pm: Year 5 and Year 6 class google meets with form teachers.

Friday 9.00am: Year 5 and 6 year group google meets.

Friday 10.00am: Year 7 and 8 year group google meets.

Friday 2.30pm: Whole school assembly google meet.

 

The links for all of these meetings will be posted in pupils’ PSHE classrooms.

 

Our admin team will be sending out information regarding collection of belongings, locker keys etc.

 

Finally, I know I have already said it over the weekend, but I would, once again, like to express my sincere thanks on behalf of us all at Ovingham Middle School for the overwhelming support and understanding you have shown to us over the past few days. Mrs Kemp and I have really appreciated your sanguine responses over the weekend!!

 

Please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you have any further questions about the end of term.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Covid19 Update 11-07-21

Dear Parent / Carer

 

I am sorry to disturb your weekend again but, further to my letter yesterday, the number of pupils reporting a positive case of Covid 19 has continued to rise. 

 

We apologise if we did not manage to speak to you yesterday if your child was in one of the affected classes but we were trying to deal with emails as they came in and the ever changing situation. Unfortunately, we will not be able to speak to every parent in person today and will instead send out communications via email. In addition to the classes reported yesterday we now have positive cases in 5DC and 8SQ. To confirm, these are now the classes where positive cases have been reported: 

 

5GR

5ET

5DC

6DS

7JL

7PA

8DG

8SQ

 

We also have positive lateral flow tests reported in 7OP so those pupils should self isolate until we receive the results of the PCR tests. 

 

Here again is the website to use to book in for a PCR test https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/get-tested-for-coronavirus/

 

Please will you report any positive PCR results as soon as you can to [email protected]

 

We will send out letters tomorrow to confirm the dates for the 10 days isolation to those classes who haven’t already received them, along with further correspondence regarding the end of term arrangements. 

 

I understand that this is very frustrating for many of you and I am so sorry that you are having to deal with this at this point in our school year. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns or further questions. 

 

Thank you from us all for your many messages of support.

 

Jenny Bullock

Headteacher

 

Advice to Self Isolate – 7OP

Dear Parent/Carer

 

We have been notified of a positive Lateral Flow Test in 7OP. Therefore your child will need to self isolate until we receive the results of their PCR test.

We will update you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation during this difficult time

 

Jenny Bullock

Headteacher

8SQ Advice to self isolate

Dear Parent/Carer

 

We have been notified of a positive Lateral Flow Test in 8SQ. Therefore your child will need to self isolate until we receive the results of their PCR test.

We will update you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation during this difficult time

 

Jenny Bullock

Headteacher

5DC- Advice for child to self isolate

Dear Parent/Carer

 

We have been notified of a further positive Lateral Flow Test in 5DC. Therefore your child will need to self isolate until we receive the results of their PCR test.

 

If your child is a part of the group already self isolating, they should continue to do so until the original specified date.

 

We will update you as soon as possible.

 

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation during this difficult time

 

Jenny Bullock

Headteacher

Covid 19 Update – 10/07/21

The below letter has been sent to all parents via parentmail this morning.

 

Dear Parent / Carer

 

Unfortunately, over the course of the last 72 hours we have had fourteen positive cases of coronavirus reported to us; 7 in the last 12 hours.

 

We are trying our best to work through all the close contacts and speak to parents in person as quickly as we can but I would like to confirm that positive cases have been reported in the following classes and therefore, in line with guidance, we will be asking pupils in those classes to self isolate for ten days and book for a PCR test. 

 

5GR

5ET

6DS

7JL

7PA

8DG

 

Given the rapid increase in the rate of infection in school, and in the area generally, I would suggest that, if you haven’t already done so, you book your child in for a PCR test. This can be done by logging onto https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/get-tested-for-coronavirus/

 

Please will you report any positive PCR results as soon as you can to [email protected]

 

We will send some further correspondence out to all parents as the situation evolves and as we have a clearer picture of the extent of the transmission of the virus.

 

Many thanks for your patience and understanding whilst we deal with this situation.

 

Jenny Bullock

Headteacher

 

Sports Roundup

What a week of sport it has been, not only for the England football team, but also here at OMS. We had the sport awards evenings on Wednesday and Thursday and today was our sports morning.

We are still in the process of sorting through all the videos and photos but wanted to share a few from today. Well done to all the competitors, everyone in the cheering squads, the sport leaders who helped organise events and the staff who made it all possible.

Check back next week for more updates!