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Date: 16th Mar 2020 @ 1:14pm
Urgent Update Notice 4th February 2021
Urgent - due to a small Covid outbreak in school, to protect our pupils, their families, our staff, & our communities we will be closed from tomorrow 05/02/21, until after February half term. All learning will now be online. Please see Headteacher letter below.
Urgent Update Notice 28th January 2021
If anyone in your household has any illness symptoms, please keep your child at home until COVID-19 is ruled out. We are having children come in to school when there are symptoms in the family and then positive tests happening. This could close the school to everyone and make staff and pupils very ill. Thank you.
Headteacher Letters 2020 2021
Please see below letters to parents and carers on the Coronavirus, safeguarding advice and support and the school plan.
St Helens Borough Council - September Attendance
Please see parents information below from the Educational Welfare Service at St Helens Council regarding the attendance of all pupils in school from September 2020.
Please see below the St Helens Borough Council new website page ‘Back to School’. This is a new website for parents, carers and their children and is part of the ‘All in’ attendance strategy. The site contains the latest government guidance for parents, some videos relating to top tips and will be added to as new documents are developed.
Please see below letters to parents and carers on the Coronavirus, safeguarding advice and support and the school plan 2019 2020.
Headteacher Letters 2019 2020
Safeguarding & Advice
Online internet safety advice - please see our Parents Page for the latest help and advice. Also the NSPCC keeping children safe online website link below https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/?gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-YvV7uHG6AIVVuDtCh1n9w0EEAAYAyAAEgI50fD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
Home Learning Update
Work will remain available throughout the summer on the Penkford School website Home Learning Tab for all classes. In addition there are online learning tabs for -:
- BBC Bitesize Online Learning
- John Muir Trust Online Learning
- Oak Acadamy Online Learning
- Think U Know Online Safety At Home Activities
Date: 16th Mar 2020 @ 12:19pm
Helpful information differences between COVID19, the flu and common cold symptoms. See NHS visual reference infographic below.
Advice If Your Child Is Unwell
Please see advice for parents during coronavirus if your child is generally unwell. A red, amber and green traffic light system guide has been developed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to enable parents to assess when they should be seeking help.
Parenting Through COVID-19
Please see advice and help for parenting through covid-19 from St Helens Council below
Please see below an information book to help explain the coronavirus and a child friendly guide to Coronavirus.
An information book for primary school age children to help explain the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. It answers lots of questions in a child-friendly way, and aims to both inform and reassure. Published by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Axel, the text had expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and also two headteachers and a child psychologist.
Have you talked to your children about the Coronavirus? How can you bring up the virus in a way that will be appropriate and reassuring for children?
Manuela Molina @mindheart.kids has created the Covibook, a short story to help families and educators in this process.
The Covibook will:
• Invite children to express how they are feeling and validate their emotions.
• Create a neuroception of safety when seeing the virus as a cartoon.
• Comfort them by explaining that caregivers will keep them safe.
• Introduce some precaution measures that will allow them to feel empowered.
Family Wellbeing and Child Support
The following links about family wellbeing and child support.
Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
Carers UK - Guidance for carers: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19
UNHCR - The following link is a Coronavirus storybook for children from UNHCR to help children aged 6-11 cope with coronavirus. The book is available online and as an audiobook and is currently available in six languages, with over 30 more planned. Click through this press release to multiple language versions. https://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2020/4/5e8ecdba4/childrens-storybook-released-help-children-young-people-cope-covid-19.html
NSPCC "Speak Out Stay Safe" Virtual Assembly
Click the link below to watch the ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ virtual School assembly. The assembly focuses on anxiety, including the worries that children are facing during the coronavirus crisis, why they may feel anxious or worried and ways they can be supported. #Safeguarding #StaySafeSpeakOut
New 24/7 Crisis Line to Support People's Mental Health
What to do if you need urgent mental health help:
Please call and our dedicated local crisis lines and NHS staff will support you to access the help you need: If you live in Halton, Knowsley, St Helens or Warrington call 01925 275 309. If you live in Wigan call 01942 636 395
- The crisis lines are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are open to people of all ages –including children and young people.
- The crisis lines are now the first port of call for mental health crisis help –it is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you. If you call NHS111 you may have to wait longer for help and will be redirected to this local service.
- Please note, A&E and 999 are not the best places to get help for the majority of mental health problems –call our crisis line to be directed to the best local service to support you.
- You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have a life-threatening emergency requiring immediate mental or physical health assistance.
- For non-urgent help and general wellbeing advice, North West Boroughs Healthc information and links to resources to support people with anxiety, low-mood, and worries relating to the current Covid-19 pandemic: www.nwbh.nhs.uk/coronavirus
Healthy Eating Advice
Please find below government guidance, ideas and tips available online to support families in preparing healthy meals that contribute to a healthy balanced diet.
Date: 4th Mar 2020 @ 2:52pm
The government have now released a document for parents and carers containing relevant information for the current lockdown. Please see link below. The document contains sections on school attendance (who should be offered a place and why places may be limited). The document reiterates that parents will not be penalised for keeping children off school and that they expect schools to authorise the absence.
Page 6 states the following:
"Schools and colleges will continue to record attendance during the national lockdown and will follow up any absences of pupils who they expect to attend. If you wish your child to be absent, we expect schools to authorise the absence. There will not be any penalties for absence during this time"
Page 11 contains a useful link for parents regarding online safety.
Page 16 contains actions parents should take to limit the spread of the virus.
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home:
Coronavirus Action Plan
Coronavirus action plan has been launched by the Government. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.
The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan
The document includes:
- what we know about the virus and the disease it causes
- how we have planned for an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current coronavirus outbreak
- the actions we have taken so far in response to the current coronavirus outbreak
- what we are planning to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes
- the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes – also help in delaying the peak of the infection.
Date: 3rd Mar 2020 @ 8:14am
We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
Today, we have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.
Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:
Date: 26th Feb 2020 @ 3:49pm
Please see updated advice - 25/02/20 from Public Health England Re: COVID–19 Advice for schools and educational settings. Below is a copy of the letter and website links for further information for the public.
Date: 14th Jan 2020 @ 12:31pm
Please be advised that we have amended our 2019 2020 school holiday dates. We have made a change to our Inset Days. Letters have been sent home to all parents and carers. Please see our school holiday dates page for more details. Any queries please contact school.
Date: 18th Dec 2019 @ 11:01am
Check out the following links provided by CEOP for tips on how you can make sure that young people are safer online, over the Christmas period and beyond.
Date: 8th Nov 2019 @ 8:03am
In partnership with St Helen's Park Ranger Service, pupils from Penkford have adopted a stretch of woodland adjacent to school that is part of Sankey Valley Park. Pupils have began exploring the woodland as part of the KS2 Science curriculum and have carried out litter-picking activities. Further activities will include Forest School lessons, habitat creation and conservation in a bid to encourage local wildlife to increase usage of the woodland. This is one of a number of initiatives that our pupils are involved in that directly enhances their local environment and enables them to become active members of their community.
Date: 5th Nov 2019 @ 11:30am
Please find below various Bonfire night safety guides and videos to help your child stay safe
KS3 & 4 - https://www.twfire.gov.uk/safety-advice/celebrate/use-fireworks-safely/ (scroll down to bottom of the page for the short video / information guide)
Date: 27th May 2019 @ 3:53pm
This is a crime prevention project which focuses on tackling knife crime and other gang related crimes within the region, through raising awareness of the wider impacts these types of crime have on family members and the wider community.A group of Y8 and Y9 pupils from Penkford School were invited this week to participate in a Media Workshop called ‘Merseyside is Bright’ project at Radio City. Podcast recordings can be listened to using the media file below.
Pupils spent the day at the top of the Radio City Tower, one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings, and were able to put their media skills to the test through working in small groups to create a 30 second advert that will be used as part of the Merseyside is Bright campaign.
Date: 29th Mar 2019 @ 1:23pm
Tesco Bags of Help Scheme have offered Penkford School a grant for the purpose of developing outdoor learning at Penkford School. Penkford School would like to thank Tesco's customers who have chosen to support and vote for this project. Voting was held at Tesco stores between Tuesday 1st January to Thursday 28th February 2019.
Tesco community grants fund thousands of local projects right across the UK. Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events.
Date: 28th Mar 2019 @ 4:16pm
Please see below the following information regarding a Mothers Day Family Walk organised by Business For Youth.
Date: 28th Feb 2019 @ 1:11pm
In light of the recent Safeguarding concerns in relation to the online internet game called Momo, please see information and advice below re: ‘Everything you need to know about the Momo challenge’.
Date: 3rd Dec 2018 @ 9:24am
St Helens Library Service is offering even more opportunity for reading for pleasure with the launch of our new e-book and e-comic services
RB Digital Comics gives avid comics fans 24/7 access to a range of the very best Marvel titles available to read via Android, Apple, Kindle Fire or PC. With a roster of well-loved characters such as Avengers, Black Panther, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man and X-Men; library members get to experience these thrilling adventures first hand – for free.
In addition, our new eBook and eAudiobook service, BorrowBox enables 24/7 access to a wide range of the very best fiction and non-fiction titles and audio-books available to download via Android, Apple, Kindle Fire or PC. Many of the children's eAudiobooks in the collection are fully-realised audio dramas, featuring immersive sound effects and voices.
Any form of reading, whether it’s a classic novel or a comic book, is something that we as a library service will always look to encourage.
To find out more, visit: www.sthelens.gov.uk/libraries and click on the eBook Services link - or come on down to your local library and we will help you to use this great new offer.
Date: 21st Nov 2018 @ 4:49pm
Bags of Help is Tesco’s exciting local community grant scheme where the money raised from the sale of carrier bags is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.
Launched in 2015, Bags of Help sees charities and community organisations awarded grants to fund local projects.
Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000. Customers are given a token when they buy their shopping that they can use to make their choice using the voting units in most stores.
Penkford School's application has been successful and our project will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores during January and February 2019. Penkford will use the grant money to purchase outdoor education and Forest School equipment for our pupils to use.
The stores that you can vote in during January and February 2019 are:
Haydock Superstore WA11 0TH
Haydock Vicarage Express WA11 0AY
Newton-Le-Willows Superstore WA12 9NB
Date: 16th Oct 2018 @ 1:29pm
Rainhill High School - LFC U19 V's Red Star Belgrade - youth football match on Wednesday 24th of October at the Totally Wicked Stadium St Helens. Please see attached flyer for tickets.
Date: 14th Sep 2018 @ 7:58am
Rainhill High School and LFC V's Paris Saint Germain - stars in the making youth football match on Tuesday 18th of September at the Totally Wicked Stadium St Helens. Please see attached flyer for tickets.
Date: 22nd Jun 2018 @ 4:08pm
Volunteers needed at St Helens Carers Centre.
Are you looking to make a difference?
Do you want to boost your skills and CV?
Would you like to meet people and be part of a fun friendly team?
Please see the attached information leaflet for more details.
Date: 12th Jun 2018 @ 3:51pm
Stand Up to Bullying Day was launched in 2016 with the support of HRH The Duke of Cambridge. The day seeks to bring the nation together to take a collective stand against all forms of bullying, whether in school, the workplace or elsewhere.
Last year the campaign reached over three million people with famous faces such as Jessie J, James McVey and numerous MPs joining the nation to #StandUpToBullying.
Standing up means being an upstander, not a bystander. It means calling others out when their actions are unkind, reporting conversations online that don't look right and creating a community that will speak out and stand up to bullying.
At Penkford School both pupils and staff will be discussing the Stand Up To Bullying Campaign and deciding how we can all actively contribute. For more information, advice or how to join in please visit the following website http://standuptobullying.co.uk/.
Date: 12th Jun 2018 @ 4:00pm
Date: 22nd May 2018 @ 9:56am
Please see our Parents Page for the range of evening activities offered to young people at St Helen Youth Service.
Date: 5th Dec 2017 @ 1:45pm
There is a measles outbreak in Liverpool affecting unimmunised children.
Public Health England, part of the Department of Health, has issued a letter about this to Local Authorities and all the schools in Cheshire and Merseyside. We have been asked to pass this on to our parents and carers.
You can read the letter in the document link below.
If you would like more information, see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/measles/
Date: 16th Nov 2017 @ 10:53am
Penkford School was officially honoured at the ADHD Foundation 10 year Winter Ball at St George’s Hall, Liverpool last Friday. The award was an amazing surprise, and although especially invited, Ms Johnson, our Headteacher, Mrs Jackson, our SENCO, and Mrs Laughton, our Assistant Headteacher, had no idea of the intention to honour the school on the night!
On behalf of all our staff, Ms Johnson, our Headteacher collected the award that gave recognition to all the hard work Penkford School has put in to support pupils diagnosed or presenting with ADHD, so that they have a better experience and thrive at our school.
The ‘ADHD Friendly School 2017’ award was the finale to Penkford attending yet another successful ADHD conference in Liverpool.
A report on the award has been given on the St Helens Unlimited website, which you can see here!