Family notices update: 25th June 2021

Percy Hedley Virtual Race Night 2 

 Join us at 7.30pm on Friday 9th July for an exciting evening of light-hearted fun with our second Virtual Race Night, supported by BCB Rentals Ltd 

The evening consists of eight horse races, all hosted by BBC Radio Newcastle DJ Stefan Peddy. Your racing ticket, only £10, includes one selection in each of the eight races shown throughout the evening. Percy Hedley Points will be awarded to participants with the winning horse in each race, with the grand prize going to the participant with the most points overall. 

There will be gags and anecdotes a plenty with 90 minutes of fantastic entertainment but who will be top of the leaderboard in the final furlong?! 

Click the link below to buy race tickets: 

https://register.enthuse.com/ps/event/ThePercyHedleyFoundationVirtualRaceNight2 

 

Tim Lamb Centre 

I visited the above this week, as invites were extended to professionals to drop in. I was absolutely amazed at the work they have done over lockdown. There is an accessible swing in situ, with plans for an accessible roundabout to be added soon. Their sensory room and indoor spaces have all been upgraded and made COVID safe. They have just re-opened and at present can only be visited by pre-booking. Family membership is £15 per annum with a charge of £3 per child per visit.   

Visit their website at https://pathways4all.co.uk/ 

  

PTA News 

The PTA committee is incredibly disappointed that we have had to defer our long-awaited opportunity to reunite families. We wish to thank Claire Snowdon, the foundations Health and Safety Manager for attending a meeting with us yesterday at short notice. We will be watching, with bated breath the COVID exit plan over the summer.  

Thank you to our incredible families and staff for your generous donations which we will retain in anticipation of the new date. We hope that it will be the beginning of a return to normal, where we can meet again and hope that our leavers will return to enjoy the day. 

In the meantime, we have chocolate which we need to use. Our Post 16 students are making  krispy cakes which will be available for sale on Monday at a cost of £1 for 4. These will be made safely and quarantined over the weekend. Please send in £1 on Monday with your child. At this stage, I have no idea how many will be available, so it will be on a first come, first served basis. This will enable to PTA to recoup some of the costs already incurred for the summer fayre. I was visited this morning by 2 very enthusiastic students and the PTA will greatly appreciate your support of their efforts. 

We have a gift voucher we intended using for the raffle of an overnight stay for 2 at the Manor House Hotel. As this expires at the end of September, we intend setting up a draw. Details will be shared once finalised.  

Join PTA Facebook page here: Percy Hedley School PTA | Facebook  

COVID-19 update 15.09.20 – increase in cases across the North East

Dear parent

At the start of September, we welcomed back all of our students in our schools and college and have seen a gradual increase in service users attending our day services.  This means that we’ve had the largest number of staff, students and service users in our buildings since March when we closed due to the COVID-19  pandemic.

We are following government guidance to keep everyone as safe as we can and work closely with education, social care and health colleagues in local authorities. As the situation is changing daily, we are all closely monitoring the current changes regarding local lockdowns and will follow any guidance issued on this.

You might have seen in the news or media that there has been an increase in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the North East in the last couple of weeks and the local authorities have been asking us all to make sure we’re doing what we can to prevent the spread of infection.

This increase is already having an impact on schools, colleges and workplaces across the region.  To minimise the spread of infection, students and service users have been placed in bubbles.  If a student/service user displays any symptoms while in school, college, or day services then arrangements will be made for them to return home and you will need to arrange a test. If the test result returns a negative result, then you can return to services.  If anyone that has been in school, college or day services and is confirmed as a positive case we will contact all parents/service users and follow advice given by Public Health England and we may be advised to close all or part of a “bubble”.

The increase in cases and with government test and trace programme now in place, more people are being contacted and advised to self-isolate.  This is also having a significant impact on our staffing levels, with higher levels of absence than we have previously seen during the pandemic because some colleagues are having to self-isolate with their household even if they don’t have any symptoms themselves, in line with government guidance.

This impact may mean that there are times where we don’t have enough staff or staff with the required training to support students or service users safely.  If this happens, we may need to send them home until the situation is resolved.  We’d take every possible action to avoid this and would only do this as a last resort, but our priority is to keep all students and service users safe. If your child/family member is affected, we will inform you as soon as we possibly can and support with any necessary arrangements. Where possible, home learning will continue as per lockdown, if this becomes a reality.

It’s really important that we all do everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Here’s a useful guide to help you know when you should keep your child or family member at home:

Parental Covid-Isolation Guidance 14th September 2020 v2

Thank you for your continued support.

Surviving or Thriving?

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and we are asking, ‘Are you surviving or thriving’? Remember, the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Team in school are not only here for the children: If you feel you would like some support, or you have concerns about your child please do get in touch with one of us directly.

Carolyn c.ellis@percyhedley.org.uk

Louise l.brennand@percyhedley.org.uk

Corin c.orr@percyhedley.org.uk

Check out the MHF website for more information about surviving or thriving at:

http://link.mhfaengland.org/m/e3e4360efa9c4eaf8006caf97b24fce1/16D83AFA/654A661D/052017n