The Westborough School



Letters on Line

Look here to find copies of letters, emails and texts sent out to parents.  

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Short messages are sent via the School Gateway App.

Letters are sent home via email. 

Please check your junk box if you have not received any letters. A paper copy will be held next to the front desk for those families who do not have internet access.

All letters can also be found below. 

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 Spring Term 2021 - Text/Emails 

 

27th January 2021 - Email for all families - Dear Parent/Carer,  A local company who offer French tuition has offered us some free tutorials to share with the children. Currently there are three on the website, each week a new one is added. There are also games to play related to the tutorial. Here is the link:   www.lingotot.co.uk/southendFR.html .  Merci Beaucoup! 

23rd January 2021 - Email for all families - Dear Parent/Carer, A local company who provide language tuition for local schools is offering a weekly tutorial video with accompanying games. If you click on the link below you will find the first two week's tutorials.  Each week a new video will be added concentrating on a different topic.

https://www.lingotot.co.uk/southendFR.html 

We hope the children enjoy them. Have a lovely weekend.

 

19th January 2021- Email for all families - Dear Parent/Carer, 

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for the effort you are making to ensure that your children are accessing our remote learning. It has been lovely seeing that the majority of the children are managing to join the Teams meetings. 
As a staff we are making weekly calls to check in and identify if you need any resources etc. these calls are valuable for us to support you and for you to let us know how things are going. If we do not have contact with your child/children at some point over the week either through seeing them on screen during a Teams meet or to speak to them on the phone,  a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) will try to contact you. As a school we have an obligation to ensure that all children are safe and accessing the remote learning. If a member of SLT cannot make contact, we will carry out a welfare check which involves coming to visit you at your house and asking to see the children. This is part of our safeguarding measures. 
I would also like to thank you all for sharing your children's work on Tapestry and through the class email. There has been some really impressive work shared so far. Again, there is an expectation that we see evidence of your children's work each week. We do not need to see every piece of work they complete but a couple of  pieces across the week is a minimum. This helps us to see how the children are doing and for the teachers to give the children praise and feedback for their work. You can take a photo of the work, save it as pdf or as a word document, there is no particular format it has to be in. This can be submitted to a class email or posted on Tapestry. Staff have access to both of these and will get back to you as soon as they can. Please be mindful that they are teaching both children in school and at home so might not get back to you immediately.
Finally, I would like to say that we are here to help. If you need support with anything get in contact and we will do everything we can to help. 
Thank you for your continued support. 
Kind regards, 
Miss Brook

 

18th January 2021 - Email for all families -  Dear Parents/Carers,  Please find attached a template for a jigsaw puzzle piece. This would be a lovely activity for the school to take part in. Could I ask that you also send us copies of the jigsaw piece? It would be lovely to make a display of them in the school for when we all get back together. You can send a photo of the jigsaw piece to us. Thanks in advance. 

Jigsaw template 

 

4th January 2021 - EMAILS FOR ALL FAMILIES

PLEASE SEE CLASS PAGES FOR EMAILS AND INFORMATION ABOUT REMOTE LEARNING.

 

Autumn Term 2020 - Text/Emails  

30th December 2020 - Message to all parents - school closure -  

Dear Parent/Carer,  

It is now clear that Southend-on-Sea is on the priority list for closure. This means that the majority of children will not return to school next week.  
As I have only just found this information out myself, I will now need to plan moving forward. If you are a key worker, I would ask you to be patient regarding this matter, as we may have to delay the return for key worker children until Tuesday 5th January to give me time to disseminate plans to staff. 
As always, I will keep you updated regarding this matter. 
Kind regards,  Miss Brook

20th December 2020 - Advice to all parents - Positive Case - please see the attached information from Miss Brook.

 

17th December 2020 - Email to all families - Dear Parents, Please find attached an update from the Director of Health.
Update from Southend Director of Health

 

14th December 2020 - Email to all families from Miss Brook - Dear Parent/Carer,  

I just wanted to write to you to inform you of a few things that have changed over the last few days regarding Covid-19.

I wrote to you all on Friday with information regarding Track and Trace and the procedures for this. I also sent you a letter from the Director of Health for Southend. Since you received these letters the government's advice on self-isolating has changed. As of today, the period of self-isolation following: awaiting test results; a positive test or coming in contact with a positive case has been reduced from 14 days to 10 days. If your child is self-isolating and you are unsure how this affects them, please contact the school.

You may have also seen on the news that Southend will be placed into Tier 3.  This does not affect schools at all, in the sense that we still remain open in Tier 3. We will obviously keep you posted on any changes.

In the next few days your child will be coming home with some English and Maths workbooks. These workbooks have been purchased for an number of reasons. One being to supplement homework and another being instant work to do if they have to self-isolate or a bubble closes or if the school was to close for any reason. Your child can work through the workbooks at their own leisure. There are answers at the back of the books that you may wish to cut out and give back for your child to self mark. These books will remain at home until completed. Some children might bring home a book which is not for their Yearband, this is to consolidate some of the learning they may have missed during lockdown and act as revision of skills that have been covered this term to compensate.

I will write to you all again before the end of term.  Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards,  Miss Brook

 

13th December 2020 - Email to all families - update regarding letter from Southend Director of Health - Dear parents/carers, Here's some clarification from the Director of Education Southend regarding the letter I sent on Friday. It refers to the mass testing  now taking place in Southend: 
What has become apparent subsequently is questions regarding should the person self-isolate or can they return to work/school. We have now had confirmation and clarity from PHE. 
At the time of testing, if the person is showing symptoms of infection, then they MUST self-isolate until the formal confirmation outcome of the test is known. 
If it is negative, they can return to work (or school if a pupil), if it is positive then they would be required to self-isolate in the normal way.
If at the time of testing they are not showing symptoms of infection, they do NOT need to self-isolate whilst they await their test results, they can return to work (school) immediately.

Hopefully this clears this up.  Kind regards,   Miss Brook

 

12th December 2020 - Email to all families - Dinners next week.  Next week Reception, Year 2 and Year 6 are hot meals and Year 1, 3, 4 and 5 are Meal-in-a-bag.

 

11th December 2020 - Letter to all families from Southend Director of Health - attached.   Southend-on-Sea Director of Health 

 

9th December 2020 - Email to all families - Dear Parents/Carers, Just a reminder that the children can wear Christmas jumpers/party clothes on the day that they are having their Christmas lunch. All children will be served a Christmas lunch, unless you have notified the school that they will be having a packed lunch from home instead.  All payments for the Christmas lunch are taken via Gateway.Please note that all school news is posted on the school website, if you are ever unsure or need to check anything.  Thank you.

 

9th December 2020 - Dear Parents/Carers, A big thank you to everyone who has already donated toiletries to the Southend Care Bank. We still have a collection box in front office, or you can give donations to your child to take into class. Donations of any of the following would be greatly appreciated: Shampoo and conditioner, Shower gel, Face wash, Toothbrushes and toothpaste (including children’s), Deodorant, Sanitary towels and tampons, Nappies and Baby wipes, Breastpads, Maternity pads, Laundry detergent, Hand soap Thank you.

 

3rd December 2020 - Email to all families - Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that the children will be having Christmas lunch next week, on the following days:

XMAS LUNCH

Mon 7th Dec – Reception

Tues 8th Dec – Year 5

Weds 9th Dec – Years 1&4

Thurs 10th Dec – Years 2&3

Fri 11th Dec – Year 6

Lunch costs £3.00 and payment can only be made via Gateway - please make sure you fill in the comments box to allow you to make the payment. If your child doesn't want Christmas lunch, please let Gaby in front office know. Please also let Gaby know if your child requires a vegan meal. The children are welcome to wear Christmas jumpers or any other party clothes they would like to wear. Thank you.

2nd December 2020 - Email to all families - Dear Parents/Carers, LEAP (Local Energy Advice Partnership) are offering local residents a completely FREE OF CHARGE service to help you to save money and keep your home warm and cosy.   HOW IT WORKS: If you are eligible, we will book you an appointment with one of our friendly, qualified advisers.  
LEAP can:
Help check if you are on the cheapest energy tariffs - could save you over £280 a year. 
Install FREE, simple energy saving measures which can save the average household £30 on their energy bills a year. 
Give you day-to-day energy efficiency hints and tips and ensure your heating system is set up to keep you warm and save money.
Arrange a FREE telephone advice service to help with benefits, debt and other money problems.
Refer you for further energy efficiency improvements, such as loft insulation or a new boiler.

You may be eligible for the LEAP service if you:
• have a low income
• receive tax credits
• receive Housing Benefit
• receive an income or disability related benefit
• have a long term illness or disability

Call now on 0800 060 7567* (Freephone) to book your appointment, or apply online: www.applyforleap.org.uk.

 

1st December 2020 - Email to all families - Dear Parents/Carers, All Rise are a Southend-based community group who are collecting toiletries for any individuals or families currently in need.They will be operating the Community Care Bank on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-11:30am, fortnightly from Tuesday 8th December at St Marks Centre, Princes Street, Southend. The following items will be available to collect (depending on availability):

Shampoo and conditioner
Shower gel
Face wash
Toothbrushes and toothpaste (including children’s)
Deodorant
Sanitary towels and tampons
Nappies and Baby wipes
Breastpads
Maternity pads
Laundry detergent
Hand soap  
  
Please see the attached poster for full details.
  
We will also be collecting the above items for All Rise - please bring any donations you would like to donate to the front office where will will quarantine them. Thank you.
 

27th November 2020 - email to all families - Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that there will be a change to the hot dinner served on Weds 2nd December.  Instead of roast chicken, the children will have sausage toad in the hole (Halal and vegetarian alternatives available), creamy mashed potato and vegetable medley.  Thank you.

 

26th November 2020 - Email to all families - a message from Trust Links. - 

How your voice, time and text can help on #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is on the 1st December, and with charities facing an estimated £10bn funding gap, there's never been a more important time to give back. There are lots of ways to show your support to the charities across the country that have continued to provide essential services throughout the pandemic - including your local mental health and wellbeing charity, Trust Links!After the excesses of Black Friday, #GivingTuesday is your chance to give something back to your community.

Find out to donate either your money or your time to Trust Links here: Homepage - Trust Links

Thank you.  Every month in Southend, one person loses their life to suicide. One in four people will struggle with their mental health during their lifetimes. But with the help of our Friends, 
we can make lasting change in our community together. With your regular donation, you can support our vital work helping those with mental health difficulties in Southend, Castle Point and Rochford.

 

26th November 2020 - Email to all families Dear Parents/Carers, Christmas is coming ...

Please find attached a letter about Christmas lunch for the children this year, as well as the yummy menu. The letter will also be available on the school website. If you need a paper copy, please collect one from the front office. Thank you.

Christmas Lunch Menu

16th November 2020 - Email to all families Dear Parents/Carers, Mega Camps are excited to announce they will be running their Christmas Camp this December. Christmas Camps will be running on the 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th December for all children aged 4 - 14. 

They will once again be implementing a COVID safe environment in line with the government and Ofsted guidelines to give children, parents, and staff the best experience possible.  
Full details on the attached flyer, or you can visit their website at https://www.megacamps.net.

11th November 2020 - Email to all families - Dear Parents/Carers, Following on from the announcement in last week's news letter, please don't forget that the children will have a non-uniform day this Friday, 13th November. We are asking for a £1 donation per child and all money raised will go to Children in Need.  Staff will have collection buckets at the gates at drop-off and collection times on the day.  The children in Reception are having a Witches & Wizards spooky theme for their non-uniform day, in line with their current project.  Please don't forget to check the school newsletter for all the latest news and events at Westborough.

The newsletter is also available on the school website (https://www.thewestboroughschool.co.uk/home/newsletters) or you can collect a copy from front office.

Thank you.

 

4th November 2020 - Email to all families - Dear Parent/Carer, After a query received today, I would just like to clarify: 

Due to GDPR (Data Protection) we would only inform you of positive cases of Covid-19, if they had a direct impact on staff, you or your child. This is in line with government guidelines and track and trace procedures.  Kind regards,   Miss Brook

4th November 2020 - Email to Year 3 families Dear Parents/Carers, As part of our new topic, "Back to the Future", year 3 are going to be focusing on fashion from the past, present and future. We will be holding a fashion show next Monday, 9th November, and it would be lovely if the children could come to school dressed in an outfit of their choice. It could be a historical outfit, a futuristic outfit or just their favourite outfit. We hope to take some lovely photos to put on Tapestry for you all to enjoy. Thank you for your continued support. Year 3 Team

 

3rd November 2020 - Email to all families  Dear Parents/Carers,  The deadline for returning the Flu Immunisation Consent Form is Tuesday 10th November
The Immunisation Team are asking that, where possible, you complete the form online (copies below again). 
If you are having problems completing the form online, please collect a copy from front office. Thank you.

Westborough electronic consent invitation letter

PDF Immunisation consent Letter

 

3rd November 2020 - Email to all families from Southend BC. Dear Parents/Carers, Please find below a consultation letter from Southend Borough Council regarding the below proposed changes to local schools:

  • reduce the admission limit for Chalkwell Hall Infant School
  • change the priority order for Heycroft Primary School
  • keep the current policies for Barons Court Primary School and Nursery, Chalkwell Hall Junior School, Earls Hall Primary School, Edwards Hall Primary School, Fairways Primary school, Leigh North Street and West Leigh Infant School

You can give your feedback using the contact details given in the letter. Thank you.

Consultation letter from Southend Borough Council

2nd November 2020 - Email to all families - back to school tomorrow!  Dear Parents/Carers, We're looking forward to seeing the children back at school tomorrow.

Just a couple of quick reminders: Drop-off is now between 8.20am-8.30am. 
Please ensure that you are wearing a mask when you drop-off/pick up your children. 
Please note that only one person at a time will be allowed in front office and, again, please ensure you are wearing a mask. 
Children in Group A will be having a hot school meal (week 1 on the menu), Group B will be having a meal in a bag.

https://www.thewestboroughschool.co.uk/virtual-office/school-meals-sept-2012

See you tomorrow!

 

2nd November 2020 - Email to all families from South East Essex Immunisation Team - Dear Parent,   Your child’s annual flu vaccination is now due. We are introducing electronic consent forms this year to make it more convenient for parents to consent for their child’s vaccine.

Please find attached a letter containing the secure link to complete your child’s form. The letter also includes the link to additional information about the vaccine.

If you would prefer to complete a paper form please contact us on 01702 482830   Alternatively a small number of paper consent forms are available from your school office.

Yours sincerely. South East Essex Immunisation Team, Essex Partnership University Trust- Immunisation Service.

Westborough electronic consent invitation letter

PDF Immunisation consent Letter

 

20th October 2020 - Email to all families - BBC info   Dear Parents/Carers, The BBC has launched a great new parenting page with lots of tips and advice on helping your child develop and reach their potential - why not sit down with a cuppa and have a browse!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people

 

19th October 2020 - Email to all families - staff training.  Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that there is a staff training day on Monday 2nd November, following on straight after half-term. The means the children will be returning to school after half-term on Tuesday 3rd November. Thank you.

 

12th October 2020 - Email to yr 1-6 families - Half term Bikeability sessions   - 
Half term Bikeability sessions

 

29th September 2020 - Email to all families   Dear Parents/Carer, We will be holding a virtual Harvest Festival for the whole school on Thursday 8th October.  This year we are supporting the Southend Foodbank with their Puds, Peas campaign. The attached poster explains the campaign.   Normally, the children would bring contributions to the hall for the Harvest Festival table. This year we are asking the children to bring their donations into school next week and they can be quarantined in the classroom before Southend Foodbank collect them.   Thank you for helping us with this worthy cause.   Kind regards,  Miss Brook

 

25th September 2020 - Email to all families Dear Parents/Carers, Please find attached a flyer for Mega Camps during the half-term holiday. Thank you.

      https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=0bb6a6c046&attid=0.1&permmsgid=msg-f:1678808872711924388&th=174c53c667c4aaa4&view=att&disp=safe

 

23rd September 2020 - Email to all families. Dear Parent/Carer, Please find a letter from Superintendent Moore of Essex Police. Kind regards, Miss Brook

Letter from Superintendent Moore

 

17th September 2020 - Email to all families - Dear Parent/Carer,  Electronic Devices Survey.  Please find below a link to a survey we would like you to fill in.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexEUynxULx1Gqc78vjNadIZ_vzgo-rl_5WnR2N9blYACxdKA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thank you for your support.

 

16th September 2020 - Email to all families -  Dear Parent/Carer,  Please find linked the term dates for this year. Thank you.

14th September 2020 - Email to all families - Dear Parent/Carer,  We are in for some hot weather this week so it's important that your child brings in their water bottle. If they drink all of it they will be able to refill it in their classroom. They can refill it as many times as they need. 

If your child forgets their water bottle, we will give them a drink, as we wouldn't want anyone to go thirsty. It is much easier if they have their own bottle to drink from.         Thank you.

 

14th September 2020 - Email to all families -   Dear Parent/Carer,   I was saddened to hear that some parents were  parking dangerously on Macdonald Avenue today after school . One was very rude to the parents who tried to explain this to them. Due to the limited parking on both Macdonald and Gainsborough we have asked that parents only drive their children to school in extreme circumstances. I have contacted the council to see if they have any wardens available to patrol the street at the end of the day and if they are able to come they will issue fines on the spot. 

Thank you to those of you who were brave enough to challenge this.  We will do everything we can as a school to stop this.If anyone is able to put the school children cones out along tMacdonald before and after school, we would be grateful for your help. 
Thanks for your support.  Miss Brook

11th September 2020 - Email to all families -  Dear Parents/Carers, Here we are at the end of our first full week back at school - phew - we made it!  Just a couple of reminders:

*   Pick-up today is at 1.30pm

*   The children should only bring the following items into school:

     Book bag

     Lunch bag

     Water bottle

The children should not be bringing in any other items from home, such as toys or swapping cards, in order to limit the potential spread of any infection. Thanks for your support, understanding and co-operation as we get to grips with the "new normal".

 

4th September 2020 - Email to all families re: PE Days and kit

3rd September 2020 - Email to all families re: great first day back

3rd September 2020 - Email to all families re:Pick Up info for Child Minders.

2nd September 2020 - Email to all families from Miss Brook.