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Autumn 2, 2020

17th December 2020

Dear Cayley Families,

Now we have reached the end of the Autumn term, I am sure that you are really looking forward to the Christmas holiday and having time to meet with friends and family. However, you are planning to enjoy your Christmas break, remember to celebrate safely - share the moment, not the virus. 

Government guidance currently permits the mixing of a maximum of THREE households for FIVE days over the holiday period (Wed 23 – Sun 27  December) BUT families do think carefully about whether you choose to celebrate Christmas in this way, or not. 

We have been asked to share with you the following public health message:

  1. Covid-19 case numbers in Tower Hamlets are at a record high and growing every day. This is serious and there is an urgent need to stay safe and protect one another this Christmas.
  2. Almost 1 in 3 people in England show no symptoms of having the Covid-19 but are still able to pass it on to others including the elderly and more vulnerable. ​
  3. To keep everybody safe this Christmas, it is essential that pupils and staff members get tested, whether they have symptoms or not, so that they can self-isolate and avoid passing Covid-19 to others over the Christmas break. ​

We will continue to contact trace for the first SIX days after the last day of teaching.

  • Families need to notify school when pupils test positive.
  • We will undertake contact tracing to identify close contacts, to minimise the number of families who would be advised to self-isolate to only those at risk of having caught the infection.
  • We will send an alert via SchoolPing to close contacts to alert them they are a close contact, along with the following advice:

Close contacts should isolate for 10 days and get tested only if they develop symptoms (note: this has just been reduced from 14 days).

The contact’s household members do not need to self-isolate.

Anyone self-isolating should stay at home and not allow household visitors, such as joining a larger Christmas bubble.

Close contacts should not get tested unless they develop symptoms or they are advised to do so.

See www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/coronavirus for support with self-isolating.

If your child tests POSITIVE throughout the Christmas break, you NEED to inform the school office by sending an email to office@cayley.towerhamlets.sch.uk

We have been allocated an additional INSET day on Monday 4th January by Tower Hamlets, so school will reopen on Tuesday 5th January 2021

On another note, we are really pleased Chrisinda Nieuwenhuis is returning for an additional day from January 2021 and will lead LKS2 Monday – Wednesday alongside Gaye Patel who will support LKS2 on Thursday and Friday.

We are pleased to inform you Alex Davey will be the class teacher from January 2021.

Alex has worked across the school from Nursery – Year 6 and has recently been working with 1A getting to know the children within year 1 and is looking forward to leading the class in January.

Stay Safe

Lissa 

Dates to Remember:

Thursday 17th December 2020- Last day of Autumn Term

Tuesday 5th January 2021 – First Day of Spring Term

Monday 15th – Friday 19th February - Spring Half term holiday

Tuesday 23rd March 20201 – Annual reporting to Parents (Years 1-6) school closed for Zoom appointments only

Friday 26th March 2021 midday - Last day of Spring Term

Please see Cayley’s website for our weekly newsletters and further information:

www.cayley.towerhamlets.sch.uk

Cases are rising

Canary Wharf launches Connected by Light

A vibrant collection of inspiring light artworks is set to captivate visitors to Canary Wharf from Wednesday 2 December to Sunday 31 January. Igniting the sky through vivid displays, Connected by Light is a curation of artwork which exudes warm glows, subtle hues and expressive colours – all beneath the setting of the Canary Wharf skyline.

The collection of nine light artworks will showcase the intricate work of UK artists and provide visitors with the opportunity for moments of calm and reflection. 

Careful steps have been taken to ensure that winter activities at Canary Wharf can be enjoyed in a Covid-secure manner and Connected by Light is no different, with light works found glowing across the estate’s parks, gardens, squares and open spaces.

Connected by light at Canary Wharf 2020

Christmas At Cayley

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Meeting with friends and family during December

All areas have been allocated a ‘Tier’ of alert level and restrictions that is subject to regular review.

Tower Hamlets is currently in ‘Tier 3’ – but infection rates in some areas of London are rising, and it is possible that we could enter ‘Tier 3’ restrictions from mid-December.

Please see the graphics for details about guidance for Tier  3, including rules on meeting friends and family.                 

 

The Government has outlined special guidance for December 23rd to December 27th, so that people of ‘all faiths and none’ can spend time together with family or friends in a ‘Christmas bubble’.

For details, please see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family

and

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-for-the-christmas-period

It will be particularly important to continue all our best efforts to observe the ‘protective measures’ when we return to school after the holiday.

We can protect each other, our loved ones, and anyone who is especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

Please remember: ‘hands-face-space’!

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No symptoms? Get a Covid-19 Test 

Covid-19 infections are rising fast in Tower Hamlets, especially in young people.   

Often, people with Covid-19 show no symptoms. If you have Covid-19 and don’t know it, you can spread it, putting your friends and family at risk.  

Testing tells you know if you have Covid-19 so that you can protect your friends and family this Christmas. 

If you are a student in Years 7 – 13 or you live with someone who is, you should get tested for free before Christmas, with or without symptoms. Similarly, if you work in a secondary school or college, you should get tested as soon as possible. Visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/MTU for more information.   

After Christmas, you can take another free test if you work in a secondary school or college, or if you are a student in Years 11-13. This is to help protect school communities from Covid-19 in the New Year. You can find more information about this here

See Our Competition Page for weekly challenges - win a bike or scooter every week

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Dear Parent/Carer,

Reorganisation of the SLS and SEND service

We have been asked by the council to let you know about an important consultation.

The council is expanding a range of SEND provision to meet needs, but also considering making reductions in some areas.

If the changes are made, they will impact on how services work with the school and the children and young people the Support for Learning Service work directly with. The LA wants to know your views about the proposals.  

You can read the document and respond here  https://talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk/sls-send

To attend one of the online consultation meetings email Farhad Ahmed - farhad.ahmed

Click on the picture to go to our wellbeing page.

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Help to make a more equal Tower Hamlets

Make Th more equal

This week the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Inequalities Commission met to discuss the issues that can prevent school, college and university leavers getting good jobs with positive career progression.

Education is one of the key areas of focus for the Commission, alongside community leadership, health inequalities and employment. It’s not too late to give your views on these subjects and help to shape the work of the Commission to bring about real and lasting changes.

Do you need support to help you isolate?

Covid support

Covid-19 isolation support for Poplar and Bow

Housing organisation Poplar Harca has launched a new dedicated phone line to offer support for Poplar and Bow residents who need to self-isolate because of Covid-19.

The Covid and Isolation Community Support Hub (Bow and Poplar), run by Poplar HARCA staff and local volunteers, can help with:

  • Shopping
  • Collection of medication
  • Welfare benefits advice
  • Foodbank assistance
  • Befriending

If you live in Poplar or Bow and need help or advice with any difficulties while you stay at home, you can call 020 7005 7608 Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm.

You can read about when you need to self-isolate on the council website.

Remember council support is available too, for all residents who need to self-isolate or need support around Covid-19.

Idea Store Activities

On line library

Free and fantastic Idea Store activities for children

Idea Store activities and events for children have moved online! Click on the link below for more details and also contact details for each activity. The team will get back to you with a Zoom code and details of how to join.

All activities are FREE and are for ages five to 11- years - children must be accompanied by an adult at the start of the event.

Activities will run every week up to 19 December and then start again on 4 January 2021. We have heard on the Christmas grapevine that a special guest from the North Pole may be joining some of the activities to say hello!

Anti-Bullying Workshop for Parents and Carers 11.12.2020

Anti Bullying workshop 1.12.20

Workshops

Autism Coffee Morning

Autism Coffee Morning(1)

Mental Health Wellbeing Workshops

On line mental wellbeing workshop for parents Nov 20(2)

Year 2 Virtual Meeting

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Online Festival

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Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali

Due to the current national restrictions, those celebrating Diwali unfortunately won’t be able to meet up with friends and extended families in person this year. We hope residents can instead enjoy celebrations online at home and by using video calls to wish their loved ones a happy Diwali. There are also ways to mark the occasion safely in Tower Hamlets...

Gurdwara Sikh Sangat (Sikh Temple) will be offering free vegetarian food for collection for those who live in the area, from 4pm - 6pm on Saturday 14 November. Information about the ingredients, recipe and a pre-recorded demonstration of the food that will be on offer can be found online for those wishing to try it themselves at home. (Please note, there will be no firework display this year.)

A beautiful Diwali flower installation will take over the fountains in Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf until Sunday 15 November. The floating flower installations, in a selection of sizes and colours, will each have a flickering battery-operated candle lit up throughout the week of celebrations.  

Careful steps have been taken to ensure the installation can be enjoyed outdoors, at a distance and in a covid-secure manner, allowing visitors to respect the current restrictions and stay safe.

A Piece of Good News

We are proud to announce that Yasmin Begum has won the ATA Apprentice of the Month Award for her exemplary work performance for the month of October!

Since the beginning of her journey with us, Yasmin has demonstrated great work commitment and professionalism.

Yasmin’s efforts have not gone unnoticed and we are proud to have her as a member of our team.

Congratulations Yasmin!

New winter package to provide further support for children and families

Yesterday, the Government announced a new £170m Covid Winter Grant Scheme. This funding will be ring-fenced, with at least 80% earmarked to support with food and bills and will cover the period to the end of March 2021.

Local authorities will receive the funding at the beginning of December 2020.

This scheme will allow local authorities to support the hardest-hit families and individuals, as well as provide food for children who need it over the holidays. Local authorities understand which groups need support, and are best placed to ensure appropriate holiday support is provided, which is why they will distribute the funds, rather than schools, who will continue providing meals for disadvantaged children during term-time.

The Holiday Activities and Food Programme, which has provided healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children since 2018, will also be expanded across England next year. This programme will cover Easter, Summer and Christmas in 2021, and will be available to children in every local authority in England.

Would you Rather?

'Would you rather...' questions (a game to enjoy playing with your family).

It can promote skills like critical thinking, listening, speaking, and taking turns. What's more, it can be a weekly fun family activity/game!

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Social Media

School Ping

School News Feed
  • School_meals
    16 December 2020
    Free School Meal Vouchers
    Dear all families, If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, Tower Hamlets has provided a £25 voucher per child. If you have confirmation your child is receiving Statutory Free School Meals, please come to the office between 10am - 2pm tomorrow (Thursday 17 December 2020) to collect your voucher. Unfortunaly we are unable to provide vouchers in the busy periods. Thank you, Nancy Gray
  • Home_learning
    15 December 2020
    Family Homework
    Every school holiday, families across the Stepney Partnership enjoy participating in ‘Family Homework.’ Children, siblings and parents/carers learn together and have fun! This half term the ‘Homework Challenge’ helps you to reflect on what you consider to be a Hero or Heroine. We look forward to seeing your amazing work in January, please remember to bring it in and ready to share your homework with your teacher and class when we return on Monday 4th January.
  • Important
    14 December 2020
    Covid19 Update
    Dear Parents/Carers, We’re writing to let you know that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the school community. We’ve been in touch with the DfE and Tower Hamlets’ Public Health team, and we’re following their advice closely. With immediate effect (Monday 14th December) the Nursery and Reception ‘bubble’ has been closed and all families have been informed of necessary precautions. On the advice from the DfE and Tower Hamlets’ Public Health team, we can confirm it is safe for our other pupils to attend school as normal as they have not been in direct contact with the confirmed case. If you have any other questions or concerns, please get in touch with the school office: office@cayley.towerhamlets.sch.uk. We appreciate that this is a difficult and worrying time, and we would like to thank you for your continued support. We’ll continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves. Please scroll down to find the attached letter with more information. Thank you, Nancy Gray
  • Important
    9 December 2020
    Last day of term - Thursday 17th December 2020
    Dear families, Following DfE advice to make Friday 18th December an inset day for everyone, our last day at school will be Thursday 17th December 2020 at 3:15pm. Family Homework will be published for the children to begin home learning on Friday 18th December. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office. Thank you, The School Office
  • Important
    9 December 2020
    School opening as normal TODAY
    Dear all families and staff at Cayley, School will be open as normal TODAY (09/12/2020) We apologise for the inconvenience today may have caused, thank you for your continued support. Due to the loss of water supply yesterday, all pupils will be having a pack lunch today, if you would like to provide your child with any additional healthy food, please feel free to do so. We look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you, The School Office
  • Important
    8 December 2020
    School opening as normal tomorrow
    Dear all families and staff at Cayley, School will be open as normal tomorrow (09/12/2020). We apologise for the inconvenience today may have caused, thank you for your continued support. Due to the loss of water supply today, all pupils will be having a pack lunch tomorrow, if you would like to provide your child with any additional healthy food, please feel free to do so. We look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you, The School Office
  • Important
    8 December 2020
    SCHOOL CLOSED
    Dear all families and staff at Cayley, School will be closed today (08/12/2020) due to unforeseen circumstances. We will update you throughout the day. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you, Nancy Gray
  • Important
    15 November 2020
    Covid19 Confirmed Case - Important Information
    Dear Parents/Carers, We’re writing to let you know that there has been another confirmed case of Covid-19 in the school community. We’ve been in touch with the DfE and Tower Hamlets’ Public Health team, and we’re following their advice closely. With immediate effect (Sunday 15th November) the Reception and Nursery ‘bubble’ has been closed and all families have been informed of necessary precautions. On the advice from the DfE and Tower Hamlets’ Public Health team, we can confirm it is safe for our other pupils to attend school as normal as they have not been in direct contact with the confirmed case. If you have any other questions or concerns, please get in touch with the school office: office@cayley.towerhamlets.sch.uk. We appreciate that this is a difficult and worrying time, and we would like to thank you for your continued support. We’ll continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves. Please scroll down to find the attached letter with more information. Thank you, Nancy Gray
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