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Covid-19 guide for all parents / carers, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 17th Sep 2020 @ 1:56pm

Please see attached a Covid-19 guide for all parents / carers. This has been produced by Cheshire East and all schools have been asked to circulate it.


 

Our Return to School, by Mrs Muddy

Date: 4th Sep 2020 @ 3:28pm

Dear Parents / Carers

                As the first week back draws to a close, I would like to thank you all for your support and understanding over these first few days. The return to school has presented some challenges for all schools, given the restrictions and guidance we have to follow, however we have all risen to that challenge superbly. The children have been brilliant, showing real patience and understanding when it comes to ‘bubbles’ and ‘zones’. As parents and carers you have stuck to your drop off and pick up times for each class and that has helped enormously to help reduce congestion around the path and gates. Can I ask you, if you want to stay and talk once you have dropped off or collected your child, can you please move away from the path and school gates to allow for social distancing. This is my first week working with the staff here at Alsager Highfields, they really are a very talented and hardworking team of professionals. I would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome you have given me, especially the children who are delightful.

                Can I please remind you to check your child’s class teacher’s page on the website. All key information for the week and term ahead will be on there, including on which days PE will take place. Remember, your son / daughter can wear PE kit on those days. Each class page will also have a section entitled ‘Remote Learning’ this will have all the work your child can complete at home if they are unable to come to school (for example, if they are shielding or quarantining etc). Remote learning for absent children will not be e mailed home to you, rather it is for you to access it directly from your child’s class page.

               

Thank you once again for such a successful and enjoyable first week back and I look forward to see you all again on Monday.

 

Best wishes

Richard Middlebrook

Acting Headteacher

Important Messages for next week (7th September), by Mrs Muddy

Date: 4th Sep 2020 @ 5:46pm

Dear Parent/ Carer,

Please see the information pertinent to your child/ren

PE Lessons

Next week, we start our physical education curriculum. As stated in the July newsletter and in our Return to School Guide we would ask that the children attend school in their PE kit for the full school day.  This will maximise curriculum time without the need for getting changed in already small classrooms. Please note your child’s PE days from the table below.

 

Teacher

PE Day One

PE Day Two

Mrs Millichap and Mrs Henshall

Tuesday

Wednesday

Mrs Harry

Wednesday

Friday

Miss Keatman

Thursday

Friday

Mrs Lindblad

Tuesday

Friday

Mr Golds

Tuesday

Friday

Mrs Windel

Monday

Thursday

Miss Crowther-Green

Monday

Wednesday

Mrs Dyde

Wednesday

Friday

Mrs Walker

Monday

Thursday

Please note: this policy will be reviewed at October half-term.

Reception class will not take part in PE during their transition weeks.

 

Parent/Carer Transition Meetings

In order to aid transition into your child’s new class the teaching staff will host a Meet and Greet meeting via Zoom. These meetings are to give parents/carers a greater insight into the curriculum areas that will be taught, the new routines of particular classes i.e timetable, homework cycle etc and plans for the rest of the academic year. These meetings will take place over the next two weeks on the dates below.

 

Teacher

Date

Time 

Mrs Harry

Tuesday 15th September

6:30pm

Miss Keatman

Thursday 17th September

6:30pm

Mrs Lindblad

Thursday 10th September

6:30pm

Mr Golds

Thursday 17th September

5:30pm

Mrs Windel

Thursday 10th September

5:30pm

Miss Crowther-Green

Tuesday 15th September

5:30pm

Mrs Dyde

Tuesday 8th September

5:30pm

Mrs Walker

Tuesday 8th September

6:30pm

 

Please note that your Zoom invitation to these meetings will be sent to the e-mail address we have on file at school on the day before the meeting. We request that your username is that of your child or your family name so that we can securely admit you into the meeting. Please inform the office immediately if your e-mail address has changed.

 

School Website: Continuing the learning journey at home.

As of Monday 7th of September, the class teachers will upload the termly curriculum overview onto the school website. In addition, the class teachers will be updating their class page of the school website with details of the learning that is planned on a weekly basis. The purpose is for parents/carers to have up to date information about the knowledge, skills and experiences their children are receiving at school so that you can support learning at home. We hope this weekly overview will also stimulate discussion as to what your child is learning at school.

 

In addition, each class page will also have a section entitled ‘ Remote Learning ‘, this will have all the work your child can complete at home if they are unable to come to school ( for example, if they are self isolating , shielding or quarantining etc ). Remote learning for absent children will not be e mailed home to you by their teacher, rather it is for you to access it directly from their class page.

 

Communication between school and home

Should parents/carers have any concerns regarding your child’s welfare or educational progress you should, in the first instance, direct your questions to the class teacher. Due to the Covid restrictions we recommend that parents/carers e-mail the school office at the following address,  admin@alsagerhighfields.cheshire.sch.uk where your e-mail will be acknowledged and directed to the appropriate teacher. Following this, you may wish to speak to the departmental leaders of Mrs Henshall for key stage 1 senco@alsagerhighfields.cheshire.sch.uk  or Mrs Dyde for key stage 2 mrsdyde@alsagerhighfields.cheshire.sch.uk  Mr Middebrook is the acting Headteacher of the school and is responsible for the day to day leadership and management of the school. head@alsagerhighfields.cheshire.sch.uk

 

 

Best wishes

Carl Leech

Executive Headteacher

 

Business Enterprise , by Mr Whiston

Date: 4th Feb 2020 @ 9:31am

   2019/20 Alsager Community Trust Enterprise Challenge

On Tuesday 28th January 2020, Mr Bundy had the pleasure in taking children from Mrs Walker’s Year 6 Class to the High School to compete in the Final of the Alsager Trust Business Enterprise challenge. The challenge is designed to be an interactive and thought-provoking way to introduce young people to the importance of business thinking, economic awareness, financial literacy and developing their ability to work in a group. The students had to create their own business idea, design and produce a product (or service) that could then be sold for a profit within their school environment (including any Christmas fairs).

Emily Wells and Martha Dale represented Highfields but unfortunately Martha was ill on the day, Emily had the sole task of competing against all the other schools in Alsager - all of which had 2 teams of up to 6 children. Quite a challenge I am sure you would agree, especially when you are on your own!

Upon arriving at the High School, children were able to set up their stall and showcase their products that they had created and sold at the school Christmas Fair. There was some tough competition! Here is Emily showcasing her idea.

As you can see below, one school had a special visitor – the man himself (Alan Sugar).

 

The children had to calculate how much it will cost to produce the product (or provide the service)? The clarity of this costing formed part of the judgement around the most successful team.

Decide on their pricing of the product (or service), showing how they had decided on the price and what charity they wish to support with their profits.

Allocate a role to each of the members in the team and their job title, these could include:

a.       Production Manager – in charge of making the products (or service)

b.       Finance Manager – in charge of the money (costs and prices)

c.       Managing Director – the boss of the team

d.       IT Manager  - creates a summary of all the activities and the presentations.

e.       Sales and Marketing Manager – How to sell the products.

The Cup winner for the Business Challenge 2019 / 2020 this year went to Excalibur School, the Best Presentation cup was awarded to St Gabriels School.

A special recognition award went to Emily from Highfields for her outstanding contribution to the Enterprise Challenge which was also recognised by children and staff from other schools.

Well done Emily!