St. Mary's Catholic Federation, Carshalton

St. Mary's Catholic Federation, Carshalton

Learning, Playing and Growing together in the Love of Jesus

School News

23rd September 2020

Book a test poster

23rd September 2020

Current School Start and Finish times - During COVID 19

Year Groups

Entry time   into school

Drop off and   collection point

Time for   collection

Nursery

8.55 am (morning session

12.15 pm (afternoon session)

Gate 5

3.15 pm

Reception

8.40 am

Gate 4

3.15 pm

Year 1

8.35 am

Gate 3

3.15 pm

Year 2

8.35 am

Gate 6

3.15 pm

Year 3

8.30 am

Walled   Courtyard- front of school

3.15 pm

Year 4

8.30 am

Lower   Playground via ramp

3.15 pm

Year 5

8.30 am

Upper   Playground using pathway below MUGA to external classroom doors

3.15 pm

Year 6

8.30 am

Upper   Playground using upper pathway behind   MUGA to external classroom doors

3.15 pm

NB .   Collection time on a Wednesday for all year groups

2.05 pm

15th September 2020

Safeguarding Alert! Amendments to arrangements for collection on a Wednesday afternoon

15th September 2020

 Amendments to arrangements for collection on a Wednesday afternoon

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Firstly, thank you for the positive response about not entering the school site of St Philomena’s and St Mary’s until 5 minutes before entry time, there has been a positive change here although we do need this to be all families in the future. In light of the government announcements about people not collecting in groups of more than 6, it is important that we manage this in school as far as we can with appropriate social distancing being applied. If we are unable to achieve this, we may need to adopt other practice of having a complete one-way system with entry restricted to certain gates but we don’t really want to implement this due to consideration for your preferred entry onto the site.

 

We continue to take adjustments on both sites for your convenience but still need to encourage parents to allow pupils in year 5 & 6 to walk to school independently – hopefully we can then work towards the same for at least year 4 children.

 

Following a safeguarding meeting with Ms Noone, Headteacher of St Philomena’s High School, St Mary’s finishing time on a Wednesday will be delayed until 2.05pm and not 1.45 pm as previously communicated coming in to affect from tomorrow 16th September. This is to safeguard the students who attend St Philomena’s School as well as those attending St Mary’s. Hopefully the small adjustment will not be a problem for our families and I apologise for the short notice but it is important to respond immediately in these situations.

 

The schedule of not entering our sites until 5 minutes before will still be in place with gates opening at 2pm as this allows the high school students to return to class safely after their lunch. The school are committed to working with our families and to safeguard all children and thank you for your cooperation, patience and ongoing support when we need to adjust systems.

 

Thank you all once again for your patience and to reiterate also that the children are working really well and have adjusted to the new school year.

 

With Kind regards

 

Mrs Hulme, MA, NPQH

Executive Headteacher

11th September 2020

Sutton School Streets Trial: St. Mary's Catholic Juniors and St. Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

Further to previous information shared, I am writing to give notice of the road use restrictions that come into force from Monday 14th September 2020.

This information has been communicated from the: -

Sustainable Travel Officer

Highways and Transport

Kingston and Sutton Shared Environment Service

London Borough of Sutton

Sutton School Streets Trial: St Philomena's and St Mary's

We want to make the streets outside our schools safer and the air cleaner for our children. To help achieve this, we are trialling School Streets in a number of areas across the borough. A School Street is where the road outside a school is closed to motor vehicles during school drop-off and pick-up times.

Why are we doing this?

Many local people have really enjoyed the lower levels of traffic and improved air quality during the recent lockdown. We also know that children are among the most adversely affected by high air pollution levels. To help continue these benefits, and improve the health and wellbeing of children in the borough, we are trialling School Streets.

School Streets will help support our ambitious aims to tackle air pollution and encourage people to be more active. This scheme has been developed based on feedback from residents and the school and aims to address:

? Congestion and poor parking around the school

? Parked vehicles with their engines running, contributing to air pollution, and

? Road safety and lower traffic speeds

The School Street will help make the road safer and calmer for pupils at school start and finish times. Parents who drive to the school are requested to park further away.

What will this mean?

From

Monday 14 September 2020 we will be trialling a ‘School Street’ scheme for six months on Shorts Road from the junction with Colston Avenue roundabout and the junction with Alma Road.

This section of Shorts Road will be closed to motor vehicles during school drop-off and pick-up times, between 8:15-9:15am and 2:15-3:30pm Monday to Friday, only during school term times.

Kind regards

Mrs Hulme, MA NPQH

Executive Headteacher

7th September 2020

Welcome back to a new school year letter

7th September 2020

Welcome back to a new school year 2020/2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Firstly, we are delighted to have the children back in school. They settled very quickly and everything (apart from keeping to bubbles) feels almost back to pre-lockdown. We most sincerely hope that we will be able to continue like this, having the children back in full time education whilst getting to know each of them again and putting recovery in place for their emotional and learning needs.

 

Thank you for the many messages of understanding in supporting the staff across the federation, it certainly has been a very different period of time. The holidays have been busy as usual with maintenance work completed and extra safety measures put in place.

 

We have tried to keep everyone informed by using email, Google and adding to the school website. However, having more to communicate has been a challenge. It is difficult to maintain this, as new class groups only get updated on school systems as children start their attendance at the start of a new school year. This same system also updates the Google site so we hope you have retrieved class welcomes from your previous class and these will be updated over the coming week. We have had a few little hitches with our computer system as everyone wants to get access at the same time after a quiet period, thank you for being patient during this time.

 

Thank you to those families who have responded positively to the requests shared in previous letters about coming onto the school grounds.  Please would you share this with all adults who drop and collect children for their convenience.

 

Important measures and risk assessments have been carefully thought out to ensure maximum protection for our children, staff, pupils who attend St Philomena’s and our wider family groups. Sadly, some of these requests have been overlooked and we really want to ensure we can minimise infection in school in order to keep the school open thus allowing parents to be able to be free for their own work commitments too.

 

It is really Important that we respect all who share the school sites.

To repeat the polite requests:

  • Only one adult is allowed on site with their child
  • Arrival should be on the entry and dismissal times and not before which will minimise numbers within restricted areas to allow for parents to circulate safely, allowing an easier flow of traffic with consideration also for the students of St Philomena’s to enter their school also without being in larger crowds (government guidance emphasises this)
  • No adults are allowed to wait on any playground as this needs to be free for the purpose of those passing through
  • Adults should obey signage as to where to wait
  • All adults need to be wearing a face covering
  • No cycling or scooting is allowed on school grounds
  • No children or adults are allowed on the area of the Water Tower (situated in front of the junior school – this is not school property and has a preservation order, which we all need to respect)

 

Please let us continue to work together to make this work for all involved and please be the one who sets the best examples especially to our children.

 

School milk

This will be operating as normal.

 

Fresh Fruit

The government initiative for supplying fresh fruit daily for children in the infant school will resume.

 

Drop off times

As we have amended the session times to ensure maximum curriculum learning time takes place- the window for drop off is at the given time e.g. 8.30 am. not as previous when a 10-minute window was allocated. Children arriving late will need to be signed in at the office, resulting with an indication of this on the child’s attendance record. This is particularly important for those families at the infant school, for the safety of all – the request is to stay away from school until your entry time to alleviate the public space around the school site. - thank you for your cooperation in this. However, we are currently looking at improving the efficiency of entry at the infant school.

 

We would also ask that you consider your child walking in from the entrance to school grounds (as appropriate for age, independently), unless there is a specific need. Pupils in years 5 and 6 could be doing this and for other year groups in the junior school - take the opportunity to remind them of road safety. This measure would also reduce the number of adults on site considerably.

 

On this second day in school, we thank and congratulate all of you for being here together and to the good Lord for enabling this too. May we all stay safe whilst working side by side in St Mary’s community.

 

Have a wonderful first whole week.

 

With kind regards

 

Mrs Hulme MA, NPQH

Executive Headteacher