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Happy Easter Hols!, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 27th Mar 2020 @ 2:17pm

Dear Moss Park Junior Children, Families and Friends,

What a strange week it has been for us all. I do hope you have had a good week together. I have learned in one day at home with my daughter that home school is not the same as school school - so many distractions and other things to do for adults and children alike!

'School' is no longer school, we are emergency childcare and we have only had fewer than 10 children in each day. We are proud to support these frontline critical workers and do not envy the challenges they face. We have been a little oasis of (social distancing) calm and the pupils in have been very brave - it must feel so strange for them.

I know that a whole range of activities will have been done at home. It's important to have realistic expectations and I now know that 2 pieces of work plus Joe Wicks/exercise plus a bit of art/creative plus a little reading = a very good day!

We are meeting as a staff on the first day back after Easter to evaluate our communication to your children, how much work has been set, how we can possibly interact a bit more BUT we do not want to put any more stress on you - many of you are working from home too. Remember that ALL our children in the UK will be in the same boat on return to school and all schools will rise to the challenge of ensuring the children achieve their very best in a shorter space of time.

I will contact you again on the first day of the new term. In the meantime, remember you are doing a great job, have fun as a family and enjoy this enforced break. Children grow up so fast and this extra time is precious gift. You are keeping yourselves and them safe and that is the best, as parents, we can do right now.

Take care and Happy Easter,

Mrs Nunwick and all the team at MPJS

Information for next week (Key Worker Families), by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 25th Mar 2020 @ 12:19pm

Hello everyone,

Things have changed since we sent out the forms last Friday! The PM has announced a lock down and the Government is also stressing that all children should stay at home if they possibly can do so. It's being made clear that self isolation at home is the safest bet for all of us.

This has hugely reduced our numbers, as families, in difficult circumstances, have decided to make alternative arrangements to sending them into school. We now have no pupils confirmed as booked in next week (1st week of Easter holidays Monday 30th March - Friday 3rd April 2020).

Trafford have instructed schools that if schools have fewer than 5 pupils, then any Key Worker child needing childcare will go to their Hub School. In our case this is Victoria Park Junior School. The Headteacher, Mrs Taylor, is welcoming in any of our pupils who need to go. Their number is 0161 912 5005. So if you do find yourselves stuck, you can have peace of mind that the children will be well cared for by our friends!

We are open to Key Worker children who need us  in the second week of the Easter holidays, which will include Monday 6th April to Thursday 9th April (it's Easter weekend after that). We know that we are on 'standby' for some of you rather than definite places and that is fine. We have the staff to cover so please don't stress about any work emergencies you may have. Towards the end of that week we will ask you to email us your schedule for the following 2 weeks. We know that no one can plan ahead too far in advance at the moment!

Lastly, may I wish you all the best as you go about performing vital services to the UK at this time of national need.

Mrs Nunwick and all the staff at MPJS

Information for next week (Key workers & EHCP/Social Care pupils), by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 20th Mar 2020 @ 1:28pm

Hello,

We are totally closed to ALL pupils regardless of status on Monday 23rd March. As you will appreciate, the information from the DFE has come in very late, and as our fellow schools have agreed today, we need time to make sure we have health and safety procedures in place, to deep clean the school - we only have one site manager between the two schools at the moment - and allocate staff/usable areas etc. We need to minimise the risk to staff as well as pupils. We need to have systems to provide cover for staff who become ill or have to self isolate.

We will process all the key worker forms today and Monday. The Office will be open for bringing evidence in - and collecting Learning Packs if you have not been able to get in.

If you have provided evidence and this has been accepted, then you will receive an invite via text to bring your child to the front office on Tuesday 24th March from 8.30 am to be registered. Please do not attend school unless you have had the text. 

We have decided, in light of the higher than expected number of children expected, that we will keep Junior and Infant children separate in their own schools. We are still supposed to be 'social distancing' whatever our status, and we think this keeps pupils and staff more safe.

Your child should not attend school duirng this period if they or anyone else in your family has symptoms of Coronavirus: a temperature, a cough, fever and aching. They need to self-isolate for 14 days.

School hours will be 9.00 am to 3.30 pm, with the option for breakfast from 8.30 am. Please note that school will not be like a 'school' in this emergency period - it is an alternative childcare provision. Pupils do not need to wear uniform. Comfortable clothes and trainers are most suitable. Pupils will be supervised by a variety of school staff  during their time here. Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of water each day. Water fountains are closed for health and safety reasons.

Please note that on parents' days off, we do not expect that your child will be in school as the Government guidance is that all children are safer at home, and wherever possible, they should be cared for at home.

Some of you have requested childcare over the Easter holidays. This does not apply to pupils with EHCPs or Social Worker. Only Key Workers, and again, we expect that any parent on their day off cares for their own child at home during that period.

We hope that these measure mean that the pupils and staff will have a healthy and safe experience in school and that we can work together to ensure that we get the country through this national crisis.

Thank you,

Mrs Nunwick, the staff and governors at MPJS

 

 

 

 

MPJS Key Workers & Vulnerable Pupils (EHCP/ Social Worker) Information Form, by Miss Higson

Date: 20th Mar 2020 @ 10:00am

Please complete this form if you think you are a key worker or have children with an EHCP or social worker. If you have any problems, please telephone the office.

You will need to sign in to Google or create an account. Please upload any form of evidence you believe to be relevant.

CLICK HERE PLEASE

Information around School Closure - key workers, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 20th Mar 2020 @ 8:19am

Dear Moss Park Junior and Moss Park Infant Families,

The Government list of Key Workers has finally been published overnight. This is a far longer list than schools or education authorities had thought and causes a big problem for schools. Especially as it states that only one key worker is needed in a family, which was not Trafford policy as of yesterday afternoon (Headteachers at the meeting were told by the Head of Service via the DFE that both parents had to be key workers).

This is a concern because the point of reducing massively the number of children in schools is for THEIR and OUR safety. The number staying in schools was estimated at no more than 10% of the school population. This is considered the safe limit by Public Health England. It was a scientific decision around social distancing.

This list today is so long that in fact around half the school population might still be in school mixing with other children AND our staff. We have concerns about this public health risk.

Your children are safer at home. This is why the Government has asked parents – even those of key workers - to keep their child at home, wherever possible and remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.” DFE guidance to parents 19th March.

We are not even sure what the need will be in this school to provide childcare in the Easter holidays when all working families had already planned their childcare between them over this holiday period. Again, we would prefer our staff to experience two weeks of social distancing like everyone else as we are Frontline Workers too and just as at risk of getting coronavirus as everyone else. There are lots of questions for Trafford this morning!

This morning, Mrs Butler and I will be attending a further Head’s meeting where we hope to get some clarity from Trafford. Trafford may impose a cap of numbers or prioritise groups of parents  – we do not know yet. It has been suggested by Trafford that if numbers in a school are over the 10%, then children will be sent to other schools.

In the meantime, we will publish a form later this morning on the two websites, with paper copies in the office, for families who think that they fall into the ‘Key Worker’ category. This is to be returned to the school office or the info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk email address to be managed by the school office. Please note that we will be asking for evidence/ID on the forms so that we can manage numbers and assign staff teams.

The safety and wellbeing of your children and our staff and their families is at the front of all our thoughts this morning. We will contact you all again later today.

Kind regards, Mrs Nunwick and Mrs Butler

 Please see the published list below from the following site:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

If your school is closed then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend.

We are grateful for the work of teachers and workers in educational settings for continuing to provide for the children of the other critical workers of our country. It is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease.

School Closure Update 19th March 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 19th Mar 2020 @ 2:40pm

Dear MPJS families,

I'm sorry to say that we have no further information to share with you at all. We do not know yet who is to be counted as key workers, what 'evidence' Trafford will ask for, what hours school will be open during this extraordinary period or the dates school will be reopened to everyone. We think we 'may' know at 5pm but even if this is correct, we know that this is not particularly helpful to staff, pupils or parents right now.

It looks like the full details and the practical plans for England & Trafford will be in place tomorrow ready for the weekend and a Monday start.

Thank you for your continued support and patience. I know this is a very anxious time for everyone. Many of us here have children and dependants too and we will do our best to support the school community as well as the needs of our own families.

Learning Packs for each year group will be in the office for parents to collect from 8.30 am in the front office tomorrow morning. You can pick these up even if your child is not in school. They have cover letters and a schedule from your child's teacher. The packs are for next week and the week after Easter. We will add more and let you know via the daily message on your child's class blog page on the website.  If your child has Special Educational Needs, please ask the office staff for your child's named pack.

We will update you as soon as we can with any real news. Take care,  Mrs Nunwick

 

School Closure Information 18th March 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 18th Mar 2020 @ 6:56pm

Dear MPJS Families,

Well, I wasn’t expecting the “You will be closed from Friday, except…” announcement that we have just had from the Government just now!

The plan is for all schools in England to close on Friday 20th March, except for pupils with parents who are classed as Key Workers – NHS, Police, Prison and Delivery Drivers at the moment. Ironically, although school staff are expected to continue working, we are not classed as Key Workers!  Also pupils with Education Health and Care Plans and those involved with Social Care may still attend.

Moss Park Junior School and Moss Park Infant School are going to work together as one unit as we have the same families so we are going to work closely together and pool our resources.

Apart from that piece of information, we don’t have anything else to share yet. Mrs Butler and I are meeting tomorrow morning to formulate a plan and will share that with you all once we know what the local (Trafford) arrangements are going to be.

Please wait for communication from us two Headteachers rather than making enquiries via the office as they will not be able to help.

Please can those parents with jobs in the Key Worker categories make themselves known to the Office so we can create a list, and also please can parents with children who have EHCPs let us know what they are thinking?

Learning Packs available in the office from 8.30 am Friday for all pupils.

See you tomorrow,

Mrs Nunwick

Coronavirus Update 17th March, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 17th Mar 2020 @ 3:00pm

Hello everyone,

I am afraid I don't have anything new to tell you. We have all had a good day here and 4M & 3E (staff and pupils!) have been brilliant. We have got those 2 classes covered all week by me, Ms Butler and our Teaching Assistants. We've only got one other member of staff self-isolating (as a precaution) so at the moment we are all doing ok. I've cancelled the after school clubs because we are all mucking in during the day, some of the team do Breakfast Club, Lunchtime SEN interventions, playground duties and are already covering classes, so we thought that this would take pressure off and keep our strength up!

Thanks for letting us know if your child is not going to be in - if you use the info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk email address I can pick that up in the evenings and early mornings too and it frees us the school telephone.

*Cancelled next week = Y3's Stretford Singathon*. This was with lots of other schools, so it's sensible that  it's been cancelled.

I will email you again tomorrow. In the meantime I have pasted the information from the DFE below. Take Care and keep in touch, Mrs Nunwick :)

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This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

New guidance for households with symptoms

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

 

 

Coronavirus Update NEW 16th March 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 16th Mar 2020 @ 6:09pm

Hello everyone,

We have just listened to the PM's Press Conference and want to update you on the effects on school.

1) Schools are remaining open. We are continuing with school-only events BUT we are limiting contact with OTHER communities. This means I am cancelling the Z Arts trip for 5H and swimming for Y4 top ups is cancelled.

2) If anyone in your family household gets the symptoms, the whole household must now stay isolated for 14 days. Please be on high alert and let us know via the school phone, email or the 24/7 email info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk. Don’t forget to inform school if there has been a confirmed case in your family.

3) I have told our pregnant staff to stay at home as a precaution. They are in one of the key vulnerable groups announced today. These classes will be covered between Ms Butler, me and our Higher Level Teaching Assistants for the rest of the week.

I also understand the real anxiety caused by the change in the situation and I understand if you decide you want to keep your children off school this week. You will not be penalised for this BUT please be aware that we do not have the capacity to provide work on demand at the moment.

It is clear from what has been said tonight that this is a fast moving situation. I do think school closures are coming sooner rather than later. We will have individual learning packs ready to go for if/when we get the instruction to close. Arrangements for giving these out  will be shared for you then.

Please be reassured that each and every child is our priority. We are following all the health and safety guidance extremely carefully. We have not had, and do not have, any cases of coronavirus confirmed at all. Your chid is as safe here as anywhere else. We are all on high alert and meeting several times a day to share information. The decision by the Government team that includes the UK’s Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Science officer to keep schools open has been made with all the evidence available. They would not do this if there was a heightened risk. I hope this makes you feel a bit more confident to keep your child in school.

Take care,

Mrs Nunwick and all the staff at MPJS

 

Coronavirus Absence Reporting 16th March 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 16th Mar 2020 @ 8:36am

Dear MPJS Families,

I hope you have managed to have a restful weekend. I know it is a difficult time and the 24 hour rolling coverage on the news and social media is not helpful. Please be assured that managing the risk to our pupils, staff and families is our highest priority and I will keep you up to date as soon as I get any information. We would be very grateful if you can support us with information coming back into school by:

Sickness Absence Reporting

1) The symptoms of coronavirus are: a new, continuous dry cough, temperature of above 37.5, aching limbs. if your child has these symptoms, please inform school straight away.You are advised to go online for advice, or phone 111 if you are really struggling with your symptoms.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

2) If you and your family have been advised to self-isolate by 111, please let us know straight away.

2) If your child is off for any other reason, please let us know and give us the specific reason rather than a general "he/she is not well' using the 'press 1' option to leave a message on the school phone rather than going through to the office staff. This will free us up to deal with coronavirus queries.

The office staff spend a number of hours each day chasing parents who have not reported their child's absence, and at this time, we cannot afford to do this when we are trying to coordinate our response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

4) If you would like some advice on your child's particular circumstances, please phone us. We have the latest information for schools. You can also let us know about your situation or ask questions via the info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk email address. We have access to this out of school hours too.

Take care - we will continue to ensure that we are very vigilant in school and that enhanced hand hygiene is enforced throughout school.

Mrs Nunwick

 

Coronavirus Update 13th March 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 13th Mar 2020 @ 3:29pm

Dear MPJS Families,

We have carefully examined our calendar and arrangements between now and the Easter break. We've looked at our Risk Procedure plan around reducing risks. Please find the table of events below - I have had NO further advice from Trafford so have made my own enquiries to the various places.

Please let us know if you have been advised by 111 to self isolate, or if there is an incident of Coronovirus in your household or if you have any concerns or questions, in this special email address: info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk

I have access to this email out of school hours and at weekends.

Many thanks, Mrs Nunwick

Week beginning 16th March 2020

Tuesday 17th March

  • St Patrick’s Day (members of cubs/rainbows, brownies, scouts, guides etc. can wear their uniform tops today)
  • 5H to Z Arts
  • Continue as normal
  • The Headteacher of Norbury Hall School and I have discussed our risk assessments and advice today and this trip will go ahead, pending our final decision on Monday. Neither schools have anyone self-isolating and enhanced risk assessment are both in place. We have had no instruction to postpone from Z Arts or Trafford either. If things change, we will text Y5 parents on Monday afternoon.

Wednesday 18th March

  • Y4 Swimming Top-up
  • Lessons are going ahead as normal

Wednesday 18th March

  • Y6 Music Concert (Samba) 3.00 pm
  • Go ahead with enhanced hygiene for visitors. Slip to go out with advice on – reply needed for numbers please.

Week beginning 23rd March 2020 – will update this next week for you

Monday 23rd March

  • Y5 Guitar Concert 10.30 am
  • Please wait until we can share updated Trafford Guidance – this might change

Tuesday 24th March

  • 5J Robot Workshop all day
  • Stretford Singathon @ Stretford Grammar (Y3 and Choir)
  • Continue with enhanced hygiene

 

  • Waiting for advice from Trafford Council

Wednesday 25th March

  • Y4 Swimming Top-up
  • Waiting for advice from Trafford Council

Wednesday 25th March

  • Y4 Music Concert & Assembly 2.45 pm
  • Please wait until we can share updated Trafford Guidance – this might change

Thursday 26th March

  • 5H Robot workshop all day
  • Spring Term Parents Evening 3.30 – 7.00 pm
  • Continue with enhanced hygiene
  • Postponed to Thursday 23rd April

Friday 27th March

  • Spring term ‘big’ Certificate Assembly

 

  • Postpone to Friday 24th April

 

 

 

Coronavirus Update 12th March 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 12th Mar 2020 @ 4:28pm

Dear MPJS Families,

The Government have just come out of the COBRA meeting and have announced that at the moment, schools in the United Kingdom will remain OPEN.

We have had our own strategy meeting to decide our next steps and have checked through our Risk Procedures. We are in regular discussions with the Infant School.

Over the next 2 weeks there are a few occasions when we have people coming into school, classes going out (such as swimming, schools linking) and events such as concerts. I will contact all parties tomorrow and let you know what we are going to cancel/move while we are still in the 'delay' phase.

We ARE going to postpone Parents' Evening until after the Easter break and the new date will be Thursday 23rd April. This is because slips have not gone out yet and we do not want to mess you about when we still do not know what is happening regarding closures.

Tomorrow we are preparing packs of work for every child should we need to close and ensuring all the children have their log ins so that work can be set remotely. Additionally we are setting up an extra school email address so that you can keep us up to date with your family circumstances if we are shut - details to follow tomorrow.

I will continue to keep you up to date as a priority - as soon as we have news, I will share it with you.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Mrs Nunwick

Coronavirus Update 11th March 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 11th Mar 2020 @ 9:26am

Dear Moss Park Families,

I am writing to tell you where we are up to with the Coronavirus in school, and to share the advice we are getting.

At the moment, we are being instructed by Trafford and Public Health England to simply remain vigilant and ensure good hand/coughs and colds hygiene. As you may have read, risk to children in our schools in the UK remains very low. However, we take our duty of care very seriously.

As such we have:

  • Doubled the number of soap dispensers in the shared sink areas between each class
  • Added hand gel dispensers in the corridors at each shared area entrance and in the Library
  • Added a hand gel dispenser in the office area to be used by all visitors to school (and staff)
  • Checked stocks of tissues, hand towels and soap/gel twice daily
  • Investigated any holiday absences for locations/advice for that area (none recently)
  • Displayed posters around school and in toilets
  • Continued to refresh pupils' understanding of good hand hygiene and using tissues

Trafford have sent us a model letter to send out should we have any information that a member of the school community has been in contact with a coronavirus patient or visited a high risk area and is self-isolating. This will be sent out with along with a text message to everyone in school if this happens.

Please do not be offended if the Office Staff question you for more details regarding a child's reasons for absence. Also, we are coming up to the Easter holidays and some of you will be going on holiday. We ask that you too remain vigilant and also inform us if there has been any exposure to coronavirus.

We will send out further information about school holiday protocols and how to communicate any issues with us nearer the time of the holidays.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Nunwick

Headteacher Weekly News 2nd March 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 2nd Mar 2020 @ 3:44pm

Good morning everyone,

Well, it's just been High School allocation weekend and I hope that all our Year 6 pupils have been allocated the High School of their choice. If you have any problems or queries, please bob in and see me. It's strange  to think that 3 and a half years has passed  and the current Year 6 was my first class here - they are a lovely bunch and I know they will make us and you very proud.

Thank Yous

Thank you to all who sent back the consultation forms for the outdoor gym. The bid is now with a company who writes these bids and will be installing the equipment if we are successful. Fingers crossed!

Well done to our swimmers who completed in the elite Trafford finals - they did really well against some tough competition (and private schools!).

Well, done to our Cross Country runners who came to Longford Park on Saturday. We had the best turn out yet! Our Y6 Boys team came 3rd, our Y6 Girls team 4th, and our Y5 Boys and Girls teams 6th and 8th.  We had some placings (top 10): Sanjay in Year 6. We also had another speedy Moss Park Infant runner with us - Bisher's brother Mohamad in Y2!

Book Fair

The team have organised this brilliantly and you can come in from 3pm to look around the Book Fair with your child. You can take them home - please just sign your child out in the office. If you come back in after school at 3.30 pm with your child, you don't have to sign in but please still come in through the office doors.

World Book Day - Thursday 5th March

You have had a letter for this and I will upload the file for any more details you may need. We are looking forward to doing our parade in the hall - remember, costumes win prizes for creativity - you don't have to spend lots on an outfit.

Open Week

We are looking forward to seeing you next week, learning more about how we teach Reading and Writing at MPJS. Please make  sure you have booked your place to avoid disappointment, We have a max number of 6 adults per session in each class - it's simply a space issue. Mrs Edwards has some handouts to give you about reading after the lessons.

Sport Relief Week beginning 9th March - 13th March

We have got lots of exciting activities going on around Open Week as we want to celebrate the huge variety of sports and games our pupils play. Mr Tarry is going to do a timetable, invitation and reply slip for the week and we would love parents to come in and support their children in the sports and games. You don't have to be an expert. Also, I am going to run a one off Ladies and Girls Only Boxercise/Martial Arts class within the school day - Mr Jordan's colleague Natasha is going to do this for us in the hall so please, ladies, sign up to this - slip to follow!

Volunteers

On Friday, I will be sending out a letter asking for parents who can volunteer in school - some regularly and some for one off events. We really do value your presence and support in school, so if you can help that would be very welcome, even if it isn't a weekly thing.

Coronavirus

I know that is a very worrying story for everyone but we are prepared and on the ball ready to address any problems. I've got no news other than the link I sent you last week. The Government is announcing the COBRA action plan today and I expect updates to schools to follow this. We don't have any pupils or families returning from the category 1 zones. We get regular emails from Public Health England and I will share those with you when they come. We practised handwashing to 'Happy Birthday To You' yesterday in assembly and it did take 20 seconds as recommended! We are ensuring good hand hygiene and cleanliness throughout school and monitoring any absences carefully.

Thank you for all your support,

Mrs Nunwick

 

 

Commuity consultation for outdoor gym equipment, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 21st Feb 2020 @ 3:20pm

We are applying for a lottery grant for some outdoor gym equipment to go in our grounds.

The national lottery have recently tightened up their criteria and so we have to show that local community would benefit from us having the outdoor gym equipment.

We would want to let local groups use it when we are not in school hours, for example:

  • Friends of Moss Park events
  • Uniformed organisations and other community/faith groups
  • Different generations/generations together
  • People who use our school (holiday clubs/ lettings etc.)

We would be very grateful if you would fill in the questionnaire available on our website www.mpjs-trafford.co.uk (go on to the latest news tab) and return to me via email on mossparkjun.admin@trafford.gov.uk so I can be successful with this lottery bid!

Many thanks, Mrs S Nunwick (Headteacher at Moss Park Junior School)

Trafford advice on the Coronavirus, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 20th Feb 2020 @ 2:27pm

Trafford Council have asked us to circulate the latest advice around the Coronavirus. As you know coronavirus is a pandemic affecting the globe. Here are the links for further information:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5e35b25740f0b609169cb52a/coronavirus-public-info-poster-2.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

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Headteacher Weekly News 20th February 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 20th Feb 2020 @ 9:08am

Dear MPJS Families and Friends,

Welcome back after the half term holiday - we finished with rainy weather and came back to rain! We should start to see the signs of spring coming soon and we have lots of things to look forward to in school. Please see the noticeboard outside school and the spring dates on the Parents/Newsletter tab - they take us right up to the Easter break.

Thank You

We raised £562.49 from the PTFA Spring Discos. This includes tickets, money raised on the night and also this time from pupils who were not able to make the discos but wanted to support our fundraising. A great time was had by all and mixing up the music with team games such as the balloon passing game, Corners and Musical Statues was very popular. Special thanks as always to our PTFA committee and core of regular event helpers.

Just One Tree

Thank you for your donations. Every £1 will be used to plant one tree for every pupils who has donated today. We are making a big tree display in the hall with one leaf representing each child in school.

We are walking to Lostock College on Friday afternoon for the Allegro Dance performance - the theme this year is Beauty and the Beast (hope you enjoyed the homework of watching the film!). The weather is so wet at the moment on and off so please bring waterproof coats etc. for the children.

Coming Soon...World Book Day Thursday 5th March

We are going for full dress up day again this year. Pupils are welcome to come dressed up as characters and bring the book in as a bonus. There will be a prize for the best costume in each class. We look for creativity so please don't think you have to spend lots of money on a shop bought costume.  An extra competition this year is that pupils can bring in a piece of their artwork - a design of a book cover or character - we will display these and also give prizes for the best ones! Fun reading activities - including a Puffin Books Live Read that schools across the country will be doing at the same time - will be going on all day in all classes.

Kind regards,

Mrs S Nunwick

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headteacher Weekly News 4th February 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 4th Feb 2020 @ 9:49am

Dear Parents, Carers, Families and Friends,

Thank You!

We have passed the E Safety Mark Assessment with flying colours. It was a very thorough day and the staff and children did us proud! Congratulations also to Miss McEvoy has worked so hard to lead us through the process.Thank you to all those parents who met with Dawn. In the report she highlights:

"The school has developed an extremely strong culture of openness, honesty and trust which has resulted in support from all areas of the school community. The high number of parents who attended the assessment meeting indicated that the school is viewed as a supportive partner. Parents were aware of the school’s vision and practises for online safety, in particular they discussed the digital leaders and how their own children had helped with their personal understanding of e-safety."  

The Quality Mark lasts for 3 years. We will continue on our e safety journey as there are always things we can do better and we face new challenges all the time with fast moving technology!

Tree Planting

Year 3 and 4 pupils are planting trees on our school field tomorrow. Please send your child in something waterproof and sensible for garden work if they are in Y3 & 4.

Food Technology Room Progress

Howdens are in today to measure and price up the job. We have got a really good link now with Lostock College and are modelling our room on the High School model. Can't wait for the work to start and get  going - we will be calling on family members to share their cooking expertise, so watch this space! 5H are at Lostock on Friday again, so please remember containers.

Disco!

Tickets are still available for our PTFA Discos on Thursday 6th February - we look forward to seeing as many children are possible and thank any volunteers in advance. Y3 & Y4 straight after school and Y5 & Y6 4.45 - 6.00 pm. Tickets are £2.50 and include drink and a snack.

Please note: We are going to let all pupils wear non-uniform on Thursday - it is easier for Y3 and Y4 and fair to our older pupils.

If  your child cannot come to the Disco, we would be very grateful if you could bring in 50p donation towards the PTA's activities.

There will be no clubs on Thursday. Please note that Friday clubs ARE on (and are on first week back).

PE may be outside next half term (fingers crossed) so please make sure your child has PE kit that can be worn indoors and outdoors. There are still a few children in every class without bits of PE kit.

As usual, lost property uniform & kit will be displayed outside the school office to be claimed on the last day of half term at 3.20 onwards.

Mr Jordan's Holiday Sports Club

There are a few places left on each day. Booking forms are in the office. I have uploaded a booking form here in case you decide you would like your child to attend the camp once we have closed on Friday. You can just turn up on the day (just before 9.00 am) and hand the form/payment in and your child will be able to attend. Just make sure your child is wearing suitable comfy clothing and has a packed lunch with them.

Lastly, we break up on Friday 7th February and I wish you and your family an enjoyable and restful half term holiday and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 17th February.

All good wishes,

Mrs Nunwick and all the staff at Moss Park Junior School

 

Headteacher Weekly News 28th January 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 27th Jan 2020 @ 11:13am

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Yesterday's weather reports saw me worrying about whether our Severe Weather Plan was up to date (it is!). I think I may have been a bit too keen as we've only had 5 minutes of sleet but it is best to be prepared - not sure if we can beat our fantastic day in the fresh snow last year though!

We started the week with an assembly on Holocaust Memorial Day and listened to some violin music from the film Schindler's List. The theme this year is 'We Stand Together' and we thought about ways we can support each other in school and in the community.

Miss Isbister led two lower school and upper school assemblies to talk about the Sign Health charity - we are joing in with Sign2Sing again and will make a donation from School Fund to the charity. You can find the song (Join Hands) with the signing on the http://sign2sing.org.uk/ website.

Well done to our Y4 and Y5 Swimming Team. Every swimmer gave 100%, learnt a lot about relays and competition , showed great team work and swam hard! Thanks to the parents who came to support - we had more parents there than any other school. Our Y4 Boys and Y5 girls have quaified for the Trafford Finals next month.

Year 4 Swimmers Top Up lessons

Did you know that we pay extra from our PE & Sports Grant so our non-swimmers in Y4 can have 16 extra free lessons? These start next week. We are passionate about all our pupils getting an equal chance to reach the national standard of being able to swim 25 metres - front and back strokes.

E Safety Quality Mark Assessment Day Friday 31st January

Thanks to the small group of parents who came in last Friday to find out more about our E safety work. The lady is coming in to assess us on Friday 31st January and I would be very grateful if you could give 15/20 minutes of your time from 8.45 am. I'm going to send an online safety information sheet out tomorrow. Perhaps ask your child what THEY know about internet safety - they probably know more than us adults! Anyway, all welcome (we will meet in the Library) and of course there will be tea, coffee biscuits and juice for any pre-school children.

We've updated our Mobile Phone and Devices policy to include Smart watches - some of our children have started wearing Apple Watches to school. These are not allowed as they can be used for taking photos, internet connection etc. You may find new forms coming home - if your child brings a phone into school to keep in the office for the walk to and from school so please do have a read and sign/return to school. Our updated policy is on the website and smartwatches are now included in the School Uniform Policy.

Extra dates added to the Spring Term Events Calendar

Wednesday 5th February

Y3 and Y4 planting trees on our back field. Please wear sensible shoes, boots and gloves etc. for digging.

Friday 7th February

ASDA visiting Y4

Thursday 20th February

Non-Uniform charity day “Just One Tree’. £1 donation please. This project supports planting trees around the world to help stop Global Warming.

Monday 24th February

Canal Trust Assembly (water safety)

Tuesday 25th February

Teachers Pancake Race – winning points for their Team!

Tuesday 25th   

& Wednesday 26th February

Freddie Fit (Y6 + Y4)

Freddie Fit (Y5 + Y3)

Thursday 27th February

  • Safer Internet Day
  • E Safety Karaoke Competition in the hall

Monday 2nd March

Scholastic Book Fair ALL WEEK

Tuesday 3rd March 5J to Z Arts with Norbury Hall Primary - schools linking

Thursday 5th March

World Book Day – watch this space for our plans.

Friday 6th March

Y4 at (MPSI) Museum of Science and Industry all day (on tram)

Wednesday 11th March

Poet Matt Goodfellow in all day (workshops)

Monday 9th – Friday 13th March

Sport Relief Activities in the afternoons, leading to Sport Relief Day on Friday 13th March (we will be asking for sporty parents to help lead games on this day!)

Tuesday 17th March

Change of date – 5H to Z Arts with Norbury Hall Primary (Schools Linking project)

Wednesday 18th March   Y6 Music Concert - Samba 3.00 pm (for families)
Monday 23rd March    Y5 Guitar Concert (for families) 10.30 am

Tuesday 24th March

  • 5J Robot Workshop all day
  • Y3 + Choir Stretford Singathon @ Stretford Grammar
Wednesday 25th March       Y4 Music Concert & Values Assembly 2.45 pm (for families)

Thursday 26th March

  • 5H Robot workshop all day
  • Spring Term Parents Evening 3.30 – 7.00 pm

Friday 27th March

  • Spring term ‘big’ Certificate Assembly
  • Spring Enrichment Activity Day (whole school)

You can print off this revised list of dates (see below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headteacher Weekly News 20th January 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 20th Jan 2020 @ 11:54am

Dear Parents & Carers,

Apologies for no update last week – I said that sometimes I won’t manage it and last week was a crazy week!

Last Monday we launched our assembly theme of World Religion Day and the Ethos team stepped up to help me lead a multi-faith assembly that used our children to talk about aspects of their religion such as festivals, what prayer looks like, sets of rules for life. The classes are creating a whole school art frieze to commemorate the work done this week.

It is Martin Luther King Day today and the pupils were silent watching MLK deliver his “I have a dream” speech. It is amazing for them to be able to see real footage of an historical event. We linked our assembly to our school values – we have just installed a large mural at the front of the hall and we could see equality, unity and community up there as well as our 6 key values.

Cross Country

Congratulations and thanks to all our children who turned up on a cold morning to represent the school at Trafford Schools Cross Country Competition at Longford Park on Saturday. Our Year 6 boys’ team came 2nd and so did our Y5 boys. Our girls are great and raced in great times – but only Betty, Jasmine and Sophie ran and we need a minimum of 3 pupils in each year group to qualify as a team. We are looking forward to next year as we had 16 boys running for Y5 (and younger) and just need Jasmine and Sophie to persuade more girls to join them!

Please Help!

This is just a reminder that I would be really grateful if some parents could meet with me this Friday (24th) when you have dropped your child off (for 9.00 am) for a quick run through of the sort of questions the E Safety Assessor will be asking parents on Friday 31st January about what your child knows about e safety and how we inform you as parents. Miss McEvoy and I will have everything you need and answer any questions. Tea, coffee and biscuits are on offer! ALL WELCOME.

Mr Jordan’s Sports Camp – February half term

Want to find something for the children to do in the holidays? Want to encourage your child to keep fit and have fun with their friends? Then the Holiday Club at MPJS is perfect! It’s just £12 per day and feedback from the children is always great. You don’t have to commit to all week, you can choose from 1 day up to 5. The pupils are in a safe environment and Mr Jordan’s team are all great. Leaflets coming out tonight.

Thanks to parents who volunteered to support us in the Chester Zoo trip (especially in the awful weather) – we will try to make sure that any parents who we were not able to take will get first refusal next time round.

In other news, I have started a lottery bid application to create an outdoor gym and all weather surfacing on the grass near the Fitness Trail. Fingers crossed! We are visiting Lostock College next Friday to see their Food Technology Room so we can progress this project. The places we have seen so far have been much smaller than we are looking at so we need to look at High School facilities. I will let you know when I have an update on both projects.

Have a lovely week,

Mrs Nunwick

Headteacher Weekly News & Spring Dates 7th Janury 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 7th Jan 2020 @ 10:45am

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Welcome back to all our MPJS families,

Well, we all look a lot more awake and eager to learn today (teachers and pupils!) This first day after Christmas break is always a shock to the system. Pupils tend to make the most progress in the spring term so we are looking forward already to telling you all about your child’s achievement at Parents Evening in the end of March. We think you will be impressed! Our MPJS values theme for the term is ‘LOVE’ and started with an assembly showing maps of our local area and the world to show how far love spreads and to reflect our families and friends in other countries. Today we have studied the book, “Guess How Much I Love You” and talked about how LOVE is enormous and can’t be counted.

Uniform/PE Kit

I did a ‘start of term’ uniform and shoe check yesterday. Thank you for your support with our school uniform policy (on website). We think we have a smart and affordable uniform. We like to think we are preparing children for their future learning and the world of work.  Please continue to let us know if there is a reason for a short term uniform issue so we can work with you.

Please note: We are happy for pupils to put their PE trainers on at breaks for going on our running track/lunchtime games etc. This should hopefully mean that their school shoes last longer too!

E- Safety Assessment Day

This was postponed in the autumn and is now going ahead on Friday 31st January. We welcome parents coming in to talk to the assessor about what the school does to promote internet safety. I am proposing that if you fancy helping us out but want to know more about it, please come for a coffee and a chat on Friday 24th January with me at 9.00 am and we can talk through the sort of things she will be talking about. The ‘proper’ meeting with parents will be at 9.00 am on Friday 31st January. All welcome on one or both days!

Pantomime and Science Theatre

We have got two exciting show this half term – Robin Hood/Babes in the Wood traditional pantomime and ‘Light Fantastic’ from Kinetic Science Theatre. We are asking you for a single £3 contribution towards these shows. Please pay on Parent Pay as usual. Thank you.

I’ve copied some key dates onto here, attached a file document and will display the dates in the Notice Board too.

Kind regards,

Mrs Nunwick

Spring

Term 2020

Wednesday 8th January

Y4 Swimming starts back

Thursday 9th January

Lostock College visiting Y5 re: their spring Food Technology project

Monday 13th January

After School Clubs start back

Tuesday 14th January

Y3 trip to Chester Zoo

Friday 17th January

5J to Lostock College

Friday 17th January

 

 

We are asking for a single contribution of just £3 towards the total cost of the pantomime & the science theatre show – thank you.

Whole School Pantomime

Robin Hood & Babes in the Wood

 

 

Tuesday 21st January

  • Kinetic Science Theatre ‘The Light Fantastic’

Thursday 23rd January

  • Y4 to Chester Zoo

Friday 24th January

  • 5H to Lostock College

Friday 31st January

  • 360 E Safety Assessment Day
  • NatWest Money Sense visit to Y6
  • 5J to Lostock College

Thursday 6th February

  • PTFA Spring Discos (after school)

Friday 7th February

  • 5H  to Lostock College

Friday 7th February

Break up for half term holidays

Monday 17th February

  • Back to School

Friday 21st February

  • Whole School going over to Lostock for the Allegro Dance performance
Tuesday 25th February
  • 5H to Z Arts in Hulme with their link school Norbury Hall, Stockport

Tuesday 3rd March

  • 5J to Z Arts in Hulme with their link school Norbury Hall, Stockport

Monday 9th March

  • Open Week for parents (English Focus)

Tuesday 17th March

  • St Patrick’s Day (members of cubs/rainbows, brownies, scouts, guides etc. can wear their uniform tops today)

Tuesday 24th March

  • 5J Robot Workshop all day
  • Stretford Singathon

Thursday 26th March

  • 5H Robot workshop all day

 

  • Spring Term Parents Evening 3.30 – 7.00 pm

Friday 27th March

  • Spring term ‘big’ Certificate Assembly
  • Spring Enrichment Activity Day (whole school)

 

Spring Term Clubs, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 5th Jan 2020 @ 11:06am

Happy New year Everyone! I hope you have had a restful holiday. We are looking forward to a dynamic and successful 2020 with you and your family. We have lots of trips, visits and learning events happening this term and I will post key  dates and news properly later today. This news item is a reminder to book on to our school clubs as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.They all start again in week 2 (Monday 13th January) and run up until the Easter break.

I hope you and your child find the clubs exciting. We have tried to make sure there is something for a lower and upper junior school pupil to do each night as this supports parents – you don’t have to come to school twice to collect siblings. This term we are offering:

Monday

Gymnastics Club

Y3/Y4

Mr Jordan (Our Teaching Sport Coach)/Mrs Hilton

 

Art Club

Y5/Y6

Miss Jones/Mrs Singh

*NEW*

Code Club/Lego Boost STEM club

Y5/Y6

Mr Ward (20 places maximum)

Tuesday

Computing/Chromebook/iPad Club

Y3/4

Mr Ward/Mrs Singh

 

Singing Club/Choir

Y3/4/5/6

Miss Jones (Trafford Music Service)

 

Football

Y5/Y6

Mr Lowe (Achieve More Sport)

Wednesday

Fun Fitness Club – Multiskills, Benchball, Circuits etc. in the hall

Y5/Y6

Mr Jordan (Our Teaching Sport Coach)

 

Film Club (This term we are not just watching films but publishing film reviews & doing fun activities from the ‘intofilm.org’ schools website)

Y5/Y6

Mrs Hilton

 

Board Games and Puzzle Club  (Y3/4)

Y3/Y4

Miss Higson & Mrs Woods

Thursday

Mad Science STEM Club  

Y4/5

Mr Ward & Mrs Singh

 

Art and Craft Club

Y3/Y4

Mrs Edwards & Mrs France

 

Year 6 Skillz Squad

Y6

Mr Boyer and Miss Isbister

Friday

Film Club (This term we are not just watching films but publishing film reviews

& doing fun activities from the intofilm.org’ schools website)

Y3/Y4

Miss Horvath

 

Verbal Reasoning/Non Verbal Reasoning/Puzzle Club

Y5

Mrs Nunwick & Mr Ward

*New* Football Club Nathan Lowe, who with his Dad runs Longford Park JFC, is doing a satellite club here on Tuesdays. The plan is to cater for Y5/6 pupils in spring and Y3/4 in summer. The club is open to boys and girls of any ability – a flyer is attached for Y5/6 pupils. The club costs £2.50 per week. The club is free of charge to pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals (see below for details).

Other School Run Clubs. We’ve set a nominal charge of £5 for a club for the whole term from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm (10 week block). Thank you for helping us provide the clubs for your child – all the money that comes in pays for extra staff to support the teachers & coaches, and to buy resources the clubs need. Those pupils who are currently entitled to Free School Meals will be able to attend the clubs free of charge (we link up our FSM information to your individual log-in, so the discount is already applied).

Y6 Skills Squad Club is a FREE club as it has a solely educational purpose.

How to Apply

Via Parent Pay. The benefit of this is you will be able to see if a place is available and secure it for your child. Booking is open throughout the holidays. Please choose no more than 3 clubs for each child initially. If there are any spaces available in clubs after the closing date we will then let everyone know so you will be able to book a 4th club if you choose. 

Please contact the school office if you need your login details for ParentPay.  For those parents who have not used ParentPay before or do not have access to the internet the office staff will be happy to support you.  Just call into the school office as soon as possible and the staff will guide you through the process using one of the office computers.  

 Kind regards, Mrs Nunwick and all the staff at MPJS    

Quick Update from the Xmas Fair and Dates, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 13th Dec 2019 @ 4:57pm

Dear MPJS Families,

Thank you so much for all your support before and during the PTFA Xmas Fair today. We had so much fun and we are looking forward to seeing how much we have raised for school on Monday.

I’ve attached the winning raffle tickets at the bottom of this bulletin – those who were not in the hall at the count. I will put this list in the outside noticeboard too.

Dates for next Week

Tuesday 17th December is the Y5 and Y6 party. Your child has chosen some food/snack item to bring and a letter went out today. They can come in their party clothes – it is just easier!

Thursday 19th December is the Y3 and 4 party. Food letters will go out on Monday. They can come in their party clothes – it is even easier for our younger pupils!

Friday 20th December 9.00 am is the Autumn Achievement Assembly. We are giving out 8 certificates per class. 4 are for academic work and 4 are for pupils who consistently show our school values. If you are a new parent in Year 3, we do this each term. Texts out Monday morning to the parents of children getting a certificate.

We are taking any donations for the Reverse Advent Calendar Appeal to Barakah Food Aid on Friday – so please send any last minute bits in before then.

Winning Raffle Numbers

190

104

184

163

164

169

205

269

278

282

290

207

323

314

392

376

305

395

334

382

378

377

363

436

456

464

 

Headteacher Weekly News 9th December 2019, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 9th Dec 2019 @ 11:19am

Hello Everyone,

Please may I start by thanking you for your chocolate donations on Friday? It will help our chocolate tombola be one of the most popular stalls again on Friday!

I hope you all got a copy of the "help needed" letter that went out on Thursday night - a copy is attached below this news item. We are looking for donations of cakes to eat in our festive cafe plus pre-loved teddies, toys and books (thanks to Thomas R in Y4 who bought in a huge bag of washed and dried cuddly toys! this morning!). All money raised at the Christmas Fun Afternoon & Fair  on Friday goes back to our children.

Please keep sending in items of food and toiletries for Barakah Food Aid Foodbank appeal - Mr Irvine and I will take the boxes on the last day of term.

Miss Higson and I were thrilled to see 25 pupils come to sing at Stretford Public Hall Christmas Fair on Saturday. Our children represented school fantastically and our 'enthusiastic volunteers' were brilliant!

School Parking and Waiting

Careless parking, waiting and dropping off is STILL causing lots of problems outside school. It is not necessary to drop your child off at the front gate. Please park further away from school and walk the last bit. It is good for your child, good for you and good for the environment too! I can get the police back again, but they can't be there every day. Please don't:

  • Park on the zig zags EVER - it is illegal
  • Double park on our narrow road so cars cannot get past - blocks other road users
  • Park on the corner of the road - blocking others
  • Park over neighbour's drives - it is a nuisance
  • Stop in the middle of the road and let your child dash across - so dangerous
  • Keep your engine running - pollution harms our children!

Election Closure

Please remember we are closed to pupils on Thursday 12th December for the snap General Election.

We hope to see as many Year 3 families as possible for our Y3 Christmas Play Wednesday 11th December 2.30 pm and Friday 13th December 9.15 am.

Finally, I do hope that you have an informative Parents' Evening on Wednesday 11th and I am around all evening if you want to see me. Just pop your head round my office door.

Kind regards,

Mrs Nunwick

 

 

PTFA Christmas Fair, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 4th Dec 2019 @ 9:20am

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