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16th September 2020

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Whole School News

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we move into Autumn/Winter Season, we will inevitably see the return of normal seasonal colds and coughs and we must of course continue to be vigilant and follow the government guidelines.

If your child does not have COVID-19 symptoms, but has cold like symptoms, such as a runny nose, they do not need to be tested and they or members of their household do not need to self-isolate. Your child can attend school if they feel well enough to do so.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature) 

a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) 

a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal 

If your child presents with one or more of the above symptoms, do not send them to school. You should get a test and your child must not return to school until you have a negative result or have self-isolated for 10 days from when the symptoms started.

If someone in your household has COVID symptoms, do not send your child to school, the household member should have a COVID test and the household should self-isolate until you have a negative result or have self-isolated for 14 days without any symptoms.

We recognise that that these are challenging times and would like to reassure you that we will continue to follow the government guidelines

Please read the https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection 

Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website or book a test, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119

If your child presents with one or more of the above symptoms please email COVID@radnor-sevenaoks.org

If a COVID test is required please email COVID@radnor-sevenoaks.org to inform the school of the test result

Please click here for a step by step guide.

Breakfast Club, Wrap Care and Homework Club Provision at RH7 

Having now been back at school for two weeks as promised we are looking into the possibility of increasing the offering of Clubs, Wrap Care and Homework provisions across the Prep and Senior Schools. 

To enable us to gauge demand for these provisions, please may we request that you complete and submit this form (please complete one form per child) by 5pm on Thursday 17 September when the form will be closed.  This will give us an opportunity on Friday 18 September to investigate the possibility of restarting this provision starting from Monday 21 September. 

Breakfast Club and Wraparound Care (For Pupils in Nursery to Year 11) 

For at least this term we cannot accommodate ad-hoc attendance to our Breakfast Club or wraparound provision and therefore you will be booked in and charged for 5 mornings, 5 afternoons or both per week as follows: 

Breakfast Club Timings are 7.30 am - 8.20 am and will be charged at £5 including breakfast and takes place in the School Dining Hall. 

Wraparound Care Timings are 3.30pm - 6.30pm(£10) including a light tea.  

We will also need to know whether you will collect your child at 5pm, 5.30pm, 6pm or 6.30pm. 

Prep School Homework Club – Years 3 to 6 only – End of the school day until 5 pm 

This will start at the end of the school day in the Prep School and run until 5 pm when your child/ren will be walked to the Parent Car park for you to drive through and collect them there.  Children will not be released before 5 pm under any circumstances, nor must parents come on-site to collect them. 

Homework Club is free of charge and can be booked for up to 5 days a week, no snack will be able to be provided at the current time. 

Senior School Homework Club – Years 7 to 11 – 4 pm until 5.30 pm 

This will start at 4 pm and take place in an appropriate space where students will be socially distanced.  When you arrive to collect your child, please call the Senior School Reception and your child will make their way to the Parent Car park for you to drive through and collect them there.  

Homework Club is free of charge and can be booked for up to 5 days a week.  No snack will be able to be provided at the current time. 

Please be advised that the 5.30 pm Orpington and Sevenoaks shuttle buses will still be unable to run until further notice. 

Registration and Absence

If your child is unable to attend school please be aware that the parent/carer must contact the school giving a reason for pupil non-attendance.   Please can we ask that you email absence@radnor-sevenoaks.org or alternatively telephone 01959 564320 (EYFS–Y6), 01959 563720 (Y7-13).  This must be done on each day of the pupil’s absence.  For further information regarding the schools attendance policy please click here.

Summary of Parent Feedback

Please see the attached for more information.

Forgotten Kit

To minimise the risk of contagion to pupils and staff at RH7, it is essential that children arrive at school with all of the items they need for their day ahead.  The only items parents can drop into school are as follows:

  • Musical Instrument
  • Shin Pads
  • Mouthguard
  • Football or Astro Shoes

If you do need to drop any of the above items into school, please ensure that you are wearing a mask and that you drop these into the clearly labelled tray outside the prep office.  Your child will be advised by their teacher when and where to collect these items.  Thank you for your support in keeping the school safe.

Confirmation of Uniform for Forest School Days 

Following a request for clarification of what children are currently wearing for Forest School and how this is working at our recent Parent Rep meeting please see below: 

  • Nursery and Transition should arrive at school in their own clothes. 
  • Reception Should arrive at school in their PE Kit and they will put their waterproofs on over the top of their PE Kit. 
  • Year 1 Should arrive at school in their PE Kit and they will put their waterproofs on over the top of their PE Kit. 
  • Year 2 Should arrive at school in their PE Kit and they will put their waterproofs on over the top of their PE Kit. 
  • Years 3 to 6  Outdoor Activity clothes (Coats, jumpers, over-trousers) will be put on over uniform or PE kit.  They should only come into school in PE kit if it is a PE day. 

     If it is really hot, children in Reception to Year 6 will wear their PE jumper instead to protect their arms if they need it for the activity.  

It is really important for the children to bring in a separate plastic bag  for Forest School days, otherwise they may be unable to fully take part in the activities planned for the group as due to the current situation with COVID-19, we are unable to lend kit or to keep it in school. 

Awards in Celebration Assembly

Many congratulations to all of the children whose achievements we celebrated in our Celebration Assembly this week, whether these were for achievements in school or outside of school. 

If your child has achieved something exciting outside of school in a club or activity that they participate in, please invite them to share it with the Prep School during our weekly Celebration Assembly on Mondays by sending any information to Dr Margrett: emargrett@radnor-sevenoaks.org

Setting of work for children who are absent due to self-isolation

We will not be providing online lessons for children who are self-isolating due to safeguarding issues surrounding filming the remaining children in the classroom.  Online lessons will resume however if all children in a bubble are asked to self-isolate.  If your child is absent because they have been asked to self-isolate, and they are well in themselves, your child’s class teacher will be happy to provide you copies of the work which their peers have been completing in class.  Please email your child’s class teacher to ask them to provide this.  If you would like additional work from subject specialist teachers, please email Mr Woodward and he will co-ordinate this.  If your child is off school because they are unwell, we would not expect to set work as they will need the time to recover, so emailing your child’s teacher will ensure that they understand when it is appropriate to set work for your child.

Co-Curricular Programme- Expansion  

Following the successful restart of lunchtime clubs and activities over the past two weeks, the school is pleased to announce that from Monday 21 September, our co-curricular programme will expand to include after school sport.  

Please find attached here the sports timetable which includes the year groups, days and timings.  As you would expect, each sports session will be delivered within individual year group bubbles.  

The after-school sports activities will now be added to SOCS Co-Curricular, with the instructions for signing your child up to activities written below.  

Please note that our current range of lunchtime clubs and activities will continue to run, however, these will not be added to SOCS Co-Curricular for the time being.  

Unfortunately at this time, we are unable to offer the shuttle service to Sevenoaks and Orpington Stations due to COVIID cleaning requirements. 

SOCS Co-Curricular Sign-Up  

For any parents who are new to Radnor House Sevenoaks, the school typically uses SOCS Co-Curricular to allow parents and pupils to sign up for Clubs or Activities, which includes Expeditions, Wrap Care. 

Presently, we are only re-opening SOCS Co-Curricular to include after-school sport with the plan to reinstate other co-curricular activities at a later date.   

SOCS Co-Curricular sign up will open at 6 pm on Friday 18th September and close on Sunday 20th September at 9 pm.   

During the sign-up window, pupils can be added or removed from a club or activity but after the sign-up window has closed, pupils may still be added to clubs but cannot be removed (unless requested).  

Please can I ask that parents do not sign their child up to any clubs without their agreed consent- it is vital that they select clubs that they wish to attend.  

It is very important that parents and pupils try their SOCS login before the sign-up window to ensure that it is working and there are no login issues.  

A reminder of the process in order to login to SOCS Co-Curricular:  

Please follow this link: https://www.socscms.com/login  

The login page asks you for the name of the school. Make sure you click on Radnor House Sevenoaks (not Twickenham). Your username is your son/ daughters school email address: eg. joseph.bloggs@radnor-sevenoaks.org  

Your generic password will be sent out separately.  

Once you have logged in, I would advise that you alter your password, via 'Settings' and write it down to remember it.  

It is also important to note that if a club is listed as FULL for the term, you should email activities@radnor-sevenoaks.org to request to be placed on the waiting list. Your child will be given a place for the following term.  

It is also worth noting that if a club is very under-subscribed, it may not run. In the event of this occurring, the pupils and parents will be informed.  

If you have any queries about the Co-Curricular clubs, please email Mr T. Green, Assistant Head Co-Curricular at activities@radnor-sevenoaks.org  

Any enquiries about the sport programme should be directed to Mr T. Butt tbutt@radnor-sevenoaks.org 

Bringing in items from home for show and tell or for topic work

Following a request for clarification, we would like to confirm that the children are allowed to bring an item into school for show and tell as long as they keep it in their bag and then take it out for the show and tell session only.  No other child or adult should touch the item and the child should sanitise their hands after they have put the item away. 

Clarity on library books going home 

The children are allowed to borrow books from school to take home, but if they do, they will be kept in a quarantine box for 72 hours on their return to school before another child can borrow the book. Do encourage your children to access the ebooks too.  If they have a school log on (from mid-way through Year 3 and above) then they have access to the ebooks.  Ebooks can be accessed here.

Class Teacher Zoom Presentations to Parents

Class teacher Zoom presentations will take place this week on Wednesday and Thursday evening.  You will have been sent the time of your child’s presentation and the Zoom log on details in a separate email.  If you are unable to find these details please do not hesitate to contact Mr Woodward or the Prep Office and they will be able to help you.

Learning Support 

Our Learning Support sessions will start w/c 21 September. Details will be emailed to parents for sign up. If you have any queries please email eduncan@radnor-sevenoaks.org

Please find our Risk Assessment attached here.

Instrumental Music Lessons

Our peripatetic music teachers will be returning to school to teach w/c Monday 21 September. Timetables will be emailed to parents directly in advance of the first day of lessons.  If you have any queries please email music@radnor-sevenoaks.org 

Please find our Risk Assessment attached here.

Nursery and Transition News

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Reception News

Message from Miss Fulcher

To consolidate learning on our topic Bears, every child in reception is invited to bring to school a teddy bear on Friday 18 September, so that they can be quarantined over the weekend.  This teddy bear will stay in school for the rest of this half term, so please choose one that is not needed at home, or bed time. 

Year 1 News

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Year 2 News

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Parents' Association - FoRH7

Annual General Meeting  - Monday 5 October @ 8pm 

Our AGM will be held remotely on the above date via Zoom.  All parents and staff are members of Friends, and you are most welcome to attend to hear more about our 2019/2020 results and how the charity is evolving.  It's also a great opportunity to ask any questions and share any ideas you may have on our aims and governance.  Please email us on friends@radnor-seveonoaks.org if you will be attending, and we will send you the agenda, link and key documents in advance.  

Ben Nevis  Challenge -  Friday 1 October - Sunday 3rd October 2021 

We are already looking forward to tackling the mighty Ben Nevis on this new date, and will be contacting all involved with the details nearer to the trip date.  Meanwhile, it's never too early to get into training!  If anyone who has signed up does have a problem with this date, please let us know as soon as possible. 

Loose Change Collection

Thank you to all those who collected loose change for their house during home schooling, we really do appreciate all your efforts!  We are unable to collect the change from school at the moment and we are asking for parents help to please convert this money into a transfer to our bank account. Apart from the bank, we are aware of coinstar machines at Tesco/Riverhead and Sainsbury’s/Otford.  It is also possible to convert change to a voucher, which is then given as notes/larger denominations by the supermarket customer service desk.  However, this still requires a transfer to our bank account.  All monies received will go into this year’s house challenge, every bit of fundraising this year is very much appreciated by the charities.  Contact us at friends@radnor-sevenoaks.org for our bank details and any question on this.

A special thank you to a year 5 pupil who managed to raise nearly £90 this way – Amazing work!

Amazon Smile 

Don't forget that we are now registered to receive donations (0.5% of the net purchase price), from eligible purchases as you shop via Amazon UK.  It's easy to start donating by clicking here, and selecting Friends of Radnor House Sevenoaks as your chosen beneficiary.  Please note that you will need to make your purchase through Amazon Smile rather than the ordinary Amazon site, but you will be prompted to do this once registered.  We hope to get at least 100 families signed up to this 'win win' scheme this school year!

Easyfundraising 

This month we can raise TWICE as much, as many participating retailers (inc. John Lewis, notonthehighstreet, Shop Disney) are doubling their donations.  Please join up by clicking here

 Twitter

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