31st March 2022
Dear Parents and Carers,
I begin this update by saying a huge thank you to all of our community for the amazing support you have shown for Ukraine. We have managed to pack 50 large boxes, filled with 4-7 shoeboxes in each for the children in Ukraine. We have created a video showing our support on the non-school uniform day and another video will follow shortly showing the process of the Shoe Box donations. Both videos will soon be available to watch on the website.
As we approach the end of term, I wanted to give you some updates:
The school will be finishing at 12:30pm on Friday 8th April. Parents will still need to provide a packed lunch and school lunches will still be available on this day, but only a cold lunch option; a letter has been sent out regarding this.
Miss Bemmer and Ms Spencer will be leaving at Easter. Both teachers have worked alongside me at WHA for 6-8 years and have had a huge impact on many young lives at WHA. We will miss them, but I know you will join with me in wishing them well on the next step of their journey. Ms Lingfield will continue to be the class teacher in 6 Sterling and Mrs Goody and Mrs Foulser will be the class teachers in 1 Rosen. Mrs Foulser will be the class teacher on a Tuesday and Mrs Goody for the other days.
Donated Easter eggs will go on sale at the end of each day from Tuesday 5th April 2022. This will continue every day until the eggs are all sold. The money raised from this will go towards The Reading Swap Box, a joint project which is being led by our Head Pupils and School Council.
In terms of COVID, the government have announced the following measures from 01.04.22:
The population now has much stronger protection against COVID-19 than at any other point in the pandemic. This means we can begin to manage the virus like other respiratory infections, thanks to the success of the vaccination programme and access to antivirals, alongside natural immunity and increased scientific and public understanding about how to manage risk.
- children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
- adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days