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HELP THE PTA EVERY TIME YOU SHOP!
The PTA is registered with The Giving Machine.

 If you would like to help the PTA every time you shop online, register at www.thegivingmachine.co.uk

and select Blue Coat Federation PTA as your chosen charity.

BLUE COAT HAS IT’S OWN FOOD BANK— CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND HELP OTHERS?
Parents/Carers can leave food for the local food bank in a special box in either the Infant or Junior entrance areas.

    Canned foods, pasta, cereal, porridge particularly welcome.
At this time, there are many local people unable to afford enough food to feed themselves and their families properly.

This is a way the community can help and make a difference.

Thank you for your support.

**CORONAVIRUS OR COVID-19**

The Government have updated their advice regarding Coronavirus or COVID-19.

If someone develops a continuous cough or a high temperature (37.8°C or higher) the government is now stating that they should self-isolate for seven days.
We are continuing to receive daily updates and we are making sure that we are following the most up to date information and advice from the Departments of Health and Education.

We are also regularly consulting with Public Health England to ensure that we give the right information to families.

Please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ to access the latest information.
At this point, the government is expecting that schools will remain open.

**PUBLIC INFORMATION **

The symptoms for COVID-19 are: a cough, shortness of breath and a high temperature.

If you feel you or your child could have caught this virus, please ring 111 straightaway.

Please listen to and follow the advice given by the NHS staff.

In this situation, please contact the school office to let us know what advice the NHS have given you so that we can monitor the situation and ensure we are doing everything we can to follow government advice to keep the community fit and safe.


If you are worried or have a question, do not hesitate to contact us.

In the meantime please follow the advice below and encourage your children to do the same:
Do

cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
 put used tissues in the bin immediately
 wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
 try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
Don’t
 do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

FACILITY FOR CHILDREN TO LEARN AT HOME
In order to prepare for the possibility that some or all the children may not be able to attend school at some point over the next few weeks, we are reminding the children of their login details to access online educational resources that they can access at home.

In particular Purple Mash will be used by staff across both schools to set work and activities for the children to use if they are unable to come to school.
Your child will need their username and password to access the website.

Teachers will be able to monitor the work your child is doing and submitting.
We will be sending out detailed information about how to access Purple Mash from home.

 

LENT APPEAL

Every year the Blue Coat community supports a number of charities for our Lent Appeal.
This year’s charities have now been chosen by the Infant and Junior School Councils, they will be:
Walsall and District Samaritans, St. John’s Ambulance and the Njarange Community in Kenya.
There will be a non-uniform day on Friday 27th March for the children to bring in their donations.
LENT BOOKS
In their classes the children are using specially prepared Lent Books as a point of daily reflection. This year the books focus on God’s Creation and asks the children to think about ways that they can enjoy the world we live in as well as look after and protect it.
Children can mark each reflection activity in their Lent book once they have done it. At the end of term the children will be bringing their Lent Books home.

Infant School Church School Inspection—Excellent

Click here to read the latest report.

Following a parent survey, here are the percentages showing numbers who agree or strongly agree with the statements:
My child likes school 97%
Teaching at Blue Coat is good 96%
Most children behave well 85%
The school provides appropriate homework 95%
There is a good range of activities 92%
The school is led and managed well 94%

Some of the parental statements:
~ There is a strong set of values that permeate every aspect of school life;

~ Efforts to adapt the curriculum are amazing;
~Celebration assemblies are an enjoyable opportunity to see my child being praised;
~ Office staff are very friendly;
~ I like Forest School and Drama Club.

Some of the things for us to work on as well:
~ Inform as early as possible when a club is cancelled;
~ More clubs relating to learning (homework and booster).
As always, we greatly appreciate all your feedback and we will use it to note what is going well and plan our focus for further improvement to meet the needs of our community.

 

 CASHLESS PAYMENTS!

The School Gateway App can be used to pay for Blue Coat Plus, Clubs and Trips online and with debit/credit card.

You can  download the School Gateway App on your mobile phone and/or registering online at www.schoolgateway.com

The App will also provide a free messaging service between you and school.

To successfully register, please make sure the school has your correct email address and mobile phone number.

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 OUR BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUB

The Club offers high quality care for Blue Coat pupils

from 7.45am and until 5.45pm every day.

Our hourly rates are very competitive with other local providers and the staff provide a great range of activities for the  children.

The club is extremely popular—to be sure of a place for your child, make sure you book your place now.

Phone 07528 607897 to make a booking.

Club Fees from September

Breakfast Club from 7.45am£4.50 per session

After School Club End of school to 4.30pm£4.75 per session

4.30 to 5.45pm £4.50 per session

Both evening sessions discounted rate(3.10 to 5.45pm)£9 per evening

Busy Bee, Co-op and Kiddie vouchers all accepted.

New Tax Free Childcare Scheme can also be used to cover a large part of the cost.

For details visit www.tax.service.gov.uk/childcare-calc

We have ensured that our prices for these services  remain highly competitive when compared to other local schools and childcare providers.

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USE YOUR LIBRARY AND BORROW BOOKS FOR FREE!

Walsall libraries are threatened with closure due to

funding cuts.

Show your support for a fantastic free

service which enriches the whole community’s ability to learn and gain new skills.

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WALKI NG BUS

Do you have difficulty finding a parking space in the morning when you drop off your child?

Would you appreciate a bit of extra time to get to work after you have dropped your child off for school?

If so, the Walking Bus is the perfect answer!  Drop your child with staff and volunteers at the Tantarra Street Car Park by 8.40am.  They will then have a healthy walk up to school with school staff ready for their day.

The cost is just 30p per day or completely free if you volunteer to walk with the bus at least once a week.

Speak to staff in one of the school offices for more details.

 

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COULD YOUR CHILD BE ENTITLED TO PUPIL PREMIUM?

Your child could be entitled to pupil premium (additional funding to support his/her education).      

  Pupil Premium children receive additional discounts for a range of school activities including clubs and trips as well as Free School Meals.

Your child will be eligible for Pupil Premium if your family is in receipt of:

  • Income Support (IS)

  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA(IB))

  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related) (ESA (IR))

  • Child Tax Credit (CTC), provided you do not also receive Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue, that does not exceed £16,190 or less.

  • Guarantee Credit element of State Pension Credit

Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Children who have been adopted are also entitled to Pupil Premium but parents/carers must inform us so that we can register them.

Please ask for an application form at either school office if you think you might be entitled to this extra funding for your child.