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Friday 18th March 2022

Dear Parents/ Carers,

This week, we have news of some support for parents and carers regarding talking with children about current events, and details of holiday programmes in Brent for term break in April, along with the usual mix of happenings at Woodfield this week..

Support Ukraine Day Appeal
As mentioned in the newsletter two weeks ago, we are collecting goods to be sent to aid the people affected by the war in Ukraine. We will also be holding a non-uniform day next Thursday 24th March where pupils and staff will wear blue and yellow, which are the colours of the national flag of Ukraine to show their support for peace.

Could you please dress your child in these colours and donate £1 (more if you wish) or donate some items listed below. All proceeds will go to the First News Ukraine appeal. Food and basic necessity donations will be delivered to those in need by the Polish community group in Watford

Basic necessities:

  • Thermal blankets, sleeping bags, bedding, blankets, pillows, raincoats
  • Personal hygiene items, Toothpaste, toothbrush, Wet wipes, Pampers and pads, Paper towels
  • Antibacterial lotions, medical spirits, Disposable and reusable masks
  • Dressings, wound disinfectant and disinfectant fluid
  • Bandages, Celox( i.e. bloodstop pellets and gauze), Tourniquets, Microfibre towels
  • Reusable crockery sets, 
  • Batteries of various sizes, candles, torches. 

Food:

  • All kinds of instant food( i.e. instant soups for pouring boiling water and so on)
  • Breakfast cereals, Energy bars, Dried fruit, Nuts
  • Canned meat and fish, Pasta, Instant cereals
There is a webinar for parents and carers regarding talking to children about conflict war and disasters, on Monday 28th March at 4pm. Details here. First news also has some resources for children, see their website for more.

Brilliant Parents
Brilliant Parents are offering parents/carers who reside in Brent, Harrow or Hammersmith and Fulham FREE access to our online parenting workshops.

Their workshops make daily life a little less about conflict and more about fun, by introducing techniques we can help parents break a negative cycle with an emotional toddler or a complex teen. Brilliant Parents are providing these opportunities through Brent, not the school. You will need to book etc for yourself.

Upcoming sessions include:

  • Hassle - Free shopping with Children, Friday 1st April, 10am-12pm via zoom
  • Developing good bedtime routines, Monday 4th April, 6-8pm via zoom
  • Reducing Family Conflict, Tuesday 5th April, 6-8pm via zoom
  • Building teenagers' survival skills, Thursday 7th April, 10am-12pm via zoom
  • Managing Fighting and Aggression, Friday 8th April, 10am-12pm via zoom
  • Dealing with Disobedience, Monday 25th April, 10am-12pm via zoom
  • Coping with teenagers' emotions, Wednesday 27th April, 6-8pm via zoom
  • Getting teenagers to cooperate, Friday 29th April,10am-12pm via zoom

If any parents/carers would like to book their FREE place they will need to complete the below booking form: 
https://www.brilliantparents.org/brilliant-parents-bl-registration-form/

World Book Day
World Book Day was celebrated on 3rd March and was a great success! Pupils and staff dressed up in their favourite book characters- It is always great to get involved in the fun of dressing up! During the day, all classes took part in fun activities and workshops in the theme of reading, storytelling and getting lost in a book. Well done to all staff and pupils for making it a fun day.



       


Parents Virtual Session: Learn Makaton Basics
The second of the basic Makaton sessions for parents was held on March 15th.  It was the second of 3 weekly sessions for those who want to learn Makaton sign language to support their child with communication. You can review the sessions by watching the video on the parents section of our website. Please contact Patsy for more information.

Brent Borough Easter HAF Programme 2022
Skipz are delivering the Department for Education (DfE) Easter Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme for 2022 in partnership with the following boroughs. Their programme is open for free to free school meals children and paying children. Children will have the opportunity to take part in Easter themed performing arts and arts and crafts activities! Your children will join in drama, dance, singing, outdoor play and arts and crafts activities daily! Take part in learning about acting, play drama games, learn lines and be a part of a play, make drama sketches on the spot, learn how to warm up your voice, take part in singing songs, let yourself go with dance to your favourite songs and learn routines as well as creating and making Easter themed paintings and drawings and crafts projects! Details of the Brent programme are on the Skipz website.

Mission and Vision Statement
At Woodfield School we provide a secure, enjoyable and stimulating place to learn and work, where everyone feels proud of what they have achieved. We have a practical curriculum that is personalised and engaging and where all staff have high expectations that challenge and meet the individual needs of our pupils respecting the multicultural environment of the school. We develop skills for independence preparing pupils for an active and fulfilling role in society. We foster close working relationships with parents and carers, enabling them to play a full part in the education of their children and feel part of the school community

You can click the image to read our vision statement in full.

NCS Summer Program
The NCS (National Citizenship Service) took part in our Key stage 4 and 5 assembly on Wednesday morning, where they explained to the pupils what kind of activities the programme has to offer. The NCS programme offers young people, aged 16-17 (plus ages 18-24 for those with an EHCP), an opportunity to do something meaningful with their summer break, as well as a chance to develop skills and take on new challenges that will help set them up for adult life. They'll also do something good for their local community, carrying out a social action project to support a cause they care about. 

NCS offers multiple programmes throughout the year, focusing on cohesion, mobility and personal development for students; as well as supporting Ofsted and Gatsby Benchmarks for schools.

KS4/5 Parents will have a chance to meet the organisers on the 24 of May through our virtual coffee morning and learn more about the program and ask any questions they have. Please get in touch with Patsy, if you would like to attend the coffee morning to hear about the programme.

Please note that attending NCS is optional. If you choose to send your child for NCS, in the summer holidays, then the cost is £10/ Woodfield pupil and bursary is available. 

Click the image to view their information flyer


Emergency Contact
In addition to parent/carer details, we must have at least two other persons as emergency contacts for all our pupils. These people could be grand parents, a sibling aged over 18, aunts, uncles etc.
 
It is vital that we are able to get hold of a contact person in the case of a pupil emergency or illness.  In the past we have had issues in contacting parents or guardians, which not only creates concern for the school but also makes pupils anxious.

Clothing - Label your child's clothing and equipment
Please ensure that your child's clothing and equipment (lunch box, drink bottle etc)is clearly labelled with their full name. This makes it so much easier to return items of clothing and equipment that have a name clearly marked on them. We have already collected some unlabelled clothing left in the playground, and with the return of cooler weather, coats, scarves and hats will be needed. 

Sew on and iron on labels can be purchased form the internet, or marking the label already on the clothing with an indelible marker makes it much easier to return items to their owners. A clearly written first name on equipment is of enormous assistance in getting clothing and equipment returned to their owners expeditiously.

Covid at Woodfield
We have had more than one confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school again this week.

The school will continue to ensure confirmed cases of COVID-19 do not attend until the end of their self-isolation period. Instead, and in order to prevent avoidable spread in school, we encourage all pupils and staff to continue with the twice weekly LFD testing, and report all positive test results to us as is current practice. Please review the latest government advice regarding isolation.

You can order Lateral Flow tests from the government website, or contact the school and we can send some home with your child.

School Uniform
Just a reminder about school uniforms, could parents and carers take a couple of minutes to review our uniform policy.

The school uniform consists of the following items:

  • Black school trousers or skirt (skirt a minimum of knee length)
  • White Polo shirt
  • Black Vee Neck school jumper
  • Black shoes with flat soles
  • Black or white socks
  • Plain White vest or T-Shirt to be worn under the polo shirt if needed

The following items of clothing/accessories are not allowed to be worn at school as they are not part of school uniform

  • Jewellery, make-up or nail polish. Small stud earrings can be worn if girls have pierced ears.
  • Footwear: no boots or open- toe sandals and no heels
  • Hooded tops (hoodies) are not allowed to be worn in school
  • All uniform, including shoes should be plain black (or white if polo shirt, vest or socks) with no logos.
  • If you are in any doubt, please contact the school for a clarification.

Full details available of our website

Mobile Phones
Due to the increase misuse of mobile phones by students both in and outside of school, we are implementing a Trust wide Mobile Phone Policy from Monday 21st  February 2022. Parents and carers can view the policy on our website here. We ask that you familiarise yourself with the policy if you have not already done so. Senior leaders have discussed the policy with pupils during assembly.

School Money
Reminder to all parents/carers that we are a cashless school and take card payments via the School Money website or phone. Everyone should have received log in information via text by now, if you haven't then please contact Laila or Shilpa via the school office. We advise all parents to keep up with payments. You are able to pay in advance per week or per term, which ever method suits you best. If you have any questions regarding this then please feel free to contact Laila or Shilpa.

Brent Resident Support Fund
The Brent Resident Support fund (RSF) is a discretionary support fund available to Brent residents who are having difficulty due unforeseen financial circumstances this winter. It also includes short term need for support due to an emergency. The fund provides support in the form of an interest free loan, grant or both. See the Brent website for full details and find out how to apply. 

Local Election Day - Thursday 5th May 2022
We've been notified that the school will be used as a Polling Station on that day, so no pupils will be in attendance on that day. Details of alternative provision will follow in due course.

Sufra Food Bank
Woodfield is also a referrer to Sufra Foodbank. A charity that provides support to vulnerable families in need of additional help. They provide essential food and toiletries to families experiencing an acute crisis. The size of their food parcels depends on the size of the family that needs support but typically last between 5 to 7 days.  They also offer other support such as:

  • Community kitchen - hot meals being delivered to those without cooking facilities as well as the elderly and isolated.
  • Advice services & refugee support
  • NHS Emergency Food Aid Service - food packs for patients
  • Community garden
Last year Sufra delivered 600 meals across NW London to families and individuals in need. Their volunteers were incredible ambassadors, dressed in Christmas jumpers and hats and very often stopping to chat with guests, ensuring that those experiencing isolation were not alone on Christmas Day. This year Sufra will again be offering a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, crackers and presents for children will be delivered to referred guests experiencing financial difficulties or social isolation.

For those who are more vulnerable and unable to cook using the contents of a food parcel, Sufra also has a ready meal service available. This service is particularly for guests who have mobility issues/lack cooking facilities and are unable to purchase their own food.

If you know of anyone who may benefit from the assistance Sufra provides, please contact Patsy to discuss. This is a confidential service, no records regarding any conversations are held by the school, and any referral will be treated with absolute privacy within the school. 
 

 

Annual Reviews of EHC Plans
Annual reviews, in the current circumstances, need to take a different form. A review meeting, even if by necessity briefer than usual, can be carried out as advised by the Coronavirus Act 2020 for the Secretary of State for Education. due to the need to assign some staff from working on annual reviews to delivering the rapid testing program, the timeframe for delivering annual reviews may be adjusted. You will be well informed of any changes.

In order to complete the Annual Reviews of EHC Plans this academic year, Woodfield School will conduct reviews, virtually or over the telephone rather than face-to-face where this can be done following the guidance on reducing transmissions of coronavirus (COVI-19). Therefore parents or carers will not be invited into school for a review meeting. 

An invitation e-letter will be sent out with more details as your child's' review approaches. (Please note that the Local Authorities have stated there is a backlog with amending ECHP’s). We will be happy to chase it up for you but just so you know ultimately it is the Local Authority who updates the EHCP. You will be entitled to a draft copy of all reports. 

Please note; we have a change in our GDPR policy as to how we send review paperwork of your child to you. We will no longer send reports to parents’ personal email accounts. As of September 2020, we will only use your child’s email set for all correspondences for Annual Reviews. This encourages access to knowledge and sharing of information in a safe and controlled way from us to you.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please email on wf-senreviews@compasslp.co.uk or contact the school and speak with the SEN Administrator who will be more than happy to support you. 

Proposed dates for reviews:
Autumn Term 2021 - Oct -Dec  (Year 14, 13 and 9)
Spring Term 2022 - Jan - April (Year 9, 13, 12, 11 and 10 )
Summer Term 20212 - May- July (Year 10, 8 and 7)

Assistance from local councils
Local councils have set up guides for residents with regard to how to access a range of assistance over this time, be it medical, financial, business or even how to volunteer to assist others.

You can view these offerings from local councils by clicking the links below.

Brent
Barnet
Harrow
Ealing
Camden
Westminster


Makaton is a language programme that is used in conjunction with speech to aid the pupils’ understanding of language and help them communicate with each other more effectively. Makaton is used across the school in lessons and break times. We would love for you to learn some signs so that you can sign with your child. See the We Talk Makaton website for more.

 

Have a good weekend


Nick Cooper

Important dates

Term dates are subject to change, parents and carers will be informed of any changes.
 

If you would like hard copies (paper) of any document on our website, please contact the school office and they will arrange this
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