Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

Today we celebrated a very special occasion!

Mrs Dummett has worked for over 25 years for Lewisham Council and St Saviour’s School! In that time, she has touched the lives of hundreds of children and families, along with being a much valued member of our staff.

We took the opportunity for a (socially distanced!) celebration after the children paraded their International Day costumes, where she was presented with a certificate, engraved pen and gift voucher. Thank you so much for all your hard work, dedication and loyalty Mrs Dummett!

CAFOD Fundraising!

I am thrilled to announce our “Dress Up Bright for CAFOD” day raised over £200 for their Go Green Climate Appeal!!

Along with the incredible amount raised, KS2 children wrote prayers, read from scriptures and performed Harvest hymns for our special Harvest assembly.​  Again, a huge thank you to Miss Cunningham for such a lovely celebration.

Harvest Festival Celebrations!

A very big thank you for all the amazing donations! These were collected by Lewisham Food Bank in two trips on Monday and Tuesday this week.

Your kindness and generosity will be much appreciated by many people less fortunate than us within our community.

A huge thank you to our fantastic RE Leader Mrs Cunningham for organising all our Harvest Celebrations!

Secondary Transfer Help

Dear Parents and Carers of Class 6 children,

We are of course rapidly approaching the time to choose your child’s secondary school.

Sadly due to ongoing COVID19 restrictions in our building, we cannot hold an event in the hall as we have done in the past.

In light of this Mr Chown has made a video to help guide you through the process.

If you have any further queries please speak to a member of the office team.

Video link

Best wishes,

Mr D Houson

Headteacher

Please remember – do not put down one choice on your forms! Please choose more than one school as if you don’t fit the application criterion your will not get your child in. 

This means Lewisham have the responsibility to find you a school, which might not be one you like and might not be one near you. 

If you put down a second (or third, fourth, etc) choice then at least you can take this place whilst you wait for vacancies at your preferred school. 

St Saviour’s Sept 21 Re-opening details

September Schools Re-opening

30th August 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope this finds you and your loved ones in good health after the summer break.

The school re-opens to children in our main school on Friday 3rd September. Nursery and Reception classes have slightly different start days so please refer to the documentation you will have received.

Lewisham LA held a schools reopening meeting via Zoom at the end of last week, where all attending headteachers were given – 

  • The latest National transmission and positivity rates by a representative of Public South East Health England
  • The latest local transmission and positivity rates by a representative of Public Health Lewisham
  • The latest Department for Education recommendations

As you may have read in the National press, the transmission rate is still as high as when we closed our doors for the summer break in July. In some cases, the figures in Lewisham are slightly higher than the London average.


As well as teaching the children of our community, it is also our responsibility to ensure that we do all we can to make learning a fun, and safe experience.

In light of this we have amended how the school will be operating from Friday 3rd September. We will no longer be working in 4 “Bubbles”, we will instead move to two groups as follows – 

KS2 
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6                  Should enter the school between 8.30 and 8.45 (Lessons begin at 8.45)
 School will finish at 3.15 and the children should be collected between 3.15 and 3.30.
 Parents should wait only on the KS2 playground and wait for the children to exit the ramps
EYFS & KS1 
Nursery, Reception                Should enter the school between 8.45 and 9.00 (Lessons begin at 9.00)
Year 1 and 2   School will finish at 3.30 and the children should be collected between 3.30 and 3.45.
  • The groups will have separate assemblies
  • The groups will have separate playtimes
  • The groups will have separate lunchtimes
  • The groups will have separate play equipment

We of course recognise that many parents will have children in both groups.

If this is the case, may we suggest the following – 

  • Drop your KS2 (Year 3, 4, 5 or 6) child off slightly before they line up at 8.45am
  • Drop your KS1 or EYFS (Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2) at 8.45am

This would mean you would only have to wait a couple of minutes between groups.

Again, the same thing could be repeated at home time –  

  • Pick up your KS2 (Year 3, 4, 5 or 6) child off slightly before 3.30pm
  • Pick up your KS1 or EYFS (Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2) at 3.30pm

This would mean you would only have to wait a couple of minutes between groups.


What is the system for picking up and dropping children off?

Nursery Parents            The parents of Nursery children should drop the children at the main Nursery entrance in the morning or afternoon sessions.
 In the evening parents should pick up their child from the rear of the Nursery and wait in the Nursery playground.
 The Class Teacher will lead the class out and dismiss the children only to a known adult over the age of 18.
 Please do not approach the classrooms.
Reception Parents            In the morning the parents of Reception children should enter through the main gates and wait with their child near the AstroTurf/back of the church.
 In the evening parents should wait for their child in the same area.
 The Class Teacher will lead the class out and dismiss the children only to a known adult over the age of 18.
 Please do not approach the classrooms.
Class 1 & 2 Parents             In the morning children of Class 1 and 2 should enter through the main gates and wait in the large playground.
 Parents do not have to wait with their child.
 In the evening parents should wait for their child in the large playground.
 The Class Teacher will lead the class out and dismiss the children only to a known adult over the age of 18.
 Please do not approach the classrooms. 
Class 3, 4, 5 & 6 Parents             In the morning children of Class 3, 4, 5 and 6 should enter through the main gates and wait in the large playground.
 Parents do not have to wait with their child.
 In the evening parents should wait for their child in the large playground.
 The Class Teacher will lead the class out and dismiss the children only to a known adult over the age of 18.
 If your child is in Year 5 or 6 and you wish them to walk home alone, then you should inform the school in writing.
 Please do not approach the classrooms.

All of the above will be reviewed at Half Term based on information from Public Health England, Public Health Lewisham, the DfE and our independent Health & Safety advisor.


What are we doing at the school to keep things safe for all?

  • Schools should focus on the three main prevention methods of transmission – 
  • Good ventilation
  • Enhanced hand washing
  • Enhanced cleaning of regular contact points/areas
  • Schools no longer need to report cases to Lewisham or the DfE
  • Staff should alert the school immediately if they test positive
  • Individual Risk Assessments are still in place for Pregnant or Vulnerable (as defined by PHE) members of staff

DfE reintroduces remote learning legal duty for 2021/22. Schools will once again be required to offer immediate access to ‘high-quality remote education’ when pupils are unable to attend the school site.


We hope this both allays any fears you may have regarding your child’s return to school and assures you that we will continue to put our community’s safety as paramount.

We too are eager to “fully” get back to normal. 

But each school is completely different in its size and layout. The small layout of our buildings and corridors mean we must still operate in a cautious, safe manner whilst delivering our core service of education.

No one wants to see a return to lockdowns and home learning.

We look forward to welcoming your all back very soon!

Yours sincerely,

Mr D Houson

Headteacher

Thank you Acorn!

You may remember way back in 2018 when Acorn Estate Agents gave us an amazing new library and books?

Well, their kindness knows no bounds!

This week they have donated 25 PC towers to the school which will replace the very old PC’s in our ICT suite!

Pictured are some of our grateful Year 6 children enjoying them!

A huge, huge thank you to Acorn Estate Agents and Rob Sargent and Emma Fox for their continuing generosity and kindness they show our school!

Finish Times for Easter Break

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please be advised that the school closes for the Easter Break next Wednesday evening (31st March) at NORMAL Bubble times – 

3pm – Year 5 & 6

3.15pm – Year 3 & 4

3.30pm – Year 1 & 2 

3.35pm – Reception Class

Children return on Monday 19th April at normal bubble times.

Best wishes,

Mr D Houson

Headteacher

8th March Return

To access the handbook for parents or any of our Risk Assessments please visit the relevant page by clicking here

Information regarding 8.3.21

Dear Parents and Carers,

St Saviour’s will reopen to children in Reception Class to Year 6 on Monday 8th March and Nursery will open on Tuesday 9th March.

We will return to bubbles and staggered start and finish times –

Opening Times

8.15 to 8.30 – Classes 5 & 6 (finishing at 3pm)

8.30 to 8.45 – Classes 3 & 4 (finishing at 3.15pm)

8.45 to 9.00 – Classes 1 & 2 (finishing at 3.30pm)

9.00 to 9.10 – Reception Class (finishing at 3.35pm)

It is essential that your child is dropped off and picked up on time and we plead with you to observe social distancing whilst dropping off / picking up children.

The full booklet for re-opening can be accessed here –

Home Learning Policy

School Closure

Dear Parents and Carers,

By now I’m sure you are aware we are in Lockdown 3 until at least the middle of February.

The school is open for Critical Worker children. If you are a critical worker and can prove employment then please contact admin@stsaviours.lewisham.sch.uk

For all other classes we will be providing home learning on the classes home learning page.

School Closure 4th to 8th January

Dear Parents and Carers,

I do hope you have all had a happy and as safe a Christmas as possible in the circumstances.

It is with great regret I have to announce that the school will not reopen to children as planned on Tuesday 5th January 2021.

We currently have over half the staff unavailable for work next week, mainly due to several testing positive for COVID19 or having to self-isolate due to close family members contracting the virus.

Our thoughts and prayers are of course with them and their families and we pray for your health and safe return.

The decision has not been taken lightly and has involved discussions with our Chair of Governors and the Local Authority. We take the education of your children very seriously, but we have to consider adequate provision and safety for your child.

Provision for week of 4th January

We will be able to offer a limited provision for children of Critical Workers only from Tuesday 5th to Friday 8th.

We cannot guarantee your child will be taught by their class teacher (although we still have to operate in bubbles).

If you will require this provision and can prove employment in the sections mentioned at the end of this e-mail, then please e-mail admin@stsaviours.lewisham.sch.uk by 12 noon on Monday 4th January. We will then assess capacity and staff availability in the required bubbles.

For children who are not children of critical workers we will provide online learning from Tuesday to Friday on the schools Home Learning web page (https://www.stsaviours.lewisham.sch.uk/home_school/ ).

We apologise hugely for the timing of this announcement, but also feel we need to give parents and carers adequate time to arrange childcare.

Best wishes and a Happy New Year.

Mr D Houson

Headteacher

Critical Workers

Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections – 

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 distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and Childcare

This includes:

  • childcare
  • support and teaching staff
  • social workers
  • specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (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
  • 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 coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition
  • essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), 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 coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)
  • 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 and Border

  • This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure 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 coronavirus (COVID-19) response
  • 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
  • waste disposal sectors

Positive COVID19 Cases – Nursery & Reception

Dear Parents and Carers,

The school has been alerted on Thursday 24th December that an individual from both Reception Class and Nursery Class have tested positive for COVID19.

Parents of children and Staff in Reception and Nursery Class – The DfE and Public Health England have been contacted and you do not need to self-isolate – but you must monitor your child for any COVID19 symptoms.

Parents of children in Class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 – The DfE and Public Health England have been contacted and we are sending you this e-mail for information only / if your child or family may have mixed with children from Nursery and Reception Class since Thursday 17th December.

If you have any questions please refer here.

Do try to have a Happy and safe Christmas,

Best wishes,

Mr D Houson

Headteacher

Positive COVID19 Case – Reception Class

The school has been alerted on Monday 21st December that an individual from Reception Class has tested positive for COVID19 after becoming ill on Friday 18th December.

Reception Class

Guidance has been sent out to Reception Class – a copy can be found here –

Reception Class children and staff must now self-isolate until midnight on 27th December

Other Classes

We have also published advice for children not in Reception class as families may have mixed since the end of term. The guidance for children not in Reception Class can be found here –

What do I do if my child tests positive during the break?

If your child or a family member tests positive for COVID19 during the break – please alert us so we can help contact trace others and stop the spread to families.

Please report any case to covid@stsaviours.lewisham.sch.uk

To view more information please click on –

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to tell you what you need to do about reporting cases of COVID-19 and contact tracing over the Christmas holiday period.

As you know schools have played an important role in contact tracing. We have been identifying anyone who has been in close contact at school with someone who has tested positive for COVID19, up to 2 days before that person had symptoms. Those contacts then need to self-isolate for 10 days because they are at risk of having caught COVID-19 and being contagious themselves.

Contact tracing will be slightly different during the Christmas break when schools are closed and there is less chance of being a contact of someone in school.

Please follow the guidance below if your child begins to show symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 during the Christmas break.

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 within 48 hours of their last day in school  Get a test for your childEveryone in your household must isolate at home until the test result is back.If the test result is positive for COVID19, you must inform the school -school will identify any other people in the school community who are close contacts.If the test result is negative, you do not need to take any further action.
If your child has no symptoms of COVID-19 but tests positive within 48 hours of being in school  Let the school know straight awaycovid@stsaviours.lewisham.sch.uk  and the school will identify any other people in the school community who are close contacts.   (It is important to follow the guidance around only getting a test if they are showing signs of COVID-19.)  
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 more than 48 hours after their last day in school- 17th  Dec onwards Get a test for your childEveryone in your household must isolate at home until the test result is back.If the test result is positive for COVID-19, you must contact NHS Test and Trace and follow the advice given by them: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ You do not need to tell the school
The quickest way to get a test is to book a test at your local testing centre via https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. Please do not use postal tests unless absolutely necessary as these take longer.

During the holidays, please contact the school via covid@stsaviours.lewisham.sch.uk 

You must provide the following:

 •          Child’s name

•           Class/year group

•           Date last in school

•           Date symptoms started/ child began to feel unwell

•           Date of test

•           Date positive result received

If you are contacted by the school because your child is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate for 10 days.

We ask that you stick to all COVID-19 social distancing social mixing guidance until the end of term to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus and keep us all safe and well over the holiday period. It is also important to follow guidance over the holidays.

Starting school on January 5th You should contact the school if your child will be absent on the first day of the new term via covid@stsaviours.lewisham.sch.uk  and let us know if they are self-isolating.  
It is really important that your child gets a test and does NOT return to school in January if they have any of the three main COVID symptoms: Fever
New continuous cough
Loss or change to smell or taste  

To be extra safe, if your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep them at home and contact the school on the first day of term:
Loss of appetite        
Diarrhoea
Nausea
Vomiting
Extreme tiredness
Headaches    
Muscle ache   
Runny nose
Sore throat
Sneezing                 
Your child should NOT get a test if they have these Joint pain symptoms WITHOUT one of the three main COVID symptoms

Thank you for your cooperation and ongoing support.

Yours sincerely

Mr D Houson

Head teacher

Change of last day of term

Dear Parents and Carers,

Late yesterday we received an e-mail, as did all schools in England , asking us to have an INSET day on Friday 18th December.

So please be advised that school will close for Christmas at the normal time on Thursday 17th December.

Class 5 & 6 will finish at 3pm

Class 3 & 4 will finish at 3.15pm

Class 1 & 2 will finish at 3.30pm

Reception will finish at 3.35pm

Nursery will finish at 3.30pm

The school will not be open to children on Friday 18th December.

The reason for the change of date is so that Headteachers remain on duty for 7 days after the children break up (midnight on Christmas Eve) to help with Track and Trace systems in case of outbreaks in staff/children during the first week of the holidays.

We apologise for the late notification, but as stated before, we were only informed at 3.00pm yesterday.

Best wishes,

Mr D Houson

Headteacher

Reception Tour Video!

Dear prospective parents and carers,

We sadly cannot have visitors on site at the moment due to COVID19 restrictions, but we know how important it is for you to see the space your child will start their educational journey.

We have put together a short video to give you a small taste of the great work that goes on at St Saviour’s RC Primary.

Welcome to St Saviour’s!

Free School Meals Video!

Dear Parents and Carers,

There is always a great amount of confusion as to who is entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) and the Universal Infant meal which all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive, regardless of circumstances.

If you are eligible for FSM this could save you a lot of money as your child progresses through the school.

To try and made this more understandable we have produced a short video – 

Best wishes,

St Saviour’s RC Primary School

Year 2 Anti-Bullying Week Work!

See below the fun PowerPoint used for Class 2’s anti-bullying week!

Anti-Bullying Week Song!

This week is of course Anti-Bullying week!

We can’t sing in school yet, but we can still sing at home or in the garden!

Anti-bullying Week Song