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23-07-21 (Mick MingStones, Head Teacher, WDPS)
I hope you have all enjoyed the lovely weather during this last week.
WDPS Safeguarding and the Newcastle City Council and Public Health Picture
Thank you all so much for supporting the WDPS community during this COVID-19 period.
Central Government, Newcastle City Council and Public Health have updated us again this week to reveal that Newcastle has one of the highest COVID-19 rates in the North East at present. Let's all remember to follow the latest government guidance and to play our part in keeping each other safe as COVID-19 has not gone away. I know that we all wish life to return to normal as soon as possible.
I will update you all on any new arrangements for September during the last week of the summer holiday period once I have received the latest health data from the various authorities. It is anticipated that staff will still wear face coverings on the yard and we will continue lining the children up in their current class places, checking their temperatures and applying gel to their hands. Nursery children will enter/exit from the gateway adjoining the carpark access road. We invite all families to join us, as we do our best to safeguard the whole WDPS community.
As the new academic year approaches, we are looking into other sports and activities that could motivate our children to adopt healthy life choices that they can continue throughout their lives. In 2022, our Y5 children will attend a 10 afternoon intensive swimming programme to improve their confidence in the water and to enable them to swim 25 m or greater. We hope to develop cycling skills and stamina through re-introducing offsite rides for our older students.
The WDPS Great North Run (GNR) Challenge – (Monday 5th to Friday 16th July) – Fundraising for the Sir Graham Wylie Foundation (SGWF)
Thank you for your support in sponsoring our children to to run/walk around the WDPS Running and Mountain Bike Trail in order to fundraise for SGWF. SGWF sponsors the WDPS Life Skills Challenge Award (LSCA) and also helps groups of children and young people in challenging and vulnerable circumstances. I will be running the GNR for the first time on Sunday 12th September as a thankyou to Sir Graham and for the fabulous support and friendship that he and his team at the Foundation continue to give to our children.
Having Fun as a Family
As families, remember that you and your children need lots of down time and getting outside together is a tonic for the wellbeing of all. A walk in the park, throwing or kicking a ball, a family bike ride can all help to put a smile back on our faces. If the weather is challenging, try an indoor physical workout which will get your heartbeat up or dust off a board game and re-kindle the shared pleasure of playing games together. Also, sharing a book is one of the best ways to help your child on their lifelong learning journey.
I hope you all get to enjoy a safe, healthy and happy summer break with your loved ones.