Archived Messages

4th January 2021 - Parent Update and updated School Risk Assessment

30th December 2020 - 

I hope you are all well and keeping safe. Schools do not get given any prior knowledge about announcements so we find out news about schools at the same time as parents and the general public.  You may have been watching today's announcement which states the majority of Primary schools will be back as planned next week. So as it stands now, Gig Mill will be open to all pupils on Tuesday 5th January. If this changes for any reason (if we are instructed not to open) we will inform you immediately. Thank you, Mrs Hannaway.

16th December 2020 -

Christmas Newsletter & Information from Dudley Council regarding any positive Covid-19 results over Christmas
(Copy of both letters are also being sent home tonight with your child/ren)

13th December 2020 -
December Newsletter

9th December 2020 -
Parent Update from the Chair of Governors & Letter from Dudley Council (Copy of both letters are also being sent home tonight with your child/ren)

27th November 2020 - Parent Update - Click here

16th November 2020 - Parent Update - Click here

13th November 2020 - HSA Parent Update - Click here

5th November 2020 - Parent/Carer Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we start our second national lockdown I would ask that we all continue to work together as a school community, and follow the guidance set out by the government. This is to protect your children, your families and our school staff team and our families.

All existing arrangements will continue, and will be reviewed in line with any new local or national guidance. Please note that we do not get any prior notice of what these changes may be, and hear on the national news, or via online alerts, just as you do.

We would urge you again to arrive at drop off times, not before, ensuring space for other year groups and parents to safely drop off, keeping to social distancing wherever possible. Please remember it is ‘drop and go’ system for everyone, only one adult per family group is allowed on school premises.  Any queries need to be sent in to info@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk unless there is an urgent matter you need to inform senior leaders at that time on the entrance gates. If this is the case we ask you to step aside and have that conversation with a member of staff at 2m distance, as soon as they are available. Please do not congregate by the school gates and respect others in the school community by following HANDS, FACE, SPACE.
 

Please support us as a school community to protect others. As throughout this time, we continue to be vigilant, and minimise risks within school - please see attached guidance from Dudley LA related to parents and carers wearing masks.

Thank you for continuing to contact school regarding any COVID related absences, and keeping us up to date with any children self- isolating. There are two additional Dudley test centres available. (New flyer available here).
 

Please be assured that the health, safety and well-being of your children, the staff working within the school and the wider community remain our most important priority. Thank you again for your ongoing co-operation, support and understanding.
 

Yours sincerely,
 

Mrs A Hannaway                &           Mr D Edgar

Headteacher                                    Chair of Governors
 

For your information should anyone in your family have a positive COVID test, you would be asked to identify people who spend significant time in the same household as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19:
 

  • a person who has had face-to-face contact (within one metre)

  • having a face-to-face conversation within one metre

  • having skin-to-skin physical contact,

  • contact within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact

  • a person who has been within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes

  • a person who has travelled in a small vehicle with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person

23rd October 2020 - Parent/Carer Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

Firstly thank you all for supporting school throughout this first half term in school.

Many of you have already had parent consultations with staff earlier this week and were really pleased with the children’s first successes.

We are rescheduling the parent consultations originally planned for Wednesday 21st October to take place on Wednesday 4th November instead. The same appointment times will go ahead for Nursery and Reception classes. Planned appointments for 2B, 2D, 4F, 4T, 5K and 1H appointments from Tuesday 20th October will also go ahead on Wednesday 4th November. If this is not suitable for you please email info@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk

Our HSA held the AGM on Monday. There are some really different ideas for events this term, and to get started, if you want to join in a virtual treasure hunt please click on this link. Also, if anyone is out and about on an autumn walk please collect pine-cones for a special creative project after half term.

All schools have been asked by Public Health to remind parents and carers that should anyone in your family become unwell, please continue to use the same reporting procedures to info@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk during the half term break.

On behalf of everyone at Gig Mill, we wish you all a happy and healthy half term.

Kind regards,

Mrs Hannaway and Gig Mill Team

22nd October 2020 -  For Parents/Carers of children who have a free school meal entitlement

If you are in receipt of Free School Meals and would like a food parcel to cover the three school days that we are not open, please email in confidence, to info@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk before 11.30am on Friday 23rd October

21st October 2020 -
Important information - Unfortunately we need to advise parents that we will be closed at the end of today (Wednesday 21st October) until Tuesday 3rd November - Please click here for further information

16th October 2020 - Parent/Carer Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

As we are approaching the end of our first half term in school, it is lovely to see how the children continue to adapt to the ever changing circumstances and are happy to be in school.
 

Reading partnership continues and is working well, with books going home each Monday, and being returned on Thursdays. The launch of Bug Club for accessing Reading remotely has got off to a good start, if you haven’t yet had chance, please log in and see what’s available.
 

Lunchtime routines are now established, so from Thursday 22nd October Year 3 will be able to access the dining hall at lunchtimes. Instead of eating in the classrooms each class will eat in the dinner hall, and Year 3 children will be able to access hot lunches (as well as grab bags) Thursday and Friday. Schools meals are available at £2.40 daily and the menu is displayed here if you wish to access this.
 

Parents consultations will be going ahead from Y1, 2 and 3 on Monday, Y 4, 5 and 6 Tuesday and Nursery & Reception on Wednesday. As per my earlier message: if your appointment time preference was available, please ensure that the phone number you provided is accessible, and remember that it will appear from an unidentified number. A few parents will have had a specific message to rearrange appointments for a different time or date.
 

Remote learning has been available on the website for any children not currently in school. Please be aware that children will also be bringing home personalised letters (as for Bug Club) during next week so that they will be able to access other sites from home too.
 

As throughout this time, we continue to be vigilant, and minimise risks within school - thank you all for supporting us with school risk assessments, wearing masks as advised by the Local Authority, and assisting us with routines, as part of our new ‘normal’ at Gig Mill.
In line with government and local policy, we ask all Parents/Carers to read this letter
 

Thank you again for your ongoing co-operation, support and understanding.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Hannaway and Gig Mill team

30th September 2020 - Parent/Carer Update received in school today from Dudley Director of Public Health and                                               Wellbeing - Please click here

25th September 2020 - Parent/Carer Update - Please click here

18th September 2020 - Parent/Carer Update - Please click here

15th September 2020 - Parent/Carer Update - please click here

 

11th September 2020- Parent/Carer Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Thank you everyone !

 

Our first full week in school has been wonderful, the children are becoming familiar with their new routines, new classmates and teachers. It has been lovely to see lots of smiles and to hear children’s laughter in school once again. Our initial focus on pastoral care and buildings relationships is ensuring that the children have really good starting points for the school year ahead.

 

We knew the new arrangements put in place for COVID, to safeguard pupils, parents and staff would be a challenge for drop off and collection, and asked that you bear with us. This week these procedures are now working well, and we will continue to monitor both Heath Farm Road and Broadway entrances as we add Reception and Nursery drop offs next week.

 

We will continue to monitor and adjust our routines next week, and we look forward to:

·         Reception children joining us for their first full week

·         Nursery children joining us for transition from Monday onwards 

 

Thank you for your support as we work through this together. Myself and the staff would be grateful for your further help and consideration with:

 

1.   Keeping to the edges of the paths, especially in the narrowest sections.  This will particularly be the case on   
     Monday at Broadway entrance.

      8.30am usual drop and go for Years 2 and 3

      8.40am usual drop off for Year 1

      8.45am onwards new drop off for Reception (children with siblings will be let in first)

2.   Thank you for keeping school exits clear, as we need to have as much space as possible for later drop 
       offs and collections.
 

3.    Year One collection times and procedures will remain as they have for this week going forward.

       Due to congestion on Broadway after school today (Friday 11th), Reception pick up time on Monday will be from
       2.45pm - 2.55pm until further notice.
 

Please be aware that there are new national guidelines from Monday 14th September regarding social distancing and congregating in groups of more than 6 (unless from the same household or support bubble).

 

Thank you very much indeed for your ongoing co-operation.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Hannaway and Gig Mill team

5th September 2020- Parent/Carer Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

As we have now completed 2 days in school, I wanted to say thank-you and share with you how wonderful it is to have all of the children back and see them settle so brilliantly into school. They are really enjoying getting to know their new teachers and are responding well to the new requirements of extra hand-washing, sanitising and the staggered playtimes and lunchtimes that we have put in place to maximise safety.

 

Both at Heath Farm Road and Broadway entrances we are monitoring the start and end times of the day, and as part of daily debriefing we are considering what is working well and what needs to be improved further. Thank-you for your feedback which has been considered as part of this process. We made a number of changes from Thursday to Friday, and this really seemed to help.

 

We will continue to monitor and adjust our routines next week, and we look forward to:
 

  • Reception children joining us for transition next week

  • For Years 1 and 2, hot lunches will be served as part of Universal Free School meals

  • Fruit for schools scheme resumes midweek

 

 

In the meantime, can I please ask for your further help and consideration with 3 actions:

  1. Parents are so keen to drop off and collect their children on time that they are arriving up to 15 minutes before their allocated time. Therefore please do not arrive before your allocated time.

  2. In parts the footpaths are narrow, so please keep to the edges of the paths and ‘drop and go’.

  3. A number of parents are still concerned about social distancing. Please can we ask that you do not stay at school exits socialising, as we need to have as much space as possible for later drop offs and collections.

Thanks everyone, we will get there. Monday will only be Day 3.

 

Thank you very much indeed for your ongoing co-operation.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Hannaway and Gig Mill team

28th August 2020 - School Site Map, showing assembly points and classroom locations

24th August 2020 - Important September Return to school letter for Parents/Carers and
Gig Mill Risk Assessment

17th July 2020 - End of year newsletter

10th July 2020 - Parents update - Please click here

3rd July 2020 - Parents update - Please click here

2nd July 2020 - Jump back July - July's action for happiness calendar

23rd June 2020 - Good news to share!!

18th June 2020
For all Parents - Update letter - Please click here

15th June 2020
Letter - Reception Parents Only - Please click here

12th June 2020
Letter - Year One Parents Only -
Please click here 

8th June 2020
A
huge thank you to all the children for their super work at home.  Our new e-mail address (hello@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk) has been a great success. So please email in photographs of your creations for world ocean day to add to our school gallery this week!

It was wonderful today to welcome back our year six children who were able to return in a safe and planned way to Gig Mill.  Whilst there were a few nerves at the start of the day, by the end of the day there were smiles, so a huge thank you to all staff who have been working for several weeks to make this happen.

The key worker children here for the past ten weeks continue to be with us, and the number of allocated places are prioritised (as per government guidance).

We will continue to keep you updated via text messages, this website and email.  Should you need to contact school, where possible please use info@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk. Pupils in year one and reception will hopefully re-join school over the following weeks and at each step, the process will need to be carefully managed to ensure the safety and well-being of all the pupils, parents and staff.

We are all trying our very best to support children both in school and at home in these challenging times. Many thanks for your continuing support.  Take care and stay safe.

Mrs Hannaway and the staff at Gig Mill

8th June 2020

World Oceans Day Newsletter - Please click here to find out more about World Oceans Day
and some fun activities

5th June 2020

Year Six Parents and Carers

It has been lovely to speak to many of you during the past two weeks. Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to respond to the survey about a possible return to school and careful consideration about the right decision for your child and your family.

Following a positive or 'maybe' response many of you had questions regarding the detailed risk assessment, which we have endeavoured to answer.

Whether your child remains at home and will be accessing home learning, or may have been in school accessing childcare for critical key workers for the past ten weeks, or has been allocated a year 6 place to return on Monday, we will continue to do our best to support you and your children.

IMPORTANT: all year six places have been allocated, if you haven't had an e-mail within the last two days confirming your child's place, please do not come to school on Monday - thank you.

1st June 2020 -  Joyful June Calendar from Action for Happiness (30 ways to look after yourself)

29th May 2020

Hoping you have all had a good half term break. Thanks for all the lovely moments and work you have shared with us.

We have continued planning for a wider opening of school and additional key workers children will be joining us from next week.

Please read the information on the above tabs (Local Authority letter and Gig Mill re-opening letter 22.05.20).  No further replies will be added to lists after 1st June 2020, as we will be finalising our risk assessment.
 

Mrs Hannaway

Covid-19 Update letter 18.05.2020

22.05.2020 - Dudley Local Authority Update

22.05.2020 - Gig Mill Update regarding re-opening


Key Worker Update letter 18.05.2020

Meaningful May Calendar

Newsletter 11th May 2020

10th May 2020
As I am sure you will have heard, the Government are putting plans in place for a possible phased return to school for some pupils in June. We do not know anymore than that at this moment in time. Please allow us time to be sent further guidance and we will communicate with you as soon as we know more details.

Thank you for your understanding, Mrs Hannaway.

Week Commencing 4th May 2020
Thank you to all of those children and families who have been trying out our new hello@ address.  It is wonderful to see your super work, and thanks for sharing pictures too. Have a look at how fantastic you are on the Gig Mill Gallery!

Thank you everyone for your messages and ideas for the future. This week's messages from your teachers will be on the year group pages with this week's ideas for home learning.  Each Friday with will now appear for the following week going forwards.

Next week in school we would have been dressing up in red, white and blue as part of our celebrations for 75th anniversary of VE day, so we are sending you some ideas and we can still join in together - send us your photos!

Each week we will be sharing or trying something new, so keep in touch.
 

Thank you for all your continued support at this challenging time, take care and stay safe.

Mrs Hannaway and all staff at Gig Mill

Week Commencing 27th April 2020

Thank you to all of those children and families who have been trying out our new email address, it’s been a new way for us to stay in touch during these challenging times.

Thanks for the fantastic work for Earth Day 2020 and keep up your great work ! 

(For any future submissions: Parents if you are happy for us to share your child’s work or

photographs via the website, this will not include their name - please include this permission on the message.

It has been lovely to see your new ways of working, and new ‘classrooms’ at home. As well as the links already on our website, from today you will now see a new page for each year group with a message from teachers too. Each Friday, this will now appear for the following week going forwards.

We are sending you a message from staff in school, you might like to join in with the song too.

A national helpline for parents has been launched. Parents can speak to qualified teachers about home learning. It will be open six days per week. The StarLine: 0330 313 9162.