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Weekly Newsletter – 3.4.20

2nd April 2020 in Whole School

And before we know it – that was week 2! The amazing learning continues to flood our inboxes, including some pictures of wonderful things you have been doing as a family. Please remember, there is no pressure to complete the learning set – these are opportunities, but the emotional and mental health of your families must be prioritised. No-one can underestimate how hard this period of time is, and if you are not directly affected in your work and with your health, or the health of your family, then there are so many positive stories about people supporting the community. The food bank situated at Highertown has been really busy in the last 2 weeks, including supporting members of our TMS families, so if you have time, energy, resources, please support them in whichever way possible. https://truro.foodbank.org.uk/

This week has also been challenging for our TMS community, as it has been a year since the passing of our much loved Miss Davies.  With so many children so anxious about health in the current climate, as staff, we felt this ‘newsletter’ would be the most appropriate way of highlighting that she is still very much in our thoughts, and her family, in our prayers. Last weekend many of our staff remembered our beloved friend in many different ways, whether it be walking on the beach, cuddling up with a Harry Potter book, or blowing dust off the sewing machines. Miss Davies continues to be missed daily and it is wonderful to see so many children making use of the reflective garden before the school was closed.  Such a difficult time. We hope that if you or your children are affected by this ‘anniversary’ then you are able to support each other, or please do contact https://www.penhaligonsfriends.org.uk/

Residentials

We have made the decision to cancel the residentials from Y2-5 for this summer term. We are fortunately able to refund all the money. We are really saddened by this decision, as residentials are such amazing experiences. However, in the current climate there is no option. We have decided to cancel and not postpone, purely as we do not know when this frightening period will be over.  We are also hesitant to rebook as soon as ‘normality’ resumes as the impact financially and emotionally on families is probably going to be greater than we would imagine. As a school, we do not want to add to any pressure, and we feel a period of settling will be needed.

The Year 6 Residential is slightly different. We have been informed this week that unless the Government directs otherwise, the residential will go ahead with NST. There is clearly much doubt about that happening. If we are to cancel, we will end up losing all the money already paid, as per their Terms and Conditions. As you can imagine, we do not want to jeopardise your money, and so we are going to hold out until the decision is made by the Government, as long as the government guidance does not change then we will be entitled to a refund nearer the time. We will continue to monitor this closely and liaise with the travel company regularly. If you have any difficulties, please can you email the school, or phone during the day to talk to Ms Teagle or Mr Hick. 

 

Free School Meals

Finally, the voucher scheme for free school meals has become available, vouchers will be distributed from next week starting on Monday 6th April. It will be £15 per week for each child who is eligible for free school meals, this does not include the universal infant free school meals, and you will be able to spend them in Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S. You will be receiving an email in the next few days which will detail how to set these up and redeem them.

There are many families who, because of the outbreaks of Covid-19, have found themselves in financially challenging situations. If this is the case and you find yourselves eligible for ‘Free School Meals, then please fill out the online application form on: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/education-and-learning/schools-and-colleges/school-meals/application-for-free-school-meals-and-pupil-premium/?#formStart

Please contact Mrs Weston or Miss Hawken if you need further support or clarification.

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Pebbles, Bibbles and Shells

If you have paid up in advance, we are able to refund your money if you wish. It may take a few days, but please let Miss Hawken know (secretary@threemilestone.cornwall.sch.uk)  This will NOT affect places allocated when we return to school. Equally, we are happy for your payments to ‘roll over’ to when we return.  

Despite Threemilestone School being closed, our staff remain committed to supporting the emotional wellbeing of your children when we can. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if there are any questions or if you need any support.

Have a look at some of the amazing things going on at home!

Please look after yourselves and take every precaution to stay safe,

Ms Teagle

 

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