Coronavirus advice and information

At St Michael’s the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff are our priority. We are taking all necessary measures to protect our community and to ensure that learning can continue.

We are following National Health Service, Public Health England and the Department of Education advice and guidance and in fast-moving circumstances will be updating our families by email and through this page.

You will find below links to emails sent to both Prep and Pre-Prep families, as well as links to online learning platforms. Please keep an eye on our Parents’ Portal, too, for further information.

We would like to stress that we understand that parents are themselves working from home in the current environment and we do not expect you to spend your mornings teaching your children, should the school have to close. Our teachers and teaching assistants will be working together to answer your children’s questions and to support them. We’d also like to emphasise that learning and skills can be acquired and applied in many activities around the home and that these experiences are also very valuable.

In the light of national guidelines, it has been deemed necessary to cancel the following events:

Prep School Ski Trip
Prep School Music Tour to Northern Italy
All assemblies
Wednesday 18th March Sports matches vs other Prep Schools
Thursday 19th March Nursery to Y2 Parents’ Evening
Y6 Parents’ Evening
Sports matches vs other Prep Schools
Friday 20th March ISFA U11A Football Tournament
Reception Mother’s Day Assembly
Y5-8 Sports Team photos
Saturday 21st March Girls’ Netball Tournament at Kent College
Monday 23rd March Y1 Swimming Gala
Tuesday 24th March Y2 Swimming Gala
U8 and U9 Netball matches
Y8 Parents’ Evening
Wednesday 25th March All sports fixtures
Thursday 26th March All sports fixtures
Friday 27th March Y2 trip to Down House
Tuesday 31st March Pre-Prep Easter Concert
Y7 Parents’ Evening
Friday 24th April Challenge Club visit to the British Library
The school production “The Little Shop of Horrors” has been postponed to the Trinity Term
All ABRSM exams have been cancelled until further notice

 

In the event of school closure, Pre-Prep children will be sent home with an “Remote Learning Pack” for the first week and work will be shared online thereafter.  Prep school activities for the week will be emailed to you at 8.30am on Monday morning.

The main learning platforms that we will be using are:

  • Tapestry for Early Years and Reception
  • Year 1&2 will have work shared on the Parent Portal and on Seesaw.
  • MSOffice for children in Years 3-8
  • SeeSaw for children in Years 5-8

We will also continue to use websites that the children are familiar with including Linguascope, Pearson ActiveLearn, Doddle, Espresso, RM EasiMaths, Planet Bofa etc.

Prep School Curriculum Overviews with links to resources are available on our Curriculum page. Please click here.

Pre-Prep Curriculum Overviews are available on our Pre-Prep Curriculum page. Please click here.

As mentioned in the email from Mrs Bridges on 18th March, we also recommend the learning resource packs from TTS, which you can access via the links below:

TTS Activity Book, 5-7 year olds

TTS Activity Book, 7-11 year olds

In these uncharted waters, collaboration is key to making online learning effective. By working together to resolve any areas which need smoothing out, we are confident that your children will enjoy learning in a different way

Online Safety advice whilst working from home

Over the coming weeks, pupils will be using a variety of technology from home to facilitate their learning. Therefore, now is an ideal opportunity for us to remind you how you can keep your children safe whilst online. The Thinkuknow website created by CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection) has produced a useful document, providing parents with advice on how to keep children safe whilst online. The link is:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/our-views/parents-helpsheets/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=11c85df25c-TUK_GLOBAL_MAR_2020_MESSAGE&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-11c85df25c-55013909

Alternatively, should you have any questions or queries regarding Online-Safety, please email Miss Booth on: jbooth@stmichaels.kent.sch.uk

A few tips for children when using their PCs/Online platforms:
• Please encourage your children to set up a File Management system on their computers, especially, if other family members are using the same PC. E.g. Year 6 folder, then a folder for each subject. This is so they can easily retrieve files and work.
• When logging into O365 from home, children need to insert their password. For years 5-8, this is the same password they use to log into the school’s PCs. Years 1-4 will have had their passwords reset which have been distributed to parents via email (on Thursday 19th March).
• If using SeeSaw, pupils must remember to PDF their documents. SeeSaw is not compatible with MS Applications, therefore, if a piece of work is created in MS Word, it will need to be saved as a PDF before it can be uploaded.

Déjà vu temporary closure

Owing to the size of the second hand uniform shop and the difficulty in staying at a safe distance from each other inside, Déjà vu will be closed for the time being.
They will not be accepting donations for the foreseeable future.

School Uniform Shop open online

In light of the government directive to close all schools in England, we would like to advise you that the School Shop will continue to have an online presence available throughout this period and will be offering a home delivery service should any parent require any items of uniform until we can resume our regular opening hours.

We will endeavour to remain fully stocked for when the school returns, ensuring that all uniform requirements will be met.

Our website and Facebook pages will be kept up to date with information regarding the School Shop and the very important back to school period. Please visit
www.sturdyclothing.co.uk/st-michaels

Finally, and most importantly, we hope that you and your family are safe and healthy and thank you for your ongoing support.