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Coronavirus

6th March 2020 - admin

The coronavirus outbreak is receiving increasing coverage in the media again with more clusters of infections outside China. We are sharing the latest information regarding the current Coronavirus outbreak to ensure that you have access to all the current available information. You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus and there is currently no reason why your children should not continue to attend school as normal. The information below is to ensure that you are well informed and will know what to do if you have any concerns. What is coronavirus? A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020. The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 to 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected. The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • cough
  • difficulty in breathing
  • fever
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.
  1. How COVID-19 is spread
From what we know about other coronaviruses, spread of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres or less) with an infected person. It is likely that the risk increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person. Droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes (termed respiratory secretions) containing the virus are most likely to be the most important means of transmission. There are 2 routes by which people could become infected:
  • secretions can be directly transferred into the mouths or noses of people who are nearby (within 2 metres) or could be inhaled into the lungs
  • it is also possible that someone may become infected by touching a surface or object that has been contaminated with respiratory secretions and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes (such as touching a door knob or shaking hands then touching own face).
There is currently no good evidence that people who do not have symptoms are infectious to others.
  1. Preventing spread of infection
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
  • washing your hands often - with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
  • pupils, students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
    • before leaving home
    • on arrival at school
    • after using the toilet
    • after breaks and sporting activities
    • before food preparation
    • before eating any food, including snacks
    • before leaving school
  • use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
  • see further information on the Public Health England Blogand the NHS UK website.
Face masks for the general public, pupils or students, or staff are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments. People who have returned from Hubei Province, including Wuhan, in the last 14 days should self-isolate. This includes avoiding attending an education setting or work until 14 days after they leave Hubei Province. People who have returned from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Iran and Italy in the last 14 days, are advised to stay at home if they develop symptoms. All other pupils or students and staff should continue to attend school unless advised not to by public health officials. For the latest advice from the government visit: http://www.gov.uk/coronavirus​  

Coronavirus letter to parents 13th March 2020

Coronavirus advise for education settings poster

Jeans for Genes Day – Friday 22nd September 2017

16th September 2017 - admin

It’s Jeans for Genes Day on Friday 22 September 2017, please bring your child to school in their jeans and let them join in the fun! The money raised provides vital care and support for thousands of children with life-altering genetic disorders. Please bring a £1 donation (or more!) for our collection box. If you’d like to find out more about how our support will help, please visit their website at jeansforgenes.org

Summer Reading 2017

17th July 2017 - admin

The summer holiday is the ideal chance for children to enjoy reading new texts. To support with this, we have put together some recommended reading lists to help you and your child choose the books they would like to read. The book lists can be downloaded here http://hollydale.continio.co.uk/curriculum/reading-for-pleasure/ We are always looking to expand and improve our lists so, if you or your child can recommend a book that is not on the list, please let Ms Sultana know. Don’t forget to sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge 2017. Click here https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ to find out more. Enjoy a lovely summer of reading!  

Multi Storey Orchestra July 2017

17th July 2017 - admin

Last night the Year 3 and 4 children performed at Bold Tendencies Car Park with the Multi Storey Orchestra. The children have been working with the orchestra for the last few weeks on a piece called ‘In Colour’. The theme was inspired by a Bold Tendencies project exploring how people are impacted physically and emotionally by the colour around them. The concert gave our pupils the opportunity to showcase their learning alongside the orchestra and their singing and performance was outstanding.

NSPCC Assemblies July 2017

17th July 2017 - admin

The NSPCC were in school this week to talk to children about Speak out, Stay safe. The NSPCC led an engaging assembly and children gave some considered and thoughtful responses.

Hollydale General Election June 2017

17th July 2017 - admin

As part of our learning about life in Great Britain, Hollydale held their own mock election on Thursday. The children watched Newsround clips about the main parties and then were taken to the Polling station in the hall to cast their vote. Later that day, after the polls had closed, Y6 pupils counted the votes and acted as Returning Officers to announce them to the school. The winner of our general election was Labour with 120 votes. Here are some of the thoughts of the children: On Wednesday 7th June Year 5 learnt about the General Election and why Theresa May broke the 5 year rule. The General Election is when you vote for the next Government if you are 18 or older and if you have lived abroad for less than 15 years. It was called a snap election because it is supposed to be every 5 years but it got cut to 2 years. Tomi, Year 5 I know that the Conservatives have the most seats in Parliament, but no one has won so that means it is a hung parliament. I want Labour to win because Jeremy Corbyn said he would let people age 16 and over vote and he said we would not pay for university. Nana, Year 6 I enjoyed voting in the election, it felt very real because of the way the polling station was set up. It was a very hard decision because a lot of parties seemed really good. We watched videos with lots of information about the parties. Hawa, Year 4          

Red Nose Day 2017

17th July 2017 - admin

We will be having a non-uniform day on Friday 24th March in order to raise money for the Red Nose Day appeal. For a small donation of £1.00, children will be allowed to come to school wearing red – this can be red clothes, red hat or even red hair! All money raised will be donated to the Red Nose Day appeal to support some of their hugely important charity work. Get your jokes ready! Classes will be holding a joke contest – children can tell one joke to their class. The class will vote on their favourite joke which will be shared in their key stage assembly. We are hoping you will support us and we will be able to raise a significant amount of money for the Red Nose Day Appeal. Thank you in advance for your generosity.