01612191051

Mather Street, Manchester
Lancashire M35 0DT

info@matherstreet.oldham.sch.uk

2nd April 2020

Dear parents,

Well, what times we live in! I really feel for you with little to entertain your children and nowhere to take them.

After the Easter Holiday, we will be sending you more guidance about home learning. Instead of lots of things on the web-site for you to choose from, we will be sending a week by week set of tasks and if we can, a way for our teachers to check what your children have been learning. We want to be realistic though – we know how difficult it is to keep children on task - therefore, short periods of work and then a break is ideal.

After Easter too, I hope I will have been able to set up the voucher scheme for children entitled to a free school meal. This is only for families we have been told about by the local authority. I’m afraid it isn’t for infants who would have a free meal because they are infants. If you think you should be entitled but haven’t applied, now would be a good time to do so.

Very few children of key workers are coming to school and I want to say a big thank you to everyone who is managing to keep their children safe at home - the safest place for them. Of course, if you are unable to make other arrangements your child is very welcome. Please try to let us know if you need childcare because I am trying to keep to a skeleton staff to keep us safe too.

I am very proud of all our teachers and support staff who have cheerfully put our schools first to keep them open, even though there’s a risk to them and their families.

Keep safe and I hope to see you very soon.

Yours sincerely,

Martine Buckley

EXECUTIVE HEADTEACHER

Update - 1st April 2020

Thank you for following the government advice to stay at home.

We have had lots of responses on our Facebook page where families have shared the work children are doing at home.

Please have a look and send us some pictures of your children having fun. 

Please find time to read the attached document as it contains lots of tips for parents about home learning. 

Advice for parents about planning a structured day

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Update - Tuesday 24th March 2020

Stay at home

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

Free School Meals

At the moment, school is providing packed lunches for the children that are entitled to free school meals. These can be collected from the main entrance from 11:30am each day. We are looking into the possibility of providing vouchers. When we have set up a voucher system, we will get in touch with you. Do not give your bank details to anyone - be careful as there are some scams on the internet. 

Work for children to complete at home

There are activities for everyone in the PARENTS section on this website. Click on the 'Useful activities and websites to access at home' section. In addition, we are adding a page for each year group that can be accessed from this section to help you keep your children busy at home. 

Update - Friday 20th March 2020

Thank you to all the parents that have been in touch and for all the support you have given us whilst we are trying to come to terms with the difficult situation we find ourselves in at the moment. We have identified the group of children that are allowed to come into school. All the other children need to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. The attached letter explains what the arrangements are. 

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School will be closed for the majority of pupils from 3:15pm on Friday 20th March 2020.

Parents of vulnerable children will be contacted by school so that we can explain what arrangements we have put in place. 

If you are a parent that is a 'key worker' please follow the advice provided by the government. 

Advice from the Government.

 

If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.

 

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