Letter to Families - 17.09.2021

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Dear Families,

It has been another wonderful week at Bader and our young people have continued to just amaze all staff with their fantastic attitude to learning and being back at school. It was a true honour and privilege to have our first whole school assembly this morning and celebrate how hard pupils are working. We have loved seeing so many friendships develop and the relationships are really lovely to see. It is truly amazing to see the levels of kindness and community spirit across school. We are looking forward to continuing to see pupils continue to grow and develop in the coming days and weeks!

Lower School

We’ve had a fantastic start to this school year at Bader. In Lower School the pupils have shown so much enthusiasm with their learning so far and we are thrilled. We have had a focus on building relationships and the pupils have enjoyed working together, getting to know each other and the animals, and playing a range of different sports outside.

We have also spent time thinking about our goals and aspirations for the future and begun researching different careers we might be interested in.

Upper School

What an amazing start! Our theme this half term in upper school is Hola Mexico and the students have particularly enjoyed learning in different ways. From walking the width of Mexico to sampling the cuisine shared at ‘Day of the Dead’ celebrations, they have continued to make us proud. Our wonderful students have also engaged in research sessions about Mexico in relation to the economy and immigration, sharing some interesting facts and viewpoints with their peers.

Bien hecho Upper School!!!

ClassDojo

Thank you to those of you who have logged onto ClassDojo. Once you have the app, you will be able to see the amazing things that your child is doing in the classroom and communicate with the class team directly, as well as seeing how many Dojo points your child has achieved. Students are also able to share with you what they have been doing in the classroom, allowing them to celebrate their achievements with you.

If you have not yet downloaded the app, please check your email for a Dojo invite, if you use this link it will support you in the process of logging into the app. If you have any issues please speak to your child’s class teacher who will be able to support you with this.

So that we are able to use the app to its full potential and share all of the amazing things your child has been doing with their peers in class we are seeking photograph permission from you. Please click on the link so that you are able to confirm whether you give permission for your child’s picture to appear on their class story and / or the school story, this is explained on the Microsoft form: https://forms.office.com/r/rBwxnHFXG0

School’s Parent App

Thank you to many parents who have downloaded the Parent App MyChildatSchool (MCAS). This parent app is an application which enables families to view their child’s school data on their smartphone or online. If you have not done so already please download the app from your app store by searching for MyChildatSchool or access online at: https://www.mychildatschool.com/MCAS/MCSParentLogin

User details and logins have been sent to all families, if you have not yet received yours, or, if you require any support please do not hesitate in contacting us. This app enables you to view your child’s attendance, pay for school meals and review permissions you have given to school in respect of your child.

Covid-19 Vaccinations

You will no doubt by now have seen the news reporting that the Government intend to roll out the Covid-19 vaccine to young people aged 12 -15. As with the wider vaccination programme, it will not be mandatory for young people to have the vaccine. Under-18s are being given the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, although the Moderna vaccine has also been authorised for use in children in the UK.

All 16 and 17-year-olds are already being offered a first dose, with the intention of having a second at a later date. Those aged 12 to 15 are already eligible for two doses if they are at higher risk due to:

 Severe neurodisability (which could include cerebral palsy, autism or epilepsy)

 Down's syndrome

 A severely weakened immune system, including some children with cancer

 Profound and multiple learning difficulties

 Chronic heart, lung and liver condition

Children of the same age who live with people who have a suppressed immune system can also be vaccinated.

The vaccine is mainly likely to be given in schools and parents will be asked for consent. At this stage, we have no further details of how this will happen, and we will communicate any updates with you as soon as we can.

Although parental consent is being sought, children under 16 who can prove they understand the risks and benefits can ask for the vaccine - or refuse it - if they disagree with their parents. Where families want advice or support with this, please contact school.

Clearly the decision to vaccinate your child will be one you will take seriously and want to think carefully about. Your local GP can provide more detailed advice and guidance if you want more information.

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Next Friday it is the world’s biggest coffee morning! At Bader Academy we really want to celebrate this, due to the current transition of our new pupils we will be celebrating the world’s biggest coffee morning on Friday 1st October and working together to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support. We are very excited as this is the first opportunity we will have had to invite parents, carers and families into school to celebrate an event with us. The coffee morning will take place from 10am -11:30am and you are very welcome to join us! There will be lovely baked goods available to buy which have been made by our young people along with refreshments too. Please do not worry if you are unable to attend, you can send your child to school with some money if they wish to make a purchase or offer a donation.

If you would like to donate anything to school for us to sell on the morning, we would be very grateful. Please could we ask that any donations are in school on Thursday 30th September in order for our young people to prepare for the event and have everything ready!

Finally…

We are very much looking forward to another amazing week and sharing with you all of the wonderful achievements of your child. Have a great weekend and stay safe.

Kind Regards,

Viki Drew

Head of School

Posted in Weekly Letters on Sep 20, 2021.

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