The latest edition of our newsletter, ‘Loose Ends’, is now available on our website at:
The latest edition of our newsletter, ‘Loose Ends’, is now available on our website at:
Without the laughter of children and the hustle and bustle of the staff, Elmfield is a very surreal place to be during our temporary closure due to coronavirus. However, I hope that all of the children are managing to laugh and I know that the staff are certainly busy and doing their very best to maintain some continuity of learning for the pupils. Many of our staff are also parents here at Elmfield, and I have attached some pictures of the work that Mrs Barnsdale has been doing with her son. It is a great task to home-school, and I know that many of you are trying to do this while doing your own work from home. Remember that teachers are working remotely to support you and be keeping in touch with families, so if you have queries or any problems at all, please don't hesitate to make contact. Please don't put too much pressure on yourselves and try not to worry over anything.
During their Science Main Lesson with Mr Shrimpton, Class Ten had a competition to build a bridge out of spaghetti. The winning entry held an amazing 18.6kg! Well done 👍 🍝
"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
It is with sadness that we inform you that Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School will be closed until further notice, due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. This decision was made following advice from the Department for Education and in conjunction with the Head of Education Outcomes at our Local Education Authority.
If you have difficulty in safely caring for your child and you are a front-line worker, please contact Ruth Beachim-Ratcliffe on 07731 856326 and we will contact the Local Education Authority in order to find provision for your child at a local school.
Our thoughts are with you all at this challenging and difficult time. Our plan is that staff continue to work remotely and that teachers will be in touch with families on a regular basis.
We are all in this together, and we look forward to our community being back together again soon. We will continue to update you should anything change. In the meantime, stay safe and look after each other.
Elmfield School today has been an eerie place. We have very much noticed the absence of the children, but please can we thank you all for following the advice of Public Health England by keeping your children at home where they are safe.
We did not have any Early Years children in attendance today. The staff who came into school to run the department have spent their time preparing the rooms for deep cleaning and the Early Years department is now closed for the foreseeable future.
We are now working closely with the Head of Education Outcomes at Dudley Council and will continue to keep you updated. May we respectfully remind you that provision for children in school is only for those children who cannot be safely cared for at home. If this is the case, and you have not already done so, can you please contact Ruth Beachim-Ratcliffe on 07731 856326 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need anything. Teachers and guardians are working hard to maintain regular contact with each family and it is important that we retain communication with each other during this period of isolation and social distancing. We are still a community and our children remain at its heart. We will continue to offer any support we reasonably can at this time, and genuinely wish everyone good health.
Following the recent statement issued by the Secretary of State for Education, we wanted to update you all with the steps that Elmfield School is putting in place for students.
In line with Gavin Williamson's announcement, we have now closed to the majority of our students. This means that from Monday 23rd March there will be no face to face teaching delivery of our usual timetable. We will continue to open a limited number of buildings to support those students who the government have identified as being within a priority group.
The majority of our students will be able to continue their learning through the work that teachers are providing and we will be constantly reviewing the efficacy of this. During this period, teachers will remain in contact with you, and we encourage you to email or post your child's work to them for marking and feedback, where appropriate. We would even welcome photographs of the work that your child is producing, but please do not include your child in the photograph. We are hoping that, at some point before the Easter break, we will have more information from the Government and we will be able to update you as to how we plan to progress.
The school will be open from 8:40am until 3:15pm and will only be open to those students who are identified in a priority group. The school office will be open during this time.
If you have a safeguarding or welfare concern during this period of social distancing and self-isolation, you should contact Ruth Beachim-Ratcliffe (Designated Safeguarding Lead) on 07731 856326 or Diana Ball (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead) on 07528 046949.
The government has asked where possible that parents keep their young people at home and have asked schools to remain open for those children and young people who absolutely need to attend. The fewer young people in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society. The target groups identified include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, 'looked after' children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response are expected where possible to use the guiding principle that if it is at all possible, young people should remain at home. If your child falls into one of the categories of target groups mentioned and you haven't already told us, please contact Ruth Beachim-Ratcliffe immediately on ruth.beachim@elmfield com. If we are not expecting to see your child on Monday morning, we will need to send them home. Thank you to those parents who have been in contact already. You will receive a further ParentMail outlining the provision that will be available for your child shortly.
Parents should also do everything they can to ensure that children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults
It is important that we keep you connected during this time, so please ensure that you check your emails and the school website regularly for any updates and changes to the current situation.
On behalf of Elmfield School, we would like to thank you all for the commitment and support that you are showing this time. We know that this is a difficult time for many of you, and the next few weeks will be an adjustment for all of us. We are doing everything we can to support your children and families at this time and appreciate your patience. Please do help up by following the advice set out above.
If you would like further guidance, please follow this link: www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
Elmfield School is now closed to pupils (except children of key workers where this has already been arranged) until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
We will keep you all updated of any developments as quickly as we can through ParentMail, our Facebook page and our website, www.elmfield.com.
We wish everyone good health during these difficult times and we look forward to opening our gates again as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, ParentMail is not working at the moment due to the high level of communication from schools.
As per the government’s announcement, we confirm that Elmfield School will be temporarily closed to pupils from the end of the school day on Friday 20th March 2020.
If you are a key worker and you require provision at school in the coming weeks, can you please email email@example.com.
We wish you well and thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time.
We are currently experiencing difficulties with ParentMail. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope that the situation will be resolved soon.
We are currently reflecting on the announcement made regarding school closures from Friday afternoon.
Please bear with us during this time and we will issue a full statement by the the end of the day.
CLASS FIVE PLAY.
Class 5 were really disappointed to have to cancel their performance of their play, but one lucky member of staff had the pleasure of watching it this morning and, despite two children who were playing main characters being off school, they gave a wonderful performance. Congratulations to Class 5!
CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 UPDATE.
Following on from our ParentMail yesterday, the Coordination Group have met and we would like to feedback to you our current position.
As far as possible, our school will remain open and all teaching will continue as normal. We are following updates from the government as well as advice from Public Health England.
In order to minimise risk, we are reducing the number of visitors to the school and all non-essential meetings will be cancelled. If you need to contact the school, it is advised that you do so by telephone.
As of today, all lettings will cease and the following events will be postponed or changed:
-The Class 8 play will be postponed.
-The Class 5 play will be performed, but only to Class 4 and this will be in place of choir where the classes would normally be together.
-The Upper and Middle School Concert will be postponed.
-Swimming for classes 3 and 4 will be cancelled until further notice.
-Appointments with the School Health Practitioner Trainees will be postponed.
-All trips are cancelled - we will contact you in due course regarding payments.
-Assemblies are cancelled.
All classrooms will be treated with anti-bacterial spray at the end of each day, and our cleaners will be working hard to deep clean toilets and communal areas, including door handles, in order to minimise any risks. May we ask that you ensure that your child washes their hands upon returning home from school.
Staff will continue to follow guidelines around hand washing and they will also be overseeing the sharing of food within the classes. Please don't encourage your child to bring food to share with other pupils to avoid disappointment. Staff are currently preparing appropriate work for your child to complete at home in the event that school should need to close or if your family need to self-isolate.
May we respectfully remind you that the symptoms of the coronavirus are a high temperature and/or a new continuous cough. As parents, you can follow the government guidance for schools by following this link: www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
We appreciate that this is a lot of information to digest, and that there remains a great deal of anxiety around the next steps that the government will put in place. If a member of your household shows symptoms of coronavirus or your child is unwell, please ring in and let us know as we cannot make any assumptions. We thank you for your patience and please keep checking your inbox and the school website as we continue to inform you of changes and update you regularly.
We currently have the following vacancies:
-Specialist Learning Support Teacher.
-Member of the School’s Council of Management (Employment).
Full details can be found on our website at elmfield.com/the-school/vacancies/job-vacancies/
Calling all musicians young and old, a gallimaufry will be on Friday 13th March 2020. Come along and share your musical talents, join in with the impromptu folk band or just listen from 7 pm until around 9 pm in the Eurythmy room. Gallimaufry is an open musical evening, and all are welcome - pupils small and big, teachers, parents and friends. We try and have one every term and it's an excellent opportunity to practice playing in front of a small and friendly audience and share what you have been working on. As always, yummy bring and share refreshments.
Please note: this event is not organised by the school.