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Free Summer activities

Dear Parents and Carers 

Please find attached some information from the Henderson Trust, which we have been asked to pass on to families: 

We have organised a series of activities and trips for 10 to 16 year olds over the summer months. The leaflet is  in PDF format with details of how to book.  All the activities are funded by Henderson Trust and the Big Norfolk Holiday fund, meaning all trips, activities and food are completely free. 


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School Lunches

Dear Parents & Carers

On Wednesday we informed you via email that we are upgrading our School Money system. 

We are pleased to inform you that the system is now live and you can now order and pay for school lunches (hot food, jacket potatoes or packed lunch and snacks) on-line or via the app.

Moving forward this is the method school we will be using for dinner and snack orders.

Please find attached information on how to pre-order your child’s school lunch. 

Bookings are now open for next week’s orders. Please log into your School Money account. 

You need to make your choices for the whole week. 

If you have any queries, please contact the school office.

Kind regards

Parkside School

Making Sense of SEND – free event – Great Yarmouth

Dear all 

Making Sense of SEND is a free event at The King’s Centre, Great Yarmouth.  This event has a focus on Preparing for Post-16 choices and so it is very useful for parents/carers who have a child with SEND (with or without an EHCP) in Year 9-13

Parents/carers who cannot attend in-person, will be sent a link so they can join via MS Teams. 

Parents/carers who are interested in attending in-person will benefit from free refreshments and the opportunity to ask questions.  Registration is via Eventbrite and will close Sunday 26 June at 11.30pm.

Parkside School


Reminder to parents and carers regarding the hot weather this week

Dear Parents and Carers 

A quick reminder to make sure you send in named sun hats, named water bottles and named sun cream for your children as we are going to have a few hot days. 

We also need your permission to apply the sun cream if your child is unable to do this themselves – an email to the class team or school office would be appreciated.

On Friday, it is non-school uniform day because we are raising money for Ukraine.  Please make sure your child wears something suitable for the extreme heat that is forecast. 

Kind regards 

Carolyn Ellis-Gage

Head Teacher

Festive HAF Scheme

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please find information from Norfolk County Council below:

The Festive HAF scheme is due to run during the Christmas holidays for 4 days from 20th – 23rd December for children aged 5-16 who are eligible for free school meals/ The scheme will combine lots of fun activities to help keep children and young people busy before Christmas.

Parents will be able to book places from 8th November but they will need a HAF code to do so. Parkside’s specific HAF code is HAF379 and the site is: Big Norfolk Holiday Fun – Active Norfolk so you can start booking activities.

There are also activities available for families not eligible for free places.


Parkside School

Head Teacher update – 1st November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers 

I hope you have had a good week with your children and enjoyed the half term break. 

Parkside has continued to have some positive Covid cases reported to us throughout the week and today we continue to have vulnerable pupils and, unfortunately, a staff member was hospitalised through contracting Covid; they have fortunately made a full recovery now.  Therefore, we will be keeping some of the mitigations that we had put in place before the half term.  Staff will be wearing masks in communal areas, assemblies will be virtual and pupils will not be mixing in large groups.  All secondary pupils and all staff are strongly urged to do twice-weekly lateral flow device testing at home (school can supply these for pupils – please ask the class teacher if you need more sent home). We have returned to our ‘normal’ timetable, but wherever possible we have limited the mixing between pupils in an attempt to slow any transmission.  Enhanced hygiene measures remain in place.   

We will make a decision about the parents evening by tomorrow; we are aware that many parents have not had the opportunity to meet teachers and come into school since the start of the pandemic.  If we do go ahead with face-to-face parents evening we will require confirmation of a negative lateral flow test done on the day and there will be social distancing in place.  

Parkside is very pleased to be part of a pilot for LAMP testing, which is as accurate as PCR testing.  This should be in place over the next few weeks and we are pleased so many of you have said you would be interested in this and we would definitely be able to stop the spread of Covid further if we can have the whole school on board with it.  A further letter and more information about this will follow in the next few days. 

One way that we can very clearly and quickly limit the spread of Covid is by making sure that if a household member has tested positive for Covid, you keep your child at home.  We are requesting this as we have had several cases where family members have been positive, the pupil has continued to attend school and then became positive themselves.   

We continue to thank you for your support and positive messages, they are very much appreciated. 

Kind regards

Carolyn Ellis-Gage    (pronouns she/her)

Head Teacher

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