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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

Early Bird Club

Dear Parents and Carers

We are able to start our Early Bird Club for early pupil drop-off at 0830 hours after half term. 

In order to book a place for your child (or children), please ensure you book them in and pay for their place via SchoolMoney a week in advance.  Please note: if you have not booked a space or paid in advance, we will not be able to take your child at 0830 hours on the day.

If you have any query, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Yours faithfully

Carolyn Ellis-Gage (Mrs) Head teacher

Parents Evening – 9th November 2021

Dear Parents and Carers 

Firstly I would like to thank you for the support you have shown the school over this last week.  It is very much appreciated and great to know we are all ‘on the same team’ working together for the best interests of your children. 

We are hoping that the restrictions we have in place currently, followed by the half term, will ensure that the cases drop significantly when we return in November.  If this is the case we intend to hold our Parents’ evening on 9th November between 4 – 7 pm.  

We intend to hold this as a face-to-face evening, but there will be the option of Zoom or a telephone call if that is your preference.  

Class emails will be sent out requesting your preference and a time slot.

Kind regards

Carolyn Ellis-Gage    (pronouns she/her)

Head Teacher

Important letter to Parent & Carers about Covid testing


Dear Parents and Carers

We know how important it is for you to be able to send your child/ren to school. 

At Parkside School we are taking a number of measures to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, including:

  • Encouraging all staff to test regularly, to minimise the risk of our teachers giving your child or other children Covid;
  • Ensuring our staff and children practice good hygiene;
  • Making sure our spaces are well ventilated; and;
  • Encouraging all members of our community to isolate and book a PCR test should they develop symptoms of the virus.

We are also asking all parents to test their children regularly and to report each result

Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing.  This is because they have no symptoms.  We are therefore asking all parents to test their children on Sundays and Wednesdays andhelp us to keep Parkside School open.

This letter is going out to all parents of children at Parkside School asking them to regularly test their children and to report each result.

Pupils will be able to collect home test kits from Reception and bring them home with them – each week.  Please ask your child if they have received these and help them to take the test and report their results. Testing is free of charge.

The tests will come with guidance in multiple languages on how to take the test.  You can also see this useful video to show you how to take the test – tests usually take a few minutes to do and you get the results in 30 minutes. Then all you need to do is to report the result to:

Financial support is available if your child tests positive and you need to self-isolate

If you are unable to work due to your child having or displaying symptoms of COVID-19, you may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate. 

You will be eligible if you live in England and meet all the following criteria:

  • you have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, including by the NHS COVID-19 app
  • you are employed or self-employed
  • you cannot work from home and will lose income as a result
  • you are claiming at least one of the following benefits:
  • Universal Credit
  • Working Tax Credits
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit or Housing Benefit

By testing your child on Sundays and Wednesdays you will help us to reduce transmission of Coronavirus, keep students in school, which will be open to minimise disruption to their education and to you and your household.

Please contact school, if you have any questions or concerns about home testing. 

Thank you for your support.

Yours faithfully


Head Teacher

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