Yesterday evening Buckingham Palace announced the death of Her Majesty the Queen, the longest reigning monarch. As the United Kingdom enters into a period of national mourning, we will be taking the time to reflect on the life of Queen Elizabeth II during her incredible reign of 70 years.
Her Majesty passed away at the age of 96 having spent 70 years on the throne and was part of many people’s lives from childhood to adulthood. While death is not an easy topic to discuss, the passing of one who was such a big part of the nation and the world will be a particularly sensitive topic, especially for children. However, at school, we will be keeping the memory of Queen Elizabeth alive and will be broaching the subject in a sensitive manner.
This morning we held an assembly for children, where we displayed pictures of Queen Elizabeth II and sang our jubilee song in honour of her. We spoke about the sadness that many people will be feeling and that for many, the passing of the Queen will affect them deeply but for others, it may not affect them in the same way, and that this is ok.
We appreciate that the younger children may not fully understand what it means to die and that it is important for adults to talk openly to support the children. To aid children’s understanding of death, it is important to be open and honest and answer any questions they may have using clear and simple language that is age appropriate.
If you need any further support, there are plenty of charity websites to support discussions with children around death and bereavement.
Public Health England have produced a letter for schools to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. The Department would be grateful if you could share and circulate this letter amongst parents at your school.
The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing.
At North Ealing Primary School we take security very seriously. The site is equipped with security doors which can only be used with a valid security pass. Staff members have photo ID on their passes. Visitors and temporary staff are supplied with a red pass from the school office, but will only be granted access where needed.
All visitors must report to the School Office to sign in, they will be issued with a red visitor pass or visitor badge. This will clearly indicate to others on site that they have registered with the school office. All visitors will be asked for their relevant identification and where appropriate a copy of their DBS will be required. When leaving, all visitors are required to sign out and return their pass to the office.
Anyone on site without a pass / badge will be approached by a member of staff and directed to the school office.
CCTV cameras are installed throughout the school site and cover all access points.
The school building is alarmed and monitored with an out of hours security service.
Children are asked not to bring any valuable items into school, unless their class teacher has given xanax no prescription permission before hand. The school cannot accept responsibility for such items. Only children who walk to school alone have permission to bring mobile phones with them. On arrival to school their mobile phone should be handed to the school office for safe keeping. Mobile phones should not be used on site unless authorised by the head teacher.
School Collection (at the end of the day)
Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 children will stay with their class teacher until the authorised parent / family member / carer is visible. If no authorised adult is available the child will be taken to the school office where the relevant person is contacted.
Year 6 children are instructed to return to the office if no expected adult is available at the end of the day.
During the School Day
Between 9.10am and 3.05pm any visitor / staff member should enter via Pitshanger Lane gate only. There is no access to the main school grounds or school office from any other entrance. Children Centre users and Nursery pupils are the only exception who must enter via Summerfield Road.
If you have any queries or concerns please contact the school office.
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