Dear Carers/ Parents,

Children’s Mental Health Week
Monday is the start of this year's Children’s Mental Health Week, the theme is Express Yourself. 
Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.

It’s important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.

This week, we will be encouraging children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas.

As parents and carers, you play an important role in your child’s mental health. Check out the free resources and activities on:
 https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/about-the-week/

Keeping the School Safer
We want to inform you that we will be engaging in a programme of asymptomatic testing for STAFF. This will be implemented during the coming week and will help to identify any staff who may be carrying COVID-19 and be asymptomatic. Staff will self-test twice a week and report the results to the Government and the school. It is another thing that will help to keep the school as safe as can be for all of us.

Places Offered in School During Lockdown
As mentioned before, the Government has announced that the schools are being kept closed now beyond the half term. We will be reviewing places offered to try and keep the numbers of children in school to a manageable, safer level, as keeping St Giles open for critical worker children is vital.

Staff in school have been amazing working with the high numbers of children, 70% up from the first lockdown, and even more parents are asking to send their children in. In an effort to be fair will we re-look at the criteria in line with the guidance for critical workers. It will help if you all have your letters of authority ready, we do have the majority on file. If the second parent/ carer is also a critical worker, please make sure theirs is ready to be sent into the office, as the two critical parents/ carers will be taking priority, as will single parents who are also a critical worker. 

Warwickshire County Council have also said that they will be using Trading Standards officers to investigate claims of being critical worker, as some companies have been using false claims to get their workers a place in school. You do wonder if some people have understood the seriousness of this pandemic, and appreciate the sacrifices we are all making to support each other.
   
Finally, a huge thank you to all of you who continue to put an incredible amount of effort into your home learning. I have sent my own personal message to you via the newsletter, the Prime Minister, has echoed my thanks with his own open letter to you!

Please speak with your children’s teachers if you are having any difficulties, teachers will do as much as they can to help you and your children.

Take care, everyone.