CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY DATES 2019
12.15 pm - Friday 20th December - students break up. Bus companies have been contacted and we anticipate all buses will arrive at 12.15pm to collect the students. If you wish for your child to remain in school until normal time, please contact us and let us know so that we can arrange supervision.
Monday 23rd December 2019 to Friday 3rd January 2020 - School Closed for Christmas Holiday
Monday 6th January 2020 - Staff Training Day - School Closed to Students
8.45 am - Tuesday 7th January 2020 - Return to school - start of Spring Term.
28th November 2019
Dear Parents / Carers
This letter is to advise you that diarrhoea and vomiting illness which is present in the community at this time of the year is also circulating at school. You may be aware that other schools in the local community have had to close to carry out deep cleaning. Following a rapid increase in the number of students displaying symptoms of this illness this afternoon, we have taken the decision to close the school to allow for deep cleaning to take place and to prevent further spread of illness. As we have planned closures on 2nd and 3rd December, we hope this will mean we can return free of infection on Wednesday 4th December.
We would very grateful for the support of parents in helping us reduce the spread of the infection. If your child has symptoms of diarrhoea and or vomiting, please keep them at home until 48 hours after they are feeling better. During this time, they should not mix with other children outside the home or visit local venues.
Norovirus is commonly known as Winter Vomiting Disease and occurs commonly in the community and in schools and nurseries in particular at this time of the year. If your child is ill, you may find the following information useful:
ADVICE FOR PARENTS ABOUT NOROVIRUS
What are the symptoms?
Diarrhoea and vomiting usually lasting 1 -2 days
What should you do if your child is unwell?
Make sure they get lots of rest. Ensure they drink plenty of fluids, taking sips rather than gulps to avoid vomiting. • Give infant Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, according to product instructions, to help keep their temperature down. • If your child is unusually sleepy, won’t take fluids or has other symptoms, such as blood in their diarrhoea, an unusual rash, headache, neck stiffness or difficulty breathing, ring NHS Direct (0845 4647), contact your GP or take your child to hospital. • Please ring your child’s nursery/ school and let them know that your child is ill and what symptoms they have. Keep them at home until they are well enough to return to school. However, if your child has been suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting keep them at home until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.
How can you prevent the spread of these infections? Hand washing is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of both of these infections. This applies to the child who is ill and the person looking after them. Hands should always be washed, using liquid soap if possible: • Before and after caring for your child. • After using the toilet. • Before eating or handling food. • After cleaning up a mess.
Other ways of preventing the spread of infection are to: • Keep a separate towel for family members who have symptoms. • Dispose promptly of used tissues and other items that your child may have coughed or sneezed on. • Wash soiled clothing, bed linen and towels in a washing machine. Use the hottest wash for that fabric. • Clean baths and washbasins thoroughly and disinfect after use. • If cleaning up diarrhoea or vomit, wash the surface with hot soapy water and disinfect before allowing to dry. If using bleach remember that it can remove the colour from fabrics and can burn the skin.
Please keep your child away from other children and people that are particularly vulnerable, e.g. the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.
What work can students do while we are closed?
Students can revise from their Knowledge Organisers (available on the website and students will have physical copies for some subjects)
Students can also use online resources such as BBC Biteszie and My Maths
Students can revise key topics for their GCSE studies using: Knowledge Organisers GCSE Bitesize My Maths, Maths Watch PIXL applications (maths, science, English Literarture)
Sixth Form should use this time to revise and prepare for their in class assessments.
I look forward to welcoming pupils back to school on Wednesday 4th December.
Miss Burroughs, Lead Teacher of Music is so proud of our amazingly talented Year 9 & 10 Music students who performed at Birmingham's German Market on Saturday 23rd November 2019
Come along to our fantasic school production of Alice in Wonderland
On 11th, 12th & 13th December. Doors open at 6.30 pm.
Tickets are: Adult £5.00, Child/OAP £3.00 Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £13.00
Tickets are available on the parentpay shop: https://app.parentpay.com/ParentPayShop/Uniform/Default.aspx?shopid=1030
Weekly Blog 22nd November 2019: Sporting Superstars
At The Coleshill School we are very proud of our sports provision and passionately believe that sport is a positive means of ensuring students are healthy and happy. Our amazing PE department have been recognised year after year for their achievements: we have Sports Mark Gold, we are the regional winners of the Schools Games competition, we have a fantastic football academy linked to West Bromwich Albion Foundation and we a national trail blazer in the new ‘A Game of Our Own’ programme.
So, our passion for sport permeates our whole school and we always celebrate when we hear news of our sporting superstars. There are far too many students to mention them all but I have picked out five students here to give a special mention to. If your child is a sporting superstar please do contact me so that we can celebrate their success. Tomorrow I will be standing on the side lines coaching as my youngest plays football for his Under 11 team, before heading to Solihull Riding School to watch my daughter compete in a major cross country event. Well done to all our sporting superstars and keep it up, whatever level you are at.
Lilly is in Year 11 and is an elite golfer. She is currently the Captain for the Junior Team at the Belfry having won a host of awards for her golfing achievements. We look forward to following her progress.
Reiss is fast becoming the next big thing in Welsh rugby! He is a Year 10 student who is now part of the Worcester Warriors academy and was chosen out of 300 players in his age range to represent the Welsh Exiles in half term. Reiss played scrum half and was selected as captain. What a great achievement.
Terri-Ann is an outstanding archer and won the inaugural Coleshill sporting achievement award in the summer. Terri-Ann regularly competes nationally. In July Terri-Ann shot very well at Archery GB’s National Outdoor Championships as well as going to Archery GB’s Youth Festival later that month. Keep an eye out for Terri-Ann in future Olympic squads.
Taylor is in Year 12 and regularly competes at elite European and world level. Taylor has been a world champion and is now moving up age groups to fight at an even higher level. Most recently she claimed silver and bronze medals at the European championships in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Taylor is also a model student, having achieved excellent GCSE results in the summer.
Millie is an exceptional pole vault athlete who trains at the prestigious Birchfield Harriers athletics club. She is currently placed 14th nationally, which is phenomenal. She is also a fantastic sprinter. Millie was an award winner in the sporting achievement category for the last academic year (Millie is below on the right).
Here are some more students who have achieved excellence in their field in recent months. Please do send us your stories and photos and we will share your child’s success too!
Tegan came 3rd out of 22 competitions in ice skating. We are very proud of you.
Liam was chosen to represent Warwickshire in Gealic football in Ireland, a fantastic achievement.
Oliver has signed as a goal keeper for Walsall Academy, well done Oliver.
Jamie won the Junior Silver Grade Tango in Midlands based competition. Fab-u-lous!