We have managed to arrange for a therapy dog owner to visit our school on a regular basis for an hour a week initially. The dog, called Little Bear, is highly trained and fully insured. The owner, Mrs McLaughlin, is a trained therapist as well as a trained teacher. Little Bear is a Newfoundland, truly a gentle giant, he is a courageous and intelligent working dog. He has a docile temperament and love of children. We hope he will get round to visiting all children over the year and he will spend a little longer with some, who may need a bit of an uplift. We will be very sensitive to those who may not like dogs. This will form a small part of our PSHE Curriculum for Life. Any parent who does not wish their child to interact with Little Bear is invited to write to inform Mrs Dorian-Kemp of their wishes.
CHILDREN’S WATER BOTTLES
We had our annual Legionella risk assessment on Monday evening this week and the Assessor noticed quite a few water bottles, with water still in them, left around the school. He wanted to alert us to the dangers of this, so we are passing the information on and also a reminder of how we use water bottles in school.
• In KS1 and KS2, we have water and cups, with individual children’s names on them, in every class and chilled, filtered water supplies around the school.
• In Nursery and Reception, we have a ‘snack bar’ set up where children help themselves to milk and water.
• Children, unless agreed for medical reasons (where quantities have to be recorded), should not be drinking from their water bottle in class.
• Water bottles are to be used only with their packed lunch or during sporting activities. We provide water and cups in all other circumstances.
• Any water bottles used by children must be transparent, so we can monitor whether there is water in there and not another drink, which might damage their teeth.
• All water bottles must be taken home at the end of the day and washed thoroughly to prevent a build-up of potentially dangerous bacteria.
• Never drink from a water bottle that has been left in the car for a period of time.
Please be assured, we are not discouraging drinking water, we just need to be very mindful that we are not presenting a risk to health. We thank you in advance for working with us in this respect. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs Dorian-Kemp or the class teacher.
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PLASTIC FREE PLEDGE – NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP!
As you know, High View have taken the pledge to become a single use plastic free school in order to support our environment. Having investigated things which we can change, we have noticed that lots of children who have a packed lunch don’t have refillable drink bottles. We would like to stop the use of single use plastic drinks i.e. fruit shoot etc., therefore we will now be providing juice, milk or water for children who do not have a reusable bottle. Please can we ask that your child only brings in a refillable bottle or has a school supplied drink from now on?
Thank you for your support.