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3rd December 2021

Christmas Jumper Day

We will once again be participating in this annual charity event, with proceeds going to the charity ‘Save the Children’.

It will take place on Friday 10th December.

Children can come to school in a Christmas jumper/top or decorate an existing top with Christmas decorations and bring a donation of 50p towards the charity. They need to wear school trousers/skirt and school shoes as normal.

Christmas Cards

Children will be able to bring Christmas cards into school. They can be posted in the school’s Christmas post-box in the hall. Year 6 monitors will then distribute them.

Party Food

Party dates are as follows:

Tue 14th Dec – Rec/Y1/Y2

Wed 15th Dec – Y3/Y4/Y6

Thur 16th Dec – Y5

Staff will send slips home requesting what party food they would like children to bring in. Like last year, all party food will have to be pre-packed (crisps, biscuits, buns, punnet of grapes, cocktail sausages, mini scotch eggs, breadsticks etc)

The school kitchen will provide a platter of sandwiches for each class.

Mini Christmas Fair

Activities/stalls will take place in the community room on:

Monday 6th Dec 1.45pm – Y3/Y4

Tuesday 7th Dec 1.45pm  – Y5/Y6

Wednesday 8th Dec 1.45pm – Rec/Y1/Y2

Secret Shop

This will take place on Thursday 9th & Friday 10th Dec.

If you haven’t sent your forms in for either or both these events, please do so by Monday 6th December.

Reception Nativity

Having taken advice considering the current COVID situation, unfortunately we have taken the decision that the Reception Nativity will be recorded. We will let parents know when it is available for families to watch and where you can access it

Medical Appointments

Any medical appointments should be arranged outside of the school day where possible. Proof of appointments will be asked for where this cannot be avoided.

School closure due to Adverse Weather

It is once again the time of year when we enter a period of what is likely to be unsettled and adverse weather.

Adverse weather conditions cause all of us problems and the impact on running a school can be significant. Critical factors are taken into account when deciding to remain open or to close include road conditions, safety of the site and staff/pupil ratios.

It may well be the case that an occurrence of adverse weather leads to an early morning decision whether to close the school. This decision will be based on a health and safety assessment (both for members of staff and pupils); the Headteacher will keep the school open if at all possible. Only in exceptional circumstances will the school be closed. If weather conditions are such that the school makes a decision to close before the normal school day starts, then instruction will be given to publish notification between 7.00am and 7.30am in the following ways:

  • Notification of closure through a text sent via ParentMail
  • An update via Twitter – @ThorpeBradford
  • An update on the Bradford Schools Online website –
  • A school closure message on local radio stations

If weather conditions are such that a decision to close is taken during normal school hours, then all parents/carers who have provided us with mobile telephone contact details will be informed by text. Some staff will remain in school to supervise pupils until they are able to get home. As you can appreciate, we attempt to ensure we can deal effectively with weather conditions and circumstances arising from this that are beyond our control and I trust you feel reassured that we will do all we can to open school.


With the Autumn and Winter months approaching, it is important that we take steps to protect ourselves from catching and spreading COVID-19 as well as other seasonal viruses.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in children:

Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it’s usually less serious. The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • A high temperature
  • A new continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • A loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

What to do if your child has symptoms:

If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they’re mild: Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if they have COVID-19 as soon as possible using this link: Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) – GOV.UK (

Your child should stay at home and not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get the test result – they can only leave home to have the test.

While we appreciate some of these symptoms maybe other seasonal virus, we would ask you to be extra vigilant and book a PCR test if any of these are displayed. If we identify any new symptoms in school, we will ask you to collect your child so a PCR test can be done. If you need any advice, you can call the NHS on 119 or the school office on 01274 414126.

Birthday Children

Harris Eqbal

Xavier Wang

Thomas Armour

Nora He

Happy Birthday

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