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Open Door
 
Open door is a community and arts space on Berkhamsted High street where you can be active, creative and social, whatever your circumstances.
 
They offer a wide range of activities from Workshops to exhibitions to volunteering opportunities and other ways to make a difference.  Or just come and have a cup of tea and chat!
 
Helping to tackle social inequality and isolation is at the heart of what they do.  They enable everyone to connect and contribute for their own wellbeing and for that of the whole community.
 
Please find link below for details of what’s on:
 
Family Centre Service
 

Here is a link including all our services DacorumFamilyCentreService | Linktree here you will find our ‘sign up’ link and our timetable (What’s on & how to book) which can change, so please keep an eye on the dates etc. 

Summer 2022 Parenting Courses and Support Brochure for Dacorum

Attending a parenting course can help you to:
  • Speak and listen to your child more effectively
  • Improve family relationships
  • Deal with difficult behaviour more effectively
  • Reward good behaviour, to boost your child’s self esteem and confidence
  • Set limits and boundaries, discipline and time out
  • Gain support from other parents facing similar challenges
 
The brochure is available to download on the DSPL website, via the following link: https://dacorumdspl.org.uk/online-resources-for-parents-and-carers-2/ 
 
 
COVID Government Guidance
 

Changes to the self-isolation from Thursday 24th February 2022

The Government removed the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test. However, anyone who tests positive are still advised to stay home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days as this helps reduce the chance of passing COVID-19 on to others.

 If they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test should not be taken earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period and the second should be taken the following day.  All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace. 

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they are advised to continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest. 

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature are advised to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Face Coverings

The legal requirement to wear a face covering no longer applies and face coverings are no longer advised for staff and visitors in classrooms or communal areas.  We appreciate and understand, however, that you may wish to continue to wear a face covering and we are happy for any visitors to the school (including our staff) to continue to wear a face covering in and around school.   

Thank you again for all your support and understanding as we all adjust to living with Covid-19.   

Please find below our recently updated Risk Assessment and our Outbreak Management Plan.
 
 
Parenting Smart
 
Parenting Smart is a free online resource featuring practical advice and tried-and-tested tips for parents and carers of primary age children.
 
Parenting Smart is: 
  • Created by Place2Be’s parenting experts
  • Based on evidence and our experience of working with children and families 
  • Designed with busy parents in mind, with short videos and articles
  • Topics from meltdowns to friendship difficulties, from anxiety to the transition to secondary school

Please click on the link below to take a look:

Parenting Smart

 
Behaviour 
Please find below a link to an article which we feel aligns with our policy on behaviour and is a guide to adults to help advise and support children to make pro-social behaviour choices.  There is also a copy of the letter we sent out to parents on the 14th October 2021 at the bottom of the page.
 
 
Drug and Alcohol Awareness 
 
Please find a link to the Drugs and Alcohol Awareness parent and carers information sheet
 
 
We are delighted to be able to announce that Westfield Primary School has been awarded the KITE MARK AWARD for ‘The whole school approach to Mental Health and Well-being’.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

As you are aware, our children’s mental and physical well-being continues to be extremely important to us and now more than ever we feel that it is vitally important. We are very proud of all that we offer our children and that this was recognised in the application we presented to  the Hertfordshire Healthy Young Minds panel of mental health professionals. The panel commented on the wealth of information that was provided along with this submission.

“The information was very comprehensive and provided useful informative about Westfield approach to emotional wellbeing in the school. The submission demonstrated a range of strong interventions supporting the development of resilience and positive emotional wellbeing. The panel also highlighted the strong Leadership and Management section which is key in order for the linked 11 areas to be following through within the school community.”

A very personal thank you to all the staff and parents for supporting us embed this culture and ethos into our school for the wellbeing of us all.

 
 
Mrs Stace and Milo complete the 2.6 Challenge!

 

Hi Everyone! 

I am delighted to say that I got up early this morning to take on my 2.6 Challenge on Northchurch common and I did it!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

In true Westfield style I definitely put myself in the ‘ stretch zone ‘, as I am certainly more a dog walker than a runner!

That said, as my morning quote  on my calendar quite rightly said , ‘If you never try you’ll never know’ 

I now know that I ‘CAN ‘ run 2.6 K which for many of you I appreciate would be a walk in the park – however for me, it felt more like a marathon! 

Thanks to Milo running by my side and my daughter’s support and company I am proud to share the attached photos . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Harrison for inspiring me to do this – I hope Harrison, Milo and I  have now inspired you to put yourselves in the stretch zone and try something new and take part in the 2.6 challenge – it’s never too late!

In fact, I have now decided that I will get up and go on my second run on Friday – you never know, maybe I could run 5 K by the end of lockdown!!!

Enjoy your day everyone 

Take care 

Mrs Stace and Milo 

 

Operation Encompass

Westfield school are fully behind and supportive of a new Police initiative designed to support children facing domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school’s trained Key Adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.

Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child’s day better and giving them a better tomorrow.  Operation Encompass believes that children are victims of domestic abuse in their own right and should be acknowledged as such.

The principles of Operation Encompass are very simple and easy to adopt. Within every school a trained Key Adult is appointed – the Key Adult receives information about abusive incidents directly from the police. The Key Adult will be notified prior to the start of the next school day that the police have attended an incident of domestic abuse to which a child has been exposed. This timely knowledge enables a plan for appropriate support to be made for that child so that all interactions, from when the child first arrives at the school gates, are of a positive nature.

Within Operation Encompass all records are managed at Child Protection level with the highest level of security and confidentiality, and in full accordance with GDPR.

For more information go to www.operationencompass.org/

A copy of the Operation Encompass parent letter can be viewed below.

Attachments This Week 

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