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Summer Newsletter 5 [Friday 14th May]

Dear Parents & Carers


As you are no doubt aware, ‘surge testing’ is being introduced for all those over 16 who live, study & work in Formby. Below, I have copied an article from last night’s Liverpool Echo which gives further details of how to access these tests:


"New surge testing is being introduced to try and contain the spread of the Indian variant of Covid-19 in one area of Merseyside.


The Formby area of Sefton has been experiencing a sudden surge of covid cases and the council has confirmed that it has located the India variant locally.


The sudden rise in cases has already seen the closure of a pub and a leisure centre and schools have sent cases home to isolate.


In some parts of Formby, the number of positive cases has risen by five times in just a week.


Now the council has confirmed that new localised testing is being rolled out in the Formby area to try and contain the spread of infections.


Starting from tomorrow (Friday May 14), mobile, drive-through test centres will be set up at Deansgate Lane Park in Formby (L37 3LF) and at Ainsdale Hope on Sandringham Road (PR8 2PJ), and there will be a walk-through test centre at Sefton Professional Development Centre (PDC) on Park Lane (L37 6EW).


The Deansgate drive-through test centre will be open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and the PDC on Park Lane will be open between 9am and 4pm seven days a week.


The test centre at Ainsdale will be open from 9am until 4pm on Friday May 14, but from Saturday May 15 will be open 9am to 8pm seven days a week.


Appointments are not needed for tests at any of these centres.


Sefton Council’s Public Health team are also finalising locations for smaller, pop-up test sites in the community.


Whilst I have broached the subject of Covid-19 again, I would like to remind everyone that all adults should be wearing masks whilst on the school site. Both staff & parents/carers are becoming frustrated with what seems to be an increasing number of adults not wearing masks when dropping off or picking up their children. If you have a genuine medical reason not to wear a mask then that is perfectly fine. I would ask you to respect the wishes of the school staff & the vast majority of parents & carers at Woodlands.


I would like to remind you that children & parents/carers should leave the school site immediately after pick-up – children should not be playing on the trim trails, reception outdoor classroom or on the school field


Sorry for the grumbles, I’ll move on to something much more positive. I’d like to thank the wonderful people of FOWSA for organising our ‘Wear something that makes you feel comfy’ non-uniform day to help raise much needed funds for school. There were multitude of dressing gowns, onesies, Oodies (other ‘hooded blankets’ are available), slippers, hoodies, pyjamas – I just hope that too many children didn’t fall asleep in lessons! Over lunch time, the sound of snoring could be heard coming from Mr Grant’s room; I think the cosiness of his unicorn onesie, coupled with his now traditional Friday visit to a local chippy, induced an overly deep sense of comfiness. He later claimed that this was a ‘power-nap’ & it was vital for his well-being…


Your children continue to impress us with their attitude to their work & also their eagerness to learn. As I’ve said before, we know that sometimes, especially with older children, they can be a wee bit reluctant to share what they’ve been doing at school. Hopefully, these questions / prompts will allow a dialogue to develop. Here’s this week’s ‘nudges’ [Y1&2 have got me consulting Google again!].



Imagine you had a magic pot like the little girl in the story.

What would you ask for it to cook?

{‘The Magic Porridge Pot’}


Reception [Red & Blue]

Can you name the emergency services & the people that help us?

{People & Communities topic: ‘Understanding the World’}


Y1&2 [Green, Yellow & Purple]

Who was Robert Walpole?

{History topic: ‘Parliament & the role of Prime Ministers’}


Y3&4 [3A, 3/4M & 4G]

What is meant by ‘the divine right of kings’?

{History topic: ‘King Henry VIII’}


Y5&6 [5D, 5/6P & 6R]

Why do we use pulleys & levers?

{Science topic: ‘Forces’}


This week, we had just one class achieve 100% in their attendance, so congratulations to Blue Class. Our overall attendance for this week has risen slightly to 97.8%.


We had 4 classes who had no late marks this week: Blue Class, Yellow Class, 3/4M & 5/6P. There were 12 late marks across the whole school – we can improve this.


We have been asked to highlight a couple of social media apps which have been flagged up as being of concern to Sefton’s safeguarding team. The issue with both apps is they allow children to interact with unknown users.

  • OMEGLE is advertised as ‘a free online chat website that allows users to socialise with others without the need to register. The service randomly pairs users in one-on-one chat sessions.’ The website also allows users to connect to webcams so they can be seen by the stranger they are talking to. It has an age rating of 18+ or 13 years + (with parental permissions)
  • DISCORD is an App that lets people chat via text, voice or video in real-time. It is very popular with gamers, and with the right privacy settings and monitoring it can be used safely. The safest way to use Discord is to only accept friend requests and participate in private servers with people you know. Avoid open chat functions. Discord has an age rating of 13 years +.

I think we are all well-aware of the potential dangers of interacting with unknown people online - from the use of offensive/sexualised language to grooming. It is important that we talk to our children about staying safe online, especially when they’re gaming, etc. They should never disclose any details about themselves that could be used to identify them & never accept an invitation to a private chat with someone they don’t actually know personally in the real world. There are lots more resources available to help you talk to your children on our ‘e-Safety Information & Online Resources’ section of the school website.


I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Take care

KD Williams


Last word

I’ve been learning how to guess the weight of dogs,

I picked up a few pointers yesterday…