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COVID 19 spring/ summer 2020

Extension of self-isolation period to 10 days

The UK Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, has announced that the self-isolation period for people that have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or that have received a positive test result has now increased from 7 to 10 days.

Testing is available to anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), whatever their age. Tests are free and can be requested through a single portal on GOV.​UK.

September Re - opening 2020

Letter from Lumen Christi MAC

Message from Mrs Nash

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To our school community

Information, advice and resources for parents from Birmingham Local Authority

The following websites offer a wide range of information, advice and resources for parents and carers to help with their children at home:

Read our Frequently Asked Questions

Final Gifts from God Assembly 16th July 2020

Thank you Reception parents

Mrs McAleenan would like to thank Reception parents for their very generous leaving gift-  this was a lovely surprise and most unexpected. Mrs McAleenan wishes you all the very best for the future and will always be fond of her time at St Columba's.

Safeguarding ppt for the Summer Break

Year Six Leavers Mass Wednesday 15th July 2020

Feedback from PARENTS regarding our Covid19 response/ re-opening

It has been lovely to receive so many positive comments- thank you.


Reception Parents

Very happy with everything in place and my child is safe.

I am happy and my child is happy.

The social aspect of being back in school is good for the children’s well being

My child is happy and it has worked as well as can be expected in the current crisis.

I feel confident and my child is happy.

The staggered starts have been good and I am happy with the systems in place for my child.

Yr. 1 Parents

School feels safe and so I can send my child back to school.

School have been a huge support; I am very happy. My child loves school and feels safe.

Very happy with the way the school has dealt with things.

Yr. 2 Parents

Happy with school

Been pleased with the way the school has dealt with things and gone above and beyond.

Yr. 3 Parents

I am very happy with the way school have dealt with covid19

Yr. 4 Parents

Really happy with the school- really appreciate it.

Yr. 5 Parents

Really impressed with the school procedures.

Really pleased with the school, phone calls, padlets and zoom meetings

Need some sort of normality

Yr. 6 Parents

Updated really well with newsletters

School, have done a wonderful job at looking after my child.

Children are happy and safe at school.



Updated Risk Assessment w/e 10th July 2020

Recording of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s address to school leavers

Today, 43,000 people joined the Prime Minister’s live address to all school leavers congratulating them on reaching the end of their final year at school. A recording of the address is now available to view on Facebook and YouTube.

Term Dates for 2020-2021

Year Five letter regarding Secondary School


Gifts from God Assembly Thursday 9th July 2020

Welcome to St Columba's.

We hope that our new Reception parents will find the powerpoint below useful. We are looking forward to welcoming our new pupils to our school in September and the powerpoint will give you a little insight into school life.

Have a wonderful Summer and we will see you all in September.

Mrs Nash

Welcome to our School Reception Class 2020!

Reception Teacher Mrs Nixon and Teaching Assistant Mrs Ryan

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New Year One Class Teacher Mrs McNally

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New Year Two Class Teacher Mrs Butler

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Year 3 Teacher Mrs Simmons

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Year 3 Teacher Mrs Yarnold

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Year 4 Class Teacher Mrs Raymond

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Year Five Class Teacher for September Mr Richards

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Safer Travel to Secondary School

Revised and updated Risk Assessment in light of Yr 5 return

Revised timetable in light of Yr 5 returning from Monday 6th July 2020

Resilience Calender

Gifts from God Assembly Thursday 2nd July 2020

Information about Year Five attending school from 6th July

Updated Risk Assessment 1st July 2020

Advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm

Call the NSPCC helpline for support and advice if you have a concern for your own or another child’s safety on 0808 800 5000.

If you feel that your child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999. You can report concerns to the police on their non-emergency number, 101.

You can also contact the relevant social care team at your local council to report a concern about a child or adult.

Visit the See, Hear, Respond service or call on 0800 157 7015 for additional support, advice and information during this period (England only).

This includes online and face-to-face support for children and families, help for children at risk of harm outside of the home, and support to help vulnerable children successfully return to school or college.


Protect children from domestic abuse

The government’s stay at home instruction does not apply if a person needs to leave their home as a result of domestic abuse. Refuges have remained open throughout the lockdown period to provide safe accommodation for victims and their children.

Domestic abuse can have devastating consequences for children, and can have lifelong impacts on their mental and physical health and behaviour into adulthood.

Domestic abuse occurs between those who are, or have been, in relationships. It can also occur between family members, such as between teenagers and parents (known as adolescent to parent violence and abuse (APVA)).

Find out how to recognise and spot the signs of domestic abuse.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse:

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you are unable to talk on the phone, listen to the questions from the operator and respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can. Follow the instructions depending on whether you are calling from a mobile or a landline.


Child sexual abuse and exploitation

Call 999 and ask for the police if your child has been a victim of child sexual abuse – online or offline – and you believe they are in immediate danger.

When a child or young person is sexually abused, they are forced or tricked into sexual activities. They might not understand that what is happening is abuse or that it is wrong. They might be afraid to tell someone.

Sexual abuse can happen anywhere – and it can happen in person or online. It’s never a child’s fault they were sexually abused – it’s important to make sure children know this.

See the government’s definition of child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation.

These are resources that can help:

  • Together, we can tackle child abuse – how to recognise child abuse, and how to report it
  • report to the National Crime Agency-CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) if you are concerned that your child has been a victim, or is at risk of becoming a victim, of online sexual abuse, or you are worried about the way someone has been communicating with your child online
  • contact the NSPCC helpline 0808 800 5000 for support and advice if you have any concerns about your own or another child’s safety
  • Stop It Now! - information and advice on concerns about someone’s behaviour, including children who may be displaying concerning sexual behaviour
  • Talk Pants Guide for Parents – how to have age-appropriate conversations to help protect children from sexual abuse using simple, child-friendly language and give children the confidence and knowledge to stay safe
  • Coronavirus: support for parents and carers to keep children safe online - resources to help keep children safe from different risks online, including child sexual abuse and ‘sexting’, and where to go to receive support and advice.

Sexual assault referral centres

Sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) offer support services for children who have experienced sexual abuse or sexual violence, either recently or in the past.

Specially trained medical and support staff care for the child in a safe and comfortable environment and can arrange for ongoing support to help them recover physically and emotionally.

Steps are taken to ensure the child is protected from immediate harm and from any future harm. Partners, such as the police and social services, support the process and may be involved in arranging the initial referral to the SARC.

For additional advice and support, find your local sexual assault referral centre.

More support for victims of sexual violence and abuse.


Crime, Criminal Exploitation and County Lines, violence and gangs

Call the police on 999 if you feel that your child is in immediate danger. You can report concerns to the police on their non-emergency number, 101.

Children and young people involved with gangs, county lines and criminal exploitation need help and support. They might be involved in violence, be pressured into doing things like stealing, carrying drugs or weapons or be abused, exploited and put into dangerous situations.

If your child is missing from home

Contact Missing People SafeCall service - or you have concerns about them being involved in gangs, drugs dealing or county lines exploitation.

SafeCall provides confidential and one-to-one support to children, but they also offer advice and guidance to parents and carers who are concerned and need support.

To speak to someone urgently, contact Missing People’s free, 24/7 confidential helpline.

Phone or text: 116 000 Email:


Protect children from radicalisation

Call the police on 101 or contact your local authority safeguarding team if you are worried that a loved one is being radicalised - you can get advice or share a concern so that they can get safeguarding support.

Although rare, increased online activity and feelings of stress and isolation may be exploited by online groomers to target vulnerable children and young people – including extremist influences seeking to radicalise vulnerable people.

Extremists may use the coronavirus outbreak to promote hateful views, for example through conspiracy theories blaming a particular group for the virus, or through spreading misinformation about these groups’ responses to it.

Online exploitation is often hard to recognise. Sometimes there are clear warning signs - in other cases the changes are less obvious. Although some of these traits may be quite common among teenagers, taken together they could indicate that your child may need help. The Let’s Talk About It lists some of these signs.

You know your child best and you will want to speak with them first. Check in with them and ask about what they are viewing, who they are speaking to and how they are feeling.

These are resources that can help:


Prevent can help your child get support to move away from harmful influences. The support can include help with education or careers advice, dealing with mental or emotional health issues, or digital safety training for parents.

Call the police on 101 to get advice or share a concern so that they can get safeguarding support through Prevent, if you are worried that a loved one is being radicalised.

You can also contact your local authority safeguarding team for help. Receiving support through Prevent is voluntary, confidential and not any form of criminal sanction.


Online child safety

It is important for children and teenagers to stay safe online, especially as they will be spending more time online than usual. Parents and carers may be particularly concerned about the safety of their children online.

Mental health

If you are worried that someone you know is suicidal, including your child, Samaritans provides advice on how you can support others.

Call Young Minds’ free Parents Helpline on 0808 802 5544 for confidential, expert advice, if you have urgent concerns about your child’s mental health and wellbeing.

This may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may be struggling now, while others may be affected later.

During this time, it’s important that you take care of your own and your family’s mental health – there are lots of things you can do, and support is available if you need it.

  • Action for Children - helps parents to spot the signs of poor mental health in their child and explains what to do to help
  • NSPCC - a range of advice on how to support your child if you are concerned that they may be struggling with their mental health or be anxious about coronavirus
  • Public Health England advice - helps adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities


More information

Contact the relevant social care team at your local council or through other referral routes if known. Report a concern about a child or adult to your local council.

If you, a family member or someone you know is vulnerable or shielding due to the coronavirus and needs help getting food and other essentials during this time, see guidance on accessing essential food and supplies.

Information about vulnerable groups and volunteering.

Find out what you can do if you’re struggling because of coronavirus.

Find coronavirus help in your local area.

Apps to help children stay safe online

The BBC have a website and app called Own It. The website has a lot of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most. It can be downloaded for free in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

SafeToNet is an app for parents to help them safeguard their children from online risks like cyberbullying and sexting, whilst respecting their child’s rights to privacy. The SafeToNet Foundation is providing UK families with free access to 1 million licences during coronavirus.

Suicide content

If you are worried about your child’s mental health, the government has published guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

If you are worried that someone you know is suicidal, including your child, Samaritans provides advice on how you can support others.

Updated Risk Assessment 26th June 2020

Gifts from God Assembly Thursday 25th June 2020

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.

Lumen Christi Prayer Book

What strange times these are! I am sure you never imagined that your school would be closed and you would be told to stay at home. Your parents and even grandparents have never seen anything like this and it has taken a lot of getting used to. You probably felt happy to begin with but gradually you may have become worried and frustrated as no one knows exactly when this will end and how we will all be affected.
At challenging times like this we often rely on our faith and turn to prayer. Incredibly, even the churches have been closed and we have not been able to go to Mass. So now, our own private prayers are even more important.
We think it would be a great idea to join our prayers together and create a Lumen Christi Prayer Book which we can use during our Mission next year and for years to come. It is a way in which we can remember and even celebrate how we helped each other to get through this challenge. It might help us to offer hope to others who have lost loved ones or lost their jobs and who will struggle to get back to normality.
As a pupil or student you are a valuable part of our Lumen Christi family and you are invited to write your own prayer or brief reflection relevant to this time and to our Mission themes of Service and Light. You could even illustrate or decorate it and you might like to write one for one of the following themes:
· Our Family · Our Home · Our World · Our Neighbour · Our Service · Our Talents · Our Sickness · Our Sorrow · Our Future · Our Hopes
A selection of all prayers will be included in a book to be printed and used across our Lumen Christi schools.
You are welcome to illustrate your prayers with a design or picture and please add your name and school.
Your contributions should be returned to your class teacher or the school office (email or hard copy) by Monday 13th July 2020.
We very much look forward to reading your contributions.

Lumen Christi Prayer Book

Updated guidance for parents and carers on educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We have updated our guidance for parents and carers on what they need to know about early years providers, schools, and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to align with policy announcements already made, for example, the flexibility for primary schools to welcome back additional pupils where they have the capacity to do so. We have also changed the layout of the page in response to user feedback to help parents and carers navigate to the information they need.

The guidance can be found here:

Updated Risk Assessment 19th June 2020

It's Friday!


We have come to the end of another busy week in school.Thank you to everyone for all your support. We look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend- sunshine and a heat wave is supposedly on the way!

Take care and stay safe and well!

Gifts from God Assembly 18th June 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online - GOV.UK

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online ... Let’s Talk About It provides support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation.


Parents are advised to talk to their children about keeping safe on line. Please see the useful links below.



The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have any of these symptoms. Stay at home (self-isolate) and get a test.

Updated and reviewed Risk Assessment 11th June 2020


It was so lovely to welcome back our Year Six pupils today with lovely smiles on their faces too. We hope they all enjoy their first day back and look forward to seeing them in school on Monday for a four day week. Well done Year Six!


We cannot wait to welcome back our Year Six pupils tomorrow.

Group 6a at 8.25am

Group 6b at 8.30am.

Please ensure that you provide your child with a packed lunch and a healthy snack for playtime. Pupils in Year Six who are FSM will have a packed lunch provided for them.

We hope Year Six enjoy their first day back.


It was lovely to welcome back Year One pupils to school today. I think they might be a little tired tonight! See you all in the morning Year One.

Returning to school booklet

We hope that parents and pupils will find the booklet below useful.

Returning to school booklet

Year One 

We cannot wait to welcome our Year One pupils back to school TOMORROW.

See you all in the morning.


It was so lovely to welcome back our Reception pupils to school this morning. There were lots of smiles as they arrived and they have now all settled in well to their family groups. 

We hope that they have a lovely first day and we look forward to seeing them tomorrow. 


St Columba's Health and Safety Policy June 2020

Message from Mrs Nash

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The schedule for reopening is below.



Starting time

Finishing Time

Reception A



Reception B



Year 1 A



Year 1 B



Year 6 A



Year 6 B



Key Worker group

9am (7.30am for breakfast club)

3.45 (5.30 after school club )

 If you have any queries about the family group your child has been assigned to, please contact the school office by Friday 3pm.

Thank you and apologies if there has been any confusion.


Please find attached our risk assessment. Thank you.

EYFS Risk assessment 

Please find below the risk assessment for EYFS. 

Thank you 

Infectious Disease Policy

Testing now available to anyone with symptoms of coronavirus

The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test.

A coronavirus test can be booked here:

Essential workers in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland, can apply for priority testing through GOV.​UK. A coronavirus test can be booked here:


We hope that parents questions will be answered in the Q and A section below.

The school's Risk assessment and Health and Safety documents will be posted on Thursday.

Thank you

Dear Parents,

We hope that you are all keeping safe and well. Today / tomorrow you will receive a call from school regarding your intentions about sending your child back to school (Rec/ Yr 1 and Yr 6) You will also receive information about the Family group your child has been allocated to.

Please see the document regarding Schedule for returning for more details.

Thank you

Schedule for returning

Re-opening of school from 8th June information to parents

Dear Parent,

We hope that you and your loved ones are all keeping safe and well. We hope the following information helps you in preparing for your child’s return to school.

A reminder regarding re-opening

Mon 8th June- Reception pupils / Key workers and vulnerable pupils only

Tues 9th June Reception pupils / Key workers and vulnerable pupils only

Wed 10th June Reception pupils /Year One pupils / Key workers and vulnerable pupils only

Thurs 11th June Reception pupils /Year One pupils /Year Six /   Key workers and vulnerable pupils only

Fri 12th June – key workers and vulnerable pupils only.

Mon 15th June and moving forward until we receive further advice from the government:

Reception pupils /Year One pupils /Year Six

School will be closed to these year groups on a Friday so that a deep clean of the building can take place.


Reception/ Year One and Year Six pupils are the named year groups for returning to school w/c 8th June. All pupils have been placed in a family group of 15 pupils with staff members. Throughout the day, pupils will remain with this family group and they will not mix with other family groups. Breaktime and lunchtimes have been staggered to avoid family groups from mixing- details of this  will be placed on the school website/ parents tab/ Covid 19 page next week. We hope this helps when it is available. The school’s risk assessment, health and safety policy in addition to the revised behaviour policy and home school agreement will also there for parents before school re-opens.


Parents will be informed of the following information w/c 1st June in preparation for re-opening.


Your child has been placed in

Family group with

Mrs   and Miss 

Entry to school time / where

Exit from school time/ where



Family Room








We know that your child may not be with their class teacher/ TA or the classroom they are used to being in but please rest assured that your child’s class teacher has communicated with their allocated family staff member to ensure that their needs are met. The safety and well-being of all our pupils of paramount importance.

Please ensure that you provide your child with a packed lunch each day. (no items containing nuts)

 If your child is in Reception/ Year One, they will receive a school made packed lunch.

If your child is in Year 6 and they have free school meals, they will also receive a school made packed lunch.

It is important that ALL parents adhere to the arrival and departure times that will be published so that we do not have too many parents on site at any one time. If you are collecting from the playground and that is your designated place for collecting your child, two metre social distancing spots are in place for parents to stand on as well as a clear entry and exit routes into the school site. Enter via the double gates and exit via the single gate please.

Please ensure that only ONE parent is with your child. Please ensure that you arrive in single file and do not meet up with other parents at the school gates or enter the school site in groups.  Unfortunately, NO parents are allowed into the school building. If parents have any queries or questions, they are asked to phone the school office or email Likewise staff will email or phone parents if they need to speak to you.

Pupils are asked to wear their Summer school uniform. Ideally this needs to be washed each day. If this is not possible we will allow pupils to wear their own clothes whilst their uniform is being washed.


We are looking forward to welcoming your child back to school. These are strange times but we are doing all we can to ensure that our school is a safe, happy learning environment for pupils, parents and staff. By working together, we can effectively achieve this.

Thank you for your continued support.


Keep safe and well.

Mrs Nash/ Mrs McAleenan

Revised Behaviour Policy

In light of the current situation and the imminent return of pupils to school from 8th June, we have added an addendum to our Behaviour Policy. We would be grateful if parents could take time to go through the additional information.

Thank you

Revised Home School Agreement

Dear Parents, as we prepare to reopen school to  Reception/ Year One and Year Six pupils we have revised our Home School Agreement to reflect the current situation. Please take time to read the agreement and go through the school’s expectations with  your child as much as you possibly can.

Working together has never been more important so that we can ensure our school is  asafe, and happy learning environment.

THANK YOU for your continued support.

Mrs Nash

Dear Parents,

We hope you are all keeping safe and well. The information on this section of the website will provide you with updates regarding the measures we are taking to safely re-open school to more pupils. Over the next two weeks we will be adding our planned timetable, risk assessments and relevant policies- we hope this will help and provide reassurance to you.

If you have any queries, please contact the school office  0121 6754841 /

We are here to help and support you at this difficult time.

Stay safe and well.

Mrs Nash

Re-opening letter / information to parents

Reception A will be taught in Reception Classroom by Mrs Nixon, Miss O'Donnell and Mrs Walsh

Reception B will be taught in Year one Classroom by Mrs Ryan and Mrs Brown

Year 1A will be taught in Year 2 Classroom by Miss Yates and Mr Ali

Year 1B will be taught in Year 3 Classroom by Mrs Simmons, Miss McGovern, Mrs Stanley

Year 6A will be taught in Year 5 Classroom by Mrs Morris

Year 6B will be taught in Year 6 Classroom by Mrs Brereton

Key Worker children and those not in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will be taught in the Hall by Miss Price, Mrs Raymond and Mrs Murphy