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Newsletter 16.10.2020


16th October 2020

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School Photographs:


Your child will have brought home a proof of the photographs taken by the school photographer last week.  If you would like to order any of the photographs, please return your order to school, with the correct money, in the envelope provided by: 

 Monday, 19th October.

Please give them to your child's class teacher.


Parent Governor Vacancy:


Nominations are being sought to fill a vacancy for a parent/carer governor at St. Martin’s School.  Information about being a school governor can be found on the school website or from the school office.

Anyone who is a parent/carer of a pupil registered at the school is entitled to put themselves forward for consideration and are entitled to vote.


If you wish to be considered for the parent/carer governor role then please complete the nomination form which is available to download from the school website or available to collect from the school office.


Your nomination must be proposed and seconded by two other persons who are a parent/carer of a pupil at the school and are entitled to vote in the election.


Please ensure that your personal statement is no longer than 250 words.


The nomination form should be returned to the Headteacher, either in a sealed envelope or by email at: head no later than Friday 23rd October 2020.



Children In Need:


Children In Need wrist bands will be on sale in school from MONDAY, 19th October at £1 each.



Poppy Appeal:


Poppies, key rings, pencils, rubbers and sharpeners have arrived in school ready to sell after the half term break in aid of the British Armed Forces past and present.

Each child will have the opportunity to buy these during the first week back after the half term break.



Flu Vaccinations & Consent:


The nasal flu process this year can be consented online via a link. If you would like your child to receive the nasal flu vaccine in school please click on the following link to complete an online consent form.

Please note that the link will close 17/11/2020

If you have any further queries please phone 0333 3583 397.


Any Nursery children wishing to have the flu vaccine will need to book this with their own GP.



Harvest Celebration


Usually during this half term we would be hosting a Harvest service in school to which everyone would be invited.  However, due to the social distancing measures in place, we will not be inviting families in to join us this year.  Each year group will joining in the service, being led by Rev. Nick Andrewes, remotely from their class bubbles.


We would also usually support our local food bank as part of the Harvest celebration by asking you to donate non-perishable food items to school for us to deliver to the food bank.  Instead this year, we would like to ask that we still support the food bank but that you make your donations directly to them rather than to school.

Oldham food banks currently need: UHT milk, small bags of sugar, small jars of coffee & tinned foods.  From packets of pasta to tins of tomatoes, please give what you can.



Parents’ Evening:


We would usually invite all of our parents to speak to their child’s teachers at the end of this half term. This year, with social distancing measures being in place, we will be offering telephone meetings instead, for all children in Year 1 – Year 6.  Our Nursery and Reception meetings will take place early next half term, giving the children new to school time to settle in first.


You will receive all of the appointment information on Parentmail.




Covid-19 Symptoms:


The official guidelines for needing to have a Corona Virus test states that you have to have one of the following symptoms:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.
  • 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 small or taste different to normal.

If you develop one or more of these symptoms you need to have a test, then you and everyone else in your household need to isolate until you receive your test result (usually24-48 hours).  .


Further information can be found at:




Current Year 6 Pupils Applying for Secondary School Places 2021



If your child is currently in Year 6, you must apply for a secondary school place BEFORE 31st October 2020.  You must also apply online at

The online applications opened on 1st August 2020.


If you have any further questions on making the applications, you can contact the School Admissions Team on: 0161 770 4213




Current Nursery Children Applying for Reception Class Places 2021


If your child is due to start in school Reception class next September, you must apply for a primary school place BEFORE 15th January 2021

Having a place in the school nursery DOES NOT guarantee a place in school!  You must complete the online application at

The online applications opened on 1st September 2020.


If you have any further questions on making the applications, you can contact the School Admissions Team on: 0161 770 4213



Diary Dates:


Monday, 19th October – Deadline for ordering school photographs

Monday, 26th October – Friday, 30th October – Half term break

Saturday, 31st October Deadline for applying for a secondary school place

Tuesday, 17th November – Deadline for consenting to the Nasal Flu Vaccine

Tuesday, 24th November – Nasal Flu Vaccinations – Reception – Year 6