25th March 2020
Dear parents and carers,
I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well in these difficult times. What a few weeks it’s been; unlike any other before and hopefully any week to come as we all settle down and come to terms with the situation. I am very aware of how difficult it is for you to look after, educate and keep your child happy at home. Children are so used to the Monday to Friday school routine- we all are. You will have received packs and there is a lot on the website for you to use for home learning. We are looking into a video link to the website- watch this space!
As you know, we are partially open for a minority of children whose parents are key workers or their work is critical to the COVID-19 response, to children with an education, health care plan and those with children services support. Parents of these children have all been told that the childcare we offer is a last resort option as we have very few staff able to work and are operating a rota system. We are no longer able to offer a breakfast club to these children unfortunately. Highbury Roundhouse cannot offer after school care either.
Packed lunches are available each day for those children entitled to free school meals. The local authority is thinking of changing this to voucher system so please look at the website for further details.
I really would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone in our school community for all your overwhelming support, kindness and thoughtfulness. I would also publically like to thank our amazing school team who have gone above and beyond in the past week or so to put everything in place. Please pass on my love and best wishes to your children. We miss them very much and hope that it won’t be too long before we are back to normal.
We will of course continue to up-date you of all developments and changes as and when we have them through the usual channels of communication during the coming weeks. I really do hope it won’t be too long before we are back to normal.
I send you and your families my very best wishes and hope you all keep well and safe.
We are delighted to confirm that as a result of completing and meeting all the criteria on the Camden and Islington health and wellbeing review, St Luke's continues to be recognised as a Camden and Islington Healthy School. This recognition lasts for two years, until March 2020.
Friday 27th April - Measles.
We have had one suspected case of measles in the school. Initially, we thought it had been confirmed, but have now been informed it is only suspected. Information from medical professionals states that the child was not at school during the infectious stage. However, it does not hurt to be cautious and aware of the symptoms. Below is information from the NHS website on measles.
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications. It's now uncommon in the UK because of the effectiveness of vaccination.
Anyone can get measles if they haven't been vaccinated or they haven't had it before, although it's most common in young children.
The infection usually clears in around 7 to 10 days.
The initial symptoms of measles develop around 10 days after you're infected.
These can include:
A few days later, a red-brown blotchy rash will appear. This usually starts on the head or upper neck, before spreading outwards to the rest of the body.
Read more about the symptoms of measles.
You should contact your GP as soon as possible if you suspect that you or your child may have measles.
It's best to phone before your visit as your GP surgery may need to make arrangements to reduce the risk of spreading the infection to others.
You should also see your GP if you've been in close contact with someone who has measles and you've not been fully vaccinated (had two doses of the MMR vaccine) or haven't had the infection before – even if you don't have any symptoms.
Measles can be unpleasant, but will usually pass in about 7 to 10 days without causing any further problems.
Once you've had measles, your body builds up resistance (immunity) to the virus and it's highly unlikely you'll get it again.
Read more about the complications of measles.
The measles virus is contained in the millions of tiny droplets that come out of the nose and mouth when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
You can easily catch measles by breathing in these droplets or, if the droplets have settled on a surface, by touching the surface and then placing your hands near your nose or mouth. The virus can survive on surfaces for a few hours.
People with measles are infectious from when the symptoms develop until about four days after the rash first appears.
Measles can be prevented by having the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
This is given in two doses as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. The first dose is given when your child is around 13 months old and a second dose is given before your child starts school.
Adults and older children can be vaccinated at any age if they haven't been fully vaccinated before. Ask your GP about having the vaccination.
If the MMR vaccine isn't suitable for you, a treatment called human normal immunoglobulin (HNIG) can be used if you're at immediate risk of catching measles.
Read more about preventing measles.
There are several things you can do to help relieve your symptoms and reduce the risk of spreading the infection, including:
In severe cases, especially if there are complications, you or your child may need to be admitted to hospital for treatment.
Read more about treating measles.
The World Health Organization confirmed that the UK eliminated measles in 2016. This is because the MMR vaccine is highly effective and vaccine uptake has been very high for many years in the UK. Unfortunately however this does not mean that measles has disappeared.
Measles is common in many countries around the world and there are currently several large measles outbreaks across Europe.
We will continue to see imported measles cases in the UK and anyone who has not had two doses of the MMR vaccine can catch it.
In 2016 there were over 500 measles cases in England, many in teenagers and young people attending summer festivals who had missed out on their MMR vaccine in childhood.
For the latest information about measles outbreaks in England, read Measles outbreak: what to do.
Australian/Japanese Flu - 15th Jan 2018.
We have had one confirmed case of Australian/Japanese flu in Early Years. Whilst this is no cause for alarm, it is good to be aware so that you can take action if necessary. All pupils from Reception - Year 4 were offered the flu vaccination back in December. This covered this particular flu strain. If your child was absent, or you did not give consent for the spray to administered, you may want to consider contacting your GP to have the vaccination. Nursery children and Year 5 and 6 were not part of the government programme offered the vaccination. Although the treatment for flu is just fluids and rest, you should seek medical advice if you suspect your child has contracted the flu.
Let's Talk Pants!!!
Talking PANTS teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they're upset or worried.
The NSPCC have launched a poem and a song to help parents and staff talk to children about this issue. What does PANTS stand for?
P - Pants are private
A - Always remember your body belongs to you
N - No means no
T - Talk about secrets that upset you
S - Speak up, someone can help
The NSPCC website has some great advice and activities you can do with you child to help keep them safe, as well as the Pantosaurus song.
Did you know that nearly a third of Islington’s five year-olds have had tooth decay?
Good habits will protect children’s teeth now and later on as adults, so it’s really important that they understand how to look after them from an early age.
Camden and Islington Public Health Team have produced a fun video called Shiny and Bright to get across the most important things that children and parents should know.
Go to the Whittington Health Oral Health Promotion page at