St Mary Magdalen's

St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School

Returning to school

We look forward to welcoming your child back after this period of lockdown. As you will be aware, to keep everyone safe, there have been changes. To prepare your child for a successful return, please go through the information on this page with them. 


Welcome back to school! We're really looking forward to seeing you again and we're busy getting ready for your return. We've made some changes while you've been away and we want to share these with you.

When you arrive outside school, you will wait with your adult by one of these signs.



That way you are not standing too close to other families.
You will then stand at the double gate on Whitbread Road and your Bubble Teacher will ask your adult some questions. (A bubble is the name for the mini-classes everybody is in).


If your adult says "No," to all of these questions then you can wave goodbye to your adult and walk into the playground.


The first thing you will have to do is wash and dry your hands, just like Ms Jaglinska is doing.



Then you will wait on one of the new smiley faces painted on the playground.


After that you will go into your new classroom, which looks a little bit different. As you've all grown so much bigger, you will have your own table to sit at.



The only things you are allowed to bring into school with you and you MUST have every day are a filled water bottle and a packet of tissues. You can keep these on your table for you to use.


If you use a tissue, don't forget to  throw it into the bin - don't use it again.



To help keep us all safe, we'll be washing our hands a lot! Make sure you practise at home too.



We can't wait to have you back. See you soon! 

Further information for parents and carers


For health and safety reasons, your child will need to:

  • Arrive and leave promptly, as each bubble has a fixed start and end time so that groups are staggered and parents can socially distance. 
  • Wear fresh clean clothes every day. This can be their PE kit or their summer uniform. Their clothing must be suitable for PE activities as they will not get changed in school. 
  • Only wear footwear that they can put on themselves. Due to social distancing we cannot help your child tie shoe laces.
  • Understand that they need to follow the new rules  that they are given. This includes instructions related to social distancing, hygiene, bodily fluids and not mixing with other groups. If they cannot follow these rules, the Behaviour Policy will apply (please click here for details) in order to keep your child and all the other children safe at this time.

Please share the stories below with your child to help prepare them for the changes. please be positive about the changes and don't share any fears with them. We want to keep them safe but we also want them to look forward to and enjoy their experiences here in school, despite it being different from usual.

While We Can't Hug by Eoin McLaughlin 


Everybody Worries by Jon Burgerman