**Free School Meals – update**

Due to the volume of calls and emails we are receiving please see additional telephone numbers below for free school meals applications and enquiries.

*   07717803962
*   07701020128
*   07920152568
*   07754746779
*   07789938346
*   07720948033
*   07769718308
*   07770923598
*   07920152579
*   07810200290
*   07754746786

Please note: If you made your request for meals to Bridges into Work after the 31st March you will not receive any meals until either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday next week. Full details on our website https://bit.ly/2WUkn6U

Important – FSM

This is a reminder to parents/carers whose children are eligible for Free School Meals. Please note unless you have registered on the bridgesintowork@caerphilly.gov.uk  email you will NOT receive the meals next week.

Free School Meals

Please see contact numbers below with regards to registering for Free School Meals

These numbers replace the 01495 number previously provided.
07717803962
07701020128
07920152568
07754746779
07789938346
07720948033

Scam Emails

We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.

We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.

Free School Meals

From Monday 30th March 2020 the Authority will provide all eligible free school meal pupils whose parents signed up to this facility via the email below with 5 frozen meals each week.  These meals will be delivered to your home address on a weekly basis. Further information with regards to dates and time will be posted by the end of the week.

If your child is eligible and you wish to receive this service and haven’t yet contacted us, please can you contact the following email address: bridgesintowork@caerphilly.gov.uk urgently.

If you require any further information please telephone 01495 237921.

Bedwas Hub School

A twitter page for the latest Hub School has been created: @HubBedwas

Hub Schools are for children whose parents are essential key workers who have no other arrangements for childcare.

Keep up to date using the twitter page.

Urgent – childcare hubs for emergency and social care staff.

Dear parent,

as a local authority we are prioritising childcare places for emergency blue light service, NHS and social care staff. We have already sent out the childcare application form to email addresses of parents we were made aware of through schools, for completion and urgent return by email. If you believe you (and your partner) are eligible and need this childcare provision next week for school age children and have NOT already received an email with the form please follow this website link:

https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.caerphilly.gov.uk%2FServices%2FHealth-and-wellbeing%2FCoronavirus%2FCouncil-services-during-Coronavirus%2FSchools-and-community-adult-learning&data=02%7C01%7CAnkinA%40hwbmail.net%7C193b9f4572494a4a580908d7cd119de0%7C4f3f0e52b734416494091b601d147993%7C0%7C1%7C637203347907398502&sdata=i78JMpvea0%2BRQoMJnpgWl0ulHfhC01ZkYaXPBTgYrX8%3D&reserved=0

You need to submit the form by Saturday 5pm if you need urgent childcare next week.

Collection of Free School Meals

For those eligible for FREE School meals – CCBC will be distributing packed lunches to Bedwas Comprehensive school daily from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th March between 11:00am and 1:00pm. They will have a register on site so there is no need to bring proof of receipt.

Free School Meals

The Authority is looking to continue to provide a free school meal to all eligible pupils whilst the schools are closed to pupils.  If your child is eligible and you wish to continue to receive this service please can you contact the following email address bridgesintowork@caerphilly.gov.uk

 We will then contact you to obtain further information in order that we will be able to coordinate appropriate ways of delivery and any special dietary requirements.

 It is anticipated that the meals will be in frozen batches of 5 per pupil and will be prepared and consumed at the home address.

 If you require any further information please telephone 01495 237921.

CCBC Request

In order for Caerphilly County Borough Council to start planning and supporting parents who work in the Emergency Services, NHS and Social Care settings, they need to identify who these parents are.

Please could you contact the school ASAP if you work in these settings so we can identify the parents who are in need of this childcare offer.  At this moment in time this needs to be key staff who work in the Emergency Services, NHS and Social Care settings only.

School Closure – Plan

Following Welsh Government advice, a decision has been made for all schools in Wales to close by this Friday. Bedwas Junior School will stay open as normal until Friday 20th March for anyone who wishes their children to attend. Any free school meal children who are well, but are not planning on attending school on Thursday or Friday are still welcome to come into school for their lunch – Please contact the school if your child is entitled to free school meals and you would like them to receive a school lunch on Thursday or Friday.

Home Learning

All teachers have set work on a selection of the online learning platforms we use such as Purple Mash, My Maths, HWB etc. Children can freely access My Maths and Purple Mash and use any of the options to practise previously covered skills without a specific activity being set by the class teacher. Children will be sent home with packs of work that have been prepared by the teachers in addition to being able to access further work will be set on the online platforms. If your child is not currently in school, you will be able to collect the packs from school on Thursday or Friday. If you are unable to arrange to pick up on either of those days the school site will be open next week. The days and times of opening will be communicated via the school blog.

School Councils

The year 5/6 representatives of Rhydri school council visited the school council in Bedwas last week to share the session they had received from the School Nurse on ‘effective hand-washing’. This was booked in quite a while ago; I don’t think that anyone could have foreseen how timely it would be. The councils worked very well together and Bedwas School council were able to share their new knowledge with all of the classes in Bedwas.

Diary Dates

8th May (Friday) SCHOOL CLOSED – Early May Bank Holiday
3rd April INSET DAY 5
17th July Last day of term for children
20th July INSET DAY 6
Monday 5th – Wednesday 7th October Manor Adventure – Year 6 Residential Trip