This letter is to advise you of the diarrhoea and vomiting illness which is
present in the community at this time of the year and what you can do to
reduce the spread of the infection.
Norovirus is commonly known as Winter Vomiting Disease and occurs
commonly in the community and in schools and nurseries in particular at this
time of the year
What are the symptoms?
• diarrhoea and vomiting usually lasting 1 -2 days
What should you do if your child is unwell?
• Make sure they get lots of rest.
• Ensure they drink plenty of fluids, taking sips rather than gulps to avoid
• Give infant Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, according to product instructions,
to help keep their temperature down.
• If your child is unusually sleepy, won’t take fluids or has other
symptoms, such as blood in their diarrhoea, an unusual rash,
headache, neck stiffness or difficulty breathing, ring NHS Direct (0845
4647), contact your GP or take your child to hospital.
• Please ring your child’s nursery/ school and let them know that your
child is ill and what symptoms they have.
• Keep them at home until they are well enough to return to school.
However, if your child has been suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting
keep them at home until they have been free of symptoms for 48
How can you prevent the spread of these infections?
Hand washing is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of both
of these infections. This applies to the child who is ill and the person looking
after them. Hands should always be washed, using liquid soap if possible:
• Before and after caring for your child.
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• After using the toilet.
• Before eating or handling food.
• After cleaning up a mess (vomit, faeces or urine).
Other ways of preventing the spread of infection are to:
• Keep a separate towel for family members who have symptoms.
• Dispose promptly of used tissues and other items that your child may
have coughed or sneezed on.
• Wash soiled clothing, bed linen and towels in a washing machine. Use
the hottest wash for that fabric.
• Clean baths and washbasins thoroughly and disinfect after use.
• If cleaning up diarrhoea or vomit, wash the surface with hot soapy
water and disinfect before allowing to dry. If using bleach remember
that it can remove the colour from fabrics and can burn the skin.
Keep your child away from other children and people that are particularly
vulnerable, e.g. the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.
Well it has come to the end of the school year and year 6 are off to great adventures in their secondary careers. They have been our cherished pupils who have grown into the well disciplined caring, polite and committed pupils that we at Good Shepherd inspire all our children to be. You will be missed year 6 but we know that whichever paths you take will be paved with the great standards you have been instilled with and that you will continue to be model students, representing Good Shepherd at all times. Keeping God first always, being prayerful and true are utmost in your onlooking journey. We wish you all the best and do remember to come back and see us as we would love to hear how you are getting on. To all parents and carers of this cohort, our school thanks you for your guidance and your input into making their time at Good Shepherd memorable and fulfilling. God bless you all! From all staff and especially Mrs Williams, Mrs Baker and Mrs Vince. You are all STARS!
We are featured on the Fiver Challenge website and have raised a whopping £237.00 after all out effort! We will keep going so please look out for Year 6’s in-school raffle the result of which will be announced on Sports Day – the 18th of July! We will also be running our lemonade, teas and coffee stands on the day for all parents and friends of Good Shepherd who turn out in order to raise more for our school!
Well done again Year 6!
On Friday July 16th , the year 6 pupils made great use of their culinary skills by making over a hundred healthy fruit kebab snacks for sale. Parents and Guardians helped children raise £62.00 from donated fruit which they prepared, advertised and sold in order to raise money for Cancer Research UK. We wish to thank all who came out and supported our children who really put so much effort into this fundraise. Well done year 6 and keep up the good work!