Latest news from LRPS: 12th February 2024

12th February 2024
12 February 2024
Latest updates from Lemington Riverside
Dear Parents and Carers,
We are excited to be starting a brand new project with Newcastle United Football Club after half term. On Wednesday 28th February we will be visited by Newcastle United academy footballers who will be leading an assembly for the children and unveiling this exciting new project! The footballers will be talking to the children about the importance of great school attendance and how they have got to become academy players. They will also be talking about some exciting challenges that will begin soon with some amazing prizes on offer!
To mark the occasion, we are inviting all children to wear black/white on Wednesday 28th February. When we did this for the League Cup final last year and we look forward to seeing Lemington Riverside decked out in the colours of the 'Toon' once again!
Please see the following update from Public Health England following a rise in cases of measles across the UK recently:
"Measles cases are on the rise across England. Vaccination is our best defence.

Measles is more than just a rash – it is a serious condition that spreads very easily and can lead to severe illness and even death. While most children have protection through the MMR vaccine, around one in ten in England do not, so are at risk of catching the disease. In some parts of the country, this is as high as four in ten children. In Newcastle by age 2, 92.7% of eligible children had received one dose of the MMR vaccine, and by age 5, 85.3% had received recommended two doses of MMR vaccine, meaning we have a significant proportion of children who are unvaccinated and who are at risk of contracting and spreading measles.

The MMR vaccine is recommended with the first dose at the age one year of age and a second dose at age three years four months. For maximum protection, you need both doses of the MMR vaccine. Getting the NHS MMR vaccine is free and usually takes just a few minutes. You can book an appointment and catch up on the MMR vaccine at any age.  If you or your child have missed any MMR vaccinations or are unsure if your child is up to date, contact your GP practice to check. For children approaching their MMR vaccination age, your GP practice will be in touch to invite you to book an appointment when they are due. Parents and guardians can check their child’s red book to see if they are up to date with their MMR vaccinations.

A resource for parents and carers is available by clicking here."

A reminder that we break up for the half term holiday at the end of the day this Friday 16th February. School re-opens at 8:45am on Monday 26th February. 
Newcastle City Council are providing £20 supermarket vouchers for all children eligible for income-related free school meals. These will be sent out from school to all of those parents/carers whose children are eligible on Wednesday (14th February). 
A polite, but important reminder, that if your child is not able to attend school you must contact us by 9:00am each day they are absent. You can do this by calling 0191 267 4315 (Option 1) or by emailing - please do not email individual staff members or add messages to Tapestry. Thank you.