Dear Parents and Carers
My goodness – time is flying past at the moment, certainly at school at least!
Another busy but hugely positive week at All Saints.
Next week, we have Year 8 Parent Consultation Evening on School Cloud – there is still plenty of time to make appointments. Please contact Mr May at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to see a particular teacher.
Here are a couple of other key points that I would like to draw your attention to this week:
1. Updates to Covid 19 Operations
You may have seen that the Prime Minister announced on Monday of this week that face coverings in schools would no longer be needed from 17 May. In light of this, we are updating our position regarding face masks in line with the revised government guidance
Pupils do not need to wear them in classrooms or corridors, but staff will wear masks in communal areas. Should any member of staff or pupil wish to wear a mask, they are welcome to.
If the overall picture regarding coronavirus remains positive, then in Term 6, we will look to remove the split breaks and lunches.
Please also remember to ensure your child tests twice a week
2. Break and Lunch Time
On the topic of break and lunch time, I would be grateful for parents completing a very short survey about a trial we are proposing for Term 6 that will see the 20 minute break remain but see lunch extended to 40 minutes. We feel this will be helpful for pupils to have a little longer to eat lunch and have good quality social time.
The form will only take a minute or two to complete and can be found here: https://forms.office.com/r/YwYy5RLvDW
3. Personal Development
I am delighted that with coronavirus restrictions easing, we are able to offer a greater range of activities in terms of personal development.
This week, pupils have taken part in an online anti-bullying talk by Emma Paramor from Stand Up to Violence. In the coming weeks, there will be a Beach Clean activity in partnership with Portland Marina. We also are planning a visit to Sherborne Castle for Year 10 History pupils and a visit to Salisbury Cathedral.
Also in this area, we have seen some excellent pupil voice in action this week with the School Council delivering assemblies on the “Respect” campaign. Year 10 will soon be taking part in Head Boy and Head Girl nominations.
It has been great to welcome Reverend James Menzies to site over the last few weeks to have him meet pupils face to face after supporting our collective worship programme remotely during the Covid pandemic. James will be joining us throughout the summer term and beyond.
4. Year 11 update
Year 11 are nearly there now – with a final few weeks and assessments to complete, they will soon be able to sign off on all of their declarations and finish their courses. We are still hopeful of running the prom, but have made it clear that good behaviour, attendance and effort in these closing weeks are preconditions for this.
Next week, we will write formally to parents with details of the results day and the support that will be in place for pupils following their results.
If your child would like a tour of Weymouth College, they should email me directly and I will arrange this with them.
Finally, please ask your child to talk with you about the assembly programme that they take part in every week. This week, we explored the value of kindness and next week we will be thinking about Wisdom – making good choices now that will stand the test of time when we look back.
Do enjoy a great weekend with your family and we look forward to seeing your child again next week
With every blessing