Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils
I trust you are enjoying the start to your weekend!
Please do take a few moments to read our weekly updates.
1) Year 11 – Summer Ball and Term 6
It is with disappointment that we need to reschedule the Year 11 Summer Ball due to rising coronavirus numbers and delays to the easing of lockdown. We have managed to secure an alternative date on 3rd September. Parents, please do make sure that you read the letter on our website and complete the form with your son or daughter to make sure that we understand if they plan to attend. If numbers are allow, we will run the event but I do need to make everyone aware that if restrictions are still in place, then we will have to cancel the event.
Throughout the summer term this year, and with the earlier finish for Year 11 pupils compared to normal, the DFE have asked schools to provide a programme of activities and opportunities. Again, there is a letter on our website and whilst we fully understand many of you will be involved, for example, in NCS, it would be great to see as many of you as possible at our online events. There are also details of how pupils can link to their post 16 destinations and get involved in mass online courses should this be of interest.
2) End of Year Exams
Well done to everyone who is attending revision sessions and working hard for their end of year exams. Mr Oxborrow has published topic lists of these on our website so please do check that you know what will be in the tests, pupils.
In order to make sure that the longer Year 10 exams can be accommodated in the afternoon session, the exam session times of the week will apply for the next two weeks. Again, there is a letter on the website.
Please make sure your child has the correct exam equipment – pencil case with pens, pencils etc… and also a clear water bottle. This will help us start on time
3) “Do Now” Tasks
We are having a focus at the moment in lessons on “Do Now” tasks so that pupils have a task to complete as soon as they walk into their classrooms. These will take a range of forms but are primarily designed to help pupils develop their long term memory and improve their retrieval of information.
Please discuss these with your child at home and feedback any thoughts to Mr Oxborrow who is leading these.
4) Highlights from last week
It really was a busy week last week with theatre visits, a visit from the Children’s Society to work with Year 7 about attitudes to Childhood, the first of many Writer’s Club sessions ahead with Mrs West, details being published about future visits, the election of our Head Boy and Head Girl (keep an eye out on Monday for full details!) and of course, Pupil of the Week.
Thank you for your feedback as ever about our programme – we listen to all your feedback and build it in wherever possible as quickly as possible. Sometimes we need to consider approaches a little more fully but we always listen!
I am sure we were all disappointed with the Prime Minister’s announcement last Monday about the delays to the lifting of the final restrictions, but equally can understand them.
Thankfully cases in our area are still very low compared to the national picture, but it is important that we continue to do what we can to prevent the spread. Our key measures include:
Sanitisers / hand washing
Social distancing where possible
Enhanced cleaning protocols
Face coverings for visitors
Being outside where possible and ensuring good ventilation
Please continue to emphasise with your child the importance of regular handwashing and social distancing where possible. And whilst it is easy to let such things slip, to continue to use LFD tests twice weekly. I would recommend Sunday and Wednesday to build this into the family routine. Please report your child’s test results using the links on the front of the website.
Finally this week, I do need to make everyone aware that the top field will no longer be in use next week. There is plenty of space on the rest of the site and there have been some instances of pupils getting a bit silly up there. I think this is probably a sign that we are not too far away from the end of what has been a challenging year. We need to keep working together right until the end!
As ever, thanks for your support – it is so much appreciated. With every blessing for a great weekend.