Dear Parents and Carers, Pupils and Staff
Welcome to my weekly update – a little later than normal this week – a sure sign that we are back at school!
This week has been a very busy one for everyone, with Teacher Assessments now entering the final stages for Year 11 and a number of other events and programmes taking place this week. Here is a quick summary
1) Highlights from the week
Please do follow our Social Media (Facebook) feed for these, but this week pupils have taken part in:
– A drugs education programme with a visit from Beans the dog and his handler Lester
– A beach clean on Portland that saw us collect over 65Kg of waste to support our sustainability project
– Assemblies from the Police Safer School’s and Communities Team about the importance of choosing language wisely and not inadvertently using Hate Speech
– RE masterclasses (Year 10) taken by Mrs Randall, Miss Lewendon and Miss Beresford
– The SingG7 Project – a fantastic project to support the international summit taking place in Cornwall this weekend
– Final sign off the TAGs – well done Year 11 pupils and teachers
In addition, we have had our Year 9 Parents Evening, congratulated Pupils of the Week and set up a visit for Year 10 on the Rona Sailing opportunity and to Salisbury Cathedral for Year 7 (and a Disco) – such a full week!
2) Ongoing Coronavirus Pointers – please read them carefully!
We still have the one way system around the school – we still need to keep to it.
We need to remember to continue to wash our hands regularly or use the sanitiser points around the school.
Summer has definitely come now – so unless it is raining pupils need to be outside and not be in tutor rooms at lunchtime and breaktime.
If pupils wish to wear a face covering in corridors or in class they may do so. We will continue to review this.
Pupils must still wear a face covering when travelling on public or school transport.
Please continue to test at every Sunday and Wednesday and report your results online
We will watch the information released to schools carefully over the next few weeks as we approach the 21 June and will keep you updated with any significant changes
3) Social conduct at Break and Lunch
It has been good to see pupils and staff have a longer break at lunch time and also to be able to open the top field for lunch. However, it is important that pupils remember our “Respect” campaign and do not engage in silly behaviour or that which is unsafe.
We have had some comments this week that have been unkind between children and groups and I will be speaking with all pupils next week to make sure that they understand the need to live well together. Please support this message at home and encourage your child to take with a member of staff immediately rather than saying anything back if they need support.
At the end of break and lunch, pupils must return to lessons quickly. They should use the toilets at break and lunch so that they do not need to leave their lesson for any reason.
4) End of Year Assessments
Please keep an eye out in your inboxes, our website and on Social Media for some video update briefings from Mr Oxborrow, Vice Principal Standards. In these, he sets out what will be taking place in each of the end of year exams for each year group. It is important that pupils are revising for these and looking back over notes that they have made. If they are in doubt, they should ask their teachers for support and further advice will be given.
Finally this week, thank you to all pupils who have taken part in the increasing after school clubs offer. With the warmer weather now with us, it has been great to see rounders, cricket and tennis clubs going on. Thank you to all PE staff and pupils involved!
Wishing you a restful weekend – thank you for your work, your support and your time in keeping up to date with these headline messages!