Dear Parents and Carers, Pupils and Colleagues
I am pleased to be communicating with you all after another busy week.
Although we have had some absences due to Covid, I am very pleased that we have not needed to implement remote learning at all so far. Thank you, pupils, for working with some different teachers and supply staff where your usual teachers have been away.
1) Events this week and next week
It has been great to see a number of events this week taking place- the Year 11 Parents Evening, the Year 9 Options Launch, a Rewards Visit to WOEC for Year 7, as well as a number of PE clubs at lunch and after school gaining momentum. There was also a very positive School Council meeting that looked at a number of key issues to help us move forward with our ongoing improvement work.
Next week, Year 8 Parents and Carers, please do make sure to come to the online Year 8 Parents Evening – a letter is available on our website with details of how to sign up for appointments. It is important to have as many parents present as possible so that we can work together to support pupils.
2) Reduction in self isolation period and Covid 19 Update
I am so very grateful for the rapid communication between parents and myself and office staff when Covid cases do appear.
At the moment, I am very pleased to see numbers of Covid 19 cases dropping rapidly in school.
Following discussion with Public Health Dorset, this means that we will be able to resume assemblies soon – either towards the end of next week or the week after. Pupils will need to wear masks for these and we will ventilate the space well, but it will be good to be able to share important messages together.
The key update in what seems like ever changing guidance is that self isolation is being reduced again – now to 5 full days and a 6th day morning. The update that Headteachers have received today is given below:
From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.
The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.
If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.
Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.
Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/self-isolation-for-those-with-covid-19-can-end-after-five-full-days-following-two-negative-lfd-tests?utm_source=14%20January%202022%20C19&utm_medium=Daily%20Email%20C19&utm_campaign=DfE%20C19
3) After School
It has come to my attention that a number of pupils are tending to take a long time to travel home at the end of the day and are gathering in larger groups near the Wyke Regis Tescos / Nisa shop area.
I would be grateful for parents asking children to leave the area reasonably quickly – sometimes the large groups can be a bit overwhelming for the younger pupils and it’s important that members of the public are considered also.
Thank you for your support in this regard. We do try to be a presence at the end of the day, but sometimes dealing with after school issues mean we need pupils to take real ownership in behaving positively in the community.
4) Getting the basics right
With the disruption that has been caused by Covid, it is so important that pupils get the basics right every day. These involve:
– Being on time
– Being smartly dressed every day
– Being ready and equipped for learning
– Being kind and considerate to others
– Being willing to participate in lessons, even when new concepts may mean they feel “stuck” for a period of time – this will pass!
All of the above are linked to our vision and values – thank you for supporting these and encouraging your child to also
Thank you, as ever, for your emails of encouragement and support, and also for bringing areas that need follow up to our attention. I am firmly convinced that working together we can do so much more than we can on our own.
With every blessing for a restful weekend
John Cornish, Principal