Dear Parents and Carers
I hope this week’s update finds you well. Here is a round up of this week’s key messages
1) Covid 19
I am sorry that we are in the position of having to put in place remote working for another week.
This is the very clear advice we have received from Public Health who have used a similar approach in other schools when cases have reached high levels. Simply put, we must get on top of the numbers now; otherwise, we risk continuing the outbreak over a much longer period of time.
Thankfully, numbers are coming down quickly and new case growth is clearly slowing so I am very hopeful that this coming week will be the last week or remote learning for Years 8, 9 & 10.
Face coverings will remain in place until half term. The holiday should give us a natural pause in transmission and we will start the second half of the autumn term hopefully in a much better position.
Nationally, you may have seen that rates in secondary schools have been 1 pupil in 20 having Covid. To put our case rate into perspective, ours has been significantly higher than this, and was more than double at what hopefully will prove to have been the peak.
We are working with the NHS local vaccination team regarding the flu and Covid vaccines and as soon as we have a date for these will contact you. Unfortunately due to absence in the health team, the initial date had to be cancelled.
Please remind your child of the key Covid basics – handwashing, distancing, ventilation, face coverings in communal areas.
2) Open Evening
If your child was involved in representing the school this week at Open Evening, please can I say a simple but huge THANK YOU. They were amazing! Their energy, enthusiasm and excitement was utterly evident to all of our guests, one of whom said to me “Your pupils have sold your school for you tonight.” And they did – absolutely.
All pupils involved will be rewarded with achievement points and a certificate of attendance next week.
Everyone – subject helpers, tour guides, the welcome party, Year 7 speakers, the Head Boy and Girl and, of course, our pianist and dancers – should be rightly proud of their efforts to welcome others to our community.
3) Sporting Updates
Well done to the Year 9s who beat Budmouth 5-1 and commiserations to Year 10 who lost 3-0 to Wey Valley. Both teams should remember that the next game is the most important one now!
It’s been good to see sporting fixtures return to the calendar, but I do need pupils who are watching to do so in a respectful fashion so that visitors are duly and politely welcomed.
I have been pleased to see our new minibus put to good use (thank you, Mr Hyde) with a Windsurfing visit also this week.
We are looking to set up further opportunities for sailing with local clubs – please do encourage your child if this is something they would be interested in doing
4) Year 11 Key Dates
Thank you to our Year 11 parents who have notified us of the clash with another event at a local sixth form. I am sorry about this and we will make other times available earlier next week for parents to meet with pupils. Please check our website for the revised letter later today.
I am also looking forward to welcoming Year 11 parents to site – we anticipate this will be ok to proceed face to face – on Thursday 21 October for our Year 11 Revision Evening. This will be an opportunity for senior colleagues and core subject leaders to share strategies for revision with Year 11 pupils, parents and carers.
Please be aware that to continue to mitigate risks of Covid transmission, I would be grateful for only one parent per family accompanying each pupil. Also, we would be grateful for guests wearing face coverings for the main hall and classroom breakout sessions if possible. As ever, please do not visit the site if you have any symptoms and ideally LFD test before coming.
Pupils have been reflecting this week on the importance of community in school using Hebrews 10:24 to help with this: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds”.
Thank you all for your encouragement and supportive feedback this week as parents – we always welcome challenge and constructive discussion about how we can improve things for each pupil and are working hard to do what we can to make All Saints an amazing school day in, day out and in every way.
Please also remember that this weekend marks World Mental Health day; I hope that you, your child and your wider family enjoy a rest and can spend quality time together encouraging and nurturing one another.
With very best wishes
John Cornish, Principal