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|Mr Richards' words Lent week 1|
|We all knew it was coming, perhaps not this soon, but we knew it was coming. The adjustments we made to the timetable and the numerous opportunities to practise online teaching and learning meant that we were ready for it, but we do miss the buzz...|
|From the Office|
|A message from the Executive Head|
Dear Parents and Guardians
Our first week in lockdown....again!
A huge well done to you, our parents, for adapting your work schedules and daily routines to support your children in their home learning. Thank you also for the many comments of support and encouragement you have given us. Your feedback enables us to consolidate what we do well and supports us in understanding what we can do better.
Another ‘well done’ goes to your children. Is remote education the way we would want them to learn? No. Is this current platform the best available? I believe so. And while we are monitoring very closely the pastoral elements of your children at work, we must also take comfort in the knowledge that they are developing skills of independence, resilience and the application of IT to numerous academic situations.
Finally, a huge thank you to our staff. On average, an online lesson takes two and a half times longer to prepare than a face to face lesson, not including the challenges of giving effective and meaningful feedback to children over a screen. Our Nursery staff and pupils are bravely in school, as are our Key Worker children, vulnerable children and their staff. We are truly blessed with some of the most talented and dedicated staff I have ever had the privilege of working with, and the nurture your children receive, from three years to 18 years old, is in my opinion, second to none.
My last words to you are in regard to support. We are here not just for your children, but for you as families too. Please keep in contact with us whenever you need us, there is always someone waiting at the end of a phone or at the end of a computer. Please tell us if you or your family are struggling, please inform us if you have concerns of an academic, pastoral or covid nature….and most importantly, please understand that you are not alone in facing this lockdown.
Thank you for your support, and please stay safe
Executive Head Teacher
Virtual open events
We have virtual open events for all age groups during January. Find out more and book on or please share this link with family and friends.
Support and resources from Everlief
Our partners in clinical and educational health, Everlief, have developed a brand new parent support site, which is now live at https://www.theyarethefuture.co.uk/
The website holds articles on a wide range of mental health issues, including a free three day mini course: "Reset Your Child's Wellbeing in 2021"
This is for parents of children with stress, anger or anxiety.
Dr Lucy Russell, from Everlief, said: “We look at three fundamental areas of children's wellbeing. When parents sign up they receive an email each day for three days. Each email will link to a video and a PDF, to guide you through the mini course.”
‘At-Home’ IGCSE Maths Exams - Wednesday 13 and Friday 15 January Afternoon
These papers were posted home yesterday, so please do contact the office if you do not receive them. Please remember ‘exam’ conditions, so quiet room, no phones/internet, two hours ( extra time if applicable). Please return the papers and declaration form using the envelope provided.
Headteacher and parent online surgery - Tuesday mornings 9.15am to 10.15am
Mr Richards will be starting his ‘online surgeries’ again from Tuesday 12 January.
If you would like an appointment please contact Helen Phipps at firstname.lastname@example.org and a time slot and link can then be emailed to you. He is happy to help with any issues or concerns during this surgery, equally, he also loves to hear when things are going well.
Tuesday 19 January - Drug awareness talk
There will be a virtual drugs awareness talk on Tuesday 19 January 2021 from 7pm to 8pm. Please see the letter here also that has been emailed home to you.
This will be open to all our parents of all students. The presenter for the evening will be Elizabeth Burton – Phillips Founder, DrugFAM - more information is available on their web site. Some of the topics covered will include: issues connected with specific illicit drugs and legal substance misuse, knowledge of the short and long term consequences of misuse (Addiction and Dependency), updating parental knowledge on current trends and signs & symptoms of drug use. She will also address the topic of ‘Dealing Drugs to Children in the Age of Social Media’.
You can join the talk using this MEET link, but may we kindly ask that you turn both your mic and camera off prior to joining.
Wednesday 20 January - Spotlight on the Sixth Form 5pm to 6pm Year 10/11 save the date
We do hope you can join us at this event to ‘meet’ with the Sixth Form team regarding the next step of your daughter’s education. A link and information will be emailed out to you soon.
Wednesday 27 January - Virtual G9 Options Fayre/Parent Evening 6pm to 8pm
Please save this date in your diary. A link and information will be emailed out to G9 parents prior to the event.
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