|From the Office|
|A message from the Executive Head|
Dear Parents and Guardians
As we finish our second week of home learning, I would like to thank you again for your wonderful support of your children as they tackle the challenges that remote education can bring. Without exception, we have been pleased with the way children from four years old in Reception through to our 18 year olds in Year 13 have developed their metacognition and shown energy in their lessons. Thank you also for talking to us with feedback reflecting on your own lockdown experiences.
Across the media this week, children’s mental wellbeing has continued to be a hot topic of conversation, with a number of leading psychologists expressing considerable concern over the negative impact on children of not being in school. At Claires Court, we are working hard to ensure our lessons take on both pastoral and academic elements to maintain our link with your children that goes beyond simply delivering a curriculum. Please continue to stay in contact with us if you have any concerns on this matter. Please talk to us, we will be only too happy to support you.
With much to read and watch from your child’s Divisional Headteachers, I will close with this thought from the Buddhist religion:
‘A lot of problems in the world would disappear if we talked to each other rather than about each other.’
Have a safe and restful weekend.
Executive Head Teacher
Sixth Form Reports
Reports will be emailed to parents by 4pm on Monday 18 January. They will also be posted onto the parent portal where they can be accessed after then. Students will reflect on their reports during their compulsory PSHEE lessons next week.
Making A Difference team
On Friday (1pm to 1.30pm), Mrs Astrup will be holding a lunchtime club for students who wish to make a difference in their own community. It is a great opportunity for them to share ideas, make changes and develop skills in teamwork, leadership and project management whilst helping the community as a whole. Students should email Mrs Astrup at firstname.lastname@example.org if they would like to attend.
Unifrog Student skills development webinars
Perfect for students in Years 12 and 13 as they start to think about the skills they need for the world of work.
In each session, employers and employees will explain why each skill is so important and how students can develop them:
Apply now for opportunities at top companies
- Leadership development - Monday 25 January, 4.30pm
- Digital skills development - Tuesday 26 January, 4.30pm
- Problem solving skills development - Wednesday 27 January, 4.30pm
- Entrepreneurship skills - Thursday 28 January, 4.30pm
- Communication and presenting skills development - Tuesday 2 February, 4.30pm
- Find out more here
Successatschool.org have put together the latest school/college leaver jobs and apprenticeships at leading employers across the UK. Click to apply below.
BT View jobs here
Higher, Intermediate, Advanced & Degree Apprenticeships
PwC View jobs here
School Leaver Programmes, Degree Apprenticeships
Deadline: 29 January 2021
IBM View jobs here
Gap Year internship programs
Salary: Starting from £18,000
Pearson College London View jobs here
Deadline: 26 February 2021
Fitness lockdown challenge
To stay fit and active, students and staff are taking part in a fitness challenge and can track their walking, running or cycling miles on a shared sheet. Let’s see whether pupils or staff do the most each week.
Coronavirus: How to keep children healthy, happy, learning and entertained at home
Here is your free e-copy of Family First magazine, packed full of information to help keep children happy, learning and entertained at home during lockdown. We hope it helps in some way.
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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.”
Update from Finance
In light of the government direction requiring all schools to close, there will be a number of areas for example exams, transport) that need further clarification as to provision. Please bear with us while we seek resolution to these matters so as to ensure consistency in our response. Refunds, where appropriate, can take us a number of days to process, so we appreciate your patience.