| ||Sixth Form Bulletin |
|Mrs Rogers' words Lent week 4|
|Mrs Rogers shares her thoughts of the past week, which you can watch at the link below.
|From the Office|
|A message from the Executive Head|
Dear Parents and Guardians
Whether you agree with the current period of lockdown or not, it is a relief that education professionals are now in a position to be able to tentatively plan for a ‘Return to school’ after the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier in the week. Tentatively though, as we have little indication which year groups will be allowed back first, or if some pupils will actually return this side of the Easter break.
Nevertheless, I am seeing it as a bit of ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ moment. That is my theme for today. And why? Well, because we are back in the depths of homeschooling, to routines that often seem alien to us, to taking on roles in the household that we did not sign up for, to seeing your children have to build skills you may not have aspired for them to gain at such an early age…...the list goes on.
And, while so much of this is centred as it should be around the children, care and compassion is very much needed for parents too. You have been, without exception, doing an amazing job in helping us support your children in their academic and pastoral learning. So many of you are juggling other responsibilities and dealing with your own stresses that Covid engenders.
If you take one thing from my words today, let it be this: no matter how well or badly you feel you are supporting your children, whether they are getting lots or very little of your attention, they are getting the best they can get as it is coming from you. You know your children so well, and they will thank you for this support forever.
Although it may not seem like it when you are in the midst of helping (or not helping!) with an algebra equation, or if you are on a virtual call with work and they are stuck on a comprehension question, if you are a Key Worker and your children are in school, or even if you don’t see them between breakfast and lunch at home and are just praying they are getting on ok…...you are giving them the best you can give, and they are so lucky to have you. One day, maybe even when they have their own children, they will realise the help and often the sacrifices you have made for them.
From Claires Court, we thank you so very much too. We are always here at the end of a phone or a computer to help with any problems.
Over the coming weeks I will communicate with you on school operational matters for this academic year, such as a return to school. The Principals and I are endeavouring to establish our position and response to the Covid Lockdown, and as ever, we will be transparent with our intentions and plans. Thank you for your patience on this.
Well, more snow is forecast for the weekend, more rain….but I believe that we are slowly moving towards that light at the end of the tunnel. For all of us I am sure, it cannot come soon enough.
Please stay safe.
Executive Head Teacher
Lateral Flow Testing Consent
With the Government announcement that it hopes schools to reopen from Monday 8 March, may we please ask you to complete the Lateral Flow Testing consent form. Many thanks.
Students coming into school for remote learning - details for after half term.
If your son or daughter is coming into school between Thursday 4 February and Thursday 11 February for remote learning, and will continue this after half term, please complete the new form and submit to us. Many thanks.
Year 13 Parents - Save the date - Thursday 4 March 12.45pm
On Thursday 4 March from 12.45pm to 1.15pm, Mrs Rogers will be holding a meeting for Y13 parents on UCAS-the next steps and Student Finance. If you would be interested in attending, please save the date and more information will be sent out after the half term holidays.
Make a Difference Team
Every 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. This week, Matt Jackson gave a thought-provoking assembly on how we could each make a difference. The students have focused on their own sustainability goals and showed how there are three steps we can all take immediately to make a difference. They are: 1) reduce waste 2) have meat-free mondays and 3) revise and help to plant trees at the same time by using the amazing “Forest” app.
Interested students should email Mrs Astrup at email@example.com if they would like to attend.
National Apprenticeship week Monday 8 February to Friday 12 February
Students interested in apprenticeships should take advantage of all the resources available during this week. They can meet and speak to employers who will be able to give them a flavour of what is on offer on apprenticeship programmes, including companies such as Virgin Media, Rolls Royce and Barclays. There is a Q&A session with apprentices, and workshops on creating a CV and interview technique. You can find out more here.
Brufut Challenge - 24 hours from Saturday 6 February to Sunday 7 February
During lockdown we are all very aware that we all spend too much time on our screens, our phones in particular. We have devised a way to cut down on screen time and raise money for our partner school in The Gambia in Brufut.
In the 24 hours from 9am Saturday 6 February to 9am Sunday 7 February, students will hand over their mobile phones to their parents, in return for their parents sponsoring them a fixed sum. This sum can be donated on the parent portal under the heading “Brufut Challenge”. We hope you will help us and take part in this by sponsoring your sons and daughters who take up the challenge. Our aim is to raise £250 which will pay for another child to go to school in Brufut.
PwC's Virtual Summer Programme
Young Professionals have been given exclusive access to run the first kick-off event for PwC's Virtual Summer Programme. On this webinar you will learn all about their work experience opportunities, routes into the firm and how you can apply and pass their selection process.
Immediately after the webinar you will be sent a unique application link so you can apply and be one of the first to get your application in.
PwC's Virtual Summer Programme: (In the Summer Holidays)
- Monday 1 February, 5pm to 6pm
- An interactive virtual summer programme for students interested in Business, Accounting, Finance and Technology
- Y12 students
- A unique opportunity to hear about the different entry routes into PwC
- Get your questions answered by the recruitment team
- Parents are encouraged to join.
We have very limited spaces for this event so are encouraging you to sign up ASAP if it is of interest.
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