| ||Senior Girls Bulletin |
|Mr Richards' words summer week 1|
|Welcome back! A new approach this week with a video from Mr Richards welcoming you back for the summer term. Please see the link below.
|From the Office|
|A message from the Executive Head|
Dear Parents and Guardians
Here comes the sun!
Welcome to the Summer Term - a term which we hope will be as enjoyable as it is safe. The staff are literally buzzing with excitement at the thought of some normality in the school day which is emerging slowly but securely into our lives.
Over the next few weeks I hope to share with you the schools plans for the term. This includes items that we would consider as our 'usual routine' - sports days, galas, plays and performances, trips and sports fixtures, after school activities and a full enrichment programme, and of course, the core of our work which is teaching and learning. Several months ago this seemed a distant dream - we have every hope that it will become a reality.
This week, the Heads have decided to share their introduction to the term in person - I hope you enjoy the videos!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Executive Head Teacher
Summer Term Catering Offer
Thank you to everyone who responded to the recent Catering Provision Survey and for your most valuable comments.
Naturally, as further restrictions are lifted, our aim is to increase what we are able to offer as soon as safely possible. But a common theme that emerged was a wish for a cold lunchtime option and our catering teams believe they can now provide this. Therefore, from Monday 26 April we will offer a boxed salad and a yoghurt or fruit option. Please see our website and menus at All sites Summer Menus.
In order not to delay the widening of our lunchtime offer, there is no need to reorder your child’s meal options for next week (ie w/c 26 April) as we will provide a quantity of salads and yoghurts with every year groups’ hot food. Your child will be able to make the choice of a hot or cold meal at the point of delivery and choose a piece of fruit or a yoghurt at the same time. We will also have an offering for our Nursery and Junior pupils.
However, if your child wants a salad rather than the hot food, please help us by rebooking your child’s meal options for the following week (ie w/c 3 May) onwards and to do this no later than 4pm on Thursday 29 April. There is no need to rebook if you have no changes. You will also be able to alternate your child’s meal choices, for example, have a salad on one day, hot meal the next and/or vegetarian. Again this flexibility was requested by many. Please note that you should still book all five days as the weekly charging arrangement will continue.
Whilst still not the ideal, we hope by half term we should see some further relaxation of the Covid restrictions as promised by the Prime Minister which will enable us to reopen our dining rooms fully.
Current Year 4- Year 12. We have had a fantastic response to our ski trip for Easter 2022. We are trying to obtain more places from our ski company and are confident we should be able to do so. If you have not already paid your deposit for either skiing or snowboarding and would like to go on the trip please can you pay the deposit by Sunday 25 April at the latest. We will be in touch with everyone shortly to confirm whether you were successful in obtaining a place.
ALL YEAR GROUPS:
Welcome back to all our parents and pupils.
ALL YEAR GROUPS
Reporting your daughter’s absence from school
Please don’t forget to call the school office to report any sickness/absence/medical appointments on 01628 327500 or alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Coaches and Activities
We return to late coaches next week Monday to Thursday, with coaches departing Senior Girls at 5.15pm and Activities/Study in place. The Monday Early Special will be running for those already booked on the coach service living near the ends of the route and you will receive an email directly about this (bookable via the website).
We have had a number of girls forgetting to bring their mask to school and asking for disposable ones, sometimes even multiple times in one day! In order to help prevent unnecessary landfill, may we please ask for your support in reminding your daughter to check they have a reusable mask when coming to school in the morning, and also ensure they carry a spare one in their bag for occasions when they do forget. Thank you.
The Big Ask - National Survey now live
The new Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, is doing the largest ever survey of children in England. It’s called ‘The Big Ask’ and aims to find out children’s concerns and aspirations about the future. There are two surveys, a pupil survey and adult survey and we would encourage you and your children to share your views. The results will help the Children’s Commissioner identify barriers preventing children reaching their potential, put forward solutions and set ambitious goals for the country to achieve.
Covid-19 Home Testing
It is vital that pupils continue to test twice weekly in order to identify asymptomatic cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and prevent the spread of the virus. The Prime Minister has said: “I want to thank everybody for continuing to follow the guidance, and to thank parents and families for the incredible work you’re doing to help test pupils through the Easter holidays and to encourage you to keep testing them twice a week as schools return.” We should be receiving more Lateral Flow tests shortly and will distribute them as soon as we do.
NHS Test and Trace reintroduced confirmatory PCR testing for positive lateral flow device (LFD) tests conducted at all assisted testing sites, including schools or colleges. This means that all staff, pupils and students who get a positive LFD test, whether at home or supervised at their school or college, should get a confirmatory PCR. The PCR test should be booked immediately either online or by calling 119 and should be undertaken within 2 days of the positive LFD result.
Staff, students and pupils who had a positive LFD test result, and their close contacts and other members of their household, should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance and while awaiting the PCR result. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the LFD test and the staff, pupil or student can return to school or college, and their close contacts can also end their self-isolation.
Year 8 Focus Group Meeting
We are keen to put together a Year 8 Parent Focus Group with Mrs Ruddick (Deputy Head-Pastoral) and Mr Richards. The main purpose of the group is to provide constructive feedback to the school as well as providing an opportunity for parents to share opinions, feelings and perceptions on school based activities. If you are interested in being part of this, please email Mrs Ruddick email@example.com by Friday 30 April.
Language Option Choice for Year 8 into Year 9 September 2021
A reminder that the deadline to complete the Google Form was Thursday 22 April - if you have not completed it yet please do so over the weekend Year 8 into Year 9 Language Choices Form - thank you.
HPV(2) Wednesday 26 May 2021
Year 9 Boys and Girls will be offered HPV(2), Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Meningitis ACWY on Wednesday 26 May. Please find the letter here giving all information together with the link to the Consent Form (the unique code for our school is: BK110153G). If you experience any problems accessing the form, please telephone 0300 365 0077 and the team will be happy to help you. If you do not wish for your child to be vaccinated, please still complete a consent form online but as a non-consent.
A request from our School Nurses is that the Consent Form is completed by Wednesday 19 May. Thank you.
Parent Information for Summer Term 2021
Please find the letter shared by Mr Wilding recently to clarify the outline arrangements for the Summer term, to indicate when candidates can stop working on their current subjects, and for the subsequent educational and co-curricular opportunities that are planned for the second half of term.
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