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“Every day may not be good… but there is something good in every day”.

Students in Y7-10 are working on BLENDED LEARNING & Y11 students are working on REMOTE LEARNING (Google Classroom). I hope the first week back has been as smooth as possible. Whilst we have acted on very last-minute announcements, I know that this situation won’t be perfect for everyone. I have sent quite a few letters out to support various questions that have been sent through – please have a look at these. A key document is advice on what students should be focussing on – included in this letter (click here). Please be patient as staff develop the online materials for your child. We started our testing programme for staff and students in school this week which has been successful. This is so important and a key safety measure to minimise risk of infection.

Letters sent out this week:
– Information and key contact support (click here).
– Key information about online learning (click here).
– Health & safety & in-school provision (click here).
– Letter to Year 11 families (click here).

“Tough times don’t last, tough people do”.

ALL students are working on REMOTE LEARNING (Google Classroom). I am pleased to announce that we are continuing to work with our partners at Fareshare to support NHS families who may be struggling at this time. We are able to offer a weekly food package, to be collected from school in a non-contact, COVID safe environment. Should you wish to sign up to this scheme please text your name and your child’s name to 07860 055163 before Wednesday @ 2pm. A HUGE well done for the Y11’s who sat their Algebra exam today (Monday). Lovely seeing you all and all the very best! :O).

It was fab to see the number of Y11s who attended our College live session on Wednesday by our Careers Officer and Miss Morgan – 80 students attended. The info can be found by here.

Letters sent out this week:
– General Update (click here).
– Learning Update letter sent out this week (click here).

A big congratulations to our EAL Village Learners!  We have received  certificates and a prize for scoring 5th place in the category of average time spent learning and 7th place in the category of average points scored per learner in the annual competition  20202!  Schools from all over the world participated in this competition, so this is a massive achievement for our students.

All Year 7 & 8 now have access to Accelerated Reader online – texts will be sent out with how to access this.

Due to sever weather – school is closed for ALL students on Thursday and Friday. letter, texts and the wether watch have been sent and updated. Click here to see letter.

What a week! I hope the white stuff didn’t tempt you away from your school work. We are at the end of our first week through Google Classroom and is really important that you are engaging with your work. I know how hard the staff are working and it is so important that you put the hard work in too. There have been lots of reminder and a range of support that has been provided so no excuses! If you are reading this and thinking ‘this is me!’ – you need to visit the e-learning section (click here) and familiarise yourself with everything. Y11 students need to be ensuring they are giving their teachers as much evidence as possible to support any future grading systems.

Please see the information below about that live session you need to attend – this is for Y7-Y10 only. You will need to download the Microsoft Teams app but you can also join through the website on the links below.

Have a great weekend and stay safe! :O)

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.”

Although the snow is exciting at first, I’m so glad it’s now gone! It made me think about the people struggling to get to those they are caring for and nursing in hospitals. I’m hoping to see even more engagement in the activities that your teachers are setting – I’m seeing how hard staff are working in responding to issues and supporting requests sent in.

2 live Enrichment sessions took place on Monday 18th January for different Key Stages by Mr Watkin – Click below to download the interactive presentation that was delivered. It was good to see some interaction and indeed some positive aims in some of the questions that were asked by students. Next week will be delivered by Mr Mitchell & Mr Hinchliffe – a true double act!

Wellbeing & Healthy Minds
We are all finding restrictions difficult – Miss Dunkerley has found the following overview to start generating discussions whilst at home. Even though it is for asking questions to children, it can be for anyone. Try it.

Also the Common Room launched this week. Your Head of Year explained this in our Live Session. Please use this to communicate with your pastoral team.

If a student needs a coloured overlay to support with reading and remote learning, they can install colorveil for free and the whole screen will change to their preferred colour! Check out this link- https://www.aurelitec.com/colorveil/windows/

Letters sent out this week:
– ‘Exit Ticket’ Survey for registering each day (click here).

“The way to get started is to stop talking and start doing” Walt Disney.

The live sessions that will be taking place this week are around Safety & Learning Engagement (Mr Mitchell & Mr Hinchcliffe). They will be at the following times on Monday 25th January (links will be uploaded nearer the time:

(!) Live Session for parents on how to use Google Classroom
Tuesday 26th January. Google classroom webinar links, for parents who need some support on how to use Google Classroom, showing you the basics like logging in and using docs. 2 sessions to choose from to work around your convenience.
Over 40 parents joined us for this :O)

GCSE Webinar Support for Parents
Join a GCSEPod webinar and find out how you can use GCSEPod to support your child’s learning plus get tips and guidance on effective home learning practices.  All your questions will be answered by a GCSEPod expert and you will learn about the best way to make full use of the resource during this time.  Spaces are limited! Please click here to book a session – this is a valuable resource for all Key Stage 4 students.

Letter sent out this week:
General Update (click here)

Don’t wish time away – we are not there yet!

Don’t wish time away – we are not there yet!

Don’t wish time away – we are not there yet!

Parent Video eBrief

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