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Posted: 15/09/2021

Letter to Parents 15th September

September 15th 2021

 

Dear Parents/ Guardians

Thank you for your support of your child and us since our return to school. The students are settling well and getting back into the routine of school.

Please activate the Google Classroom Guardian feature to receive a weekly summary of work set each Friday for your child in each subject and enable you to have a greater degree of oversight of their learning. The Guardian Summary will enable you to ensure any necessary catching-up is done over the weekend. Our teachers will be running through our Using Google Classroom for Students guide with all their classes, and particularly with our new Year 7s as we get underway.

In our current work with students, we are emphasising the importance of 98%+ attendance along with punctuality and self-organisation: always bringing the correct equipment to school.  Please see our student Equipment List HERE. These skills are crucial to the learning of students and may become even more so in the event of further disruption to schools.

We are also emphasising to students the importance of remaining cautious and social distancing wherever possible, particularly at Break and Lunchtimes when they are with their friends. Standing or sitting and talking at a distance of 2 arm lengths from each other is achievable for all with doubtless a few reminders along the way!

We are advised that Public Examinations will take place for Years 11 and 13 in summer 2022, though the content examined in each subject may be reduced somewhat. We will also set up and hold folders of students’ assessed work this school year. We are encouraging all students to work hard and early as the academic year starts up and not ‘leave it until the last minute.’

We continue testing students once weekly as per our regular schedule for the autumn term.

Year Group

In school test

At home test

Years 13 & 11

Monday AM

Wednesday Evening

Years 12 & 10

Tuesday AM

Thursday Evening

Year 9

Wednesday AM

Saturday Evening

Year 8

Thursday AM

Sunday Evening

Year 7

Friday AM

Tuesday Evening

 

Please also remember to carry out once weekly testing at home as per the above schedule, to upload test results to the Government website and to keep ordering Lateral Flow Test Kits for you and all your family.

Order Rapid Lateral Flow Tests. Lateral Flow Test Kits are also available at no cost from some pharmacies.

Mrs Schwartz will again be offering surgeries on Wednesday afternoons for parents with concerns. Please contact the school to arrange a WebEx call if you wish to speak to her.

Yours Sincerely,

Sonette Schwartz
Principal

 

Charles Joseph
Senior Vice Principal