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Reading Girls' School newsletter - 11 september 2020

Principal's message: Resilience is.......

I have received some emails this week from parents asking if it is possible for us to return to the successful online provision that we delivered during national lockdown form March to July. The general consensus is that this would give them peace of mind and not have to worry about sending their daughters to a school of over 600 people.

Sadly, all schools in the country are under Government directive to remain fully open and not return to full online provision. If schools are instructed to close, we will of course return to our online provision.

It is inevitable that in a school of over 600 people or any other public venue, that people are going to display possible covid-19 symptoms. Working within the expectations of having to be fully open, I would like to reassure you as parents that if and when girls present themselves to us as feeling ill, we contact parents and arrange for the girls to go home. Over the next two weeks we will be working on how to set up online learning for those who are at home isolating.

At the time of writing, we have no reported confirmed coronavirus cases at RGS. Moreover, in the event of a report of a positive case of covid-19, schools across the country have been issued with instructions and specified contacts from their respective Local Authority.

As usual, the girls have been superb in how they have responded to the safety steps that we put in place. They all have an indoor and outdoor social area and have moved around the school demonstrating respect and understanding towards others. We could not be more proud. Our Year 8 girls have been such good role models in helping the new Year 7 girls settle in through their explorer activities. Year 9 have begun their GCSE options taster lessons and will confirm their choices next Thursday and Years 10 and 11 have hit the ground running with their Mock GCSE exams series.

Jon Gargan, Principal

School Car Park

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the car parking and traffic system that we have in place at Reading Girls’ School.

The school car park gates will open every day between 08.00-08.30am and again between 15.05-15.45pm. The row of car parking spaces nearest the bike sheds will be kept largely free to allow you to pull into a space in order to drop off/pick up a student. I would be very grateful indeed if you could please emphasise to your daughter that if you are collecting her by car, that she is to wait for you on the pathway and not step into the driving area.

Moreover, those pupils not being collected by car are to use the pedestrian access to Northumberland Avenue. I kindly ask therefore that no vehicles stop on the busy road in front of the school.

Many thanks for your co-operation and support to ensure the safety of our site.

School nursing video

The School Nursing team have a created a short video on the service https://vimeo.com/437797725/2b2e26b789

School Nurse Support for young people - We also have a dedicated phone line for parents and carers and young people in Year 9 and above. It covers Bracknell Forest, Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. We’re here to give you health advice and refer you into the service for ongoing support if you need it.

We’re available 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday. Call 0118 9312111 and select ‘Option 4’ to speak to a School Nurse.

Direct message to year 9 students and above - You do not have to struggle in silence. The school nursing team are here to listen, phone our new advice and support line on 0118 9312111 and select option 4 to speak to a school nurse. Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm. It’s ok to not be ok.

When considering options for study and careers, a recommended website is https://www.careerpilot.org.uk. There are activities and quizzes by age, you can research by subject or career, and keep a note of careers that interest you.

Please read the message below from our uniform supplier Stephensons regarding the latest supply update information.