Mr Davenport sent a letter to the parents/carers of examination year groups (Years 10-13) on Wednesday outlining the current position on exams, with a particular focus on vocational examinations happening in January. You can download this letter via the following link. We will continue to communicate with you any further updates on both the January exam series as well as the summer exams.
On-site COVID testing
We are set up to conduct lateral flow tests on site. Led by our Sport Centre manager Tom Hatton with support from the rest of the Sport Centre team, Manor School staff and local off-duty responders, tests are offered to all on-site staff to support the efforts to combat COVID-19.
BBC education support
In response to UK schools moving to remote learning, the BBC is to deliver the biggest education offer in its history across more of its platforms. The new offer from the BBC will ensure children can access curriculum-based learning, even if they don’t have access to the internet.
Starting on Monday 11 January, BBC Two will cater for secondary students with programming to support the GCSE curriculum, with a least two hours of content each weekday.
Content will be built around Bitesize Daily secondary shows, complemented by Shakespeare and classic drama adaptations alongside science, history and factual titles from the BBC’s award-winning factual programming units.
Bitesize Daily secondary will also air every day on the BBC Red Button as well as episodes being available on demand on BBC iPlayer.
This TV offer sits alongside a wealth of online content which parents and children can access when and where they need it. BBC Bitesize is home to two-week learning packs for English and Maths in KS3 as well as This Term’s Topics for other subjects to be used at home. For students in Years 10 and 11, the Bitesize GCSE offer allows students to pick their exam board and subject to find everything they need to help with their studies. Visit bbc.co.uk/bitesize/secondary for details.
While we have been incredibly impressed with the maturity, engagement and behaviour of students this week, we must reinforce the importance of positive engagement in remote learning.
We expect high standards of behaviour and engagement in learning. During remote education we will continue to apply our Inclusion Policy and reinforce our three school rules of Ready, Respectful and Responsible. Where students cannot meet these expectations, we will follow up and sanctions may be put in place in line with the incident.
The behaviours we expect of students when using technology is outlined in the Nene Education Trust Acceptable Use Policy. Inappropriate use of the chat, abusing the tools and functions provided or actions that put students or others at risk online will be followed up and sanctions applied.
If a student is disrupting online lessons, we will use our normal school system of Ask, Tell and Consequence, which may result in a student being removed from the online lesson.
Ski trip update
We have now received an update from the tour operator of the ski trip due to take place in February. The visit has been cancelled by the operator. This means you will be entitled to a full refund. We are awaiting final details about how payments will be refunded and will communicate with you shortly.
On Thursday 17 December we released our pre-recorded Christmas Concert, and whilst not having a concert in the main hall with our audience was strange, we are so proud of all of the students who performed on video and helped to make the concert a success. It was a delight to watch on the last day of term. Thank you so much to all who purchased a ticket, and we are so pleased to say that we raised £274.97, which will be donated to the charity Action For Children.
Congratulations to Henry G in Year 13 who has received a scholarship to The Royal Northern College of Music in recognition of an ‘exceptional audition performance’.
The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) is a leading international conservatoire set in the heart of Manchester, that attracts talented students, teachers, conductors, composers and artists from across the world. Home to over 300 teaching staff and more than 800 students from 60 countries, the RNCM offers professional musical training at the highest level through exceptional teaching, learning and performance opportunities.
Term 3 House Competitions
The first competition this term is a STEM competition, running until 20 January.
We would like students to design a bed that someone could live in for a month. It should allow someone to exercise, eat, drink, sleep, wash, work etc. without having to leave the bed.
Students should draw their design (by hand or digitally) and annotate it, explaining why they have chosen the different features and how they would work.
The Art & Design department will choose the winning design, which will earn 500 House Points. For an extra 100 points, students could build a model of their bed design out of recyclable materials. The House with the most entries will also win 500 points.
Please send all entries to House@manor.school
Manor Maths Challenges
Mrs Radd is back with the first maths challenges blog of the new year. The theme for this week is Magic Squares.