With the small number of students using transport during the current school closures we have worked with Carters Travel to condense our bus routes. Parents/carers of students still attending school have been contacted with updated routes and times that will commence from Monday 18 January. Bus stops have been chosen based on the students currently attending the provision in school. Please contact our Operations Administrator, Mrs Bannard (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you have any questions.
- The Cross, Irthlingborough - 7:35am
- Boundary Avenue bus stop, Rushden - 7:50am
- Barrington Road, Rushden - 8:00am
- The Crescent, Caldecott - 8:10am
- Higham Road, St Peter's Church - 7:53am
- Cemetry Lane, Higham Ferrers - 7:55am
We have suspended transport payments for term 3 for students who are not in school. If you have already paid the instalment for term 3 transport, this will be allocated to cover the payment for term 4. If you have paid for the entire year upfront, we will begin processing refunds for this term's instalments in February.
Year 9 teenage booster vaccinations
We have received a communication from the School Aged Immunisations Team to say that the programme of teenage booster vaccinations that was due to take place for Year 9 in March has been paused due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Please await further details on how this will take place once it is safe to do so.
Year 9 into 10 subject preferences
Next week we will be beginning the process whereby Year 9 students express a preference for the non-core subjects that they study as part of their Key Stage 4 programme of study. This is an important choice for students and their parents/carers to make so students will be receiving individual advice and guidance during their Work World Wellness lessons over the next four weeks. You will also be invited to our virtual information evening on 2 March where you will be able to view video introductions to the different subjects and ask any questions you may have concerning student preferences.
We recently received the most recent data concerning school attendance. The figures published (up to 17 December when we broke up for Christmas) showed national attendance at 79.2%. We continue to work with students and their families in promoting outstanding attendance and so are extremely proud that we finished the calendar year with an attendance of 94%, well above the national average!
Thank you for your continued support.
Manor School has entered NSport's Lockdown League, a physical activity challenge designed to help encourage and motivate students to be as active as possible over the next 5 weeks of lockdown.
The Lockdown League is a 5 week challenge between secondary schools across Northamptonshire, where they compete against each other to see which has the most active students as judged by the number of active minutes logged during week-long fixtures.
Any students from Year 7 to Year 13 can get involved, and logging active minutes is really simple. Just visit www.northamptonshiresport.org/lockdown-league and log any physical activity undertaken outside of school hours – walking, running, cycling, online fitness sessions and more! Students can log all of their active minutes individually or in one go.
The challenge began on Monday 11 January, with Manor taking on Wollaston School to see who can log the most minutes by the end of this Sunday. There will then be two further weeks in the group stage, followed by a Semi-Finals and Finals Week the week before half term (here's hoping we make it to the final!). Results will be shared every Monday after 12pm via the Lockdown League website, as well as via the school's Twitter account.
It has been well documented that nationally too many children are not able to learn from home as they do not have a device, and Northamptonshire is no different.
All Things Business want to make a difference and so this week they launched #TechTogether which encourages people and businesses to donate old devices (iPads, tablets and/or laptops) which will be wiped down by the engineers at ACS, based on Brackmills, before being distributed to Northamptonshire schools.
Can you help by donating an old device? If so, please email email@example.com who will provide further details on how to donate.
We work with Elevate Education as part of our Nothing by Accident programme to support students during their KS4 courses. They are running a parent webinar on Tuesday 19 January at 6:00pm, focusing on motivation and giving parents ways to help keep students motivated at home during current school closures.
The webinar is free for parents. While it is aimed at KS4 and KS5 students it will benefit all families. There are 3 further sessions planned for February and March:
- Tuesday 9 February: Stress & Wellbeing
- Tuesday 2 March: Preparing for Assessments
- Tuesday 23 March: Managing Technology and Distractions
Parents can register and will receive the live link plus an on-demand link the day after if you are unable to attend. Details of how to access the session are as follows:
- Managing Motivation: How to boost and sustain your child’s motivation during lockdown
- Date: Tuesday 19 January 2021
- Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
- Registration link: https://get.elevatecoaching.info/uk/register
Manor Maths Challenges
This week's blog features puzzles from the famous mathematics writer Martin Gardner. See if you can solve all four puzzles, then submit your answers to Mrs Radd.