Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,
Here we are at the end of the first half of the summer term. Life continues in lockdown and is a challenge for all of us. We hope that you are staying safe and keeping healthy, body and mind. This week is Mental Health week and we would like to share some resources to support you and your families as the lockdown continues. We hope that you find them useful and as much as possible, we wish you a relaxing and peaceful half term.
Essential/key worker children
The college remains open for key worker children and vulnerable students. If you fall into this category and you need your child/ren to attend school please email us at: email@example.com. If you could provide us with days/dates that would be most helpful.
Assistant Principal Appointment
Following a robust interview process on Thursday, we are happy to announce that Di Scott was successfully appointed as Assistant Principal for Behaviour and Attendance. Di brings with her a range of experience in teaching and pastoral at both middle and senior leader level. We look forward to welcoming Di to the team and introducing her to you as soon as possible.
In order to increase the teacher/student contact all students will now have their own school email address. This will be used by form tutors to contact their tutees directly (instead of via parent/carer email addresses) and this will also allow for subject teachers to contact their groups give support and guidance with regards to completing tasks and it also allows students to email pieces of completed work directly to their teacher for feedback.
Form tutors will be sending an email to their tutees on Monday 1st June 2020 and will be requesting a reply to check that everything is working. The following is a user guide:
Our teachers continue to review the home learning provision in place and are updating the work on FoldR as well as monitoring the engagement in the online resources: MyMaths, Seneca, Active Learn and Read Theory. These activities offer instant feedback and allow students to see their progress improve every time they log in. Many students have completed all tasks set by their teachers and obviously thrive on the self quizzing and memory retrieval activities as well as the reading and comprehension tasks available.
We continue to receive a huge amount of wonderful creative work including, art, design and creative writing. The project work in Humanities and PE is also being completed to a high standard and in addition to the music tasks some students are writing their own pop songs, creating videos and learning to play instruments both with their teachers and by themselves.
For students requiring printed resources these will be available after half term.
With the introduction of the student emails we are exploring various ways in which to increase student/teacher contact therefore improving communication, motivation and engagement. Whilst we do not have an infrastructure in place for online lessons we are exploring a variety of ways to use technology to achieve this.
Head of School Superstar Awards
As some of you may already be aware, since the beginning of the academic year I have been making Superstar phone calls home every Friday afternoon. These calls are made to the parents/carers of our students who have been nominated by a member of staff for their fantastic effort and hard work. The nomination is evidence that the student is following the college motto of “Respect and pride brings success”. It is always a pleasure to speak to the families of the recipients of the awards and hopefully they make a particularly great start to the weekend.
For the past two weeks I have been inundated with nominations for the fantastic work produced and the amazing work ethos of many of our students. This makes me incredibly proud. This week I have had to ensue the help of Mr Mason in making the calls, there were just so many! Long may they continue!
Yr 9 Transition
As mentioned previously we are working closely with our colleagues at our upper schools to ensure that transition happens as smoothly as possible.
There are various meetings happening regularly with a variety of teams discussing pastoral care, curriculum and assessment at faculty, subject and at a strategic level.
Miss Foster, pastoral manager for Yr 9 is busy working with Miss Clements and their counterparts at Ashby to ensure that all pastoral information is passed on to the Year Heads who are currently putting together the tutor groups. This information is usually shared during the induction days along with the option choices however I know that the team at Ashby are busy trying to finalise this information as soon as possible
Also, our faculty leaders are “meeting” with their colleagues at Ashby to discuss what our students have been working on and any gaps in the curriculum caused by the lockdown. As always, discussions will be taking place around progress and setting for next year. There will of course be a need for more teacher assessment in some subject areas however this will be the same for students within the family of schools.
Some examples of student work -
Fantastic Landscape Gardener project work from Charlotte Brooks
Created with an image by Alex Jackman - "Rainbow Sidewalk Chalk"