Alsager School

Message from Mrs O’Neill

Good afternoon,

I hope that you are all keeping well. 

We are 5 days into the staff challenge of running/walking around the world and we have had many requests from students and parents to organise a similar challenge for them, too, which we have done.  Alsager clearly loves competition. Miss Taylor has made a short PowerPoint presentation, which can be accessed on our website and social media, and we have set up (another) email address so that parents/carers can send in their kilometres/mileage.  Send it in to:  parentsaroundtheworld@alsagerschool.org.  Let the battle commence! 

In addition to requests to help with physical fitness, there have also been requests to reduce screen time.  As I have mentioned in previous correspondence, it is really hard to find the right balance for remote learning; some students do not mind the screen time whereas others enjoy time working without as much direct teacher input.  We have listened to what our students and parents/carers have said, we have reviewed our practice this week and hopefully the students have noticed a change.  It can be extremely frustrating being at a screen all day.  I know that there are many of you who are working very long hours on laptops.  It is also very tiring conducting meetings and conferences on Teams or Zoom.  You may wish to take a look at the Handforth Parish Council meeting which has been uploaded onto social media.  It is definitely worth watching to see three participants being ‘kicked out’ of the meeting.  It will make you smile.

We are now four weeks into lockdown and with hairdressers closed, we are back into the realms of home haircuts.  The mullet is making a noticeable return and whilst I have enjoyed a trip down memory lane over the past few weeks, this was not the best of looks.  I don’t know how many of you have had the clippers out already but if ever there was something to trigger a family fall out, this is certainly it.

This week we had Y11 parents’ evenings and we have received a lot of positive feedback about the organisation; appointments are on time and there is no panic about finding a parking space. This is certainly something for us to bear in mind in the future and has the potential to be a Covid Keeper.

We haven’t had any significant updates from the DfE this week.  We are awaiting information about how grades will be awarded in summer and the date for schools to re-open has not yet been finalised. 

Thank you to everyone for your contributions to our golden nuggets to support home learning.   Exercise between lessons is popular and I like the reminder to keep taking family photos even though we are not going to special events or interesting places.  Please keep sending in your tips.  They are very helpful. 

As always, thank you for your continued support. Take care and stay safe.

“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.  Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead.  Walk beside me and be my friend.” (Albert Camus)