I hope that you are all keeping well and safe. Mid-January is usually the time of the month when new year’s resolutions become a thing of the past. For those of you who are struggling to keep motivated, I have copied a link to a January challenge with a twist: https://64millionartists.com/our-work/the-january-challenge/. This is 31 days of creative challenges for each day of the month. Feel free to share your work.
There have been a number of significant announcements this week from the Government. The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, and Simon Lebus, Ofqual’s interim chief regulator, have exchanged letters regarding the awarding of qualifications in summer. Whilst Gavin Williamson has alluded to the possibility of some external assessments taking place, nothing has been finalised and a two-week consultation period is planned. We will, of course, contribute to this and as always, I will communicate the outcome once it has been reached. This is an unsettling time for students in exam year groups; the only thing in their control is their commitment to work. It is really important at this stage that they continue to apply themselves to all of their lessons and seek opportunities outside of the lesson to embed knowledge and skills. If you are concerned about your child’s engagement in their learning, contact us straight away and we will work with them to get them back on track.
Marcus Rashford has hit the headlines again in reaction to the food parcels that had been sent out to families this week. As a result of his commitment to this cause, the Government will move more swiftly to implement food vouchers. Irrespective of your football loyalties, it is really admirable and heart-warming to see such dedication and kindness. The Government scheme should take effect from Monday 18th January, although we have been allocated a slot later in the week to log into the system to process the vouchers.
Our mass testing centre is now fully functional and staff on site are being tested on a weekly basis. Students who are in school are also being offered the opportunity to be tested, but this remains voluntary. Although it offers peace of mind, it is still really important to follow social distancing guidance. A reminder that if your child tests positive that you should let us know via our email address: email@example.com.
We have received a lot of positive feedback from parents and students this week. Thank you and please do keep sharing. As a staff we regularly share our own good practice, but it would be really good if we were able to share what parents/carers are doing at home to support your children. I am sure that you have all found things that work particularly well, and we can share your golden nuggets with other parents/carers. Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will make sure that we anonymise all tips. We know how embarrassed teenagers can get.
Whatever your plans for the weekend, do stay safe.
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)
Head of School