WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 17 April 2020

Message from the Head of School

I hope that you and your families are keeping well and that you have managed to have some quality time together during the Easter break.

Teachers will be continuing to ensure that there is work set for your children on ClassCharts from Monday. Should you need to contact any teachers with any questions, they will be available by email.

Whilst I am confident that most students and families are following social distancing guidelines, can I remind everyone that socialising with anyone outside of your household is not permitted. Please do not allow your children to meet their peers in outside spaces. If school is contacted to say that students are doing this, we will be obliged to contact the Police.

Please be safe to protect all of our community.

With very best wishes

G Greenhalgh

Community Hubs

As part of the city’s co-ordinated response to the COVID-19 emergency, there are now nine community hubs operating across York. The hubs, which are partly staffed by volunteers, are there to support vulnerable people and families across the city, including the provision of food and medicine for residents who are self-isolating.

People keen to help and volunteer are being asked to sign up to volunteering@york.gov.uk or call 01904 551550, or go to www.york.gov.uk/COVIDVolunteering.

Vulnerable people needing help because they are directly affected by coronavirus and have no other source of help should email our Community Support Coordinators at covid19help@york.gov.uk or call 01904 551550.

Find out more about the community hubs

Health advice for parents during the Covid-19 pandemic

Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children, it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell, it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself. Whilst it is extremely important to follow government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured.

Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. If you are not sure if your child is unwell and whether they need to be seen by someone, take a look at the criteria on the Healthier Together website to help you decide.

Family Matters – online courses

The team at Family Matters York are offering a range of online courses, starting next week. These include:

  • Time Out for Parents – the Teenage Years
  • Time Out for Parents – the Early Years
  • Time Out for Parents – the Primary Years
  • Handling Anger in the Family

You can find out more about the courses here. To book a place please contact Helen Atkinson on 07393 147259 or email helenatkinson@fmy.org.uk

Mental health and wellbeing 

The Recovery College provides a range of online educational courses and resources to people with experience of mental illness, from service users to their families, friends and staff. There is a comprehensive section on their website for young people, covering a number of topics including bereavement, bullying, eating disorders, depression and anxiety amongst others.

Ofqual – how grades will be awarded this summer 

Year 11 students and parents and carers should have already received an email explaining how GCSEs will be awarded this year and how, as a school, we will contribute to that. We hope that the video was helpful in ensuring that you understand how the process works and that you can be reassured that the school will do everything that we can do to support our students’ success.

York Music Hub online

York Music Hub announces the launch of #YMHShare. This online forum features music making and creativity from the young people of York, celebrating all the fantastic talent within our city. It is for anyone who has had a concert cancelled, a festival pulled, an exam postponed or anyone who’s using this time to work on being musical.

So much hard work has gone in to school productions, concerts, and all kinds of events and #YMHShare offers a virtual alternative.

From Monday 20 April, York Music Hub is also launching YMH Online Learning. This will be a dedicated section of #YMHShare where downloadable resources, Youtube live and Zoom music making sessions will be posted for anyone to get involved with. These will be kicking off with the York Music Hub Zoom Choir which will be led by Jessa Liversidge. This will take place on Monday 20 April at 3:15pm.

Other online sessions available are:

  • Singing for all @ The Hub
  • Ukulele Stars Tuition
  • GCSE/A Level Zoom Composition Sessions for KS 4 & 5

For further information please email: info@yorkmusichub.org.uk

Open Day at Westrow Academy 

Westrow Academy’s open day that was due to take place on Monday 20 April has now been rescheduled and will now take place on Monday 29 June 2020, from 4.00-7.00pm.

Find out more here