WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 12 June 2020

Message from the Head of School

Dear parents/carers

Thank you to all those parents/carers of Year 7-9 students who completed the survey about their child’s online learning experience, to tell us about what is going well and what we can improve. We will look at all of your feedback and share our response with you next week.

Thanks also to parents/carers of Year 10 students who informed us of their intentions regarding attendance in school from next week. We have been busy getting the school ready for the return of approximately 70% of the year group in small ‘bubble’ groups from Monday. We are really looking forward to seeing them again.

Finally, to all those parents who completed the wellbeing surveys and requested a phone call to your child, these will begin next week. We will prioritise those who were most concerned, alongside maintaining contact with those families with whom we are already in touch on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Please remember that the phone number may be withheld.

Best wishes

Miss G Greenhalgh

It’s OK to worry about Coronavirus – resource pack

Early Intervention and the NHS have produced a highly recommended resource pack for teenagers to help manage difficult feelings about coronavirus.

A message for Year 11s moving to York College

In order to make the transition from Year 11 to York College easier, the team at the college has created a range of transition activities/materials for students to try, giving them an insight into what it will be like to study their chosen course/courses with us.

To access these, students simply visit the York College website where they will find a video introduction and transition materials. Simply click on the course area relevant to you and give it a go!

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with York College via info4schools@yorkcollege.ac.uk

Keeping up with current affairs

The Week Junior is a current affairs magazine for children aged 8–14. Filled with fascinating news and engaging information, it helps children make sense of the world.

You can see this week’s edition here.

Maths inspiration

The Maths Inspiration show will be live-streamed on 9 July, from 1:30-3:00pm. This show is aimed at students in Year 10 who are expected to achieve Grade 5 or above at GCSE.

Join Matt Parker, Ben Sparks, Zoe Griffiths and Rob Eastaway, plus special guest Dr Hannah Fry, LIVE as they reveal mathematical curiosities from the world of music, sport, games, and lotteries. There will be puzzles and quizzes, a chance to ask questions, AND an opportunity to win a fantastic prize for yourself and your school.

The show will be broadcast live on Youtube, and have interactive elements including a mini-lottery and other games and quizzes. In order to fully participate, you will need to have access to Youtube and the ability to open a separate browser.

The Maths Department will pay the booking fee for the event, so it is free for students. If your child would like to book a place on this, please e-mail Mr Bruce by Friday 19 June.

If there is enough interest Mr Bruce will send out log in details and instructions when he gets them.

Year 7 Read Theory Challenge

It has been another amazing week of reading and quizzing on the Year 7 Read Theory Challenge.

In total, 98 Year 7 students did some work on Read Theory this week. In such a short time, lots of students are starting to show real improvements in their reading comprehension. Some students have made huge progress.
The top point scoring form this week was 7BLO. It was a real team effort for them – well done!
If your child hasn’t started on Read Theory yet, please send an email to Ms Bradsell and she will get them started!

Safeguarding

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child during lockdown, in addition to being able to contact Ruth Cooper during school hours, you may wish to make direct contact with the York MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) on T: 01904 551900, option 3. They operate an out-of-hours service so concerns can be raised with them at any time.

For further information please see the safeguarding link on our school website.