WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 12 March 2021

Message from the Head of School

It has been lovely to see everyone back in school this week and a delight to see so many students happy and excited to be with their friends and teachers again. Together, we are getting used to some new routines as well as getting back into more familiar ones!

Once again, I would like to thank you for your support as we negotiate our way through these strange times. On the whole, student behaviour has been excellent, wearing face coverings without complaint and respecting yet another set of new rules and instructions. Thank you also for your support in getting your children tested over the past couple of weeks. Most students will now have had their three supervised tests, so we have now sent out a further letter and separate email about LFT testing at home. In addition we have issued LFT home testing kits to those students who were in school today. Students who were not in school today will receive their kits when they return to school. You can see the full letter here.

As always, the team and I are available if you have any concerns or queries about the return to school, so please do contact us. With best wishes for a lovely weekend,

Remote assembly

This week’s assembly, ‘Planning your future’, is delivered by Mr Gillbanks. You can watch it here or on the Pastoral Google Classroom.

Uniform

An enormous thank you to the overwhelming majority of students who have returned to school not only in a really positive and resilient manner, but also in full school uniform. We have gently enquired with a couple of students where there are uniform discrepancies whilst they settle back in, but now that students are settled, we would kindly like to ask all parents/carers to ensure that their child is in full school uniform and school shoes.

We will be contacting parents/carers from Monday if there are any uniform issues and an explanation from home has not been provided.

PE/Games kit

A big thank you for the way in which students have coped with the challenge of PE/Games in the first week back. I understand that buying new PE kit for students who seem to have suddenly grown presents issues, as does returning to PE/Games at school after a break. To help with this, can I draw attention to the following points:

  • Please write a note in your child’s planner should there be an issue with kit, with an indication of when the issue may be resolved;
  • Until Easter, students can wear blue or black leggings/skins WITH their shorts over the top;
  • Tracksuit trousers MUST be from Keal Teamwear.
Thank you
Mr Randall, Head of PE

Donations of school uniform needed for Eco-Laundry

Just a reminder that we are still looking for donations of uniform for our Eco Laundry. If your children have grown during lockdown, we would very much welcome donations of any items of pre-used uniform, including PE kit and school shoes, so that we can support families once again in the summer term.

Please send your donation into school with your son/daughter and ask them to take it to the School Office or give it to Ms Garner-Steel or Ms Andrle.

Year 11 Maths Assessment Information

The mathematics department has created a Google Classroom called “Y11 Maths Assessment Information”. All Year 11 students have been added to the class and this is where we will post the information that students are given about assessments. Currently the assessment schedule and revision lists are available in the class there and we will add to this over the next few weeks.

Potential Year 11 Prom

Please can Year 11 parents/carers look out for a separate email sent earlier today asking for your feedback on the possibility of holding a Prom for the Class of 2021 in July.

Census 2021

Census Day falls on 21 March and for the first time the Office for National Statistics is attempting a digital-first Census, with a target of 75% of returns being completed online.

The team at York CVS are running a Census Support Centre offering assistance to people who need help with completing the Census questionnaire. The service is available from 15 March to 4 May; you can contact York CVS Census Support on T: 01904 621133 and choose Census Support. Phone lines are open Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.00pm. Further information can also be found here.

Census 2021 competition

All students in Years 7-9 will be doing a lesson about the 2021 census over the next week. There is also a national competition about the census being run – all students are eligible to enter and further details can be found on the careers bulletin.

Careers news

If you are interested in an apprenticeship in engineering, please see the careers bulletin for the latest vacancies that have come into school from Derwent Training Association.

If students are interested in a career in the NHS (York Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area) then go to the careers bulletin where staff there have filmed interviews about the many different careers available.

Family Matters courses

Some children will be really happy to be back at school with their friends this week, whereas others will be finding it very difficult – all of them will need some level of help and support from their parents.

The short courses offered by Family Matters York give parents the opportunity to meet other parents and find out that they are not alone; to think about what they are doing with their children; and, in the light of the course material and ideas from other parents, decide if they want to make any changes.

The following courses, all of which are offered online via Zoom, are starting after Easter:

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

To book a place or for further information please contact Helen Atkinson on 07393 147259 or email helenatkinson@fmy.org.uk. You can also find more information on the Family Matters website.

Safeguarding

If you have significant concerns for the welfare of a child, in addition to being able to contact Sophie Johnson 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.