WEEKLY EMAIL Friday 26 March 2021

LFT testing at home throughout the Easter holidays – ACTION REQUIRED

This week, the DfE notified us that secondary school students (and staff) should continue to test at home throughout the Easter holidays and into the summer term.

Can you therefore please ensure your child:

  • takes a test at home twice a week (on a Wednesday and Sunday evening) from now until further notice, INCLUDING during the Easter holidays.
  • reports results online as positive, negative or void both on the NHS test and trace self report website and via the school’s Google Form
  • takes a test on Sunday 11 April, before returning to school for the summer term, to find and isolate any positive cases.

Your child has been issued with more testing kits this week.

Positive results
If your child receives a positive result from a Lateral Flow (LFD) test at home before 3.30pm on Sunday 28 March, please email covidresults@millthorpe.southbank.academy to enable us to track and trace close contacts. After that date until the end of the Easter holidays, you only need to report the results via the NHS site and the Google Form.

Uniform

An enormous thank you to the overwhelming majority of students who are in full uniform and school shoes. Form Tutors have been checking uniform throughout the week and making contact home where there are issues. Please can we ask that parents and carers make use of the Easter Holidays to rectify any uniform or footwear issues ready for our return on 12 April.

Thank you for your support.

Summer term

The new term starts on Monday 12 April, with a B week.

Parents forum

Our first virtual parents forum, chaired by Mr Beever, took place last night. We would like to thank those involved for giving up their free time and for sharing their thoughts with us.

The group covered educational ethos, vision and values. These agenda items were selected because the SLT team has identified this period of COVID change as a good point in time to review our provision in a few key areas: pastoral policy, personal development and curriculum intent. The school’s vision must align with any improvements we make to these core strands and we would like all stakeholders to play a part in shaping who we are and what we stand for.

It was lovely to hear parents talk about being at the heart of the community, promoting lifelong learning, offering a range of opportunities that engage and excite our students, providing a warm inclusive environment and recognising each student as an individual. We look forward to gathering further parent voice in the second meeting.

To ensure the group discussion is productive we would like to limit numbers so time is available for everyone to speak. We will however invite a new group of parents to contribute once the current set of parents have had the chance to provide feedback on a range of educational issues. Watch this space!

Year 11 Prom

Parents/carers of Year 11 students should have received an email regarding the planning for the Prom. If your son/daughter would like to attend, could you kindly pay for their ticket over the next few weeks? The deadline is Friday 16 April.

You can see the email here.

Plastic bottles

A quick reminder that as we are now working towards becoming a Plastic Free School, our catering providers, Hutchison Catering, have now started running down stocks of drinks in plastic bottles. It is therefore really important that all students should arrive at school with a reusable water bottle that they can refill as needed.

School garden

Mr Ward is starting a school garden and to help with this, he is selling some herb plants. The herbs are in sets of three plants: Set 1 is Oregano Margeritha + Thymus Compact + Chives Staro and Set 2 Rosemary Miss Jessop + Green Sage + Garlic Chive Neko. Each set is £5.

They are not quite ready yet but will be in about two weeks and are available first-come-first-served. If you are interested please email Mr Ward. No money is required yet, we will let you know when they are ready!

Claiming financial support under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme

Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their school or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria.

The Test and Trace Support Payment scheme ensures that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities.

You can find out more and check the eligibility criteria here.

National Citizen Service opportunities

The National Citizen Service (NCS) are running activities during the summer, some of which are residential. These are open to all Year 11 students. Students listened to a virtual assembly about what is available this week, but if you would like further details please take a look at the letter and flyer in our Careers Bulletin.

Askham Bryan newsletter

The team at Askham Bryan have asked us to share the latest edition of their monthly newsletter: ‘In touch with Askham Bryan’. You can read it here.