This week we enjoyed meeting our new year 7 parents at the “Meet the Tutor” evening.
Next week we start our week of tours and have our open evening on Thursday for parents of children in year 6 looking to consider Philip Morant School and College as their secondary school of choice. We are looking forward to welcoming them all and have arranged more talks in the hall than would usually take place and determined our tour route as COVID control measures. If you know families who have a child in year 6, please do invite them to our open evening, a booking form for the talks and tours is on our website.
Vaccinations and COVID cases
You will have heard this week that all children aged 12 to 15 years are now to be offered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination with the aim of reducing the need for children to have time off school and reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 within school.
The School Aged Immunisation Service (SAIS) will be the primary provider of the vaccination programme for healthy 12 to 15 year olds and will be legally and contractually responsible for the delivery of the vaccine. The vaccines will be administered by healthcare staff working closely with the school and following the usual approach to school-based immunisation. This means you will receive communication before this takes place and will be asked for your consent. We have not yet been provided with any indication of a start date.
This is a government produced booklet you may find helpful:
The way we are asked to measure the spread of COVID-19 cases in school is over a two week period. We have had 30 positive cases over the last two weeks and none of those cases are forming any clusters of infection. Please be assured we are monitoring this daily in order to identify if we reach the level at which we may need to take further action which is five connected cases through close contact in school transmission.
Food at break time!
Our students have been eagerly awaiting the start of our breaktime food service. Our catering team has taken on the challenge of managing two lunches with a significant increase in demand. We are so delighted to see the full range of food coming back into the offer having had a year of “grab and go.”
A limited break service will start on Monday 20th September.
This will start with an offer of: cold baguettes & sandwiches, fresh fruit, popcorn, iced swiss buns and cold drinks.
Year 11 will be served in the Q foyer, years 8, 9 and 10 will line up in the house quad to be served in the main hall, year 7 will be served from the panini bar outside in the main quad.
As this is a break service and not a full lunch service, no credit will be offered and no slips issued if students have forgotten their cards.
Parenting Teenagers Course
We have been sent information about a free parenting teenagers course at Kingsland Church. The course is a once weekly, Tuesday morning session starting on 5th October, 9.30am to 12pm, running for 6 Tuesday mornings with a break for the half term holiday.
This very popular course consists of video clips and discussion time, and every participant is given a handbook to keep. The team is made up of parents who have been running the course for several years and have lots of experience of parenting teenagers between them. The course is suitable for any parents, guardians or carers of young people aged 11 to 18.
The topics covered are: understanding your teenager, stay connected, identity, communication and conflict, big pressures… good choices, letting go. There is a copy of the flyer on our Facebook page.
Sex Education for the Academic Year 2021-22
Sex education is one element of our student personal development programme, the purpose of which is to equip students with the knowledge they need enable them to live safe, fulfilled and healthy lives. It is a required part of the secondary curriculum under section 34 of the Children and Social work act 2017.
Our aims are to: provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place; prepare pupils for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene; help pupils develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy; create a positive culture around issues of sexuality; and relationships and to teach pupils the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies.
Further information including details of the parental right to withdraw students from the non-statutory components of sex education can be found in our full RSE Policy here.
Parent Webinar on Student Motivation
This year we have teamed up with a company called Elevate who will be supporting us with revision skills and getting our students ready for examinations. As part of this we would like to invite parents to take part in their webinars so that you can provide the best support at home as well. The details of the first seminar are at the link below and we will continue to pass on events as we plan for them.
We are currently setting up our after school revision programme for year 11. This will be based around developing revision skills and booking in sessions for subject specific interventions to ensure that all students are getting the most out of their time. While this is being set up students can still be accessing revision via our online packages such as Seneca, SAM learning and the many other subject specific sites that we have. Students should speak to their class teachers for the best site to use.
Year 11 Careers Survey
Further to the letter sent before the summer break regarding the career guidance support your child should expect from the school during Year 11, we would like to thank those parents and carers who have expressed an interest in being able to help support our year 11 Careers Information, Advice and Guidance programme. Our careers team will be in touch individually to discuss further.
If you have not yet completed the parent and carer survey for year 11 parents and carers then please use this link to do so:
Thank you again for your ongoing support. Our students are looking extremely smart in their uniforms throughout the day. The small number of students who still need reminding are having their uniform cards signed and are being set detentions as a reminder of the importance of their uniform.
Walking around the school our students are engaging well in their learning and being able to see students engaging in practical lessons, inspiring teaching and socialising at break times and lunch times is a joy.
Mr Holder Mrs Neill
Executive Headteacher Head of School