COVID-19 Update - Friday 10 April 2020
THE SCHOOL REMAINS CLOSED
Our third week of school closure draws to an end. This would have been the first week of our Easter Holidays.
The school continues to provide a childcare service to those parents and carers who are key worker and those students who are most vulnerable students. That said, our message remains clear, those children who are able to remain at home, must stay at home.
The school community spirit remains as strong as ever. Over the last week we have:
- Donated goggles to the Royal Stoke University Hospital. We are currently in the process of using our school technology department facilities to manufacture visors
- Sent across to the maternity department at the Royal Stoke a message of support for our fantastic local NHS. This included a bright colourful display, some artisan biscuits (!) and poems written by the pupils.
- Put together a display to remind ourselves and the local community that brighter days will come again.
Check out our facebook page for more details!
As part of our ongoing commitment to our children and families during these unprecedented times, we now offer a facility to report a concern anonymously. If you are worried about any member of our school community, please either visit https://swgfl.org.uk/whisper/twf1 or send a text message (anonymously) to 07860 021 323 starting your message with TWF1. This facility can be used by students, parents, carers and other family members.
If you are worried that someone is in immediate risk of significant harm, please do not use this reporting facility, but dial 999 immediately.
Easter at St Thomas'
Whilst churches have to remain empty places during this time of crisis there is always a way to be in touch with God.
Please visit our Facebook page, here, where you will find links to all the Easter services on offer at St Thomas'.
Accessing student work online
The following guidance for accessing work set by teachers remains the same:
All pupils should be using their Office365 account and have received an email with a link to their own work folder from which to access all subjects. If your child is struggling to access their Office 365 account or specific subject material there are two avenues of support:
- help in accessing the Office365 account is available here;
- For technical issues, parents and carers are asked to email their request to our IT team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recommended online platforms:
We have further information on the PETXi free training offer- which we are making available to both year 11 and year 10. Please click on the following links to find out more details:
If you are interested in your child taking part, then email email@example.com heading your email subject PETXI.
Weekly Challenge : solutions
Welcome back to the weekly challenges section. First of all a round up of the solutions from week 2:
For 7 steps there are 21 different ways of coming down the steps in a combination of 1 or 2 steps.
The countries on the South American continent are:
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Weekly Challenges Week Three
What are the official names for the bridges in each picture, here. What one interesting fact can you find out about each bridge?
Build from paper/ glue/ cello tape a freestanding bridge that will support the following weights. The further you can go the better your bridge!
an empty egg box
an egg box with 1 egg
an egg box with 2 eggs
an egg box with 3 eggs
a full egg box
Create a piece of art work in the style of Kandinsky
The tea bag challenge - take a look here for instructions from Mr Worthington.
We hope as many students, parents and carers as possible take up these challenges. We would love to hear and see you success stories. We’ve set up a dedicated email address so you can do just that - firstname.lastname@example.org. We will share some of your replies at our next Friday update.