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COVID-19 Update - Friday 12 June 2020

THE SCHOOL REMAINS CLOSED

 

Thessalonians 2:8

‘We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well because you had become so dear to us.’

 

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.

 

Our eleventh week of school closure draws to an end. This would have been the week 2 of our final half term leading up to the Summer break.

 

Year 11

We haven’t forgotten you! Please watch out for a letter addressed to each and every one of you next week. Also, we have teamed up with ETON College in London to provide you with some valuable life skills training. This will be online and free to all those of you who are interested. More details will follow on this offer next week.

 

Social distancing in the community

Please be reminded that Government guidance about gathering in the community requires strict social distancing.  We are seeing groups of students (not from the same family) walking very closely (sometimes linking arms) on the pavements in the locality.  Please remind your children of the social distancing rules and remind them that they are there to protect them.  Children should not be sleeping over at anybody else's property either (unless you are a single parent and you have opted to create a "social bubble" as per the Prime Minister's announcements last night and which take effect from Saturday 13th June, or your child is sleeping at their other parents' property).

 

If students do not exercise social distancing measures in the local community this ultimately undermines our efforts in school to mitigate the spread of the virus. We would be desperately sad if our efforts to bring pupils back to school were halted by a localised outbreak of the virus.

 

We are here to help and support

If you are struggling financially in any way please do contact the school in confidence. There are many things we can do to signpost you to support.

 

A Uniform Appeal

If you have any school uniform that your child has grown out of, including pairs of shoes where there is still a good deal of life left in them, we would really appreciate your donations. If you could wash the items you wish to donate (not the shoes of course!), put them into a bag and drop them off outside reception when you are next on one of your socially distanced walks we would be most grateful.

 

Safeguarding

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.    

 

Year 9 and 10 virtual work experience opportunity

This week The King's have worked in collaboration with The Oak National Academy and Learn Live to provide students in Year 9 and 10 with the opportunity to take part in a programme of careers based sessions and employer interactions which have enabled our students to gain valuable insight into the world of work. This has included sessions on sectors and specific roles within a range of industries and projects for students to complete which mirror work place challenges. Sectors including health and social care, engineering and manufacturing, creative and digital, construction and renewables and energy. Students have also had the opportunity to interact with employers during live Q&A sessions from each of the industries. The image below shows an overview of the sessions which students have been involved in. 

 

Face to face meetings

Next week is an exciting week for us all as we finally begin to have pupils return to school for a range of face to face meetings. As way of a reminder, the following events will be taking place across the course of the week:

  • Year 10 welfare check meetings with chapter leaders (from Mon 15th by appointment)
  • Year 12 welfare check meetings with Miss Finnimore  (from Fri 19th by appointment)
  • Year 12 lessons with class teachers (from Mon 15th by class teacher invitation)
  • Years 7 8 and 9 welfare check TEAMs meetings with chapter leaders (from Mon 15th by teacher invitation)

 

Parents / carers can still opt their child into relevant events at any point – just ensure that you inform the school in good time so we can make the necessary arrangements. We are unable to admit students to the school building if they are not pre-booked onto an event.

 

To opt into Year 10 welfare check meetings contact the school reception to make the booking.

 

To opt into Year 12 welfare check meetings contact Miss Finnimore via lfinnemore@thekings.staffs.sch.uk.

 

To opt into Year 12 lessons with class teachers ask your child to email their class teacher directly through their school email account

 

Year 10 and 12 events are one off events so you will need to act quickly if you are to catch the sessions

 

To opt into Year 7, 8 and 9 TEAMs meetings you need to have first given your consent (click link here) and then ask your child to email their chapter leader directly through their school email account.

 

Year 7, 8 and 9 TEAMs meetings are weekly recurring events, so if you miss the first week don’t worry there will be others.

 

Year 10 lessons

From Wednesday 24th June the face to face lessons with year 10 pupils will begin. Pupils who attend the welfare check meetings will receive a letter detailing how this process will work. We will send all parents/ carers of year 10 students, whether you have opted for your child to attend lessons or not, a copy of this letter via email .

 

Again, parents/ carers can still opt their child into these lessons at any point – just ensure that you inform the school in good time so we can make the necessary arrangements. We are unable to admit students to the school building if they are not pre-booked.

 

Accessing student work online

Year 9 and 10 pupils should be logging into their school email to check out direct communications from their class teachers. We will now send a weekly reminder text to all year 9 and 10 parents to remind you that your child should be logging into their school email account each Monday morning. We are now emailing work to both students and parents/ carers to help you know what work is being set and enable you to support your child in managing their time to complete the work.

 

Pupils in years 9 and 10 should be logging into their school email accounts on a daily basis in order to access the work teachers are setting for the week ahead. All work is set by the Monday morning of each week and follows a standardised format. In particular, to support parents, we have included success criteria for what a good piece of work looks like as well as supportive guidance notes, which will often include links to useful tutorial videos.

 

Please encourage your child to pose questions to their class teacher if they need help completing a task and encourage them to submit completed work back to their class teacher.

 

Class teachers are constantly on the lookout for outstanding pieces of work from students that they can include the in THE GALLERY showcase.

 

Class teachers are awarding 50 Trackit points for work submitted by pupils that responds to the success criteria indicated for each task. Where they feel a piece of work is of notable quality they are awarding a further 100 points for including it in the weekly GALLERY.

 

Year 7 and 8 pupils should be using the school website to access their school work for the coming week. We will now send a weekly reminder text to all year 7 and 8 parents/ carers to let you know that the work for the coming week is loaded onto the school website.

 

Pupils in years 7 and 8 should be accessing the school website under the STUDENT tab in order to collect the work set by subject teachers for the week ahead. In a similar fashion to year 9 and 10 all work set by subject teachers follows the same standardised format with the same level of supportive guidance. Work set for year 7 and 8 pupils is closely linked to the subject curricula so it is really important that your child is completing the work set to the best of their ability – taking particular note of the success criteria. Please encourage your child to pose questions to their class teacher if they need help completing a task and encourage them to submit completed work back to their class teacher.

 

Class teachers are constantly on the lookout for outstanding pieces of work from students that they can include the in THE GALLERY showcase.

 

Class teachers are awarding Trackit points for work submitted by pupils that responds to the success criteria indicated for each task. Where they feel a piece of work is of notable quality they are awarding a further 100 points for including it in the weekly GALLERY.

 

For technical issues, parents and carers are asked to email their request to our IT team at: ictsupport@thekings.staffs.sch.uk

 

Recommended online platforms:

MyMaths          (school subscription)

SAMLearning   (school subscription)

GCSEPOD          (school subscription)

Musicfirst         https://thekings.musicfirst.co.uk       (school subscription)

 

Again if there are any issues accessing platforms where we have a school subscription (e.g. forgotten login names/ passwords) contact ict support. If your child does not have access to a laptop please contact the school in order for us to see what we might be able to do.

 

The following are currently free platforms and recommended for use

 

Duolingo

www.thenational.academy

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

https://stories.audible.com/discovery

 

Head of School Weekly Challenges to challenges@thekings.staffs.sch.uk

I have included in my news round up the answers to the second challenge from last week ‘If I wasn’t a teacher’ (click here). If you did sit down and try this one out as a family then you may be surprised by some of the alternative career pathways staff might have taken. I have included Tom Bostock’s solution (click here) – thanks Tom – I’m more than happy to take the National Park Manager career given that Mr Worthington was going to be a dancer!

 

Challenge 1: BBC4 – Shock and Awe: the story of electricity

We had no valid entries for my Shock and awe challenge from last week so it will stay in place for this week and entries will be in the running to win a ‘roll over’ £40 Amazon voucher.

 

The school governors will decide the winner from all the entries submitted. Bear in mind that the governors may not have watched the programme so they will be judging your entry on how informative it is. All entries are vetted to ensure that we are confident it is you own work – so cutting and pasting from places like WIKIPEDIA are picked up in our plagiarism checks!

 

 

 

It only remains for you to now click across and check out our Gallery: week 11. I am so proud of the work our pupils are able to produce with the support and guidance of parents and carers. Well done to all those pupils who feature in this week’s gallery – once again there is so much to see and celebrate. Enjoy! You can find the gallery here. 

 

Challenge 2

A second challenge this week is another matchstick problem. So, with 24 matchsticks or similar can you construct:

  • four squares
  • five squares
  • six squares
  • seven squares

 

In each case you must use all 24 matchsticks. Each of these is a separate problem so send in your photos as you succeed with each one.

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