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COVID-19 Update - Friday 19 June 2020

THE SCHOOL REMAINS CLOSED

 

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”

 Christopher Reeve

 

I find myself drawing on the words of Christopher Reeve this week. If you’ve forgotten who he is, or you are too young to know, he played the character of Superman. He is a great example to us of choosing hope rather than giving it up. He didn’t let his horse riding accident that left him paralysed from the neck down end his life. He chose to hope that one day he would walk again and he made great strides towards that goal. While he may not have achieved it he still goes down as a man that didn’t give up and achieved things that others would have deemed impossible. Hope can start small as long as you hold onto it, it grows like a snowball going down a hill. Hope builds confidence that things will turn out fine, which only makes it easier to hope some more.

 

Of course my hope is that in the very near future I and the rest of the staff hear at The King’s can do what we enjoy most  - teach your children face to face.

 

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 twelfth week of school closure draws to an end. This would have been the week 3 of our final half term leading up to the Summer break.

 

Year 11

We hope you enjoyed reading our literary montage. I have to say that as a non-English specialist I was in awe with how Miss Williams managed to weave the texts of GCSE English into a single letter.

 

ETON COLLEGE – Online courses

As promised last week I am pleased to confirm that for year 11 and 12 students we have access to online courses offered by ETON College. I have selected two courses that I think will be of particular value:

 

 

 

     Reslience – self study         Making an Impact

 

I hope that year 11 and 12 students will give some serious consideration to signing up to one of these courses. Click this link to see an overview of the two courses to help you decide which one is most appropriate for you. To express your interest and receive a sign up activation please email enquiries@thekings.staffs.sch.uk include ETON in the message title and identify which course you wish to take part in.

 

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 - reminder

A reminder this week of our uniform appeal. I have brought into school my daughters shoes that I had just bought her before lockdown – I could not believe she had grown out of them so quickly.  If your child has grown out of their uniform, 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.    

 

Face to face meetings

Our face to face meetings between our year 10 and year 12 students with their chapter leaders went very well this week. Our social distancing measures for these events went well and we are extremely grateful and proud for how all students who attended followed social distancing in a respectful manner. Brilliant!

 

Next week:

Next week we have the continuation of the year 7, 8 and 9 TEAMs meetings with chapter leaders and the start of some face to face lessons for year 10.

 

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. These TEAMS meetings are weekly recurring events.

 

Year 10 students who attended the welfare check meetings with their chapter leader will have received a letter detailing the schedule of their particular lessons together with how the process of moving around the school will operate. As part of my news round up today I 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 and INSIGHT.

 

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

We have had a number of entries for the Shock and Awe challenge. These are now with the governing body to decide on a winner, or winners. I will let you know the outcome of their deliberations next week.

 

I would like to say well done to Evelyn Holdcroft who presented solutions for my matchstick challenge for 4, 5, and 6 squares. Check out the slide show at the end of this news round up to see her solutions.

 

Challenge 1: Desert Island food

Here is another of our family fun challenges where you find out a little bit more about the staff here at The King’s. This week we would like you to identify which food item (with endless supply) each member of staff would take with them if they were to be stranded on a desert island.

 

Challenge 2: Parables – Balcony images 

This challenge is tied to winning a £20 Amazon voucher. It is being set jointly by myself, Chaplain Letty and the Art department. We are looking for four different parables to be converted into images that we can then display on the glass panels that surround the central atrium in the school. Winning images are going to be in place for a long period of time, so winners will leave a visible legacy behind after they leave the school.

 

Challenge 3

My second challenge this week is a continuation of the matchstick problem from last week. With 24 matchsticks or similar can you construct:

  • eight squares
  • nine squares
  • twenty squares
  • forty-two 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.

 

It only remains for you to now click across and check out our Gallery: week 12, here. Enjoy!

 

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