COVID-19 Update - Friday 5 June 2020
THE SCHOOL REMAINS CLOSED
Our tenth week of school closure draws to an end. This would have been the week 1 of our final half term leading up to the Summer break. I remain enormously grateful for the support the school receives from parents/carers - your kind words continue to fuel our spirits in working hard to educate your children as best we can in these difficult times. It is now, more than ever before, a joint adventure between home and school.
Year 9 and 10 virtual work experience opportunity
If you are the parent/carer of a year 9 or 10 student you will have received a text on Tuesday 2nd June inviting you to sign your child up for a virtual work experience opportunity. If you have missed this, it’s not too late to go back to that text and click on the link contained within it in order to get things moving or visit here.
‘Cast all your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you: he will never let the righteous fall.
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.
We now operate four socially distanced classrooms where students have a dedicated desk and are able to complete home-school learning tasks. We provide structure for each day with a timetable of subjects to study and breaks / lunchtimes are scheduled to minimise contact between classroom groups. I have to say that I am incredibly proud of how mature and responsible our students have been in adapting to these new social distancing measures and also the way in which they have adapted to working more independently.
We are really pleased that we can begin the process of getting students back into school in a phased and responsible manner, albeit on a small scale and in line with most recent government guidance. Teachers here at The King’s cannot wait to be back in front of children teaching them face to face.
Year 10 Chapter Leader meetings and face to face lessons
The year 10 welfare check meetings with chapter leaders will take place from Mon 15th June. School reception have been making appointments over the course of this week with parents/carers who have opted to take up this offer on behalf of their child. We know some parents/carers were undecided at the time of the poll last week and, if that is still the case, I have included in this news round up our school risk assessment to help in this decision making process, which can be found here. As way of a reminder, my post last week provides a ‘walk through’ of the welfare check meeting. Parents/carers can opt their child into these welfare checks at any point – just ensure that you inform the school in good time so we can make the necessary arrangements
From Wednesday 24th June we have planned the commencement of some face to face lessons with year 10 students. We will provide students who attend the welfare check meetings a letter detailing how this process will work. We plan to send, via email and through INSIGHT, this letter to all parents/carers of year 10 students on Monday 15th June. We will text all year 10 parents on Monday 15th, as way of a reminder, that we have taken this action. My post last week provides a ‘walk through’ of a socially distanced classroom. Parents/ carers can opt their child into these face to face lessons at any point – just ensure that you inform the school in good time so we can make the necessary arrangements.
Year 12 Chapter Leader meetings and face to face lessons
The year 12 welfare check meetings with Mrs Finnemore will take place from Friday 19th June. Mrs Finnemore will be telephoning to make appointments in due course with parents/carers who have opted to take up this offer on behalf of their child. We know some parents/carers were undecided at the time of the poll last week and, if that is still the case, I have included in this news round up our school risk assessment to help in this decision making process, which can be found here. As way of a reminder, my post last week provides a ‘walk through’ of the welfare check meeting. Parents/carers can opt their child into these welfare checks at any point – just ensure that you inform the school in good time so we can make the necessary arrangements
From Monday 15th June we have planned the commencement of some face to face lessons with year 12 students. Year 12 class teachers will email students directly via their school email account and provide them with their schedule for lessons over the week. Parents/carers can opt their child into these face to face lessons at any point – just ensure that you inform the school in good time so we can make the necessary arrangements.
Year 7, 8 and 9 Chapter Leader TEAMS meetings
We hope by now you have completed your consent form for your child to take part in the Microsoft TEAMS meetings with their chapter leaders and have the opportunity to meet and interact with their peers remotely. If you haven’t and want to give your consent, please click on this link, here. TEAMS meetings will be hosted by your child’s chapter leader and will last no more than 20 minutes. They will take place week beginning Monday 15th June. Your child will receive a TEAMS invite to their school email account – so watch out for this and perhaps check junk or spam email just in case. These TEAMS meetings will be recorded for safeguarding purposes and then deleted after one month.
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.
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.
Accessing student work online
Year 9 and 10 students 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.
Students 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.
Subject teachers of year 9 and 10 will, going forwards, email work to both student and parents. This will begin from Monday 15th June. We hope that this will enable parents to keep an overview of the work being set and encourage their child to work to the deadlines being set. 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.
Year 7 and 8 students should be accessing the school website to access their school work challenges for the coming week. We will now send a weekly reminder text to all year 7 and 8 parents to let you know that the challenge tasks for the coming week are loaded to the school website.
Students 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. Going forwards challenge tasks being set for year 7 and 8 students are closely linked to the subject curricula so it is really important that they are completing the work set to the best of their ability. 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.
For technical issues, parents and carers are asked to email their request to our IT team at: email@example.com.
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
Head of School Weekly Challenges to firstname.lastname@example.org
I am delighted to announce that Elnoy Greenenko was awarded the winning £20 Amazon voucher prize for his entry to the challenge of ‘Triangles’. You can see his winning entry here in the Gallery for week 10. The chair of governor’s feedback on Elnoy’s work was:
‘Elnoy demonstrates a clear understanding and whilst he didn’t show a table I found his answer, based on the formula he gave, to be well explained – logical, to the point and easy also to follow.’
I am also delighted to announce that Isobelle Reeve had so impressed the governors with her work that they instructed me to recognise her efforts. Isobelle receives a £20 Amazon voucher. You can see her entry here.
‘Isobelle did a good job producing the diagrams, table and formula although her explanation was harder to follow and could have been more concise. She clearly demonstrates understanding and put a lot of effort in.’
If you have been desperately waiting for the answers to the staff Truth or Lie challenge, you wait is over. Click on this link here to find out which of the statements the staff wrote was a lie. The lie for each member of staff is in red. Surprised by any of them ?
Challenge 1: BBC4 – Shock and Awe: the story of electricity
As you know by now I have a real love of documentary style programmes and BBC4 is definitely the place to be if you want to widen your knowledge horizons. This week I have been watching the first in a series on the discovery and development of electricity. I have already learnt quite a bit from the first episode. So, once again the challenge is to watch episode 1 or 2 and then to present a summary of the key facts/ information shared in the episode you watch. You can present this in whatever way you see fit. All entries will be potential winners of a £20 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.
Challenge 2: If I wasn’t a teacher
If you enjoyed the last challenge in finding out a little bit more about your teachers then here is another one that all the family can sit down and take part in. We have asked the teaching staff, if you were not a teacher what alternative career path would you have followed. Click here if you wish to take part.
It only remains for you to now click across and check out our Gallery: week 10. I am so proud of the work our students are able to produce with the support and guidance of parents and carers. Well done to all those pupils who feature in these weeks gallery – there is so much to see and celebrate this week - see if you can work out who the students completing the art challenge have drawn portraits of (they are famous people). Enjoy!