Coronavirus KIT 8 (“Keeping in Touch” update letter 8 – May 13th)

Dear families

I hope you are well and remaining positive in these difficult times.

The poet TS Eliot once wrote that ‘April is the cruellest month’. I suspect it has also been one of the strangest and most disturbing ones many of us have experienced. As we approach the middle of May there are at least some rays of light but as yet there is no clear pathway from the government to a return to school for all students. Nevertheless, Senior Leaders in school are busily planning for what that safe and ordered return under certain conditions could look like and we will share details with you as soon as there is clarity from the government and LA about the science and safety behind the return. Our Faculty and Subject Leaders are carefully analysing and finalising school evidence based assessed GCSE grades for current y11 students to send to Ofqual. Form tutors are making regular calls to support families while our SEND staff are continuing to hold many online virtual reviews with a number of parents/carers and pupils. Our safeguarding staff are very busy with remote support of the many vulnerable students we have who are not attending and of course there is the no small but most important matter of all – staff continuing to set as meaningful tasks as possible for the students to complete. If you feel there is anything else we can do to support you or topics that you would like covered in these KIT letters please do not hesitate to get in touch.

House competitions – Hopefully you will be aware that the school is now running a weekly House competition open to all students in all years. In the first week we had some fantastic Rainbow messages to celebrate our amazing NHS. The overall winners are below and many others are on the website along with our new rainbow music corridor!

Visit our house competition page

Last week we focused on VE day and I look forward to sharing some of these winners with you in the next KIT.

Reading Cloud Competition  – With reading in mind, our Learning Resource Centre (library) Lead Ms McCarry is encouraging our students to enter a national competition – ‘Mind Travels’. With one click of their fingers students could be lying on a white sandy beach in Hawaii, in the Amazon rainforest looking for mini beasts, on Berk with Vikings and their incredible dragons, on platform 9 ¾ boarding the Hogwarts Express, or travelling back in time to relive a favourite memory. The possibilities are endless when you use imagination! To enter Reading Cloud’s competition to win a £25 National Book token and have a winning entry published on their website, and house points, in 500 words or less, students need to tell us where their imagination is taking them and why. Open to all students, email entries to LRC@oulderhill-school.com by 29th May. Good luck!

Languages work set on Doddle: Due to the fact that our Year 7 and Year 8 students study two languages, the work set on Doddle may come up on your child’s home page as any one of the four languages studied at OHCS. This may mean that for example your child has a notification for German even if they do not study it. All work provided by the Languages Faculty will include instructions and worksheets (if applicable) in all four languages. It is advised that your child completes the work provided if possible for both languages studied. Any queries can be sent to your child’s Languages teacher(s) at TLDlanguages@oulderhill-school.com

Prevent strategy  – As we transition to alternative ways of working to deliver Prevent during the pandemic, the attached document and the link below has been developed as a useful aid to provide information and to support parents/carers, pertinent to the current pandemic restrictions. This comes from Muhammad Abdulaleem, Equality & Community Cohesion Officer for Schools at Rochdale Borough Council. Online radicalisation https://www.ltai.info/staying-safe-online/

Parent-Guardian Online Radicalisation Information and Support

Edge Hill University activities – our partners at Edge Hill University have put together a broad offer of outreach activities, for all year groups. The sessions vary each week and include generic study skills, budgeting and a general introduction to higher education, as well as individual subject sessions such as routes into teaching, medicine or sport. You may find these interesting and useful. Each week they have a timetabled plan of live activities designed to provide support to individuals from Years 7 to 13 where any student can book on themselves and watch a live presentation on a specific topic delivered by one of their Education Liaison Team.

Again, if you have any questions about this or other matters during this difficult covid-19 crisis please get in touch with the school via contactus@oulderhill-school.com.

As ever, my best regards to you all and please look after yourselves and each other. “Be Responsible, Respectful and Safe” #Oulder Hill.

John Watson

Special extra KIT message to all of our wonderful students…….

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The staff all miss teaching you and seeing you. Look after yourselves, stay positive and stay safe.

 

#We are Oulder Hill.

 

Best wishes

 

Mr Watson

 

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