Coronavirus KIT 9 (May 20th)

Dear families

I hope this finds you all well and looking forward to the half–term break.

Clearly, the big news school-wise at the moment is the government’s intention for some primary years to return shortly after June 1st and for secondary school pupils in year 10 to receive “some face-to face contact from June”. There is some guidance slowly coming out about the secondary aspects and the Government is expected to make an announcement on 28th May about whether these plans will be going ahead depending on progress on the lockdown relaxation procedures at that moment. Oulder Hill is taking a cautiously supportive approach to the government’s plans. Broadly, as the Head teacher, I have gained more of a sense of confidence from some of the ensuing data and guidance but still with some important safeguarding caveats and issues to address. The school believes it needs to strike the right balance between the obvious importance of getting pupils back into the classroom as soon as possible but also doing this in a way that is as safe as possible for all concerned. Parents, pupils, and staff must all have confidence that it is safe to return. More details will follow after the half-term break when the government has reviewed the evidence and sent out more guidance. This is a mammoth piece of work to do for school leaders and Governors but we are on it and can’t wait to see some of you again!

Free School Meals – Oulder Hill Governors on Monday night very generously agreed to fund free school Meals vouchers for families over half-term. Preliminary data just released by the Office for National Statistics show that the UK claimant count surged in April by around 856,000, a rise of 69% in a single month.  If you are struggling at the moment because your financial or employment status has changed in light of COVID-19, your child may now be eligible for Free School Meals. Whether or not your child becomes eligible for Free School Meals, we may be able to help a small number of families by providing vouchers at this time. Please contact Mr Armitage if you need any support.

Elevate Parent Webinar – some of you have been telling us that your children are now starting to lose their enthusiasm (which is naturally occurring at the end of any half-term and even more so with a remote one). This is a webinar focused on managing student motivation and time management which is the biggest concern parents told us they have. Elevate had over 3000 parents attend this webinar from 164 schools last week with 95% of them staying until the end (which is good to know!).

Details of the event are as follows: Parents can register directly on the sign-up link.

Event Title: How to help your child manage their time effectively and overcome distractions at home

Date: Tuesday 26th May 2020

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Cost: Free

Sign-up Link:  https://www.elevatecoaching.info/webinar-uk-2/

 

Hopwood Hall virtual Open day for all ages – Discover a range of courses, check out the facilities, and tour each campus. Whatever your age and qualifications, they have a course to help you to a brighter future. Book your place now! hopwood.ac.uk

 

House competitions – these are being warmly received and it was great to see so many of you taking part in VE day celebrations last week. Thank you for sending in your pictures and work J.  As a history teacher myself this has certainly been my favourite task to mark! Particular congratulations to Jessica Heely who managed to do all of the tasks! How amazing!

One of our House Competition Lockdown poem winners from this week…

Best wishes as always and stay safe over the break.

 

John Watson

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