As we break for half-term...
(Posted on 23/10/20)
At the start of the Autumn term, our primary focus was to get students back into learning routines and the vast majority of them have responded really well and as a result, the return to school has been relatively smooth. It hasn’t been without its difficulties, but students and staff have adapted well to the changes in timetable, rooming and the structure of the school day.
Now that we are back into the full swing of school, we are looking at how all our temporary COVID-19 provisions are working, and making alterations accordingly. For example:
- Homework – homework is now set on Google Classroom and is distinct from remote home learning, (which is when students are absent through isolation). Regular homework routines are now re-established for all Year groups.
- PE kit – students have been permitted to attend school in their PE kit on the days they have PE lessons. Following recent guidance from PHE, we are now able to utilise some of our changing rooms and from this week, all KS4 students will be able to change in school. They should therefore now attend in full school uniform every day. Our uniform rules can be found at this link and I urge all parents/carers to ensure that their children comply. Please note that commercial hoodies are not part of our school uniform and all students should also be in full winter uniform; this means that the summer polo shirts are not to be worn:
- Use of Canteen – from 2nd November we will be reopening the canteen facilities for KS3 and KS4 students at break time. As with our lunch time provision, this will still be limited and on a Year group rota basis.
- Remote Blended Learning – following investment in our hardware and internet capacity, we have reviewed our remote learning provision, (home learning when students are isolating) and we are now able to run some ‘live lessons’ when it is appropriate to do so. Mrs Lister, Head of Key Stage 4, will also be writing to parents of Year 10 and 11 students, to explain the newly purchased online GCSE revision platform. Called, ‘GCSE Pod’ – this will be available for all Key Stage 4 students for the duration of their study and contains a wealth of study support and revision materials.
- Parents’ Evenings - we will shortly be publishing our plans for parents’ evenings. Under the current restrictions, we are unable to hold face to face meetings, but we are looking at various virtual platforms to ensure we can report on your child’s progress and learning.
With all the issues that COVID-19 has caused this year, our need to support each other has never been more important. We have considered how we can continue our charity work, in a safe, COVID-19-secure manner. Our first event this year will be to raise funds for Children in Need, and we will be holding a non-uniform day on 13th November to coincide with their main fundraising day.
In addition, we have sent out links, via Form tutors and the website, to two projects: Operation Christmas Child and Trussel Trust Foodbanks.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Operation Christmas Child boxes can be virtually filled in online, by selecting items for children of particular ages. To find out more, you can watch the video below and follow the link to the website. Online boxes can be purchased for £20 (which includes a £5 donation).
Online boxes can be filled using the link: https://shoeboxonline.samaritans-purse.org.uk/
Trussel Trust Foodbanks support a nationwide network of Foodbanks providing emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for foodbanks in the UK. Over the upcoming Christmas period, food banks in the UK are expected to see a steep rise in demand. To support this demand, Trussel Trust are looking for donations of any sort. More information can be found via the link below. Our local Foodbank is West Cheshire Foodbank, which is located at Dutton Green, CH2 4SA.
A group of Year 12 and Year 13 Photography students are busy with their entries for the school’s Christmas Card competition. This, together with all the news from this half term can be found in the Autumn 2020 edition of The Swan, published on our website.
It's been a long, often difficult and sometimes frustrating half term – but we feel we have breathed life back into our school community. We have welcomed our students back; we hope we have made them feel safe and happy and helped them make sense of the 'new normal' in which we find ourselves. Friendships and routines have been re-established and above all, students have reconnected with their own learning journeys. The support and patience from parents and carers has also helped to calm the choppy waters for each child.
On behalf of everyone at Christleton High School, we hope you manage to find time as a family to relax and have some fun, this half term break.
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