Issue 914: 8th January 2021

Welcome Back

I do hope that you and your families had a happy, albeit different, Christmas, and may I take the opportunity to wish you a very happy and healthy New Year. I know that it has been a very unfortunate start to the new school term, but with the vaccine now in circulation, I do hope that things will start to get back to normal within the next few months. While we would, of course, always prefer to have our pupils and students in school for face-to-face learning, I do believe that the current situation of school closures will help to protect our community.

Remote Learning

I apologise for having had to send you so many letters and emails over the last few weeks, but given the Government’s recent announcements, it has been unavoidable. I appreciate that there is an awful lot of information to process and so I thought it might be helpful to provide you with a summary of the key points to note during this period of remote learning.

  • Pupils/students should check Teams every morning for links to the day’s live lessons.
  • Attendance at live lessons is compulsory, and will be monitored. This is also how we monitor attendance.
    Pupils/students should reply at the very earliest opportunity to the weekly welfare email from their Form Tutor.
  • If your child is unwell and will not be attending lessons, please let us know in the usual way as soon as possible.
  • The school office is open for phone calls between 8am and 4pm each day.
  • If you have a technical IT query, please contact our IT Team via support@sweynepark.com

 

Click on the links below for useful guides to help pupils access their school account and logon to MS Teams.

Headlines

Coming Soon

Whilst we are in this period of school closures, we aim to keep everything as “normal” as possible, albeit needing to hold events and meetings remotely. Unfortunately, in light of the Government’s announcement this week, we have had to postpone the Year 11 Learning Reviews which were due to take place next week. We will contact parents/carers of Year 11 pupils as soon as we have further clarity, to reschedule these important meetings.

However, the Year 8 Parents’ Evening will still be going ahead on Thursday 21st January, via the School Cloud platform. Parents/carers of Year 8 pupils will be sent further information about how to use this system to book appointments at the start of next week.

Thank you

Finally, I would like to say a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who has taken the time to contact us with messages of support and praise for the live lessons that teachers have been providing. I am incredibly proud of how hard all our staff have worked to adapt to this new way of teaching, and to deliver such high quality live lessons. It is fantastic to hear that the majority of our pupils/students are really well engaged in their remote learning. Your kind messages have meant a great deal and are very much appreciated. We are lucky to have such a supportive school community. All of these messages have been shared with staff in our weekly Staff Bulletin, and will come as far more enjoyable reading than what I have to share at the moment! Thank you so much.

Book of the Week

PUNCHING THE AIR (YA)
by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam

“One fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighbourhood escalates into tragedy. ‘Boys just being boys’ turns out to be true only when those boys are white. Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal Shahid’s bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison.

Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art.

This never should have been his story. But can he change it?”

A compelling and powerful read in verse.

January is British Veganuary ...

… Try some vegan Recipes!
https://veganuary.com/recipes/

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