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