Issue 922: 12th March 2021

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Lateral Flow Tests

This week has seen us carry out over 2,500 LFT across all year groups! As you can imagine this has meant a huge amount of organisation and cooperation from everyone involved. We have been incredibly impressed with the maturity shown by our pupils and students, and how well they have all dealt with this programme of testing. I am pleased to say that, at the time of writing, we have not had any positive results. Our testing programme will run until Thursday 18th March, and I will write to you again once we have received the home test kits for distribution. May I take the opportunity to thank you all for your support with this crucial element of school life, it really will help to keep our community safe. Apologies to any parents/carers who did not receive the results of their child’s test. The results were uploaded, but there is a processing delay once the information reaches the NHS.

Free School Meals

As you may be aware, parents on low incomes, and receiving certain benefits, are entitled to claim Free School Meals for their child(ren). Full details, and an application form, are available online at www.essex.gov.uk/free-school-meals. Alternatively, if you think you may be eligible, but want to find out more, please do ring Pupil Services at the school, and they will be happy to advise you and help with an application. If your claim is successful, a set amount will be credited to your child’s account in our cashless catering system, which ensures anonymity. It is well worth having – even if your child only uses it to buy a drink/snack to supplement a packed lunch!

Virtual Options Evening

Thank you to all Year 9 parents and carers for taking part in our Virtual Options Evening last night. I do hope that you found the presentations informative and useful. All the information is available on our website, and if you or your son/daughter would like to speak in more detail about their Option choices, please contact their Form Tutor or the Year 9 Pastoral Team in the first instance.

Uniform

It has been lovely to see all our pupils and students back in school this week, and there has been a great buzz of energy and excitement around the building. Please can I remind you that all pupils and students should be in full school uniform, including jumpers and ties, and should not be wearing hoodies or non-school jumpers. Thank you for your support with this.

Book of the Week

IN THE KEY OF CODE
by Aimee Lucido

Emmy loves music, but is not as talented as her musical parents.

When the family have to relocate to California, Emmy tries to fit in at her new school, but it’s hard. The “popular” crowd are more like “mean girls” but Emmy finds solace in her computer coding lessons.

This is a wonderful story, told in the rhythm of verse, incorporating science, music, friendship, family and fitting in.

A perfect read for British Science & Engineering Week!

14th of March is Mother’s Day

Treat your mum with one of these recipes …
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/search/recipes?q=mother%27s+day

Open Evening: Tuesday 21st September 2021, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. More details ...
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