Issue 923: 19th March 2021

Home Testing

All of our pupils and students have now received their LFT home-testing kits, and we strongly encourage them to take a test twice a week. Further to my letter of 16th March, you should have now received an email from TestRegister which will enable you to record your son/daughter’s test results online. As I said in my letter, if your son/daughter does return a positive result, as well as recording it on TestRegister, please do let us know as soon as possible by emailing us at admin@sweynepark.com, as we are required to identify close-contacts for self-isolation. If a home-test does return a positive result, you will need to arrange for your son/daughter to take a confirmatory PCR test via the Government website as soon as possible and to self-isolate pending the results.

INSET Day – CHANGE

Given that our pupils and students have only recently returned to face-to-face teaching, and that every hour is crucial, especially to allow our Year 11 pupils and Year 13 students the best possible opportunity to demonstrate what they can achieve, we have made the decision to move our published non-pupil day to later in the year. This means that pupils and students should come into school, as usual, on Friday 30th April but school will now be closed on Monday 7th June 2021 to enable teachers to moderate pupils’ and students’ work ahead of the submission of our Centre Assessed Grades.

End of Term Arrangements

As you will know, traditionally we would always finish at 12.30pm on the last day of term (Friday 26th March). However, given that our pupils and students have only just returned to school, every hour counts and so, this term, we will be finishing at the end of the normal school day, 2.55pm for Years 7 and 8, and 3.05pm for the rest of the school. On this day, there will be a short afternoon tutor time to allow for the distribution of further LFTs to pupils for use over the Easter break.

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Message from Essex Police

We have been asked by Essex Police to ask parents/carers to remind your children that gathering in parks and meeting together outside of school hours is in breach of the current lockdown rules. The Police have been tasked with enforcing any such breaches near to all schools, both before and after the school day. The Police are, of course, mindful of the logistics of travelling to and from school and are aware that, at times, pupils may congregate while waiting to board a bus and/or if they are walking to and from school.

Road Safety

Unfortunately, we have recently received a number of complaints from local residents concerning the behaviour of a small number of our pupils when crossing the roads near our school. There has been some dangerous and irresponsible behaviour. Please can I ask you to remind your son/daughter about the importance of road safety, and the need to take care when crossing busy roads. Thank you for your support with this, the safety of our pupils is always at the forefront of everything we do.

Book of the Week

THE PERFECT PARENT PROJECT

By Stewart Foster

“THINGS MY PERFECT PARENTS MUST HAVE:

      1. A mega mansion like the ones footballers live in
      2. A garage wall with a basketball hoop
      3. No gerbils
      4. Holidays to Disneyland

All Sam wants is a family of his own, a home instead of a ‘house’ and parents he knows will still be there when he wakes up. This is because Sam has been in and out of foster care his whole life and he can’t imagine ever feeling like he truly belongs. Then his best friend Leah suggests that rather than wait for a family to come to him, he should go out and find one.

So begins The Perfect Parent Project

But Sam may just discover that family has a funny way of finding you.”

This is a wonderful heart-warming story of one boy’s search for the perfect family.

The 19th of March is Red Nose Day

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