Issue 926: 23rd April 2021

COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

and the “Roadmap”

I do hope that you all managed to enjoy the lovely weather last weekend, as well as the increased opportunity to meet up with friends and family outside. Although we are able to enjoy more freedoms, within school it is really important that pupils and students continue to observe all of our COVID-related safety measures. These include maintaining social distancing, keeping to their designated indoor and outdoor zones, wearing face coverings (unless exempt) and ensuring that they continue to use the wipes provided to clean down their desk and other work surfaces on arrival to their classroom. As I am sure you are aware, the next Government review date of their “roadmap” is 17th May, when I know that the wearing of face coverings in classrooms will be considered, along with the possible lifting of other restrictions.

Travelling to School Safely

Essex County Council has asked us to remind pupils and students that it is likely that the roads and public transport system will be busier than when they first returned to school in March, given that many other businesses have now reopened. Essex has provided the following message, to share with your son/daughter on how they can travel to and from school safely:

  • if you live a short distance from your school, walk, cycle or scoot to and from school wherever it is possible and safe to do so;
  • avoid sharing a car with anyone outside of your household or support bubble;
  • if you are using public transport to get to school, plan ahead and allow more time for your journey;
  • when you are travelling by public or dedicated school transport, don’t forget to:
    • Hands Face Space - traffic lightswear a face covering (unless you are exempt). It is important you wear them for the entirety of your journey, including inside a bus or train station;
    • social distance where possible;
    • wash or sanitise your hands regularly;
    • be considerate to fellow passengers and staff.

Further information can be found in Essex County Council’s guidance on transport to school and other places of education.

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Year 10 Parents' Evening

We had provisionally reserved Thursday 6th May for Year 10 Parents’ Evening. However, given the work involved in preparing Centre Assessed Grades for our Year 11 pupils and Year 13 students, and to allow sufficient time for Year 10 to settle back into school life and get used to face-to-face learning again, we have decided to move the date for Parents’ Evening to a date to be confirmed, towards the end of the academic year. I will, of course, confirm the new date as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Year 12 Consultation Evening

We will be holding our online Year 12 Consultation Evening, via the School Cloud on Thursday 29th April. Parents and Carers will have already been sent the link and should continue to book appointments in the usual way.

Positive Stories for The Sweyne Park Times

Now that we are all able to get out and about a bit more, meet with friends and get back to some after-school clubs and weekend activities, it would be great to have some stories to show what our pupils and students are getting up to in their free time. If you do have a story you would like to share, please email us at pupilservices@sweynepark.com and we will look to publish them in future editions of The Sweyne Park Times. If you have a photo to accompany the story, even better! We know that our pupils and students have a wide and varied range of interests outside of school, and we would love to hear more about their hobbies and pastimes.

Book of the Week

CONCRETE ROSE

By Angie Thomas (YA)

“A hard-hitting return to Garden Heights with the story of Maverick Carter, Starr’s father, set seventeen years before the events of the award-winning The Hate U Give. With his King Lord dad in prison and his mom working two jobs, seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter helps the only way he knows how: slinging drugs.

Life’s not perfect, but he’s got everything under control.

Until he finds out he’s a father… Suddenly it’s not so easy to deal drugs and finish school with a baby dependent on him for everything.

So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it.

But when King Lord blood runs through your veins, you don’t get to just walk away.”

A powerful voice, this story will have you gripped!

The 23rd April was St George’s Day

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