Issue 941: 1st October 2021



Parents and Carers of pupils in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 will have been sent a copy of a letter from the NHS concerning the Government’s vaccination programme for pupils aged 12 – 15 years.  The letter includes a link to the requisite consent form that parents/carers should complete and submit by no later than 8th October 2021.  A copy of the letter can be found on our website by clicking here.

Please note that schools are simply hosting the vaccinations, which will take place in October.  In the event that you would like to discuss the vaccine further, please contact the Community and School Aged Immunisation Service, contact details are contained within their letter.  I will write with further details about the practical logistics of the vaccine programme over the course of the next few weeks.

Lateral Flow Tests

We have, like many other schools in the area, had a number of positive cases of COVID-19 this week, and NHS Track and Trace will have been in touch with any identified close contacts.  Please can I thank everyone who is continuing to report their child’s twice weekly LFT results via TestRegister.  It is crucial that the regular programme of testing continues, so that we can identify asymptomatic cases and help to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 amongst our pupils and staff.   We have a plentiful supply of LFT kits which pupils and students can collect from Pupil Services.  If you have any technical issues accessing TestRegister, please contact our IT Team on, and they will be happy to help.  Finally, a polite reminder that if your child is displaying any of the three main COVID-19 symptoms, they must not come into school, and should self-isolate pending the results of a PCR test, which should be taken as soon as possible.

Academic Induction for Year 7 Pupils

For the benefit of the parents and carers of our new Year 7 pupils, please note that you will shortly be receiving an invitation to an Academic Induction meeting with a member of staff, during the week commencing 18th October.  The meeting will be held virtually, via the SchoolCloud, and login details will be sent out shortly.  The purpose of the meeting is to have the opportunity to meet with our new parents/carers, share our academic expectations of your child, to provide an explanation of the monitoring and assessment process that we use in Key Stage 3, and to discuss how families can support their child with home learning.

And Finally …

Have a lovely weekend!

MY SHINE NIGHT WALK - Hannah (Year 11)

On the 25th of September 2021 I took part, with my mum, in the Shine Night Walk around London to help raise money for Cancer Research. There were three walking distance options: 10K, half marathon and full marathon. I wanted to challenge myself so decided to do the full marathon which is 26.2 miles. The start line was at Southwark Park where we joined up with hundreds of other walkers. Everyone was wearing fairy lights and glow sticks to light our way around London. We set off after 9pm and finished just before 6am. Our walking time was 8 hours and 41 minutes and it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done! I’ve never been that tired and achy before but, so far, I’ve managed to raise over £700 which I’m really pleased about (Cancer Research is estimating to raise over £3,000,000 from the whole event). London is very pretty at night, but I certainly won’t be walking 26 miles around it anytime soon!

Hannah (Year 11)

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