Issue 948: 26th November 2021


Wearing Coats

Thank you to those parents who have contacted us concerning the fact that we are not allowing pupils to wear coats in lessons.  At the heart of the pandemic, when all windows needed to remain open, we did allow pupils to wear their coats.  However, this did lead to some pupils using this as an opportunity to push the boundaries by wearing an array of their own clothing, often without full school uniform underneath their outer garments. In turn, this meant we experienced a noticeable deterioration in behaviour and overall standards, which had a negative impact on effective learning.  


In line with the latest guidance from the DfE, ventilation remains a key mitigation measure, against the spread of COVID-19, however, there is no longer the requirement to have all windows open.  The DfE has recently provided CO2 monitors to schools, which allow us to monitor levels of ventilation.  Staff are using these monitors to achieve a reasonable working environment, conducive to effective learning.  We have also, this week, checked the internal temperature and ensured the efficiency of the central heating in all of our classrooms.  With the exception of a few rooms, these temperatures ranged from 18.5 – 23 degrees, which is a more than comfortable environment, and conducive to learning.  Where lower temperatures were identified, this was due to the fact that there were more windows open than the guidelines suggest. In order to support staff who may feel more comfortable with increased ventilation in their classrooms, and to ensure that pupils remain focus, we will be allocating these classrooms ascoat zones.  In order to help us maintain our high standards and expectations of our pupils, please remind them that they must ensure they wear the correct uniform at all times, underneath their coats; hoodies/jackets/non-school jumpers, will not be acceptable.   We will, of course, keep this matter under review as the weather changes.  Thank you for your support with this.

Second Dose COVID-19 Vaccine for 16 and 17 year olds

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that all healthy 16 to 17 year olds should be offered a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The national booking service was made available Monday 22nd November 2021 for 16 and 17 year olds to book their vaccine. These vaccinations will not be offered through the schools’ programme, but rather pupils and students should make an appointment at a vaccination centre, community pharmacy or a GP led primary care network site.  Thank you in advance for your support with this.

Road Safety

Now that the nights are drawing in, please can I ask you to discuss road safety with your children. Pupils should not assume they have been seen by drivers and, where possible, always cross at designated crossing points.  Children coming to school on bikes, should take care now that the days are getting shorter, and remember how important it is to wear a helmet.  Can I also take the opportunity to ask you to remind them about always being respectful when cycling, and to be considerate to pedestrians and other road users.  Also, please do remind your children that e-scooters are not permitted on site.  Thank you!


I also wanted to remind you that we do have PE lessons running during Period 5, and so I would ask that you do not arrive on site to collect your children too early, this will ensure that the roads around the school do not get congested at the end of the school day.  This really will help to reduce traffic on the surrounding roads, which does make a real difference to our neighbours and the local residents.

And Finally …

Have a lovely weekend!

Panathlon Challenge - All Stars Bowling

On Wednesday a group of pupils from RB went to All Stars Bowling in Stratford.

The event was organised by Panathlon Challenge. We met with other pupils from various schools across Essex and London. We were nervous but excited to take part.

Sweyne Park had two teams formed of six pupils, each team played one game of bowling.

Every pupil was competitive but enjoyed playing, any strikes and spares achieved followed cheering from fellow teammates.

At the end of the game the scores were added up to an average per team. My team came 5th out of 11 teams in total. Amazingly, the other Sweyne Park team came 2nd and in addition to this, Adam scored an impressive 116 points, the top score of the event.

All pupils were awarded medals for taking part. Gold, silver, and bronze medals for podium positions. Trophies were also presented to the top two teams.

We returned to school delighted with how the day had gone.

Overall, it was a brilliant school trip, and I would like to do a similar event soon.


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