25th April 2022
Welcome to the summer term! I hope you and your families have had a good break. Some quick notices as we start:
Key Dates for this half term
Some upcoming dates for next half term (all can be found on our School Calendar):
This week and next: Year 12 Assessment Season
Monday, 2nd May: Bank Holiday
Tuesday, 3rd May: To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, schools across the country are having an extra Bank Holiday (the official bank holiday is during the June half term holiday). The majority of schools in the city are going for Tuesday, 3rd May 2022, and so this will make that a four-day weekend for families as the Monday is also a bank holiday.
Friday, 13th May: Early Closure at 14:25 for years 7-12. Year 13 have their leaving celebration with the staff from 14:25-15:25
Monday 16th May: External Exam Season starts for years 11 and 13.
Wednesday 25th May: 16:30-19:30: Year 10 Parents Evening (This will be online)
Uniform and Lockers
Dressing appropriately for school is an important habit for our later work lives, supports a professional purposeful attitude to studies and builds a sense of unity in the school. It shows respect for each other and ourselves when we make the effort to look smart. Our uniform expectations are on the school website and in pupil planners. They have been the same all year. However, for a while we have been allowing pupils to also wear coats around school. We have now moved back to pre-pandemic expectations regarding coats. These are not to be worn around the school. We have reintroduced lockers for those that want them (see ScoPay to order a key for your daughter if she would like one) and we also have our downstairs coat space for coats to be hung up if not using a locker.
We are reminding pupils about our expectations for uniform this week as we start the new term, and so your support at home with this is much appreciated.
A reminder that our COVID expectations are now that face coverings are optional for those that wish to wear them. The majority of children are no longer wearing them in and around school, but some still are and they are welcome to do so. We maintain having hand sanitiser around the school and ventilation is being provided as needed.
With regards to illness, the guidance for children is as follows:
• children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
• children and young people with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days, which is when they are most infectious.
You can read more here: Government sets out next steps for living with COVID
Use of Social Media
A reminder that most social media is not allowed for under 13s and that too much screen time is not recommended for any of us, including our children. Sadly, school cannot get involved in issues that happen out of school and so our advice continues to be to maintain open and honest channels of communication so that you always know what your child is doing.
Have a good week
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