24th March 2020
Thank you for all the messages of support for the school that have been coming in. I hope that the first few days of our new way of working have been as smooth as possible as a dispersed school. There will inevitably be roll-out issues with such a big system implemented so quickly, and so your patience as we get to grips with how we are now working is much appreciated. However, it has been amazing to see girls engaging, communicating, and most importantly, LEARNING, despite all that is going on. It has been amazing and quite humbling to see.
You will have seen the national advice to STAY AT HOME unless you have an exceptional reason to do so. More can be found on the government site: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Free School Meals
If you are eligible for free school meals, and want to have access to them, then please complete the form on the front page of our website by this Thursday for next week so we know what you want and how to help you.
Children of key workers and vulnerable children
The announcement last night of increased measures to restrict movement do not include locking down schools completely. We continue to provide a safe space for our most vulnerable children and the children of key workers. If you want to register for this provision for the next week, please do so by the end of Thursday so we know who to expect. You can do so on the front page of our website. Educational provision is from 10:00 to 14:00, but we can provide a space space for these pupils from 8am to 4pm if needed. Let us know on the form. You will need to go to our website weekly to re-register so we can update our provision as circumstances change.
Getting help with Microsoft Teams
We've updated the way to get help with technical issues with Microsoft Teams. We are STOPPING the email address teams@ and instead STARTING a new online form on our website. Please use this from now on as this will help us get to your problem more quickly. If you want to find out more about how to use Teams, we have a new section on our website with information on called Microsoft Teams. Your daughter is now also able to join her year group team and can do so using the following codes that can be used when clicking on "Join Team" in the app.
We have sadly had to postpone all school trips until the end of this academic year. Wherever possible we will be looking to move these rather than simply cancel them. Specific information will come out to those involved in the trips.
Year 11 and 13 qualifications
We are starting to hear more about the process of awarding qualifications for years 11 and 13. We will be sending out specific communications to those year groups as we have it.
Message from the Diocese
At 10.15 each day of the week we will be streaming live from the Cathedral a 10 minute praying together session that schools and families at home can join in with. Each week there will be a hymn that we can all join in with together. From next week you will be able to find that on the Cathedral website. I look forward to joining you for our first praying together this Wednesday 25th March, the Feast of the Annunciation at 10.15. The live stream can be accessed at https://www.portsmouthcatholiccathedral.org.uk/live-mass.php
Thanks to all of you for your continued support.
Stay safe and God Bless
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