Parent Update: 23rd November 2020

23rd November 2020

Dear Parent,

 

Thanks for your continued support of the school. Thanks especially to those of you that are using our "Thank a Member of Staff" form. We pass these on to staff at regular intervals and I know that it has an uplifting effect on those that receive them. These are trying times for all of us, and we are getting through them together.

 

Support for families

The school website has a section of useful information from our pastoral team which can be found in Parents -- Support for families.  We continue to add information that we receive that you might find useful and have added quite a few pieces in the last few weeks.

 

Remote Education

Thanks for the positive messages we are getting about the remote education taking place for years 7, 9, and 11 at the moment. Teachers are sticking to their timetables in terms of availability and running live sessions and this includes our tutor teams from 08:40-09:10. I would ask that children do the same, as this will help with keeping the routine for when they return next week. Staff are able to run live lessons for our sixth form too, but we have said that staff who are at home self-isolating should not run live lessons from their homes so there will inevitably be some differences of approach. Regardless, teachers will be available for text conversations or audio conversations where needed at their normal lesson times to support with the work being set. Feedback from year 7, 9 and 11 parents on how this is going would be gratefully received so we can tweak and improve as we go: email consultation@st-annes.uk.com and put the heading "remote education".

 

Year 7 Information Evening and Future Parents Evenings

Our year 7 Information Evening is taking place on Tuesday, 1st December, and year 7 parents will have received a dedicated email about this event this morning. We are using a system called School Cloud to run our parents events remotely this year. Our year 7 information evening will be the first attempt at this so we will be interested in feedback about how effective it has been. If a year 7 parent needs support with getting on to the system to book an appointment, please contact our student services administrator, Ellie Herd. If year 7 parents want to give us feedback (good, bad or indifferent) about the process of using School Cloud, please email consultation@st-annes.uk.com and put the heading "Parents Evening" after the evening so we can tweak to improve for future parents evenings.

 

We plan for all our parents evenings for the year to use the same system. Look out for an email closer to the time of your evening to explain how to log on. For information, the parents evenings for the year currently planned as follows:

 

Year 9 Parents Evening: Tuesday, 8th December: 16:00-19:00

Year 11 Parents Evening: Tuesday, 19th January: 16:00-19:00

Sixth Form Parents Evening: Tuesday, 9th February: 16:00-19:00

Year 8 Parents Evening: Tuesday, 23rd February: 16:00-19:00

Year 7 Parents Evening: Tuesday, 9th March: 16:00-19:00

Year 10 Parents Evening: Tuesday, 25th May: 16:00-19:00

 

School Library this term: A message from Miss Vlismas, School Librarian

Students can still access both physical books and eBooks this term, despite not being able to come inside our Library. They can also still join in with Library activities such as book clubs, quizzes, games, and get personalised book recommendations through the Library channel on Teams. All this can be done from home or from a school computer. Please see attached for more details.

St Anne's Parents and Friends Association: A message from our PFA

The PFA are a separate charity from the school, with the aim of supporting the school's young people through donations made. It is run by an amazing group of parents and friends, who would value your support.

 

Thousands of students have benefitted from the fundraising our fabulous Parents and Friends Association are involved in every year. You may have contributed with a donation or by buying refreshments at a Parents’ Evening or a strip of raffle tickets at the School Concert. Thank you very much for your support. The PFA have raised money for a variety of projects including the creation of the Performing Arts Centre and the purchase of a school mini bus – these projects wouldn’t have happened without their enthusiasm and determination.

 

This year, the PFA are asking for your help in different ways due to the restrictions on site. These two ways are through AmazonSmile (other online retailers are available!) and through the amazing 500 Club.

 

  • Amazon Smile: Amazon will donate 0.5% of any purchase made on their site to St Anne's PFA if you select them as your charity. If you shop online at Amazon anyway, this is a free way to support the work of your school. It costs you and the school nothing. Go to: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1038474-0 to sign up.
  • 500 Club: The 500 Club is a lottery club in which a £6 quarterly standing order allows you to support the school while also being in the running to win the monthly £25 prize, or one of two £100 prizes drawn every Christmas and Summer. The next £100 prize draw is taking place at the end of December, so anyone signing up in the next month has a good chance of winning the prize straight away! If you'd like to sign up, send an e-mail to stannes500club@gmail.com giving your name and address, and the 500 Club coordinator will be in touch with details of how to set up the standing order.

The PFA are always on the lookout for new members. If you are interested in helping out the school in this way, then please contact the chair of our PFA, Rosa Morato, on pfa.stannes@gmail.com.

Year 9 Short Reports

The school is currently processing the Year 9 Short Reports for parents. These are due to go home on Wednesday 25th November. Due to the year group isolating these will be sent home with students on Monday 30th November. In order to be able to do this on this date the reports will be unsigned by students, as they have not been in tutor time for the prior two weeks.

 

Thanks and God Bless

James Rouse

Headteacher

Telephone: 023 80328200 Email: info@st-annes.uk.com