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Posted on: 26/02/2021

Principals blog - week 21

Introduction I hope you all had an enjoyable and restful half-term break. As I am sure you are aware, following Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday we are really looking forward to welcoming students back to the Academy week beginning Monday 8th March.    Week Commencing 8th March   We are planning a phased return, by year group, to ensure that we are able to conduct the necessary lateral flow testing as directed by the government.  This sort of testing means that asymptomatic students who might otherwise continue to attend school are identified and can then self-isolate.    The majority of parents have already completed our on-line permission form.  Academy staff are in the process of contacting parents who have not completed the necessary documentation. Testing is not compulsory.   Students will be welcomed back to the Academy at their normal start times on the following dates;   Return date Year Test Date 1 Monday 8th March 11 8th March Tuesday 9th March 10 9th March Wednesday 10th March 7 10th March Thursday 11th March 8 11th March Friday 12th March 9 12th March     Students will be tested on their first day back and they will be receiving further information about the rota during their Inspire sessions next week. After students have been tested in school on 3 occasions, parents will be responsible for testing their children at home on a weekly basis.  Further details regarding this will follow.   Whilst we will be welcoming students back by year group, remote learning will remain in place for students who remain at home until their designated return date. For example, Year 7 students will access remote learning on Monday and Tuesday and return to school on Wednesday 10th March. Students who have been onsite throughout lockdown will continue to attend the Academy as normal until their year group return date when they will then be reintegrated back with their peers.   School attendance will be mandatory for all students commencing on the year group return date started above. The usual rules and duties around school attendance should be followed for all students from Monday 8th March.   The return to school will also involve a number of extra safety measures designed to minimise the spread of coronavirus.  It is vital that your child adheres to the safety measure at all times not only on site but also on their journey to and from the Academy. Students who use school or public transport should wear face masks at all times.  Please remind your children that they must follow social distancing rules whilst walking to and from school and to avoid being in large groups.   On arrival we expect students and staff who are not exempt to: In the short term, wear a face covering in classrooms and other teaching spaces. All our teaching spaces have been designed to have a 2M distance between the staff and students. Teachers may not be wearing a mask whilst stood at the front of the classroom if a 2M distance can be adhered to, but will be expected to wear a mask if moving around the classroom. Wear face coverings in all communal areas and moving around the building where social distancing cannot easily be maintained   I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of our expectations regarding uniform including shoes and school bags.  Click HERE to access standards information and PowerPoint presentation.         Returning to Hope – short survey   Next week during Inspire Time we are asking all our students to complete a short survey.  The survey will be set on Satchel One for all our students in each year group as a homework task and also in the notifications section.  Please encourage your child to complete this survey as it will help us support them when returning to school and ease any worries they may have.   We cannot wait to welcome all our students back into our Hope family.   https://forms.gle/2X5txbHrL8iAxXRy6     DfE – Parent Guidance from 8th March 2021 The DfE have released an updated version of the current guidance for parents during the Covid pandemic. Click HERE to access the updated document.     Week Commencing 3rd March - Remote Learning To assist staff with planning for the full re-opening of the Academy, all lessons week beginning 1st March will be instructional videos followed by independent working.  Students will be required to attend their ‘live’ Inspire session as normal.  All videos and instructions for each subject lesson will be uploaded to Satchel:One.  On Friday 5th March, following Inspire sessions we will be having an OFF-LINE day to support student mental health and well-being.  Staff will be setting challenges for students to complete throughout the day.  This will also be an opportunity for your children to prepare themselves for their return to school. This could be ensuring that they have full school uniform and PE kit and all necessary equipment.  Please make sure that you child brings their remote learning exercise book(s) with them on their first day back. As you are aware, Kasia, our Chaplain has been collecting examples of work each week to create a celebration of their work – I hope you enjoy this week’s compilation https://youtu.be/raRQakAtaks   Please continue to send in your photos of the great work your child is completing remotely, so that we can include this in our weekly celebration of successful learning.  Photos can be emailed to kasia.boydell@sthelens.org.uk     Thank you award   I would like to say a huge thank you to you, our parents/carers, during this lockdown – you have been amazing!       Introduction to Mr Joe Ellis – Vice Principal A big hello to students, staff and parents, and thank you to everyone who I have met in person so far for making me feel so welcome to the school community. I look forward to meeting everyone else in the coming weeks and months. I am moving to Hope from my current role at Deyes High in Liverpool as Assistant Headteacher where I have spent the last 9 years, and I am delighted to be returning to my hometown to help the students of Hope reach their full potential. Prior to my current role I was Head of Maths and also worked across various schools in the North West to help them improve their provision and student outcomes. I can’t wait to get started and work together to give the students the best opportunity to succeed.     Caterlink We will be extending the Menu offer during break and lunchtimes when students return. KS3 students will now have the opportunity to buy food at break.  Please ensure student accounts have funds on them before they return to school.   Year 8 and 9 Parent Consultation events Next week we will be hosting consultation events for year 9 on Wednesday and year 8 on Thursday. You should already have received your booking instruction and information.  If not please contact karon.lamb@sthelens.org.uk    Year 9 Options Our Virtual Options Evening took place on Wednesday. The deadline for completing the option selection forms is Wednesday 10th March 2021.  If you or your child has any queries please contact Hope.parent@sthelens.org.uk.  To support our year 9 students during the options process they will each have a 1:1 telephone meeting with a member of staff next week. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their career aspirations and which subjects will best support them to reach their goals. Click HERE to access Options 2021 information on our website.   Safety in the community   We have been made aware of an incident within the Newton community of a local student being approached by a man in a white van. This was not a Hope Academy student but we all still need to be vigilant. Please remind students of the importance of not speaking or engaging with strangers and that if they feel worried or upset about anything, they must report it.   Let’s keep our community safe.   Careers Noticeboard   Liverpool Football Club Foundation have ran the last two workshops for students; Hospitality Industry and Disability Inclusion. This week they launched another workshop all about Recruitment – I hope many of our year 11/13 students have made use of these fantastic opportunities. All LFC Foundation events have been listed on the noticeboard on Satchel One for all Year 11 and 13 students.   REMINDER TO ALL STUDENTS: There is a short survey on Satchel One for you to complete about all of the Careers activities you have participated in during this half term. Please complete it and thank you in advance!   REMINDER TO ALL PARENTS: Please can I request that you complete the very short parent voice survey on Careers – this will hugely help in terms of improving our careers provision across the academy. You can find this here: https://forms.gle/BN7RPrFgsYEZ4fAs6 Thank you in advance! Coming up   1-6th March National Careers Week: https://nationalcareersweek.com/ This week will consist of careers related assemblies and activities on Satchel One plus inspire sessions focused on Careers. Students will be accessing startprofile.com – our careers platform and there will also be a Careers Quiz and a competition! There are prizes to be won!! You can get free careers resources here: https://ncw2020.co.uk/         Humanities Twitter account The humanities team will be launching a new twitter account from Monday 1st March – please follow them https://twitter.com/HA_Humanities to keep up to day on all the exciting happening in the department.   Huge Congratulations to Chloe & Marc Doran in Year 8! Last half term, Chloe and Marc entered a National Computing Competition organised by ILM; Industrial Light and Music (George Lucas’ special effects company which produced Star Wars!) Both students participated by watching a webinar about computing concept artist and 3D computer modelling. They then went on to enter the competition. Chloe was shortlisted and Marc won the entire National Competition for his 3D modelling design of a predatory water creature. What an incredible achievement from both students and a huge well done for being so proactive during lockdown and getting involved in such a fantastic competition.   Both also attended a workshop over half term called the Virtual Plus Festival which included workshops on stop frame animation, binary, quantum computing and Alan Turing. The Computing Faculty are super impressed! Well done again, you should be very proud of yourselves.     More than Food! The Academy are an authorised distributor of food vouchers which means we are able to support struggling families much easier as we do not need to refer them to other agencies to obtain food vouchers, which can be used at foodbanks throughout the borough:   “There are so many stigmas attached with visiting a foodbank, most notably that all they give is food. The aim of Trussell Trust Foodbank is to help lift people out of crisis by giving short term food assistance and giving a more long term advice to aid the issues people may be facing. Everyone’s experience of poverty is different, and it’s vital that people receive tailored, dignified support. We can make referrals to Citizens Advice Bureau and give you pointers on the questions to ask to get specific advice for your situation. Households Into Work have also partnered with us to look at the barriers individuals may have trying to get employment and worth with them to break through these issues and move forward into jobs.  We can also make referrals to T.A.N.G.O, who are based in St. Helens and work to help others to help themselves by providing resources for the rebuilding of individual and family life. This is only a snapshot of the support we can offer at St Helens Foodbanks, if you are experiencing any difficulties or struggles please reach out to the school or ourselves and we can ensure you get the support you need. Contact us info@sthelens.foodbank.org.uk”   You can also email Kasia.Boydell@sthelens.org.uk, our chaplain at Hope Academy, for further information.   The Library Blog Keep up to date with Library news and events HERE.   Kasia’s Reflection During Half Term, Ash Wednesday marked the first day of the Lenten season leading up to Easter. On Ash Wednesday we have the opportunity to take stock of our lives, remember that we are human and get things wrong, and that we depend on God. It is a chance to return to God and say sorry for the things we do that hurt him. Many Christians mark this day by attending an Ash Wednesday Service, but this wasn’t possible for many this year, so online or home-made services were created by many, beginning this Lenten season with a change from the norm. We had a home-made service you could access on Satchel:One!   Lent is about fasting, giving and praying. It may feel after this past year that we have already given up a lot in our lives, so what more can we do to honour Lent? But we can fast rom things other than food – we can fast from hurting others and instead spread kindness. We can fast from anger and be filled with patience. We can fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others. We can give to our local foodbanks, give our time to check up on people we haven’t seen for a long time. We can make time to pray each day, or make our actions be a prayer of thanksgiving.   This Lenten season, what changes will you make?   We don’t have to announce what we do, but we are called to make a positive change in our lives. God sees all that we do, and we don’t need to seek glory from others.    God of love, rich in justice and mercy, May our Lenten journey open our hearts to reach out to others with love and joy, recognising that Christ is present in us all. Amen.

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