Posted on: 18/06/2021 Principal's Blog - Week 34 I hope you are all enjoying the lovely spell of warm weather we are having. As we continue to experience hot weather, it’s really important that your child brings a water bottle to school each day. They can be re-filled with cool water from a number of fountains based around the building during break and lunch.
Due to the increase in new positive cases in the local area, the Academy will be re-introducing a number of controls measures from Monday 21st June until further notice. Click HERE to read my letter to parents.
The Delta variant is believed to be up to 60 per cent more transmissible, and therefore the wearing of face coverings in communal spaces and on school buses remains crucially important. From Monday 21st June students will also:
be required to wear face coverings in classrooms during lessons and in all social areas throughout the Academy
undertake twice weekly Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) which will be conducted during the school day by Academy staff. If your child is absent for a non-covid related reason they should continue to test twice weekly at home. Testing kits are available from pastoral offices.
The aim of the re-introduction of the above control measures is to help contain the spread of the virus and help keep students, teachers and our local community safe.
The local authority have issued updated COVID-19 Community Safety advice – click here to access.
Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has today written to secondary school and college parents and guardians in England to talk about the importance of regular testing when it comes to keeping covid out of the classroom. Click HERE to access the letter
Goodbye Year 13
Today we said goodbye to our Year 13s. We held a ceremony in the Academy Garden which included reflections and prayer, a speech about the stories from their last seven years here, farewell messages from staff, and a presentation of gifts. It was a beautiful morning and a lovely way to say our goodbyes and offer our well wishes. We wish all our Year 13s the very best on their future paths.
Year 10 Mock Examinations
Year 10 students will begin their mock examination on Monday. Students have received copies of their individual timetables last week. The full timetable can be found HERE. Please remind students to bring a bottle of water, their equipment and to have a healthy breakfast to kick start their day. Good Luck!!
The Brilliant Club
I have previously celebrated in my Blog (week 28) how year 10 students had successfully taken part in The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme and that Thomas O’Rouke achieved an equivalent 1st Class grade for his essay.
We have now been informed that his final assignment is going to be included in the next edition of The Scholar (The Brilliant Clubs academic journal of outstanding pupil’s work). Huge congratulations to Thomas! We will receive a copy of The Scholar to share with Thomas when it is published.
Megan Glanister – Year 7
I am extremely pleased to share some exciting news with you all. Megan (pictured left with her sister and brother) has recently won first prize in a Diabetes UK competition. The competition asked children and young people affected by diabetes to show what the condition meant to them. Megan prepared a video detailing how diabetes effects families. Thank you to Kasia for supporting Megan’s entry. Clare Howarth, head of the north of England at Diabetes UK, said “We’d like to say a huge congratulations to Megan on her winning entry. It was wonderful to see the effort and care she has taken to share her experiences and awareness of diabetes.”
Megan will be organising fundraising events for Diabetes in school in the coming weeks and months.
Megan appeared on the front page of our local St Helens Star. Click HERE to read the article.
Well done Megan – our Hope community are very proud of you and we look forward to supporting your fundraising efforts in the coming weeks.
Year 11 CEIAG Blended Learning
The first 2 weeks of our 3 week blended learning timetable has been a huge success with our year 11 students! A jam-packed timetable of live, recorded and in-house sessions has been running through the week. These sessions have supported students with their future planning and transition to the next stage of their career pathway. A huge THANK YOU to all of the external providers involved; St Helens College, Warrington & Vale Royal College, Winstanley College, Priestley College and Edgehill University, WellSaid Education and Liverpool John Moores University! The online live sessions have also been attended very well by our students; this week’s live zoom sessions have included CV Writing, Key Roles in the NHS, Construction and how to find part time work. Class of 2021 – make sure you tune in for next week’s sessions!
“I found both sessions very interesting and informative. The University session helped me to learn new things about money management and student loans. The college session gave me an introduction to taster days coming up and how to view and amend my courses online”
“I really enjoyed the Liverpool John Moores session, it opened new understanding about how university works and the use of Kahoot was really fun”
“Liverpool John Moores University provided a really helpful insight into universities and allowed me to explore options as well as identify the pros and cons”
“I really liked how friendly and open the presenter (Andrew) was. The session was informative and reassuring – he talked about the importance of choosing the right university for you”
Year 10 Careers Opportunities: Deadline for completion 31st August
VIRTUAL WORK EXPERIENCE – YEAR 10 with Springpod
Open to all year 10 students! As work experience cannot run in its usual way, we have a solution! You can sign up to one of many virtual work experience opportunities! Springpod are working with a variety of top employers in the UK to provide free and live experiences in some of the most sought after industries. Experiences include; Journalism, Dentistry, Fashion, Law, Hospitality, Veterinary, Business Management, NHS medical and non-medical and TV and Film to name a few – something for everyone! Details also on Satchel One under Personal Development for students to access.
All students need to do is go to: https://www.springpod.co.uk/work-experience/ and search for an experience/insight day of interest. Sign up, parental/carer consent on application and include teacher details if requested: Miss L Davies: Career Lead and email: email@example.com
The benefits of work experience are:
Meet professionals in interactive workshops
Real work with real teams – work on projects/assignments to show employers what you can do
Get ahead with new knowledge and skills
Build your profile and portfolio, earn certificates that will assist with you creating a stand out CV and personal statement
A huge well done to all students who have completed the virtual work experience so far – keep going!!!
Congratulations to Faith Riddell for completing a work experience at Bannister Solicitors during the May Half Term! Faith made a fantastic impression. Faith was very proactive in organising a real life work placement in addition to the virtual ones.
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!
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