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Posted on: 25/09/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 3

COVID-19 Update

Firstly, can I thank students and parents for your swift response and support this week in ensuring that any student with COVID-19 symptoms has been tested. It is vital that we work together during this time to ensure the safety of our school community and I fully appreciate your efforts. As you are aware, our Year 9 ‘Bubble’ are currently self-isolating following two positive results within the Academy last weekend. As the week progressed, a further member of the Academy tested positive resulting in three members of staff and 6 students testing positive within the bubble.  I would like to thank you for your support and positive feedback in these difficult times.  Self-isolating students have engaged excellently with home learning and interacted with Inspire sessions, lessons and subject specific team meets which will continue next week.

If students are having any problems with accessing their work or joining the Collective Worship or Inspire sessions, the Year 9 Pastoral team are available to help. Please contact them by emailing either Lorrel.blackhall@sthelens.org.uk or Alison.brown@sthelens.org.uk 

We look forward to welcoming staff and students back to the Academy next week.

School Transport

It has been brought to our attention that a small number of students are not wearing face coverings/masks whilst using school transport.  Please remind your child that they must wear a mask on buses unless exempt.  If children decide not to follow this rule, this may result in them being unable to use school transport.

Walking to and from School

It is important that we follow the guidance from the Government to try and keep the community safe. With this in mind, I would like to remind you and students that they should be following the ‘rule of six’ whilst making their way to and from the Academy.  They should also ensure they adhere to social distancing guidelines which apply outdoors as well as indoors and includes children.

Hand Washing and Face Covering

Students are reminded to continue to regularly wash their hands and wear a face covering where required.  Face coverings are now part of your child’s daily equipment so make sure that they do not leave home without their mask. If students do forget their masks, we have a supply at the Academy to purchase.

Careers in the Curriculum Day – Monday 28th September

Monday is our first Careers in the Curriculum Day of this academic year.  Each lesson will have an explicit link to careers. Keep updated with events by following Twitter https://twitter.com/hope_careers

Hope Library and Word of the Week

The library is currently undergoing a re-vamp and will re-open for students and staff in the next few weeks.  Our new Librarian, Dr Joanne Ashcroft is very excited about the re-opening and is working hard to ensure the library will be a harmonious place for students to study. Dr Ashcroft currently spends lunchtimes in the outside zones running the mobile library which is proving very popular with the students. All books are quarantined for 72 hours on return.

The word of the week next week is VISION.  Interesting facts and meanings will be shared with students during Inspire and they will also be introduced to ‘See It Like a Poet’ Week which include National Poetry Day – an annual celebration of poetry and all thing poetical.     

Caterlink – Meal provision

This week has seen a full menu selection for our year 11 students.  This will be extended to year 9 students when they return.  Please click HERE for full details

Year 5/6 Primary Roadshows

Primary Roadshows are one of our favourite annual events and although we are unable to hold our traditional Open Day this year we couldn’t miss the opportunity to ‘meet’ with our primary partners to showcase our wonderful students and amazing facilities.  On Saturday we opened the doors of the Academy to Georgia from hi-impact who has produced an amazing 3D tour of the academy.  Jenna from year 8 gave up some of her weekend to take a starring role in welcoming virtual visitors into Hope Academy.  Click HERE to access the tour.

This week, along with Mr Robinson, I have hosted TEAMs meetings for year 5 and 6 children with 8 primary schools and 3 more to come next week.  The meetings have been very successful and I have thoroughly enjoyed hosting them. The following year 8 students also attended the meetings with their old primary schools to answer a wide range of questions. 

Izzy L, Arianna F, Cole H, Isabella P, Chloe D, Daniel W, Izzy T, Jenna F, Hayden D, Lucy L, Joe P, Raori L, Andre K, Amelia M-H, Morgan R and Ruby B.

Myself and Mr Robinson are incredible proud of each and every one of the students who supported these important meetings - they certainly were ‘Outstanding in all we do’. 

Further information about our Virtual Open Event can be found on our website. Click HERE.

Stranger Danger

Following reported incidents in Standish, Orrell and Billinge can you please remind your children not to speak to strangers and inform them of what they should do if they are ever approached by someone.  They must never get into anyone's car if they don't know them and should always contact the Police for help if they feel unsafe. If possible they should raise alarm with other people so they are not isolated on their own.  We do not wish to worry you or your children but any reported incident of this nature must be taken seriously.

St Helens Children’s Centre Virtual Timetable

Children's Centres have continued to deliver a wide range of activities and support to the children and families across the borough.  In order to continue to support children and families and adhere to the recently updated Government guidelines they will continue to offer support via a virtual format (Whatsapp and Microsoft Teams). Please click HERE for the latest timetable of activities.

Kasia’s Reflection

Monday was the International Day of Peace; a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. The theme for 2020 is “Shaping Peace Together,” and during this week’s Inspire Sessions students have discovered more about shaping peace by learning about how to be aware of extremism and how to get help if it is suspected someone you know has been radicalised. By doing this we can strive for a more peaceful and safer world. We try to spread compassion, kindness and hope throughout our Academy so everyone feels safe and secure. Let us shape peace together:

Lead us from death to Life, from falsehood to Truth.

Lead us from despair to Hope, from fear to Trust.

Lead us from hate to Love, from war to Peace.

Let Peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.

Amen

(The Universal Prayer of Peace)

“Peace is not merely the absence of war. Nor can it be reduced solely to the maintenance of a balance of power between enemies. Nor is it brought about by dictatorship. Instead, it is rightly and appropriately called ‘an enterprise of justice’ (Is. 32:7). Peace results from that harmony built into human society by its divine founder, and actualized by people as they thirst after ever greater justice.”

Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes, #78

Finally, please remember the ‘rule of six’ and social distancing - take care and stay safe.

Mrs Adams

 

Please see below important diary dates from now until the end of December.

Further information about events below will be sent directly to parents in weeks.

 

Friday 2nd October

Year 7 Flu Vaccinations

Wednesday 14th October

Year 7 Virtual Welcome Event

Wednesday 11th November

Year 11 Virtual Preparing to Perform Event 1

Monday 30th November

Year 11 Mocks until 11th December

Monday 7th December

Year 7 CATS Tests/KS3 Progress (Lit & Num)

 

 

 

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