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Posted on: 02/10/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 4

COVID Update

As you are aware we have been advised of two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in year 11 this week.  The two confirmed cases in year 11 are not related and were contracted in the community and not within school.  This resulted in eight year 11 students being informed to self-isolate until 14th October.  Self-isolating students, who are not experiencing symptoms, will continue to access lessons and homework via Satchel One.

Today we are really pleased to welcome back our year 9 ‘Bubble’.  As I reported last week the students engaged excellently with home learning and interacted with ‘live’ Collective Worship and Inspire sessions throughout their isolation period.  They have thoroughly enjoyed their first day back as they are now able to access an increased hot menu from the canteen. With it being Friday, the students have the pleasure of Fish and Chips! Please click HERE for full menu details. 

Public Health St Helens Meeting

On Monday, 28th September, Mr Ferguson and I held a virtual meeting with Public Health St Helens to discuss the cases. The purpose of the meeting was to look at our systems within the Academy. I am very pleased to report that not only were Public Health St Helens impressed with our protocols and in house Track and Trace system, they now want to use us as an example of good practice! Please see comments we received below:

Next Steps

  • The school has shown extremely well managed practices that have ensured they are on top of the cases.
  • There are no further actions required.
  • The school will keep in touch with track and trace if there are any further cases.
  • Public Health St Helens would like to share the learning and good practices that the school has implemented.

I would like to thank our dedicated staff at the Academy. This is a team approach and I am grateful for everyone’s efforts to keep our Hope community safe.

Masks

Students and staff are required to wear masks in all communal areas of the Academy.  We now have a stock of masks which can be purchased for £1.00 from our Uniform Shop via the website.  If your child arrives to school without a mask you will be contacted and asked to purchase one.

https://app.parentpay.com/ParentPayShop/Uniform/Default.aspx?shopid=560 

If you have any queries please contact your child’s pastoral team. 

Please also remind your child that they must wear a mask whilst using school buses unless exempt.  If students decide not to follow this rule they will be unable to use school transport.

Walking to and from School

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.

Executive Meeting

On the 24th September, I met with the Head Boy, Head girl, and the Year 11 Executive team for the first time. The students were asked to think about what they believe their strengths are and how this could support the Academy. The responses we received were fantastic with such a variation of strengths that we can only be excited for what this year will bring. The next meeting will take place before the October half term and students will be feeding back on Raising Achievement sessions and the Preparing to Perform event as well as further discussions on their individual roles within the team.  I look forward to working with them during the year.

Careers in the Curriculum Day – Monday 28th September

On Monday we had our first Careers in the Curriculum Day of the academic year! It was a huge success, there was some fantastic work shared on Twitter from Science, Design technology, Computing and English to name a few! Check out https://twitter.com/hope_careers to see more.

ASK Apprenticeships – Year 11 had the privilege of experiencing a live virtual talk about apprenticeships from Jan Agger. Jan would usually come in and deliver an assembly to our students but due to current circumstances we adapted our provision so the students didn’t miss out.

During Miss Davies’ assemblies this week she shared some employer engagement videos. These videos featured a Celebrity Fashion Stylist, a Hearing Health Practitioner for Boots, a Personal Trainer and a Business Manager for O2. A huge thank you to those guests who recorded exclusively for Hope Academy students to share their job roles and how their day-to-day working life has been impacted by Covid-19.

The Careers Office has moved from the GM area up to the 6th Form Study area and 1-2-1 Personal Guidance interviews will begin next week for year 11. The 6th Form area has had a revamp with up-to-date 2021 university prospectuses and Apprenticeship information.

STEPs Careers activity booklets have been launched this week on Satchel One for ALL year groups. They are in the format of editable PDF’s that students can download onto their devices and complete the activities that have been set. Students must complete the task set by the deadline but do not need to upload these back onto Satchel One yet as they will be working through them (as and when instructed) throughout the year. These are a valuable resource so please encourage your child to use them.

Startprofile.com – the Careers platform we use is currently being relaunched. Usernames and passwords will be distributed to students in due course. All access to startprofile.com activities/tasks will be set on Satchel One and accessed at home.

Thank you to Miss Davies for leading our Careers programme and ensuring that our students have access to inspiring CEIAG opportunities.

Year 5/6 Primary Roadshows

Primary Roadshows have continued again this week. Mr Robinson and I have hosted TEAMs meetings for year 5 and 6 children with 2 primary schools and 2 more to come next week.  The meetings have been very successful.  The following year 7/8 students also attended the meetings with their previous primary schools to answer a wide range of questions: Tamzyn B, Betsi S and Lucas L.

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

We are unable to host our normal open event this year but we do have a wonderful 3D Tour. Click HERE to access the tour.  Further information about our Virtual Open Event can be found on our website. Click HERE.

Kasia’s Reflection

This week our focus during Inspire Time has been our future careers.

Looking for and finding a good job can be very daunting in today’s economy, but we can look to God to guide us and place us where we can be of most service.

He also knows where we will be content and reach our highest potential. Praying and asking for His guidance and blessing as we plan our careers will help us find our right path:

“May the favour of the Lord be upon us, and establish the work of our hands.” (Psalm 90:17)

The Bible tells us that God has a plan for each of our lives, and it is far bigger than we can imagine, or plan for ourselves.

At the moment in these times, the future for everyone feels a bit big or overwhelming. Remember that God made you, gave you your own unique gifts and talents, and will give you the courage to become the best you can be:

“For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you.  Plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Remembering Mr Brooker

Finally, yesterday we remembered, as a community, our colleague Mr Brooker who sadly passed away 12 months ago.  Kasia led a beautiful service for Mr Brooker’s form group and close colleagues. 

A Eucalyptus tree was planted in our Hope garden and students laid pebbles at the base of the tree whilst taking time to remember the special times they had shared with him.  Mr Brooker will always have a special place in our hearts and our Hope community.  God bless.

Take care and stay safe.

Mrs Adams

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

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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