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Posted on: 22/10/2020

Head of School Blog - Week 7

HALF TERM HOLIDAYS

We have reached the first half term holiday of the year and I am sure that you are all very ready for a break and a well-deserved rest. Although this is holiday time, I need to ask you to please be mindful of the restrictions that are in place. St Helens has been categorised as being in Tier 3, very high. Further information on what you can do and cannot do in Tier 3 can be found on the below link:

www.sthelens.gov.uk/coronavirus/new-covid-19-measures

We all also need to be aware that as well as Merseyside, Greater Manchester is now also categorised under Tier 3, very high as of the 23rd October. For both counties, this means that we are not to travel outside of our areas unless for essential travel. Essential travel is classed as:

  • Work
  • Education
  • Medical reasons
  • Access to youth services
  • Caring responsibilities
  • Or as part of a longer journey

This is a difficult time for all of us and I am sure you have all had plans cancelled, but it is important that we stick to the guidance in order to keep our community safe.

TRACK AND TRACE

If your child tests positive over the half term break, please ensure that you inform the Academy. You can contact the academy on 01744 671930 or email hopeacademy@sthelens.org.uk .We are keeping our own internal track and trace system which allows us to evaluate quickly and efficiently which students need to isolate.

I would like to thank parents for your support in this matter and your positive feedback throughout this term has been welcomed and appreciated by both staff and Governors.

YEAR 7 WELCOME SERVICE

Last week we held our first virtual Year 7 Welcome Service. Over 130 parents, carers and grandparents were able to join us to officially welcome the children to our Hope Community .It was a beautiful service with readings from both Rev’d Chris Stafford and Father Simon Gore. For any of you who could not make the event, or for those that would like to watch it again, it is available on our website. Click HERE to view.

HARVEST FESTIVAL COLLECTION

Since 5th October we have been collecting food for our annual donation to St. Helens Foodbank. This year Hope Academy has surpassed itself, with so many families giving what they can to help those in need. On Thursday 22nd October, the donations were taken to St. Helens Foodbank and weighed. Last year we took 165kg. This year it looks like it could be above 500kg! We will announce the final weighing when we have it confirmed.

Special mention goes to 10A who since the announcement of the Harvest Collection right the way through to the last day have brought in an astounding amount of food!

Year 7 have also gone above and beyond with the amount they have contributed, and Year 11 have brought in a great amount too!

Thank you for your kindness and generosity in reaching out to support those in need in our local community.

TIER 2 PLAN AND BLENDED LEARNING

As we enter into further restrictions, we have to plan ahead for the possibility that students will have more and more home learning introduced from the Government. Presently, in terms of education, we are still in Tier 1, which means all students are on site unless isolating. If this changes to Tier 2, students will move into a rota basis meaning two weeks on site and two weeks at home, remote learning. See below:

Phase 1

15th - 26th June

• Yr12 Afternoon Supervised Study Sessions
• Yr10 Learning Review Morning
• Home Learning all other years

Phase 2

29th June - 17th June

• Yr12 Targeted Teaching
• Yr10 Targeted Teaching
• Home Learning all other years

Phase 3

September Onwards - Tier 1

• Following Government Guidance for Full Year Group bubbles

Phase 4

Tier 2 Plan - Local Restrictions

• 2 Week Rota System for all year groups
• Year 7, 9 and 11 - Group 1
• Year 8, 10 and 13 - Group 2

Tier 3 Plan - Local Restrictions

Tier 4 Plan -

• Tier 3 - Dfe guidance on which year groups are to be prioritised (to limit on-site attendance to just vulnerable children and young people, the children of critical workers and selected year groups)  
• Tier 4 goes further to limit attendance to just vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers at all settings.

We have created a blended learning plan and this will ensure that the students at home receive the same education as the students on site.

Further details on the Tier 2 plan and Blended learning will be available on our website next week.

LORIC

At Hope Academy we believe there are five core learning attributes that are essential for ensuring our students become powerful learners: Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative, and Communication. We believe that developing these learning qualities in our students better prepares them for the next steps in their lives.

After a significant amount of time with students engaging in remote learning we want to focus on how well students are settling back into and coping with full time classroom based learning. We also believe that current assessment data will not provide a true reflection of student ability and instead should be used as a tool to inform planning and address gaps.

As such, we will be providing students with their learning profile for this half-term and their LORIC focus for each subject area. We believe that this is currently the most important factor that they should be focusing on. As the year progresses we will begin to provide assessment data alongside learning profiles to give an indication of academic progress.

Caterlink at Hope Academy

We have recently reviewed the catering currently available to students and I’m pleased to confirm that the outdoor catering hub will open for years 7, 9 and 11 students from Monday 2nd November.  The following will be available:

  • Pizza
  • Sausage Rolls
  • Baguettes – individual and part of meal deal
  • Variety of snacks and drinks

Kasia’s Reflection

During our Inspire sessions this week we have been focusing on Black History Month, an annual month-long celebration to appreciate all the great history Black people have contributed to the world. Throughout our morning sessions and around the screens in the Academy we have commemorated some of the greatest black leaders, activists, artists and philanthropists in history.

One person we have looked at was Harriet Tubman; an American political activist. Although she was born into slavery, Harriet escaped and subsequently made 13 missions to rescue about 70 enslaved people. She did this by using a network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

Let’s reflect on some words from Harriet which inspired her to do all she could to help others:

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

Lord,

Help us to remember we have the strength within us

To change the world for the better.

Amen

Thank you to Students

I would just like to say a big thank you to all our students for their impeccable behaviour this half term. I am extremely proud of each and every one of them. They have returned to the academy with positivity, a willingness to learn and have adapted to the changes with great resilience. They are ‘Outstanding in all we do’.

Uniform

I would also like to thank both students and parents for your support with the academy’s uniform standards. The standard has been excellent and it has been a joy to see all students arriving at the academy wearing their uniform as it should be. I would especially like to thank you for your support with shoes and handbags. The students look fantastic and are showcasing the academy at its best within the community.

Thank you to Staff

Finally, I would like to thank the dedicated staff at Hope Academy. They have been nothing short of remarkable and I am prouder every day to be part of the Hope Academy team. I hope you all have a restful half term and I look forward to welcoming you back on the 2nd November.

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

Monday 2nd November

Academy re-opens

W/b 2nd November

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

Wednesday 11th November

Year 11 Virtual Preparing to Perform Event 1

Thursday 19th November

Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening

Monday 30th November

Year 11 Mocks until 11th December

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