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Posted on: 12/03/2021

Principal's Blog - Week 23

It was wonderful to arrive at the Academy on Monday morning knowing that we would be welcoming students back on a daily basis.  It’s fantastic to once again feel and hear the buzz of a full school. Students have returned happy, energised and ready to learn.

Lateral Flow Testing of Students

As you are aware, we have been conducting student Lateral Flow testing where parental consent has been given.  We are extremely pleased that over 90% of our student community has permission to be tested and I’d like to thank you, as parents and carers, for your support. It will help us to identify non-symptomatic positive tests and respond accordingly.

I cannot praise our on-site testing team highly enough.  For the vast majority of students returning to the Academy, this week was the first time they had experienced COVID testing.  Students were supported by our onsite test team who calmly and professionally demonstrated to students how to conduct the test properly. 

Once all students have had 3 on-site Lateral Flow tests, they will then be required to undertake testing at home with parental supervision. Kits containing 7 individual tests will be distributed in school for students to take home.  You will be required to register all home testing results as follows www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or call 119. You may wish to prepare for the home testing by reading How to do a Rapid COVID-19 Self-Test.

Asymptomatic testing information for parents and adults in households with children at school or college

Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.

Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

  • through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
  • by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
  • by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most.

If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.

Children of primary school age (and younger) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.

Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.

Year 11 Parent Information Evening

We held a very successful meeting with year 11 students and parents on Wednesday evening where we shared information about the awarding of grades for GCSE and vocational subjects in summer 2021.If you were unable to attend the meeting, the recording and presentation are available on our website. Please click HERE for further information.

Year 8 and 9 Parent Consultation events

I would like to thank parents for their feedback following last week’s consultation events. It was lovely to read such positive comments.

Year 9 Options

Coaching meetings for year 9 students will continue this week. If you have any queries about options please contact Hope.parent@sthelens.org.uk.  Click HERE to access Options 2021 information on our website.

Resource Bus

During lockdown our Resource Bus toured the local area to allow students to collect any items of stationary they needed.  This has been celebrated widely on social media. Please click here to read one of the many articles.

Screen Free Friday

As you are aware, the Academy actively supported Mental Health awareness during remote learning and arranged two screen free days.  Kasia has once again prepared a celebration video of Screen Free Friday held on 5th March. Click here to watch the video.

Readathon Star!

Year 8 student, Lissy Mann took part in our recent Readathon and raised an amazing £80 by reading for an incredible six hours during Screen Free Friday on 5th March.  Congratulations Lissy, you truly are a Readathon Star!

The Library Blog

Keep up to date with Library news and events HERE.

Computing News

Does your teen enjoy making things with technology? The Raspberry Pi Foundation is hosting an exciting, global technology showcase for young people, called Coolest Projects. It’s online, free to take part in, and open to all young people up to age 18. Get started at home with their free digital making resources:

  • Explore more than 200 free step-by-step project guides for learning coding at home
  • Download our free Coolest Projects workbook that walks you through the creation process, from brainstorming to picking a project

Visit the Coolest Projects website to get started right away!

Careers Opportunities:

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!

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: louise.davies@sthelens.org.uk

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

UK UNIVERSITY & APPRENTICESHIP VIRTUAL CAREERS FAIR – YEAR 11/13

Wednesday 17th March 12-6pm

A FREE virtual fair is a fun and easy way to explore over 100 universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers from anywhere with an internet connection. Speak directly with a range of exhibitors to ask any questions you have about your next steps, view , take part in 10 live and interactive , and be in with the chance of winning a .

Sign up here: https://ukunisearch.vfairs.com

Year 11 & 13

There are several vacancies already available on our website; visit Apprenticeship Vacancies (waterside-training.co.uk) to find out more information on the following opportunities now available;

  • Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship at AB World Foods, Leigh  (31/4/21)
  • Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship at Getrag Ford, Liverpool      (31/4/21)
  • Multi-skilled Engineering Apprenticeship at Waterside Training           (31/5/21)
  • Multi-skilled Engineering Apprenticeship at AB World Foods, Leigh    (31/4/21)
  • Multi-skilled Engineering Apprenticeship at Globe Heat Treatments, Knowsley  (31/4/21)

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!

Kasia’s Reflection

It has been absolutely wonderful to welcome students and staff back this week. The ability to reconnect again and to move closer to the light at the end of the tunnel has been joyous. To hear laughter and chatter in the corridors and canteen has been a welcome sound to all!

We have returned to Hope Academy during the Season of Lent, which gives us chance to reflect upon how our actions affect others, and how we can show kindness and charity to the world around us. This has been so important this week as we returned. Let us carry on showing kindness to all as we reconnect more with each other over these coming weeks.

Let us pray:

May God make our return to Hope Academy a happy one.

Not by shielding us from all sorrows and pain, but by strengthening us to bear it as it comes.

Not by making our path easy, but by making us sturdy to travel any path.

Not by taking hardships from us, but by taking fear from our hearts.

Not by granting us unbroken sunshine, but by keeping our faces bright, even in the shadows.

Not by making our lives always pleasant, but by showing us when people need us most we want to be kind, compassionate and helpful.

May God’s love, peace hope and joy be with us for our time ahead.

Amen.

 

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