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Posted on: 19/03/2021

Principal's Blog - Week 24

I am very pleased to report that students have settled back into the routine of school extremely well following their return from remote home learning. This is a testament to their courage, strength and ambition to succeed in the face of adversity.  Hopefully we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel and if we all, as a community, continue to follow government guidelines, we will see the wider opening of shops in April followed by the removal of all legal limits on social distancing by 21st June.  During each phase of the roadmap out of lockdown, we must remember that COVID-19 remains a part of our lives.  We are going to have to keep living our lives differently to keep ourselves and others safe by continuing with ‘hands, face, space’ and complying with the COVID-Secure measures that remain in place.  This is the only way to ensure a continued exit route from the current lockdown restrictions.

Lateral Flow Testing of Students

This week we have continued to undertake student Lateral Flow testing where parental consent has been given.  By Wednesday 24th March, each year group will have had three on-site tests in line with government guidelines and therefore the responsibility for student testing will transfer to parents. Each student will be supplied with two packs of home testing kits containing full instructions on how to conduct and process the tests. 

You are required to register all home testing results as follows www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or call 119.  We also ask that you register each test result via the following form (click HERE to access) this will ensure that we have full details of home testing.  We recommend that you test every Sunday and Wednesday evening or Monday and Thursday morning before school.  Further information can be found HERE.

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.

Cycling to School

Before the Christmas break a number of students took part in a Level 3 Bikeability course.  We will be arranging further courses and encouraging students who do cycle to school to take part.  Members of the local community have reported students acting irresponsibly and dangerously whilst travelling to and from school.  We will be asking all students who wish to continue cycling to school to take part in the Level 3 course. Further information will follow in the coming weeks but in the meantime, can you please remind your children of the dangers of cycling irresponsibly.

Stranger Danger

It has been brought to our attention that a man followed two young female students on their way to Culcheth High School on Thursday. Please make sure that your children are aware of the safety precautions they should take when travelling to and from school.  Incidents like this are rare but we need to ensure our children are alert and do not place themselves in dangerous situations.

Cannabis Sweets

St Helens Safeguarding Children in Education Coordinator has made us aware of edible Cannabis Sweets which are believed to be extremely strong and designed to appeal to younger people.  We want to share this information with you, our parents and carers and ask that you remain vigilant.

Lunch and Break – Menus and Price List

Now that all year groups have returned to the Academy we are now operating a much fuller lunch and break menu. Caterlink have provided us with an updated menu and price list. Click HERE to access.

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! 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: 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

NCS – Year 11

Year 11 have an additional assembly on Wednesday 31st March from NCS. A youth programme like no other and designed specially for 16 and 17 year olds, the NCS experience will give students a clearer idea of what they want for their future. Find out more here: https://wearencs.com/summer