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Posted on: 26/03/2021

Principal's Blog - Week 25

I am extremely pleased to be able to confirm that we have now completed a successful programme of Lateral Flow Testing of students at the Academy.  In line with government guidelines, students will now need to continue to test twice weekly from home. Each student has been supplied with two packs of home testing kits containing full instructions on how to conduct and process tests. 

It is imperative that you register the result of each home test via www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or call 119.  We also need you register every test result by completing the following form (click HERE to access) this will ensure that we have full details of home testing and will be vital for our internal track and trace.  We recommend that you test every Sunday and Wednesday evening or Monday and Thursday morning before school.  Further information can be found HERE.

I would like to acknowledge the outstanding effort and professionalism of the staff involved in the organisation and implementation of the testing programme at the Academy. Since 8th January, they have completed a total of 6,142 tests!  This has been an immense undertaking and the continuation of home testing of students and staff ensures that we are able to keep our community safe during these challenging times. I would also like to thank you, as parents and carers, for your continued support. If we continue to work together as a team, we will continue to keep ourselves and the wider community safe.

Community Collect testing service launches in St Helens Borough

From today, households of school children, members of support bubbles, childcare and those in related occupations can collect Covid-19 home testing kits from selected sites across St Helens Borough, subject to availability.

The community Collect testing service is planned to be rolling out to all St Helens Borough residents in the near future.

About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still pass it on to others. Twice weekly symptom-free (rapid lateral flow) testing of people without coronavirus symptoms is important to help stop the virus from spreading and protect your loved ones.

Home testing kits can be collected from the following walk-in sites;

  • St Marys Indoor Market, St Helens Town Centre, WA10 1AR - Monday to Friday, 8.30am–6pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10am–3pm.
  • Fairclough Street Car Park, Earlestown, Newton-le-Willows WA12 9QR - open Monday to Friday, 1.30pm to 7pm.
  • Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows WA12 0HQ – open Monday to Friday, 1.30pm to 7pm.

There is no need to make an appointment to collect a home test kit. Do not visit a collection site outside of opening hours, as they could be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside of these times. If you are 18 or over you can collect 2 packs of home test kits, each pack contains 7 tests.

Secondary Schools and Colleges will continue to provide tests for students to complete twice weekly at home until further notice.

Sue Forster, Director of Public Health for St Helens Borough Council, said: “Testing is quick and easy and step-by-step instructions are included in the test kits. As lockdown restrictions gradually ease, testing will be key for us to all need to play our part to help protect each other. All local residents can get tested by attending a symptom-free testing site for a supervised Covid-19 test.”

If you have any coronavirus symptoms – a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of sense of smell or taste – it’s vital that you do not attend a test site and instead book a test online at www.gov.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.”

For more information about testing locally, visit: https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/

Y11 Promfest!

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that we will be holding a Prom for our current year 11 students on Wednesday 23rd June. We have decided this year to hold the Prom onsite and I am very excited to inform you of the plans that are being put in place. The reason we have decided to hold the Prom onsite is due to the possibility that the roadmap out of COVID for public venue events could get delayed.

I met with our student executive team this week and they were all very excited and had some wonderful ideas for the evening. As a team, we decided that the dress code will be smart/casual (no sportswear), the reason being that it may not be as easy this year to source traditional prom outfits and I would hope this will eliminate some stress for you. The event could also be cancelled with very little notice due to local or national restrictions.

I will update you further with more exciting details in the coming weeks.

Extra-Curricular Activities

We have now started to introduce an extra-curricular offer via the Sports curriculum, please see below. We will also be extending this to other subject clubs after Easter. More details will follow.

 

Kasia’s Reflection

Wednesday was a National Day of Reflection to mark the anniversary of the first lockdown. We have all been through so much, travelling on different boats but through the same storm. We should be proud at what we have achieved and overcome to be here as we are today. As we reflect on what that year has been like for us all, here is an extract from the statement from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales to help us gather our thoughts:

“In reflection we ponder on all that has taken place; in prayer we bring this to our Heavenly Father.

There is so much on which to reflect and include in our prayer. We reflect in sorrow on all those who have died, whether family members, friends or those unknown to us personally. We reflect with compassion on all those who have suffered during this last year, whether through illness, stress, financial disaster or family tensions. We pray for their ongoing resilience, courage and capacity to forgive.

We reflect with thanksgiving for the generosity, inventiveness, self-sacrifice and determination shown by so many in this most difficult of times. We pray for them, thanking God for their gifts and dedication.

We reflect in hope that we will build our society into a better shape, more compassionate, less marked by inequalities, more responsive to needs and deprivation.

May our prayer be that this pandemic comes to an end and that the gift of God’s Holy Spirit will carry us all forward to a new and better life, both here and in the world to come.”

Amen

 

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