Dear Parents and Carers,

Following a substantial risk assessment, I have made the decision that we will continue to open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children after half term. These students will arrive and leave site through the F&G gate where we will provide hand sanitising facilities. Students attending are asked to bring their own lunch. We have relaxed the uniform requirements as we recognise that blazers and ties cannot be easily washed. From 1st June students are required to wear school trousers or skirt and a white shirt. Trainers are permitted as they can be washed in a machine.

In the government’s press release on the 11th May, it is suggested that there needs to be ‘some face-to-face contact with young people in Year 10 and Year 12 to help them prepare for exams. From June 1st , we are putting into place all measures required by our risk assessment to ensure that we can do this in a safe and controlled environment. From June 15th, our intention is to offer every Year 10 and Year 12 student socially distanced one to one tutorials with a single member of teaching staff. Each student will have a 45 minute tutorial with a member of staff to review their learning over lockdown and plan next steps for September. We are conscious that lockdown has had a detrimental effect on student progress as well as staff and student mental health and wellbeing. Staff have spoken about how they have enjoyed being back in the building and seeing students; however, our risk assessment informs us that we cannot safely carry out typical teaching. This tutorial plan is the safest option, minimises risk and is a step on the road back to normality.

After half term Year 10 and Year 12 parents will receive invitations to book an appointment for their child in the same way as you have booked parents evening appointments previously. We recognise that parents and carers will be concerned because of the potential risks to their child. We have sought to minimise risk by putting the following measures in place:

  • Students attending tutorials will separately enter and exit the Ordnance Street site through the main reception.
  • Hand sanitising facilities will be available when they exit and enter the building.
  • Tutorials will be at different times to reduce the number of students on site.
  • Uniform requirements are the same as outlined above.
  • Social distancing of at least 2 metres will be observed at all times.
  • Cleaners will sanitise the areas used between each appointment, including push panels on doors, stair rails and furniture.
  • Students attending tutorial sessions will have access to separate toilet and handwashing facilities on D corridor which will be regularly sanitised.
  • Dining facilities will not be available.

For students in receipt of free school meals we are continuing to provide school lunches through the Edenred voucher system.

We continue to provide assemblies each day for our students and many thanks to the staff and students who are supporting this. In future we plan to offer class meetings with form tutors using Microsoft Teams. We plan to carry out our usual end of year celebration assemblies with all year groups and there will be opportunities to praise and celebrate the many students who continue to work so diligently at home.

My first consideration will always be the health and safety of our community.

God Bless,

Mrs D. Lennon

PARENTS OF YEAR 9 TO 13 STUDENTS STUDYING VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Please see attached letter.

OPTIONS PROCESS FOR CURRENT YEAR 8 PUPILS

As will be aware, we had to carry out our Options process online due to Covid 19. I can inform you that we are now in the process of allocating students to their preferred Option choices.

During this process, please understand that we will do our utmost to enable your child to follow their preferred choices but if a course is not suited to your child, the course is oversubscribed, or a very small number of students have selected a course, your child’s preferred choice may not be allocated.

We are looking at completing this part of the process within the first two weeks back after the May half term. After this time, we will be in a position to inform you of the outcome of your child’s allocated Option choices.

Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for working with us on this new process.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact email Mrs. Bennett l.bennett@stjohnfisher.school

KEEPING IN TOUCH

Staff at the school are continuing to keep in touch through video messages posted on our school website. If you haven’t already, I would suggest that you have a look using the link below.

https://stjohnfisher.school/keeping-in-touch/

These videos will continue over the coming days, and it has also been great to receive your video and photo submissions of you and your children’s life during lockdown. We would really like to keep receiving these and if you would be prepared to share photos or short videos (30 seconds or less) of you and your children’s life during lockdown, please submit this to Mr Bowers using s.bowers@stjohnfisher.school.

These videos could involve sporting activities, arts and crafts, cooking, or even as Mr Fisher demonstrated in his assembly, pets! Please be aware that we may share these videos and photos with our community using our Twitter page, Facebook page or website. Please only submit photos or videos if you consent to them being shared in this way.

WEBSITE

We are currently working on a new Corona Virus information section of the St. John Fisher website aimed at parents, carers and students. This will contain pages dedicated to a variety of key topics including teaching and learning, wellbeing and online safety. I will update you when this part of the website is ‘live’ but it will be easily accessible from the St. John Fisher homepage.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Thank you for your continued support of your child’s learning over this period, both in terms of the work on Show My Homework (SMHW) and participating in ‘live’ lessons. There will not be work set on SMHW or live lessons taking place over the half term, as this should be an opportunity for both students and staff to have a break. If you or your child does wish to continue with their studies over half term, I would like to suggest the resources provided by BBC bitesize and the Oak National Academy. Both sites provide high quality lesson resources, tailored to individual subjects and year groups. You can find the links to these below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons)

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom.

After the half term break we will no longer be providing work for year 11 and year 13 students as we have been to this point. We are currently planning specific support to ensure an effective transition for year 11 students moving into year 12. There is also planning taking place to provide support to ensure that year 13 students are University/Further Education/Employment ready. I will be in touch with you after half term to update you further. Work for other year groups will continue as normal.

WELLBEING

This week I am sharing a link to the NHS’s “one you” website. The website provides 12 practical tips to support physical and mental wellbeing during lockdown, and what is particularly useful is that each of their suggestions are supported by examples, videos and further links.

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/

 

STUDENT AND PARENT QUIZ

The answers to last week’s quiz are below, I hope you all did well!

Subject Question Answer Space
English What does Juliet mean when she asks “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo” Romeo, Romeo, why are you Romeo?

Juliet is asking Romeo why he has to be Romeo Montague, as the Montagues are enemies of the Capulets (Juliet’s family).

Maths What theorem, named after a Greek philosopher and mathematician, is used to calculate the length of an unknown side in a right-angled triangle? Pythagoras
Science What name is shared by the part of a cell that contains the genetic material and the centre of an atom. Nucleus
RE The Torah is a holy book in which religion? Judaism
Geography Which geographical feature can be known as: glacial, river or hanging? Valley
History Since William the conqueror, there have eight kings named Henry. What other name has been shared by eight kings? Edward
Art What artistic style does not attempt to accurately show reality, but uses shapes, colour and forms to achieve its affect? Abstract
French Which WW2 general in the French resistance, and later president of France has the largest airport in Paris named after him? Charles de Gaulle
DT What was designed and invented by Frank Whittle in 1928 that has contributed to quick international travel, and is still used today? Jet engine
PE The women’s heptathlon is made up of seven events: 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m sprint, javelin throw, 800m and which other field event? Long jump
Computing In the acronyms, RAM and ROM. For what does the “M” stand? Memory