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Update - 13 November 2020

November 13th 2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you for supporting the new requirements for schools during this period of national restrictions; face coverings are everywhere in school and students have reacted well to the new heightened awareness of this essential item.    The news of the potential vaccine earlier this week gives us all hope that there may be a return to normal next year.  I think it is news we all wanted to hear.    

I think it is fitting that this week’s learning journey is Biology so you can find where your child is on their journey, remember you can see the online lessons here for you to try out.   Who knows how many future immunologists, health care workers and medical doctors we have in our midst!   The National Oak Academy lessons are a great 20 minute lesson delivered by real teachers – they are worth a look.   

As a reminder, all students have had details of how to stay safe in school once again.  All the measures for bubbles, entrances, separate breaks and lunchtimes, tutor zones all remain.    I continue to be impressed by students sticking to our simple rules of zoning, movement around the school and the wearing of face coverings.    Please see the full information on how the measures brought in last week will affect you and your household:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

The routine check in the morning is simple; coat, face covering and, if you can, hand sanitiser.

Today was Children in Need “Come as Yourself” day and thank you for your donations.   Monday is ‘Odd Socks’ day raising awareness of the Anti-Bullying Alliance.  It is designed to be fun and is an opportunity to encourage people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality through their sock choice!  It will be uniform as normal on Monday apart from odd socks!    There will be an anti-bullying theme to all tutor times and assemblies next week to highlight the good work being done in school. 

We are extremely pleased that our attendance is currently running at 5% above the national average.  Attendance at school is still compulsory during the national lockdown and only if your child or someone in your household is displaying symptoms of coronavirus or have a positive test should you inform the school and stay at home to contain any infection.   Another week goes by without any cases in school.  The swift actions of some families have helped keep this school open to all.  Thank you for your vigilance.

Our full risk assessment has been edited and published on our website to reassure you that we are doing all we can and that our measures are proportionate with other schools.  We are keeping the full curriculum going and bringing normality to your children’s education. 

Just as a reminder,  we are changing the way we communicate our praise and sanctions to you.  You will receive an email with much more detail about the nature of the praise and sanction (C3 lunchtime detention) to the email address that you have supplied to school – normally this email address.  

As a result of last week’s Ofsted visit I have received the draft letter from them which details the measures we are taking.   This letter reassures you that Ofsted have verified all the work we have been doing to keep education going at Falmouth School.  They tell me that I will be able to share this with you within two weeks.     

We have our first Parents’ Evening in a couple of weeks for Year 7 on the 26th November.  We are going to be using an on-line video conferencing system which means you can see your child’s teacher and get the feedback you need.  We will be sending out details on how to access this over the next fortnight.

I hope that you, your family and friends are coping with the new restrictions.  We recognise that this is tough on everyone.  We must trust our scientists and clinicians to work quickly and safely to deliver the vaccine so those who need it most can re-engage with society and, eventually, we can move back to what we know and love.   In the meantime, take care, all of you.

 

Kind regards,

Dr Matt Fox

 

Posted @ 11:27 on 13th Nov 2020 Back