End of Half Term Newsletter

End of Half Term Newsletter

Standards

Thank you to parents for ensuring that students arrive to school on time every day, in the right uniform and with the correct equipment. We appreciate your support and the very vast majority of students are now absolutely ready for learning. It is down to your support that we have been able to have a relatively normal curriculum experience for students.

For your information, the uniform policy is on our school website and please be aware of the expectations when purchasing items or considering hairstyles or piercings over the break. We just do not want to be dealing with non compliance after half term. It is easily avoided.

Site Improvements

As you know, we were fortunate in having a number of site improvements over the Summer and sincere thanks are extended both to the site team and the Trust for enabling this. So that you can see some of the work that has taken place, I have attached some photographs for you. We aim to continue this site improvement so that students have a fantastic learning environment. Also, please take a look at our video (which is on our website) giving you an insight into our school. It is difficult to welcome you through the doors at present, and we are continually finding ways of engaging with parents and families.

Communication with School

We value the contact we have with parents. It is always a pleasure to communicate with parents because we know what a difference it makes. There is a triangle of communication which is essential to ensure that a student is happy, making progress and developing essential life skills: parents, student and the school.

We encourage communication with parents and we have a system for this. The best starting point is always the form tutor because they see the student most often and know them best. Above that, we have Heads of Year who, along with our Pastoral Support Officers deal with things that the form tutor has not been able to resolve. The next tier would be our Heads of Key Stage, Mrs Benigno and Mr Burgoyne and the final tier would be the Deputy Headteachers and myself.

Please do not presume that, because we ask a form tutor to resolve matters, the other layers of support are not interested. We do know what is going on and we are involved. However, it would be appreciated if parents could liaise with form tutors in the first instance so that things can be dealt with swiftly.

Our Local Community

We are very fortunate to be based in the heart of the village of Tottington. We are a local school and we want to engage positively with our community. One of the things I aim to do is to interact with the community so that we can work together. Our students will be the next generation of adults, perhaps living and working locally.

One of the things that is important is behaviour within the community and I would like to ask parents to support me in ensuring that behaviour outside of school is good. Two things spring to mind: first, our main gates cross a local footpath where adults, families and young children walk. Please, remind your children not to congregate there or involve themselves in anti social behaviour. It is distressing for local residents.

Second, local shops and the new garage should not be subjected to poor behaviour or abuse from youngsters. These are valuable resources and they should not be dealing with this. Please, do remind your children about expected behaviours because invariably businesses will ring schools as the first point of contact.

Thank you to Ms Berry

Our attendance officer, Miss Berry, is leaving us at half term in order to take up a promotion elsewhere. Miss Berry has done a fantastic job and has made contacts with and connections with many families at our school. We would all like to thank Miss Berry for what she has done and we wish her well in her new role.

Congratulations to…

Head Boy
Will Slater

Head Girl
Katy Lomax

Senior Prefect Team
Holly Fenton
Holly Mai Fargher
Holly Thompson
Grace Jarvis
Frankie Felton

Superb Citizenship

One of the amazing aspects of our school is that we have a student body that is committed to good citizenship. There are many examples of individual students who have engaged in fundraising or other community based activities. I would like to share one example with you.

One of our Year 7 students, Archie Goodwill, has recently raised over £500 for a charity which is close to his heart. Archie walked 5k for this charity and here is a photograph of Archie sporting his charity T shirt. Well done to Archie on such a fabulous achievement!

Finally…

I would like to wish everyone a relaxing half term break. We look forward to seeing students again on Monday 2nd November (Tuesday, 3rd November for those Year 11 students who are currently self isolating).

With very best wishes,

Ella Brett
Headteacher

Inset Days

For your information Inset days for the rest of the year are as follows:

  • 30th November
  • 4th January
  • 19th April

Archie walks for autism charity

Archie walks for autism charity

Tottington High School year 7 pupil, Archie G recently raised over £500 for the National Autistic Society by walking over 5 kilometres around his local area in a sponsored event. We caught up with Archie’s mum, and she told us:

“The walk was supposed to take place in Manchester City centre, in an event called the Spectrum Night Walk. It’s arranged through the National Autistic Society which I have used a lot since Archie’s diagnosis in May 2018. We gathered our sponsor money through a Just Giving page and managed to raise £565 in total, which is fantastic seeing as we only put in an original target of £100!”

“Anyone who knows Archie, knows he doesn’t have the best stamina, so doing a 5km walk was quite a task for him, and he wanted to raise money for people who were just like him and raise awareness for autism too. Unfortunately, due to Covid, the walk was cancelled but we were encouraged to complete it within out local area. So that is exactly what we did. We had to track it on the running and cycling app Strava, and then I emailed the Spectrum Night Walk organisers a screenshot as evidence we had completed the 5km. Archie received a medal and t-shirt for completing it which he wears with pride.”

As a school we are immensely proud of Archie (pictured here with his medal), and he has met and chatted with our Headteacher, Ella Brett who congratulated him and rewarded him with a box of chocolates to enjoy over the half term break.

Well done Archie!!

FAO: Parents/Carers of pupils who are NOT required to isolate

FAO: Parents/Carers of pupils who are NOT required to isolate

Dear Parent/Carer

We have been made aware of a member of our school community who has tested positive for COVID 19.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for up to 14 days.

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19:

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 daysfrom the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

If you are able to, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The decision to only ask certain close contact students to self isolate is following advice from The Department of Education. Rest assured, we are following guidance. Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely

Ella Brett
Headteacher

FAO: Parents/Carers of pupils who are NOT required to isolate

Face Covering Requirements

To ensure that we continue to limit the numbers of students that may need to be sent home and so that we can protect the most vulnerable in society, can I ask for your continued support with the following measures, I would also be grateful if you could discuss these with your son/daughter at home.

Face coverings need to be worn in communal areas of the school such as the corridors, toilets and moving around the school, it is advised that students bring a spare face covering to school so they have one to hand if they misplace their original.

Face coverings need to be worn on public buses to and from school as social distancing is extremely challenging on transport and students do need to wear their face coverings for the duration of the journey not just when they are arriving or leaving school.

We have had requests from the shops in Tottington that students also wear face coverings when going in.

Symptoms of Coronavirus from NHS England Website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus, get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

Miss E Guirguis
Deputy Headteacher

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