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

Year 7 Settling-in Evening

When students start school in Year 7, we normally run a settling-in evening for parents of Year 7. The aim of the evening is for parents to meet their child’s form tutor and discuss how he/she has settled into high school. The evening is also an opportunity for parents to discuss with the form tutors any concerns or queries they have.

Due to the current circumstances, we are unable to invite you into school. In lieu of this, you will receive a phone call from your child’s form tutor between Tuesday 13th and Tuesday 20th October. During this call, you will be provided with feedback on how your child has settled into school and you can discuss any concerns you may have. Calls may be made during the school day or after school. If form tutors are unable to speak to you, they will endeavour to contact you at another time.

If you are unavailable during this period, please contact the school office and they will liaise with your child’s form tutor.

In addition to this, Mr Ishtiaq (Head of Year 7) will be creating a video in which he will answer some of your questions about life in Year 7 at Tottington High School, as well as some frequently asked questions in relation to students in Year 7. If you would like to submit a question, please complete the form below:

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Link to consent form for Flu Vaccination

Link to consent form for Flu Vaccination

As part of the NHS National Immunisation schedule, IntraHealth are offering secondary school children the nasal flu vaccine on an annual basis. Your child will be vaccinated during the winter period.

Please click the button below to either consent or decline for this years nasal flu vaccinations. Please note that the link will close on 23/10/20. If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 0333 358 3397.

It would be fantastic if our school could attain as close to a 100% return rate for the forms as possible. So please fill in a Yes consent form if you do want your child to have the Flu vaccination OR a No consent form if you do notwant your child to have a Flu vaccination. But please fill in a form either way.

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