Posted on 22nd May 2020
Finally! Half-term. After the strangest few months of my teaching career, we’ve arrived at a point where students can stop for a week – and it is important that they do stop. Working from home without a directed timetable is a challenge but our tracking suggests that the vast majority have done kept up and have done extremely well. Where there have been problems, we’re offering support and appropriate intervention via the pastoral team. Thank you for your ongoing work with us to do the best that we can for our young people.
There’s several letters going home today. Parents of students in Years 7-9 will receive their child’s remote timetable. I’ll be sending copies out to students today, as well as a sheet on how to access Microsoft Teams. There will also be a letter to parents of Y10 and Y12 students explaining how plans are evolving for some face to face contact to supplement home learning.
Senior Prefect Team
Despite the closure, there are traditions that must continue. I’m pleased therefore to announce the Senior Prefect Team for 2020/21 following interviews via Teams.
Head Boy: Rory Longcake
Head Girl: Nisha Prabhakar
Senior Prefects: Toby Barnett
They are aware of the challenge that faces them when we return. I have asked them to come up with ways in which they can support all the students in our community after half-term.
GCSE to A level transition
Mr McTernan, the Head of Sixth Form, is currently compiling our transition work for Year 11 students joining the Sixth Form. This will appear on the website on June 1. Anyone can access the work: whether current Y11 students are joining in September or are considering other places. Parents and students will receive a reminder on June 1 that the page is ‘live’. Year 10 students looking for some ‘stretch and challenge’ are especially welcome to look.
Young Enterprise – Yorkshire and Humber Regional Final
Congratulations to our Young Enterprise team, who have won the South Humber title, and will progress onto the Digital final for the Yorkshire and Humber region with their business, Record Revamp.
The team was: Danielle Bate, Callum Lilliman, Lewis Stevens, Florence Stead, Stanley Acum, Olivia Borgstrom, Rio Rawlings and Rory Longcake.
Thanks also to our Young enterprise coordinators Mrs Hughes and Mrs McKinsley – our students would not achieve such plaudits without our volunteers’ dedication.
The uncertainty surrounding the eventual reopening of Schools and the form in which they will re-open is understandably a source of anxiety. If your child is facing such challenges and would welcome some support, then I’d direct you to Kooth.
Kooth offers youth support and counselling to all 11 to 18-year olds (up to 25 years for Care Leavers and those with SEND). The service is fully commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council and is free at the point of access, with no referral needed.
As a digital service Kooth continues to operate its anonymous, professional (BACP accredited) 1:1 text-based counselling and youth support service and wellbeing support platform. There are no criteria thresholds, young people just need to go to, create an account and get instant access to Kooth. They then have 24/7access to the platform hosting clinical content, forums and peer support. If they wish to chat with a counsellor or access youth support the team are available from 12noon – 10 pm Monday to Friday and from 6 – 10 pm at the weekend. Young people can join the chat queue or send a message to the team.
Enjoy the half-term and stay safe,